Every evening at sunset, staff members at Keyonna Beach on Antigua light candles on the tables in the resort's beachfront restaurant. Against a backdrop of mangrove trees and the Caribbean Sea, couples can sit on an open-air terrace and enjoy just-caught seafood or strip steak. Beyond the shaded veranda, the island's rolling terrain and crystal waters allow for several types of outdoor excursions, from reef snorkeling to hikes through lush, tropical forest. Throw in all-inclusive meals and alcoholic beverages, and the couples-only Keyonna Beach offers a vacation blending romance, relaxation, and adventure.
Some of Antigua's most exciting destinations are easily accessible from the resort. A 10-minute drive brings you to Jolly Harbour Golf Club's 5,587-yard course, which is set near forested mountains and an adjacent marina. Or take a zipline canopy tour that lets you zoom through the rainforest at heights up to 350 feet.
The daily changing menu at Keyonna Beach's restaurant blends international and island flavors in dishes such as crab cakes with fruit salsa and tuna niçoise salad. After dessert, sprawl out on bali beds overlooking the water and the neighboring volcanic island of Montserrat. Each of the resort's beachfront rooms offers the perfect mix of solitude and comfort. Handmade wooden furnishings exude a natural feel consistent with the surroundings, and private verandas open directly onto the beach.
Antigua: Tropical Paradise Rich with Outdoor Recreation
Located about 30 miles south of Barbuda, the former British colony of Antigua is best known for hundreds of white-sand beaches that make a scenic setting for a range of outdoor adventures. A short hike from Keyonna Beach is Mount Obama (known as Boggy Peak until it was renamed after President Barack Obama in 2009), the highest point on the island at 1,319 feet. Several harbors line the coast, where boats depart for relaxing trips around the island or fishing expeditions for wahoo and marlin. For a change of pace, the Dow's Hill Interpretation Centre at English Harbour chronicles Antigua's complex colonial history, from its days as a coveted sugar producer to its independence in 1981.