The Inn at English Harbour is small and intimate, with just 28 rooms spread on 19 acres of land. The hotel doesn’t accept children so you’re guaranteed a peaceful stay and it’s set in a wonderful location, close to the historic harbour of Nelson’s Dockyard with a shuttle boat to take you there and back. Designed in a very traditional, colonial way, this is the property to really evoke dreams of days gone by.
Carlisle Bay is located on the south side of the island, so you’re in proper Caribbean territory here in terms of the colour of the sand and sea. More modern in style than The Inn at English Harbour, Carlisle Bay probably attracts a slightly younger and more lively crowd looking for a modern take on the Caribbean classic.
Finally on the east coast of Antigua is the members-only Mill Reef Club. This is a beautiful 1,500 acre resort including 5 miles of shoreline. It’s a dream come true for keen golfers as the resort features a breathtaking 9-hole golf course, and the breeze coming in off the Atlantic ensures you aren’t going to overheat whilst playing. Conceived over 60 years ago, the club has always been very strictly members only in order to ensure the exclusivity. Many of these members own houses throughout the grounds, others visit to stay in the main clubhouse. However the clubhouse has now agreed with a few of their preferred partners that a few lucky outside guests will be able to stay here each year, bringing some new blood and a fresh perspective to this exquisite private club.
Overall I’d say that if your eyes are straying in the direction of the Caribbean then Antigua has got to be one of the best choices out of the islands. Maybe avoid the real hurricane season of August to November as many of the hotels and restaurants will be closed. Other than that though you’re good to go, the most popular times of year being from December to April but May, June and July being a great option for those looking for good deals and low season rates. Just don’t forget to pack some decent painkillers as the local Rum Punches really can leave you with a sort head the next day!