Sandals Grande Antigua
I bet youâ€™re like me, a traveler with a jones for the tropical getaway. So when I get the opportunity for a long weekend visit to Sandals and tell my friends about this good fortune, they ask â€“ â€œwhatâ€™s a single traveler got to do at a couple’s resortâ€?
My reply â€“ Conde Nast magazine didnâ€™t award this resort a spot in its â€œ50 Best of the Caribbeanâ€ for nothing, and Travel + Leisure certainly didnâ€™t rate it among the â€œ500 Best Hotels in the Worldâ€ for its lack of activities.
Resort Bucket List
So, disregarding the concerns of my questioning friends I go and enjoy the slow living, no-worry, all-inclusive fun:
â€¢ I swim under cobalt blue skies in warm Caribbean waters.
â€¢ I sunbathe â€œEnglishâ€ style on the fine white sands beach of Dickinson Bay.
â€¢ I enjoy an afternoon of mind and body rejuvenation in the elegant European spa.
â€¢ I dine at several of the 11 restaurants that range from elegant to casual. My favorites â€“ CafÃ© de Paris and crepes for breakfast, Marioâ€™s and Bella Napoli for Italian lunches, and dinner outdoors on the terrace by the sea at the Barefoot Restaurant.
â€¢ I enjoy the pub grub and drinks in many of the 7 bars available. My favorite â€“ the Drunken Duck for Bangers and Mash with Bass Pale Ale.
â€¢ I stroll the many paths winding through meticulous tropical landscaping.
â€¢ I enjoy the nightly entertainment set up at bandstands spread throughout the grounds.
Island Bucket List
But for me a vacation is much more than relaxation in one location, however nice that location is. So for a slightly faster pace of island life I explore these pay options available through Sandalâ€™s concierge services:
â€¢ Travel by boat to see each of the 365 beaches as it circumnavigates this â€œcorrugatedâ€ island.
â€¢ Sightsee and photograph the island on a day-long 4×4 excursion.
â€¢ Swim with the rays on the sandbars at Stingray City.
At the airport my driver bids me an Antiguan Creole farewell – “You gone to come back “!
That’s right, I definitely will be back.
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Written by: Steve Smith
Beach photo : Steve Smith, all rights reserved
Antigua Island photo : Antigua/Barbuda Tourism Authority (re-mixed by Steve Smith)