Head south for the winter and enjoy the secluded paradise of Antigua, one of the two major islands that make up the Caribbean nation of Antigua and Barbuda. This is the ideal warm-weather destination if you enjoy relaxing on beautiful beaches lapped by the Caribbean Sea, taking a hike through a lush green rainforest or just relaxing at a luxury resort where you can sample the best Antiguan cuisine. Consider staying at these 5 luxury resorts and hotels if you’re planning a romantic getaway for 2, family vacation or solo trip.
Jumby Bay Island
St. Johns, Antigua & Barbuda
Whisk that special someone off to this 300-acre private Caribbean island, located 2 miles from Antigua. Guests will take a short, scenic cruise to one of the most exclusive private retreats in the Caribbean. Since Christopher Columbus’ discovery of it in 1493, this isolated island has enchanted seafarers, naturalists and romantics.
Among discerning travelers, Jumby Bay Island – home to 40 rooms/suites – is known as the jewel in the crown of Caribbean resorts. The island encapsulates everything about a dramatic hideaway, including secluded sun-kissed beaches with pristine turquoise waters. For every guest there is a journey of experiences waiting to be discovered – a private beachside picnic; snorkeling the nearby coral-fringed islands; a barefoot walk across the long golden sand bar, suspended in open sea.
SELECT Perks: $100 spa services credit (excluding retail), seasonal welcome amenity, complimentary full breakfast for 2 daily, early check-in and late check-out upon availability, an upgrade upon availability at the time of check-in, and high speed/enhanced Wi-Fi.
Blue Waters Resort & Spa
Soldier’s Bay, St. Johns, Antigua & Barbuda
Nestled on the Northeast corner of Antigua, Blue Waters encompasses everything an island paradise should include: a number of small, secluded beach coves, 7 freshwater pools and 17 acres of lush tropical gardens. This luxury resort offers 114 rooms and suites with spectacular views of the Caribbean Sea.
This family-owned beachfront resort is an ideal place for couples to exchange vows and say, “I do.” The Rock Cottage or beautiful gazebo – with the sea, tropical palms, and bright bougainvillea – provide the perfect backdrop for an unforgettable destination wedding.
SELECT Perks: $100 resort credit, complimentary full breakfast for 2 daily, early check-in and late-checkout upon availability, an upgrade upon availability at the time of check-in (excluding villas or penthouses), and high speed/enhanced Wi-Fi.
Carlisle Bay Resort
Carlisle Bay, St. Marys, Antigua & Barbuda
Located on the south coast of Antigua, Carlisle Bay boasts 87 beautiful contemporary beachfront luxury suites offering access to a beautiful stretch of sand. This luxe resort also features The Blue Spa, a 17,000 square feet space for guests who deserve the ultimate in wellness and relaxation. This award-winning spa has 6 luxurious treatment rooms and a dedicated wet treatment room, a couple’s treatment room, a sauna, plunge pools, hair and beauty salon, a state-of-the-art gymnasium with personal trainers. Yoga and Pilates classes are available as groups or one-on-one instruction.
When guests have worked up an appetite, they can dine at 4 of the best restaurants in Antigua (located on-site at the resort). Visit Indigo on the Beach for healthy barbeque, seafood and salads. Dig into delicious Japanese, Indonesian, Thai and Balinese specialties served at East. Head to Ottimo! if Italian food made with the freshest ingredients suits your palate. And for the best view, make reservations at the adults-only Jetty Grill, where guests can dine on grilled meats, fresh seafood and wine while gazing at the beautiful Caribbean Sea.
SELECT Perks: $100 spa credit, complimentary full breakfast for 2 daily, early check-in and late check-out upon availability, an upgrade upon availability at the time of check-in, and basic Wi-Fi.
St. Johns, Antigua & Barbuda
This luxurious resort overlooks Antigua’s southern shore, an all-inclusive resort that caters to travelers in looking for the ultimate Caribbean escape. Located near Bay Beach and Surf Beach, Curtain Bluff features 72 rooms that face a private white-sand beach and surrounded by lush tropical gardens. Amenities include a world-class tennis facility and a 5,000 square-foot spa – just a few feet away from the sea.
Guests can dine at two on-site restaurants: Tamarind Restaurant and Seagrape Restaurant. Tamarind serves both breakfast and formal dinner (strict dress code). It’s also home to a 25,000 bottle wine cellar. The menu changes every night, but the cuisine is usually Continental with local Caribbean flavors. Enjoy lunch and select evenings (based on time of season) for an open-air dining experience at Seagrape. Limited to 40 guests per night, it serves delicious Italian/Antiguan influenced cuisine as tiki torches flicker on the sand and the moonlight streaks the Caribbean Sea.
SELECT Perks: $100 resort credit, complimentary full breakfast for 2 daily, early check-in and late check-out upon availability, an upgrade upon availability at the time of check-in, and basic Wi-Fi
Jennings, Antigua & Barbuda
Tucked into a beautiful bay in one of the most secluded corners of Antigua, the privately-owned Hermitage Bay features 30 cottages where guests will enjoy a members-only exclusivity, as if the hotel was built for a select few. Each of the 9 Beachfront Suites and 4 Seaview Garden Suites features a split level lounge and patio, while the large wrap-around decks and private plunge pools of the 17 Hillside Suites allow guests to soak up the Caribbean sun on their own sun-bathing deck.
This 16-acre eco-chic, luxury hotel provides all the comforts of a 5-star resort without compromising the natural habitat that thrives around it. An all-inclusive luxury property, Hermitage Bay’s rates include the following: breakfast, lunch, and dinner menus that change on a daily basis, premium branded cocktails and a selection of house wines, meditation and Pilates classes, and non-motorized watersports, such as snorkeling, windsurfing, and kayaking. Your fun-filled escape in this tropical paradise awaits.
SELECT Perks: $100 resort credit, complimentary full a la carte breakfast included in daily rates, early check-in and late check-out upon availability, an upgrade upon availability at the time of check-in, and high-speed/enhanced Wi-Fi.
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