As we all anxiously await the go-ahead to travel once again, the mind tends to wander into daydreams of blue skies and equally blue waters. Our collective cravings for the old days of lounging on a resort beach, soaking up the sun with a tropical drink in hand have only intensified with each lockdown, leaving plenty of time and incentive for us to ponder the ultimate getaway when restrictions loosen. Although there are many ways to enjoy a stay at a Caribbean paradise like Antigua and Barbuda, perhaps one of the best is at a chic and stylish boutique hotel. These marvelous twin islands are known for their astonishing array of breathtaking boutique properties, each offering beachfront views and bespoke comfort. While it was hard to narrow it down to only 6, here are some of the best boutique resorts in Antigua and Barbuda.
The Cocobay Resort is nestled in the beautiful Valley Church, St. Mary in southwest Antigua. Known as the most romantic resort in Antigua, this adults-only, all-inclusive retreat will be an unbelievable experience for you and your loved one. Pastel cottages, white sand beaches, and sumptuous amenities like infinity pools and wellness spas make the Cocobay the perfect place to pop the question, renew your vows, or even find love. Cocobay offers 5 different accommodation options to suit a variety of budgets, from a standard cottage with a private balcony all the way to the Azure Private Pool Suite with your own jacuzzi. You can relax by the ocean, or enjoy watersports activities such as sailing, snorkelling, and stand-up paddleboarding. This TripAdvisor’s 2020 Travellers’ Choice award-winning resort will be an unbelievable experience for any couple seeking passion in paradise.
Keyonna Beach Resort
Situated directly on the sands of Turner’s Beach in St. Johns, Antigua, The Keyonna Beach Resort is an all-inclusive, couples only boutique resort for the sun-seeking honeymooner. Cozy, rustic cottages dot the 1000-foot long beach, punctuated by bali beds and a wooden terrace serving specialized Al Fresco dining under a canopy. Each cottage is lavishly appointed, featuring king-sized beds, a private veranda, and his-and-her outdoor showers, and some have special treats like private plunge pools. This highly sought-after property keeps guest numbers low to maximize tranquility. Notably, Keyonna is currently offering an extended stay package at a sizable discount, promising that vacationers will leave Antigua and Barbuda at the end of a 28-day stay more in love with their significant other than ever before.
Hermitage Bay Resort
The Hermitage Bay Resort is (naturally) located on the beautiful beaches of Hermitage Bay in Antigua. Recognized by many locals and travellers for its “Authentic Caribbean Soul”, this five-star boutique resort is bursting with experiences designed to ignite passions and soothe the soul. Established on a scenic hillside directly overlooking the bay, this retreat features luxurious accommodations, robust wellness facilities, and scrumptious dining experiences. The Hermitage Bay Resort offers three amazing suite types (the Hillside, Beachfront, and Seaview Garden), each lavishly appointed with their own combination of modern comforts and rustic, wooden charm – and complete with a surround sound audio entertainment system! The gastronomy of the resort aims to create moments that will stay with you forever, using organic ingredients to offer a true taste of the Caribbean. For those seeking to experience the peace, warmth, and natural beauty of Antigua and Barbuda, the Hermitage Bay Resort will meet and exceed all expectations.
Hammock Cove Antigua
Almost directly adjacent to Devil’s Bridge National Park and its famous limestone arch and ocean geysers, The Hammock Cove Antigua sits on the northeast coast of Antigua. The newest boutique on the list, the property’s three pillars are gastronomy, personalized service, and uninterrupted luxury. Each of the retreat’s 42 villas features a vast indoor-outdoor living plan, plunge pools, and modern amenities. When you walk into your villa, you’ll be met with the sweeping hues of the aquamarine seascape. The Classic vaulted ceilings counter the contemporary Caribbean décor, while a neutral mineral colour palette pays reverence to the stone excavated from the surrounding area. Activities and services include a pickleball court, fitness and wellness classes, water sports, garden tours, and nature walks to the aforementioned Devil’s Bridge National Park. This TripAdvisor’s 2020 Certificate of Excellence resort will be an extraordinary experience for all who attend.
The Cocos Hotel is a small but mighty boutique hotel sandwiched in the hillside between two white sand beaches in St. Johns, Antigua. The all-inclusive, adults only resort is surrounded by miles of deep blue sea and consists of a quaint collection of 35 wooden cottages. Each cottage includes large private balconies, Muskoka chairs, comfortable hammocks, and a beautiful ocean view. A dedicated Wellness Cottage offers a range of massage therapies and beauty treatments. The nearby Jolly Harbour provides a range of desirable excursions, offering a wide array of casinos, restaurants, and bars for the couple interested in enjoying the local nightlife. The quiet and intimate Cocos Hotel should serve as a remarkable and profoundly restorative escape for couples and honeymooners from the stress of a world post-pandemic world.
You didn’t think we’d forget Barbuda, did you? The Barbuda Belle is based out of Codrington on the quiet natural paradise of Barbuda, home to rare and exotic wildlife and less than 2000 people. The Belle holds the distinction of being the smallest property on this list, offering 8 immaculately luxurious beachfront bungalows. Of course, its exclusivity is part of its irresistible appeal. Each of the bungalows has a private large balcony, with gorgeous views of the nearby Codrington Lagoon Park. The family-owned hotel takes pride in capturing the beauty of the island of Barbuda with its nature-friendly concept and gourmet seafood restaurant. This remote and secluded property acts as an ideal sanctuary for a greater adventure on Barbuda, letting visitors observe the captivating wildlife as they enjoy the island’s trademark pink sands.
Source: Visit Antigua & Barbuda