The Verandah Resort and Spa is the most recent addition to Elite Island Resorts’ portfolio of Caribbean properties. The new luxury resort complex opened in October 2007 on Antigua’s northeast coast, close to the capital city of St John’s.
The 12-acre resort is situated on a 30-acre site that overlooks Dian Bay and is bordered by the Devil’s Bridge National Park. The resort is to receive green certification for its building methods and its contribution to sustainable tourism.
The resort offers 200 villa-style suites with private amenities and excellent sea views. Facilities include a veranda, flat-screen satellite television, king-size bed, internet access, bath tub, kitchenette, microwave, mini-fridge, air conditioning, safe and an ensuite bathroom.
The 700ft² villas were constructed in a classic Caribbean/Antiguan-style as stilted bungalows, and can accommodate four guests. Besides the granite worktops used in the kitchenette, the villa’s fittings are made from bamboo, wood and rattan. Adjoining villas have interconnecting doors for larger groups staying at the resort.
Many of the resort’s activities make the most of the Caribbean weather with hiking, kayaking, snorkelling, diving, windsurfing and catamaran sailing. The resort also has two reef-sheltered beaches.
Interior facilities include a spa, a large free-form swimming pool, a kids’ club with its own pool and restaurant, a mini cinema, fitness centre and a choice of three restaurants and four bars.
SPA AND FITNESS
The Spa Tranquillity has three massage rooms with private baths and showers, a facial room and a sauna and steam room. The spa uses Thai yoga, Swedish massage and Sabai Stone treatments, along with caviar and pearl anti-aging facials, detoxifying seaweed wraps and an anti-cellulite green coffee wrap.
The fitness area contains Cybex cardiovascular equipment including treadmills and resistance machines as well as free weights. The gym also has flat-screen televisions and floor-to-ceiling mirrors.
RESTAURANTS AND BARS
There are three restaurants at the resort including the 100-seat SeaBreeze buffet and Nicole’s, a 60-seat fine dining restaurant serving cuisine with a Caribbean influence. The Buccaneer is a more casual affair, seating 80 guests and serving burgers, pasta and pizza.
The bars at the resort include the beachside Rasta Bar, the Pool Bar, and the Tiki Bar on Lover’s Beach, which has views of the cove. The central main lounge bar is in the main building and overlooks the pool.