Just over 4,000 miles from the UK, you can find 108 square-miles of paradise fringed by 365 sun-kissed beaches and crystal-clear waters…. Antigua is a must-visit for everyone, and with direct flights from London, it is as easy as ever to spend an A-list day in paradise, from sunrise to sunset, on this diverse island…

 

At Elegant Resorts, we have been experts in creating luxury holiday experiences for thirty years, and we know a thing or two about the Caribbean. The idyllic island of Antigua has long been one of our favourite places for a luxurious getaway, with its bounty of flavours, fun personality and romantic hideaways.

Having returned from scouting the isle for the best and newest experiences, our expert travel team have reported back to guide you through the top places you must stay and essential things to do in Antigua for all holiday needs…

For Fun and Games

The Place To Stay…

Jumby Bay Island is looking incredible at the moment, having undergone a seamless transition to become part of the luxurious Oetker Collection. This is easily one of the most beautiful properties in the Caribbean and one of the best hotels in Antigua, boasting an incredible stretch of sand that may even be one of the best beaches in Antigua! As a completely private island, it is perfect for families, as parents can always be safe in the knowledge that children can explore anywhere in the resort.

The accommodation is spacious, airy and bright, filled with sunlight during the day while becoming cosy havens during the evening.  Dining here is a foodie’s dream, with influences from all around the world reflected in the menus; the fresh local fish and seafood is a highlight of any meal.

Must Dos…

Find your Caribbean party vibe on board D-Boat, which recently went viral on Justin Bieber’s Instagram account. From the rainbow coloured cocktails to the thrilling slides catapulting you into the sea, this refurbished 140-foot-long oil tanker fills you with good vibes and is quickly establishing its self as a hot-spot in Antigua.

Fun things to do in Antigua - The D-Boat went viral when it went viral as one of Justin Beibers holiday locations
The D-Boat

You can also discover one of the most unique and thrilling cities in the Caribbean – Stingray City. Venture into the stingray’s territory of warm translucent waters and watch in amazement as they glide around you, uplifting the white sand below. These regal stingray residents are very friendly and will even let you pose with them for a photo opp.

For Dreamy Date-nights

The Place To Stay…

Hermitage Bay is  set in the perfect location for a romantic break and is one of the best hotels in Antigua for a honeymoon or special anniversary. The hotel is small and intimate with fabulous rooms set on the beach. For a more private setting, choose a Hillside Suite which boasts a plunge pool and outdoor shower with sweeping panoramic views of the bay. Whether you would rather while your day away in the privacy of your suite, or get social on the beach or around the pool, this is a honeymooner’s heaven

Hermitage Bay

Must Dos…

Dine, drink and dance for a picture-perfect date to remember at the Shirley Heights’ Sunday night barbeque party. Enjoy the magical setting, as the sun goes down over the iconic Antigua horizon, before dancing the night away to the rhythms of the live band. Sip a rum punch and dig-in to succulent barbecued seafood as the lights twinkle around you for an unforgettable night under the stars.

You could also head down to Love Beach, an ambient setting that was once a favourite of Jaqueline Kennedy Onassis. Set up in her honour, Jacqui O’s Beach House bar and restaurant is where Chef Miguel Alfaro uses fresh local produce to treat guests to a world-class culinary experience. The charismatic owner, Lance Leonhardt, later performs a live sunset DJ set, timing the music to the setting sun as the Champagne is poured…an exquisite hideaway to toast your love.

 

For A Family Getaway

The Place To Stay…

Carlisle Bay is a wonderful option for families. Not only is there a fabulous children’s programme, but all families are located together in the Beach Suites, which feature a second bedroom that is perfect for those with children. The dining set-up is also ideal for families, with early sittings for those with little ones, plus there is even a handy screening room showing daily family films to keep them entertained.

Enjoy a luxury family holiday in Antigua with an Island Safari
Island Safari

Things to do…

Fly through the tropical trees on a zip-lining adventure, located just up the hill from Carlisle Bay. A one-of-a-kind experience on the island, the Antigua Rainforest Zipline Tour offers an exhilarating family adventure. Suitable for all ages, the youngest person to try it was 4 years old while the oldest was a commendable 99 years of age! Fully committed to ensuring guests feel safe, there are also obstacle courses, a treehouse, suspension bridges and more to explore.

The isle of Antigua can also become an inspiring classroom in the sun with an educational Island Safari. Colourful zebra-striped Land Rovers can take you off-road to some of the most picturesque spots. Along this fun-fuelled journey, your family will learn about the culture and history of Antigua while creating everlasting memories. There is an array of refreshments throughout your tour, plus you can gather together for a charming al fresco picnic next to historical Betty’s Hope plantation.

Find out more about family holidays to Antigua.

Feeling Inspired?

For more information on Antigua please call our expert Travel Consultants on 01244 897 578 or visit elegantresorts.co.uk.