The 9 Best All-Inclusives in Antigua to Book in 2019

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The picturesque island of Antigua, part of the Commonwealth nation of Antigua and Barbuda, is a prime vacation spot, particularly for families, couples, and groups. Visitors to the island can enjoy picturesque white-sand beaches; lush, tropical vegetation; plenty of rum; and all the sunshine the Caribbean is known for.

While Antigua might not have quite the reputation for all-inclusive resorts as the Dominican Republic and Jamaica do, there are dozens of such properties there, which make for a very convenient getaway. (Plus, the island is only 108 square miles, meaning everything is a relatively short drive from the main airport.) We’re here to help you pick the right one for your next trip, whether you’re looking for a romantic retreat, a lively party scene, or an all-out luxury hotel on a private island.

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Best Overall: Curtain Bluff Resort

Curtain Bluff Resort

Curtain Bluff Resort

With an air of understated luxury, a cliffside setting between two stunning beaches, and dozens of activities for the entire family to enjoy, Curtain Bluff Resort is our pick for the best all-inclusive hotel in Antigua. There are just 72 rooms here — about half of which are suites — that perfectly capture the breezy Caribbean vibe with pastel hues and raw wood (though there are elegant details like marble baths that keep the accommodations from being a little too casual).

While the resort does cater to couples, larger groups and families with young children are also very welcome here as the double occupancy suites and rooms can be combined into configurations connecting up to four bedrooms. What impresses most at Curtain Bluff is the variety of activities included in the rate — snorkeling trips to a nearby reef, scuba expeditions for certified divers, water sports, land sports, kids’ clubs, and aerobics classes, to name a few. Meals and beverages at the formal Tamarind Tree restaurant and casual Beach Café are also included, though some wines from the 25,000 bottle cellar are subject to an extra fee. Spa treatments like a caviar and pearl facial will also cost extra, but we think they’re worth the splurge.

02 of 09

Best Budget: Starfish Halcyon Cove

Halcyon Cove by Rex Resorts

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Not every all-inclusive in Antigua has to break the bank. Check out Starfish Halcyon Cove for a budget-minded stay. Though the decor is a bit dated, the property still has a number of perks, the major one being a pristine white-sand beach. Rooms are straightforward — they come with standard amenities like flat-screen TVs and free Wi-Fi, though the old tile floors, wicker furniture, and generic wall art could use some updating. That said, accommodations are clean and functional, and you’ll likely be spending your time elsewhere on the resort, like at the pool.

Dining and drinking options include the Warri Pier restaurant that sits over the ocean, the Arawak Terrace, a beachfront bar and BBQ spot, and a lobby bar, all of which are included in the rate. While non-motorized water sports are covered by the rate, motorized ones are not, nor is scuba diving, which is done off-site, but arranged through the hotel.

03 of 09

Best Boutique: Hermitage Bay

Hermitage Bay

Hermitage Bay

With just 30 rooms, Hermitage Bay is an intimate, boutique all-inclusive hotel, allowing the property to break away from the mega-resort stereotype. Its modest room count doesn’t mean it lacks amenities, however. The guestrooms, which are actually individual cottages with dark wood floors and neutral-hued decor, sit on 140 acres of land, home to an open-air restaurant serving dishes made from locally grown ingredients, a bar overlooking the infinity pool, a fitness center, a spa, and, of course, a white-sand beach.

The all-inclusive rate here covers three meals a day plus beverages, as well as an afternoon tea and a cocktail hour, non-motorized water sports, some tours and hikes, airport transfers, fitness classes, and cooking classes. If you want in-room dining, premium spirits and wines, or spa treatments, those will cost extra. Guests should also note that children under 14 are not permitted at the resort, which primarily serves couples.

04 of 09

Best for Luxury: Jumby Bay Island, an Oetker Collection Hotel

Jumby Bay Island

Jumby Bay Island

The most luxurious hotel in Antigua isn’t actually on the island itself, it’s on its own 300-acre island two miles off the coast. Jumby Bay Island, part of the Oetker Collection, is a masterpiece of a resort, oozing luxury — and privacy — at every turn. There are 40 rooms and suites here, plus a handful of privately owned villas that can usually be rented by groups. While the suites are next level (some feature a private pool), even the entry-level accommodations are luxe, with terraces, private courtyards, outdoor showers, and ocean views.

Aesthetically speaking, the property delivers a range of architectural styles, from the colonial 19th-century main house to the West Indies-inspired suites, yet it still feels cohesive. Amenities include a full-service spa (though treatments are not included in the rate), tennis courts, two pools, a fitness center, water sports, a children’s club, and hiking and biking trails. There are four dining options on the property, from the fine-dining Estate House to the casual Beach Shack, plus three bars. Also worth mentioning — there are four and a half miles of beach, here, so it’s not hard to find a secluded spot.

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05 of 09

Best for Families: Carlisle Bay Antigua

Carlisle Bay

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While most all-inclusive resorts in Antigua do welcome children, sometimes you’ll find that they’re really geared more towards adults. That’s not the case with the 87-room Carlisle Bay, which keeps things in order by providing both family and adult-only areas. The resort has proven to be extraordinarily popular with families, offering such child-friendly amenities as a kids’ club and teen treatments in the two-story spa.

Though the resort is accommodating to families, it still has quite an air of luxury, with sophisticated, yet understated decor. The overall amenities impress, too: the aforementioned spa, fitness center, yoga pavilion, screening room, tennis courts, water sports, four dining options (including the signature Indigo on the Beach, which, as its name implies, is waterfront), three bars, and a pool. The resort offers both breakfast-only and all-inclusive packages, the latter of which covers meals and beverages, but not extras like spa treatments and premium alcohol.

06 of 09

Best for Romance: Galley Bay Resort & Spa

Galley Bay Resort & Spa

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The adult-only Galley Bay Resort & Spa is a delightful retreat, set on 40 secluded acres with a three-quarter-mile white-sand beach. The 98 rooms are split between beachfront and garden settings, and they display a range of more traditional to more contemporary Caribbean styles. Amenities include the Indulge Spa with a salon, a pool with a waterfall, all manner of water sports like windsurfing and catamaran sailing, land sports like tennis and croquet, a fitness center, and free yoga classes. Guests can also stroll through the grounds, which feature a bird sanctuary around a lagoon.

There are four restaurants here, the two most romantic of which are Gauguin (named for the famous artist who traveled to the Caribbean), which offers private candlelit dinners in open-air cabanas, and Ismay’s, a fine-dining establishment (reservations are required, and there’s an extra fee involved). In the evening, guests can head to one of four bars, some of which have live music at night.

07 of 09

Best for Nightlife: Sandals Grande Antigua Resort & Spa

Sandals Grande Antigua Resort & Spa

Sandals Grande Antigua Resort & Spa

Though it should be noted that Sandals Grande Antigua Resort & Spa is strictly a couples-only resort — not even just adults-only — it’s the resort with the greatest nightlife, given its seven bars and the unlimited premium spirits that fall under the all-inclusive rate. Whether you’re looking for a daytime party at the swim-up bar in the 15,000-square-foot main pool or a pint of beer at the classic British pub, there’s always a good time to be found.

Drinking aside, the resort also has eleven restaurants to choose from, live entertainment every night of the week, themed parties, six pools including the aforementioned main one, six hot tubs, water sports (scuba diving is free if you’re certified, and if you’re not, paid lessons are available, too), land sports, a conference center, and the Red Lane Spa. Given the vastness of the resort, there are a number of room types for the 373 accommodations, from Mediterranean-style villas to standard garden-view rooms.

08 of 09

Best Business: Starfish Jolly Beach Resort

Starfish Jolly Beach Resort

Starfish Jolly Beach Resort

If you’re looking to a book a conference hotel for your company’s next meeting, we think your employees would be thrilled to visit the Starfish Jolly Beach Resort, a mid-range all-inclusive property that has extensive meeting and event facilities. The hotel, which often caters to families, if you’re so inclined to extend the invitation to your employees' broods, also provides discounted rates for groups of ten or more.

While Jolly Beach might not be as luxurious as some of the others in Antigua — we’ll be honest, the decor is slightly dated — it offers quite a number of amenities that make it a great pick. There are 464 rooms, five restaurants including a buffet, a number of bars, a spa, a mile-long beach, two pools, an arts and crafts center, dance classes, tennis courts, a kids’ club, a fitness center, and plenty of nightly entertainment, from karaoke to the Friday night All-In White party, where guests are encouraged to dress in all white.

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09 of 09

Best for a Local Experience: The Villas at Sunset Lane

Villas at Sunset Lane

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All-inclusive resorts have a bit of a reputation for being a little bubble-like in nature, encouraging guests to remain within the confines of the property rather than explore local areas — you did pay up for all the included activities and meals, after all. But Antigua is also home to The Villas at Sunset Lane, a boutique adults-only all-inclusive that is anything but traditional in the sense of the mega resorts. In fact, it functions more like a B&B (or a bed and breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, and dinner, to be more accurate), with just ten rooms that range from modest poolside accommodations to two-bedroom villas and all meals prepared by the owner, who happens to be a professional chef.

The intimate property, while very quiet, still has all the makings of a vacation spot, albeit on a smaller scale: there’s a pool with a bar, a massage room, and a small gym. The beach, however, is not on-site, but a 10-minute walk away. As a plus, there’s free Wi-Fi across the property, which isn’t always the case in Antigua. Guests who are looking to party hard should head elsewhere, but for those who want a more intimate experience, and one that offers some local insight, The Villas at Sunset Lane are a must.

Our Process

Our writers spent 6 hours researching the most popular all-inclusive resorts in Antigua. Before making their final recommendations, they considered 20 different resorts overall and read over 100 user reviews (both positive and negative). All of this research adds up to recommendations you can trust.