Top 10 family hotels in Antigua
Yes, you could get out there and explore Antigua with Shirley Heights, Nelson’s Dockyard or Stingray City offering the pick of the bunch of nearby locations however, sometimes soaking up those sublime sea views while the kids have fun with new found friends is just what the Caribbean doctor ordered, so why rock the boat if the boat ain't rocking? All-inclusive in Antigua helps you create the perfect family vacation in the Caribbean for everyone, which means mum, dad and the kids get to play, eat and relax at a pace and space that suits them against a totally tropical choice of screen saver backdrops and powdered white sand settings. Check out our top 10 family hotels in Antigua.
10. Halcyon Cove by Rex Resorts
What: Situated on the white sands of Dickenson Bay on Antigua's northwest coast, Halcyon Cove is perfect for those who like to lay back and dream or make the most of the warm ocean waves of the Caribbean. With just over 200 guest rooms to choose from and a sensible selection of things to do for all the family, it's no surprise that this Caribbean crown jewel is the pick of the treasure chest.
Best for kids: The Rexplorers Club is just right for letting little pirates (aged between 4 -12) off the leash with supervised activities lasting from 10am – 4pm, Monday to Friday.
Best for parents: Beach volleyball, four tennis courts and a varied evening entertainment programme always gets parents in the mood for fun and games with a swimming pool, two restaurants and three bars adding up to lots more of the same.
More information and to book: Halcyon Cove by Rex Resorts
9. The Cove Suites at Blue Waters
What: Every four of the 28 suites at the Cove have access to their very own infinity pool and if you're looking to make the most of life on the north coast of Antigua then right here is where you get started. Set within the grounds of the upscale Blue Waters Resort, the Cove Suites offer access to an array of spa, fitness and sports facilities with an 18-hole golf course just a driver's thwack away.
Best for kids: Kids will have their choice of three swimming pools and two beautiful beaches and if that wasn't enough there are plenty of chances to try watersports like snorkelling and kayaking before returning back to base.
Best for parents: Tennis, gym and watersports, such as sailing and windsurfing, always hit the high notes with parents staying at the Coves Suites and if you're looking for a few more then check out the live music and evening entertainment that's guaranteed to be totally tropical. All-inclusive options give you the chance to dine in style with the Palms, Bartleys and the Cove restaurants all offering great food combined with an elegant laid back ambience.
More information and to book: The Cove Suites at Blue Waters
8. Carlisle Bay
What: Contemporary, sleek and on the southern coastline of Antigua, if you're looking for the resort that's got the lot then Carlisle Bay never fails to excite and relax in equal measures. A choice of just over 80 suites allows guests to kick back in style with ocean views for all commanding a well-deserved Caribbean backdrop no matter which way you look at things.
Best for kids: Get your Caribbean critters ready for the time of their lives as the Cool Kids' Club and the Crew Blue & Crush activity programme leads them on supervised adventures from six months to sixteen years old. A paddling pool and jungle gym help to ramp up excitement levels with watersports at the beach always ensuring a good night's sleep for all.
Best for parents: The Blue Spa has six luxury treatment rooms for when the kids are doing their own thing with yoga sessions, an all-day gym and nine tennis courts adding to a fantastic range of fitness and well-being facilities. Non-motorised watersports, including: sailing, kayaking and snorkelling, are all complimentary and as if that wasn't enough there's a cinema and library, just in case it rains, as if. Four restaurants and four bars cap things off rather nicely and if you're looking for all-encompassing in Antigua then Carlisle Bay is calling louder than a mermaid on a manatee.
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7. Curtain Bluff
What: Occupying prime ocean views on the south coast of Antigua, Curtain Bluff is an all-inclusive touch of luxury with an award-winning design to match the first-class service. Plenty of outdoor activities and things to do for all the family make this resort's 72 guest rooms and suites the perfect base to rest, relax and soak up the sunshine in the Caribbean.
Best for kids: The Ceebee Kids' Club never fails to get 3 – 10yr olds happy and active all day long for five days a week and if that wasn't enough, your little Antigua explorers will be treated to a full round of sports, watersports and early dinners on the Tamarind Tree terrace just to ensure they're rested enough in order to do it all again the next day.
Best for parents: Although this is a boutique resort in terms of accommodation it certainly doesn't hold back where activities are concerned with five spa treatment rooms, two beaches, weekly beach parties, a fully-equipped fitness centre and yoga classes all adding up to a whole heap of fun under the Antigua sun. All-inclusive packages include watersports, fitness classes and dining at Curtain Bluff's Tamarind Tree and Sea Grape restaurants.
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6. Grand Pineapple Beach
What: The Long Bay beachfront location on Antigua's northeast coast is just sublime and if you're longing to stroll through lush green tropical gardens on your way to white sands and crystal clear waters then the Grand Pineapple Beach resort offers every chance to do so. A good choice of rooms allows you to relax in style and comfort whilst the resident red tortoise colony more than makes for quiet companions while you're soaking up the sunshine.
Best for kids: The multi-level swimming pool, complete with water features, always gets the thumbs up from the kids although the quarter mile of Long Bay Beach comes a pretty close second. An adults only pool is perfect for letting everybody splash as they prefer with babysitting services giving mum and dad the night off after a good day spent outdoors.
Best for parents: So many activities and so little time. The Grand Pineapple Beach boasts a rich variety of things to do with aqua aerobics, tennis courts, kayaking, pool tables, snorkelling and live evening entertainment all equating to an awesome time in Antigua. Aside from the additional health and beauty facilities there's every chance to sample an array of Caribbean and international dishes with Topaz, Chef's Pietro and the Pineapple Grill restaurants adding to the authenticity of another evening at the Outhouse Bar.
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5. Jolly Beach Resort & Spa
What: The west coast Antigua setting makes life at the Jolly Beach Resort & Spa a rather splendid experience with 40 acres of Caribbean gardens combining with a mile of powdery white sand to great effect. As we're going all-inclusive, each and every guest occupying the 465 rooms will be treated to the very best time possible with an excellent range of family activities to keep everyone enjoying Antigua around the clock.
Best for kids: Young children (3 – 12) and teens (13 – 16) will love their very own clubs and there's a great choice of organised activities and themed evenings to let your young ones relax and make friends as they wish.
Best for parents: As if the proximity to one of the world's best beaches wasn't enough, the Jolly Beach Resort & Spa offers a full round of alternative things to do with two swimming pools, watersports, four tennis courts, an air-conditioned gym, fitness classes and a well-being centre adding to the excitement of all-inclusive in Antigua. Hemisphere's, Lydia's, Bocciolo, Utsav and the Coconut Grill are the places to be around meal times with the Casino at Jolly Beach offering adults only the chance to test their luck before waking up to yet another gorgeous Caribbean sun rise.
More information and to book: Jolly Beach Resort & Spa
4. Hawksbill by Rex Resorts
What: The west coast of Antigua, just ten minutes from St John's and around half an hour to the airport, makes the perfect setting for the landscaped gardens and four sandy beaches of the Hawksbill all-inclusive resort. A sensible choice of things to do and babysitting services make this the an ideal choice for young families looking for rest and recuperation.
Best for kids: The freshwater outdoor pool and choice of beach settings more than compliment babysitting services, cots, high chairs and non-motorised watersports.
Best for parents: A solid selection of sports, spa and sailing options make the Hawksbill an awesome base for all the family with the chance to go au naturel at the 'clothing optional' beach certainly something to consider if you're really getting into the swing of things. After a good day spent exploring or staying put you'll find the Tamarind Tree, Il Vigento Su Mare, Sea Grape Bar & Grill and the weekly beach BBQ on hand to let you dine, recline and relax as the sun sets on yet another perfect day.
More information and to book: Hawksbill by Rex Resorts
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3. Blue Waters
What: Take a break on the cracking northeast coast of Antigua and you'll soon discover that there's more to life than the daily grind or nine to five. Beautiful landscaped gardens sweep down to two white sand beaches and warm Caribbean waves with an excellent range of secluded accommodation providing everyone with their own little piece of tropical island luxury.
Best for kids: A crèche for little ones and a kids' club for older children make Blue Waters a great base for all the gang with a fab range of non-motorised watersports and swimming pools offering everyone the chance to splash and have fun in the sun every day of the week.
Best for parents: Tennis courts, fitness facilities and the Spa at Blue Waters always get the thumbs up from parents with two beautiful beaches supplying plenty of sand between the toes and sunset strolls. The Palm, Bartleys and the Cove restaurants showcase al fresco and covered dining Caribbean style with a friendly team on hand to offer the very best in food and customer service.
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2. St James's Club & Villas
What: Antigua's southwest coast is perfect for families seeking shimmering sands and lush green hillsides with the St James's Club & Villas making an ideal base to experience both backdrops and much more besides. Just over 250 guest rooms, suites and villas give you every chance to decide on the best view to match your brood with an array of sports, fitness and well-being options presenting everyone with the chance to rest and relax at a pace that suits them.
Best for kids: From young kids (4 – 12) to big kids (teens) the St James's Club offers organised activities and space from where to enjoy life in the Caribbean including children's meal times to ensure sustenance is supplied just in time for an early(ish) night.
Best for parents: Two fab beaches and six swimming pools more than make a splash with parents and if you're looking for a few more things to do then how about tennis, volleyball or a few hours at the gym. With non-motorised watersports, golf and a beauty salon all available there's plenty of good times to go round with a great choice of restaurants and evening entertainment rounding off each and every day rather nicely.
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1. The Verandah Resort & Spa
What: This all-inclusive family-friendly resort on Antigua's northeast coast is just what you need for getting back to nature with the Devil's Bridge National Park pretty much right on your sand dusted doorstep. A good choice of suite and villa accommodation helps to create a cosy Caribbean retreat from where to cotch up or get out and explore as the mood dictates.
Best for kids: The kids' club is great for 4 – 12 year olds looking to find their feet with a dedicated restaurant allowing meal times to be fun times rather than – please sit down! Babysitting services, teens' room, children only pool and family pool make the Verandah all about enjoying the Caribbean in your own time and space.
Best for parents: A superb selection of fine dining, laid back munching and chilled out lounge bar venues present parents with the means to eat out in comfort and style whilst four pools and a fitness centre more than help to work up an appetite. The Tranquillity Body & Soul Spa does exactly what it says on the tin with sailing, mini golf, tennis, non-motorised watersports and regular entertainment into the evening highlighting exactly what you'd hope for plus much more thrown in for good measure.
More information and to book: The Verandah Resort & Spa