The New All-Inclusive Capital of the Caribbean: Antigua
Antigua has cultivated an enviable collection of all-inclusive resorts that focus on real experiences, sophisticated design and a departure from the megaresort all-inclusives of yesteryear. They’re smaller places, with lower-scale development, with West Indian charm and a focus on actually enjoying the beauty of the island. Whether you’re staying at the romantic Galley Bay, the eco-chic Hermitage Bay or lounging in one of the terraced pools at Cocobay (an all-inclusive that happens to house one of the Caribbean’s hottest restaurants), you’ll feel like you’re a universe away from high-rises and endless buffet lines. That’s without mentioning Jumby Bay, the resort that’s perhaps the region’s toniest all-inclusive, or the recently transformed Curtain Bluff……And those are just a few — you can find all kinds of terrific all-inclusives around the island, from boutique stays like Keyonna to the beachy Sugar Ridge and, of course, Sandals Grande Antigua resort. It’s all part of an island that has been very quietly — but very quickly — become the new all-inclusive capital of the Caribbean with more to come in the near future.
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Hermitage Bay, All-inclusive *****+
Set on a spectacular stretch of sand on the pristine western coast of Antigua, this luxe boutique has some of the most remarkable rooms you can find in the Caribbean, eco-chic cottages set either just off the beach or on the hillside. You can’t go wrong either way.
Galley Bay, All-inclusive Adults Only *****
Situated on one of the Caribbean’s most serene stretches of beach, the eponymous Galley Bay, and it’s as authentic as it gets, even in the world of all-inclusives. Whether you’re staying in the gorgeous Gauguin Suites or sipping at the property’s impressive pan-Caribbean rum shack, it’s one of the region’s ultimate all-inclusive experiences.
Curtain Bluff, All-inclusive *****
This venerable Antigua resort, which recently underwent a significant $13 million renovation, is better than ever, with the same clubby atmosphere, outstanding food and diverse beach offering. It’s also one of the top tennis resorts in the whole Caribbean.
Cocobay, All inclusive Adults only ****
It’s hard to think of a resort anywhere with more spectacular views, but the boutique Cocobay pulls it off. This particular corner of Antigua has a truly brilliant shade of blue water, and, coupled with the surrounding green hills, makes for intoxicating vistas. The terraced plunge pools and rustic-chic rooms don’t hurt, either.
Pineapple Beach Club, All-inclusive Adults only ***+
On an island known for its all-inclusive resorts, Antigua’s Pineapple Beach Club may be the most quintessentially Caribbean. It’s authentic, it’s real and it’s flat out fun. This resort is not shy about being laid back, with two pools, a beautiful quarter-mile of white-sand beach and the kind of throwback Caribbean experience that’s not that easy to find these days.
St James’s Club, All-inclusive ****
If isn’t clear already, Antigua has the Caribbean’s top concentration of high-quality all-inclusive resorts, each with its own personality and style. This wonderful resort is set on a beautiful 100-acre peninsula on Antigua’s rugged southeastern coast, with two beautiful beaches, a great watersports offering and spacious, well-appointed rooms — along with six pools.
Carlisle Bay, European Plan *****
A luxury resort looking out over white sand, palm trees and turquoise water, with a backdrop of emerald green rainforest. Sophisticated and contemporary in style, this modern Caribbean classic on Antigua’s south coast is instilled with genuine West Indian conviviality.
Keyonna Beach Resort, All-inclusive Adults only ***
Located on Johnson’s Point, Antigua’s South-Western coastline, set on a secluded long white beach, with bewitching views of the Caribbean Sea and undulating white sands, Keyonna Beach Hotel, an all-inclusive, adults-only hotel, provides guests with a distinctive Caribbean experience.
Hawksbill by rex resorts, All-inclusive Adults only ***
Clustered around four white-sand beaches, including Antigua’s only clothing-optional beach, this appealing resort is the perfect choice for an exciting, romantic escape. Set amidst landscaped tropical gardens, it appeals to couples and active travelers with nightly entertainment, a full range of daily activities and a charming boutique housed within an authentic, renovated colonial sugar mill.
Verandah Resort & Spa, All-inclusive ****
Where the sun meets the sky, this eco-friendly island hideaway offers the perfect retreat for families, couples and adventure-seekers alike. Caribbean-style, all-suite accommodations boast colorful décor and a modern flat-screen TV, while pampering spa services, an appealing selection of restaurants and bars and family-friendly amenities including a kid’s club, family activities and family dining ensure memorable visits for each and every guest.
Blue Waters Resort & Spa, Breakfast Plan ****
Sitting right on the beach, this couple and family friendly resort offers great activities sure to suit everyone. Spacious and comfortable rooms provide breathtaking views over Caribbean Sea, while the hotel bars and a good choice of on-site restaurants offer a wide variety of drinks and meals to choose from. If you’re looking to spend your holiday actively the hotel has lots to offer. Choose from watersports including snorkeling, windsurfing and kayaking to tennis, a gym and more. As the sun goes down, enjoy the live music including steel pan, shows and local music. The Blue Waters resort has earned an enviable reputation as being one of the Caribbean’s finest resorts and prides itself on delivering a first class service to its guests.
Hodges Bay Resort & Spa By Elegant Hotels, All-inclusive or European Plan ****+
Hodges Bay Resort & Spa by Elegant Hotels has been designed to be the pinnacle of contemporary luxury. Offering luxurious suite and residential accommodations, innovative dining options as well as extensive leisure and sporting facilities for adults and families alike.
Sandals Grande Antigua, All-inclusive Adults only luxury included
The sensation of a quaint Caribbean Grove with lush, tropical gardens highlighted by brilliant bougainvillea combined with luxurious suites incorporating Mediterranean inspired elements both nestled against a powdery white-sand beach. The newly designed gardens and landscaping of the Mediterranean Village and the newly refurbished Red Lane Spa add to the feeling of luxury and romance that permeates Sandals Grande Antigua Resort & Spa.
Royalton Antigua, All-inclusive ****
Indulge in a luxurious escape with exceptional service, stylish architecture and eclectic and delectable food. Sitting on a a stunning private beach next to breathtaking clear waters, you can relax with the soft trade winds blowing in upscale ambiance under the watchful eye of historic Fort Barrington that overlooks the hotel and Deep Bay. This new generation, all-inclusive hotel offers discerning travelers a family-friendly vacation experience where guests of all ages are captivated from morning to night.
Jumby Bay, All-inclusive *****+
A private island resort off the coast of Antigua, home to just 40 suites, 14 villas, and 12 Estate Homes. Jumby Bay Resort features two beaches, Jumby Bay Beach with pristine, white sand, and Pasture Bay Beach, an untouched wild beach set aside as a protected nesting site for the Hawksbill Turtle. Relax at the full-service spa, where you can enjoy massages, body treatments, and facials. After dipping into one of the 2 outdoor swimming pools, you can spend some time at the private beach.
Sugar Ridge, All-inclusive option available, Adults only ****
Sugar Ridge is Antigua’s newest 4-star luxury boutique resort. All 60 well-appointed rooms wrap around an exotic tropical hillside providing undisturbed seclusion. Soak in your own plunge pool boasting views of the Caribbean Sea and the property’s 43 acres of lush indigenous flora and fauna. First class service and luxurious amenities define every experience at Sugar Ridge.