Hotels on Antigua Island, West Indies

by Allison Westbrook
Antigua is home to several harbors, cruise ports and beach coves.

Antigua is home to several harbors, cruise ports and beach coves.

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With year-round mild temperatures and clear blue waters, it's no wonder Antigua is an ideal beach destination. Though only 68,000 people call the small island home, more than 125,000 people visit every year to enjoy the tropical sites and attractions of Antigua. The island is located in the West Indies, and houses a local market, cruise port and 365 beaches -- one for every day of the year. Several resorts and hotels are located around the island, most of them positioned for easy access to the beaches.


The white-sand beaches and blue waters of Antigua are a romantic backdrop for couple getaways, anniversaries and honeymoons. Sandals Grande Antigua is a couples-only, all-inclusive luxury resort on Dickenson Bay. The all-inclusive prices at Sandals include accommodations, airport transfers, gratuities, unlimited meals, unlimited premium beverages, recreation and nightly entertainment. Visitors opt for beachfront rondoval cottages or expansive Mediterranean-style suites with private plunge pools. Both options come with personal butler service and concierge service. Guests have access to 10 restaurants located on the Sandals property, as well as a Red Lane Spa and five hotel bars. Local tours and sunset cruises are available for an additional charge.


The Jolly Beach Resort offers family-friendly accommodations with all-inclusive benefits. Activities abound for visitors of all ages; kids enjoy treasure hunts, seashell hunts and Caribbean story time, while teens take advantage of kayak lessons, an arcade and a disco night. Parents indulge with resort-arranged date nights and Latin dance classes. Families bond at the resort pool or while competing in the beach-side "Family Olympics." The all-inclusive packages at Jolly Beach include nightly accommodations, recreation and dining. Spa services, golf and motorized sports are an additional charge.


Antigua visitors looking for a quiet, private getaway enjoy a visit to the exclusive Blue Waters Resort. The small, family-owned property resides on secluded, white-sand beaches with several small beach coves and three exclusive restaurants around the 17-acre property. Guests who want a truly relaxing experience opt for a stay in the resort's cliff-top cove suites with spacious private terraces and panoramic views of the Caribbean. Services and amenities at Blue Waters include a full-service spa and salon, personal fitness instruction, children's activities, cooking classes and nightly entertainment. Additionally, guests have access to a water-sport recreation center that assists in equipment rentals as well as snorkel, sailing and windsurfing instruction. The hotel staff arranges for off-site excursions such as island helicopter tours and visits to local casinos.


When most other hotels on the small island of Antigua have average nightly rates of $500 or more, Antigua Village is the exception. It boasts affordable pricing with a beachfront location. Hotel patrons choose between studio accommodations, suites, villas and homes. Guests of Antigua Village have access to an outdoor swimming pool and hotel-sponsored cricket matches. Additional recreation such as scuba diving, deep-sea fishing and horseback riding is available nearby for an additional fee. Though dining is not available on the property, Antigua Village partners with two restaurants just 10 minutes away where guests dine from a special menu.

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