We arrived at Hawksbill in time for lunch, where we were welcomed with cold towels and a table ready for lunch! We were able to choose our lunch from the beach bar menu, or go to the grill and watch the chef prepare fish, chicken and burgers straight to our plates!
A Catamaran Cruise around the island was the perfect way to spend a day, being picked up direct from the Hawksbill’s jetty. We were able to snorkel at Cades Reef, home to tropical fish, stingray, and even species of shark have been spotted! The cruise lasted all day, and included a barbequed lunch and beach entertainment.
We visited Galley Bay for dinner, which is located on Antigua’s Western coastline, and is a secluded resort with just under 100 rooms. Galley Bay has three restaurants, one of which is their ‘special occasion’ restaurant, Ismays, and offers a personal, more intimate touch to your holiday. Galley Bay is an adult only hotel, no one under 16 is allowed!
We then arrived at Sandals Grande, a beautiful luxurious property which is located on the idyllic Dickenson Bay, which is the longest white-sand beach in Antigua. It has just been awarded “Worlds Most Romantic Resort” for its 13th year. Being an all-inclusive resort, Sandals has everything to make your perfect holiday, and nothing extra to pay! With 25 different room categories, there is something for everyone from an Ocean-view Suite to a Luxury Ocean Villa with Private Pool. There is plenty of choice for food and drink, with 11 restaurants and 7 bars. There are 7 freshwater swimming pools, two of which have ‘swim up’ pool bars, and six whirlpools. There are plenty of activities and entertainment to keep yourself occupied, including the beautiful Red Lane Spa, which has a variety of treatments and products to purchase. The entire complex is adult only, so you can completely relax and chill in peace and quiet!
We then visited St Johns, which is the capital of Antigua. Here at St Johns Harbour, is where the cruise ships dock and their passengers are able to explore the local area by foot, however local workers are always available to give an entire island tour if the passengers have the time. St Johns is full of little shops and stands selling souvenirs as well as local produce, fruit, vegetables, meat and fish. As well as this, there is a larger ‘strip’, which is full of Duty Free shops, so that even cruise ship passengers are able to purchase Duty Free items.
Our final hotel was Blue Waters. From the minute we arrived, we were treated like royalty. Greeted with scented cold towels and fruit punch, we were given a tour of the beautiful grounds, and the beach overlooks Soldiers Bay. We were taken to our rooms, the Cove Suites at Blue Waters, and overlooking the private infinity pool from the Penthouse Suite. Blue Waters is situated in a quiet location, and has two restaurants in the main hotel, and one restaurant in the ‘Cove Suites’ area.
Antigua is a beautiful island, and is perfect for everyone! Families, couples, groups! There is so much to do on the island and within each resort, from watersports to a relaxing spa treatment! There is something for everyone, from more budget hotels, to boutique hotels. I can’t wait to go back!