Review of The Verandah Resort & Spa
Having heard excellent things about The Verandah Resort & Spa, I had rather high expectations. I have to say it more than lived up to these expectations and in most cases, far exceeded them.
The resort has a sort of ‘village’ feel with each villa being individually named. Another nice touch were the little buggies that were always driving around to take you around the resort… very handy when you’ve got tired legs after a busy day.
Although the hotel only has 3 restaurants, the choice of food was extensive and the quality of the food was very high. It had one of the best selections of all inclusive food that I have seen. The only thing I would say is that the restaurants had a tendency to be a bit warm, though a table by the window helped a little.
The staff were all really friendly and were always on hand to help. Nothing was too much trouble and they seemed to genuinely go out of their way to have a bit of a chat with each guest and ensure everyone was having a good time.
The hotel has two pristine reef-sheltered beaches; I am not the world’s greatest swimmer, but because the water was so calm (due to the bay location of the resort) and the beach was very shallow-sloping, you couldn’t keep me out of the warm, turquoise water. The Verandah is also Green Globe Certified, with the resort’s daily operation being geared towards ecological preservation of the surrounding environment.
We spent quite a bit of time in the huge free-form pool at the hotel and I would certainly recommend the cocktails which they serve from the pool bar.
There are lots of different watersports and activities to enjoy on the main beach and not just one, but two 18 hole golf courses.
I would highly recommend taking the short stroll to the nearby Devil’s Bridge; be sure to take your camera because the views are stunning! The ferocity of the water beating down onto the limestone cliffs not only creates fantastic scenery, but also a series of extreme sounds, produced when the water is forced through holes in the limestone, which it has created over time. You can also go on various island tours, including one that takes you past Eric Clapton’s mansion… which has to be seen to be believed!
This hotel has definitely earned its place high on my list of favourites and I would definitely recommend it for couples, families and groups. There was so much to do, I could have easily stayed for 14 nights and I would have still had plenty to do on a return visit!
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