Top 17 Antigua All-Inclusive Resorts and Boutique Hotels: An Honest Review

If you are looking for Antigua all-inclusive vacations, look no further than this list of the best all-inclusive resorts in Antigua, as well as some gorgeous self-catering properties and boutique hotels.

And if you are wondering, yes I have seen them all as it was my job when I was living in Antigua a few years ago. So my review is completely legit and, most of all, honest.

Antigua is considered one of the top Caribbean’s favorite destinations for honeymooners and couples drawn by the elegant romantic resorts, secluded beaches, and exquisite Creole cuisine.

In fact, Antigua’s all-inclusive hotels are way above the usual all-inclusive standard and definitely ahead of the game, all of them competing to deliver the most incredible guest experience.

It’s really difficult to determine which Antigua resorts are the best. However, in this guide, I am going to explain as clearly as I can, what each hotel has to offer.

When I was living in Antigua I was working as a tour rep, looking after my Italian guests that were staying in different properties. Therefore, I had the fortune and the privilege to visit and inspect almost all of the hotels in Antigua.

In this post, I am sharing all I know about Antigua’s all-inclusive resorts and small hotels with the hope to provide a useful guide for your next stay.

As usual, should you have any questions, feel free to send me a message in the comments below.

Read also: 21 fun facts about Antigua and Barbuda that you must know

Top Luxury Antigua All-Inclusive Resorts

1. Hermitage Bay

Hermitage bay hotel view from the plunge pool - one of the most beautiful Antigua All-Inclusive Resorts
Pool Suite @ Hermitage Bay – Photo courtesy of Hermitage Bay

Hermitage Bay  (photo in the header) is the perfect place for a romantic escape.

Among all the luxury resorts in Antigua, Hermitage Bay is definitely one of my favorites.

It’s built in a secluded bay just behind Jolly Harbour Marina.

With a total of 30 suites, 17 of which are located on the hillside, nestled in lush vegetation with spectacular views over the turquoise bay, and 13 are situated on the beach, closer to the main area and the water, but still guaranteeing the much-needed privacy.

The main element is wood, brought from a sustainably managed forest in Guyana, and bestows a natural luxury feeling throughout the property.

The spacious suites present a simple and yet sophisticated decor with pristine white linen contrasting the dark wooden floor, the finest amenities and, a plunge pool right on the terrace overlooking the bay.

Oh Gosh! While writing this piece, I just picture myself in that pool sipping champagne (well I would prefer a natural fruit juice, but that wouldn’t sound that fancy) while looking at the gorgeous bay.

Oh, I was about to forget, the dining experience is also one of a kind, with a rich menu that blends international flavors with tasty Creole cuisine using most of the time the local vegetables are grown in the property. Veggie-friendly and gluten-free options are also available.

Hermitage Bay believes in the importance of a natural healthy environment and has a heartfelt concern for the well-being of staff and guests alike and you can even feel the positive vibes running throughout the property.

Hermitage bay hotel overview panoramic
Sunrise at Hermitage Bay – Photo courtesy Hermitage Bay  

Healing and restoration therapies are promoted by the luxurious organic treatments of the Garden Spa, certainly enhanced by the natural beauty of the surroundings.

This is really a dream place for me and I really look forward to spending a few days there, one day soon.

Additional information

  • Adult only property
  • All-inclusive
  • Watersport, private candlelight dinners, tours, and airport transfers can be organized by Hermitage Bay.

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2. Carlisle Bay

Carlisle bay hotel room
Beach suite – Photo courtesy of Carlisle Bay

Among Antigua luxury Resorts, If Hermitage Bay is the perfect romantic hotel, Carlisle Bay is the ideal high-end option for a perfect family vacation.

I had the privilege to spend a couple of nights at Carlisle Bay and I appreciated the elegant look of the pastel tones and the modern feel of the spacious room, decorated with the finest features and amenities.

The long stretch of beach and the shallow waters of the sea is perfect for kids to swim in tranquillity, and adults as well.

The dining experience offered by the four restaurants offers top-notch options among local and international cuisine.

Although it’s one of the best Antigua All-inclusive resorts you can also choose the Breakfast plan if you think it’s more suitable for your kind of vacation. I would choose that if you are not a big drinker or eater.

This way you will also feel free to try some of the other restaurants in Antigua.

The healing center,  located in a tranquil space nestled in the beautiful garden, comprises a Spa, for soothing massage therapies, a Yoga pavilion for private or group yoga sessions, and a fully equipped gym, for a complete rejuvenation program, as desired.

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Carlisle bay overview aerial
Carlisle Bay Aerial View © Carlisle Bay

3. Jumby Bay

Located on a private island at a 15-minute ride from the Antiguan coast, Jumby Bay resort is this spectacular luxury property that includes 40 suites scattered around a manicured garden on 300 acres of land, along with 15 private villas.

It’s one of the most private and luxurious Antigua resorts and feels a bit like living on your own private island.

The guests can enjoy top-notch dining in the 3 international restaurants, sweeping with sand beaches suitable for kids and adults alike and a wide range of watersport activities.

The hotel prides itself on providing exceptional personalized service for its guests that get to be pampered from the very first minute they arrive at the airport until they leave.

While it was once owned by Rosewood Resorts, Jumby Bay is now part of the Oetker Collection, known internationally for its high level of luxury.

They also have private villas with butler services if you feel like splurging, that’s the perfect place.

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4. Curtain Bluff

Curtain bluff beach

Curtain Bluff prides itself on being one of the few 100% all-inclusive in the world, with exceptional service, top-notch cuisine, and a wide array of activities, such as diving, tennis, and much more that are completely free for their guests. 

They are so much pampered that they cannot help but return every year.

To add up to the magic, Curtain Bluff is also blessed with a strategic location. The exquisite Caribbean-styled suites are in fact located along a bluff towering over the blue Caribbean sea and facing on both sides amazing views of the sea and pristine beaches.

Other amenities on-site at this Antigua all-inclusive hotel include two swimming pools, a luxury spa, PADI dive center, a wine cellar, and two restaurants.

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5. Sandals Grande Antigua | All-Inclusive Resort and Spa (Couples Only)

Sandals Grande Antigua overview
Photo courtesy of Sandals Grande Antigua

I have to make a preliminary remark here. Sandals Grande Antigua is the least of my favorite all-inclusive resorts in Antigua.

I am mentioning it here because one of my lovely readers was wondering why it was not included in my list since it has such an amazing beach.

You can read my reply in the comments below but I also wanted to give it justice. Sandals hotels in general are not hotels where I would spend a vacation.

They are too big, too crowded, and too standardized, and it’s way far from my idea of luxury.

There, I said it. But you should know that I have worked at Sandals Grande Antigua for 9 months as Director of Guests services and although it was a great experience, Sandals is just not my place.

I would much rather stay in more intimate boutique hotels, such as Hermitage Bay or Cocobay, to name a few, which I find much more elegant and exclusive with personalized world-class service.

And if you are wondering about the beach. Yes, Sandals Beach is unarguably amazing, but it’s not difficult to find a great beach in Antigua, including, but not limited to, the beaches of the above-mentioned hotels.

If you like this kind of hotel, by all means, go for it. Sandals is a great hotel overall, the food is great, and the service is too, just not my gem. 😉

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6. Royalton Antigua Resort & Casino

royalton room
Royalton Room Photo © Expedia

If you’ve been daydreaming of sleeping in an overwater bungalow in the Maldives, I have great news for you – you don’t need to travel across the world! Part of the reason Royalton is often considered one of the best all-inclusive resorts in Antigua is because of their overwater bungalows.

Each overwater bungalow comes equipped with an overwater hammock, an infinity plunge pool, and a personal butler. Sounds like an absolute dream, doesn’t it?!

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Luxury Boutique Hotels in Antigua

7. The Inn at English Harbour

The Inn hotel room
The Inn Suite – Photo Courtesy The Inn

A proud Member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World brand, The Inn at English Harbour is a real gem, and quite unique in Antigua. I consider it one of the best resorts in Antigua.

The elegant colonial-style harmoniously blends with a modern luxury feel and makes it an exquisite hideaway for a romantic escape or a rejuvenating vacation in bliss and tranquillity.

From the restaurant terrace, you can admire the spectacular views over the pristine private beach and the manicured gardens, while enjoying a top-class dining experience.

The beach bar and restaurant offer great lunch options and generous breakfasts, while a variety of external excursions are offered to complement the tranquillity experienced in the property.

The lovely spacious suites scattered around the beautiful property are attentively decorated with original pieces of art, brought from all over the world by the owners, and furnished with the finest linen and top-quality amenities.

Also, privacy and tranquillity are guaranteed.

Other Services:

  • SPA
  • Tennis courts
  • Watersport
  • Water shuttle to English Harbour
  • Swimming pool
  • Fitness Centre
  • Concierge Service

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8. Keyonna Beach Hotel | Adult Only

Keyonna Beach veranda
Keyonna Beach – Photo © Expedia

Keyonna Beach is a relatively new luxury boutique hotel right on Turner Beach which is one of the best beaches in Antigua.

An all-inclusive adult-only property is the best luxury getaway for a couple searching for an intimate and high-end getaway on the beach.

Unfortunately, they don’t accept single travelers or groups. Just couples. This is definitely the perfect all-inclusive resort in Antigua for a honeymoon!

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9. The Escape at Nonsuch Bay

Non Such Bay resort Antigua
Photo © Expedia

The Escape is a small adults-only resort within the Nonsuch Bay Resort complex. Each suite features a pool and is quite large, measuring around 600 square feet, with either garden or bay views.

There are several restaurant options and you can even indulge in fancy amenities, like a floating sushi boat or flower-filled bath, for extra fees.

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Laid-Back Luxury Antigua All-Inclusive Resorts

10. Galley Bay

Galley Bay overview of the room and the beach
Photo © Expedia

Galley Bay is another one on my list of favorite hotels in Antigua. I was debating whether I should have actually moved it among the top luxury hotels, but I chose this category instead because it’s a little less pretentious than the above-mentioned luxury resorts.

It’s an adult-only all-inclusive with a spectacular almost private beach, only shared with a beautiful house on the cliffs at the end of the beach, owned by the Italian stylist Giorgio Armani.

The hotel boasts extraordinary service and a top-notch dining experience. The comfortable rooms are nicely decorated with a Caribbean feel and you can choose from different categories and locations. 

A lovely beachfront yoga pavilion and boardwalk have been recently added always with the final purpose to enhance the guest experience.

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11. Cocobay

Cocobay hotel view from the pool
Photo © Expedia

Small and cozy, Cocobay is a cute property that offers the best value for money all-inclusive on the island.  Chic but not pretentious.

When I was there the food was not what they were shining for, but the location, on a bluff with spectacular views and cozy rooms, definitely make up for it. Its beach, close to Frye’s Bay is also amazing.

While I was away the hotel has been refurbished and upscaled to make it even more beautiful.

Definitely, still, the best value for money, especially if you are not fond of too sophisticated an environment. This is the laid-back luxury that we love.

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12. The Verandah Resort

The veranda beach hotel- beach aerial view
Photo courtesy of Elite Island Resorts – The Verandah beach

The Verandah hotel belongs to the Elite Islands Resorts group which owns Galley Bay and other hotels in Antigua and other Caribbean islands.

The hotel is especially suited for families and it actually has a great kids program. 2 semi-private beaches with watersport activities are great for kids to swim in their shallow waters.

The hotel is located just a few steps from Long bay beach, which is one of the best beaches in Antigua

What guests appreciate the most about this resort is the exquisite dining experience and the exceptional service.

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13. Pineapple Beach Resort

Hotel aerial view of the beach and rooms
Photo courtesy of Elite Island Resorts

This cute hotel has recently undergone a full facelift after being acquired by the Hotel group Elegant Resorts.

I haven’t visited the hotel since the remake, but I noticed from the pictures that rooms have had a nice revamping and it’s not a family hotel anymore, but for adults only.

The pool also has been redone, however, this is not really a concern when you are on one of the best beaches of Antigua, Long bay beach.

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Low-Key Antigua All-Inclusive Resorts

14. Jolly Beach

Jolly beach overview
Photo ©  Expedia

Among Antigua’s all-inclusive family resorts Jolly Beach is definitely the most affordable, on one of the best beaches in Antigua.

It’s located right at the back of one of the Marinas, lined with a nice boardwalk and nice restaurants. 

You don’t need to have any expectations of the hotel, though, as the property it’s pretty basic.

The kindness of the staff and the beach will make it up for the old and tired structure that definitely needs a facelift.

I lived at Jolly Beach for one year and I loved it but understand also the disappointment of an unwary tourist with too high expectations.

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Hotel aerial view of the bay and lush vegetation of a hotel
Photo courtesy of The Inn @ English Harbour – aerial view  

Small Boutique Hotels and Self-Catering Apartments

15. The Buccaneer Beach Club

Besides the above-mentioned hotels, you can find this cute little property with lovely self-catering apartments, with a fully equipped kitchen and 1 or 2 bedrooms.

The units are nicely decorated and face a beautiful garden, a nice pool, and a spectacular beach at a few steps.

The place is run by a good friend of mine, Simonetta, who looks after her guests with attentive genuine care.

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16. Antigua Yacht Club

Located right in the Marina, this modern hotel offers spacious rooms nicely furnished and decorated with great views over the harbour.

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17. South Point Antigua

I have to say this hotel was built after I left the island but I have heard from local friends that’s a really good stylish and elegant property. Located right on the marina but further uphill, in a tranquil area.

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When Is The Best Time to Visit Antigua?

Now that you have your dream all-inclusive Antigua resort picked out (or at least a few ideas!), you may be wondering about the best time to take your luxurious getaway.

Antigua stays pretty warm year-round, typically in the 80’s, which makes it a great “anytime” destination.

However, there are a few seasons to be aware of:

  • High season. Antigua is busiest from December to February when everyone is trying to escape the cold. Prices tend to be higher during these months.
  • Shoulder season. March and April are considered shoulder seasons, though there still are quite a lot of cruise ship visitors. The weather is lovely, though!
  • Rainy season. May to November brings the most rain but don’t dismiss it completely. The weather is still warm and it doesn’t usually rain all day. Note that June to November is hurricane season which definitely affects the island, so if you book during that time, be sure to keep an eye on the weather and have a backup plan!

Where to stay in Antigua: Frequently Asked Questions

Which is the best part of Antigua to stay?

It depends on what you are looking for. Antigua is blessed with spectacular beaches all around the island. However, some spots are more isolated than others.
I love to stay in the English Harbour area because you also have the historic side of it and an area to walk around with nice restaurants and shops.

If you want to stay close to St John’s, it may be more chaotic but you could stay on Dickenson Bay and be at only a 10-minute drive.

Most people love the Jolly Harbour area where Jolly Beach Hotel is located and its beach is considered one of the most beautiful in Antigua.

Do I need a car in Antigua?

It depends. If you are thinking of spending the majority of your time in your resort, you won’t need a car, and you may book some organized tours or get a taxi.

Or you can also choose to rent a car for a couple of days and explore. I used to love driving around Antigua and exploring all the beautiful beaches. It’s easy but make sure you read my posts first, for useful tips.

Do you tip in Antigua all-inclusive?

Although it’s not mandatory, many guests like to do it. I would suggest before tipping your favorite staff make sure they are allowed to accept the tip. In some cases, they are not
Keep in mind that you would find a service charge in your bill, which is supposed to cover tipping.

Can you drink alcohol in Antigua?

Yes, you can and it’s served in all bars and restaurants. Or you can buy it in many stores, but you need to be 18 or older.