Antigua is the bigger of the two islands and is blessed with an abundance of beaches – 365 to be precise, which the locals say is one for every day of the year. You’ll find it hard to peel yourself off the sand on Antigua beach holidays (especially with a rum punch in hand). And if it’s idyllic blush-tinged sands you’re after, a holiday in Barbuda – Antigua’s neighbouring island – will not disappoint.
Yet, when it comes to luxury holidays in Antigua, the beaches are not the be-all-and-end-all; they’re just the beginning. Maritime heritage abounds in Antigua and there is a lot of seafaring culture to explore, not least at Nelson’s Dockyard – named after the famous admiral and the world’s last surviving Georgian marina.
Nelson’s Dockyard is part of the larger English Harbour and this thread of Britishness dovetails with the candy-coloured villages and happy-go-lucky vibes the Caribbean is known for. Antigua is also getting a name for its flourishing gourmet scene and there is no shortage of fine-dining restaurants showcasing Caribbean, English and French cuisine.
A luxury Antigua itinerary can also pulsate with adventure. The restored military lookout of Shirley Heights serves up stunning panoramic views of nearby island, and you can hop on a dune buggy to zip through the island’s wild core or sit back and watch a cricket match at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium.
Bed down at the exclusive Jumby Bay
Take part in the island’s hawksbill turtle conservation initiative.
Go diving in English Harbour to spy Antigua’s subterranean coral cities.
Head out on a guided hike through the Antiguan countryside to the beguiling Pillars of Hercules rock formations.
Enjoy a range of delicious blends on one of Jumby Bay’s rum tasting workshops.
Enjoy a private cooking class with your own chef where you’ll conjure up Antiguan classics like curries or fresh seafood.
A private island hideaway that feels as if it’s been ripped from your wildest imagination, Jumby Bay is an exclusive 300-acre escape floating two miles off Antigua. Accessible only by boat and car-free, the luxury all-inclusive Jumby Bay is somewhere you should treat as your own personal playground – the resort takes its name from the colloquial Antiguan phrase ‘jumbie’, which means ‘playful spirit’. Mariah Carey and Paul McCartney have snapped up the invitation in the past, and whether it’s taking part in rum tastings or guided snorkelling tours, it’s now your turn.
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