Antigua is famed for having one beach for every day of the year -- 365 -- and if there aren't quite that many all-inclusive resorts on the island, there certainly is a large enough selection to choose from. Most of Antigua's all-inclusives are of the small, luxury variety, but there also are a few budget properties, and some welcome families as well as couples.
Pastel cottages in a plantation-style setting define Cocobay
, a 53-room beachfront all-inclusive on Ffreyes Bay that caters to adult couples -- notably honeymooners -- except around the Christmas holidays. The resort has a pair of restaurants, two bars, a wellness center, live entertainment, guided nature walks, and water sports including kayaks, Hobie Cats, snorkeling, and Sunfish sailing.
A small (38-room) resort in an estate setting close to Antigua's capital St. John's, Coconut Beach Club offers both all-inclusive and room-only rates and is couples-only. A sister property to Cocobay, the resort has two full-service restaurants, tennis, a wellness cottage, and hiking trails to nearby Fort Barrington.
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Luxury all-inclusive features an impressive range of top-end amenities and activities, from fine dining and Scuba lessons to deep-sea diving expeditions and waterskiing. All rooms have ocean views.
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Located on the grounds of a historic sugar plantation and surrounded by tropical gardens, Galley Bay
has beachfront and garden accommodations in the form of 69 suites and cottages, making this an intimate all-inclusive that most times of the year welcomes adults only (kids under 16 can visit during Christmas and New Year's). The all-inclusive package includes meals at the Euro-Caribbean Seagrape Restaurant and the elegant Gauguin Restaurant. In addition to nightly entertainment, complimentary activities include non-motorized water sports, fitness center, tennis, and bikes; spa and scuba are extra.
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Facing Long Bay on 25 acres, the Grand Pineapple Beach Resort
is a 180-room all-inclusive that has three restaurants, three bars, and a pair of oceanfront pools. The inclusive package includes all meals -- including fine dining restaurants serving Caribbean and Italian cuisine and a weekly beach barbecue -- non-motorized water sports, tennis, and all drinks. Excursions are extra.
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Land-dictated placement" is how they decided where to put everything at three-year-old Hermitage Bay all-inclusive resort in Antigua. Accommodations and public spaces were built into a hillside and beach area, spaces carved by hand machete, says GM Andy Thesen. "We'd get up here, stop, look around and say, 'Yeah, this is it,' and where it looked and felt right, we built," he says. The result is a stunning property on Antigua's west coast overlooking the Caribbean Sea, comprised of 25 free-standing cottage suites and flanked by more than 140 acres of undeveloped land.
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The 462-room Jolly Beach Resort
offers a good variety of accommodations (from Supersaver double rooms to beachfront cottages), and the all-inclusive package features all dining (including afternoon tea), house-brand liquor, kids' club, tennis on four lighted courts, and nonmotorized water sports, along with other daily activities and nightly entertainment.
Jumby Bay Resort, Antigua
The Jumby Bay
resort sits on a 300-acre private island and can only be accessed by boat. It has just 40 suites and 11 villas, and the inclusive package includes all meals and top-shelf liquor and premium wines. Tennis, non-motorized water sports and fitness center are among the included activities, with extra fees charged for golf, shopping and scuba excursions, tennis instruction, private beach dinners, and in-room dining. A Rosewood Resorts property.
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Sandals Grande Antigua
is at the top end of the Sandals all-inclusive brand, with rooms, suites, spa, and four gourmet restaurants located on Antigua's famous Dickenson Bay. Specializing in honeymoons and romantic getaways, the resort has five pools, tennis, a fitness center, casino, and 10 bars. Five-star service is available at the new Mediterranean Village, and the resort is known for its Rondoval rooms -- round suites with plunge pools.
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Like Galley Bay, the St. James Club
is part of the Elite Island Resorts all-inclusive chain; however, it does offer room-only rates as well as the all-inclusive package. Rooms at this 100-acre estate are located in the main Club building or the adjacent Village villas; beachfront rooms were recently added at Coco's Beach. Like the rooms and other accommodations, the resort's restaurants are located either beachfront, poolside, or cliffside overlooking Moroma Bay. Some meals and dining at the upscale Piccolo Mondo restaurant include a surcharge for all-inclusive guests. The resort has two beaches, four swimming pools, six tennis courts (four lighted), and complimentary non-motorized water sports.
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This Elite Island Resorts property bills itself as an eco-friendly destination with a village-like atmosphere. Located on 30 acres in northeast Antigua, the Verandah Resort and Spa
features waterfront and water-view junior suites (all with verandahs, of course), a Kids Club, a pair of beaches and a freeform pool, and inclusive non-motorized water sports. The picturesque Devil's Bridge is within walking distance, and other excursions can be arranged for an additional fee. Spa services also are extra, and a surcharged is imposed at the fine-dining restaurant (Nicole's), but other meals and top-shelf drinks are included.