Soaking tubs big enough for two and double walk-in showers provide a clue that this beachfront all-inclusive, located less than 20 minutes from the airport on a peninsula just to the southwest of St. John’s Harbour, encourages families to look elsewhere. And while only the Premium Beachfront Suites have those particular romance-inducing amenities, there are other features, such as hideaway tropical dining, that will convince honeymooners and other couples that they have stepped into their own Gauguin landscape. Hence, the most secluded rooms, each with its own plunge pool, are called the Gauguin Cottages. Even among Antigua’s 365 beaches, Galley Bay’s is a visual standout that is longer and less crowded than most. The ocean here can get too rough for swimming, but the beach seldom fails to please for sunsets. Guests with limitless energy can choose from complimentary activities such as tennis, sailing, and stand-up paddleboarding. Or they can save their energy for honeymooning.
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Antigua is not a particularly big island, so Galley Bay is within easy range of just about everything a hotel guest might want to see. In fact, for visitors who don’t mind the occasional bit of choppy water, Adventure Antigua makes it possible to circumnavigate the entire island aboard a speedboat, with stops at Stingray City, Nelson’s Dockyard, and some of Antigua’s 365 beaches. Or for guests whose ideal day on the water does not include full-throttle engine noise and 40-mile-per-hour pounding, Wadadli Cats also cruises along the Antigua shore, under sail. For shoppers, Heritage Cay in St. John’s has all the shops and brands one would expect to find in a cruise-ship port.
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Rooms: 98 rooms, including 46 suites and 13 cottages. From $940 low season, $1,020 high season. Check-in: 3 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options: The convivial Sea Grape restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, but its highlight is the weekly barbecue, accompanied by steel drum music. At the Gauguin Restaurant, every couple dines in a private cabana, although for special occasions, Ismay’s, with its Caribbean fusion menu, is a favorite, too. And for midday bites there’s the Barefoot Grill, the one dining venue where any kind of footwear, or none, is acceptable. As is typical of a laid-back couples resort, the bars and lounges tend to shut down early, around when the restaurants do. But for the determined, the open-air TeePee bar goes till midnight. Spa and gym details: The resort’s Indulge Spa takes its look from the Gauguin cottages, meant to evoke the idyllic natural images the famous painter captured on canvas. It has three massage areas, two of which are open and one air-conditioned. Afterwards, chill out in the open-air relaxation pod or slip into the pool. The air-conditioned fitness room is open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Who’s it for: Couples who are on their honeymoon, or act like they are. (Children under 16 are not permitted.) Our favorite rooms: For honeymooners, it’s a tough choice between the Premium Beachfront Suites, which have big soaking tubs and double walk-in showers, and the Gauguin cottages, which are more private, tucked back among the trees, and have their own plunge pools. Good to know: Because Wi-Fi matters, even to honeymooners, be aware that the only accommodations with it are the Premium Beachfront Suites, although it is free to everyone in the library.
Local artwork and Caribbean furnishings. King beds. Elegant granite baths. Vaulted ceilings. Louvered windows.
Views of the Caribbean Sea and ¾ mile long white sand beach. Free-form pool with waterfall and private plunge pools available. Private terraces and patios. Rooms on the beach.
Wireless Internet access. 32-inch, flat-screen, wall-mounted TVs. iPod and DVD players.
The Indulge Spa—full-service spa with Polynesian features. Indoor or open-air treatment areas. Pevonia Bontanica skincare products. Private in-room treatments. Private spa pool. Hair and Nail Salon.
Seagrape Restaurant—award-winning Caribbean-fusion cuisine. Gaugin Restaurant—alfresco dining just steps from the sea. Ismay’s—gourmet beachfront dining. Barefoot Beach Grill—light fare and cold drinks on the beach or poolside.
TeePee Bar— bar with nightly sunset festivities. Lounge Bar— contemporary cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. Nightly entertainment. Gaugin Bar—romantic setting and rustic charm in the Gaugin restaurant. Ismay’s Bar—garden bar serving local and international wines and spirits in Islay’s Restaurant.
Air conditioned. Cybex weight and cardio equipment. Towels and chilled water.
Snorkeling equipment and instruction complimentary. Non-motorized water sports such as windsurfing, kayaking, and stand-up Paddle Boarding come included. Certified green by Green Globe International.
Located in one or two-story buildings on the beach, these spacious rooms feature walk-in closets, bathrooms with showers and large beach patios with beach showers. Guests can walk straight out onto the sand from the lower level rooms, whilst upper floor rooms boast spectacular views of the Caribbean Sea.
Premium Beachfront Suites
These beachfront suites are adorned with tropical photographs, granite and acacia wood furnishings. Step down into the sunken living room with sofa and open the floor-to-ceiling sliding doors. Bedrooms come with 400-thread-count sheets and cozy throws on king beds.
Located close to the lagoon, a sanctuary for beautiful native birds and wildlife, these thatched roof cottages are secluded and private. In the bedroom you'll find whitewashed walls, woven bamboo ceilings, louvered windows and terra-cotta tile. Rooms have individually controlled air conditioning units. Across the breezeway is a bath equipped with a shower and dressing area, as well as a beach shower. Rooms include coffee maker, concealed patio, and adjoining private plunge pool.