Verandah resort opens in Antigua

The Verandah Resort & Spa, an eco-
friendly luxury retreat on Antigua’s pristine northeast coast, has opened.The newest member of Elite Island Resorts’ upscale Caribbean
vacation getaways, The Verandah Resort & Spa provides opportunities for
romance, family fun and sumptuous indulgence. Plus the resort is in the
process of receiving green certification, which today’s ecology-minded
travelers will appreciate.

“This is a very special place. We’ve only built on 12 of the resort’s
30 acres, making the resort one of the most spacious Caribbean properties,”
says Steven E. Heydt, Elite Island Resorts president. “We designed the
property with an emphasis on environmental responsibility and sustainable
tourism, while not sacrificing the luxury aspects of an upscale resort.”
  Overlooking the calm, reef-protected waters of stunning Dian Bay, the
resort features hiking trails and is bordered by Devil’s Bridge National
Park with its dramatic landmark rock arch. The tranquil waters of the
resort’s two sheltered beaches invite guests to swim and enjoy
non-motorized water sports such as kayaking, windsurfing, and snorkeling.
The resort has the island’s largest free-form swimming pool, a dedicated
kid’s club with its own pool and restaurant, a state-of-the-art fitness
center and a mini-cinema, as well as a choice of restaurants and bars.
Plus, the signature Tranquility Spa draws on rejuvenating and exotic
techniques from around the world, including Thai Yoga massage and Sabai
Stone treatments.
  Its 200 villa-style suites all feature the resort’s glorious namesake
verandahs with incredible views of the crystal clear sea. Suites have
indulgent touches such as flat-screen TVs, king-size beds, Internet access,
and romantic soaking bathtubs built for two, plus homey touches such as a
microwave, mini-fridge and a living room area. Built on pier and post
construction that resembles stilts, the suites afford unobstructed ocean or
bay views and enable greenery to grow under and around each structure to
blend with the environment.