Friday, 3 August 2012 1:35 PM
If you're planning to jet off to the Caribbean for your next holiday, you might need some help deciding where to stay. After all, there are hundreds of resorts dotted across the numerous island nations in this part of the world, each boasting varied facilities.
The first thing to do, therefore, is decide which island you want to stay on. Antigua is an excellent choice – here are just a few reasons why:
• There are 365 beaches dotted along the isle's coast, so you'll never be short of a spot to sunbathe in.
• It's the largest English-speaking destination in the Leeward Islands.
• There's plenty to discover, with numerous towns and cities situated on the coast, while the island's interior is largely comprised of lush, green vegetation.
• Active travellers will love the array of sports there is to try – with everything from sailing and scuba diving to hiking and kayaking on offer.
Once you're sold on the idea of spending your holiday in Antigua, your next task will be to narrow down where to stay, which could be equally tricky given the number of luxury resorts the isle is home to.
Below are a few tips to help you find the right resort for your needs – and to ensure you get a good deal!
This is particularly important if you will be booking an all inclusive holiday in Antigua, as you'll want to make sure you get the most for your money. Be certain to check whether drinks, as well as meals, are part of the price, while it can also be handy to find out how many restaurants or bars a resort has. After all, it can be nice to have a bit of choice over where you dine each day.
The facilities at each location should also be high on your list of things to look out for. If you love getting active on a getaway, pick a resort that has a water sports centre where you can try things like sailing, windsurfing and scuba diving without having to pay extra. Some hotels also feature gyms, tennis courts and swimming pools, so it's worth choosing somewhere that will cater for your interests.
At the other end of the scale, a resort with an onsite spa will be ideal if you want a relaxing break in the sunshine.
Think about the beaches
There are no private beaches in Antigua, so even if a resort is located right next to a gorgeous strip of sand, there's no guarantee it won't fill up throughout the day with tourists and locals, depending on where it is.
However, there are some hotels that have chosen their position carefully, so as to make the most of the natural attractions and ensure guests still feel like they've got a little slice of paradise all to themselves. Alternatively, you could seek out a resort with some spectacular pools boasting seaside views, so you can enjoy a bit more privacy as you bathe but will never be far from the beach.
Find a top deal
Staying in a luxurious resort doesn't have to cost the earth, especially if you shop around to find a good deal. Many of the hotels in Antigua run special offers, some of which are seasonal and others that are valid the whole year round.
These promotions vary from a discount off the listed price of a holiday to free room upgrades if you book to stay more than a specified number of nights, so you could end up in more upmarket accommodation than you thought you could afford.