Nelsons Dockyard is the only surviving Georgian naval dockyard in the world. It has a museum and several other restored buildings which stand as a memorial to Admiral Horatio Nelson and the Royal Navy who used it for many years during the Caribbean wars with the French, Dutch and Spanish during the 18th and 19th centuries.
It is part of the national park where you can go hiking through wooded valleys and past old fortifications.
It is also the home of the leading yacht charter companies and headquarters for the Antigua Sailing week.
Whilst I am here during low season there are still some beautiful yachts around in English and Falmouth harbours.
My holiday in Antigua started off with 5 days at the Gunpowder Suites at the Admirals Inn at Nelsons Dockyard, English Harbour.
The 4 suites are situated 500 yards from the main inn with a fabulous infinity pool and restaurant / bar called Boom.
The views from the suites are fantastic of the harbour and dockyard area. We are here at the start of the low season and the yachts and boats are amazing during racing weeks.
Jumby Bay has a fantastic watersports centre catering to all levels of experience
Those who know me well will know I love a bath !
Well I just had to try out my outside bath at 4 o’clock this afternoon before I left in the pleasant temperature of 28 degrees with a lovely breeze – it was heavenly !
Jumby Bay has a novel way of advising staff that you do not want to be disturbed – just hang the sea shells on your outside door and no one will bother you
After a 5 minute transfer from the airport and 7 minutes by boat I arrived at the beautiful Jumby Bay, one of the most desirable hideaways in the Caribbean. I have long wanted to visit – unfortunately it’s only a 1 night stay but enough time to gets a real feel of the island.
Jumby Bay is made up of 40 hotel suites and 18 private villas. I’m privileged to have a pool suite which also has an indoor and outdoor shower with a fantastic outdoor bath !
A schedule of daily activities, along with special events and other announcements is included with morning papers so you can chill out and relax or take part in a game of croquet, snorkelling trips or a game of tennis.
There is a fitness centre and a Sense by Rosewood Spa.
I spent a night recently at The Inn at English Harbour in Antigua and what a fantastic experience it was.
One of the Caribbean’s luxury resorts and exclusive Antigua boutique resort on a beach side five star location in English Harbour, it offers luxury accommodation for the discerning traveler seeking privacy and seclusion in a contemporary setting.
You can unwind in a hammock on the beach, or enjoy free activities including the fitness centre, pool, tennis, kayaking or snorkeling.
Next week I am heading off to Antigua,Barbuda and Anguilla for 7 nights on a trip to investigate what there is to do on these beautiful islands.
I will be visiting, dining and staying at some amazing hotels during my time there so keep posted to my blog for some great information and photos.
The following week I have been invited by Rosewood Hotels to stay at the amazing Rosewood Jumby Bay and Little Dix Bay on Virgin Gorda, one of the British Virgin Islands.
At the moment my itinerary is being finalised and will also include Peter Island and Biras Creek part of the British Virgin Islands.
Off to Edinburgh today for a meeting at the Missoni Hotel with Joanne who represents the wonderful JG Collection of Hotels and later on dinner at the Nira Caledonia Hotel with Caribtours and The Private Travel Company.