Antigua boasts some of the best luxury hotels in the Caribbean, many offering all-inclusive and adult-only breaks. Think five-star villas on private white-sand beaches, overwater bungalows and all the spa treatments, water sports and Antiguan seafood you could wish for.
Welcome to Antigua, a Caribbean paradise known for its white-sand coves lapped by warm, turquoise waters. The island is also home to some of the best luxury hotels and all-inclusive resorts in the region, which are especially loved by honeymooners. Stay in one of these five-star properties for indulgent spas, infinity pools, butler-service mansions and gourmet dining.
Jumby Bay Island – Oetker Collection – All-Inclusive
Luxury, Spa Hotel
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Stay just steps from an ivory beach in one of Jumby Bay’s villas. Set on a private, 300-acre (121ha), car-free island off the north coast of Antigua, this all-inclusive resort has three pools and palm-covered gardens. Stay in a traditional African rondavel with a terrace or a luxe mansion that comes with its own butler, infinity pool and chef. All-inclusive activities include rum tasting, water sports, cooking classes and kids’ clubs.
This five-star resort is set on a hilltop overlooking English Harbour and has its own dock and stretch of Galleon Beach. Its main building was once an island fort and features a stone terrace overlooking the bay, where fine Italian cuisine is served. Rooms and suites are set in colonial white-washed cottages with verandas or patios. Facilities include tennis courts, a gym and spa, water sports and a large pool. There’s even a free water shuttle to historic Nelson’s Dockyard.
World War II fighter pilot Howard Hulford purchased this former sugar mill and transformed it into the glamorous Curtain Bluff Resort. The property is set on a dramatic headland flanked by the Atlantic and the calm Caribbean Sea. Expect suites with local art and floor-to-ceiling windows, as well as two resort restaurants, a pool, spa and gym. Have afternoon tea on Sugar Mill Terrace, do some scuba diving or join the weekly cocktail party hosted at the mill house.
Come to the Galley Bay Resort for a peaceful adult-only stay. Guests must cross a lagoon to reach the 42-acre (17ha) resort, which is set along Landing Bay Beach in tropical gardens. Treat yourself to an Antiguan spa treatment in a thatched beach cabana, sip a cocktail at the rum shack and enjoy nightly entertainment. Seaside rooms have a nautical feel with wooden furnishings, and there’s all-inclusive dining at three restaurants, including a Caribbean buffet at Sea Grape.
Blue Waters is a celebrity favourite for its opulent style and secluded location – it’s the only resort in Soldier’s Bay. Relax on the private beach or 17 acres (7ha) of exotic gardens, and lounge by the resort’s multiple pools. Picture high ceilings and beachy decor in the sea-facing cottages. Activities include tennis, sailing, wine tasting and cooking classes. There’s also a spa, cocktails at Veronica’s Bar and an extensive Caribbean buffet at the Palm Restaurant.
This resort offers typical Antiguan white sands, as well as the popular Blue Spa with six treatment rooms. Relish the rainforest surroundings, which encompass nine tennis courts and a pool. Room options include beach-side suites with butler service, balconies and wooden furniture with shell prints on the walls. Take a guided hike to Mt Obama National Park or try some sailing or yoga. Carlisle Bay also boasts an Asian restaurant, bar and even a small cinema.
Sugar Ridge is loved for its rugged hillside location and Caribbean Sea views. Spread over 43 acres (17ha), the $50 million (£37.5 million) resort is close to several beaches and lies just 15 minutes from vibrant Jolly Harbour Marina. Enjoy three pools, a gym, a spa and two restaurants including Carmichael’s, which has its own infinity pool and gourmet seafood dining. The Aveda concept spa at Sugar Ridge is an Antiguan first, and rooms feature verandas overlooking the bay, some with plunge pools.
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Check into Nonsuch Bay Resort for an all-inclusive holiday. The exclusive Escape offers an adult-only haven in an isolated section of the resort with its own pool, fine-dining restaurant and stretch of private beach. Ocean-view suites come with balconies and outdoor soaking tubs, and there’s a luxurious spa. Families will love the separate self-catering cottages with kitchens and up to three bedrooms, as well as a stellar kids’ club, entertainment and sports activities.
If you’re looking for a romantic escape, Keyonna offers a couples-only resort perfect for honeymoons and tranquil breaks. Stay in a cabin on a private stretch of Turner’s Beach, complete with his and hers outdoor showers, a four-poster bed and a veranda to watch the sunset. The most lavish villas have their own plunge pools. Go kayaking or snorkeling in the mirror-like waters, and dine on fresh seafood at the beachfront restaurant.
As one of Antigua’s newest all-inclusive resorts, you can expect modern elegance at the Royalton. The resort has its own powdery beach, as well as a spa, fitness center and multiple restaurants and bars serving world cuisine. Choose the Diamond Club option for adult-only luxury; the best rooms are the overwater bungalows with glass floors and plunge pools. Activities include cooking classes and water sports.