Antigua is the larger of the two main islands that make up the island nation of Antigua and Barbuda. Antigua is perhaps the island which most typifies the modern day view of a small Caribbean destination. Tranquil beaches and quiet villages make it the perfect Caribbean getaway for those looking for ultimate relaxation and privacy. From the bustling capital city of St. John’s to the serene beaches at Hawksbill, Bolands, Five Islands Village, Valley Church and Hermitage Bay, visitors will find a wide variety of all-inclusive resorts in Antigua offering luxurious amenities and services.
8. Hawksbill by Rex Resorts[SEE MAP]
Located in Five Islands Village on the west coast of Antigua, the Hawksbill by Rex Resorts sit along four secluded crescent beaches that range from family-friendly to clothing-optional. Accommodations feature bungalows and West Indian-style rooms with ceiling fans, balconies, daily housekeeping and optional in-room childcare. Guests can enjoy access to an outdoor pool, restaurant, bar/lounge, spa treatment rooms and a gift shop that is housed within a historic sugar mill tower. A variety of on-site activities are available such as garden tours, tennis, volleyball, swimming, snorkeling, windsurfing and sailing while arrangements can be made with the resort for adventurous excursions that include scuba diving, water skiing and banana boat rides.
7. St. James Club Resort[SEE MAP]
While the shimmering Mamora Bay on the south coast of Antigua is well-favored for its quiet and protected harbor, the star attraction here is the St. James Club Resort & Villas hotel. This upscale all-inclusive resort offers 15 yacht slips, a full-service health spa, 6 swimming pools, four tennis courts and a children’s club. Guests at the St. James Club will find beautifully decorated rooms and villas with complimentary Internet service, flat-screen televisions, ceiling fans and furnished balconies that open to either sea or garden views. The resort also offers a schedule of entertainment that include limbo dancers, fire-torch performances, live music bands and hermit crab races. Area attractions include the Nelson’s Dockyard National Park.
6. Cocobay Resort[SEE MAP]
Surrounded by the powdery white sands and aqua waters of Valley Church Beach in the lively tourist community of Bolands on the south-western end of Antigua, the Cocobay Resort offers charming cottages designed in West Indian style with refrigerators, air conditioning, private plunge pools, hammocks and balconies that open to panoramic sea views. Guests can enjoy access to an infinity-edge pool, beach bar, 2 restaurants, water sports, scuba-diving lessons, guided nature walks, birdwatching and banana boat rides.
5. Verandah Resort & Spa[SEE MAP]
Tucked away on Dian Bay in Antigua’s capital city of St. John’s, the Verandah Resort & Spa is an all-suite resort featuring spacious two-bedroom villas that front the beach and turquoise waters. Room amenities include refrigerator, microwave, flat-screen tv, sofa bed and deep-soaking tubs. Access is available to 4 restaurants, 4 bars, a children’s club, 3 pools, a day spa and nightly entertainment. Guests can enjoy a number of beach and recreational activities in addition to nearby attractions like the Indian Town National Park and the Devil’s Bridge, a natural arch carved by the Caribbean sea.
4. Cocos Hotel[SEE MAP]
Perched on a hillside in Bolands overlooking the Valley Church Beach and the Caribbean Sea, the Cocos Hotel presents a picture-perfect retreat for weddings, honeymoons and romantic getaways. This couples-only resort features 26 individual cottages with private balconies opening to spectacular views of the sea. Guests can dine in a fine restaurant, lounge at the beach bar and be pampered at the spa, or venture out for excursions like ziplining, canopy tours, helicopter rides, cave exploring, deep-sea fishing and shopping at the nearby Jolly Harbour Mall.
3. Blue Waters Hotel[SEE MAP]
Located in Antigua’s capital city of St. John’s just minutes from the airport, shopping and sightseeing, the Blue Waters Hotel is an award-winning resort featuring luxury villas furnished with premium amenities and balconies or patios that open to breathtaking vistas of the Caribbean Sea. Guests can enjoy access to a fitness center, game room, spa services, scenic garden, outdoor pool and 3 restaurants. A full range of beach activities are also available at this all-inclusive hotel such as kayaking, sailing and windsurfing.
2. Hermitage Bay[SEE MAP]
Guests looking for all-inclusive accommodation in a more secluded area will find it at Hermitage Bay. Located conveniently to St. John’s shopping and sightseeing, this romantic boutique resort features its own remote beach, restaurant, spa and yoga sessions. Guests at Hermitage Bay can choose among 25 charming cottages with garden showers and stunning sea views. Numerous recreational sports are available at the resort while adventures await nearby like horse riding, hiking and eco-tours.
1. Galley Bay Resort[SEE MAP]
Situated on Galley Bay Beach in Five Islands Village, the Galley Bay Resort offers ultimate relaxation and serenity with its mountain-style pool and spa overlooking a bird sanctuary. Additional amenities including 3 restaurants, a tennis court and live entertainment make this one of the best Antigua all-inclusive resorts. Cottages and guestrooms at Galley Bay Resort feature premium television, ceiling fans, daily housekeeping and courtyards with plunge pools or beachfront balconies. Recreation includes snorkeling, scuba diving, sailing, parasailing, birdwatching, tennis and golf.