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Each year Antigua becomes a hive of activity during Sailing Week (April 29th – May 5th) but you don’t have to be a boating enthusiast to enjoy a holiday on this wonderful Caribbean island. Our personal travel expert Victoria recently travelled to the West Indies to find out all about this historic island destination.

The lowdown…

Fly direct to Antigua from London Gatwick in just 9 hours.

You could always combine your trip to Antigua with a stay on another Caribbean island, such as nearby Guadeloupe or even a US city-break, with Miami or New York just a few hours away.

Antigua has all the laid-back fun of the Caribbean but it was the wealth of history contained on this little island that really made it stand out for Victoria.

Hotel spotlight…

Keyonna Beach – An intimate, all-inclusive boutique resort set on a half-mile beach. Each room is a cool haven with air-conditioning, four-poster beds, views of the beach and glorious outdoor, tropical showers. The Beachfront Pool Cottages are perfect for honeymooners, offering guests their own private pool and situated just a few steps from the glistening Caribbean Sea. Keyonna is a stunning resort, not just because of its beachfront location but because of its lush, well-manicured gardens where yoga and Pilates take place twice weekly.

HIGHLIGHT: Dining here is a true highlight; all food is locally sourced and freshly produced with no buffet in sight. The menu changes daily with the catch of the day normally proving very popular. Make sure to try the chef’s recommendation (a local dish freshly prepared each day), Victoria said the jerk pork stew she had was the best meal she ate in Antigua!


Hermitage Bay – A stunning, secluded, luxury all-inclusive resort and a perfect retreat for anyone wanting to escape the stresses and strains of a busy life. Victoria loved the friendly staff, many of whom had been at Hermitage Bay since it opened in 2016. This is a great alternative to Keyonna for those in search of an intimate, relaxing break with a bit more going on.

HIGHLIGHT: Hermitage bay provides great cultural activities from cooking courses and fishing trips to a local farm visit for guest who are interested in where the food on their plate comes from.


Galley Bay – Situated on a ¾-mile stretch of white sand on Antigua’s western beach, Galley Bay is an enchanting hideaway set amid tropical grounds which include a private lagoon. The property features a swimming pool with cascading waterfalls, table tennis, croquet, fitness centre, tennis court and even a library! There is also a great choice of food options with four restaurants ranging from a laid-back beachside grill to elegant à la carte dining. This resort is brilliant for anyone looking for a traditional Caribbean get-away.

HIGHLIGHT: The ‘Indulge’ spa has dreamy open-air treatment pods which overlook the resort’s lagoon and bird sanctuary, an idyllic setting for a magical massage.


Victoria’s top tips…

  1. Take a Jeep Safari tour of the island, it’s a great way to see some of Antigua’s historical attractions such as Devil’s Bridge and Nelson’s Dockyard.
  2. Swap the serenity of the beach for the bustling hub of Antigua’s old capital, St. John’s.
  3. For an exhilarating day-trip, try a thrilling speedboat tour around the coast of the island, it’s a great way to see Antigua’s beautiful beaches.
  4. Don’t shy away from the local cuisine, the food in Antigua is fresh and delicious!
  5. If travelling early in the season when the weather is more humid, make sure to pack your mosquito repellent.

Don’t leave without…

Do not miss the weekly sunset party at Shirley Heights. Once a week, every Sunday, locals and international travellers come together to enjoy music, food and stunning views as the sun sets over the bay. This is an absolute must for anyone visiting Antigua.

For more insider information on Antigua, give Victoria a call on 0191 2726023 or send an email to victoria@travelb.co.uk.   

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