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Tall and twisted palm trees line the beach on a beautiful clear and sunny day in Antigua.

Antigua Holidays


Holidays to Antigua promise blue skies, white sand beaches, gingerbread architecture, colourful weekend markets and calypso beats.

A paradise for beach lovers, Antigua boasts 365 beaches – a different stretch of sand for every day of the year.

With a rich maritime history, elegant yachts huddle in the strikingly beautiful harbours which also play host to a selection of superb restaurants and bars.

OUR RECOMMENDED HOTELS IN ANTIGUA

Blue Waters Resort & Spa
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Antigua

Blue Waters Resort & Spa<br/> Nestled on the north west coast, this intimate property provides a very Caribbean welcome to Antigua. With crystal clear waters, secluded white sand coves and 17 acres of tropical gardens, Blue Waters is everything an island paradise should be. There are four restaurants and three bars to choose from. The Palm Restaurant offers all day alfresco dining and afternoon tea whereas Carolyn’s is perfect for light lunches with a great beachside location. Cove Suites at Blue Waters<br/> Situated in private grounds with a stunning cliff side vantage point, these impressive suites offer a luxurious ‘resort within a resort’ feel. Guests have access to four exclusive infinity pools, a dedicated bar, concierge service plus all of the facilities available at Blue Waters Resort & Spa. Guests can dine at all restaurants and bars at both Blue Waters and the Cove Suites. The Cove fine dining restaurant is a must serving gourmet cuisine and offering breathtaking views (restrictions apply). The 96 rooms and suites are furnished in a contemporary style with traditional Caribbean décor combined with elegant modern touches. All rooms feature a private balcony or patio with views of the lush tropical gardens or Caribbean Sea.
Galley Bay Resort & Spa
4 plus star

Antigua

Situated in lush tropical gardens enclosed by a secluded white sand beach and saltwater lagoon abundant with birdlife, this intimate adults only retreat offers the perfect balance of relaxation and activity. Enjoy casual fare from the beachfront Barefoot Grill, open for lunch and light bites. The Gauguin restaurant serves à la carte lunch and dinner where couples can dine in private cabanas overlooking the sea. The elegant yet relaxed Sea Grape restaurant hosts a weekly Caribbean barbecue accompanied by live music while Ismay’s offers a romantic setting to enjoy sumptuous cuisine and cocktails (surcharge applies). Additionally, premium wines and cocktails are available at the resort’s four open air bars. The 98 rooms and suites feature traditional and locally sourced furniture contrasted by a bright and modern décor with bold accents of green and blue.
St James's Club & Villas
4 star

Antigua

Set on a secluded peninsula with two white sand beaches, St James’s Club & Villas boasts a fun, laidback Caribbean vibe. With plenty of activities on offer and an excellent kids’ club for children aged 4-12, this resort is an excellent choice for families. There are six restaurants and six lounges and bars to choose from offering a variety of cuisines to tempt any taste bud (supplements may apply). The main eatery, Rainbow Garden, is set amongst the resorts tropical gardens whilst others offer unique settings along the water’s edge or with beautiful sea views. All 248 rooms, suites and villas have a private terrace or balcony and are located in either The Club, nearest to the restaurants or in The Village along the sloping hillside with sweeping sea views.
The Inn At English Harbour
4 plus star

Antigua

A boutique gem located in historic English Harbour overlooking the picturesque waters of the Caribbean Sea, this intimate hotel blends traditional colonial style with contemporary comforts that capture Antigua’s rich maritime heritage. Situated on top of the hill in the original house, the Terrace Restaurant offers gorgeous sea views and serves delicious international cuisine. Down on the beachfront, the open air Reef Restaurant serves Caribbean and Italian inspired dishes throughout the day in a beautiful setting. Golf: 18 hole championship course nearby. Green fees approx USD 50 and golf club rental approx USD 30 (payable locally). Please Note Trailfinders does not recommend this hotel to families with children 9 & under and the hotel will be closed 1 Jul - 31 Oct. The 28 rooms and suites are uniquely furnished and feature a balcony or terrace and shower only.
Carlisle Bay
5 star

Antigua

Found on one of Antigua’s most beautiful beaches, this fabulous hotel sits on the island’s unspoilt south coast against a backdrop of rolling hills and lush tropical rainforest. With its focus on health and wellness plus the chic design and award-winning facilities, Carlisle Bay offers the highest standard of luxury in the Caribbean. Children aged 2-6 will love the free Cool Kids’ Club which offers great activities including lizard hunting and nature walks, while during the school holidays, Crew Blue (for children aged 7-12) makes sure that all younger guests are kept entertained. Alternatively families can sit back and relax with a movie in the luxurious private cinema. Restaurants & Bars There are four outstanding restaurants to choose from. Indigo on the Beach offers stunning ocean views and serves fresh, healthy grills whereas East serves contemporary pan-Asian cuisine (dinner only). Enjoy classic Italian dishes at Ottimo! or try the Jetty Grill (adults only) which offers casual dining just steps from the sea. Breakfast can be taken in the privacy of your own suite or in Indigo on the Beach and complimentary afternoon tea is available daily. Please Note The hotel will be closed 21 Aug 21 - 7 Oct 21.
COCOS Hotel
4 star

Antigua

Perched on a bluff overlooking the stunning turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea, this romantic couples only hotel boasts a unique collection of authentic Antiguan cottages with a welcoming atmosphere and friendly service. Spend your days lazing on one of the stunning white sand beaches, take a refreshing dip in the pool or enjoy cocktails while watching the sun go down. Set on a cliff with panoramic sea views, the tiered restaurant has an intimate setting offering an international á la carte menu with a Caribbean flair. The hotel also has 3 bars and just a 5 minute drive away at Jolly Harbour, there is a variety of shops, bars and restaurants available. The 35 individual cottages have been designed in a traditional Antiguan style and each boasts a romantic four poster bed, private balcony with a hammock and outdoor shower only (no television). Please Note: Children 17 & under are not permitted at this property. Due to its hillside location this hotel may be unsuitable for those with walking difficulties.

WHERE TO GO IN ANTIGUA

Three local friends pull up on their small boat to a cruise ship in the colourful and lively harbour at St Johns, Antigua.
St John’s
This lively capital is best explored on foot. Meander through its network of streets to discover duty free shopping at Heritage and Redcliff Quays and learn about Antigua’s history at the Court House.
Luxurious yachts rest in the lavish English Harbour with ongoing views of the Caribbean coast and beach towns, Antigua.
English Harbour
This fully restored harbour is the only Georgian dockyard in the world. Developed by Captain Horatio Nelson, it once served as a base for the British Navy during colonial times. Nowadays it's a lovely place to relax, dine and admire the boats. In the evening it plays host to a range of bars and nightclubs, many with live music. The Antigua sailing week in March/April is not to be missed.
Dark limestone rock formation of Devil’s Bridge at Hellsgate, Antigua looking mysterious as it sits on the turquoise water.
Indian Town National Park
Great for hiking and birding and home to Devils Bridge, this national park features striking limestone scenery. Watch the numerous geysers and blowholes force flumes of water dramatically into the air.
A local musician plays the magical steel-drums in a lively reggae bar in Shirley Heights, Antigua.
Shirley Heights
One of Antigua’s most popular attractions, Shirley Heights offers stunning panoramic views over English Harbour. The famous Sunday Jump Up is a highlight; watch the sun set while enjoying drinks and a barbecue to the accompaniment of a steel band and lively reggae music.

Top Tips From Our Experts

Expert Travel Consultants
Lois Townsend

Take a snorkel trip to shipwrecks full of tropical fish where you can also swim with turtles!

Expert Travel Consultants
Philippa Clarke

Make sure you experience English Harbour, a fully restored Georgian dockyard. Now a hub of bars and restaurants it is a great place to relax and admire the impressive boats moored there.

Expert Travel Consultants
Abbi Harris

Every Sunday on the south coast on a clifftop called Shirley Heights, there is an event where locals prepare traditional Caribbean food and there is a live steel band overlooking one of the best views on the island. Most hotels will arrange taxis to and from, and it's suitable for families, friends or couples of any age.

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Antigua Fast Facts

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Time Zone

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-4 hours

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Flight Time to Antigua

Approx
8¾ hours

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East Caribbean Dollar

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None

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