The Inn at English Harbour – Antigua

With just 29 rooms and suites, the upmarket Inn at English Harbour is perfect for those looking to escape to a secluded hotel with the traditional look and feel of the Caribbean as well as a convenient location from which to explore Antigua’s history and lively local spots.  

The authenticity of this boutique hotel is evident from first arrival to reception housed in an historic building along with the Stone bar, lounge and Terrace restaurant. With stunning views by day and magically fairy-lit at night, it’s the perfect spot for al fresco drinks and dining, overlooking the accommodation in a host of cottages below as well as the sparkling turquoise sea. 

Cottage interiors are modern with a traditional Caribbean twist, featuring queen-size beds, cane furniture, marble floors and private balconies or patios leading directly onto the sand. Larger suites located closer to the infinity pool include mahogany four-posters, objets d’art collected from around the world, minibars and espresso machines. Penhaligon toiletries in all bathrooms reinforce the quietly sophisticated ambience of the hotel. 

The Italian influence, from the owner-managing family, is also evident in the hilltop Terrace restaurant’s menu which offers an excellent range of Italian and Caribbean-inspired cuisine created by chef Antonio. The hotel’s organic garden also provides many of the ingredients used, along with resident chickens for eggs and meat.  

More casual dining as well as cocktails are on offer at the Reef restaurant on the beach which again draws heavily on Italian influences, with a flash of Caribbean spice. Guests on the pre-booked dinner plan can have lunch instead of dinner at the Reef. 

Elsewhere in the expansive 19-acre grounds are floodlit tennis courts with a pavilion, an intimate library, small gym and spa. The hotel has paddleboards, transparent kayak, catamarans and a hydrobike all readily available for use by guests on the beach. That’s Galleon’s Beach, on Freemans Bay, from which you can snorkel among spectacular marine life, admire the smaller yachts that come to moor up in peace, or simply stroll along for views across to Montserrat and maybe even a chance to spot turtles.  

The Inn is just minutes from a whole host of vibrant bars, restaurants and shops – the centre of historic Nelson’s Dockyard is a speedy two-minute water shuttle from the Inn’s jetty taking guests directly to the bustle of English Harbour itself. 

The majority of guests are couples, although over Christmas and in the school holidays families with children over the age of ten do also come to enjoy the Inn’s unique take on Antiguan luxury and a small number of rooms can be interconnected.  

Suite Exterior
Gardens and pool
Suite Exteriors

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