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My Epic Antigua Trip

By Sally Woolley

Travel Consultant

Posted: 11 August 2014

Sally arrived at Blue Waters and it is just as fabulous as she remembered it from a previous visit. After a welcome drink of delicious rum punch, she was shown to her accommodation for the night − Turtle Cottage, which was only built last year. With four bedrooms, a large living/dining room and a small outdoor pool it's ideal for a large family. Although the hotel was very busy, as were all of those on this trip, she managed to view the three-bedroom penthouse at the resort’s Cove Suites too, which was fantastic. She also sampled the delightful spa, as well as the Cove Restaurant and Palm restaurant where the food was excellent thanks to the great Welsh Chef, Jason, who looked after her very well.

Sally’s visit to The Inn at English Harbour was somewhat of a revelation, as it was her first trip there and she absolutely fell in love with the place. It's a luxury boutique hotel that feels quite traditional. Accommodation includes the very popular Beach Cabanas directly on the beach, but these were all occupied so Sally didn’t get a chance to go inside, however she says that the Junior Suites and Deluxe Suites, that are set in the gardens, are light, airy and more spacious. Although Sally was only here for lunch − which was delicious − it’s a place that she’d love to go back to.

Sally also visited Galley Bay, which, again, is one that she's seen before but still loves. It’s a great hotel on a fabulous beach and the Deluxe Beach Front or Premier Beach Front Suites are lovely. She also saw the spa which is small, but again, lovely, the restaurants and the beach. Another favourite of Sally’s is Hermitage Bay which she says is also still looking good. Beach Front Suites are great if you want to be directly on the beach, while Hillside Pool Suites are dotted in the hillside and have stunning views of the sea, as well as a private pool and a spacious outdoor area − very private and ideal for couples. The hotel also has a small spa and a delightful pool area. Although there wasn’t time to stay for lunch on this occasion, Sally can vouch that the food here is excellent and the staff are always very friendly.

She was lucky enough to have three nights at Curtain Bluff which she describes as being a very traditional Caribbean hotel and she stayed in a spacious Junior Suite. She also saw a Bluff Suite which has a separate living room and stunning views of the ocean, as well as a Cliff Suite with a plunge pool. Food was excellent at this all-inclusive hotel and the beach was fantastic and great for swimming. There is also excellent snorkelling off the beach and there is a complimentary boat service to guests to the reef for the 'hard core' snorkellers. Although that’s not for our Sally! The spa was much more her scene, so she indulged in another treatment and relaxed afterwards in the relaxation area that has 'Champers' in the fridge − right up her street!

To read more from Sally's Antigua trip, view her Jumby Bay blog and her Carlisle Bay blog.

About Sally

I have a wealth of knowledge and have visited many of our hotels and resorts around the world. I also enjoy organising spectacular trips to America and Canada from complex multi-centre trips to the more relaxing beach holidays.

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