If there were ever a case of not judging a book by its cover, my visit to the stunning Inn at English Harbour would take first prize. I was rather nonchalant about this hotel; I didn't have any real expectations and I didn’t think a small property like this one could live up to the hype. As would most reviewers, I had looked at the pretty pictures on the hotel website and was in fact a little cynical. How could any beach hotel of 28 rooms really look that elegant, that sophisticated? How wrong I was.
This resort is one of those true property gems of which there are only a few left in the world. Firstly, it is not a ‘family’ hotel in any way and does not accept children under ten years of age. It's small, with its rooms and suites set in nineteen acres of grounds that conjure up memories of other gardens elsewhere created by Victorian garden designer, Capability Brown. The hotel has all the services one expects from a larger resort but none of the crowds.
It has all the facilities too, and the beach, whilst not a sweeping arc of endless sand, is perfectly formed and inviting with crystal clear water and a beautiful vista. Rooms and suites are classical Caribbean with an elegant and contemporary twist. The food, the service, the ambiance, in fact everything, is remarkable. ‘The Inn’, as it is known locally, will allow you to slow down a gear or two without you even noticing.
The delightful surroundings, the flexible ‘nothing is a problem’ attitude of the management and the discreet staff members simply lull guests into a deeply relaxed state, indeed the essence of true hospitality
So, if you are seeking an all-singing and dancing resort experience in Antigua, then there are a number of options but The Inn is not one of them. If you really want to kick back and relax in an intimate resort where the service and surroundings are deserving of the word ‘luxury’, then this is indeed the place for you. I, for one, have categorically found my next holiday spot…