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Antigua + Barbuda Hotels

$300-$399
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Antigua Yacht Club Marina & Resort
Falmouth Harbour , Antigua
Antigua + Barbuda
Tel: 268 562 3030
aycmresort@candw.ag
www.aycmarina.com

The seven buildings that stack up the hillside behind the Antiqua Yacht Club look relatively bland in relation to their natural and historic surroundings. However, the attention to detail inside is what sets this yachtie residence apart from the rest. Fresh arrangements of green palm and orange birds-of-paradise punch up a neutral palate of bright white linens and dark Indonesian furniture. All rooms feature tiled floors, minibars, and flat-screen TVs, while the studio apartments and suites come with kitchenettes and custom-made four-poster beds swathed in netting. Air-conditioning augments the ceiling fans and breezes, and louvered doors open to verandas with teak deck furniture. The savvy, welcoming staff loves to show off the gym and tiled Turkish baths, both free to resort guests. The Italian owner, a sailing nut, has installed an attractive Caribbean/Italian restaurant on the upper floor of the yacht club across the street; it's moderately priced but dull at breakfast, stylish but expensive in the evening. The beach is just a five-minute walk away.

$400 or more
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Carlisle Bay
Old Road , Antigua
Antigua + Barbuda
Tel: 800 745 8883
Tel: 268 484 0002
reservations@carlisle-bay.com
www.carlisle-bay.com

A sister hotel to London's One Aldwych, Carlisle Bay (at the end of Old Road on the island's undeveloped south coast) has been an "it" spot for celebs, rock stars, and those who like to live large since opening in 2003. Eighty-eight massive suites (minimum 786 square feet) have custom-made, clean-lined furniture softened by luxe fabrics in soothing citrus shades, and an ocean view is guaranteed from each private balcony or terrace. There's a divine beach, pool, Zen-style spa, and a yoga pavilion for guests who can't go a day without a downward dog. A private movie room with cushy blue-leather seats screens films nightly (children's flicks in the afternoons), and a well-stocked library has free wi-fi.

Closed mid-September–mid-October.

$300-$399
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Cocobay Resort
287 Weyba Road
Valley Church , Antigua
Antigua + Barbuda
Tel: 800 816 7587 (toll-free)
Tel: 268 562 2400
info@cocobayresort.com
www.cocobayresort.com

New Agers on a budget favor this ten-acre hillside boutique hotel for its bohemian vibe. A wellness cottage offers massages, and a resident medicine man guides guests on nature walks through nearby hills. Rooms are discreetly tucked away in 49 private cottages and four plantation suites, each with wood shutters, hand-carved furniture, natural fabrics, ocean-facing verandas, and hammocks. The plantation houses are the best bet around for families and groups; they accommodate up to four guests for the same price as a single room at one of the island's other five-star resorts (just don't expect the same modern conveniences; there are no phones or TVs here). Breakfast, lunch, and dinner at the main restaurant are all included, but it's worth spending a little extra for a romantic dinner in one of the six open-air pavilions at Sheer, the resort's public dining spot.

$400 or more
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Curtain Bluff
Old Road , Antigua
Antigua + Barbuda
Tel: 888 289 9898 (toll-free)
Tel: 268 462 8400
curtainbluff@curtainbluff.com
www.curtainbluff.com

Howard Hulford has owned this old-money all-inclusive since 1957, and has endowed it with artifacts from his own high life, including lavish furnishings, fresh produce flown in daily by his import company, and a well-stocked wine cellar. Dining is informal—although collared shirts are required for men—and TV watching is a family affair in the hotel's communal room. The place is so chummy (and secure), there aren't even locks on the doors. Weddings are a big business here; the Hulfords will even rent out their own home for the main event. Plus, for families, 12 of the 72 rooms connect, and one of the two private beaches is reef-protected—ideal for little ones. Last year they opened a 5,000-square-foot spa on a bluff over the ocean.

$200-$299
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Dian Bay Resort & Spa
Antigua
Antigua + Barbuda
Tel: 800 858 4618
Tel: 268 460 6646
DianBay@eliteislandresorts.com
www.dianbayantigua.com

Formerly the Mango Bay, this all-inclusive property reopened in 2004 as an adults-only resort and spa with personality to match. All 52 roomy units are outfitted in tropical decor with balconies that face a white-sand lagoon, one of three pools, or lush gardens. There are just enough freebie perks to satisfy resortgoers without breaking the bank, including sailboats, sea kayaks, and free water-taxi service to Lover's Beach, across the lagoon. The Creole-style restaurant, Frangipani, hosts weekly barbecues (November to April), and the lagoonside bar doles out drinks at the weekly manager's reception. Guests staying longer than seven nights get two free treatments at the spa. Devil's Bridge, a popular natural attraction, is a brisk 40-minute walk from the resort, a 10-minute walk from Lover's Beach, or quick car ride away.

$400 or more
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Galley Bay
Galley Bay , Antigua
Antigua + Barbuda
Tel: 800 345 0356
Tel: 268 462 0302
res@eliteislandresorts.com
www.galleybayresort.com

Well-to-do couples flock to this sexy Tahitian all-inclusive for its barefoot elegance and laid-back attitude. The 40-acre resort offers three degrees of seclusion: rustic Gauguin cottages with private plunge pools, the more romantic thatched-roof huts on the beach, and traditional hotel-style units in a two-story building. All 70 rooms have whitewashed walls, cathedral ceilings, wicker furnishings, local and imported art, and terra-cotta tile floors. The two Euro-style restaurants, Gauguin and Seagrape, are among the best on the island (try the peppered flank steak with horseradish mash and cornmeal-crusted butterfish at Seagrape). Teepee Bar on the beach is a great place to sip a piña colada while watching the sunset, and the surrounding bird sanctuary has trails for peaceful walks.

$199 or less
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Harmony Hall
Brown's Bay , Antigua
Antigua + Barbuda
Tel: 268 460 4120
harmony@candw.ag
www.harmonyhallantigua.com

One of a three-part Harmony collection (Jamaica's is the best known), this inn is on a 19th-century estate overlooking Nonsuch Bay. It attracts hungry yachters, expats, and day-trippers who come for lunch at the Caribbean-inflected Italian restaurant and bar, housed in an old sugar mill. (Diners are also treated to courtesy snorkeling trips to nearby Green Island, and use of the hotel pool and beach.) Reserve way ahead for one of the six always-booked guest rooms in two villas, which have burnt-orange walls, tile floors, canopied beds, vaulted wooden ceilings, and patios. A renowned gallery with works from Caribbean artists and a gift shop filled with artisan jewelry, handbags, and clothing make this the island's unofficial arts-and-crafts center.

Closed June–October.

 

$400 or more
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Hermitage Bay
Jolly Harbour
Antigua
Antigua + Barbuda
Tel: 262 562 5500
www.hermitagebay.com

Down a long dirt road, this secluded resort perches between a steep slope and a small bay. Its 25 suites—each a spacious contemporary cottage of dark wood and white linens—are tucked into lush foliage rich with birdlife and come with an outdoor shower and daybeds, as well as a flat-screen TV, an iPod docking station, and Wi-Fi; ceiling fans twirl above mosquito-netted beds. All this is the ideal setting in which to decompress fully while lounging by your plunge pool with a glass of wine from the restaurant's well-chosen cellar. The friendly staff ferry guests up and down the hillside in golf carts. A few antique Chinese tea chests, an exhibit of original black-and-white photographs of Bob Marley, and low-slung furnishings combine to give the reception area a laid-back chic. With its commitment to sophistication and natural beauty, Hermitage Bay aims to join the properties at the top of the market in Antigua—and is priced accordingly. What you're paying for here is peacefulness, supremely relaxing accommodations, better than decent food, a wonderful swimming beach, and an understated yet pampering spa.

$300-$399
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Inn at English Harbour
English Harbour , Antigua
Antigua + Barbuda
Tel: 800 970 2123
Tel: 268 460 1014
theinn@candw.ag
www.theinn.ag

This comfy beachfront inn is a beloved home base for exploring historic English Harbour. Set on ten acres of wooded beachfront, the hotel has an infinity pool, as well as its own private crescent-shaped beach. The 34 rooms—all with cathedral ceilings, mahogany four-poster beds, dark wood floors, terraces, and crisp white linens—are housed in one- and two-story buildings. Four suites are right on the beach. The Stone Bar library/lounge and Terrace Restaurant serve afternoon tea and rum punch at sunset. Free water taxis shuttle guests to nearby Nelson's Dockyard.

$400 or more
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Jumby Bay
Long Island , Antigua
Antigua + Barbuda
Tel: 268 462 6000
jumbybay@rosewoodhotels.com
www.jumbybayresort.com

Part of the Rosewood collection, Jumby Bay is a secluded getaway for the rich, famous, and hopelessly romantic. Robin Leach used to own a villa at this all-inclusive retreat, nestled on a private 300-acre island two miles off the coast of Antigua. Accessible only by boat (golf carts are used as on-island transportation), the resort has three white-sand beaches, an 82-foot lap pool, lush foliage with rare tropical flowers, 40 recently refurbished suites, and 11 two- to four-bedroom villas with private plunge pools. Rooms are decked out in British Colonial décor, with teak trim, mahogany four-poster beds, dark wicker, earthy printed fabrics, and ethnic objets d'art. Most popular are the oceanview courtyard suites with indoor and outdoor showers. One of the three beaches is a protected haven for the endangered Hawksbill turtle and privacy-seeking newlyweds. The Estate House, a 230-year-old English plantation manor overlooking the croquet lawn, is a busy spot for high tea.

$200-$299
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Siboney Beach Club
Dickenson Bay , Antigua
Antigua + Barbuda
Tel: 268 462 0806
info@siboneybeachclub.com
www.caribbean-resort-antigua-hotel-siboney-beach.com

Dickenson Bay is one of Antigua's action-filled beaches, flanked mostly by all-inclusives and low-rise condos, but the south end is anchored by perennial favorite Siboney Beach Club. It's really more of a secret garden with a four-story hotel attached: Lush plantings hide a freshwater pool, hammocks are strung between palm trees, and bougainvillea drapes over private patios and balconies. The suites are comfortably decorated with bamboo furniture and retro tropical upholstery. A kitchenette separates the air-conditioned bedroom from a sitting room with a small balcony shaded by palm trees. This is a place to laze the day away, but if you insist on being active, you can borrow a pair of binoculars and visit the nearby lagoon to spot snowy egrets, pelicans, and blue herons. The on-site Coconut Grove Restaurant sits at the edge of the sand with coconut palms growing up through the thatched roof.

Information may have changed since the date of publication. Please confirm details with individual establishments before planning your trip.