The Inn at English Harbour – Antigua
With one of the best locations in Antigua, on its own stretch of private beach, the Inn at English Harbour is also one of the most elegant and refined retreats you’ll find. Once part of the fortifications to keep the French out, it is now an immaculately colonial styled and very sophisticated retreat. Stretching up the hill from the emerald bay, it sits in nineteen acres of manicured gardens, fringed by rainforest.
The service is impeccable – friendly staff always on hand for absolutely anything you need – and even better, remembering preferences and requests throughout your entire stay. With only a small number of cabanas and suites, the Inn has an intimate and relaxed air. It’s little surprise that guests return year after year.
At A Glance
Why We Love It:For its proximity to Nelsons Dockyard & its amazing staff.
Style:Old school colonial elegance.
Location:Perfectly positioned on the water’s edge in English Harbour, opposite Nelson’s Dockyard. It is one of Antigua’s most picturesque & intimate locations.
Rooms:28 luxurious suites & beach cabanas.
Swimming:In the hotel pool or in the emerald blue waters from the secluded sandy beach.
Children:Better for grown-ups! Only children over the age of 10 are able to stay,
Accessibility:This hotel has not been adapted.
Open From:November - September.
Price:Weekly price from £6,140 per room.
Dotted around the extensive grounds amongst the gardens and right on the beach, the cabanas and suites all ooze Caribbean chic. Dark wood or marble floors and high white panelled ceilings, long, covered verandas and elegant, comfortable furniture, each one is a relaxing haven.
Eating at the Inn is a relaxed affair, with flavours from around the world and a distinct nod at the same time to Caribbean tradition. Most of the vegetables and herbs come straight from their own gardens – and you can even pick your own ingredients for your morning smoothie. Breakfast at the Reef Restaurant, right on the beach, is simply one of the best ways to start your day. Move slowly on for delicious, informal lunches and cocktails in the evening, soaking up the relaxed vibe.
And most evenings, you’ll struggle not to make your way to the Terrace Restaurant and Stone Bar. A walk (or a buggy ride) up to the top of the resort, with magical views down across the bay, eating al fresco under the stars at arguably one of the best restaurants in Antigua.
Of course, a stay here is likely to induce the need for hours, or days of doing very little. Relaxing back on a sun lounger, occasionally going for a swim in the sea or the pool, interspersed with a long lunch and a rum punch or two, really is the order of the day. However, there is a wealth of activities that need to be enjoyed. There are plenty of excursions on offer, from taking a complimentary water taxi across to Nelson’s Dockyard, to exploring parts of the island (a sundowner at Shirley Heights is not to be missed).
The choice of watersports is comprehensive – from some sedate kayaking and paddleboarding, to waterskiing or chartering a yacht or motorboat for the day. The resort has two tennis courts, both of which are lit at night and there’s a fitness centre with a variety of equipment. There is a small Spa with a very relaxing choice of treatments. All in all, you’re guaranteed to leave here one hundred percent more relaxed than when you arrived!
English Harbour, Antigua
Perfectly positioned on the water’s edge in English Harbour, opposite Nelson’s Dockyard – one of the best spots in Antigua! It is one of Antigua’s most picturesque & intimate locations.