I sat back in my sea hammock, rum punch in hand, belly full, skin tanned, just thinking about how much I was loving life… Can this just be my life FOREVER AND ALWAYS, please? Pretty please?
Yep, life was good. But not all good things can last forever… sadly.
But for a week or so? Hey, I’ll take it!
Wouldn’t you? I’m quite sure you’ll be feeling my sentiments during your time at an all-inclusive in Antigua. And I can only assume that’s why you’re here with me right now… Wondering where to stay and perhaps thinking, is it actually worth it?
SPOILER ALERT: It’s worth it.
Let’s get on with this, here’s WHY it’s worth it and where to stay in Antigua.
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Why an All-Inclusive Resort in Antigua Is Worth It
OK so let’s be real, all-inclusive resorts in Antigua are amazing, but we could probably say these reasons would apply to many all-inclusives around the world. I’m not one to stay in an all-incisive often, mostly because I travel and I’m not on vacation (yes there’s a difference.)
So when I was invited to visit Antigua and to stay at an all-inclusive, it was a magical dream to actually to be cared for and be on a semi-vacation (I was here to work after all, but it was easy to forget while at the resort!)
Here are the best reasons why it’s an awesome idea to treat yo’ self and stay at an all-inclusive in Antigua.
There’s Zero Work Involved After Booking
Seriously, once you book, you can sit back and count the days until your flight takes off. When you stay at an all-inclusive resort in Antigua, your only job is to brush your teeth, beach bum, and decide to get seconds for dinner or leave room for dessert. Your days will be full of doing whatever TF you want and listening to no one! So yes, this is an official VACATION.
Take it from me, the person who never vacations and only travels (yes, again there’s a MAJOR difference), When you’re at an all-inclusive resort in Antigua, you have nothing else to worry about. No thinking about how to get here or there, no need to learn the currency, your food is taken care of so no worries on choosing a place to eat…
Just book your all-inclusive, and that’s it.
DISCLAIMER: You DO have to do a bit after booking… Like packing, getting on a plane, and like, making it to the resort. I can’t take responsibility for anyone missing their flights. Just making that totally clear.
Eating All Day Is Acceptable
Ever been to a restaurant and thought the portions were too small but didn’t want to look like a ravenous pig ordering anything more? Have you been abroad, wanted to get adventurous with your meal order and when the food came, you regretted all your life choices because it’s just not your thing?
Well, you’re at an all-inclusive resort in Antigua, so there’s nothing to worry about here. Eat all the things, all day, and if you don’t like it, order something else! Better yet, hop up to the buffet and choose another item yourself.
Speaking of buffets, sometimes these are a hit or a miss (and by that, I mean they can be great or gross). Luckily I didn’t have any “gross” moments plus many of the all-inclusives in Antigua have on-site restaurants that are included, grills with easy and quick food, or restaurants you can upgrade to for the night. Also, I can be picky (pescatarian/vegetarian) and I always found something yummy to gobble up at the buffets.
The beauty of all-inclusive resorts is the ability to feel no guilt in eating a lot (hello, that’s a requirement while on vacation) and not having to worry if you’re going to like the food. There’s so much to choose from, and it would be impossible for you to not find SOMETHING you love.
My daily struggle was deciding whether or not I should go for seconds or look cuter in my bikini later… The food usually won. Oh well.
You’ll Never Need Your Wallet
In what world do you not need a wallet?!
Well, at an all-inclusive resort…
That’s about it. Remember point #1? Yes, even taking out your wallet can be considered “work.” Everything has been paid for. Order the drink, order the burger, go out on the kayak, sit on those beautiful lounge chairs with the palm frond umbrella… They have been paid for, so use them!
So, yeah, leave the wallet in your room. You won’t be needing that anymore… Maybe even your phone too.
The Service Is Next Level
This is relative, but overall, all-inclusive resorts tend to have excellent service because at the end of the day, the guests are on the property A LOT and the service at an all-inclusive resort in Antigua will be different than one at a hotel.
I visited numerous properties while in Antigua and every single person from the barman, to the grill master, to the maid, was so sweet. It’s perhaps a Caribbean thing too, everyone is so gosh darn smiley! Even the landscaper at the hotel wished me a good day each time I saw him.
They are used to having to interact with guests more, you aren’t there to chow down a burger and leave, you’re there, for like, a week… They have to accommodate and provide a better level of service. You start to know their names, you make conversation, this isn’t an in and out interaction, and it makes a huge difference!
In addition, should you need assistance with anything, like really, anything… They can get it sorted for you. Car rental, taxi, airport pick up, tour bookings, a bottle of water at 11 pm because you don’t want to leave your room because you just got out of the shower and don’t want to see another human until morning (yep, you can probably guess this was me. Oops, and thank you!)
You don’t need to make special arrangements for anything, they got you!
You Never Have to Leave
OK, fine, you’ll probably want to leave at some point. After all, there are some fun things to do in Antigua! But do you have to? Nah. Food, bed, beach, pool, drinks… it’s all right there.
There will likely be activities right at the resort as well. Most resorts will have kayaks, SUP boards, and even mini catamarans for you to take out and adventure on.
They even have shops on site and I must admit Pineapple Beach Club wins for the world’s cutest shops…
So if you REALLY wanted… You wouldn’t have to leave, ever, for anything. Having this choice is a relief, and in all reality, you will go explore, but knowing you don’t have to is always nice.
Best Resorts in Antigua: Where Should You Stay?
Right, so get to the point, Nina. All-inclusive resorts in Antigua are amazing. But where do you recommend we stay?!
Ah, so glad you asked! I DO have some recommendations for you, and I’m sure they will be everything you wanted and more.
Just a tiny discloser as I’m always super honest with you guys, I was invited to Antigua, and I stayed at the Verandah, I had the pleasure of visiting and hanging out at the other locations but didn’t get to enjoy a night stay there.
That said, all opinions are my own, and I’m sure to remain as objective as possible. Also, the reviews from others speak for themselves as well! I’ve linked them below for you to gather other’s opinions.
So which of these locations vibe with your vacation needs more?
The Verandah Resort & Spa, Antigua All-Inclusive
I was lucky enough to call this all-inclusive resort in Antigua my home for an entire week.
My villa was my haven and I really couldn’t ask for anything more. I had an ocean view, a kitchenette, a comfortable bed, a large shower, and even a desk (as if I used it for more than just a surface for my water). My room happened to be around their pool so I could jump in with literally just a few steps out of my front door.
The resort is massive and has two beach locations along with two beach bars and grills. There are two pools, one being adult only, a huge buffet and a couple of restaurants all on site.
The best part was the ocean hammocks (I’m a simple person) and access to their fun toys like their SUP boards, mini catamarans, and kayaks which you can take out, free of change.
I could not have had a better experience and it’s no surprise this is a favorite resort on the island.
Pineapple Beach Club, Antigua All Inclusive
This adults-only all-inclusive resort in Antigua was my neighbor and we spent a good amount of time popping into Pineapple Beach Club for some drinks, dinner, to hang out, and enjoy the live music.
Considering this resort is sisters with the Verandah, you have access to BOTH resorts and they can easily be reached by literally walking across the street.
The Pineapple Beach Club offers its own beautiful section of sand and sea, a couple of pools, and even beachside barbeques at night.
Galley Bay Resort & Spa, Antigua All-Inclusive
A couple’s romantic getaway dream resort. Period.
This place is stunning from their incredible villas with private pools to their beachfront apartments to their striking slice of coastline. This adults-only resort is truly incredible and offers some serious perks without being pretentious in the slightest.
The little things here make a big difference. There’s a cute rum bar so venturing too far away to get a sip of rum and some nightlight before you turn in isn’t necessary and the rooms come with snorkel gear so you can hop in and explore the sea at any time you please.
Their restaurant was top notch and they even have a spa on site, so when I say you don’t need to leave your resort, I’m not kidding!
Hammock Cove, Antigua All-Inclusive
Get ready guys, this is a new luxury all-inclusive resort that’s currently being built two seconds away from the Verandah Resort and it’s going to be a stunner!
They are opening at the end of 2019 but are taking booking now. We got to see what one of the villas is going to look like and it was INSANE. The villas have their own private pool, balcony with sea view, massive bed, a shower for two (or really like 10 because yes, a bunch of us went in the shower to see how many could fit) and tons of other perks.
This is probably going to be the ultimate spot when they open and if you’re looking for a private and romantic getaway, uhm, yeah, look no further.
OK, time for me lay down and pretend I’m back in Antigua. I can’t tell you how much I miss it! The friendliness, the ease of staying at the resorts, and vibes and views… I love Antigua! Get ready to fall in love, guys.
And I also got you covered if you’re wondering what to do in Antigua, aside from enjoying your resort that is.
When are you visiting Antigua? Where will you stay in Antigua? Let us know in the comments!
Thank you, Antigua and Barbuda Tourist Board, Elite Island Resorts, and Traverse for inviting me to this magical island. My opinion is the only one that matters around here… So… Ya know… All thoughts and opinion are my own, forever and always. #NoBias #NoBS
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Nina Ragusa is an adventurer, messy bun master, breakfast fan, and full-time travel blogger. She’s been abroad since 2011 and blogging on Where in the World is Nina? for nearly as long. Nina helps people like you move around the world while making money. She loves talking about how to work abroad and online to travel longer!