With a warm welcome and a beach for every day of the year, this peaceful island never disappoints.
Colourful Antigua is the primary island of Antigua and Barbuda, known as Wadadli by indigenous Antiguans.
With just over 100 square miles of paradise (that’s only 11 miles wide and 14 long!), Antigua offers a diversity of landscapes to encapsulate every Caribbean dream.
A luxury Antigua holiday can mean all sorts. Whether you wish to retreat into Caribbean calm, relax on pristine sands sipping a cocktail, experience the colourful pastel hues of St John’s or go in search of the island’s diverse flora and fauna - above or below the waves. Of course, it can also mean visiting possibly the best rum bar in the Caribbean.
The best way to explore Antigua is by boat, whether dipping into isolated coves and bays, jumping overboard into refreshing waters or committing to full-on yacht life. But its waters are only the very beginning of what Antigua can offer to the discerning luxury traveller.
The remaining vibrant and cheery Creole buildings that welcome you to St John’s, the island’s capital, could be a metaphor for the Antiguan people you’re likely to meet. Explore the city’s cathedral, and the museum, to get a firm grip on the fascinating history of this island, colonial and beyond.
Nelson’s Dockyard is the perfect choice for a day trip. The original British naval base was Britain’s primary naval base for the whole north-eastern Caribbean.
The UNESCO-recognised heritage Georgian harbour is wonderfully atmospheric. A handful of bars, restaurants, workshops and museums sit alongside exclusive Antiguan hotels, catering to the sailing crowd who tend to dock here.
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- Several freshwater pools, three secluded beach coves and lush tropical gardens to relax in
- Flexible accommodation options with rooms, suites and resort villas offering up to six bedrooms
- Complimentary watersports including snorkelling and windsurfing, plus yoga and Pilates classes
- Choose bed and breakfast or all-inclusive and dine across four restaurants and four bars
- Idyllic location with a crescent white sand beach and a lush rainforest backdrop
- Adult and family beach areas, with the Bay Suites and The Jetty Grill both adult-only
- A wide choice of activities, including watersports, yoga, a 45-seat cinema and nine tennis courts
- Diverse dining options including Japanese, Thai and Indonesian inspired cuisine at East
- Great kids' clubs and programmes for ages 6 months up to early teens
- Truly tranquil, car-free private island which you can explore on your complimentary bicycle
- Beautifully appointed suites and villas, plus stunning individually designed Private Residences
- All-inclusive à la carte menus including fine dining, beach barbecues and ‘farm to table’ experiences
- Enjoy guided snorkelling, kayak tours and round the island boat trips
- Cinema on the Beach offers classic big screen action complete with cocktails and popcorn
- All accommodation is never more than a few steps from the beach
- Two beaches; one with calm waters and one with a dramatic natural vista of waves
- Perfect for tennis lovers with four championship hard courts and world-class instructors
- PADI diving courses for beginners and daily complimentary dives for certified divers
- Cee Bee Kids' Camp for 3-10 year-olds with indoor and outdoor activities
- Adult-only all-inclusive hideaway with an air of Caribbean romance
- Walk straight out onto the white sand beach from your Premium Beachfront Suite
- The resort's own vegetable and herb garden supplies fresh produce to its four restaurants
- Big screen movies on the beach
- Weekly Caribbean barbecue with live local entertainment
- Secluded Hillside Pool Suites offer tranquility, privacy and incredible panoramic sea views
- All-inclusive, organic à la carte dining features produce from the resort's kitchen garden
- Complimentary daily yoga, Pilates and meditation classes
- Exceptional, intuitive service from the dedicated staff
- Weekly al fresco cooking demonstration showcasing authentic Caribbean cuisine
- Peaceful and private with a secluded location in tropical gardens on a white sand beach
- Traditional colonial-style décor enhanced by art from all over the world
- Fusion of Italian and Caribbean cuisine with ingredients sourced from the hotel's own organic garden
- Complimentary water shuttle to Nelson's Dockyard from the hotel's private dock
Set on a 300-acre private island, Jumby Bay Island is nestled two miles off the coast of Antigua. The island features three pristine white-sand beaches and is noted for its landscape lush with rare tropical flowers, stately palm trees and abundant foliage. Besides a number of suites and smaller villas, the island features some incredible private estate homes, all of which are situated on the beach...
Rock Cottage is an award winning villa intricately crafted to perch on the end of its own rocky promontory in the grounds of Blue Waters hotel on Antigua's northern shore. It is completely private with sea on three sides, and has everything you need to hide away in delightful seclusion, surrounded by a spectacular setting - making it one of the most private and secluded tropical island escapes in ...
Perfectly private and right on the beach, Lazy Lizard is a six-bedroom oasis boasting a host of luxury extras. Less a villa and more its own private estate within the wider environs of Jumby Bay’s private island, each ‘bedroom’ here is set in its own pavilion, with en-suite bathroom and generous private living area. In addition to these luxurious sanctuaries you’ll find the Main House, with living...
Award-winning family-friendly hotel Blue Waters borders two beaches and is perfectly placed in a secluded cove, with over 17 acres of tropical gardens, making it the perfect luxury escape for anyone looking to get away from it all.
For calm and quiet Caribbean seclusion, head for Galley Bay, and the Galley Bay Resort and Spa. With idyllic white sands and turquoise waters to one side and a positive botanical garden of lush and verdant Caribbean plantlife (spotted with goats and the trills of Caribbean birdlife) to the other, this hotel is the epitome of quiet luxury, seclusion and retreat.
On the other side of the island is Hermitage Bay, a resort well-known for providing a haven for those looking to relax and rejuvenate and perfect for those seeking a romantic getaway.
If you are looking to Antigua for a family holiday, then Jumby Bay would be a good hotel, with its car-free island, it's a great destination for children to be well...children.
A day trip to Barbuda is a must for those with the time and energy for a little exploration - head to Frigate Bird Sanctuary off Barbuda’s north-west coast for the spectacular experience of one of the world’s largest colonies of frigate birds.
You won't be stuck for things to do in Antigua.
If you haven’t already heard, Antigua is famous for its sailing – which is why it hosts several world-class boating events throughout the year. Its circular formation and constant trade-winds make sailing fairly straightforward, while the endless delightful coves and harbours are perfect for anchoring. You can hire all sorts of boats in Antigua, and the island’s geography means that there is a boating experience on offer for everyone – for the more experienced sailors, the rugged east coast is ideal, whereas Dickenson Bay or the Jolly Harbour area are perfect for a more relaxing amateur sail.
To connect with the island’s vibrant marine life, head over to Sting Ray City, which offers visitors a memorable experience snorkelling with tame sting ray, surrounded by unspoiled coral reef and spectacular scenery. Back on land, the island boasts many popular hikes, with hilltop fortifications and stunning views to be enjoyed. Although hiking remains a fairly underdeveloped organised activity in Antigua, there are endless nature trails and hiking trails to be explored; why not head up to the lively Shirley Heights via the gorgeous Lookout Trail, for example. For a unique adventure, try zip-lining through the lush Antiguan rainforest with a Canopy Tour – you need to be in pretty good shape, but the experience is unforgettable.
Antigua is famed for its lively festivals and events running throughout the year. Popular with boating fanatics, the island plays hosts to the annual Antigua Sailing Week, which attracts over 300 yachts in late April and early May, and the Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta in mid-April.
There’s also the Antigua Tennis Week in May, hosted by the Curtain Bluff resort, and the Antigua and Barbuda Sports Fishing Tournament. Another highlight is definitely Carnival, a ten-day festival celebrating emancipation and running from the end of July to early August. It’s colourful, exciting and entertaining, thanks to the eclectic mix of costumes, music competitions, food fairs and parades.
Throughout the rest of the year, head up to Shirley Heights, where you can spend Sunday afternoons lounging in the sun to live music, and the evenings partying the night the away. The restaurants on the island offer a wide variety of menus, from European and American cuisine to the authentic Caribbean and Antiguan delicacies. Local specialities include chicken and rice, fresh fish and lobster. Some of the best restaurants in Antigua and bars of can be found in and around English Harbour, while mouth-watering fresh juices should be tried from a local farm – the pineapple juice is divine!
Antigua General Information
Time difference: GMT -4 hours
Flight duration: 8 hours 40 minutes (direct)
Currency: Eastern Caribbean Dollar (although the US Dollar is widely accepted)
Capital: St John's
Visa information: No visa required for citizens of United Kingdom, United States and Canada; valid passport required.
Luxury holidays to Antigua are ideal for
- Family holidays
- Twin centre holiday with other Caribbean islands, such as Anguilla, Nevis, St Martin or St Barths
How to get to Antigua
British Airways and Virgin Atlantic fly direct from London Gatwick, landing at Antigua's VC Bird International Airport in the north-eastern corner of the country, a 15-minute taxi ride from the capital, St John's.
The weather in Antigua is hot and dry all year round with even the highest temperatures cooled by refreshing sea breezes and the trade winds. The weather becomes unsettled between June and November, with storms an occasional possibility.
When is the best time to travel to Antigua?
Antigua’s high season is the same as the majority of the Caribbean and most travellers will visit the island from December through to the middle of April as the weather during this period is at its warmest and driest.
For those looking to avoid the larger crowds and take advantage of the lower prices should visit in the off season which runs from mid-April through to late November. Antigua however remains relatively dry during most of the year.
Another element to take into consideration when choosing when to visit is the island’s seasonal events calendar. Like most of the Caribbean Antigua hosts many festivals and events that would make a great addition to your holiday.
At the end of April and start of May Antigua plays host to Sailing Week, which is the most popular of the events held on the island. Over five thousand spectators visit the regatta to watch the world’s best sailors in action. Also in April is the Classic Yacht Regatta which means April is the ideal time for sailing enthusiasts to visit.
The Antigua Carnival is held in late July and early August and includes the wonderful combination of fantastic cuisine, drink plus costumes and dancing. The island’s Independence Day is on 1st of November and its heritage day on 29th of October.
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