Grand Pineapple Beach Resorts

Welcome to Grand Pineapple Beach Resorts, where Paradise is affordable is included from meals, drinks, watersports and entertainment! 

Grand Pineapple Antigua sits on Long Bay Beach, one of Antigua’s most beautiful beaches with fine white sand, calm turquoise water and Almond trees along the shore.  Some of the islands best snorkeling is just a short walk from the resort.  With just 180 rooms, this is a delightfully casual resort. 

Enjoy your day by hanging out at the beachfront pool sipping a fruity cocktail, or unwind in a hammock with your favorite book.  For lunch visit The Outhouse, perched high atop a hill overlooking the water, where Miss Mary will cook up some lip-smacking ribs and invite you to carve a message into a wood shingle – a memory to take with you as well as one to leave behind.   There are also 3 restaurants, 4 bars, a game room, and 2 pools including an oceanfront adults only pool.

An extra inclusion at Grand Pineapple Antigua is a complimentary day pass to enjoy Sandals Grande Antigua and experience one of their 8 gourmet restaurants, 8 bars, 6 swimming pools as well as land and water activities.

Grand Pineapple Negril sits on a perfect stretch of Seven Mile Beach within walking distance of Negril’s upbeat reggae clubs and offbeat cafes.  With acres of luscious gardens you will have no problem finding some private spots as well.  The 65 charming rooms are colorful and inviting.  The Orchid Restaurant sits right on the beach – a perfect place to enjoy one of Negril’s stunning sunsets.  A freshwater pool is tucked into the gardens, or you can enjoy a swim or some snorkeling in the warm, turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea. 

Grand Pineapple Beach Resorts are the perfect, laid-back resorts for families, singles or others who want to enjoy the all-inclusive vacation experience while on a budget.

Sandals Grande Antigua

Welcome to Antigua – an island with a beach for every day of the year!  And Sandals Grande Antigua sits on one of the best.  Set among lush gardens, this incredible resort offers everything you could possibly want in a Romantic vacation.  The gentle trade winds will keep you cool, even during the midday sun.  The glimmering turquoise sea will beckon to you.  Relax in a lover’s chaise or hammock.  Sip cocktails in the sunset tower, reserve a private cabana in the Eastern Caribbean’s largest pool, browse quaint shops, or renew your senses at the Red Lane Spa.

When choosing your room from the 17 available categories, you will need to decide if the Caribbean Village, Mediterranean Village, Rondovals of Eden or the Mediterranean Plunge Pool Villas suit you best.  At meal time, which of the 9 restaurants sound good today, or maybe room service would be best.  Which of the 8 bars does the best job on your favorite cocktail?  Should you enjoy a private plunge pool, or will one of the 6 main pools in the resort do? 

If you enjoy getting off the resort, (although why would you need to?) there is plenty to do on Antigua.  You can go next door to the Casino.  Definitely visit English Harbour, established by British admiral Lord Nelson in 1784 as a naval base and still a working shipyard.  Visit Shirley Heights and get a great view of neighboring islands or see a fabulous sunset.  Take a catamaran for a Bird Island cruise for bird watching or to neighboring Barbuda or go zip-lining over the rainforest.

Of course, Sandals Grande Antigua offers all of the Luxury Included amenities that you find at the other Sandals properties.

Renewed my Certified Sandals Specialist

I attended a Sandals Workshop last Thursday to maintain my Certified Sandals Specialist status.  I love these workshops because they are so informative keeping us updated on what is new at each of the 22 resorts on 6 islands that are under the Sandals umbrella.  I thought I would share a little information about each resort with you because not everyone realizes that this company offers something for almost everyone.

There are 13 Sandals Luxury Included properties which cater to couples and stress romance; 4 Beaches Luxury Included properties which cater to families, singles and groups; 2 Royal Plantation resorts which offer a luxurious, boutique style resort; 2 Grand Pineapple Beach Resorts which make Paradise affordable; and the Royal Plantation Villas – Butch Stewart’s private estates which he makes available for rent, old world Jamaican charm in a luxurious and pampering environment.

All of the Sandals branded resorts include water sports, both motorized and non-motorized.  Some resorts offer more than others, some of the most popular are water-skiing, snorkeling, kayaking, Hobie Cat sailing, Glass-bottom boat tours, windsurfing, Aquatrykes – and best of all, Scuba – up to 2 dives a day for certified divers.  You can get resort-certified at most resorts and dive once a day.  Golf is included at some resorts.

Sandals is a great place for a Destination Wedding.  Sandals has teamed up with Martha Stewart and currently offers 6 different Wedding Packages, from the Beautiful Beginnings basic package which is free at most resorts, to the Island Paradise which offers a true Caribbean Sunset Wedding experience.  Brides choosing this package get priority for the prime time sunset times.  There are also Renewal of Vows packages available.  These packages are available at all Sandals and Beaches properties. 

I am going to give a brief update on each property in the next few days, so keep checking back to read about your favorite!