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Antigua

Step onto the Caribbean island blessed with 365 sweeping beaches, Antigua a tropical holiday paradise, where the softest white sands, cerulean skies and West Indian flavour meets British colonial charm. The clear Caribbean waters are perfect for swimming and steady trade winds offer calm sailing around the palm-fringed coast. What’s more, you can choose between some truly breath-taking luxury hotels, including all-inclusive resorts, cosy boutique retreats and chic hideaways. Panoramic clifftop views, luxurious spas, laid back beach dining and romantic sun-drenched terraces only add to the paradisiacal vibe.

 

Getting There

Flying time from the UK is approximately 9 hrs and all flights are non-stop.

British Airways Daily departures from Gatwick in high season and 6 times a week in low season.

Virgin Atlantic Departures from Gatwick 4 times a week in high season and 3 times a week in low season.

Note: All our inclusive holiday prices are based on British Airways World Traveller or Virgin Atlantic Economy flights.

Language

English.

Time Difference

4 hours behind GMT and 5 hours behind BST.

Currency

Eastern Caribbean dollar. US dollars and major credit cards are widely accepted.

Useful Information

A full British passport is required for Antigua and it should be valid for 6 months after the return date of your holiday. Visas are not required for British citizens. No special health documentation is necessary for residents of the UK who have not recently visited parts of the world where cholera or yellow fever is a problem.

It is illegal to wear any camouflage clothing anywhere on the island. Any camouflage clothing found by customs will be confiscated and not returned.

See the island

Nelson's Dockyard and English Harbour

Visit this beautifully preserved historic site, the only Georgian naval facility still in use anywhere in the world. You’ll find many little cafés and restaurants, as well as a museum displaying memorabilia from the time when Admiral Nelson made this his base in the 18th Century. Today the harbour attracts many visitors due to its thriving yachting scene.

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Hire a jeep and explore Fig Tree Drive

Driving in Antigua is effortless as the island is small and relatively flat. Exploring scenic Fig Tree Drive, you’ll drive through rainforest and past old sugar mills and churches. If you don’t fancy driving yourself, we’ll happily arrange a car and driver for you.

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Sail around the island

No visit to Antigua is complete without taking to the water to explore some of the 365 beaches that the island has to offer. Your trip will take you right around the island, with plenty of time to enjoy snorkelling and swimming in the crystal clear waters and a relaxing lunch stop at Green Island.

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Join the party at Shirley Heights

Every Sunday afternoon this restored garrison, with its magnificent panoramic views of English Harbour, Montserrat and Guadeloupe, comes alive with the island’s biggest barbecue and steel band concert. If you don’t want to eat here, simply come and enjoy the music and the party atmosphere. You can also climb to Shirley Heights via the Lookout Trail, a nature trail through the forest that originates at English Harbour.

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Get away from it all on Barbuda...

Antigua’s smaller sister, known for its pristine 17 mile stretch of pink sand beach, is sparsely populated and largely undeveloped, with waters that are perfect for snorkelling. Take the fast ferry over to Barbuda and enjoy exploring the reefs and the gorgeous beach, or take a tour to the bird sanctuary across the lagoon.

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A Taste of Antigua

Dining in Antigua can be sophisticated pan-Asian at the superb East at Carlisle Bay, or casual fresh fish and lobster at OJ’s at Johnson’s Point. To really hit it off with the locals head to Shirley Heights’ famous Sunday night barbecue, when the old garrison reverberates to the rhythms of reggae, soca and calypso.

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"Always professional, yet wonderfully warm and welcoming, it’s a credit to The Sandpiper’s exceptional staff that so many guests return year after year."

"Harold Shepherd is something of a legend at The Sandpiper - as well as running Harold’s Beach Bar, he’s also the hotel’s unofficial social secretary, arranging sailing regattas, football tournaments and quiz nights."

"Complimentary transportation is provided to The Spa at Coral Reef Club - we can thoroughly recommend the Signature Fresh Lemongrass and Ginger Rub; it’s definitely worth making the short journey."

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