Hotel at a Glance: The Villas at Sunset Lane
Tropical gardens planted with coconut and fruit trees surround The Villas at Sunset Lane, an adults-only, all-inclusive resort on the northwestern side of Antigua. Inside, contemporary artwork and sculptures reflect the tropical beauty. The coral-pink villas showcase a mixture of Spanish, Caribbean, and Mediterranean architecture.
- Distance to the beach: a five-minute walk
- Nearby watersports: jet skiing, snorkeling, and windsurfing
- Go swimming in the resort’s outdoor pool.
- Eat and drink local: The resort’s all-inclusive plan includes three Caribbean-fusion meals per day and unlimited locally-made beverages, including alcoholic and non-alcoholic cocktails, and house wine by the glass.
- Spacious accommodations are decked out with full kitchens, large living areas, and private verandas.
Antigua: Colonial History Blended with Laid-Back Island Charm
On Antigua, the largest of the British Leeward Islands, you can visit a different beach every day of the year. The island has 365 of them, some of which were named by Frommer's as the Caribbean's best. Celebrities such as Oprah, Eric Clapton, and Giorgio Armani have been drawn to the powder-soft sands here, building sprawling estates amid the thatch-roofed bungalows. In the northwest, Dickenson Bay is a popular destination with something for every type of beachgoer: umbrellas and loungers, glass-bottom boat tours, and fast-paced watersports. There's an equally lovely landscape beneath the waves—just offshore, Cades Reef, a 32-foot-deep barrier reef, shelters barracuda, eels, eagle rays, and nurse sharks.
Like other isles of the British West Indies, Antigua retains a lot of English culture from its days as a colony, including a pervasive love of cricket and traditional afternoon teatime. You can see a lot of the island's colonial roots in its capital city, Saint John's, where Fort Barrington served as an important military defense post for the British Royal Navy as far back as 1652. Today, the stronghold still boasts a powder magazine and gun platform alongside some of the most panoramic views in the Caribbean.
The island's distinct culture also shines through in its cuisine, which includes conch fritters and cornmeal fungi, a dish similar to polenta. You can sample local flavors at Saint John's Saturday-morning market, which bustles with vendors selling pineapple, breadfruit, and tamarind. Next door, a smaller market showcases crafts, jewelry, and parrots selling the season's hottest feather extensions.
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