Fodor's Expert Review Sandals Grande Antigua Resort & Spa

Dickenson Bay, St. John, Antigua and Barbuda

The sumptuous public spaces, lovely beach, glorious gardens, and plethora of facilities almost mask this resort's impersonal atmosphere. Renovations in the original section, dubbed the Caribbean Grove, are mostly cosmetic and include repainting the buildings in shades of mango, lime, and saffron and adding plunge pools and larger bathrooms to rondavels (bungalows with thatched roofs). The few units claiming water vistas (Numbers 301–305 are best, whereas 401–404 lack views but open onto the beach) are cramped, poorly ventilated, and directly in the busiest foot-traffic path. Pluses include activities from cardio training to karaoke, romantic four-poster beds, and such extras as complimentary tennis lessons and scuba diving (only spa treatments and weddings incur surcharges). The all-suites Mediterranean Village expansion embraces 180 lavish units (starting at 500 square feet and matching marble, mosaic, and mahogany with such contemporary touches as flat-screen TVs); a swim-up bar; private check-in; butler service; two upscale restaurants; a delightful pub; and posh retailers. Architecturally it's a hodgepodge, yet many details impress, as do the various pre-designed wedding themes.


  • lively atmosphere
  • excellent spa
  • good dining options
  • huge online advance booking savings


  • sprawling layout
  • too bustling
  • uneven service


On the beach
Casual Chic


Phones: 888-726–3257-reservations only | 268-484–0100


100 rooms, 257 suites, 16 rondavels
Rate Includes: All-inclusive, 3-night minimum
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