Enjoy the eastern Caribbean island paradise of Antigua with Small Luxury Hotels where sailing is a central preoccupation and cruising around this sunny island is highly recommended. Secluded, tropical beaches, incredible sea views, a landscape of forests, and a fascinating maritime history are an indication of the many diverse attractions to be discovered here.
Luxury beaches in Antigua
Blue cloudless skies and a bright sun shines down on Antigua’s myriad of white sand beaches, lapped by gentle waves and fringed with swaying palm trees. Swim or snorkel in the balmy waters or lie on a sun lounger on the beach. From Dickensen Bay in the north, to Pigeon Point Beach in the south, Antigua has over 350 gorgeous beaches. With so many to choose from, you can easily find your own private spot for a quiet picnic or lively beach barbecue.
Luxury things to do in Antigua
Sailing is a way of life in Antigua, and in April, the island holds its prestigious Sailing Week with one of the world’s top racing events. Enjoy watching challenging sailing by day and join in the calypso party atmosphere at night. Visit St John’s, the capital, with its colourful market and colonial buildings. Explore the island’s rich maritime heritage at English Harbour and Nelson’s Dockyard, a base for the British Navy in the 18th century. A number of Horatio Nelson’s personal items are on display in the naval yard museum.
Antiguan cuisine reflects the island’s cultural heritage with spicy Creole dishes and international culinary influences. The seafood here is superb with lobster, oysters and red snapper often found on the menu. Discover flavoursome stews seasoned with hot peppers, cloves and cinnamon, while delicious Caribbean flavours such as yam, squash, eggplant, dasheen leaves, plantains, and pumpkin appear in many dishes. Ice cold Wadadli beer is a local speciality as is the rum.
Choose a boutique hotel in Antigua with Small Luxury Hotels of the World and savour the laid-back pace of life which is only disturbed by this country’s enthusiasm for cricket and afternoon barbeques accompanied by rum punch and steel bands.