Antigua

In 1784 the legendary Admiral Horatio Nelson sailed to Antigua and established Great Britain’s most important Caribbean base. Little did he know that over 200 years later the same unique characteristics that attracted the Royal Navy would transform Antigua and Barbuda into one of the Caribbean’s premier tourist destinations.

Antigua is an island not only rich in history but also rich in beautiful beaches, great restaurants and home to some fabulous villas. Easy to access with direct flights out of Gatwick and Manchester, why not make this your next Caribbean villa retreat?

Antigua is the largest of the English-speaking Leeward Islands, and lying 30 miles due north is  its sister island Barbuda, a flat coral island with an area of only 68 square miles.

If you can tear yourself away from the luxuries of your villa, then there are plenty of places to visit! Shirley Heights, once a military building and fortress, is best known today for breathtaking views of English Harbour. The English Harbour area itself is the main focus of the fifteen square miles of Nelson’s Dockyard National Park and was initially developed as a base for the British Navy, serving as the headquarters of the fleet of the Leeward Islands during the turbulent years of the late 18th century. Today, Nelson’s Dockyard has been completely restored and is the only Georgian dockyard in the world. The island’s capitol St. John’s is also well worth a visit, here you will find the islands’ museum housed in 1750’s Courthouse, St. John’s Cathedral, The Botanical Gardens and duty-free shopping at the Cruise Port Terminals..

For those looking for extra seclusion and privacy, Jumby Bay is a private island located off Antigua and offers a selection of luxury villas and estate homes.

DINING, BARS AND NIGHTLIFE

The best restaurants tend to be located within hotels and the nightspots are in the English/Falmouth Harbour and Dickenson Bay areas. Some of our favourites include Carmichael’s at the Sugar Ridge hotel above Jolly Bay; East at Carlisle Bay in the south of the island; Sheer at Cocobay; and The Cove at Blue Waters.

Banyan Villa at Jumby Bay Island

Banyan Villa at Jumby Bay Island

Banyan Villa at Jumby Bay Island, Antigua

Banyan Villa at Jumby Bay Island is a three-bedroom home situated within a lush tropical landscape and spans four areas of casual and elegant living space, perfectly complemented b...

  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Maximum Guests: 6
  • Bathrooms: 3
  • Location: Jumby Bay
From £2,850per night
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Blue Pelican at Jumby Bay Island

Blue Pelican at Jumby Bay Island

Blue Pelican at Jumby Bay Island, Antigua

Blue Pelican at Jumby Bay Island is a beautiful beachfront residence located on the south west of the island and enjoys unparalleled views of the sunset and glistening waters of th...

  • Bedrooms: 6
  • Maximum Guests: 12
  • Bathrooms: 9
  • Location: Jumby Bay
From £8,356per night
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Bougainvilla at Jumby Bay Island

Bougainvilla at Jumby Bay Island

Bougainvilla at Jumby Bay Island, Antigua

Bougainvilla at Jumby Bay Island is a three-bedroom Caribbean getaway popular with families or friends. This beachfront villa offers relaxed, tranquil and tropical surroundings wit...

  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Maximum Guests: 6
  • Bathrooms: 3
  • Location: Jumby Bay
From £2,850per night
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Calabash at Jumby Bay Island

Calabash at Jumby Bay Island

Calabash at Jumby Bay Island, Antigua

Calabash at Jumby Bay Island is one of our personal favourites! One of the resorts beach residences, Calabash (previously L'Acqua) is a beautifully conceived three double bedroom ...

  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Maximum Guests: 6
  • Bathrooms: 4
  • Location: Jumby Bay
From £6,080per night
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Carisbrooke at Jumby Bay Island

Carisbrooke at Jumby Bay Island

Carisbrooke at Jumby Bay Island, Antigua

Recently reconfigured and redesigned, Carisbrooke at Jumby Bay Island Antigua is a beautiful beachfront three-bedroom villa that has been entirely reimagined. The style has been do...

  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Maximum Guests: 6
  • Bathrooms: 3.5
  • Location: Jumby Bay
From £3,420per night
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Casa Lidia

Casa Lidia

Casa Lidia, Antigua

Casa Lidia is a beautiful spacious villa that boasts spectacular views of Nelsons Dockyard on the south coast of Antigua. This Balinese-inspired villa is perfect for large families...

  • Bedrooms: 10
  • Maximum Guests: 20
  • Bathrooms: 12
  • Location: Nelsons Dockyard
Casamara

Casamara

Casamara, Antigua

Casamara is an elegant five bedroom villa located in the residential community of Galley Bay Heights on the west coast of Antigua. The villa has 5000 square feet of living and ente...

  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Maximum Guests: 10
  • Bathrooms: 5
  • Location: Galley Bay
From £929per night
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Doniford Cottage at Jumby Bay Island

Doniford Cottage at Jumby Bay Island

Doniford Cottage at Jumby Bay Island, Antigua

Doniford Cottage at Jumby Bay Island is exclusively located within the 3 acre peninsula of Henzell Point on the south of Jumby Bay. This beautifully furnished estate home offers th...

  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Maximum Guests: 6
  • Bathrooms: 4
  • Location: Jumby Bay
From £4,142per night
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Dragons Lair

Dragons Lair

Dragons Lair, Antigua

Dragons Lair is a four bedroom home in a spectacular location on one of Antigua's most beloved beaches. This villa has a cool white exterior and elegant interiors and features a l...

  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Maximum Guests: 11
  • Bathrooms: 2.5
  • Location: Jolly Harbour
From £988per night
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Evangeline at Jumby Bay Island

Evangeline at Jumby Bay Island

Evangeline at Jumby Bay Island, Antigua

Evangeline at Jumby Bay Island is a luxury estate home set on a private beach on the northeast ...

  • Bedrooms: 7
  • Maximum Guests: 12
  • Bathrooms: 5.5
  • Location: Jumby Bay
From £9,538per night
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Getting There

There are daily flights year round on British Airways from London Gatwick.

Virgin Atlantic flies 4 times a week in winter and 3 times a week in summer, all from London Gatwick.
There is a weekly Thomas Cook charter flight out of Manchester in Winter.

Flights depart mid-morning and arrive Antigua mid-afternoon. Most return flights leave late afternoon and arrive in London/Manchester between 6am- 7am the following morning.

Capital: St Johns
Flying time: 8 and a half hours
Language: English
Country Size: 14 miles long and 11 miles wide, encompassing 108 square miles. Its highest point is Mount Obama (1319 ft., 402 metre). Population of 68,000
Time Difference from UK: -4 hours Winter/ -5 hours Summer
Currency: EC Dollar which is s fixed to the US Dollar at a rate of US$1 = EC$2.67 (which makes the pound worth very roughly EC$4). US Dollars are regularly (and legally) used on the island.
Voltage: 110 as well as 220 volts can be found on the island.
Driving: Left hand side of the road
Airport: V. C. Bird International Airport – located in North East
Entry Requirements: British citizens do not require a visa. You will require a valid passport with 6 months validity.
Drink the water: Yes, the water is safe to drink
Beaches: A beach lovers haven with 365 beaches!
Health and Safety: No inoculations are needed to travel to Antigua. Pack your mosquito repellant.

Temperatures generally range from the mid-seventies in the winter to the mid-eighties in the summer. Annual rainfall averages only 45 inches, making it the sunniest of the Eastern Caribbean Islands, and the northeast trade winds are nearly constant, flagging only in September. Low humidity year-round.