When we visited Antigua, we were opportunistic enough to grab some of the staff and convince them to sit down for a chat about what they do at the resort
After all, you can read about the physical attributes of the place on our website or in a brochure, but we've always felt that it's the people that make Sandals and Beaches Resorts so special.
So, let's meet them...
Kerry-Ann is FABULOUS! The second we arrived we were pounced upon by the biggest smile I've ever seen - and the rest of her glowed with it! She works on the Concierge desk at Sandals Grande Antigua and spends her day making sure her Concierge guests are having a great time in Antigua.
The rooms and suites at Sandals Grande Antigua are split into 3 categories - Standard, Concierge and Butler. When you spend a little more to upgrade yourself to a Concierge room or suite you'll be getting a bigger room and an alcoholic mini-bar, but also the extra attention of the likes of Kerry-Ann.
Dean, Water-sports Manager
Sandals and Beaches resorts are very popular amongst water-sports enthusiasts (I prefer lounging on the beach with a cocktail), particularly as the majority of them are part of your Luxury Included stay. This includes diving and snorkelling excursions as well as the giant floating bikes and hobi-cats you can glide over the ocean in.
Aside from being a VERY cool dude, Dean will look after you when you decide to take the plunge into the Caribbean Sea!
Juliet, Island Routes Excursions
While you're staying at a Sandals or Beaches Resort you may (like me) be very content sipping BBCs on the beach, but if you want to get out and see a little of what makes your chosen Caribbean island so special, you'll want to visit the Island Routes desk. At Sandals Grande Antigua you'll find (among some other lovely ladies) the MARVELLOUS Juliet!
Not sure what to do? She'll give you plenty of ideas and in the event of a rare rain cloud, will even get you on your feet dancing in the bar!
The top level of suites at Sandals and Beaches Resorts are not only luxurious and spacious, but they come complete with a wonderful Butler Service. Your Butler will be on hand to see to your every need and will even furnish you with a mobile phone so you can call him from the beach and request a drink or that forgotten bottle of sunblock in the bathroom!
Lincoln is one of the Butlers at Sandals Grande Antigua and emanates a feeling of professionalism that automatically makes you feel like the most important guest in the Resort!
Roma, Weddings Planner
We were very fortunate to attend the wedding of some good friends of ours at Sandals Grande Ocho Rios in Jamaica and one of the things they keep repeating is how wonderful the Wedding Planner who looked after them was.
Roma is the Weddings Manager at Sandals Grande Antigua and she gives the impression that a bride and groom would have nothing to worry about from the time they arrive to the second they leave as husband and wife. Not to mention that Roma is always happy to answer any questions you might have before you even set off for the Caribbean!
You're in VERY good hands here!
Kzuri, Red Lane Spa
Aside from the pool and cocktail bars, our favourite hangout is the Red Lane Spa - just walking in the front door makes me feel tranquil!
The range of treatments is incredible - our favourite has to be 'Scrub-a-dub-dub two in the tub'! As one of the Spa's therapists, Kzuri is in the business of relaxation and pampering - and she does it well! No trip to Sandals or Beaches is complete without a visit to the Red Lane Spa. That reminds me, I need another pedicure!