We cannot say enough about our stay at The Ocean House! We have stayed at many 5 Star resorts throughout the Caribbean, however this vacation tops all of them because it truly was so relaxing. We cannot thank Liz enough for organizing every detail before we got there included making dinner reservations, taxi arrangements & even food shopping for us. Maudrina the housekeeper became family by the end of the trip & could not do enough for us while we were there! Liz & Maudrina truly make sure that everything is organized so there’s is zero stress while in vacation. The house is absolutely stunning as well, in just a few steps from your bedroom you have amazing views. We went snorkeling everyday off the dock which is just few steps down from the house. Everything you want from a vacation is here at The Ocean House & we most certainly will be returning! Also we highly highly recommend booking Fennella the Chef to come cook you dinner at the house. All of her meals were 10/10 especially the rum ginger pork! If you truly want to relax & have a stress free vacation then The Ocean House is for you!
We spent two weeks at Pinkshacktoo in early March. Sonja has created a hidden gem in a quiet town just fifteen minutes drive from St. Johns. The cottage is basic but completely sufficient. We appreciated being able to cook there or to get local takeout (Friday nights from the woman who cooks Fridays and Saturday nights from her sister, who cooks Saturdays). Although we explored quite a few beaches, our daily favorite was Deep Bay, the nearest, just a few minutes drive away. Sonja is an energetic gem. Her initial driving tour acquainted us with the island. Her suggestions for excursions, or just for the best roadside local food helped turn our vacation into a true exploration of Antigua. It is a fascinating island with loads of "all inclusives" and daily cruise ships. Sonja and Pinkshacktoo helped us avoid that aspect of Antigua and led us to a more intimate island experience. Keep in mind that she is located in the countryside in a neighborhood with lots of barking dogs, braying donkeys and roosting roosters. Once we learned to close our windows at night we slept much better. Renting a jeep from Sonja is almost a necessity, as is a brave heart and iron will to drive on Antigua. Well worth it, though.