Antigua has a beach for every day of the year, so why stay in just one part of the island when you visit? On this two-stop trip, you’ll explore the beautiful and historic English Harbour coast before retreating to a hidden cove.
Kick things off with a stay in charming English Harbour. Located on the south of the island, it’s everything you imagine the Caribbean to be. Stay at the colonial Inn at English Harbour and immerse yourself in the laid-back lifestyle of quaint cafes, colourful rums shacks, swaying palm trees and white sand beaches. Enjoy an ice-cold cocktail while swinging lazily in a hammock, take a water taxi to Nelson’s Dockyard for a choice of bars and restaurants, or venture further afield on the hotel’s exclusive yacht. Make sure you visit nearby Shirley Heights for the weekly Sunday party – this true Antiguan tradition features a live steel band, barbecue food and plenty of dancing.
Then head to a quiet corner of the island’s north-west to hide yourself away at Hermitage Bay. Set on the most beautiful stretch of beach, this adults-only boutique property will have you feeling relaxed in no time. If you do find yourself wanting to leave your sunbed, there are cookery courses and organic farm tours on offer. Or you can pay a visit to the pretty multi-coloured buildings and vibrant farmers markets of Antigua’s capital, St Johns. But we suspect you’ll spend most of your stay blissed out in the spa or lounging beside your plunge pool, while the islands of Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis form silhouettes on the distant skyline.