The Great House break

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4.9 . Excellent
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Travel Style: A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. 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

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Price Per Day: $ 481 per day

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The Great House break

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I have nothing but praise for Audley who are a true specialist in what they do. Not only that they seem to have the most amazing people - all the holidays I have done have been done with care, listening and a truely personal attention to detail
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I WANT MY REFUND, NOT TRAVEL CREDIT

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The only reason I am not giving them one star, is because they actually have AMAZING customer service while planning a trip. The issue that I have is that I had to postpone my trip due to Covid and because not all parties were vaccinated. At the time, Thailand had strict rules so I changed the trip to Vegas to be more affordable and convenient at that time. I have asked for a refund multiple times and still no response. I understand that if you couldn’t go because of Covid, you will receive a credit towards your next trip. At this point, numbers are going back up and I’m not going ANYWHERE!!! I was making adjustments to try to keep not just my party happy but to keep audley travel happy because I understand everyone was missing out on money because of Covid. But I do not want a credit, I know I am not going to travel by Dec 22 or 23 with the state of this nation and I WANT MY MONEY BACK!!! NOT A CREDIT!!! That’s damn near $1800 that I’m missing because I am choosing my health over excitement. I’m even more frustrated because I’m continuously being told I can not get my money back yet there’s multiple people on this site who stated that they did get a refund. I never even got my final statement. I really need a manager to call me and assure me that I will receive ALL my money back. This is my final attempt before I go legal route.


UPDATE: I spoke with someone less than 24hrs after making this complaint. Ms Karen was EXTREMELY helpful and understanding. She actually understood my concerns and instead of trying to persuade me to find another trip, she sympathize with my situation and immediately released my funds. I told her that I would be sure to use them in the future if the world ever goes back to normal.
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My recent trip with Audley to Peru was…

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My recent trip with Audley to Peru was an amazing experience, thank you very much to Caroline Revnell their south American specialist. All the logistics ran perfectly and I was met clearly with my guide or a representative at every point of travel, who would look after me and provide me with anything I needed. All accommodation was just right for me, all guides were excellent and had a great knowledge and I enjoyed every minute of it, thank you again Audley travel.
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Wonderful trip, great travel company

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Just returned from a two week trip to Costa Rica organised by Nik Horncastle at Audley. Every element of the process - from discussing our requirements to booking, and the holiday itself- was efficient and professionally done. Nik’s personal experience meant he was able to make recommendations we could trust, and that proved just right for us. All communications were clear and prompt. This is the second time we’ve used Audley (first was to Sri Lanka a few years back, also excellent). It is not the cheapest way to go about a holiday, but it has to be the least stressful. Overall a fabulous experience, and I wholeheartedly recommend Audley and Nik’s services!
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Audley Travel does not believe in client service

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Booked a trip prior to covid that was delayed and canceled but the deposit was held hostage. Used the deposit and additional monies to make it the trip of a lifetime. The referred resort was of the lowest expectations compared to what Audley explained. Returned and have requested full refund do to the lack of services promised but not delivered.
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3 weeks in Peru and Ecuador and the Galapagos - May 2022…

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We have just returned from a 3 week trip to Peru and Ecuador and the Galapagos.
The trip was booked pre covid and Audley were excellent and rebooking and changing the itinerary several times. The trip we ended up with was excellent. The accommodation was great and all the hotels were of a high standard and well situated.
The guides we had were really good and all the logistics were taken care of from beginning to end. Due to strikes and unrest Audley quickly rescheduled us and the tour company in Peru were very efficient at changing the itinerary so we saw everything all be it in a different order.
The boat in the Galapagos was excellent (Endemic for 16 guests). Our last day in Guaquil was a bit of a disappointment but that was due to flights back to the UK.
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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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