We had a fantastic time and here are some feedback comments:
Overall Jenner (for 2 days) and O’Neill (for the vast majority of the trip) provided excellent driver guide services. Always on time, never rushed, good vehicles, worked around busier periods and very friendly. My only comment would be that, perhaps due to there being no rush, no drink/lunch stops were considered. Not always the easiest on a small, low population island I know. So on a couple of occasions, I was having to prompt the conversation as to find a stop. We don’t need much (plate of chips/quick snack with a view often sufficing)
Overall the itinerary worked fine but we did have to make two significant changes that arose from conversation with Jenner. On both occasions, Jenner and ONeill were able to accommodate this (as it benefited them too)
With regard to the boiling lake hike, in my opinion, you have to stay in Roseau or the Roseau Valley, as we saved 3 hours in the car with this change.
Secondly, with regard to the final tour up the east coast and to the north, we moved this from the penultimate day to the day of the flight. With the original morning flight having been cancelled and moved to the evening, it made more sense to do the final day of tours/trips on the day we flew. Consequently at 4pm we were dropped off at the airport rather than having a 60min+ drive back to Citrus Creek.
This had a knock on effect on the other days, as we effectively ended up with more free time. However, having two free days at Citrus Creek, which was an amazing place to stay, on Christmas Day and Boxing Day was fantastic.
They we also excellent at making sure we got to places in the quietest times too.
My only other comment was that we didn’t do anything at the Southern end of the island – so no Victoria Falls. Whilst Citrus Creek was lovely, it is isolated and without self-driving, it was not really possible to organise anything ourselves. So perhaps we missed out a bit on the most southerly areas.
Otherwise, we saw everything, did everything and had a fantastic time doing it. Syndicate bird watching was a wonderful trip
Hotel The Champs – lovely place, decent pool, nice room, air con, great views, good restaurant, menu changed every day but always had meat/fish/veggie options, only 5 rooms so nicely quiet. A bit of a steep hill to get to/from – fine for us but might put others off.
Tamarind Tree – nice place and room (air con) good views, close to the beach, good restaurant.
Both of these places were quite isolated in terms of evening meals (as we didn’t have a car). Thankfully both had decent restaurants on-site offering good selection of good food at competitive prices (when considered locally). If either the food quality or pricing had been different, then it might have been a bit of a problem.
Cocoa Cottages – ideal location for Titou Gorge and the Boiling Lake hike. Being only 15 mins from the start. Nice place (has potential) and the on-site chef/manager was welcoming. However, paper-thin walls (only a sheet separated our bathroom from next door) meant that you could hear everything. Thankfully for our 2 nights, the Swedish family in the next rooms were most considerate. To me, the issue here is the food option. Whilst provided (which was handy, as there are no other options), breakfast at USD15 & veggie dinner at USD25 (plus tax, plus service charge – 12.5% each!) was NOT good value. In fact, we had shopped in Roseau, so avoided the breakfast and on one night, there was an external lady doing pizza at ECD30 each – which was both delicious and fair value. So we only ended eating one veggie dinner.
Citrus Creek – by far the best place we stayed. Wonderful cottage, with outdoor kitchen (where you can do your own breakfast/lunch if wanted) , perfect isolation, with access to swimming in the river pools. The hostess Dominique was most welcoming. The food in the restaurant was fantastic (we had the Christmas Eve menu and the Christmas Day lunch). It was a wonderful escape.
We had a fantastic time on the island, and whilst some of my comments may appear negative, they are meant to be constructive and in no way did anything negatively affect the holiday (as I said, by being able to change the timings, it was enhanced).
We made our own arrangements here, staying at the Antigua Village Resort on Dickenson Bay. This is an island where you have to stay on the beach. There is literally no point otherwise.