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Antigua has no shortage of luxurious hotels and resorts, many of which offer a rich and long history of visits from celebrity and high-profile guests. Read on for Forbes Travel Guide’s editors’ picks for the five best places to stay in Antigua.
1. Jumby Bay. Located on a private island accessible only by ferry, this Rosewood-managed resort has a long and illustrious past. The resort is as well known for who it won’t allow as who it has hosted — the resort once famously turned away Princess Diana. If you really want to go luxe, rent one of the island’s many private homes – we love the new six-bedroom Lazy Lizard, which boasts a private pool and golf cart just for your use.
2. Hermitage Bay. Tucked on a hillside overlooking the beach, Hermitage Bay’s 25 cottage-style suites offer the benefit of access to a private beach and bay.
3. Curtain Bluff. Curtain Bluff takes the meaning of “all inclusive” to a new level – it’s one of the few resorts where what would normally be thought of as “extras,” like room service and mini bar items, are included in the cost of a room, along with excursions like scuba diving and snorkeling. The 72-room resort sits on a rocky bluff that juts into the sea between two beautiful beaches. One is calm and ideal for swimming and watersports; the other beach is washed by ocean surf.
4. Carlisle Bay. Mixing beachside elegance with a tropical rainforest backdrop, Carlisle is one of the island’s most well-known luxury properties. A bit larger than some of the island’s resorts, Carlisle Bay is still small by global standards with only 82 suites, most with breathtaking ocean views. Think you’re seeing something familiar? You are—this is the sister hotel to Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star One Aldwych in London.
5. The Verandah Resort & Spa. This eco-resort is bordered by Devil’s Bridge National Park, which offers one of the island’s most notable sites – a natural rock arch. Enjoy more than 30 acres of beachfront, plus added amenities such as hiking trails for the more adventurous.