January 1, 2018 for 3 nights for 2 adults.
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The Verandah Resort & Spa in Saint Philip, Antigua and Barbuda
At a point where wild, exotic beauty meets a hidden white sand beach, Verandah Resort & Spa waits to take you back in time. Forget the rush of the 21st century as you unwind at this eco-friendly retreat on the untouched northeast coast of Antigua. With classic, timber-clad Caribbean architecture, accommodations make a sublime base for unforgettable sunrise viewing. Simply step out your front door and you will find 30 spectacular waterfront acres, the island's largest outdoor pool, a gorgeous bay and enticing proximity to Devil's Bridge National Park.
Each new day offers lessons in relaxation as you meander marked nature trails or take a leisurely stroll through the national park. You might embark on a boat ride to the uninhabited nature sanctuaries of Green or Bird Islands, or simply stay on the grounds and discover a world of living indigenous ecosystems. Because the coastline features a nearly unbroken wall of coral reef, you will find a wealth of snorkeling and scuba diving opportunities. And with the island's distinctive British heritage, unique attractions include Nelson's Dockyard and the ruins of beautiful old plantations.
Location of The Verandah Resort & Spa
Nearest Airport: ANU
Amenities for The Verandah Resort & Spa
- General Information
- 30 Guest Rooms
- Ecologically Sustainable Practices
- Pool Bar
- On-Site Amenities
- Beauty Salon
- Spa on Property
- Spa Services
- Fitness Center
- Wellness Center
- Tennis Courts
- In-Room Amenities
- In-Room Safes
- Satellite Television
- Private Verandas
- Flat-Screen Televisions
- Vaulted Ceilings
- Scuba Diving
- Table Tennis
- Kids Club
- National Parks
- All Inclusive
- Eco Friendly Luxury Vacations
- Honeymoons & Romance
- Spa & Wellness
- Summer Getaways
Reviews for The Verandah Resort & Spa
This resort was absolutely breath taking. Overall we had zero complaints about the resort and would happily recommend it to a friend. My boyfriend and I traveled to Antigua in late November and this was our first time on the Island - and his first time in the Caribbean. The locals were all very friendly and the resort staff were always happy to see you and come over and chat. Upon arrival, we were greeted with rum punch which were quickly replenished as a large crowd of us arrived to check in at the same time. We were then swept away in a golf cart to our room. We had an ocean view room that was right on the main pool which was a very convenient location - across from the pool, restaurants and main bar area. We never found it too loud, even on nights when we went to bed before the evening entertainment ended. There were always people in the room attached to ours but we never heard them through the walls or out on the balcony, even though there was a young child with them. We spent a lot of mornings on our balcony enjoying coffee we could make in the room. The neighboring balcony (not the one attached to ours) was within sight but far enough away that you still felt you had privacy. The resort had a beautiful layout that encourages you to walk everywhere and enjoy the breathtaking views. If you do get tired, you can call for a golf cart to pick you up or there are ones running by every 10-15 minutes that would be happy to pick you up. The only areas we usually took a golf cart to was reception, the mini golf/tennis area and the Rasta Beach as they are set off to the side from the main area. The main beach is located less than a two minute walk from the main pool/restaurant area. The mini golf was a fun activity to do after the sun had set (open until 9pm) when it had cooled off, as it also was less busy without kids there. The evening entertainment was always enjoyable, as they usually had local bands/DJs and one night was karaoke. I wouldn't say this is a 'party' resort as most nights were pretty tame which was nice for those who like to enjoy a few drinks while listening to nice music, without having to worry about things getting too out-of-hand. The food was incredible. We ate breakfast at the Seabreeze buffet, lunch usually at the Main Beach Bar or the buffet, and we tried all the supper options. Nicole's was well worth the $35USD/person as the service was great, the food was incredible (we had lobster and duck two ways) and they had an assortment of higher end alcohols (delicious red and white wine, local 5 year aged rum, grey goose, etc.). We also enjoyed eating at Bucaneers, as the food was a level up from the buffet. We did find the portions at the a la carte restaurants to be rather large (we are lighter eaters), which is nice for those with big appetites. We found that if you tip well for food and drinks the first few times you go, you will be provided with great service. We usually tipped $1-2 on drinks at the bar and $3-$5 at the buffet/restaurants, other than Nicole's we tipped $10. We also left some money for housekeeping on the days we required housekeeping. Kerri-Anne and Jahnielle were great bartenders who remembered our favourite drinks and always made sure our cups were full and we were having a good time. It is a very good feeling when the staff remember your name and little things about you, and say hi to you and make an effort to have a conversation with you whenever they see you around. There was a lot to do at the resort during the day, as they ran daily activities (we loved the trivia and corn hole), as well as you did not have to sit in one place for long periods of time as we moved between the two beaches and the main pool. We also utilized the adult pool when the kids pool got busy. With that being said, we never had an issue finding chairs in the shade at either beaches or the pools and we never felt that there were too many people in one place. We also never had to wait more than a few minutes to get seated at the resturant. Although they said the resort was full and we saw lots of people walking around, there were never areas that felt overly crowded or busy, which speaks to the size of the resort and the variety of things to do at any given point in the day. We also did the resort-endorsed excursion called the Pink Panther. It is a range rover safari tour that takes you around the whole island, stopping at some historical sites, look out points, a beach and a restaurant for lunch. It was an additional cost but well worth it, as you get to see most of the island in one day and the women who ran our tour were very knowledgeable on the history of Antigua. There is also quite a few non-motorized water sports you can do for free at the main beach of the resort. We took out a two-person kayak and used the floating water tubes for naps quite frequently! Overall, this was an incredible resort. Well worth the price to go and we will definitely consider coming back in the future!
sarahwitherspoon03 - Toronto, Canada
As previous visitors to the Caribbean before we had children we were nervous that this wouldnāt be the kind of holiday we used to enjoy. Our nerves were soon forgotten and it was the best trip weāve had in a long time. The resort is very tropical which is pleasant to stroll through or you can hop on a frequently passing golf cart when your legs get tired. There are two beaches and there was no issue finding a sun bed. Both beaches have bars and rest rooms near by. The water is so calm which was ideal for our toddler but not that good for snorkelling. They have yellow floating pods just off the shore which is a great place to sit and admire the scenery. The rooms are two rooms divided between one chalet and we heard no noise from our neighbours at all. They had a fridge, kitchen sink and great working air con which was a bonus for us. The food was delicious especially the cookies at the beach bars. We ate at the main restaurant and main beach bar where there was plenty of choices for breakfast, lunch and evening meal. The staff were all incredibly friendly and professional and all so kind paying attention to our son. Changing tables in all the restrooms and childrenās menus. It is less than 5 minutes walk to long bay which is a nice sandy beach and 5 minutes in the other direction to devils bridge for a different perspective on the resort. WiFi was free around the main pool which was a refreshing change not to have it in the room unless you paid for it which we chose not to do. There is a kids club which you can also use for children who are not yet potty trained you just stay there with them which we did a couple of times. Sadly it seemed under used by guests however we were there during term time. The only thing we would have enjoyed more is if the night entertainment and breakfast started a little it earlier. We are hoping to return ASAP as we just had such a wonderful time. Only 45 mins from the airport costing flat rate $28 each way. The food, the weather, the people, the relaxing vibe it was perfect, take us back now!!
B_A_Traveller04 - Surrey
First, thanks to the Verandah staff who made our two week stay an enjoyable and relaxing experience. We are not resort type holidayers as we usually like busier holidays but we wanted a break from Canadaās dreary November. We booked on a Wednesday and were in Antigua on the Sunday. We havenāt had much experience with all inclusive resorts and we are not big drinkers or eaters but wanted to know our costs up front and really didnāt see people taking advantage of the āall you can consumeā way. Iād like to rate this resort 4.5 as it was a great place for a vacation. The high TripAdvisor rating and the many positive reviews, influenced our selection. Antigua is a beautiful, small and hilly island. The locals we met were very proud of their country and wanted us to enjoy being there. Who ever originally designed this resort took advantage of the hilly nature as the property is beautifully designed. We walked everywhere. Often, the cart drivers would kindly stop and ask us if we wanted a ride but we prefer to walk. You can call the main desk for a cart or wait at one of the bus stops, if you prefer to ride. On arrival, you see an open air check in desk and you are welcomed with a rum punch. A golf cart whisks you to your lodging and the driver happily pointed out the many amenities available: small beach area, mini golf, adult pool, games area, kidsā club, bar, gym, guest services, and the path to main beach, bar and restaurants. There was no need to point out the main pool as itās quite large and beautiful and busy. Our room was waterview and it was wonderful to gaze out at the bay and sea. Instead of an apartment type complex, the units are like mini duplex cottages. Each building has a front porch, as you enter your unit there is a large bathroom with double sinks, plenty of towels and a huge walk-in shower, the remainder of the unit is one big room with a comfortable bed, dressers, a desk/table, sofa and chair, tv and mini kitchen. When you step out on the balcony you do not see the neighbours who adjoin your suite but you do see the neighbours to one side and they are not that close so itās a very private feeling. The housekeeper looks after making your room, on arrival, very neat, organized and beautiful. During our stay, we did not hear noise from the attached unit, so again, thereās a private feeling. We arenāt keen on buffet style eating.....too much temptation! So we learned the importance of making dinner reservations at Guest Services. We did go to the buffet once for dinner and it was Mexican night. We enjoyed it. We liked eating dinner at The Buccaneer as it is a bit more formal but equally enjoyed the el fresco dining at The Beach Bar and Grill. We visited Nicoleās three times. The food and service was lovely and we especially enjoyed listening to the standards played by Foster. Thereās an upcharge of 35 USD each to eat at Nicoleās. The menu at the restaurants did not change too much but there was a daily special that changed. Part of the reason we selected Verandah as a destination because there was mention of activities in some TripAdvisor reviews. The daily water aerobic classes were lots of fun. There were not daily classes for yoga or stretch so on their off days, I worked out on my own but I would have preferred daily classes and at 7:30 or 8:00 am. Earlier classes work better with the breakfast hours and for the practice so this is a suggestion not a complaint. The classes held on the porch near the Spa were terrific: an ocean breeze, birds singing and fresh air. Itās a challenge for instructors when the make up of the class is constantly changing and thank you to Kieffer who offered classes with great enthusiasm, specific directions and encouragement for each personās ability. The folks working on the beaches were very obliging. We enjoyed meeting Collis on the catamarans and others while we kayaked and tried the pedal boat. Rasta Beach was a favourite for us. Beautifully quiet and a great place for an afternoon snooze! Sandra at the bar was most obliging and the lunches provided at the nearby hut were simple but good. The veggie burger was a favourite for me. One day we went out on the snorkeling tour from the resort on the Calypso Cat and it was lots of fun. Thereās snorkeling, a stop at a beach that included a walk up a rocky path to a look out with a wonderful view, time for swimming and a light lunch. I was very glad to be wearing sneakers for the walk down the hill. If you donāt want to snorkel, you can stay on the boat and r-e-l-a-x! Thereās a fee for this trip but non-motorized water sports are included during the stay. We enjoyed many hours poolside. Itās a large, beautiful pool but it does not have a deep end. Some people swam lengths, families with children played and some of us read and read. Towels are available at the pool. Guests should make more of an effort to return their towels to the dirty bin when they are done with them. Many guests left them behind on the lounge and thatās just bad manners. Perhaps another dirty bin across the pool from the pool desk would help. No one minds walking to get a clean towel, itās just that walk to return the used ones that some people find difficult. Many reviews mentioned that the water was safe to drink and we found that to be true. We experienced no tummy problems. There is a fee for bottled water. Each day there was freshly popped popcorn at the pool, and chocolate chip cookies and ice cream cones at the Beach Bar and Grill! Such nice treats! Finally, we took a number of one and five bills for tipping the housekeepers, servers, etc. I do hope we are able to return to the Verandah as we had a relaxing and enjoyable stay.
MiztyOne - Ontario
These were one of our best vacations for many years-long history of visiting Caribbean islands resorts. Before we stayed at sister St. James resort twice and loved it. This place is on-par. Almost everything was good if not perfect. The food was very decent, the weather was kind, the service was on high level and the rooms and properties were clean, comfortable and well-maintained. Surprisingly, it was almost high season, but sometimes we would walk on site and would see no other people around! And the beach chairs in shade were available even after 9-10 AM! This changed during Thanksgiving weekend, but still was acceptable. I would recommend taking windsurfing or hobby-cat classes, walk to Devilās Bridge and Long Bay. For the divers ā they provide taxi to the sister St. James resort and dive shop there is in good hands. Lots of different fish to see, when snorkeling along the rocks on the main beach. Verandah provides detailed information about resort amenities and daily activities which we found very helpful. Two things that need improvements: - Night entertainment starts late and is not very various. - Cocktails are hit or miss: sometimes made with āStolichnayaā or āSapphireā and sometimes with some unmarked liquid, but always half- or less strong. Gin Martini was unrecognizable.
Andy F - Stamford, CT
Our 4th visit to Antigua and 2nd to The Verandah and it certainly didn't disappoint. Just spent 10 days of sheer relaxation in this beautiful resort spread along the cliff side of a tranquil bay. The spacious, clean suite had an amazing view and a huge very comfy bed. The staff are very proud of the place and the vast majority go out of their way to make your holiday special. Lots of activities organised for you to take advantage of if you wish but, on the other hand, there are secluded places such as the small adults only pool and the natural coved beaches if you want to be alone. The food is very good with a choice of 4 restaurants and drinks include known brands. At Nicole's fine dining you pay extra but well worth it for the Lobster, T bone or Fillet steak, amongst other things. The resort is 10 years old and we noted is being discretely updated as required. Some building work is going on on the headland but I must stress this was NOT noisy or distracting at all during our stay, as a previous review on the web implied.
AnneOrr - Leeds, United Kingdom