The Inn at English Harbour – Antigua
Hotel Type: A 5* boutique traditional retreat. A home from home.
Location: 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 and intimate locations.
Style: Old school colonial elegance.
Rooms: 28 airy, luxurious suites and beach cabanas.
Favourite Room: Philippa’s favourite rooms are the Beach Cabanas. Here you can enjoy spectacular sea views, as well as stunning sunsets and sunrises from the comfort of your very own private cabana.
Ideal For: Sophisticated intimate breaks and high end island life.
Swimming: In the emerald blue waters from the hotels secluded sandy beach. There is also a swimming pool located in front of the beach.
Dining: Dine at the Reef Restaurant where you can enjoy Italian and Caribbean dishes all day long without leaving the beach, or head to the Terrace restaurant for elegant five-star dining overlooking breath taking scenery and the Yachts floating in the bay.
Children: This is more for grown-ups!
Activities: It is a good idea to come here and do very little at all. However, for the active there is a small fitness centre, two tennis courts, as well as kayaks, paddle boards, peddle boats, and snorkelling gear. Take a walk through the organic gardens, or go on a daily excursion to explore other parts of this stunning island. We also love the idea of takin the hotel’s private water taxi to Nelson’s Dockyard for lunch.
Spa: The spa here will re-energize your body and soul in an elegant and serene environment, using a wide range of treatments.
Accessibility: This hotel has not been adapted.
Low season Price From: €800 per night for a Beachfront Junior Suite including breakfast and dinner (minimum 2 night stay).
High Season Price From: €1,283 per night for a Beachfront Junior Suite including breakfast and dinner (minimum 2 night stay).
Open From: November – September
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 19 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.
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 paneled ceilings, long, covered verandas and elegant, comfortable furniture, each one is a relaxing haven. The beach front Cabanas let you wake up and fall asleep with the gentle lapping of the waves, just steps from your door. They come with a queen size bed, are traditionally furnished. The large Junior Suites are set back in the gardens – a short distance from the infinity pool, with a choice of either King, Queen or twin beds. The ground floor suites have a private veranda, whilst the first floor suites feature a balcony – boasting sumptuous views and all of them have luxurious bathrooms. For even more space, the Deluxe Suites are magnificent and in which you will most definitely become very accustomed to Antigua living. With large mahogany four poster beds and just a short walk to the beach, they are amongst our favourite on the island.
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.
The Inn at English Harbour is most suited to adults, and only children over the age of ten are able to stay, with a couple of interconnecting suite options.
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 100% more relaxed than when you arrived!