Pros

  • Colorful boutique hotel with stunning views of beautiful Dickenson Bay
  • All-inclusive packages available, which include hot breakfast, lunch, and dinner, plus house wine and drinks
  • Quiet, adult-only property
  • Huge rooms and bathrooms decorated with island-inspired touches
  • Air-conditioning, ceiling fans, pillow-top beds, and flat-screen TVs come standard
  • Restaurant with terrace offering breathtaking sunset views and home-cooked meals by owner/chef
  • Free Wi-Fi, continental breakfast, and parking
  • Room service offered during restaurant hours
  • Outdoor pool with sun loungers and a poolside bar
  • Small exercise room with a massage room
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Cons

  • Beach is a 10-minute walk away via busy and poorly lit roads
  • No kids allowed (a pro for some)
  • In an isolated location away from restaurants and bars (a pro for some)
  • Lacks the extensive amenities and nighttime activity of many other all-inclusive options
  • Only some rooms have mini-fridges and coffeemakers, and none have minibars
  • Unsecured street parking only
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Bottom Line

The Villas at Sunset Lane is a tranquil, adult-only three-pearl boutique. It offers 10 large rooms and suites in a quiet residential area overlooking picturesque Dickenson Bay, a 10-minute walk from the beach. Bright pink buildings feature rooms with Caribbean-inspired decor, air-conditioning, flat-screen TVs, pillow-top beds, and huge bathrooms. Villas with full kitchens are also available. The restaurant, with a terrace offering breathtaking sunset views, serves meals personally cooked by the hotel’s owner/chef, who attends to guests throughout their stay. Wi-Fi, parking, and continental breakfast are free, and all-inclusive packages are offered. There’s an outdoor pool, a poolside bar, an exercise room, and a massage room, but no full service-spa. Nearby Siboney Beach Club is similar in size and directly on the beach for around the same rates. 

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The Villas At Sunset Lane

Scene

A quiet, adult-only property offering all-inclusive packages with the vibe of a bed-and-breakfast

Perched on a hillside overlooking Dickenson Bay, The Villas at Sunset Lane is bursting with color, from the vibrant pink buildings to the fragrant tropical flowers that grow throughout the property. A stark contrast to many of the large all-inclusive resorts on the island, the boutique hotel feels more like a bed-and-breakfast thanks to the personal service and delicious meals cooked by the owner/chef herself. The adult-only property draws a mix of couples, solo travelers, and business travelers looking for a quiet and restful stay away from the bustle of the larger resorts. The property is generally subdued, with handfuls of guests lounging by the pool, enjoying a meal, or taking in the gorgeous sunsets from the restaurant’s terrace. Nights are particularly quiet, which may come as a surprise to those who are expecting a rowdy all-inclusive resort. Guests should expect a good night’s sleep over a party.

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Location

 In a sleepy residential area, within 10 minutes of central St. John’s and Dickenson Bay, and 20 minutes from the airport

Set at the end of a narrow road lined with small houses, The Villas at Sunset Lane is isolated from the activity and nightlife of the capital city, yet still ideally located for exploring some of the island’s most popular areas. Guests can reach the beach on foot in about 10 minutes from the hotel’s back entrance, though the walk is along roads that can be busy and are poorly lit at night. Dickenson Bay, home to a beautiful public beach, restaurants, nightlife, and the Grand Bay Casino, is a five-minute drive from the hotel. Cedar Valley Golf Course is a seven-minute drive away. The center of the capital city of St. John’s, home to attractions like the Museum of Antigua and Barbuda, the V. C. Bird Monument, and the bustling Saturday market, as well as several popular restaurants, can be reached by car in 10 to 15 minutes. V. C. Bird International Airport is a 20-minute drive away. 

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Rooms

Large rooms and suites with Caribbean-inspired decor, big closets, and huge bathrooms

The 10 individually decorated units at The Villas at Sunset Lane range from large rooms overlooking the pool to two-bedroom villas with full kitchens. There are two entry-level rooms called Poolside Suites, located just a few feet from the hotel’s outdoor pool. Featuring tile floors and colorful, island-inspired artwork and accents, they come equipped with flat-screen TVs, DVD players, free Wi-Fi, air-conditioning, ceiling fans, and beds with queen-size pillow-top mattresses and Egyptian cotton linens. Large closets include robes, slippers, safes, irons, and ironing boards. The bathrooms are equally large and offer Lord & Mayfair toiletries, hairdryers, and standard shower/tub combos.

The next level of rooms is a pair of Deluxe Suites, which add dining tables and/or sitting areas, as well as mini-fridges. The four Premium Suites are the largest on the property and feature huge bathrooms with deep whirlpool or massage tubs. Three units include king-size beds, including a black-and-white themed suite used at the hotel’s honeymoon suite, while one has a pair of queen-size beds. These rooms notably lack minibars or coffeemakers.

As the hotel’s name implies, there is a pair of two-story villas on the property, each of which has a bedroom upstairs and a living room, full kitchen, dining area, and private terrace downstairs. The one-bedroom villas can be rented separately, or can be combined with the Poolside Suites to create two-bedroom units. 

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Features

Caribbean dining with sunset views, plus a pool, a gym, and massages -- all-inclusive rates available 

The food is a major draw at The Villas at Sunset Lane, thanks to home-cooked meals prepared by the hotel’s owner, who is a professionally trained chef. The Carribbean and international menu incorporates a variety of locally sourced ingredients into its breakfast, lunch, and dinner options, which are served in an open-air dining area that shares a space with the hotel's lobby. The restaurant’s terrace offers panoramic views of beautiful Dickenson Bay and is perfectly positioned for sunset viewing. Room service is available during restaurant hours. The basic room rate includes continental breakfast. All-inclusive rates are also offered, which cover hot breakfast, a light lunch, afternoon tea, and dinner, as well as house wines, cocktails, and non-alcoholic drinks. The chef also offers cooking classes to guests for a fee (must be arranged in advance).

While the hotel promotes itself as all-inclusive, it lacks the extensive amenities that many guests might expect when they think of a typical all-inclusive property. At the center of the property is an outdoor pool with cushioned sun loungers and a poolside bar that serves drinks during the day. Pool towels are provided. There’s also a lounge area connected to the restaurant for guests who prefer to relax in the shade or hold an informal meeting. Next to the pool is a small 24-hour fitness center with an elliptical machine, a treadmill, and a small room with a single massage table (massages are offered for a fee), but there's no full-service spa or fitness center. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the property. Parking is free, though the only option is unsecured parking on the street in front of the hotel. 

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Amenities

  • Dry Cleaning

  • Fitness Center

  • Full Kitchen

  • Internet

  • Laundry

  • Pool

  • Room Service

  • Separate Bedroom / Living Room Space

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