Antigua and Barbuda

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About Antigua and Barbuda

Barbuda was devastated by Hurricane Irma in September 2017, with an estimated 95% of man-made structures on the island damaged including some of the best places to stay on Antigua and Barbuda. Please carefully check the most up to date information about the status of these islands before you book your holiday. But don’t be put off unnecessarily, your tourist dollars will help the islands rebuild.

Antigua is a classic Caribbean destination, lined with superb, soft white sandy beaches fringed with palm trees and adored by sailors since the days of Horatio Nelson. Nelson's English Harbour is lively with sailors, especially during the winter season, and many of the best places to stay sit right beside the island’s best beaches.

Barbuda is much dozier, almost just one long beach, with a smaller population of people and a larger population of wildlife. Perfect for anyone seeking a proper Caribbean hideaway.

The best places to stay in Antigua and Barbuda range from Antigua's top end once-in-a-lifetime resorts to mid-range, family-friendly all-inclusives and Barbuda's handful of smaller hotels and guesthouses.

What not to Miss

  • Antigua and Barbuda are predominately about enjoying the perfect coastline - from snorkelling or diving to body surfing, horse riding, kayaking, windsurfing - any watersport you pick is improved by this backdrop. Some of the best places are remote Rendezvous Bay, Half Moon Bay and Deep Bay.
  • Nelson's Dockyard is a historic highlight as well as the island's main sailing port. If you are fascinated by the island's history, you will be interested in visiting Shirley Heights, an 18th Century fort perched on a hill (definitely go here on a Sunday - they host a legendary BBQ with steel band and plenty of rum punch!)
  • Market Day on Antigua! The capital, St. John, is especially lively and colourful on Fridays and Saturdays for the public market.
  • Barbuda has just one settlement, the peaceful village of Codrington, three miles north of the ferry landing and on the eastern shore of the lagoon, which is home to Barbuda's famous frigate colony.
  • As well as birdwatching, Barbuda is a great place for snorkelling, fishing, diving and beachcombing.

It's not just historic figures and honeymooners who've been drawn to Antigua and Barbuda's perfect beaches, this is also where Oprah and Giorgio Armani have their winter holiday homes. Many of the best places to stay in Antigua and Barbuda have hosted the odd A-lister or two!

For Honeymooners

  • Jumby Bay is a sublimely beautiful island resort in the colonial style. As well as perfect colonial tropical chic interiors, this resort has a particularly stunning private beach plus tennis courts, a gym and spa. The food is excellent.
  • Antigua’s Galley Bay is a relaxed adults only, all-inclusive resort right on a private beach. As well as the beach and a pool, there's also a lagoon, private plunge pools and a excellent spa. Romantic, quiet and idyllic.
  • Keyonna Beach Resort is set on Turners Beach close to the amazing blue waters of Antigua’s Valley Church Bay. Rustic beach cabins are a perfect couples hideaway. No children permitted.

For all out luxury

  • Antigua’s Curtain Bluff is a secluded, luxury all inclusive beach resort with Caribbean and Atlantic facing beaches. Contemporary rooms feature funky furniture, private terraces and big marble bathrooms.
  • Hermitage Bay just outside St. Johns is a lush, beachside resort - think direct beach access, day beds and outdoor rain showers. The excellent food - both European and Caribbean style - complimentary facilities (including snorkelling kit and Caribbean cooking lessons), make this a very easy place to have a good time!

For families

  • Blue Waters has a great spot, right on the beach on Antigua's northern tip. It has generous sized rooms, many with direct beach access or sea-facing balconies, and there's great watersports facilities.
  • If you want an easy resort choice close to English Harbour, try Carlisle Bay. This is a larger resort with direct beach access, a huge spa, tennis courts and a yoga space. There's a huge choice range when it comes to dining and there are clubs for both younger children and teenagers.
  • The Dickenson Bay Cottages are a collection of 14 pleasant, self catering villas just outside St. Johns. Expect fun tropical decor, fragrant gardens and a laid-back atmosphere. There is a beach nearby.
  • Antigua’s Verandah Hotel is family friendly all-inclusive and right on the beach with a tropical vibe and several fantastic Caribbean restaurants. There's also great watersports facilities.

Caribbean Escapes

  • Sugar Ridge is on Antigua’s western coast, built into the hillside with spectacular views and fragrant gardens. There's a good range of rooms, some of which have their own private plunge pools and terraces, and there are two excellent restaurants.
  • Nonsuch Bay on Antigua's eastern coast is a small modern beachfront hotel with a private beach offering all sorts of watersports - including sailing lessons, keel boating snorkelling and raft building.

Beach Breaks

  • The Hawksbill Hotel is a large hotel spread along four of Antiqua’s nicest beaches, so it still feels quite private. As well as great facilities and large, comfortable rooms, this resort has an excellent seafood BBQ restaurant and a buzzy bar area.
  • The Inn at English Harbour is another excellent beachfront hotel this time with a colonial feel and an Italian restaurant. You are a stone's throw from Nelson's Dockyard and Shirley Heights.

For Great Value

  • The Anchorage Inn is north of St. Johns just a couple of minutes from one of Antigua's nicest beaches. Here you'll find large, colourful, fun and friendly accommodation with a reasonable price tag. Rooms here start from as little as £75 per night.
  • Admiral's Inn is also perfect if you're looking for a cheaper option. Rooms here start at just £89 per night and it's right in Nelson's Dockyard!
  • The Hawksbill Hotel is a large hotel spread along four private beaches, so still feels quite private. As well as great facilities and large, comfortable rooms, this resort has an excellent seafood BBQ restaurant and a buzzy bar area.

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Travel Information

  • VC Bird International Airport on Antigua is the region’s main airport for flights from Britain and the north-Caribbean. It’s linked to Heathrow and Gatwick, Manchester, Frankfurt, Milan, and several cities in the US and Canada. You can either fly from Antigua to Barbuda’s Codrington Airport or catch the ferry. The cruise ships dock at St. John’s.
  • If you want to hire a car we recommend you visit our online partner Rentalcars.
  • Antigua and Barbuda are at their coolest and driest between mid-December and mid-April, however this is also the most popular time to visit. Outside of these months you can expect to pay about a third less for your flights and accommodation. Hurricane season runs through August, September and October.

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