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24 Hours in Antigua & Barbuda

1. Haute Haven

Nestled on Antigua's southeastern coast, St. James Club & Villas is a Caribbean jewel. Recently transformed thanks to a multi-million dollar renovation, this beachfront hideaway not only offers plush accommodation, it also houses multiple pools, a scuba centre and a dedicated concierge so that your every whim is attended to. Now that is worth waking up for.

For more details visit: www.stjamesclubantigua.com

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2. zip away

Play like a local and join The Antigua Rainforest Canopy Tour for a unique eco-tour through the lush rainforest. This exhilarating journey through verdant forests, high above the trees, will leave you breathless as you zip past flora and fauna not normally experienced by bipeds. An adventure which is sure to stimulate the senses.

For more information contact (268) 562 6363 or visit: www.antiguarainforest.com

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3. tropical treats

Next up, head to one of Antigua’s newest eateries, Carmichaels, which sits on a ridge overlooking Jolly Harbour Marina and the palm-fringed beaches facing the neighbouring islands of Nevis, St Kitts and Redonda. Located at the superb Sugar Ridge Hotel, it is the ideal spot to indulge in mouth-watering Caribbean cuisine of the freshest ingredients while soaking up the heady views.

For more information call Carmichaels directly on (268) 484 3703.

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4. sky high

Top off the afternoon with a blood-pumping custom helicopter ride. Swoop and dive along the island’s famous bluffs soaking up a marvellous mix of Mother Nature. As you soar like a bird your guide will reveal romantic hidden beaches and neighbouring Montserrat’s active volcano. An adventure hard to eclipse, it is the perfect way to see the country. Contact Caribbean Helicopters at (268) 562 TOUR (8687) or

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5. friction free

Take the adrenaline down a notch at SENSE, a Rosewood Spa, and one of the most luxurious locations on island. Situated at Jumby Bay, and inspired by a historical sugar mill ruin, the open-air retreat provides a refuge from the hustle and bustle. Treat yourself to one of their signature Hammock Massages and feel all your worries melt away as you float in mid-air.

For more information visit: www.jumbybayresort.com

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6. back to nature

Hop over to Barbuda to see nature in all its glory at Barbuda's Frigate Bird Sanctuary. As you peacefully cruise the island's northwestern lagoon get up close and personal with more than 170 species of birds and over 5,000 majestic frigate birds that make this sanctury their gigantic nesting site. For more information call (268) 462 0480.

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7. anchors aweigh

Last but not least, enjoy Antigua from yet another perspective – on a private sunset sail. Glide along the rugged west coast while you sip a sundowner, marvel at the island’s heart-stopping beauty and watch the sun as it dips into the horizon. The most exclusive way to finish off the day, catering can also be arranged.

For more information visit: www.miramarsailing.com

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