Resorts and Hotels for all kinds of stay in Antigua and Barbuda
Choose your antigua resort hotel- a quick guide.
Are you a first time visitor staying for a week? If the answer is yes then be carefree about where on the island you will be situated. All Antigua resorts are nearby or situated on great beaches. Are you looking for the best resort to get married in or have a once in a lifetime honeymoon? Take a look at our special article on wedding resorts.
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Best Antigua Resorts Hotels and Places to Stay
Antigua is served by resorts and hotels for a range of budgets and tastes- from Luxury and Boutique to All Inclusive and more affordable very decent 3 star rated options. It is certainly easier to ask what is missing from the range or what is never a feature, there are no brash big resorts, no water parks in fact resorts focus on the beach and that Antigua staple which is relaxation. That doesn't mean you can't party and there is a lot of fun to be had!
Investment into Antigua and many accomodations has been very controlled over the years and you must apprecate this adds to the charm and character. Anything less than a luxury or boutique rated place can feel dated to some. If you are used to global travel it is easy to get frustrated when you can have a 5 star experience in Dubai or Bangkok at a fraction of the cost. There are always exceptions and Antigua has its fair share of very modern and luxurious resorts if you have the money but even at the highest end you will not find the same level of luxury as at the highest end hotels in Dubai like the Burj Al Arab- this is an unfair comparison!
One of the popular hotels in Antigua is Sandals Grande in Dickenson Bay
Antigua has never been a cheap destination so if you do get an affordable deal expect to be comfortable but perhaps one that feels dated in places.
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Looking at a Caribbean holiday? Although Antigua is not as economical to visit as say Cuba or the Dominican Republic generally speaking, if you choose to visit out of season you can get some really good deals - especially all inclusive. Use the filters (green buttons) to get a quick view of the accomodations that fit your needs. we have done our best to stay in as many of the places as possible and give you our best take from talking to fellow guests and reading what othes have to say- we save you time!
General categorization of Antigua resorts
Some hotels crossover e.g. Sandals is both all inclusive and also adults only and also classed as luxury. It happens to be a very popular place to get married in or have your honeymoon in too. We didn't bother to filter accomodations located on a caribbean beach as with the exception of a few most are on a world class beach.
Nicely positioned in the hills above Jolly Harbour is Sugar Ridge. Sugar Ridge positions itself apart from any other resort in Antigua. A 4 star luxury boutique resort there is no other at this price point so it remains a popular alternative to the formulaic Sandals or the boutique-boutique cocobay and cocos hotel. In fact it just about retains the intimacy of a boutique resort but has the facilities of a larger resort. You might like to check it our for your Antigua vacation. It is important to mention that this resort is not on the beach however there is a service to transport you directly.
The Verandah Resort and Spa located east side next to calm clear caribbean waters. Ideal for families through to romantic couples the resort has everything you need. An all inclusive plan helps you relax and enjoy one of the best times you will be sure to have.
A rebrand happened in 2017 now managed under the name Starfish so the Jolly beach resort is now called the Starfish Jolly Beach Resort
The Starfish Jolly Beach Resort is perfect for those travellers looking for a good, well-run hotel on the beachfront, without the 5* price tag and trappings. It runs an all inclusive plan that includes watersports food and drinks.
This hotel offers those seeking a stay in the heart of English Harbour a unique offering, as the accommodation is split over two locations linked by boat (less than a minute's transfer). In a most historic set of buildings constructed around 1788 from bricks made in England you might well be sleeping in the same space as Lord Horatio Nelson.
The Halcyon Cove is located right on the beach in Dickenson Bay and is considered a 3* resort. There is an average sized pool and a beach bar, with al fresco BBQ dining several nights a week and every lunchtime.
This resort has been refurbished in 2017. Early reports are good with people raving over at trip advisor how good this place is. If you do read between the lines some say the furniture is dated and smaller rooms and beds are issues. they didn't see this spoiling their vacation of course. See below for a link to the reviews. Please let us know how you found the resort.
The individuality that comes from being privately owned is clearly apparent across the resort. 30 five star suites to wake up in paradise. The bay is stunning one of the Caribbean's finest. Indeed many people state that they simply couldn't believe the views- at some point someone stood on these hills and thought the view should be shared by a top resort.
The Galley Bay Resort seems to have found the right combination of location, luxury and top quality service, with many customers returning year on year. It is not the most exclusive of the properties you can find but it has more than it's fair share of luxury and is well within the category of LUXURY. There are no bad beaches on Antigua but this is one of the better of the best beaches and practically difficult to be used by the public. Galley Bay Resort is a popular choice for getting married, why not tie the knot in Antigua.
This resort receives mixed reviews about the standard of the rooms and it's close proximity to the Sandals resort. It has some plus points in that it is affordable to many when Antigua is an expensive island to stay and the location is fantastic being right in the middle of the action on Dickenson Bay and among some of Antigua's best bars and restaurants. You are also close to St Johns the capital and the airport.
If you are looking for that something special, then the Carlisle Bay should probably be at the top of your list for staying in Antigua. In a good location between the South West and South equidistant from many attractions.
This resort is under refurbishment and you should not look at it as a potential stay until the refurb is finished in November 2018. The sunwing group will be doing the refurb who are providing already tourism for Canadian vacationers to Antigua. More on the story here.
It's not necessary to situate yourself based on location to Nelsons Dockyard or Shirley Heights as the size of Antigua allows you full access to the islands nightlife and attractions anyway. Instead focus on choosing the right resort for you.
Out of season it will be quiet no matter where you go with the exception that some loactions seem to hold more bars and restaurants that are actually open. English Harbour tends to slow down out of season (with closures) more than say the South West or North West. Just be ready to disengage from time and enjoy the resort restaurnts and nightlife. The busiest periods around Christmas to Easter see more visitors to the island and check for sailing week as it's crowded.