Verandah Resort & Spa

Long Bay, St. Philip, Antigua and Barbuda

Verandah's splendid hillside setting overlooks calm, reef-protected Dian Bay, and hiking trails snake around the property to Devil's Bridge National Park. Though local activists disagree, this eco-centric resort emphasizes low-impact environmental responsibility, without sacrificing upscale contemporary conveniences. The mint-and-apricot New England–meets-creole cottages built on stiltlike pylons incorporate solar energy. There are plentiful activities for kids, including ecological edutainment, an 18-hole mini-golf course, a playground, and their own pool and restaurant. The sizable, villa-style units offer unobstructed ocean or bay views (units 167–186 are primo); vaulted ceilings; stylish touches like granite counter tops; natural materials such as wood, bamboo, and stone; family-friendly sofa beds and kitchenettes; and such high-tech necessities as flat-screen TVs and Wi-Fi access (in those closest to the public spaces and pool). Other first-rate facilities include an enormous free-form swimming pool that doubles as a social center, an adults-only grotto pool, several appealing restaurants, a minicinema, and the Tranquility Body & Soul Spa.

PROS

  • gorgeous remote location
  • sprawling but cleverly centralized
  • good kids' club and facilities with own pool
  • frequent discounted packages

CONS

  • smallish beaches
  • noise carries between adjoining units
  • inconsistent service
  • though shuttles ply the resort, its hilly layout is problematic for the physically challenged

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 268-562–6848 | 800-771–4711 | 866-237–1785-reservations only

HOTEL DETAILS

180 suites, 12 2-bedroom villas
Rate Includes: All-inclusive

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