Postcard from Antigua
Antigua, a dreamy Caribbean island famous for having a beach for every day of the year...but with its sun-warmed waters, enchanting colonial past, friendly locals and unrivalled views, the beach is just the beginning.
Words by Monica Walton
STAY at the Admiral’s Inn & Gunpowder Suites. Separated by the sailboat-dotted harbour with access to both parts of the hotel via a 5-minute boat ride, this boutique hotel offers a variety of suites with expansive balconies, modern amenities and an English country estate feel. With two waterfront restaurants, you’ll be treated to stunning dockyard harbour views and spectacular food. At the poolside restaurant, Boom at Gunpowder House, enjoy fresh, gourmet lunches, with wine or a delicious cocktail. When the sun sets at Pillars, named after the 18th-century pillars lining the outdoor terrace, enjoy the gorgeous waterfront setting and indulge in an exquisite lobster thermidor and soak up the wonderful atmosphere.
RELAX and have a bite to eat at Jacqui O's on Love Beach. With rustic-chic interiors and an amazing beach setting, this iconic restaurant and bar delivers fresh modern French cuisine and cocktails - try the espresso Martinis and bask in the sun on one of the comfy beach loungers.
MIX with the locals to truly experience the island. Take a drive down Fig Tree Drive and you’ll spot Elaine selling jams and pineapples at the roadside. Antigua is known for having the sweetest pineapples in the world - so take a bite and sit and chat to Elaine and truly get to know the culture of this fascinating island.
WATCH the sunset over English Harbour from the highest point in Antigua. The most happening place to be on a Sunday is Shirley Heights, a restored military lookout and gun battery. The Lookout restaurant sits at about 490ft and offers the most breathtaking view.
VISIT Jolly Beach. A busy, mile-long, white-sand beach with gleaming turquoise waters. This popular stretch of sand at the Jolly Beach Resort on the west coast is peppered with towering, shady palms that give it an isolated vibe. If you’re not staying at the resort, hop in a taxi to see this picture-perfect beach, have a bite at the beach bar and soak it all in.
GETAWAY from it all at Half Moon Bay. This stunner of a beach on the south coast is popular with families, kiters and windsurfers frolicking in the surf beyond the reef. Great for snorkelling and equally good for stretching out on the warm sand and having a midday nap, all day.
DINE at Sheer Rocks, a charming thatched restaurant carved into the cliff-side serving delicious tapas like truffle mac’n’cheese infused with porcini stock or slow-cooked mahi-mahi with bok choy, black olives, and saffron sauce. Enjoy the fantastic views, chilled-out Caribbean ambience and tropical cocktails.
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