The Great House break

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4.9 . Excellent
98%
Travel Style: Array Relaxed
Physical Level: Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment. Easy
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
7 days
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Overview

Highlights (Bullets)

  • Step back in time onto this 350 year old sugar plantation's Great House.
  • Set in 26 acres of tropical gardens overlooking its own private bay.
  • Rooms are comfortable and traditional with four poster beds and views onto the gardens.
  • Enjoy a delicious three course meal or a stunning afternoon tea at the Great House Restaurant.

Short Description

Antigua is an easy-going island with brightly painted buildings, historic forts and so many beaches there’s one for every day of the year. Our specialists travel regularly across the Caribbean and can suggest the island’s best beachside retreats, as they design a tailor-made vacation to Antigua to suit your interests. Island-hopping is yet another option, and we can combine your time with Barbados or the British Virgin Islands.

Antigua was a British naval base, and there’s still a tangible British influence in Nelson’s Dockyard, although the luxury yachts bobbing in the water hint at modern Antigua’s glamorous side. Despite the island’s diminutive size, you’ll find a wide variety of beaches, from bustling stretches backed by bars to sweeps of little-visited white sand. Inland, you can journey along Fig Tree Drive, passing coconut groves and banana plantations, or watch a game of cricket, the national sport. Sunday afternoons are reserved for communal barbecues, eaten to the beat of a steel band.

Style Private guided tour
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value (3*)
Flight & Transport Inclusions All internal ground transport
Start City Antigua
End City Antigua

Availability

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Price Per Day: $ 481 per day

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The Great House break

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I’ll use Audley for all my travel moving forward

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Ewan was fantastic in helping me arrange a US trip for me and my Fiancée. Gave me all the top spots and recommendations on what to do, when all I really had to start with was a broad idea of where I wanted to go.
The locations were perfect and the activities made the experience extra special.
I would definitely recommend Audley and especially Ewan to anyone looking for a more bespoke experience.
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Unfortunately, I can't review our TRAVEL experience with Audley Travel, but can comment on their non-responsiveness.

I contacted Audley as they came recommended by Wilderness Travel, the company we traveled with previously.

I left multiple messages for their regional specialist Adam -- voice messages through his co-workers (Alec and Jacky), email, website inquiry -- he didn't reply. I finally spoke to another specialist at the office (Lydia) and pressed her to not take yet another message for Adam, but tell me honestly if they are interested in working on our itinerary or we should move on. She then told me that they are busy. Well, wish they had some integrity to tell me on the first call, so I didn't have to loose time on trying to contact their "specialist".

p.s. They sent their automated marketing message with ALL their trips listed in response to my website inquiry. In this message they included: "When you are ready...". I replied that, indeed, we are ready, as I explained in my inquiry -- ready, know where and when we want to travel and are inquiring if you are interested in creating a private journey for us. No reply! Instead, they sent another marketing message the next day (and after Lydia already told us that they are very busy and won't be able to make reservations.) The second marketing message had no option to "unsubscribe". Again, I replied to that message and asked them to stop spamming me with marketing materials.

UPDATE: Audley's Client Experience Executive reached out to me in response to this review. She apologized profusely and wanted me to know that my "feedback is being heard". She said that she spoke with the employees' manager to "ensure mistakes like this don’t happen again and provide additional training to support their growth." She also promised to ask the marketing to delete my name from their marketing list. I took her at her word.

I don't know if this interaction with the client experience executive convinced me to seek Audley's services in the future, but I promised her to include in my review this "status update".
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There are much better travel companies than Audley

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Unfortunately Audley Travel are so arrogant they don’t believe anyone else can provide a better holiday at lower cost

I’m booking for South Africa and they simply can’t accept that another company can provide a better itinerary at a lower price - even to the point of asking for the other quote and saying this is usual practice in the industry!! ( rubbish) . Totally unprofessional behaviour. Furthermore , sending me emails knocking my choice of hotel and safari park while at the same time promoting hotels that clearly have issues as evidenced by poor ratings on the major sites

I use another well known travel provider that actually provide high quality at a decent price

Audley are simply interested in selling the highest price hotels etc that give them the maximum profit rather than what is right for you

They love themselves and keep on saying nonsense such as “ I’m really pleased with what I’ve come up with and hope you are too “

They need to get real

I won’t reveal the name of the agent dealing with me as that’s probably unfair
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Where do I start, a trip of a life time, with experiences and memories for all my family. Every detail of our amazing journey in Cambodia & Vietnam was exceptional. The key was the guides provided, local, knowledgable and flexible, they all became friends over our stay. Engaging in the culture, experiencing life from food to travel, to luxury and amazing people. I would like to thank Mark Hotham for creating such special trip with many memories, to all the guides, Sophea, Tien & Tan and the drivers. Will I be booking another trip with Audley - yes, my only problem is what location
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We were planning a special family holiday in Thailand to celebrate our Golden Wedding anniversary. We were a party of 11, coming from the UK and Australia at slightly different times.
Mark Hotham at Audley Travel helped us to put together the holiday of a lifetime. He helped us through the complexity of different start dates, advised on a suitable hotel and arranged a terrific trip to the Elephant Hills camp in the jungle.
The arrangements worked splendidly, the hotel in Khao Lak was first class and the Elephant Hills trip was magical.
Nothing was ever too much trouble for Mark and every effort was made to deliver the holiday we were looking for.
We have already recommended Audley travel to our friends and they will be our first choice of travel agency from now on.
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This was our first time using Audley to organise a holiday for us and Ewan did a simply fantastic job. From the very first contact call, where we explained what we hoped to see and do, to wishing us 'Bon voyage' as we stepped on to the plane, Ewan was always there, helping and guiding. He selected exactly the sort of hotels and experiences we were looking for as well as the flights and car hire in one seamless operation. We will definitely be using Audley again !
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Details

Flight & Transport Inclusions

All internal ground transport

Group Size

Private - your group only

Accommodations

The four spacious suites have each been designed to blend Caribbean influence with Georgian history while applying a modern twist. Each room has air conditioning and Wi-Fi.

Situated within the manor house, each room has been charmingly decorated with original furnishings and quaint detailing. Two en suite rooms are located upstairs. The Royal Suite overlooks the gardens, it features original fitted wardrobes and a large ceiling chandelier. The French Suite takes its name from the French iron four poster bed and has a balcony overlooking the Chinese garden.

The largest of the rooms is The Dukes Suite with a mahogany four poster bed and antique décor. The final room, The Pineapple Suite is comprised of one small double and two single beds. Located on the ground floor, both rooms have their own private adjacent

Additional Information

Location

Nestled within 26 acres of estate on the northeast side of Antigua, The Great House is in a secluded location hidden by an array of palm and mahogany trees. Positioned upon the hillside, many of the hotel's rooms overlook Mercers Bay Creek. It provides a cool sanctuary from the warm sunshine with commanding views over Mercers Creek Bay and Guiana Island.

Betty's Hope sugarcane plantation and Devils Bridge are both roughly 15 minutes’ drive away. The international airport is a 40 minutes’ drive.

Facilities and activities

The resort focuses on health, wellness and relaxation, offering two classes daily including; yoga, stretch, meditation, dance or boot-camp style sessions. You can request your schedule ahead of stay to make the most of the classes on offer. 

The team at The Great House are on hand to help arrange any additional tours of the island, private trips and walks. The retreat also has a pool and a small spa for treatments.

Environmental and social responsibility

The retreat focuses on promoting responsible tourism, with many of their staff and practitioners local to the area. They train garden, kitchen and cooking staff in-house and the majority of their seasonal products used in cooking are grown on the island or the Great House gardens.

Trip ID#:

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Meals Included

Food and drink

All meals are included within your stay at The Great House. Meals can be prepared to suit your preference and arranged to fit within your personalized schedule. Much of the ingredients used are harvested from the grounds or sourced locally. 

Served under the canopy overlooking the pool, breakfast is an assortment of fresh local fruits, cereals and toast with eggs upon request. Lunch is served as a mixture of hot meals and salads consisting of healthy and local cuisine. A set menu dinner is served in the manors candlelit drawing room. 

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