- Antigua Luxury holidays
The archipelago of Antigua and Barbuda takes its name from its two largest islands, but it also includes several other smaller land masses with more than their fair share of pristine sands - giving the country its nickname, the Land of 365 Beaches. Some sources claim there really is a beach for every day of the year, although not all of them are on the more protected Caribbean coastline. Local residents tend to keep their own favourites to themselves, so if you hope to find a beach to call your own, you may need to allow plenty of time for exploring during your luxury break to Antigua and Barbuda.
A time for growth on Antigua and Barbuda
Your holiday might be a chance for quiet reflection and personal growth in this Caribbean idyll, and the islands themselves provide the perfect metaphor for this. From out of their poor sandy soil grows hardy scrub, but this is not the only vegetation to survive. Where volcanic ash is present in the soil, this boosts the fertility, allowing the land to be farmed and forested. Mahogany, cedar and acacia have all been planted, covering about a tenth of the islands' land area, and this is beneficial both for local water supplies and for conservation of the soil in which the trees are planted.
A trip around Redonda
The island of Redonda is also part of the archipelago and, although it is uninhabited and very difficult to safely land a boat, a visit to its coastal waters could be worthwhile for ornithologists, as the round rock - whose shape provided the origin for its name - is home to large numbers of seabirds, as well as a community of goats perched high on the island's top.
When should I visit Antigua and Barbuda?
The islands' climate varies at quite specific times of year, which should give you a good guide of when to make your visit. 'Cold' is a relative term in the protected warm waters of the Caribbean, but the lower temperatures can be found in the traditional winter months from December to February, at around 23°C. This rises to about 30°C in the summer and into the autumn months as well. However, bear in mind that the wettest time of year is in the autumn, particularly from September until November. Again, this is all relative, and at times the islands are dry enough to declare drought conditions; with low humidity all year round, even the hottest days can feel quite comfortable, too.
What’s on offer on a luxury holiday?
Luxury holidays in Antigua and Barbuda are all about doing exactly what you want to do, when you want to do it. If you want to enjoy a Caribbean sunset with a cocktail, your luxury hotel will make it happen, and if you want a room right on the beach, they’ll arrange that too. Paying a little more for a luxurious experience is well worth it – and don’t forget that the level of pampering you receive is completely up to you. Antigua and Barbuda offer the world-class service you expect from a luxury holiday, and while you may not have snow-capped mountains on your doorstep, you will have some of the Caribbean’s most spectacular landscapes to explore, and the warmth and hospitality that the friendly people of Antigua and Barbuda are known for.