FOR... SPECIAL PEOPLE - INDIVIDUALISTS AND ROMANTICS
About Siboney, the romantic small hotel — Guest Services, Facts and Information
We - the owners and the staff of the small hotel Siboney Beach Club and the Coconut Grove restaurant - are very proud having received so many accolades and we are eager to prove and prove it again that we deserve every single award.
The front office: is manned (womanned) between 7 am and 11 pm.
After 11pm the security officer on duty is available to assist you.
Telephone, Fax & Internet calls: may be made from your suite.
Cellular phones may be used by an arrangement with Cable & Wireless Tel # 480.2600/2628 or APUA PCS Tel #727 2782.
Our fax number is 268 462 3356.
Wireless Internet access service is available at no charge. Please contact the front desk for your password.
Check out time: is 12:00 noon. We will do our best to accommodate you if you are catching a late flight. Please ask at the front desk.
Rates, charges, and currency: All billing is in U.S. currency. The rate of exchange used by most commercial enterprises on the island is 2.6 Eastern Caribbean dollars (E.C.$2.6) to U.S$1.00. Other currency rates fluctuate.
A Government tax of 8.5% is added to hotel and restaurants bills. The stated purpose of the tax is to provide funds for the development of tourism facilities and promotion.
Tipping: A 10% service charge is added to your bill for distribution amongst staff. There is no need for further tipping, but if you wish to provide a further gratuity to anyone who has made your stay particularly pleasant, please feel free to do so.
Electricity supply is 110 volt. 60hz. When the local power goes off, as it is prone to do occasionally, our generator starts up and the power is back on after ten seconds.
Water: From the faucet is drinkable. It is always in short supply on the island and your economy in its use will be appreciated.
Air-conditioning is available in all bedrooms. Please ensure that all louvers are closed when A/C is in use and we ask that you switch the units off during the day to conserve energy.
Laundry service. A laundry bag and list are in the dresser drawer in your bedroom. For same day service, please have your laundry ready by 9:00am. The Housekeeping Department will be pleased to assist with all requirements. An iron and ironing board are available from the front office.
Beach Towels: Towels can be obtained from the front desk anytime during office hours. Please return the soiled towels when you have finished using them.
Hair Care and Beauty Center: Our receptionist will be happy to help you with an appointment at a comprehensive hair and beauty care facility.
Wellness: We do not have a massage therapist on the property. However, this can be arranged with any one of several massage therapists and an appointment made upon request. Our favorites are Dr Tang, an acupuncturist and Denis Gobinet.
Workouts: Can be arranged at several establishments on the island.
Library: Our office library offers a good selection of both fictional and non-fictional books. Ask at the front desk. Newspapers are delivered daily.
Supplies: of food and drinks can be obtained at a mini-market close by. More substantial supplies can be obtained close to St. John's at the Epicurean in the Woods Mall.
Restaurants and Bars - Our Recommendations
Our own Coconut Grove Restaurant and Beach Bar: You can establish an account on presentation of our welcome drink card and your credit card.
Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner every day of the year.
" Every visitor's dream of what a Caribbean restaurant should be" Quoted from THE TIMES of London England.
Chez Pascal: Near Galley Bay - Dine under cover or outdoors on the terrace, where you can drop in the pool at lunchtime. Excellent food with a French flair, your charming hosts are Pascal & Florence. Lunch & Dinner, closed on Sundays and Bank Holidays, taxi fare: US $16 each way.
Papa Zouk: In St John's. Member of the " Best little Rum Shops in the World", serves a wide variety of local dishes in a great atmosphere. Monday - Sunday 6pm to 11pm. Credit Cards are NOT accepted, Cash is!
Harmony Hall: Browns Bay, on the eastern side of the island. A beautiful plantation style house and gardens. Superb "al-fresco" restaurant, art gallery and craft shop. Open daily 10.00am to 6pm, closed from May to November.
The Home: Established by Carl and Rita in Carl's boyhood home on the outskirts of St. John's. The menu is based around local fish and produce cooked with an innovative European touch. Closed on Sundays
Shopping: Our capital St. John's offers a variety of shopping centers, we strongly recommend the Redcliffe Quay and Heritage Quay areas.
The Epicurean at Wood's Mall carries a wide range of food products and drinks.
Banking facilities and a pharmacy are all located in the same mall.
Siboney's historical name
ANTIGUA (pronounced: "Anteegah") is the name given to our Island by Christopher Columbus when he passed by in 1492. Antigua and sister island Barbuda are part of the Leeward island chain in the Eastern Caribbean, about 450 mile north-east of South America. Our combined 170 square miles are roughly situated at the center of the Lesser Antilles, giving it the description as the "heart of the Caribbean".
At the time of Christopher Columbus the Caribs, a warlike tribe who had come up from South America and killed off the peaceable Arawaks, who inhabited the island.
Amerindians of 4000 years ago have been known as the Siboney and the use of the name has been extended to cover the Antiguan inhabitants of that time.
SIBONEY: the stone people. It is after those early inhabitants, and a haunting Cuban love song, that our property is named.
Let us know what you think is so exceptional about us!
*London Sunday Times Travel Section, September 29, 2002:
"Best thing: the gardens - an explosion of greenery...with hammocks slung between the trees...
Worst thing: Having to leave."
There's nothing fancy about Siboney, but it's the sort of place that appeals to English lords and incognito celebrities who yearn for seclusion and comfort, with a friendly and competent staff...
*After the naturalist Charles Darwin:
"How pleasant it would be, to pass one's life in such quiet abode"
*Caribbean Travel + Life, March 2003:
"...stumper of a question - exactly how many beaches are there in Antigua? - to the resort's owner, Tony Johnson..."I've set out to count them several times. I start at Hawksbill Resort's beach No. 1, but I never seem to get past No. 4. That's its nude beach."..."
*THE TIMES of London, England:
" Every visitor's dream of what a Caribbean restaurant should be"
*The Patriot Ledger, Section Life & Leisure, June 2003:
"...fantasy getaway. The explosion of color and greenery surrounds the suites which feel like beautifully decorated "tree houses" but with all the requisite comforts and elegance of a master designer...
...Tony Johnson...runs this pocket-size place with immaculate attention to detail and quality..."
*A leading guide to the Caribbean:
"...the staff are exceptionally friendly and the owners are always available..."