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Antigua and Barbuda

Gateway to the Caribbean

Antigua luxury holidays


There’s a distinctly English flavour to this Caribbean favourite, its colonial past showcased in the bustling capital, St John’s, a well as across numerous old forts and historical highlights, which dot a dreamy coastline and verdant interior.

Antigua's position on the northeastern tip of the Caribbean island chain has made it something of a gateway to region. But, it remains quiet and delightfully laid back, a true taste of the West Indies. This is perhaps in part due to the vast number of beaches that dot its palm-fringed shoreline; indeed, it's said that there are so many that you can spend each day of a year on a different one. All in all, if you're after some peace and quite – and why wouldn't you be? – you're likely to find it on Antigua.

Away from the beach, you'll still find plenty to do, from exploring colonial-era sugar mills, Nelson's Dockyard and Fort James to lazing away the hours over a game of cricket – the national obsession. Of course, there's plenty of local rum to enjoy, as well as some truly delicious food. Packed with the spices of the region, it makes for a delicious accompaniment to the slower-than-slow pace of life.

Neighbouring Barbuda is essentially just a single, vast beach. Little more than a sand bar surrounded by coral reef and populated by frigate birds; the Caribbean's largest rookery is also here, making it a popular spot with birdwatchers.


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At a glance

Flying time from UK
8½ hours

Time zone
GMT - 4

Eastern Caribbean dollar (EC$) = 100 cents


Travel advice
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Special offers in Antigua and Barbuda

Blue Waters, Antigua

Blue Waters Resort & Spa, Antigua

Guide price from £3,245 pp incl. flights


Save up to 20% - all inclusive
Book by: 28 April 2023

Set amid 17 acres of tropical gardens on a secluded cove, this boutique hideaway serves up instant relaxation paired with an elegant yet distinctly Caribbean ambience.

St Barts, French West Indies

Beyond Barbados in Bliss on Seven Seas Splendor

12-day luxury ocean cruise from £6,275 pp incl. flights

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25% single supplement offer
Book by: 09 May 2023

Sailing in style aboard the luxurious Seven Seas Splendor this cruise is the perfect introduction to the culture, countryside and coastlines of the Caribbean.

Industry Bay beach, Bequia Island

Exotic Caribbean In-Depth on Seabourn Ovation

16-day luxury ocean cruise from £6,995 pp incl. flights

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Inclusive Economy Air
Book by: 02 May 2023

Follow in the bow wake of the yacht set, heading off the beaten track for hidden beaches, rainforest treasures and colonial intrigue. It’s all showcased alongside the best in all-inclusive luxury.

Top places to stay in Antigua and Barbuda

Galley Bay, Antigua

Galley Bay, Antigua

Contemporary hotel

Almost everything at Galley Bay is focussed on the sweeping white-sand beach. This outstanding all-inclusive resort has guests returning time and time again.

Carlisle Bay

Carlisle Bay, Antigua

Contemporary hotel

The beautiful sweeping beach and backdrop of gently rolling hills make Carlisle Bay the perfect haven for a truly memorable Caribbean holiday – it’s one of the best hotels in the region.

Spa, St James

St James’s Club, Antigua

Contemporary resort

St James's Club is tucked away on a beautiful, secluded peninsula on Antigua's stunning southeast coast; an exclusive hideaway for singles, couples, honeymooners and families alike. The resort's two white-sand beaches offer wonderful sunbathing, swimming and relaxing, while the waters off the resor…

Dining at Nonsuch Bay, Antigua

Nonsuch Bay, Antigua

Contemporary hotel

Set on a beautifully secluded beach in 40 acres of landscaped gardens om the beautiful Caribbean island of Antigua, Nonsuch Bay is an award-winning resort perfect for families looking to combine relaxation with water sports and other activities.

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When to go to Antigua and Barbuda

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