It is unfair to compare Luxury across islands places and budgets.
Luxury is a very easily used word (especially online) and we become somewhat immune to it. Luxury is also very subjective so we took a risk using it for the title of this sample resorts guide. Nevertheless consider the following reports as Luxury for Antigua.
You can expect:
Top top uncrowded beaches with clear inviting turquoise water
High levels of customer service
High levels of comfort (air conditioning and furnishings)
Excellent pools restaurants and watering holes
Space (time for Zen)
Fantastic choices of cuisine and beverages created by world class chefs
You might expect:
In resort fast service and attention to the details that count
Outside slow travel
Think of Antigua differently
However you still would not visit Antigua on the basis of Luxury alone. It would not compete with New York, Paris, London or Dubai. Antigua has a unique culture and some say time zone! Here the business is relaxation and enjoyment to the fullest. What Antigua offers is a charm and delight way beyond luxury and different- therefore no competition.
We look at 5 options; Jumby Bay, Carlisle Bay, Cocobay, South Point and Admirals Inn at different price points all befitting the word luxury in one way or another.
Let’s take a look at the luxury antigua resorts available at the present time.
JUMBY BAY ISLAND
The most exclusive resort on the island. In fact it is located on it’s own island.
For this reason celebrities like it– those not wanting their own luxury villa or owning their own property.
Price range: USD. 1500-2300.
It is a 300-acre private island located two miles off the coast of Antigua. It boasts of a variety of wildlife amidst tropical foliage and white sand beaches. The resort has 40 rooms and suites. There are some privately owned residences also.
This all-inclusive resort provides amenities which include seamlessly arranged airport transportation, breakfast and free wifi.
They have a pool, outdoor pool, fitness centre, restaurant, bar/lounge, spa, business centre, tennis court, among other things.
The main attraction is water skiing training provided to guests. All other water sports too are available such as deep sea fishing, scuba diving and snorkelling. Hobie Cat sailing is very good at all resorts in Antigua.
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CARLISLE BAY HOTEL ANTIGUA ST. MARY’S
This resort is located on the beach at Carlisle Bay and the cost ranges from USD 500-1500. Airport transfer is included.
It has a private beach and thus, the location brings solitude for the tourists. The property has a tropical garden and the air-conditioned rooms offer garden or ocean view and a balcony or terrace.
It has an outdoor swimming pool, a fitness centre with personal training, Spa, Sauna and Tennis court.
Canoeing, diving, fishing, windsurfing, non-motorised water sports, snorkelling, hiking, horseback riding, table tennis etc., are the other attractions.
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Cocobay Resort is an adults-only, all-inclusive resort, located at valley church, Antigua. This resort sits on a bluff between two southwest-coast Antigua bays. Cost ranges approximately between USD.400 to 720.
The package includes meals, snacks, local beverages (restrictions apply) and beverages in the in-room mini-bar.
They have a spa, two restaurants, free wifi, outdoor swimming pools including infinity-edge pool, onsite hiking and kayaking, snorkelling, skydiving, and live music entertainment. Also available are tennis facility, marina, scuba diving and casino at nearby locations. Also, nearby is the big Ffryes bay, with its 1000 ft beach, with furnished thatch shades.
A special attraction on offer by the hotel is the adult-only and honeymoon getaway.
This hotel is situated adjacent to the Antigua Yacht Club Marina in Falmouth Harbour.
Balconies of rooms afford a view of moored yachts. There is a large terrace with a waterfront view across the bay. Apart from Mediterranean and middle eastern cuisine on offer, they boast of sushi bar too. Entertainment options are available within walking distance.
ADMIRAL’S INN AND GUNPOWDER SUITES
This Resort is located at St. Paul Parish, English Harbour, Antigua.
Pricing is around USD. 180 – 600
This is a boutique type of hotel and is a part of the UNESCO heritage site and steeped in history.
It is at a secluded section of nelson’s dockyard at a distance of 100 yards from the bay. The buildings face waterfront and provide a breath-taking view of Nelson’s Dockyard. However, the beach offered with the Admiral’s Inn and Gunpowder Suites is of the non-swimming type.
Easy transportation through their shuttle service is available at the entrance of the Resort, to go to the swimming beach in freeman’s bay and other places. Kayaks are available to explore the harbour. Also, many bars and restaurants are available within walking distance.