When staying in Antigua, the beautiful surroundings, amazing climate, and array of activities mean you will have an amazing vacation. However, your choice of accommodation can also make a difference to your overall experience of staying in this destination, so it is essential to choose one that suits your tastes and meets your needs and expectations. There is a wide choice of hotels on this island, ranging from luxurious accommodation to budget-friendly hotels and family-friendly options. Here are the 10 best hotels in Antigua to help you decide where to stay during your vacation.
10. Sugar Ridge
Sugar Ridge sits in an elevated position on a hillside overlooking Jolly Bay. The rooms are arranged in four-room blocks that are surrounded by lush, tropical greenery. Guests have access to the Jolly Harbor Golf Club, and the hotel provides transport to Turners and Nest Beach. Some of the activities for guests to enjoy on-site include swimming in the pool, spa treatments, working out in the fitness center. Carmichael's is the main restaurant at the resort, although Caribbean dishes are also available from the Sugar Club.
9. Starfish Jolly Beach Resort
Starfish Jolly Beach Resort is a lively, all-inclusive hotel in a prime location on a white beach along the west coast of the island. It is close to Jolly Harbor, shops, and restaurants, so everything you need is right on your doorstep. Guests have access to a spa, tennis courts, a fitness center, and an outdoor pool. You will not get tired of eating from the same menu every evening, as there are several dining options at this hotel, including a buffet restaurant that serves both international and local cuisine, a Mexican restaurant, a Caribbean restaurant, and an Italian restaurant.
8. Hodges Bay Resort and Spa
The accommodation at the Hodges Bay Resort and Spa includes rooms, apartments, and villas, all of which are sea-facing for stunning sea views. There are multiple facilities for guests to enjoy at this resort, including a spa, an outdoor pool, tennis courts, beach access, a kid's club, and a bar. The downstairs restaurant at the hotel is run by executive chef Marco Festini Cromer, and the menu consists of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern dishes. Upstairs is NaCi, a fine dining restaurant run by American celebrity chef Edward Lee. A further dining option is on the mezzanine level is a tapas restaurant called Black Sails.
7. Carlisle Bay
There are six categories of rooms at the Carlisle Bay, with options to suit various budgets and party sizes. Some have garden views, while others have views across the water. The rooms are decorated in a Nordic style with a seaside theme. Some of the guest facilities include a fitness center, a swimming pool, a spa, a kids' club, a tennis court, and a sauna. The main restaurant is Indigo on the Beach, which serves Caribbean food. There is also a grill restaurant and a restaurant serving Japanese, Indonesian, and Thai food.
6. Hermitage Bay
The Telegraph lists Hermitage Bay as one of the best hotels in Antigua. It is ideal for those who want a relaxing break, as it is in a secluded beachside location, and there are early morning sessions of Pilates and yoga. Other facilities include a fitness center, a bar, and an on-site restaurant. The accommodation consists of 30 individual cottage suites.
5. Blue Waters Resort and Spa
A favorite amongst celebrities visiting Antigua is the Blue Waters Resort and Spa. There are multiple amenities for the benefit of guests at this hotel, including exotic gardens, multiple pools, tennis courts, wine tastings, cooking classes, sailing, a private beach, and a spa. Guests can enjoy cocktails at Veronica's Bar and eat as much as they can at the Caribbean buffet that is served in the Palm Restaurant.
4. Galley Bay Resort and Spa
If you prefer to stay in an adults-only venue, then a great option is the Galley Bay Resort and Spa. On arriving at the resort, guests must cross a lagoon to the 42-acre plot on which the resort sits. Guests stay in thatched cabanas and can enjoy relaxing treatments at the hotel's spa. There is also a livelier side to the resort, as there is evening entertainment every night. Dining is included in the price, and guests can choose to dine at one of the three restaurants at the resort.
3. The Inn at English Harbor
The Inn at English Harbor is set on a hilltop overlooking English Harbor in Antigua. This five-star resort has its own stretch of Galleon Beach and its own dock. In the past, the main building at this hotel was once an island fort. Now, it has been converted into luxurious rooms and suites, and each has either a patio or a veranda. There is a terrace overlooking the bay, and some of the facilities include a large outdoor pool, a spa, a gym, and water sports. The hotel also provides a free shuttle to the historic Nelson's Dockyard.
2. Curtain Bluff Resort
Curtain Bluff Resort was once a sugar mill until it was purchased by Howard Hulford, a World War II fighter pilot. He converted the former mill into a luxurious resort with suites that feature floor-to-ceiling windows to give panoramic coastal views. The resort has two excellent restaurants, a gym, a spa, and a pool. The mill house also hosts a weekly cocktail party for guests.
1. Jumby Bay Island, Oetker Collection
According to The Culture Trip, the best hotel in Antigua is Jumby Bay Island, Oetker Collection. The villas are set on a 300-acre private island just off Antigua, and there is also the option to stay in a luxe mansion or a traditional African rondavel. The hotel has several on-site restaurants and three pools. Some of the all-inclusive activities available at this hotel include cooking classes, a kids' club, water sports, and rum tasting.
Written by Dana Hanson
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