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.

Frangipani at Jumby Bay Island

Frangipani at Jumby Bay Island

Frangipani at Jumby Bay Island, Antigua

Frangipani at Jumby Bay Island is reached via a long meandering driveway through tropical landscape. This six-bedroom luxury villa is located on a secluded, oceanfront plot to tak...

  • Bedrooms: 6
  • Maximum Guests: 12
  • Bathrooms: 6
  • Location: Jumby Bay
From £7,790per night
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Galley Dream

Galley Dream

Galley Dream, Antigua

Galley Dream is a magnificent five bedroom contemporary villa located in Galley Bay on the west coast of Antigua. It is only about 20 minutes from the airport and about 10 minutes ...

  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Maximum Guests: 9
  • Bathrooms: 5.5
  • Location: Galley Bay
From £1,212per night
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Harbour Hill

Harbour Hill

Harbour Hill, Antigua

Harbour Hill is an exclusive property situated high on a hilltop above the Antigua Yacht Club Marina in Falmouth Harbour. The villa features six spacious bedrooms, all with en-...

  • Bedrooms: 6
  • Maximum Guests: 12
  • Bathrooms: 6
  • Location: Falmouth Harbour
From £706per night
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Hodges Bay

Hodges Bay

Hodges Bay, Antigua

Hodges Bay Resort & Spa is a scheduled $100 million dollar development designed to be the pinnacle of contemporary beachfront luxury. The resort will offer luxurious suites and...

  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Maximum Guests: 8
  • Bathrooms: 4
  • Location: North of the island
Hummingbird at Jumby Bay Island

Hummingbird at Jumby Bay Island

Hummingbird at Jumby Bay Island, Antigua

Hummingbird at Jumby Bay Island is located in a quiet setting and this lovely three-bedroom villa overlooks a beautiful stretch of Jumby Bay Beach. The interior of Hummingbird at J...

  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Maximum Guests: 6
  • Bathrooms: 3
  • Location: Jumby Bay
From £3,040per night
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Jabberwocky at Jumby Bay Island

Jabberwocky at Jumby Bay Island

Jabberwocky at Jumby Bay Island, Antigua

Jabberwocky at Jumby Bay Island is a spacious grandiose villa -  The interiors are classic Caribbean design and the comfortable and casual environment is steeped with a soft color...

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

Jumby Bay Island

Jumby Bay Island, Antigua

Jumby Bay Island (Oetker Collection), is a luxury private island off the coast of Antigua and offers the ultimate in a private and luxurious retreat. Set on a 300-acre private Ca...

  • Bedrooms: 1-3
  • Maximum Guests: 6
  • Bathrooms: 1-3
  • Location: Private Island off Antigua
From £1,039per night
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Kairos at Jumby Bay Island

Kairos at Jumby Bay Island

Kairos at Jumby Bay Island, Antigua

Kairos is the Greek for “idle” time and is truly fitting for this beachfront residence. Kairos at Jumby Bay Island measures 8700sq.ft. The main house and guest quarters are sep...

  • Bedrooms: 7
  • Maximum Guests: 14
  • Bathrooms: 8
  • Location: Jumby Bay
From £9,116per night
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La Casa at Jumby Bay Island

La Casa at Jumby Bay Island

La Casa at Jumby Bay Island, Antigua

La Casa at Jumby Bay Island is an exquisite estate home set on 3 acres of landscaped tropical gardens. This private estate overlooks the beautiful white coral sands of Pasture Bay...

  • Bedrooms: 6
  • Maximum Guests: 12
  • Bathrooms: 7
  • Location: Jumby Bay
From £8,778per night
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Lazy Lizard at Jumby Bay Island

Lazy Lizard at Jumby Bay Island

Lazy Lizard at Jumby Bay Island, Antigua

Set on 5 acres of land, Lazy Lizard at Jumby Bay Island is an exceptional and private beachfront estate home offering a luxurious fusion of Caribbean and Asian architecture. The e...

  • Bedrooms: 6
  • Maximum Guests: 12
  • Bathrooms: 7
  • Location: Jumby Bay
From £8,778per 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.