I'm back (and I'm married...say what?!)
Sunday we returned from our Honeymoon at the Sandals Grande Antigua and we had such an amazing time that when Kate & Emily mentioned that Wanderlust Wednesday was coming back, I thought it would be the PERFECT opportunity to share our experience.
Antigua is an island nation in the Caribbean Sea that is about a 4 hour plane ride from JFK in New York. It is pretty far away as far as Caribbean islands are concerned and its placement makes the weather just UNREAL. See that top picture? Yup, that was the weather EVERY SINGLE DAY. 86 and sunny with passing clouds and a nice breeze. What could be better than that.
The grounds of the resort were absolutely breathtaking. Everywhere you turned there were palm trees, flowers, and tropical plants (and not to mention very friendly kitties). The entire time we were at the resort it felt like we were at some secret oasis. And the water was so blue! We spent a few nights just sitting near the water (with a drink in hand of course) just looking out and admiring our surroundings.
Sandals Grande Antigua has to "parts" to it. The Caribbean Village and the Mediterranean Village. The Med Village is newer and all the rooms on that side are club level. Club rooms are a little bigger, a little nicer, and come with a bar in the room that gets restocked daily! We stayed on the Med Village side, but both sides of the resort were just gorgeous! We spent a lot of time just walking around and taking it all in!
This was both of our first times staying at a Sandals property and I was just so impressed by the level of service and by the quality of the food and drink. Everyone on staff was just so nice. Always saying hello, asking if we needed anything, singing and dancing behind the bar, and generally just looking like they really enjoyed their jobs! There is no tipping at Sandals (unless you have a butler) which was hard to get used to, but absolutely amazing! Sandals might be the only "true" all inclusive resort out there! There are 11 restaurants on site and we had great experiences at all the ones we visited! We loved Cafe de Paris for breakfast (lattes and bagels with cream cheese, lox, and cucumber) and the sushi at Soy was amazing! We also really enjoyed the breakfast buffet at Bayside...the view was unbelievable!
And the drinks were DELICIOUS! We were treated with champagne right when we waked in the door, attended a wine tasting one night, and probably tried every frozen drink on the menu! And believe me, they are NOT skimping on the "good stuff".
We did venture off resort for one AMAZING exclusion! We zip-lined, kayaked, and snorkeled with a small group of couples from our resort and it was so nice to get to know people, explore the island, and be a little physical. The zip lining was my absolute favorite! So fun and so out of my usual comfort zone! I highly recommend it!
All in and I cannot say enough about Antigua and Sandals. I would absolutely recommend this resort to any couple looking for a fun and relaxing vacation. I also cannot wait to go back to Sandals...
hoping to try Sandals Whitehouse in the near future!