15 best all-inclusives in Antigua for a tropical vacation – The Points Guy

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The twin-island country of Antigua and Barbuda is known for having 365 of the most beautiful beaches in the world — one for each day of the year. Each stretch of soft white sand is kissed by clear blue waters practically made for snorkeling.

With more and more flights to Antigua from the U.S. added in recent years, according to the country’s tourism officials, it’s easier than ever to get there.

Whether you’re looking for an adults-only, romantic escape (there’s even a resort here with overwater bungalows) or the best family beach vacation, there are plenty of luxury all-inclusive outposts that deliver. Antigua has a standout selection of all-inclusive resorts where accommodations, dining and often alcoholic beverages are included, as are some water-based activities.

Here are the best all-inclusive resorts in Antigua, ranging from ultra-luxury, adults-only hotels to more laid-back, family-friendly accommodations (and a few in between).

Related: 25 best all-inclusive resorts in the world, according to frequent travelers

Jumby Bay Island

Jumby Bay, Antigua

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Best for: Travelers looking for an exclusive, once-in-a-lifetime private-island experience.

Why stay here: This private-island resort offers luxurious, spacious accommodations and a balance of relaxing moments and family-friendly activities.

If you appreciate the finer things in life, you’ll love that the house Champagne at Jumby Bay Island is Drappier Brut — and that it flows freely.

It only gets better from there. This 300-acre private island escape has 40 open-air villas and suites spread across the island, including 12 beach house-style suites that face the ocean. It feels miles away from civilization, yet it’s only a 10-minute speedboat ride from Antigua.

Once you’re on the resort’s island, expect attentive staff, white powdery sand and bright green inland pastures dotted with sheep. Spend your days lolling on the beach or by one of three pools, or try your hand at complimentary water sports like Hobie Cat sailing, wakeboarding and kayaking. Boat trips around the island with snorkeling included are also part of the all-inclusive package.

You can even send the littles to the Jumby Explorers Kids Club for some supervised fun in the sun while you splurge on a massage, facial or body wrap with an ocean view at the spa.

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For meals, you’ll dine on locally sourced foods at a variety of restaurants. There is Mediterranean-inspired fine dining at The Estate House and freshly caught seafood, aged steaks and weekly barbecue parties at The Jumby Bay Veranda. You can also sign up for a rum tasting or Caribbean cooking class, both of which the all-inclusive room rates cover.

All-inclusive rates at Jumby Bay Island start around $2,350 per night for double occupancy.

Hermitage Bay

Jennings, Antigua

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Best for: Feeling like you’re sleeping in a treehouse.

Why stay here: Head to this romantic hideaway for luxurious treetop pool suites and extra privacy.

This longstanding favorite is nestled in a quiet hillside corner overlooking its namesake bay on Antigua’s west coast. Its organic gardens supply the on-site Caribbean restaurant (which accommodates vegan and vegetarian diets). Additionally, several solar energy initiatives and sustainable construction efforts are implemented to protect its beautiful surroundings.

The 30 suites at Hermitage Bay are stand-alone bungalows on the hillside, beachfront or with a view of the gardens. No matter where they are, they feature outdoor showers and decks facing the ocean. Some even have private plunge pools for an extra dose of luxury on vacation.

You may find it hard to leave your well-appointed suite, but most travelers head to the beach, the main pool or the garden spa to unwind. The resort also draws visitors with experiences like fishing charters, scuba diving and sailing; rates also include access to nonmotorized water sports, such as kayaking, windsurfing and paddleboarding. Morning pilates, yoga or meditation sessions are also included in the nightly rate.

All-inclusive rates at Hermitage Bay start around $1,350 per night for double occupancy.

Carlisle Bay Antigua

Carlisle Bay, Antigua

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Best for: Families who want to stay busy with plenty of amenities and activities.

Why stay here: While this is one of the few all-inclusive resorts in Antigua that isn’t adults-only, a couple would be just as at home here as a multigenerational group.

A fresh white and turquoise color palette brings the vibe of Antigua’s striking southern coast indoors at Carlisle Bay. Guests will find decor and ambiance that are ultra-modern and environmentally focused: Floor-to-ceiling windows in the 87 open-plan suites put the focus directly on the beach in front and the rainforest behind.

While relaxing on the beach is encouraged, this resort offers a full schedule of daily activities like fitness classes, guided nature walks, cooking workshops, tennis lessons, wine tastings, a sunset cruise, and evening drumming and dance performances (though some of these are not part of the all-inclusive package, so check carefully).

Nonmotorized water sports — like kayaking, windsurfing and snorkeling — are complimentary, as is the kids club, which is open daily. There’s also the Cara Organic Beauty Spa, where a full menu of massages, body treatments, facials and hairstyling using Espa products is available for a fee.

For dining and drinking, you’ll have your pick of eight food and beverage outlets, including Asian-inspired East, the oceanfront Indigo on the Beach and Italian spot Ottimo!, which serves wood-fired pizzas. Those who need a date night away from the tots won’t want to miss The Jetty Grill, an adults-only establishment with sweeping views of the Caribbean Sea.

All-inclusive rates at Carlisle Bay start around $470 per night for double occupancy.

Sandals Grande Antigua

St. John’s, Antigua

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Best for: Honeymooners and couples celebrating a special occasion.

Why stay here: If you don’t want your stay to be interrupted by kids, singles or rowdy friend groups, odds are you’ll enjoy this activity- and entertainment-rich resort that caters squarely to couples.

On glittering Dickenson Bay Beach, the enormous Sandals Grande Antigua is the epitome of a couples-only, all-inclusive Caribbean resort.

It has 373 rooms spread across 27 acres with tropical gardens, six swimming pools, a tennis court, a full-service spa and no less than 11 restaurants, including Kimonos for teppanyaki and Mario’s for Italian. There’s also nightly entertainment, such as live music, karaoke, beach parties and a piano bar.

When you’re ready for a beach day, head to the property’s gorgeous stretch of sand. While most all-inclusive beach resorts include nonmotorized water sports, Sandals Grande Antigua also lets PADI-certified guests go scuba diving as part of the inclusive package; it also offers loaner paddleboards, kayaks, snorkeling gear and more.

As for accommodations, there are two different options: the all-suite Mediterranean Oceanview Village and the Caribbean Beachfront Village. Both complexes have a colonial-inspired aesthetic, with carved mahogany furniture. Some upgraded spaces have private pools and include butler service, while others overlook the ocean or the resort’s lush vegetation.

All-inclusive rates at Sandals Grande Antigua start around $249 per night for double occupancy.

The Verandah Resort & Spa

Long Bay, Antigua

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Best for: Families who love pools.

Why stay here: Offering one of the largest free-form pools on the island, plus three other pools, this resort is perfect for water babies.

This 30-acre all-inclusive resort sits on a secluded peninsula jutting out of Antigua’s east coast. While many of the 186 suites and villas have ocean views, the two beaches here are relatively small.

Still, water lovers can enjoy the four pools: the largest on the island, an adults-only pool, a beachfront pool and a shallow pool adjacent to the kids club. To keep busy, there are also nonmotorized water sports available, as well as a fitness center with classes and two tennis courts.

Parents and large groups will appreciate the spacious two-bedroom villas with full kitchens, living rooms and large verandahs (even the smaller suites all have verandahs, hence the property’s name). Some also have private plunge pools.

Guests won’t go hungry during their stay, as there are nine drinking and dining outlets, including a coffee shop, a buffet-style restaurant, a Caribbean-influenced dinner spot, and multiple pool and beach bars. A fine-dining option called Nicole’s Restaurant is available as well, but it has a $40 surcharge per person.

All-inclusive rates at The Verandah Resort & Spa start around $399 per night for double occupancy.

Curtain Bluff

Morris Bay, Antigua

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Best for: Travelers who want the benefits of an all-inclusive without that megaresort feel.

Why stay here: Curtain Bluff is made for those who wish to escape the chaos of everyday life and indulge in excellent food, water sports and beautiful scenery, with a luxury bent.

Nestled in a cove on Antigua’s southern coast, Curtain Bluff’s 72 guest rooms and suites are either beachfront or perched on a bluff; they embody an old-school, barefoot Caribbean luxury.

If you book a suite that’s part of the elite Hulford Collection (named for the late founder), you’ll have a large terrace with a private plunge pool facing the ocean, a marble bathroom and a separate living area. Accommodations do not have TVs to encourage you to focus on the beautiful turquoise sea and stunning white sand just a few feet away.

When you’re ready to get out and explore, you’ll find an abundance of activities, including pickleball, squash, waterskiing, snorkeling, paddleboarding and kayaking. Additionally, you can take a yoga or gardening class, relax at the 5,000-square-foot spa or catch some rays on one of two beaches — a calm lagoon on one side and a white sand shore with crashing waves on the other.

There’s also an active kids club that entertains little ones outside as much as possible so that parents can enjoy some rest and relaxation.

Besides various activities, all room rates cover meals and select drinks at the resort’s three restaurants. Dining options include the locally influenced Tamarind Restaurant, the alfresco Seagrape Restaurant and the legendary Wine Cellar, which has more than 4,000 bottles, including numerous complimentary house wines.

All-inclusive rates at Curtain Bluff start around $1,050 per night for double occupancy.

Royalton Antigua

Five Islands Village, Antigua

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Best for: Romance-seeking duos looking for tropical overwater bungalows.

Why stay here: For Bali vibes in the Caribbean, head to this resort where the romantic overwater bungalows come complete with infinity plunge pools.

With 294 suites and bungalows, eight restaurants, five bars, a casino and three swimming pools, Royalton Antigua is one of the larger resorts on the island.

It’s the only island hotel where you can earn or redeem Marriott Bonvoy points. It’s also the only place in Antigua where you can spend the night in an overwater bungalow. This experience typically requires traveling to locales like the Maldives or French Polynesia.

Royalton Antigua’s overwater bungalows (which are only for adults) hang over the cerulean waters of Deep Bay and include an overwater hammock, an infinity plunge pool, a glass floor in the living room and an in-suite Jacuzzi, among other perks. Other rooms and suites come with plenty of their own amenities, such as balconies or terraces and rainfall showers.

Upgrade to a Diamond Club Luxury Suite for a preferred room location, butler service, use of an exclusive pool and beach area and one bottle of in-suite liquor per week. You’ll also get access to the Diamond Lounge, featuring premium drinks, daily breakfast and evening hors d’oeuvres.

Outside your room, enjoy activities such as tennis, cooking classes, beach volleyball, water sports (including an introductory scuba lesson) and dance lessons. For younger guests, there are offerings like face painting and movie nights as well.

Don’t miss The Royal Spa and the Royalton Fit gym, which offer hydrotherapy circuits; indoor and outdoor fitness classes for everything from yoga to CrossFit; and a full massage, facial and beauty treatment menu.

All-inclusive rates at Royalton Antigua start around $362 or 70,000 Marriott Bonvoy points per night for double occupancy.

Galley Bay Resort & Spa

St. John’s, Antigua

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Best for: Beach-loving couples looking for romance.

Why stay here: Direct beach access from most rooms and an adults-only environment make this property ideal for lovebirds seeking some time in the sun.

Galley Bay Resort & Spa’s ultra-romantic setting on Antigua’s west coast makes it an ideal place to reconnect with your partner.

Here, you’ll find a white sand beach and four oceanfront restaurants; the intimate venue Gauguin even features private dining cabanas on the sand. Most of the 98 spacious rooms and suites also offer direct access to the sand — and those that don’t have private plunge pools. It’s easy to maximize your time outdoors.

The all-inclusive package covers the usual inclusions (nonmotorized water sports, land sports like tennis and volleyball, a fitness center with yoga classes, and all meals and drinks). You’ll also have access to cooking demonstrations, guided hikes to nearby Fort Barrington and tours of the on-site herb garden.

However, most guests prefer to spend their time soaking in the free-form pool with a waterfall or unwinding on the secluded shore. Should you seek even more relaxation, splurge on a treatment at the property’s spa, where options include facials, massages and body wraps featuring tropical ingredients such as coconut milk or lemongrass.

All-inclusive rates at Galley Bay Resort & Spa start around $947 per night for double occupancy.

Keyonna Beach Resort

St. John’s, Antigua

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Best for: Honeymooners and couples looking to get away from it all.

Why stay here: If you want an intimate resort with a secluded beach, private cottages and no kids in sight, this is the resort to choose.

With only 29 rooms and cottages, this couples-only boutique resort appeals to guests who desire privacy by a gorgeous stretch of sand. Adjacent to Turners Beach on the southwestern side of the island, Keyonna Beach Resort is made for water-loving duos, as every room has its own dedicated loungers and beach bed.

Also, all accommodations come outfitted with romantic elements such as four-poster beds draped in mosquito netting, outdoor showers and large decks with garden or ocean views; some offer direct beach access and private plunge pools as well.

Since this property is designed for couples, the atmosphere is low-key, with few on-site activities. Guests do have some options, though: You can borrow loaner kayaks and snorkeling gear, participate in weekly yoga classes, learn how to play the steel drum or enjoy a wine tasting. For an additional fee, lovebirds can also treat themselves to a couples massage at the spa.

Because room rates here are all-inclusive, meals and drinks from the open-air restaurant and beach bars do not cost extra. However, couples can book a private beachfront dinner or dine from the comfort of their room or cottage’s balcony for an additional fee.

All-inclusive rates at Keyonna Beach Resort start around $440 per night for double occupancy.

The Escape at Nonsuch Bay

Freetown, Antigua

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Best for: Adults looking for a private, romantic setting.

Why stay here: This secluded adults-only resort has private plunge pools in every suite.

This contemporary adults-only resort sits in a secluded section of the larger Nonsuch Bay Resort complex on the east coast of Antigua.

Here, there are just 40 pool suites, each of which measures 600 square feet and features a clean, minimalist design with teak and white furnishings; each has a bathroom with a deep soaking tub that opens onto a large outdoor deck with a plunge pool. Guests have a choice of bay or garden views.

Dining options include gourmet Caribbean or international fare at Drift Restaurant & Bar. The hotel can also arrange private dinners inside suites, by the main pool, on the resort’s dock or elsewhere on the property for a fee. The resort even offers the option to enjoy a meal from your suite’s pool via a floating tray or sushi boat (but extra charges apply).

As for activities, The Escape offers kayaking excursions on the bay, nature walks with a local guide and outdoor yoga classes; in-room spa treatments — including a flower-filled soak in the bath — are available for an additional fee.

All-inclusive rates at The Escape at Nonsuch Bay start around $620 per night for double occupancy.

St. James’s Club Antigua

St. Paul’s, Antigua

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Best for: Travelers who appreciate a non-chain hotel but still want all the amenities and benefits of a large resort.

Why stay here: At this property, you’ll enjoy a long list of amenities, including six pools and numerous land and water sports, plus sunrise and sunset water views.

On a 100-acre ribbon of land straddling two gorgeous bodies of water — Mamora Bay and St. James Bay — on Antigua’s southeastern coast, St. James’s Club Antigua offers all the conveniences of a megaresort without the cookie-cutter appearance of a chain hotel.

The resort comprises 242 accommodations — rooms, suites and villas. All come with private balconies or terraces and traditional decor like wicker furnishings, vibrant textiles and tile floors.

After a restful night’s sleep, guests can spend their days on the property’s two beaches, where they can kayak, windsurf, snorkel, paddleboard and sail. Or, visitors can swim and sunbathe at the six pools, including one for adults and another for kids.

There are also four tennis courts, three pickleball courts, a fitness center, a kids club for guests ages 4 to 12 and a spa with an outdoor treatment pavilion overlooking Mamora Bay. (Spa treatments are not part of the all-inclusive package.)

For meals, choose from seven on-site restaurants, six of which don’t cost extra. The Rainbow Garden Restaurant features international and Caribbean dishes served a la carte and buffet-style. The casual Beach Grill serves burgers, grilled bites and more. The menu at The Docksider includes Caribbean-inspired cuisine and weekly theme nights. Piccolo Mondo, the resort’s upscale Italian restaurant, charges a $40 fee per person.

All-inclusive rates at St. James’s Club Antigua start around $499 per night for double occupancy.

Cocos Hotel

St. John’s, Antigua

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Best for: Amorous couples who want a tech-free getaway.

Why stay here: Those looking to ignite some passion in their relationship, whether it’s brand new or decades old, without distractions will appreciate Cocos Hotel’s approach to lodging.

Only 35 wooden cottages are available on this lush property on Antigua’s west coast, allowing for privacy and seclusion amid nature.

There are no TVs in the rooms so you can concentrate on your partner. The views and locations of the cottages vary. However, they all feature open-air designs, private balconies with hammocks and Adirondack chairs, outdoor showers and king-size, four-poster beds. Some also feature plunge pools.

The resort’s all-inclusive rates cover three meals a day at the open-air restaurant with ocean views, plus drinks, taxes and gratuities. The eatery’s rotating menu leans heavily Caribbean and serves as much locally sourced produce and freshly caught fish as possible. Dinner is often set to live local music. Private beach dinners, room service and floating canapes in your private plunge pool are also available for an extra fee.

Beyond food, drinks and accommodations, you’ll enjoy the sun-splashed beach (with loaner kayaks and snorkeling gear), the intimate pool and weekly outdoor yoga classes with the resort’s all-inclusive package.

There’s also an on-site spa with two treatment rooms (one is specifically for couples), though services cost extra. The property does offer some classes like steel-pan drumming, cooking and water aerobics, too. However, things are generally rather low-key here, allowing couples to reconnect in a tranquil setting.

All-inclusive rates at Cocos Hotel start at around $547 per night for double occupancy.

Blue Waters Resort & Spa

Cedar Grove, Antigua

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Best for: Families, friends and couples looking for a meal plan package at a resort that’s not all-inclusive.

Why stay here: Vacationers in search of a relaxing beach getaway without a ton of people and other resorts nearby will likely enjoy this boutique property.

In a cove on the island’s north shore along Soldier’s Bay and away from other hotels, Blue Waters appeals to those who may not want the full-blown, all-inclusive resort experience. Instead of only offering all-inclusive rates, the property has an optional all-inclusive meal plan, giving guests the best of both worlds.

The sprawling 17-acre property is well-manicured, with accommodations occupying several low-rise buildings and villas, so guests can feel secluded if they prefer.

All 85 rooms, suites and stand-alone homes are modern, featuring neutral tones with pops of blue in the art and accent linens. They range in size and layout, though all have furnished balconies or patios, stocked minifridges, flat-screen TVs and coffee makers. Select upgraded spaces also offer semi-private or fully private pools, airport transfers and concierge service.

When it’s time to eat, you can visit any of the three Caribbean- and French-focused restaurants (though certain items from a special “Connoisseur’s Chocie” menu at the Cove Restaurant come with a surcharge). The meal plan also covers most drinks, including those served at the two bars.

An array of activities and facilities are complimentary for meal plan guests. You can enjoy nonmotorized water sports like windsurfing and kayaking, play tennis, use the kids club, and enjoy various wellness and culinary activities available daily. There are three small white sand beach areas and three swimming pools open to all guests, plus a spa with a range of fee-based treatments using Elemis products.

All-inclusive rates at Blue Waters Resort & Spa start around $543 per night for double occupancy.

The Inn at English Harbour

English Harbour, Antigua

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Best for: Those looking for a luxury property with a bed-and-breakfast ambiance.

Why stay here: Consider The Inn at English Harbour if you’re aiming to avoid the stereotypical Caribbean all-inclusive experience.

This small 28-room inn is set on 19 beautiful beachfront acres on Antigua’s south coast. It boasts all kinds of facilities, including an infinity pool, spa, two restaurants, a gym and two well-kept tennis courts — not to mention a stunning stretch of white sand dotted with swaying hammocks.

Accommodations are either suites or beachfront cabanas. They feature traditional decor accented with various objects and artworks that the property’s owners brought from China, Bali, the Middle East and Africa. Each room measures at least 430 square feet, providing ample space for guests to stretch out during their stays. (Guests must be at least 10 years old to stay here.)

While the inn is not a true all-inclusive resort, it offers an all-inclusive meal package that comes with daily breakfast and either lunch or dinner. This is ideal for those looking for a little more flexibility to perhaps leave the property to try a few local restaurants.

The rate also covers the use of clear-bottomed kayaks, paddleboards, pedal boats, laser sailboats and snorkeling gear; it also covers a weekly tour of the on-site organic garden that supplies the restaurants and a water shuttle to Nelson’s Dockyard.

All-inclusive rates at The Inn at English Harbour start around $800 per night for double occupancy.

Hammock Cove Antigua

Willikies, Antigua

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Best for: Adults who want all the luxury touches and appreciate fine food.

Why stay here: One of the island’s newest resorts, Hammock Cove Antigua hits all the luxury standards and then some, especially going the extra mile with the food and the service.

Opened in 2019 next to Devil’s Bridge National Park on Antigua’s northeast coast, Hammock Cove Antigua offers a dose of sophistication. Its adults-only, all-inclusive aspect only adds to its allure.

Each of the 41 modern, 1,080-square-foot villas features sweeping ocean views, a vaulted ceiling, a spacious bathroom with a double shower, and an expansive furnished deck with a plunge pool and an outdoor bar. Additionally, every room is assigned an “ambassador” who guests can call at any time of day to fulfill practically any need or request.

You’ll find exceptional service outside the rooms, too. Staff on the sugary-white, sandy beach are at the ready with umbrellas, cold drinks and a full food menu; they’ll even wade into the water to bring you a cocktail as you relax on a floating ring in the ocean. Kayaks, paddleboards and sailboats are also on hand, and snorkeling is a popular activity, thanks to the thriving reef just offshore.

If you tire of the beach, cool off in the three-tiered infinity pool that overlooks the ocean, pamper yourself at the full-service spa (extra charges apply) or grab a drink from one of four bars — which range from a beach shack to a rum hideout to a cushy library lounge.

The resort’s gastronomy is particularly impressive. In addition to weekly cooking classes with the executive chef, guests can dine in the two on-site restaurants, which make everything to order. Irina’s Bistro is more casual with bistro-style bites, while the Lighthouse Restaurant is a fine dining spot serving three-course dinners with mains such as lobster, steak, rack of lamb and fresh fish.

On Fridays, guests can enjoy a beach barbecue with live steel-drum music.

All-inclusive rates at Hammock Cove Antigua start around $1,141 per night for double occupancy.

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