The Verandah Resort & Spa, located just 30 minutes from Antigua's V.C. Bird International Airport (ANU), is a 30-acre,eco-luxury resort that opened in October 2007. Situated on Antigua's northeast coastline and bordered by Devil's Bridge National Park with its dramatic landmark rock arch, The Verandah Resort & Spa is an ideal vacation for familygetaways or romantic escapes.
The Verandah Resort & Spa was awarded the 2010 Gold Magellan Award in the family resort and hotel category and Silver Magellan Award in the eco-friendly resort category. The use of post and pier foundations minimizes disruption to the natural foliage and terrain and allows indigenous plant life to thrive around and underneath the resort's accommodations.
Additionally, the resort opened a mini golf course in August 2011 and recently added six two-bedroom villas, accommodating up to six guests each. This cluster of villas has its own pool, tucked away for privacy.
Indigenous materials found on-site have also been incorporated into the resort's design and construction. Environmentally-friendly insulation maximizes energy efficiency, and state-of-the-art solar water heaters help conserve the island's energy sources. Energy-efficient golf carts transport guests around the resort, minimizing noise, environmental pollution and carbon emissions.
The Verandah Resort & Spa has 180 villa-style one- and two bedroom suites that have vaulted ceilings and Caribbean decor with bamboo accents. Built as side-by-side, singlestory duplexes, the resort's one-bedroom suites offer the look and feel of a Caribbean villa while comfortably accommodating up to four guests with a king-sized bed and queen sleeper sofa.
All suites come equipped with LCD satellite televisions, air conditioning, ceiling fans, in-room safes, direct-dial telephones, mini refrigerators, microwaves, coffeemakers, wet bars, hairdryers, irons and ironing boards.
Perfect for families and small gatherings of up to six guests,
six two-bedroom villas are included in the resort's inventory. Situated on top of a hill with an idyllic bay view, each villa
has a living/dining area, a flat-screen television and a
verandah. Kitchens are fully equipped with a breakfast bar
with seating for two, a microwave oven, a two-burner
stovetop, a small refrigerator, a toaster, a coffee maker,
granite countertops and a dining table with seating for up to
six guests. The master bedroom has a private verandah, a
flat-screen television and an en suite shower room with two
pedestal sinks. The second bedroom offers twin beds, an en
suite bathroom with a bathtub/shower combo, a flat-screen
television and a large walk-in closet. Additionally there is a
The Verandah Resort & Spa has four restaurants on the resort property.
Seabreeze, the resort's main restaurant, serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. It offers a wide range of choices that are sure to please guests of all ages. The lovely open-air dining room is enhanced by light pine pergolas, ceiling fans, exposed beams and lofty vaulted ceilings for an airy, outdoor feeling. Seabreeze offers buffet-style dining seven days a week with internationally themed evenings.
Nicole's, a fine dining restaurant, offers a blend of elegantly presented, modern French and Italian cuisine. Warm red walls and dark wood trim create a cozy ambiance, and rattan, bamboo and upholstered furnishings create a welcoming, Caribbean feel. For a $30 per person surcharge, guests can celebrate a special occasion or have a romantic private dinner. Dinner reservations are recommended.
The Buccaneer, an a la carte dining restaurant, serves Caribbean-inspired, family-friendly fare. Dinner reservations are recommended.
The Beach Bar & Grill, perched above Lovers' Beach, offers views of the cove along with light lunches, snacks, beer and alcoholic beverages. An evening grill menu is served. Dinner reservations are optional.
The Wadadli Snack Shack & Rasta Bar serves lunch 12-3pm. this means that guests have a beach bar and grill to enjoy on both beaches at the resort.
Guests can sunbathe on the resort's two white-powdered beaches, play tennis, exercise in the fitness center or swim in the resort's main pool, the Oasis Pool (adults-only), the Villa pool or the kids-splash mushroom pool. Other activities include weekly aqua Soca-aerobics, Caribbean cooking classes, nature walks, beach volleyball, soccer and cricket. Non-motorized water sports include windsurfing, sailing, snorkeling and kayaking, which are ideal activities in the resort's reef-sheltered waters.
Guests can take the short walk to neighboring Devil's Bridge National Park to hike. A visit to the historic town of St. John, only 30 minutes from the resort, can be arranged for sightseeing, shopping and dining. All excursions can be coordinated by the tour desk.
A new 18-hole tropical mini-golf course, set amidst waterfalls, ponds and local landscaping, has been designed to replicate the bends and breaks found on real golf courses. Complete with tunnels, bridges, sharp corners and obstacles, this well-designed course is a welcomed addition for guests. Golf clubs are available for guests' use.
Kid-friendly amenities include the adult-supervised Kids' Club, which is open daily from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., for pottytrained children ages 2 to 12. The Kids' Club includes a fenced-in, outdoor play area and a sheltered back porch and splash pool. Kids eight and older can enjoy sailing, kayaking and paddle boats as well as guided nature walks and swimming. Counselors lead organized beach games, arts and crafts and other age-appropriate activities.
Teenagers can have hours of fun in the Pirates Den game room, which serves a range of non-alcoholic fruit punches to quench the thirst of any teen playing a game of pool, foosball or Nintendo Wii. Babysitting services are also provided at the resort for an additional charge. Guests are advised to give management a 24-hour notice prior to using the babysitting service. There is a minimum babysitting time of two hours.
Spa Tranquility offers eco-conscious, restorative treatments for the body and skin. Guests can settle in with a relaxing cup of herbal tea, accompanied by the sounds of Caribbean waters lapping upon the shore.
Treatments include a well-being massage, a Sabai Stone treatment, a caviar and pearl anti-aging facial and a green coffee wrap designed to reduce cellulite and water retention. Spa Tranquility uses Pevonia Botanica products. A full-service salon, offering hair and nail treatments, is also available.
The semi outdoor treatment cabana for couples at the Spa Tranquility plus sauna gives a total of 5 treatments rooms at the Spa including two for couples.
During the day, the restaurants' dress code permits covered and dry bathing suits. After 6:30 p.m. a summer casual dress code will apply. At Nicole's Restaurant dress is elegant (long pants and collared shirt). Ripped jeans, flip flops, all beachwear, t-shirts and sneakers are not considered summer casual.
Babysitting services are also provided at the resort for an
additional charge. Guests are advised to give management
a 24-hour notice prior to using the babysitting service. There
is a minimum babysitting time of two hours.
Number of nights:7 nights
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Hotel starting to look a bit tired in places. Staff always smiling and helpful.
Late Check out on the day of departure appears to be a secret until the night before. Why don't they just say $25.00 for a room for 30 minutes to shower and change, or $75.00 to have a room until departure to the airport. Would make the whole holiday much less stressful knowing it was sorted from day 1.
Fourth time here and it just gets better. Great food, service, accomodation.
A lovely holiday, at a lovely resort with so many actives to enjoy, wonderful staff, and great accomodation. We plan to go back again in the next 18 months.
Lovely resort, excellent staff, but afraid food let it down!