Every Sunday, from 4pm the steel band starts up and the BBQ is lit up at Shirley Heights Lookout - it's an Antiguan institution of over 30 years’ standing and once you've been, you'll understand why!
Saskia, Original Traveller
Antigua was the most important Caribbean base for the Royal Navy in the days of Horatio Nelson. The dashing admiral may have been Napoleon's nemesis on the high seas but he lacked a good eye (no pun intended) for a luxury holiday destination, describing Antigua as a 'dreadful hole'. Admittedly there was a distinct dearth of quality hotels on the island two centuries ago, and the intervening two hundred odd years has seen something of a sea change.
Why we think you’ll love it
- Antigua boasts a different stretch of sand for every day of the year
- You can hire a boat, pack a picnic and head for a swim and a sunbathe away from the busier beaches
- If you like sailing, admiring other people's super-yachts or simply enjoy mucking about in boats, Antigua is the place for you
- Carlisle Bay delivers on the true definition of a luxury family holiday; children from as young as 6 months can be looked after by the team of nannies, so parents can truly relax too - but if you aren't so keen on sharing your beach with the kids' club, The Inn at English Harbour is adults only so you'll avoid any unwanted noise...
- Learn more and find out when to go in our in-depth guide