For a whole lot less dollars, experience the brilliant aqua marine water caressing silky white sand, Caribbean charm and the all-inclusive pampering of Sandals resorts at the Grand Pineapple Beach Antigua. These lesser known resorts, owned by Sandals, and located in both Jamaica and Antigua, are incredible gems for those folks willing to forgo the five-star Sandals or Beaches resort for a more colloquial, homey type of vacation. And I must say, guests at the Grand Pineapple Beach Antigua were more than satisfied. On my visit in December 2011 to six Sandals resorts, the Grand Pineapple Antigua was the only resort with “no vacancy”! We met one woman who has been coming to the Grand Pineapple Antigua from Brittain for the month of December for twenty-five years!!
The two-story bungalow style resort is located on its own private little cove for carefree swimming and sun soaking. Warm, friendly staff greet you with a cool scented towel and refreshing drink as you arrive. What a “cool” touch.
Take a stroll through the lovely gardens, read a book from your bungalow porch, or sip a frosty drink under a shade tree…. My husband and I would choose this resort in a minute. Families are welcome though children’s programs are limited. Make your own family fun on the beach.
Weddings at the Grand Pineapple Beach Antigua are complimentary with a seven night stay in an ocean view room or only $899 with a shorter stay. This includes the flowers, cake, government fees and ceremony costs. Select the garden gazebos for your wedding, then family at home can watch the ceremony on a web cam. Isn’t that great!
Or choose the hilltop gazebos overlooking the stunning blue waters. There is a steep walk up to this sweet vista so be prepared.
Of course, couples may wish to choose the beach for a wedding, after all it is the Caribbean. Or maybe, just for relaxing on a beach chair. This is a small resort and cove so expect company on the beach, especially during the sunshine hours. Speaking of beach, non-motorized water sports are included. Doesn’t that water bike look fun?
See the hilltop gazebos up on the cliff!
Of course, sumptuous food is always a priority on vacation. And though the dining rooms are more like a summer camp facility than a fine restaurant, the food is wonderful. There are three restaurants, the pool side grill, the main dining room and the “Outhouse”.
Hike up that promontory past the hilltop gazebos to discover the “Outhouse” and I promise you will not be sorry. The ambiance is pure shack! Grab a stick, write your thoughts or name and hammer it on. A part of you will always remain in Antigua. Spend a while savoring those lip smacking ribs and chicken while you are there.
Two rooms became vacant while we were at the Grand Pineapple Beach Antigua. After staying at the luxury Sandals resorts, these rooms appeared basic, rather like a typical hotel. Clean, charming and simple. The pools are reminiscent of the 1960 era. But hey, I’m here for the fun, sun, water and affordability. Throw me in this folksy place anytime!
Scenic, friendly and serene…the Grand Pineapple Beach Antigua is calling me.
If you want affordable, if you enjoy a smaller resort with a 1940’s feel, if less than perfect but funky, lovely, warm and friendly is fine with you perhaps the Grand Pineapple Beach Antigua is calling you too.
See you on the beach,