19 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
quaint little hotel
"We were staying down at the Inn near the English Harbour. We decided to leave there and stay here our last night since this was closer to the airport anyway. The Inn didn't have any air condition and we were in desperate need of air condition.. anyway, we called and they had a room available. We arrived and the staff was very friendly. They even upgraded us to some suite for no reason. It had an air conditioner in the bedroom and in the main living room area. It had a flat screen TV and a little kitchenette. It was very quiant and quiet. The room was very clean and well kept.. Most of the rooms only have an air conditioner in just the bedroom. The beach right out front was small but cute. The views of the sunset were amazing. FRom your room you had to walk down some stairs on a path to the beach. The restaurant there was delicious but a little pricey. It is a short walk to the famous Dickenson Bay. We were very please to stay there for one night. Their even was a secluded beach on the other side of the restuarant that no one was at. The staff was great. The grounds were plentiful and very earthy, although their seemed to be "junk" thrown in the back that made it look quite junky."
- Travel date: 11th June 2007
Special little place at Siboney
"Just returned from a 6 day stay from 2/23 to 3/1, 2007. Small, beautiful place! We stayed in room #9 which is on the top (3rd fl.)overlooking the lush garden and views of the sand and sea. We read as many reviews as possible before we booked this hotel. Everything I read was 'right on'. However, this is our opinion: The hotel is quaint and the grounds are beautiful. If you are looking for a large, expansive beach, Siboney does not have that kind of beach on premises. We were a bit disappointed because we read that Dickinson Bay was one of the best beaches on the island. The rooms (suites) are very, very clean and well taken care of and the staff is very friendly. The kitchenette could use some updating. A/C is only provided in the bedroom. This did not bother us at this time of the year, but I think it could get quite uncomfortable during warmer months. We loved the open air doors and balcony. There are mosquito's, but we were saved by spraying ourselves down in the evenings with a little "Off". I can only assume that the mossies are worse during other months. We had perfect weather in February. Mid-80's during the day and mid-70's at night. Very little humindity. Economically, this hotel was a great choice. The Coconut Grove restaurant is on the premises, but is not run by Siboney. It is run independently. The food is very good and so is the bar. The location can't be beat because is sits right on the beach and the water's edge is a few yards away. Great place to watch a sunset (which were awesome every night). We also spent a lot of time at The Beach bar and restaurant, which is located a short walk down from Siboney. Great staff and you can get take out! Don't miss the lobster quesadilla's and their chicken wings. We went to Shirley Heights on Sunday evening. I recommend doing it, especially to hear the steel drum and reggae bands. Other than that, it was a bit uncomfortable and after a few hours we had, had enough. We went on the Prickly Pear excursion with Miguel and Terrance. That was one of our best and favorite days. The food was delicious and the beach is great. Miguel and his family are wonderful hosts. There is not much to see if you snokel off the beach, though. Lots of coral damage and not many fish. Beware of the rum punch. It is delicious and deadly!! Being from the northeast part of the US, Antigua is a 'sight for sore eyes' in February. What a beautiful island."
- Travel date: 5th March 2007
Great spot on Antigua
"We traveled to Siboney over the Christmas holidays and found it to be a tranquil hotel,small and very comfortable.The staff was very friendly and we found the owner Mr.Johnson to be a wonderful man with great stories and advise on the Island.He was just like a host at his home.The beach to the right of the hotel where the Sandles is was not to our liking.Very busy and crowded.When the new wing of the Sandles opens this beach is going to be a zoo.To the left of the hotel just a short walk by the crumbling buildings you will find the best beach on the Island.The most remote and peacefull.Yes the hotel had mosquitos but the whole Island does.The top rooms are nice.The hotel is very clean and the landscaping and flowers are incredilble but it is not an extravigant resort.If you are not expecting that you have to love this place.Recomended restaurants,The Cove,The Pavillion,Harmony Hall,Sheer and the restaurant at Siboney.The bar was great at sunset always a great crowd.We were not very happy about the Island and the other so called five star resorts we visted and ate at but Siboney is a quite little gem."
- Travel date: 30th January 2007
a slice of paradise
"A sliceof paradise , a hidden gem, my boyfriend and I came to Antigua for a Windjammer cruise, it was my first trip to the island his fifth. I cannot express my joy in finding this little intimate place. We dont like the large all inclusive resorts, and have no desire to be surrounded by hoards of loud tourists. This resort was perfect, small & secluded. We loved it, and are planning to return next year again. The staff was wonderful and attentive to our needs."
- Travel date: 28th August 2006
Over priced, but thats Antigua !
"We stayed at the Siboney for a week. Our first impressions were what a dump!. The large amount of money we payed did not show through. 1. Local area: very little around, a swomp one side and a lovely beach the other. A beach resturant with good food but were over chraged on our bill 3 out of 5 times. It was the only resturnant around, although you could eat at one of the other 2 hotels. 2. Hotel rooms: very very over priced. small 1 bedroom, tiny very basic, dated kitchen, but it worked. Thank god for the fridge, as this kept our drinking water cool. decor very dated and simple. AC only in beedroom. Despite window screens, we were eaten alive by insects. main sliding door had no screen. This didn't help. A nice patio as we were on groung floor. 3. Hotel grounds: lovely lush tropical gardens. 4. location: other than a very charming, postcard beach, there is nothing else. please note there is no public transport and taxi's are very expensive. (24-28$US to travel 4-5 miles-and I though living in London was a rip off. 5. Hotel staff: most of the time very pleasant, owener very nice. Although on check-out the staff failed to make it clear that the late check-out bill was in $US, not in local $EC. Therefore the latecheck-out resulted in a very over priced uexpected bill. 6 Over all view of Antigua: Very Very over priced and a very poor value for money destination. (accomidation, food- nothing to write home about., transport). Furthermore you are forced to pay everything in $US. despite a fixed $US-Local$EC exchange rate, much of the time the bills were caculated with a independant exchange rate. Yet again you are ripped off. Despite the Siboney hotel being over priced and poor value for money compared to other holiday destinations around the would, it is however a reasonable hotel compared to what the island has to offer. Last note: for those of you who are not American: take $US notes as the ATM's are much of the time out of order. we were stuck without money for 3 days as 100% of all ATM's were faulty. arranging money over the bank counter is a very very lengthy task. You don't need the hassel."
- Travel date: 11th August 2006
if you want to getaway
"An anniversary getaway that was perfect. The treehouse was warm and intimate. The staff from the reception, to the housekeeping, and of course the owner Tony Johnson were so receptive to the guests, you felt instantly relaxed. The cocktails were 20 feet from the water. Oh yes, the flora and fauna beautiful. Thank you for a wonderful 3 day stay. Oh yes there was one drawback. We wanted to extend and their was no availability. My unfortunate error. I won't make that error again."
- Travel date: 27th May 2006
"After having to change our honeymoon accommodation to Siboney Beach Club fatecould not have dealt us a better hand. We were greeted by a warm welcome from the staff at Siboney and the locals, especially Victor who is a genious with his bead work. The accommodation was clean and spacious. Our room opened onto a balcony which overlooked the very well maintained and lush beautiful gardens. In the mornings we shared our tea and biscuits on the balcony with the birds and lizzards and in the evenings we listened to songs of the tree frogs and the sound of the waves crashing onto the beach. After reading some reports on here about mossies, I thought we were going to get bitten alive, but it really wasn't that bad. When i got alittle itchy in the evening it was just an excuse to go for a late night dip in the pool. Being 6 months pregnant we wanted to relax as much as possible so enjoyed many afternoons relaxing in the idilyic gardens, taking the occasional dip in the adequately sized pool with only the humming birds for company. We had decided to go for a non inclusive deal so we could travel around (I would recommend you hire a car so you can see as much of the Island as possible) and were not tied to eating in the same place every night, but we found that the only time we ate out was at the romantic Coconut Grove restaurant. The food and the service was amazing. In the evenings we sat on the beach outside Siboney and watched the amazing views of the sun setting. There is a point here which juts out into the sea (known locally as point blank as a certain person (jerry) has been fishing here for a year and not managed to catch anything.) My husband saw this as a challenge and sat dilengently in the evenings bothering the fish. He has now broken the curse by catching an aray of different fish, eels and stingrays. We would not hesitate to recommend Siboney to anyone wanting a romantic, relaxing holiday, and we will return here as soon as possible. Should you, after reading these reports decide to stay at Siboney please send our regards to the staff at Siboney, Jerry, the unsuccessful english fisherman (he can usually be found in the bar at coconut with a diet coke and rum, Mansfield the master weaver, and especially Victor, the bead daddy. Antony, Victoria and the bump."
- Travel date: 1st April 2006
"Just returned from a week at the Siboney and thoroughly enjoyed it. Accomodation was clean and spacious, with daily cleaning and towels and a mid-week change of sheets. There is only air conditioning in the bedroom - but this wasn't a problem for us as the ceiling fan in the lounge was more than adequate. All the staff were very welcoming and friendly, especially Sonia on reception and Wesley behind the bar at Coconut Grove. There is a good sized pool in the gardens. The gardens are beautiful - full of lush tropical plants. Although we didn't use the pool - no need with such a fantastic beach steps away (and plenty more stunning beaches to choose from on the island). Food at next door Coconut Grove was delicious with a good selection of dishes at breakfast, lunch and dinner. Best of all was sipping a rum at sunset on the beach!"
- Travel date: 1st March 2006
Siboney proves bigger isn't better
"This charmer is ideal for people who loathe all-inclusives, which are beginning to overrun Antigua as they do Jamaica and the Dominican Republic. The "suites" are well designed, with sufficient kitchen facilities to cook breakfast and snacks. I peeked into a couple of others; the decor varies, but it's always fresh, with some appealing island touches. The living room could use AC on stifling days, but the sofabeds are perfect for families. Coconut Grove is a classic beachfront restaurant (they shouldn't blast reggae or Top 40 during dinner, but it adds to the lively ambience), with usually fine French-Caribbean food. The "private" section of Dickenson Bay is smallish but well-maintained. We loved the intimacy, the magical garden, and the genuinely warm service (Tony Johnson, an Aussie who's lived on Antigua for 40+ years, seems to know everyone and everything on island... you must pump him for advice and even local gossip!). Siboney isn't really a 5-star resort in terms of facilities and service, but it is in every other respect and offers fantastic value for the location."
- Travel date: 15th January 2006
"I spent ten days at the Siboney Beach Resort and have nothing but praise for this place. The owner/manager, Tony Johnson, takes a genuine interest in all his guests. My unit was clean and well -maintained. The beach is just a short walk from your door. You have to be impressed by the tropical gardens with their variety of plants. They surround the pool making the whole area pleasant shady and relaxing. Though not a big resort - it is a case of small being beautiful. A big bonus of Siboney is the Coconut Grove Restaurant. It has it all - fantastic food,especially the seafood, friendly atmosphere and is situated right alongside the beach. The managers, Johnny and Elise, are just brilliant hosts and have wonderful staff. This restaurant has to be one of the best on the island and I wish them every success for the future. It is very popular with local people which is always a good recommendation. I visited with my twenty-year-old son who is a wheelchair user. Siboney is not advertised as being suitable for disabled guests. However, I feel that with a little common sense it is possible. It was tight getting the chair into the bathroom and we had to improvise a shower chair, but we managed. For anybody with a mild disability, the ground floor accommodation may be suitable. I have never stayed in a resort where there was such a good friendly rapport between guests, staff and local people. I left feeling like one of the family. Travel should not only be about accommodation and food but meeting, seeing and getting around as much as possible. If you want to avoid the all-inclusive resorts, then Siboney would be a good choice. Other hints. Use the local taxis rather than renting a car. The drivers are full of helpful information and good guides. There are few direction signs so getting lost is almost inevitable. St. Johns has many one-way streets. Stock up on food at Woods grocery store, a short taxi ride away. It has all you need. If you fancy a change from the Coconut Grove, then try Papa Zouks or Julians. I heard Home Restaurant is good but I did not get there. For a day out, try one of the catamaran trips on Wadadli Cats or go to Stingray City. Happy holidays"
- Travel date: 26th September 2005
Wonderful, friendly place
"We stayed at the Siboney for a week in April and loved it! We have two young kids and the place is perfect. The suites are quite roomy and the kitchenette is convienent for meals on the go. Antony, the owner and his staff are wonderful, they make you feel like old friends. The restautrant, Coconut Grove id also great. The beach is nice, but Antigua is full of beautiful beaches. Check out as many as you can; Long Bay, Half Moon Bay and Hawksbill were some of our favorites."
- Travel date: 27th July 2005
"We stayed at the Siboney in July 2005. Our choice was between Siboney and an All Inclusive property, we chose Siboney due to the size as we were interested in a short relaxing VC and didn't want loud music by the pool etc. a quality I associate with most AI resorts. We had a great time. The property is not very fancy, the rooms based on furnishings would be more like a 2* like the US, if you expect or desire 4 or 5 star quality this is not the place for you. If you desire great people, a nice secluded beach and peace and quite this is it for you. What differentiates Siboney are the following 1. 12 Suites only which leads to a great environment. There were hardly any folks on the beach 2. Beach : The beach right in front of Siboney is small but ample beach can be found on both sides. On one side is the Sandals but the great part is the beach on the other side. It is about a mile long with no properties providing great privacy and seclusion 3. People : The staff at the front desk at Siboney was Amazing. Very friendly and extremely helpful. Most of the restaurant staff was also very friendly and we got a chance to talk to a few of them at lenght (Most of them are not from Antigua, but from Guyana) The rooms are more like Suites, with a small living area and a full kitchen with pots/pans which can keep costs down if you are there for a long time. We had a great time and would stay again."
- Travel date: 7th July 2005
Siboney Beach Club is also called
- siboney beach hotel
- siboney beach resort
- hotel siboney beach club