Roz Spiers, The Daily Telegraph, December 09, 2013
A perfect mix of colonial style and luxury, The Inn at English Harbour, in the south of the island, has everything you could want: tranquil, beautiful grounds, and a perfect beach and pool. Heaven. From £336 per night; theinnantigua.com
Built around a sugar-mill tower that is now a bar boasting great views, Harmony Hall, on the east coast, has an art gallery and a restaurant that serves fresh, tasty Italian food. £155 per night; harmonyhallantigua.com
Papa Zouk, in St John’s, the capital, is a cool little fish and rum joint serving delicious seafood (make sure you try the conch fritters) and an impressive rum selection. 001 268 464 6044
Abracadabra is an authentic, family-run Italian restaurant. theabracadabra.com
Have a candlelit dinner overlooking the bay on The Inn at English Harbour’s hilltop terrace. The soursop sorbet is a must-try.
For something a bit special, try Le Bistro, a full-of-flavour French restaurant in Hodges Bay. antigualebistro.com
On the main street in English Harbour you can’t miss the open-air Rasta Shack, a laid- back local hangout ideal for dancing all night.
Head to Shirley Heights Lookout, overlooking English Harbour, on Sunday evenings. Enjoy rum punch, jerk chicken, live music and a spectacular view of the sunset. Flat shoes are advised – it’s impossible not to get into the carnival spirit. shirleyheightslookout.com
Beach, beach and more beach. There is apparently a beach for every day of the year in Antigua. One of the most stunning is Half Moon Bay.
Take a sea kayak around the mangroves and to Green Island, off the east coast, to snorkel and discover the diverse wildlife. tropicalad.com
Let’s be honest, Antigua is not a fashion destination. But if you need to satisfy your shopping urges, wander to the converted dockside warehouses at Redcliffe Quay in St John’s. If nothing else, it’s a great place to find a T-shirt.
Pick up one of the Antiguan artist Nancy Nicholson’s pots, made from local clay and glazed in vibrant island blues, from her studio in English Harbour. rhythmofblue.com
English Harbour Five-Year rum is beautifully smooth, warm and dangerously easy to drink. antiguadistillery.com
Tropic Breeze offers seven nights half-board in a junior suite at The Inn at English Harbour from £1,749 per person, based on two adults sharing, including return Virgin Atlantic flights from London Gatwick to Antigua, and airport transfers in Antigua ( tropicbreeze.co.uk )