Editor’s Review of The Verandah Resort & Spa
The eco-friendly Verandah Resort and Spa sprawls over a hillside in a primo location near two of Antigua's gems: Devil's Bridge and the stellar Long Bay Beach. Built in 2007, it's an idyllic cottage colony, with 180 rooms in white- and mint-hued villas, sprinkled amidst hibiscus and palm trees.
The Verandah was designed using indigenous materials to build the property and harnessing the tropical sun to heat the water and power most of the resort. That's earned the Verandah several key environmental awards -- and made it a less-guilty pleasure for eco-minded tourists.
You probably don't want to come to the Verandah (or Antigua, for that matter) if you don't love the water, because Verandah offers plenty of it:
There's two cozy powder-soft beaches on calm coves, and a choice of four fabulous pools to lounge around. The resort is small enough that you feel like the staff and fellow guests get to know you pretty quickly, but large enough to be able to offer four eateries and an array of activities to keep even the most active families entertained. And active you'll need to be if you want to traverse the 30-acre property, which ranges over some pretty steep hills. Golf carts can zoom you around, but it's often faster to just hoof it.
It's the perfect getaway for families looking for a combination of R&R and action, as there's plenty of both to be had at this resort. less
Our Editor Loves
- Charming, laid-back vibe
- Variety of water activities
- Located near top Antigua attractions
- All Inclusive
- Water Sports
- Children's Program
- Connecting Rooms
- Family Room 5+
- Game Room
- Kids' Pool
- Kids'/Theme Meals
- Laundry Service
- Meal Plan
- Onsite Dining
Great family resort
Reviewed on 04/26/2015
Just got back from a 7 night stay with my husband and 2 daughters, 8 and 5, and was very pleased. It really is a laid back resort that offers plenty to do and has very beautiful surroundings and great accommodations. The food at ...
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Loafing in the Leewards
Reviewed on 04/02/2013
This was the first exotic vacation we have taken as a family and we were not disappointed. This resort is truly all-inclusive and we wanted for nothing. The food was terrific (although I wouldn't recommend the most expensive ...
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The suites and villas at the Verandah are housed in charming little white and pale-green cottages, scattered along the hillside.
Most of the resort's 180 rooms fall into the suite category, a generously sized, airy 700-square-foot room, with tiled floors and bamboo furniture. The rooms feature a king sized bed and a comfortable pullout queen sized bed where the kids can sleep. There's no door between the two areas though, so don't expect a lot of privacy. The bathrooms offer a full shower and bathtub, great for scrubbing the sand off of your kids. Keep in mind that the solar-heated water seems to run low pretty quickly, so lukewarm showers are the general rule. The suites have a small kitchenette with a refrigerator and microwave, but the best part is the small verandah outside the sliding glass doors, which offers great views of either the hillside and gardens or the bright aqua cove. Consider requesting one of the waterfront suites, which are nicely located close to the pool and restaurants and the main beach.
The six two-bedroom villas offer two separate bedrooms, each with their own bathroom. The room with the king-sized bed has an en-suite bathroom with a shower stall, while the room with a pair of twin beds has a shower and tub combo. The villas also include a spacious living area with a full kitchen, dining room table and queen sleeper sofa. You can fit six people per villa. And the villas have their own pool right outside their doors.
In both room categories, if the queen sleeper doesn't work for your kids, you can ask for a rollaway bed for $20 a night, or borrow a crib at no charge.
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