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.

Palm Point

Palm Point

Palm Point, Antigua

Palm Point is known as one of the finest private villas in Antigua. This stunning, seven-bedroom 12,000 square foot luxury villa opens onto a private beach and offers unrivalled ...

  • Bedrooms: 7
  • Maximum Guests: 14
  • Bathrooms: 7
  • Location: Jolly Harbour
From £2,475per night
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Pelican House at Blue Waters

Pelican House at Blue Waters

Pelican House at Blue Waters, Antigua

Pelican House at Blue Waters uniquely comprises of two neighbouring three-bedroom villas that can be combined into one 6-bedroom villa for larger families and groups of friends or ...

  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Maximum Guests: 6
  • Bathrooms: 3
  • Location: Blue Waters
Poinciana at Jumby Bay

Poinciana at Jumby Bay

Poinciana at Jumby Bay, Antigua

Poinciana at Jumby Bay is a gorgeous beachfront escape offering luxurious comfort along with breathtaking views of the Caribbean Sea. This beautiful home exudes a warm and elegant ...

  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Maximum Guests: 4
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Location: Jumby Bay
From £2,681per night
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Pure Turquoise at Jumby Bay

Pure Turquoise at Jumby Bay

Pure Turquoise at Jumby Bay, Antigua

Pure Turquoise at Jumby Bay is a stunning seven bedroom estate villa boasting magnificent views. This tranquil retreat features a contemporary colonial architectural style and a v...

  • Bedrooms: 7
  • Maximum Guests: 14
  • Bathrooms: 7
  • Location: Jumby Bay
From £12,788per night
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Rock Cottage at Blue Waters

Rock Cottage at Blue Waters

Rock Cottage at Blue Waters, Antigua

Rock Cottage is perched magnificently on a bluff at a secluded end of Blue Waters Resort on the North Coast of Antigua with breathtaking views of the Caribbean Sea. The main part o...

  • Bedrooms: 2-5
  • Maximum Guests: 9
  • Bathrooms: 2-5
  • Location: Blue Waters
Sandpiper Beach House at Jumby Bay

Sandpiper Beach House at Jumby Bay

Sandpiper Beach House at Jumby Bay, Antigua

Sandpiper Beach House at Jumby Bay is the ultimate Caribbean estate home with an immensely light and airy ambiance. With 9700 sq. ft. of living space, this estate home occupies a s...

  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Maximum Guests: 10
  • Bathrooms: 5.5
  • Location: Jumby Bay
From £8,456per night
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Sandy Cove at Jumby Bay

Sandy Cove at Jumby Bay

Sandy Cove at Jumby Bay, Antigua

Sandy Cove at Jumby Bay is a delightful beachfront four-bedroom villa. An extremely spacious and comfortable villa offering over 4150 sq. ft. of open-plan indoor and outdoor living...

  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Maximum Guests: 8
  • Bathrooms: 4
  • Location: Jumby Bay
From £3,960per night
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Sea Breeze at Jumby Bay

Sea Breeze at Jumby Bay

Sea Breeze at Jumby Bay, Antigua

Sea Breeze at Jumby Bay is an elegantly designed villa, spanning 4681 sq. ft. of indoor and outdoor living space. The interior’s subtle color palette of oatmeal and snow-white is...

  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Maximum Guests: 8
  • Bathrooms: 4
  • Location: Jumby Bay
From £3,960per night
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Sea Hare at Jumby Bay

Sea Hare at Jumby Bay

Sea Hare at Jumby Bay, Antigua

Resting serenely along the short of Harbour Beach on the south of the private island, Sea Hare at Jumby Bay Villa boasts an impressive strip of secluded and private beach within re...

  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Maximum Guests: 6
  • Bathrooms: 3
  • Location: Jumby Bay
From £3,218per night
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Sea Horse at Jumby Bay

Sea Horse at Jumby Bay

Sea Horse at Jumby Bay, Antigua

Indulge in a tropical luxury escape at this 3 bedroom beachfront villa - whether it is taking in the beautiful views of the ocean, soaking up the rays next to the turquoise pool or...

  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Maximum Guests: 6
  • Bathrooms: 3
  • Location: Jumby Bay
From £3,218per 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.