All Inclusive Holiday
We awoke at stupid O’Clock in Antigua and not tired after a good sleep in the resort after our Shirley Heights evening. Onto one of the things that had always delighted me like a daisy in spring was breakfast in the Halcyon Rex. A full buffet style is what you get and the bacon is american style in case you are wondering. If you don’t know what that means then look forward to that one day !
We had planned to stay and enjoy the resort today or at least the morning part and we found a spot by the pool. The resort was quite a lot busier than I had remembered it and it wasn’t managing to keep us in the comfort we would like in terms of comfortable sun loungers. They were the plastic with nylon fabric inners but those had long since had way too many big buts and boobs in them stretching them so that they now offered less support and so you can feel the plastic frame. I elected with my bad back to lie on the grass.
Erol was an old acquaintance from previous visits and I was pleased to see him always a funny bubbly character was taking the aqua aerobics in the resort for the start of the week before another guy Fenton would return. With my bad back this was a great opportunity for some low impact exercise that I have had to stick to for some months now. I did manage to get San to join me. It was a fun and hard as you wanted to make it exercise that was quite enjoyable and clean.
That morning we also went for a stroll the length of Dickenson Bay past Sandals Antigua Buccaneers and Coconut Grove and Ana’s on the beach to name a few. There are stalls of local vendors at random points never too many though and its a great place and beach to stroll along.
We were not yet used to the sun but took our time as in Antigua style and it was all starting to feel very nice the week was going to be great.
We got back and went to the buffet lunch at the Carib Bar which is outside, had a glass of wine and enjoyed the hamburger and curried chicken, and various other good things I could cram on mine. We were feeling the midday heat and decided to head back to the room and get some sun free a/c. Sanchia had noted that she had a racing pulse and brushed it aside like it happens a lot. So I thought no more of it at that point but I shall take note of this in future.
It was apparent that San was not 100% very quickly and her symptoms became rapidly worsening. I checked on the option if needed to get a doctor and was informed the call out charge alone was $200 US !!! As our phone was not working in the room I got a little angry again and ranted slightly at reception as it was a pain to have to converse manually at the desk each time when I simply wanted to ring. Now leaving San in the room to check about the doctor the importance of the phone irritated me as I had already mentioned it. Tour companies etc will also get through to you via the phone. They need to be working.
Sorry Sanchia let’s give it 15 minutes before we call the doctor I said. Sanchia stabilised and it didn’t look so grave and we held off on the exorbitant doctor. It turned out we think that it was Heat Stroke. We wrote off the afternoon and evening but we were glad that she was recovering from her horrid symptoms that were mostly dizziness and pulse related.
We did start to think that we should be cautious and not book any scuba diving however well we felt mostly for myself I developed a cold the day before leaving and it was still present.
Looking for a great holiday but can’t be bothered with the fuss of traveling to different restaurants to eat or other places for activities? Or maybe you would really love a fun holiday but you’re also on a budget? Don’t worry – there are a number of budget friendly options for those looking to stay all inclusive. These hotels are situated on some of the best beaches on the island, but for a price that won’t break the bank either. Here are the resorts:
Verandah Resort & Spa
The Verandah Resort is geared up for families who also appreciate space, luxury and tranquility. Its architecture combines elegance with modern design, creating an inviting ambiance for guests to unwind and relax. Surrounded by lush gardens and offering typical sun-kissed turquoise views, this resort provides an enchanting escape.
The accommodations are to a high specification. The suites and villas are beautifully appointed, offering a perfect balance of comfort and style. Each private veranda provides stunning vistas, allowing guests to immerse themselves in the natural beauty of the surroundings. Whether situated by the beach or nestled in the gardens, these accommodations offer a peaceful retreat.
The resort offers a range of amenities to cater to guests’ needs. Multiple pools invite relaxation and refreshment under the warm sun. For those seeking adventure, various water sports activities (all inclusive) are available, including snorkeling and kayaking. Dining experiences at the resort’s restaurants are delightful, offering a diverse culinary journey. The spa provides a tranquil sanctuary, where skilled therapists offer rejuvenating treatments. You are allowed to escape the kids sometimes.
The Royalton Antigua combines adult resort amenities and also children’s – learn more on their official webpage.
Halcyon Cove by Rex Resorts
UPDATE: Sadly this resort will be lost in time as it is being demolished, at least in part. And so we chose to keep it here for those who remember it fondly. In its place will be Royalton Chic which is a particular kind of resort visit here for the Adults Only Playscape – their words not mine!
Located on the sweeping white sands of Dickenson Bay, Halcyon Cove is a great option for those looking for nightlife and fun activities without having to stray too far from their hotel. This all-inclusive resort shares the beach with a number of other properties, such as Sandals, while still retaining a quaint charm and reasonable price. You can choose one of the several restaurants on the property, such as the Arawak Restaurant or the Carib Beach Bar. For a more scenic location there is the Warri Pier, which stretches out into the ocean and gives you a beautiful view of the sea life below. If you still feel like venturing outside the resort, there are a number of restaurants and bars just a walk down the beach, including Coconut Grove, Ana’s on the Beach, and Putters Bar and Grill. There are four tennis courts if you want to work up a sweat, and a number of motorized and non-motorized water sports which include hobie cats, water skiing, and even scuba diving, although it should be noted that watersports occur an additional charge. Located just a few minutes’ drive from the capital St. John’s, Halcyon Cove is a great all-inclusive base for anyone visiting Antigua.
Jolly Beach Resort
Update: Things are looking good for the resort with a reopening and renovation in 2022/23. The resort is owned and managed now by Elite Island Resorts who will get the most out of this place. I really hope they keep the price point manageable for introducing a wider audience to Antigua. Find Antigua deals now >>
Located on the self proclaimed “best beach by the mile” Jolly Beach Resort boasts of being the best selection in your choice of affordable all inclusives on the Island. Visitors can expect a two mile stretch of wide, white sandy beach with plenty of space to stretch out. There is also a gym for those who can’t miss their workout. For those looking for a more relaxed vacation, you can visit the spa at the Palms Wellness Centre. Hungry? Try any one of four different restaurants on site, from the relaxed open – air atmosphere of Lydia’s to the classically styled Italian restaurant Bocciolo. If you get bored you can explore the wider Jolly Harbour area that offers lots to do and see. You can dine in any one of the nearby restaurants such as Melini’s or Akropolis, or you can belt out your favorite tunes at the Underdog Bar and Restaurant. There’s also a nearby shopping center and supermarket if you want to pick up a gift or souvenir. Jolly Beach Resort is definitely a great choice for all those looking to holiday on a budget. Check our nightlife review in the area.
Grand Pineapple Antigua Resort
Grand Pineapple Antigua Resort is located on the extreme eastern end of the island on the beautiful Long Bay. One of the best beaches on the island, Long Bay offers unique opportunities for off the beach snorkeling and marine life. This picturesque hotel is relatively secluded from the hustle and bustle, but there is a lot to do on site, including having a swim in any one of the two available pools, playing tennis on any one of the four tennis courts, or working out in the air conditioned gym. If you prefer to be in the clear blue water, then there’s a range of non-motorized motor sports available including windsurfing, kayaking, and the previously mentioned snorkeling. Choose from at least three different restaurants and three different bars for food and drink, or make the trek up the hill to the Outhouse, which offers panoramic views of the island.
Hawksbill by Rex Resorts
Update: This resort is currently closed whilst an extensive renovation takes place. Word has it that the resort will get a much anticipated larger swimming pool.
Hawksbill lies on one of the most scenic beaches of Antigua, Hawksbill Beach. This nearly undisturbed paradise sits on 37 acres of manicured gardens and lush greenery. With four beaches to choose from (including one that’s clothing optional) you’ll never get tired of the scenery. Dining ranges from the international and local buffet style restaurant Tamarind Tree to the Italian flavored Il Vigento Su Mare. There are also a number of watersports to choose from, although these incur an additional fee. If you still feel active, then you can get your inner tennis pro on with a game of tennis. Accommodation ranges from a semi-detached bungalow to The Great House, a completed detached family dwelling styled with typical Caribbean flavor.