Hotel

Nonsuch Bay Resort

Nonsuch Bay Resort

Hayes & Jarvis Rating
Average: 4.5 (1 vote)
TripAdvisor Review
800 Reviews
Guide Price £1,609 per person
Based on 25 June 19 departure from London Gatwick flying with British Airways, staying for 7 nights all inclusive in a Deluxe Suite (2 adults sharing) including return transfers.
Our guide price gives you an idea of how much to budget for a stay at this hotel. The price will vary based on exchange rates, and your choice of room type, departure date, airline and cabin class, and any additional extras you’d like to add to your holiday.

A picturesque slice of Antigua

Nonsuch Bay Resort is set on 40 acres of picturesque garden and coastline overlooking a magnificent sparkling bay, with spacious suites and cottages that provide abundant private living space with large verandas. The resort's fleet of boats is a real highlight, allowing you to experience sailing for the first time or improve your skills with professional guidance; there is also a kitesurfing and windsurfing school. Spend some time on the beach relaxing under the sun and enjoy the outdoor restaurant — with its award-winning chef serving a menu of European-inspired Caribbean delights. 

  • Caribbean and European dining at the restaurant
  • Spacious all suite hotel with beach cottages
  • World-class sailing facilities

Hotel Features

Hotel Category

Deluxe

Location Type

Beach
  • Check-in Time:
    15:00
  • Check-out Time:
    12:00
  • 60 rooms
  • Please be advised, due to balcony heights - we only sell this property as an adults only for ages 18 years and above. The property however, does accept children

Main Facilities

  • Outdoor pool
  • Spa facilities
  • Watersports
  • Wifi

Accommodation Type

  • Boutique
  • Hidden gem
  • Luxury Collection

Board Basis Options

  • All Inclusive
Location Highlights

Nonsuch Bay Resort

  • Beach
  • Approx. 40 minutes from airport
800 Reviews 94% of travellers recommended this hotel

Traveller ratings

  • Excellent 595
  • Very Good 155
  • Average 36
  • Poor 13
  • Terrible 2

What to Expect

  • Location
  • Sleep Quality
  • Rooms
  • Service
  • Value
  • Cleanliness

Reviews

Dec 16, 2018

Ideal for luxury relaxing and water fun

London, United Kingdom

Picked up from Antigua airport by the resorts taxi, given chilled water which was very appreciated. On arrival, taken into the main resort area where we were given a choice of drink, cold flannel. No queues, the most peaceful check in experience! :) Our apartment lovely, fitted out for self catering, four poster bed, amazing view of the resort and bay. The food is different every day, very good and service to match. Eating outside on the warm nights is perfect. It would be good to see vegan menu advertised though, options are there daily but never on the menu. My only disappointment. The bar area is sociable and generous. David and Everton the best in the business when it comes to working a bar. Incredibly friendly and professional staff. Hats off to the front of house who continuously greeted us by name. We sailed for the first time. Big shout out to Cartwright (Session) who patiently instructed us. Loads of fun and taught us so much. Expect a bit of seaweed in the sea/beach on a windy day. Though the staff work tirelessly to ensure a beautiful beach. It doesn't matter where you are on this resort, you get spoilt. We'll be back. Absolutely awesome.
Dec 13, 2018

Quiet hotel with good ambience

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Nonsuch Bay Arrival We got a free transfer from the airport. We were already on the island having stayed at the Ocean Point hotel, and had arranged to meet outside arrivals, but could not find our driver. A lady on the information desk kindly called the hotel and we managed to find the driver who had been waiting in a different part of the terminal. On arrival we were warmly greeted by name as we stepped out of the taxi (The taxi driver had given our transfer papers to the security guard, who in turn I guess called reception to expect us) - Either way it was a nice touch. We were offered fruit or rum punch while we completed registration and then back in the taxi to our room (401). Room The room is more like a condo, as it was originally designed for self catering and they have only recently gone All Inclusive. Large sitting room leading onto an all around verandah which had a single sunbed, glass table and 4 chairs + 2 comfy single chairs. Full kitchen with American fridge with a large bottle and 2 small bottles of free water, coffee maker, coffee, blender, cutlery and crockery. A TV, although at night with the crickets making a racket it was difficult to hear unless you ramp up the volume. The bedroom had a 4 poster bed with a mattress on top of another mattress, making it quite high. The bed was a bit rickety and squeaky, but comfortable. Bathroom with a jacuzzi bath, 2 washbasins, shower and toilet. The room also had free Wi-fi. We had a problem with the bedroom aircon being warm on our first night,but this was sorted by re-gassing the system Pools There are 3 pools scattered around the resort. One by the kids club, one on the next road down and the infinity pool by the restaurant. I was intrigued as to how you got a drink with no bar at either and when we arrived was told a drinks waiter made regular stops on the pools and beach. When we arrived the lower pool was packed so we headed for the top pool. There are a lot of weeds in between the paving around the pool which detracted a bit from the 4* rating. The pool itself was fine, but there were a lot of midges biting you as you tried to sunbathe. After an hour with no sign of any drinks waiter, we headed for the beach. Our initial impression of the beach was black seaweed in the shallow water and kids screaming about jellyfish , no sunshades other than the palm trees and no bar + most beds were taken. So we grabbed a couple of beds on the jetty and walked up the steps to the bar to grab ourselves a much needed drink. We did eventually see a waiter offering drinks on the beach. The beach however turned out to be a better option than the pools. The beach boys kept the seaweed at bay, so our first impression must have been an anomaly. The beach was clean, the water was calm and on a really calm day the snorkelling was good. There is a man made jetty and there are hundreds of fish living there. I even saw a barracuda. Some people would swim out behind the lanes marked with tubing for the yachts to come back into harbour and go into deeper water and to the small coves to the right of the resort. There are lots of shoals of fish that swim into shore and lots of crabs in the bay and beach. Yes there is an odd jellyfish. The beach bar service was hit and miss. The guy would offer you drinks, but as the whole beach wanted them, you would dehydrate by the time you got it. It would take a good 10 or 15 minutes between ordering to actually getting it. Although you have to climb steps to get the the restaurant and bar, it was better to just fetch a drink yourself. Bearing in mind there is one bar, the barman is having to serve guests who come to the bar wanting a drink + make all the drinks for the tray that is going to the beach. The infinity pool was freezing but great for a photo opportunity. But it only opened up for a short period around 3-4pm during afternoon tea. We were first in one day and quietly enjoying ourselves when a load of kids came in one of whom insisted on standing on the side and jumping in. His parents were nowhere to be seen (turned out they were out sailing or snorkelling - This turned out to be a regular occurrence of just abandoning their kids) After politely asking him to stop, he pretended not to hear saying his ears were blocked and carried on jumping and splashing. So we gave up and got out. We did mention this to the hotel and they said they knew his parents and would have a word. There is a large notice about unsupervised children and running and jumping, but it is not enforced. Most of the kids were well behaved. But it kind of ruins the experience if you are trying to quietly take in the view and catch the afternoon sun. It was half term at the time and the hotel was busy, and there were a lot of kids. Restaurant & Bar The bar served decent drinks and sparkling wine, the selection of wine was nice. The bar staff were all chatty and very attentive. Breakfast Varied, choice of eggs, cheese, pastries, bread juice and coffee. Lunch Usually 2 or 3 warm dishes, a few salads and bizarrely hot puddings even crumble. Afternoon Tea A couple of platters of sandwiches and a few cakes + tea and coffee. We found that the amount of sandwiches was limited, and once it was gone that was that. So during the half term week they did not last long. Dinner The menu was a l carte from a set menu and lasted 2nights per cycle. One day a week was BBQ night. The menu always seemed to have a burger as one option. But the food was lovely. Chicken cordon bleu, lamb shanks,steak and burger were just some of the mains options. The veg was always the same though. Mash, chips, salad and steamed veg. Chicken livers with pumpkin purée and apple and raisin sauce was absolutely amazing starter and the salmon the first night was nice. The only issue was the consistency of portions and presentation. One night the starter was noodles with chilli and chicken or beef. When it arrived on the 1st night, it was in a large bowl and was almost enough for a main course and was quite spicy. The 2nd night on a small black plate and better presented but much milder. The desserts could be on from 1 to 3 nights, but again were really nice. The coffee could be a bit hit and miss. One day it was weak, the next like treacle. They serve it all from cafeterias, so they need to standardise the scoops they add per pot. Scheena, who is one of the ladies in charge of the restaurant was excellent. You could talk to her and felt she was listening. The view is really nice if you get a window seat. It is like a tree house being set on the edge of the cliff with a view of the bay and beach and it is lovely with the moon shining, but being open air if it rained it wreaked havoc. The outer tables got wet and the poor staff had to navigate from the restaurant to kitchen in the open, using a variety of wet weather gear. My favourite - One of the girls would don a shower cap over her hair. All of the staff were really good, and a couple of the girls even had a dance to the band with the guests one night. Entertainment There were a few bands and a steel drum player during our stay. It was also Independence Day while we were there and the whole staff dressed up. Sports & Trips The weather was a bit mixed to say the least during our stay, but we did the green island tour twice. Some people saw turtles and rays, but I missed the turtle. The 2nd Trip was delayed from 11am - 1pm due to rain, but it was a good trip and the boat staff are a laugh. Sailing If you are qualified, or have taken a trip out with them (instruction is free on certain days), you can take out a yacht or hobby cat. We had a free lesson towards the end of our stay and then I took out an Elite. The weather suddenly looked very iffy, so I started heading back in, but the staff had already seen the incoming storm and they send out a speed boat so they can bring the yacht back for you. They were a really good bunch. There was kite surfing (rental and lessons for a fee) The lady was not doing much business in the week we were there, mainly due to the conditions. But she was always saying hi and chatting to guests. She did make it out one day to show off her skills. Overall You get a personal touch here. You are greeted by name by the lady who stands by reception in the mornings and gave us the hotel tour when we arrived (sorry I forgot the name) At the restaurant the girls in charge know your name. With only 40 rooms (I think) it is a bit more exclusive. Negatives The drinks situation by the pools - They could quite easily have a little van that goes round with a small selection of drinks. The beach could do with a bar, or even a water point. They could quite easily adapt the shack where the beach boy hang out and do the basics of lemonade, coke and water there. The poolsides could do with weeding to improve the look. They should make the infinity pool adults only or perhaps supervise it to prevent misuse - But it was only a problem the first few days during the school holidays when it was busy. The vast majority of children were well behaved and very polite. It is not a cheap hotel, but then again Antigua is not cheap. It is not luxury compared with the Middle East etc, but for service and general facilities and ambience it is a solid 4 in my opinion.
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