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The claim that Antigua has 365 beaches - one for each day of the year - may contain a grain of poetic license, but you would certainly need more than a two or three week luxury Antigua holiday to try them all out. Located at the heart of the Leeward Islands in the Eastern Caribbean, Antigua is not just about beaches. Steeped in naval history, the picturesque English Harbour - setting of Clarence House and Nelson's Dockyard - was a major Royal Navy station in the Napoleonic Wars and adds an intriguingly familiar appeal to an island of simple but undeniable charm.
Antigua holidays with Abercrombie & Kent bring you closer to the people and places that make the island special, thanks to our unique local knowledge and contacts.
Holidays in Antigua are perfect for water lovers, whether you choose to be on the sea or in the sea, there is every water sport imaginable available. For the sailing enthusiast, the Stanford Antigua Sailing Week at the end of April has become one of the world's leading regattas with competitors taking part from every corner of the globe.
Away from the water, use your Antigua holiday to explore, via roads that meander through the rainforest clad hills where sugar mills dot the horizon, relics of the island's plantation past. At the end of July and early August, Antigua explodes into colour as carnival is celebrated with entertainment and pageants throughout 11 days of festivities - a vibrant and colourful backdrop to any Antigua honeymoon. You don't just have to wait for carnival to get a taste of calypso. Shirley Heights not only provides an incredible lookout over the sea, but on Sundays, has become the place for locals and visitors to congregate and dance to the local steel bands, whilst sampling local cuisine washed down with the island's Cavalier rum.
Luxury Antigua Holidays 2016, 2017 with Abercrombie & Kent. Let our experts design your perfect Luxury Antigua Holiday.
Antigua (British Airways daily from Gatwick; Virgin Atlantic 3 times a week from Gatwick)
8 hours 30 minutes
GMT -4 hours
Not required for UK passport holders
No mandatory vaccinations
Best time to travel
December - April
The best time to visit Antigua is during our winter and spring months of December to April. Although drier than most other Caribbean islands, Antigua has a tropical climate with low humidity. The island is tempered by sea breezes and trade winds. The hot season is between November to May.
Below are some of our suggested places to stay:
Stay 3 nights or more for exclusive benefits
Book 3 nights at Amanyara and receive complimentary meals, book 5 nights and receive all meals and one night free or stay for 7 nights and receive all meals, one free night and two Amanyara massages per pavilion or villa . Valid for travel from the 4th April to the 31st October 2016. Subject to availability. Terms and conditions apply.
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Children Dine for Free
Two children aged 12 and under eat for free when staying with parents in a Beach Suite or Carlisle Suite on a fully inclusive basis at Carlisle Bay. Valid for travel from the 25th April until the 30th November 2017. Minimum night stay of 4 nights. Subject to availability. Terms and conditions apply.
Save up to 10%
Stay at the Curtain Bluff, Antigua between the 22nd October and the 16th December 2016 and receive a 5% saving in the Deluxe Rooms and 10% off the Junior Suites and above. Valid for all new bookings in all room categories. Must be booked by the 22nd October 2016. Subject to availability. Not avaialble between the 10th to the 13th November. Terms & conditions apply
Save 15% on all suites at Hermitage Bay
Book a 7 night stay at Hermitage Bay before 30th January 2017 and receive 15% discount when staying in one of the suites. Valid for travel from the 1st April 2017 until 20th December 2017. Subject to availability. Terms and conditions apply.
Book a seven night stay at Rosewood Jumby Bay, all inclusive and receive one free night. Valid for travel from now until the 17th December 2016. Applicable in Beachside Courtyard Suites and Private Harbour Villas. Subject to availability. Terms and conditions apply.
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The whole trip worked wonderfully smoothly and we felt it was simply the best holiday we have ever been on- which is high praise as we have travelled broadly all over the world.
- TA, Somerset