The Caribbean has been a relatively safe holiday choice throughout most of the pandemic. Islands help to ensure isolation and there are no blanket travel restrictions if one island sees a surge in cases. Antigua is on the UK green list for travel.
Ringed with coral reefs and superb coastline, this Caribbean island is known throughout the world for its pink and white-sand beaches, sparkling clear waters and amazing year-round climate.
Few other islands offer as many insights into Caribbean island history as Antigua. Venture to the restored Nelson’s Dockyard set along English Harbour. Hike winding trails up to Shirley Heights for panoramic views from a former military lookout. Take in the scent of fresh-cut flowers at St. John’s Saturday Morning Market, learn about naval history at Nelson’s Dockyard, and visit Betty’s Hope to learn about the former sugar cane plantation first-hand.
Regularly awarded as the country’s number one hotel, Blue Waters Resort is a large resort complex on Antigua’s northwestern shores, with superb access to Caribbean waters.
This is a relatively big resort, with its three restaurants, four bars, a spa and different pools. In total there are 116 rooms and suites, along with a handful of villas. The style is clean and simple. There’s nothing too fancy here, and there’s no need for anything too lavish, when the real splendour comes from maximising the surroundings.
Yet space abounds as well, especially for guests booking one of the cottages or suites. Some of these have private pools and are perched on the Caribbean Sea, as dreamy as anywhere in this part of the world.
Anna Wells from Blue Waters spoke to Unorthodox Travel about how the resort has adapted during the pandemic. “We are now offering a more premium service, with fewer guests. We took our 13 rooms from our inventory and now we lead in with our deluxe beachfront rooms, which we feels suits our clientele better.”
The atmosphere is romantic, the property set within 17 acres of tropical garden overlooking the crystal clear waters of the Caribbean sea. Guests can sail Antigua’s west coast, snorklet Boons Reef, take a kayak onto the sea, and find plenty of space on the beach.
Anna continues: “We have designed a romantic package to experience a champagne sunset on our spa terrace, set in the hillside overlooking the sea, with exclusive use of the spa pool, a bottle of Champagne and canapes for two.”
Blue Waters has been making simple steps to reduce waste and become more sustainable, as Anna explains.
“Every guest receives their own water bottle on arrival and they can refill it with purified water at one of our stations across the resort. This has eliminated thousands of plastic bottles each year. We have also now replaced our miniature toiletries with organic local products in reusable bottles.”
With 365 different beaches, Antigua famously sells itself on having a different beach for every day of the year. After so much travel disruption, access to one Caribbean beach might be all that’s required.