Oyster knows what travelers look for in hotels. When we review properties in person around the world, we evaluate how every feature stacks up against the competition, from the rooms to the pools to the restaurants. So if you’re planning a getaway and need a place to start, you’ve come to the right place. Take a look at our expert top value picks in Antigua and get inspired!
This 180-room, mid-range all-inclusive is the more affordable and slightly family-friendlier than sister property Sandals Grande Antigua. The colorful Grand Pineapple includes lots of activities (including games and water sports), but the nice white-sand beach and great lagoon pool can get crowded. Rooms have simple Caribbean style, with light blue walls and wicker furniture, but many are old and need updating. The shack-style Outhouse restaurant on the bluff is a highlight, as are the daily turtle feedings. Guests enjoy the casual, unpretentious vibe at this laid-back value option.
The style and architecture of the all-inclusive Hawksbill resort harken back to the '60s and '70s. Some see only vintage charm reminiscent of a simpler time, while others will feel that the resort is in desperate need of renovations and updates. One feature that is surely timeless is the beautiful white-sand beach, with and calm Caribbean waters. The rooms are dated and basic, with no TVs, which is meant to allow guests distraction-free relaxation.
Jolly Beach Resort is a large 464-room family-friendly (and budget-friendly) all-inclusive resort on an excellent mile-long white sand beach. It's self-described as an "affordable" option for Antigua, and that aspect is evident in the older buildings, fading paint, and worn decor. Though it's a little rough around the edges, considering the lovely beach and large pool area, Jolly Beach provides a decent value -- as long as you don’t mind a few shortcomings, and don’t plan on spending too much time in the drab rooms.
This 38-room, casual, beachfront hotel for teens and adults (no children under 12) is smaller than most resorts on the island, allowing for a much more friendly, intimate feel. All rooms face out on to the beach and feature ocean views, but the views inside aren't very inspiring -- the furniture and decor are old and dated. Coconut Beach Club's cozy setting and secluded location make it feel like a secret hideaway -- and while it's not fancy or luxurious, it provides a decent value for a budget resort.