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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.

Antigua Sailing Week brings world class racing and extravagant parties at the end of April and beginning of May, but year-round aquatic adventure means you can charter a yacht, swim, snorkel, kayak or windsurf any day of the week. The diving here is perhaps not for those looking to push the boundaries, but it’s a safe bet for beginners. Paradise Reef and Deep Bay are a snorkeller’s dream, and the latter is home to the Andes shipwreck, easily accessible with just a snorkel and flippers. Get out of the water and into a Jeep for a rainforest tour, find out more about the island’s colonial history and naval heritage at Nelson’s Dockyard, or jump into a helicopter and take a scenic flight over neighbouring Montserrat’s notorious volcano. Back on solid ground, sun lovers will find dozens of deserted beaches. For dreamy sunsets get down to Darkwood Beach, and for pelican spotting head to Ffryes Bay.

 

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.

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"There’s an unexpectedly relaxed and friendly atmosphere at Sandy Lane - A-list celebrities and first-time guests receive the same warm Bajan welcome, and star treatment comes as standard from Sandy Lane’s wonderful staff. All Caribtours guests staying at Sandy Lane benefit from a complimentary VIP arrival service at Barbados airport."

"The elaborate beachside Sunday Brunch at Bajan Blue is an absolute must, as are the spectacular buffet evenings."

"Sandy Lane is a great choice for families, especially during the summer holidays when the resort offers an action-packed Summer Sports Camp for 7-16 yr olds."

"Bertrand Charles, two-time Michelin Star winner, Chef de Cuisine in L’Acajou, the culinary jewel of the Caribbean, creates exquisite renditions of beloved classics and many new mouthwatering delights."

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