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ANTIGUA

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                   GRAND PINEAPPLE BEACH
Guest Rooms

135 Rooms

Restaurants

3 Restaurants
2 Snack Bars
Rustic Outhouse Snack Bar

Bars

4 Bars

Pools

2 Oceanfront Freshwater Pools
One Adult Only Pool

Other

Tennis
Ping Pong
Fitness Center
Disco
Game Room
Billiards
Hobie Cat Sailing
Kayaks
Windsurfing
Snorkeling
Volleyball
Nightly Entertainment
Motorized Watersports Available - fee
Golf - 20 miles away - fee
Babysitting - fee



What We Found on Our Visit
Photos from Our Visit
We visited the Caribbean island of Antigua in the first week of November 2007. We stayed at two all inclusive resorts on the island: the Grand Pineapple Beach Resort and the St James Club. Antigua is a small island a bit east of the Virgin Islands. It is about 14 miles long and 10 miles wide. St Johns, at the western end of the island, is the island’s major town. The island boasts 365 beaches – a different one for every day of the year. The Grand Pineapple Beach Resort is situated on one of the nicest beaches.

The Grand Pineapple Beach Resort is a small, intimate resort. Your first experience is at reception, which is situated in a small building with couches and lounge chairs if you need to wait. When we arrived there was no else waiting to check in, so we sat at one of the two check-in desks and had a very pleasant experience including a rum punch made with the island’s rum – it’s dark and strong. We met our neighbors, Kevin (pictured) and Sue (standing next to me, so not in the picture). They are from Leicester, England and we spent three very pleasant days getting to know them. There are non-stop flights from England to Antigua, which until 1981 was a British colony. As a consequence, there are a lot of British visitors to Antigua, as well as Europeans.

The Grand Pineapple Beach Resort is a family resort.

There are two pools at the Grand Pineapple Beach Resort. Children are restricted to the main pool. The pool is built into the side of the hill and has several levels. There is plenty of sun with palapas and trees for shade. The main pool is just steps away from the beach. There is a bar and a grill located right in the pool area. Towels and games are also readily available. There is an “adults only” pool. It is generally quiet and has some shady areas near the buildings. The adult pool is also located just steps away from the beach.

Pineapple Beach is one of the nicest beaches in Antigua. The Grand Pineapple Beach Resort occupies about half of the beach. The other half has a few souvenir vendors and a small public beach. There are a couple of small restaurants located near the public beach. The beach is somewhat remote, so there are not large numbers of people on the public beach. At the resort there’s a beach volley ball court and palapas are available for shade.

The Grand Pineapple Beach Resort includes among its all inclusive activities Hobie Cats for sailing enthusiasts and kayaks. Instruction in sailing and kayaking is provided for those who might need it. There’s also a ping pong table available.

The Grand Pineapple Beach Resort has nicely maintained grounds. There is a gazebo on the grounds. The first night we stayed at the resort, there was a cocktail party in the early evening hosted by the resort management. A topic of conversation was Sandals purchase of the resort. There is a Sandals resort on the island - Sandals Antigua Caribbean Village and Spa. When we arrived back in the states and contacted our Sandals representative, she told us that Grand Pineapple Beach would become a Beaches resort – the family resorts in the Sandals lineup. Since then we've learned that Sandals has started a new product line of Grand Pineapple family resorts. The former Negril Gardens resort has become Sandals Grand Pineapple Negril.

One of the staff setting up the party set up a ladder on a palm tree, climbed up – shinnying the last 10 feet, and knocked down half a dozen coconuts. He gave one to me and told me ask the cook at dinner to prepare it for me. We had the milk used for a cocktail.

The staff was extremely friendly and helpful. Our first night we stayed in one of the rooms behind the gazebo. Mosquitoes were getting in and we couldn’t figure out where. The next day the reservation staff provided us another room and helped us move. Antigua is a tropical island and mosquitoes are a fact of life, so don’t forget the insect repellant.

Near the reception building there’s a display of red footed tortoises. These tortoises are native to the tropics of the Americas. There are three or four adult tortoises and a number of juveniles in the display.

Part of the intimacy of the Grand Pineapple Beach Resort is the friendly and helpful staff. Another part is the mixture of older and newer buildings. The older buildings have porches on the fronts of the buildings, facing the beach and garden, where guests meet and chat with one another. That’s how we met our neighbors, Kevin and Sue.

The newer buildings at the Grand Pineapple Beach Resort have the best views. They face the ocean and are generally up the hillside where the porches look out over the ocean and beach.

Breakfast and lunch at the Grand Pineapple Beach Resort are a seaside buffet. Waiters bring drinks and clean up dirty plates when you go back for seconds and thirds. Two of the three dinner restaurants occupy this same space – it’s outdoors, so don’t forget the bug spray. The third dinner restaurant – the Pineapple Grill - is indoors. Mostly, dinner requires reservations except when the outdoor restaurants are buffet. There’s also a poolside grill which is open during the afternoon and late at night, but not during the dinner period.

The main bar at the Grand Pineapple Beach Resort is located just off the beach. It also serves the main pool. The area near the main bar is used for evening entertainment. One night we were entertained by a steel drum band and another night by a jazz band and a fire eater.

The Outhouse is an absolute must for lunch or two, depending on the length of your stay at the Grand Pineapple Beach Resort. The Outhouse is a rustic shack on the top of a bluff looking north. The view is spectacular. The rustic shack provides self-serve barbecued ribs and chicken, bottled beer in a huge ice chest, and salad fixings. You serve and clean up after yourself. It’s paper plates and more like a picnic in a lean-to.

The cove at Long Bay Beach in which Grand Pineapple Beach is Situated

Some of the Grand Pineapple Beach Resort in on the Hillside with Great Ocean Views

Our Neighbor Kevin from Leicester, England

The Office where you first Register

A Family All Inclusive Resort with Impeccably Maintained Grounds

Children and Parents enjoy the White Sand Beach

The Main Pool is just off the Beach and has Sun and Shade

The Main Pool is Terraced

The Main Pool has a Bar and Snack Bar

The Adult Pool overlooks the Ocean

The Adult Pool has both Sun and Shade

There are a few Shops on the Beach

The Beach is Wide and the Water Invitingly Warm

Volleyball is Available - There's a Game Every Day

You can Lounge or Stroll on the Beach

There's Shade and Sunshine at the Beach

Hobie Cats are included at Grand Pineapple Beach

Kayaks are also Included

Table Tennis is available - Tennis Courts are also Included

The Vegetation and Gardens are Beautiful

There's a Gazebo for Weddings and Other Events

There's a Small Tortoise Exhibit

They are Red Footed Tortoises

Every Room has a Balcony

Older Rooms have Balconies along the Exterior Hallway

Newer Rooms have Private Balconies

Porches in the Newer Buildings have Views of the Ocean

Restaurants are under Cover both Indoors and Outdoors

Some Dining is Right on the Edge of the Beach

There is a Breakfast Buffet

The Buffet is also Available for Lunch

There are Outdoor Tables at the Main Bar

There are also Indoor Tables at the Main Bar

The Snack Bar is beside the Main Pool

The Main Bar has Service beside the Main Pool

The View from the Outhouse

Detailed Resort Information


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Overlooking the spectacular waters of Long Bay on Antigua's Northeastern Coast and set on 25 acres of tropical greenery in the impressive Horseshoe Bay. Offering 180 rooms housed in one, two, and three story buildings, boasting striking views of the lush gardens or of the ocean. Get your feet wet sunfish sailing, snorkeling, kayaking or reef-fishing or get more than your feet wet enjoying the tropical sun and cooling waters at the secluded beach or by the oceanfront, freshwater pool. Whatever your game, you're sure to find it here.

HOTEL INFORMATION

GRAND PINEAPPLE BEACH
P.O. Box 2000 Long Bay
St. Johns, Antigua

Distance from Hotel to Town, 20 miles (32 kms).
Distance from Hotel to Airport, 15 miles (24 kms).

Grand Pineapple Beach - this beautiful property is located on the secluded white sand beach of Antigua's Long Bay, on the Island's northeastern coast. Set on 25 acres of tropical greenery in the impressive Horseshoe Bay. The hotel is approximately 30 minutes away from V.C. Bird International Airport and from St John's, Antigua's capital city. Three restaurants; four beverage bars; two snack bars; two freshwater beachfront swimming pools; non-motorized watersports; land sports; four hard-surface tennis courts; table tennis; air-conditioned fitness center; disco; game room; chaise lounges and towel service for the pool and beach area; nightly entertainment.

HOTEL AMENITIES

Aerobics (aqua)
Babysitting Services ($)
Bars (3)
Beach
Beauty Salon ($)
Billiards
Boogie Boards
Cards (deck of playing cards)
Catamarans
Currency Exchange
Darts
Excursions ($)
Exercise Room
Games (board)
Gift Shop
Kayaks
Laundry Service ($)
Massage Services ($)
Medical Services (24 hour) ($)
Pool (freshwater) (2)
Restaurants (3)
Safe Deposit Boxes
Snack Bars (2)
Snorkeling
Soccer (beach)
Sundries Shop
Table Tennis
Tennis Courts (4)
Tour Desk ($)
Volleyball
Water Polo
Watersports (non-motorized)
Windsurfing

Activities
Daily activities program hosted by recreation staff

Golf: ($)
20 Miles Away

Entertainment (nightly)
Local talent and staff shows

($) Denotes a fee may be charged.

Please note: Some hotel amenities listed above may have an additional fee associated with them.

ACCOMMODATION CATEGORIES AND DESCRIPTIONS

Arrival/Departure Time:
Check-in-time: 3:00 pm Check-out-time: 12:00 pm

Early check-in and late checkout on request, and subject to availability.

Children Policy:
Children 11 and under are charged at a reduced rate, when sharing room with 2 paying adults.

Maximum Occupancy:
Standard - 2 adults.
Gardenview - 4 adults or 2 adults with 2 children.
Oceanview - 3 adults or 2 adults with 1 child.
Waterside - 4 adults or 2 adults with 2 children.
Beachfront - 4 adults or 2 adults with 2 children.

Standard
Feature partial garden view with veranda. Bath with shower only.
Maximum occupancy - two persons.
Bedding: 1 queen bed.

Gardenview
Located in the central garden area, they feature private terrace on the ground floor and partial oceanview with veranda on second floor.
Maximum occupancy- four persons using existing bedding.
Bedding: 1 king bed or 1 queen bed or 2 double beds.
View: Garden or Partial Ocean.

Oceanview
Located on the hilltop, shower/tub and private balcony. Because of it's hillside location, this room category may not be suitable for travelers with limited mobility.
Maximum occupancy - three persons (rollaway provided for third person).
Bedding: 1 king bed.
View: Bay.

Waterside
Spectacular 180-degree water views, perched directly on the ocean. All rooms are air conditioned, but if you want to open the doors and windows on the seafront patios, the cooling tropical breezes are great. Private patio overlooking the sea (watch the pelicans dive for their dinner), private bath with shower only.
Maximum occupancy - four persons using existing bedding.
Bedding: 1 king bed or 2 double beds.

Beachfront
Located next to the white sand beach, airy rooms with outstanding ocean views. Air conditioned, balcony or patio, private bath with shower and tub.
Maximum occupancy - four persons using existing bedding.
Bedding: 1 king bed or 2 double beds.
View: Ocean.

All accommodations include: coffee/tea maker, telephone (direct dial, voice mail), air conditioning, safe (in accommodation), television (remote controlled, satellite), ceiling fan and hairdryer. Specific bedding and/or special requests are fulfilled based on availability and cannot always be guaranteed.

FOOD AND BEVERAGE OUTLETS

Pineapple Sports Bar
is the late night bar open for drinks and snacks. Room service is not available.
Open Days: Closed on Sundays

The Outhouse
A rustic hilltop bar overlooking the ocean. It serves light snacks, beer and sodas.

The Pelican Snack Bar
is a poolside bar offering light snacks and drinks.

The Piano Bar
is the main bar located close to the beach.

The Suntan Bar
is located opposite the main cascading pool.

Pineapple Grill
Sample excellent progressive cuisine at this charming a la carte restaurant complete with entertainment.
Cuisine: Caribbean.
Dinner Hours: 6:30pm-9:30pm

Chef's Pietro(*)
You'll be surprised and delighted with the chef's daily specials at this a la carte restaurant.
Dinner Hours: on seating at 7:00pm
(*) Denotes reservation is required.

Topaz
The main restaurant features a la carte and buffet dining and offers a wide variety of delicious dishes.
General Opening Hours: 7:30am to 9:30pm

Please Note:
A special "Steakhouse menu" featuring grilled steak and lobster, is also available in all restaurants at a supplement of US $25.00 per person plus a 20.5% service charge & tax.

MISCELLANEOUS INFORMATION

General Destination Information - Important!
-Please advise all clients traveling to Antigua: That the wearing of camouflage or military apparel is illegal, and enforceable by law.

Internet
-There is an internet room on site open from 9:00am-11:00pm. Time cards are sold for a nominal fee for a usage time of 20 minutes, hour or 1 hour. Additionally, dial up service is available in all rooms for guests carrying personal laptops. Wireless internet service is available at several areas around the property. (Guests must have personal laptops and a credit card to use this service.)

Dress Codes for the Restaurants 2008
-In the Topaz Restaurant after 6:30pm: Men wear collared shirts with short or long sleeves (no t-shirts or tank tops) and long pants or stylish jeans and closed shoes. Bermuda-length shorts and dress sandals are allowed for the Caribbean night only. Women wear skirts, long pants, culottes, or in the summer tailored Bermuda-length shorts (no "short shorts", cutoffs).

-In the Chef Pietro & Pineapple Grill restaurants after 6:30pm: Men wear collared shirts with short or long sleeves (no t-shirts or tank tops) and long pants or stylish jeans and closed shoes. Women wear dresses, skirts, long pants, or culottes (no jeans or flip-flops).

MINIMUM NIGHT STAY REQUIREMENTS

No minimum stay information available.

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