Antigua and Barbuda are the picture-perfect destination spotlight– with those deep-set bays that make the perfect vantage point to take in the essence of the Caribbean: Brilliant blue water laps onto soft white sand and the coral reef beckons you out to see what’s beneath the surface.
Few places are as well suited for relaxing the day away while the breeze flows all around you. Of course, if you’re feeling more adventurous, you can ride a zipline through a rainforest canopy, frolic with stingrays or try your hand at the West Indies’ favorite game, cricket.
Less than 30 miles to the north, Barbuda is a paradise for divers and birders with its shipwrecks on the reef and the Western Hemisphere’s frigate bird colony. While nearly all of Barbuda’s buildings were damaged or destroyed by Hurricane Irma in 2017, most of the island’s small population has moved back after being evacuated to Antigua.
In Antigua’s “Green Corridor” stretch of lush rainforest and rolling hills, you’ll also see plenty of the most eye-catching blues you could ever hope to see in the turquoise waters and azure sky. You’ll also find secluded accommodations that blend in with the scenery and are tailor-made for relaxation. In Horatio Nelson’s time, the safe harbors and protective reef that define Antigua’s 95 miles of coastline made for a great Caribbean base for the Royal Navy. Today, those same characteristics make the island ideal for a romantic getaway. Nelson met his wife on neighboring Nevis, but the marriage ended disastrously. Antigua, meanwhile, offers all the romance you could ever want.
Where should you stay?
Catering to all manner of travelers, from couples seeking peace and quiet to families seeking together time, Carlisle Bay is stunning. Beyond its gorgeous beach, a backdrop of hills and rainforest frames this stylish resort.
Cosseted away at Hermitage Bay, this upscale colony of 30 suites discreetly spread over 17 acres of lush beachfront, you’ll forget all your cares and enjoy a host of all-inclusive amenities. The airy suites, built with sustainably harvested tropical woods, feature prime ocean views and a rustic charm, with outdoor showers, freestanding tubs, and canopy beds. Take a windsurfing lesson or a Hobie Cat ride out on the protected bay, then return to a feast of organic, locally sourced fare. The holistic spa offers Reiki, reflexology, and chakra-balancing treatments.
Jumby Bay Island
Named for the playful spirits believed to roam the West Indies, Jumby Bay Island is sure to enchant. Situated on a 300-acre private island with two white-sand beaches, the resort offers plenty of playful diversions, from snorkeling and sailboarding to biking and sunset cocktail cruises – all gratis. Choose from 28 oceanfront guest suites or 36 villas and Private Residences. Blending seamlessly into the island’s landscape are four restaurants: The Estate House, serving European classics with West Indian flair; the new beachfront Veranda restaurant and bar; the oceanfront Pool Grille; and the casually authentic Beach Shack.
If you’re ready to get away now (or even in the future), contact me to plan your Caribbean island escape.