Antigua – “Land of 365 Beaches” Part 2

On the evening of my third day, I arrived at viewing of Hodges Bay Resort by Elegant Hotel, located in a secluded area on the north shore of Antigua. Due to open in October 2017, this contemporary resort will feature a variety of accommodation options, infinity edge pools and beautiful white sand beach. There was still quite a bit of building work to be done, but the areas that were ready looked great. It will definitely be a unique modern resort in Antigua which is suitable for both families and couples.

I departed on the day of hotel viewings on the early morning of my fourth day. All of the hotels were scattered in different corners of Antigua which was a brilliant opportunity to see the whole island. The first stop was a hotel next door to where I was staying – The Verandah Resort & Spa. It is a fairly large all-suite resort, perfect for guests looking to have some privacy. The private beach area offers options to take part in variety of water sports which is great for children looking to stay active. There is a very Caribbean feel in this resort and the design of the suites reflects it as well.

 

Waterfront Suites at Verandah Resort & Spa

Waterfront Suites at Verandah Resort & Spa

 

After this visit, I traveled on the west shore to see the Galley Bay Resort & Spa.  It was midday when I arrived and there had already been a small wedding reception early in the morning. All the cottages, rooms and suites were located in a tropical setting, catering different types of guests. The Gauguin Cottage gave me a lasting impression – nestled in the greenery with a private pool, this cottage reflected the earthy Tahitian style, still including modern amenities. This is a perfect option for couples looking to make their Antigua stay special. In the evenings, the guests can enjoy live music & dance in the beachside bar.

 

Wedding setting at Galley Bay Resort & Spa

Wedding setting at Galley Bay Resort & Spa

 

I was really looking forward to visiting Cocos hotel which was only 15 minutes away from Galley Bay Resort & Spa.  This gem is located on the hillside next to a white sand beach. It is a family-owned adult-only boutique hotel offering rustic cottages with amazing views of the Caribbean Sea. I had my lunch in their restaurant where I got to enjoy a tasty local seafood dish. All the guests can easily access the beach where waiter service is offered for everyone relaxing on the sun loungers.

 

View from the Sunset Pool Cottage at Cocos hotel

View from the Sunset Pool Cottage at Cocos hotel

 

My last stop was the Carlisle Bay hotel, situated in a secluded area on the southern shore. This is a luxury hotel offering sea-facing suites with separate areas for families and couples. Many of these rooms lead directly to the breath-taking beach. The resort has many options for activities – from sailing to playing tennis. It is a great option for anyone wanting a 5-star stay with lots things to do at the resort.

 

Poolside at Carlisle Bay

Poolside at Carlisle Bay

 

I arrived back to Pineapple Beach Resort just in time for dinner with our group. Our last evening ended with sipping on refreshing cocktails and listening to live music at the hotel. In the morning, we had half a day left to soak in the sun and pack our bags before heading to the airport.

The stay at our hotel was amazing – from the friendly staff and delicious food to the picture perfect views of turquoise waters. I would like to thank the Antigua Tourist Board in the UK for inviting me to this trip and letting our group experience the best of Antigua. I will definitely go back there one day!

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