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.
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.
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