It took about 4 hours to get to Antigua and we were so excited once we landed! We were picked up at the airport and brought to our resort Sandals Grande Antigua !
Sandals Grande Antigua! The most romantic resort.
The butler manager gave us champagne and escorted us to our room. We found out that we had been upgraded! We did book a butler room and we were upgraded to the Mediterranean building into a penthouse!!! Talk about a honeymoon surprise! We couldn’t believe it.
The Mediterranean building where we stayed on the 7th floor!
Our room number
Our balcony where we looked out over the main pool
Area where the microwave, and fridge and coat closet was
Living room area
Another shot of the living room
Water, wine and champagne
Another Antiguan beer
Antiguan fruit drink
Once we were settled in the room, we met one of our three butler’s, Natasha. She gave us an overview of everything. She booked restaurant reservations for us, a spa treatment, made arrangements for the pool and beach, etc. She did everything! She was our main butler. We were given a cell phone to communicate with them while on the resort. They would call us and we would call them for anything that we needed. They were beyond the point of nice and would do anything to make your stay more enjoyable. It was great interacting with them because we got to know them pretty well and they got to know us. We were so sad when we had to say goodbye. They would often show up with random surprises in our room which I will get to in another post. It was exciting to come back to the room and see what they did for us.
We were both so hungry once we got settled so she walked us to an outdoor dining area for lunch.
Barefoot by the Sea restaurant
Me looking so tired in my Just Married tank top
Roasted Red Pepper Hummus with pita as an appetizer. This became our favorite snack to eat by the pool.
My chicken quesadilla..also became a favorite.
Mike’s caesar wrap
The food was great and gave us a wonderful first impression of what was yet to come! We decided to get changed and head to the pool for a little bit. We were still running on fumes at this point but we wanted to enjoy our honeymoon and live in the moment. After the pool, we got ready to head to dinner at Mario’s, the Italian restaurant at the resort.
I ordered Lobster and Shrimp Risotto
Mike ordered steak
This restaurant has the BEST dessert on property! It is the Chocolate Lava Cake and we made numerous stops throughout our honeymoon just to eat this cake! It was heavenly!!!
Chocolate lava cake
Closer look of the magical cake!
Chocolate oozing out of the cake! So good!
Our first day was absolutely incredible! We knew that we made the right choice staying at Sandals and traveling to Antigua. I’ve heard so many mixed things about Sandals so I was nervous. You either love it or you hate it. There is no middle ground. I am so happy to say that we LOVE Sandals! We would both go back in a heartbeat! I cannot wait to share the rest of our honeymoon with you. We took some amazing pictures, had incredible food, saw a beautiful island and met some great people. Antigua is absolutely stunning! You will see that once you see more pictures from our honeymoon. It is a miniature St. Lucia and it really is one of the most romantic places let alone most romantic resort.
Have you ever been to an all-inclusive resort?
Stay tuned tomorrow for more of our honeymoon recap! Happy Thursday!