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Best hotels in English Harbour

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This post features four of the best hotels in English Harbour for charm, comfort and location. English Harbour is an area of outstanding beauty located on the most southerly point of Antigua, just 40 minutes drive from the airport. It is best known for the world-class annual sailing regatta that attracts a host of participants and spectators for exciting races, parties and celebrations. The other main attraction is historic Nelson's Dockyard now a National Park and UNESCO World Heritage site. Within the grounds is popular Shirley Heights, a former military lookout with bi-weekly parties. Expect a vibrant atmosphere with an abundance of tasty bbq food, soothing steel pans and upbeat reggae bands. The sunset views from here area are amongst the best on the island.


Shirley Heights sunset

Best hotels in English Harbour



Copper & Lumber Store, Admiral's Inn, Antigua Yacht Club Marina Resort and South Point are excellent accommodation choices suitable for solo travellers, couples, friends and families. All are well placed for a number of activities, white sand beaches, supermarkets and multiple casual and fine dining restaurants.


When to travel

November through to April is the busiest period whereas between May and October it is much quieter. Fewer venues are open and the chance of rainfall is higher as hurricane season looms for a few months from June. However, flights and accommodation tend to be cheaper and temperatures still remain consistently close to 30°C.


Copper & Lumber Store


Living area, Georgian suite at Copper & Lumber Store

Arrive as a guest and leave as a friend. An incredibly welcoming, relaxed hotel. Staff greet you with genuine smiles and a glass of complimentary rum or fruit punch. Located smack bang in the middle of Nelson's Dockyard, it is surrounded by points of interests, hiking trails, lush gardens and harbour views.


Room Types


Georgian suite at Copper & Lumber Store

Expect olde-world charm with a twist of modern. The building has been sympathetically restored and as the name suggests, it once stored lumber to repair wooden warships and copper, to cover the wood extending its lifespan. It comprises 14 tastefully decorated Georgian and contemporary studios and suites, each named after Lord Admiral Nelson's commanders and ships. Rooms have Queen or King sized beds, kitchenettes, flat screen TVs, ensuite bathrooms with walk in showers, air conditioning units and ceiling fans. The upper rooms are accessed via a galleried landing with decorative archways overlooking a quaint, sun-filled courtyard with exposed brickwork and cheerful bouganvillea plants.


The imposing palm tree planted by Queen Elizabeth II is visible above the building.


Arched windows at Copper & Lumber Store and palm tree

Click on the link to view the YouTube video of The Royal Sovereign Studio at Copper & Lumber Store.


Dining choices at Copper & Lumber Store


Self-Catering

Rooms are equipped with kitchenettes and fridges to allow for simple meal preparation.


Bed and Breakfast

Bed and breakfast includes a continental breakfast of perfectly ripe fruit with creamy yogurt, warm banana bread, toast and a sweet pastry.  Cooked breakfast has an additional charge.


Fruit salad breakfast


Lunch and Dinner


Curry from Mainbrace Restaurant

Mainbrace Restaurant has a charming indoor dining space and an additional outdoor seating area with views over the marina and Fort Berkeley, Antigua's oldest fort constructed to protect English Harbour. Food is excellent and the menu varied offering seafood, vegetarian and meat dishes.


Seafood Friday

Friday evenings Copper & Lumber Store's restaurant comes alive with tourists and locals for Seafood Friday. The weekly event is one of the most highly rated fish-frys in the whole of the Caribbean. Dishes include grilled lobster, mahi-mahi, crab fritters and seafood pasta.


Local Activities

Within the dockyard is a museum, bakery, mini supermarket, shops, two other bars and restaurants and scenic walking trails. Within a short walk is stunning Pigeon Point beach and Covent Garden supermarket. A shuttle boat operates during peak season taking guests across the water to Galleon Beach with its shipwreck ideal for snorkelling.



Dockyard points of interest

Why choose Copper & Lumber Store?


Couples

  • Wedding services and packages including an on-site wedding planner

  • Luxurious accommodation

  • Picturesque setting

  • Other fine dining restaurants and local amenities within walking distance

Solo Travellers

  • 24/7 reception desk

  • Excellent wi-fi

  • Walking distance to restaurants and bars

  • Plenty to do within the dockyard

  • Activities close to the local area

  • Suites have a kitchenette for the occasional meal at 'home'

Families with older children

  • Spacious suites

  • 2 local beaches

  • Restaurants and bars nearby

  • Local activities including beaches, horse riding, Shirley Heights and walking trails


Click the link for availability, prices and to book The Copper & Lumber Store Antigua via Expedia Group


Admiral's Inn


Bar area at Admiral's Inn and plan of HMS Boreas

Admiral's Inn is a boutique hotel within the grounds of Nelson's Dockyard. Historically, the main building's upper floors were offices used by engineers working within the dockyard whilst downstairs, turpentine, pitch and lead were stored. Upstairs has now been tastefully converted to a selection of stylish guest accommodation. Downstairs a cosy lounge area with sumptuous sofas and chairs is adjacent to a well stocked bar with its eye-catching plan of Nelson's ship, HMS Boreas.


Beside the main building are pillars that once supported a boathouse with a sail loft above. Sadly it was destroyed by an earthquake that hit the island in 1871. The pillars have since been capped to prevent corrosion.


pillars that once supported the sail loft

Room Types


Exposed brick room at Admiral's Inn with sofa, four poster bed

23 elegantly furnished rooms with exposed beams and brickwork are located around and inside the main 18th Century building. Each standard or superior room comprises a bathroom with shower, a safe, air conditioning unit and a jug of filtered water that is replenished daily. There are no televisions in these rooms. Larger parties might consider the deluxe loft suites that interconnect or a deluxe gunpowder suite. These are situated across the water beside the infinity pool and are particularly good for families. They are more spacious with a sitting area and mini-bar, a shared atrium and a sitting room with a flat screen TV.


Click on the link to view the YouTube video of a Superior Double Room at Admiral's Inn.


Dining choices within Admiral's Inn


Pillars

Pillars is a waterfront restaurant specialising in seafood open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Wednesday nights during peak season a Caribbean menu is available alongside the regular a la carte menu, together with a steel band. At the busy lounge bar, popular with yachties, tourists and locals, Let Reggie make you a delicious cocktail.


Pillars Dining Area

Boom 12-6pm

Boom is a covered restaurant with open sides giving 360 degree views over English Harbour and Nelson's Dockyard with a welcome cooling breeze. Watch pelicans swoop for fish while tucking into a juicy burger, healthy salad or fresh catch of the day. If you would rather dine poolside from a sun lounger, no problem!


Dining area at Boom restaurant

Infinity Pool

Pre or post-dining, take a dip in the turquoise hued infinity pool beside the restaurant. Unwind in a lounger beneath a parasol, swaying hammock or day bed. Later, perhaps indulge in a stress relieving reiki treatment or a massage at The Powder Room Spa.


infinity pool, hammock, dockyard views

Local Activities


A shuttle boat runs year-round taking guests across the water to the infinity pool and/or Galleon Beach with its shipwreck ideal for snorkelling. Within the dockyard is a museum, bakery, mini supermarket, shops, two other bars and restaurants and scenic walking trails. Within a short walk is Pigeon Point beach, a larger supermarket and hiking trails.


Galleon Beach

Why choose Admiral's Inn & Gunpowder Suites


Couples

  • Luxurious accommodation

  • Couples massage at The Powder Room Spa

  • Infinity Pool

  • Picturesque setting

  • Fine dining restaurants onsite and within walking distance

Solo Travellers

  • 24/7 reception desk

  • Excellent Wifi

  • Infinity Pool

  • Walking distance to restaurants, bars and a beach

  • Plenty to do within Nelson's Dockyard

  • Activities close to the local area

  • Staff get to know you on a first name basis, feels like you are amongst friends

Families

  • Rooms interconnect

  • Spacious suites for larger parties

  • 2 local beaches

  • Infinity pool

  • Restaurants and bars nearby

  • Local activities include horse riding, beaches, walking trails and zip lining


Click the link for availability, prices and to book Admiral's Inn Antigua

via Expedia Group

  South Point


Views from South Point, Alfa Nero, small beach

South Point is a swanky development of 23 luxurious, contemporary apartments overlooking Falmouth Harbour. It is tucked away along Yacht Club Drive yet within a stone's throw of all the amenities English Harbour has to offer.


Room Types


Living area within apartment at South Point

Each of the 1 and 2 bed apartments is spacious with full kitchens, generous bathrooms and private, furnished patios. Ground floor apartments have gates that open out onto well manicured gardens leading to the small private beach and relaxing, decked pool area. The location is picturesque, private and peaceful with haunting sounds of foraging turtle doves.


Click on the link to view the YouTube video of a 1 bed apartment at South Point Hotel.


Dining options


These apartments have well equipped kitchens with dishwasher, fridge/freezer with ice maker and outdoor table and chairs. The Covent Garden supermarket is less than 10 minutes walk with a couple of other local stores nearby too making dining at home easy. The terraces of an evening are a wonderful way to dine outdoors with a cool breeze and your favourite iced tipple. However on the evenings you prefer not to cook there are plenty of dining options nearby.


Maia at South Point


Starter of Baltimore Crab Cakes at Maia South Point

The on-site restaurant, Maia offers an exceptional dining experience. Dishes have a Mediterranean, Asian and Middle Eastern influence with an additional extensive sushi menu. Views of an evening are particularly picturesque with twinkling lights over the yacht filled marina and occasional live music.


Swimming Pool


Decked pool area at South Point Antigua

A relaxing, decked pool area is available for guests' use with sun loungers.


Water sports

Kayaks, paddle boards and snorkelling equipment is available to borrow.


Beach


Beach area at South Point Antigua

A small secluded beach is situated in front of the apartments.


Local Activities


Pigeon Point Beach

Hiking trails, Pigeon Point beach and Nelson's Dockyard are close by. A little further afield is a zip lining through the rainforest experience, horse riding and a donkey sanctuary.


Couples

  • Luxurious accommodation

  • Picturesque setting

  • Fine dining restaurants onsite and within walking distance

Solo Travellers

  • Private and peaceful within walking distance to restaurants and bars should you wish

  • Activities close to the local area

  • Excellent self-catering facilities

  • Good Wifi

Families and friends

  • Rooms and balconies can interconnect if required

  • Spacious 1 and 2 bed suites

  • 1 small beach with non-motorised water sports and 2 larger local beaches

  • Restaurants and bars on-site and nearby

  • Activities close by


Clink the link to check availability, prices and to book a stay at South Point Antigua via Expedia Group.


Click on the link for availability, prices and to book a flight to Antigua with British Airways


Antigua Yacht Club Marina Resort


Antigua Yacht Club Marina Resort

Antigua Yacht Club Marina Resort is a casual, relaxed hotel in the heart of English Harbour. Rooms are located around a pretty courtyard where complimentary refreshments are served while the studio apartments are amongst tropical flowers and palm trees.


Room Types


King sized rooms


King sized rooms are spacious with an air-conditioning unit and ceiling fan. Each room comprises a King sized bed, desk and chair, TV, telephone, safe, fridge, iron and ironing board. Bathrooms are equipped with a walk-in shower, complimentary toiletries and a hair dryer. Balconies look out towards the harbour and are furnished with a table and chairs or loungers, an ideal spot for a morning coffee or sundowner.


Click on the link to view a video of a King sized room at the Antigua Yacht Club Marina Resort on YouTube.


Sea View Studios


Sea View Studios have the added benefit of a separate kitchenette equipped with a two ring hob, fridge, toaster, microwave, tea and coffee making facilities. The spacious rooms have air-conditioning units and ceiling fans in the main sleeping area with a king size bed with mosquito nets, desk and chair, TV, telephone and safe. Bathrooms have a walk-in shower, complimentary toiletries and a hairdryer. Each studio has a furnished balcony with views overlooking Falmouth Harbour.


Click on the link to view a video of a Sea View Studio at the Antigua Yacht Club Marina Resort on YouTube.


Local Activities


A 10 minute stroll will take you to stunning Pigeon Point beach, a hiking trail and Nelson's Dockyard. The marina is opposite the resort with bars and restaurants with plenty more in very close proximity.


Hamam Spa


A Turkish Hamam spa is on-site offering a range of treatments for a well deserved pamper session. Alternatively, unwind in the sauna or perhaps soothe muscles with a relaxing massage.



Hamam Spa at Antigua Yacht Club Marina Resort

Why choose Antigua Yacht Club Marina Resort?


  • Spacious accommodation

  • Best for couples, solo travellers, friends

  • On-site Hamam spa

  • Complimentary tea, coffee and filtered water

  • In the heart of English harbour for bars, restaurants, shops and supermarkets

  • Walking distance to Pigeon Point beach


Click the link for availability, prices and to book Antigua Yacht Club Marina Resort via Expedia Group.



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