12 Best All-Inclusive Resorts in Antigua

Written by Carri Wilbanks & Becca Blond
Jan 13, 2021

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When you just don't want to worry about how much you'll end up spending on meals and entertainment on a Caribbean vacation in Antigua, take away the stress by booking an all-inclusive resort. From 5-star luxury at an adults-only retreat with butler service to a family-friendly 3-star property, Antigua has all-inclusive resorts for all budgets and styles of travelers.

This island in the eastern Caribbean is home to 365 beaches (one for each day of the year), and the majority of them are speckled with beachfront resorts. The greatest concentration of all-inclusive resorts and hotels is found on the beaches around the capital city of St. John's, but there are also more remote locations to stay should you want more privacy. Here, we list our top picks for all-inclusive resorts around Antigua.

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1. Jumby Bay Island - an Oetker Collection Hotel

Photo Source: Jumby Bay Island - an Oetker Collection Hotel
Photo Source: Jumby Bay Island - an Oetker Collection Hotel

The most exclusive all-inclusive resort in Antigua, Jumby Bay is where you go to vacation with the rich and famous. Set on its own 300-acre private island right off the coast, it has just 40 ultra luxe rooms and suites, as well as 15 villas. The villas come with private swimming pools and direct ocean views, but regardless of what you book, expect to be treated like royalty.

Amenities here include three different dining options (all meals are included). The Estate House is where to head for a fine-dining experience and is considered one of the top restaurants in the Caribbean. For a more casual meal head to the Jumby Bay Veranda, which serves food all day.

There are also multiple swimming pools and a host of included watersports. If you don't know what you are doing, the staff here can help teach you how to windsurf, sail, or paddleboard. There is also a spa on-site.

Accommodation: Jumby Bay Island - an Oetker Collection Hotel

2. Sandals Grande Antigua Resort & Spa

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Photo Source: Sandals Grande Antigua Resort & Spa

Sandals Grande Antigua Resort & Spa was created for couples, and the adults-only resort definitely has a romantic vibe that attracts a lot of honeymooners. Located on Dickenson Bay, which is considered Antigua's most gorgeous beach, this property includes more than the typical all-inclusive in its rates. Everything from Jet Skis to scuba dives are included, making it popular with active couples.

Accommodation comes in a few different styles. To stay right on the beach, book the Caribbean Beachfront Village with island-style villas on the sand. Regardless of what you book, however, you can expect 5-star luxury, with amenities like butler service and Jacuzzi bathtubs with separate rain showers.

There are 11 different restaurants to choose from serving a range of global cuisine. And at night, you can expect a rotating list of entertainment options, from karaoke to game nights and live music.

Accommodation: Sandals Grande Antigua Resort & Spa

3. Royalton Antigua Resort and Spa - All Inclusive

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Photo Source: Royalton Antigua Resort and Spa - All Inclusive

The 5-star Royalton Antigua Resort and Spa is where to book if you want to stay in an overwater bungalow. Set on stilts over the turquoise sea, these are the ultimate bucket-list romantic sleep.

With direct access into the ocean from your porch, the two-story bungalows feature upper level decks with sun-loungers and jetted infinity swimming pools, while the lower level has an over-the-water hammock. Butler service is also included.

If an overwater bungalow is a little out of your price range, the Royalton has other less expensive rooms and suites to consider. And unlike many of the all-inclusive resorts in Antigua, it doesn't just cater to couples but also welcomes families. There is a kids' club on-site with activities, and parents can also arrange for babysitting if they need a night off.

Other amenities include multiple restaurants that get good reviews for their quality food, swimming pools and hot tubs, fitness classes, a gym, and a range of organized activities for guests to participate in. If you want to arrange a couples massage or other treatment, there is a spa on-site as well (with an extra fee for treatments).

The location in Deep Bay, just a 30-minute drive from the airport, is also convenient.

Accommodation: Royalton Antigua Resort and Spa - All Inclusive

4. Hermitage Bay

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Photo Source: Hermitage Bay

For a laid-back eco-luxe all-inclusive resort experience, check into the 5-star Hermitage Bay resort. Set on the beautiful bay for which it is named, it is on Antigua's southwest coast in a secluded locale that's still convenient - it is about a 30-minute drive to St. John's.

The boutique property has less than 30 rooms. The majority are hillside suites that come with private plunge pools and large wraparound porches. There are also beachfront and garden suites. These have split-level living spaces and outdoor showers.

Everything is included, but dining options are limited to a main restaurant and a poolside grill. The main restaurant focuses on locally sourced produce from its organic farm and also features live music in the evenings. Other amenities include cooking, yoga, pilates, and meditation classes.

Accommodation: Hermitage Bay

5. The Verandah Resort & Spa - All Inclusive

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Photo Source: The Verandah Resort & Spa - All Inclusive

Many of Antigua's all-inclusive resorts are couples only, which makes The Verandah Resort & Spa a top choice if you're traveling with the kids. The family-friendly property offers villa-style accommodations set on a bluff overlooking the sea. There are 186 units, and these have one or two bedrooms and can sleep up to six people.

The property is set on 30 acres on a peninsula on Long Bay in Saint Philip, which is on Antigua's eastern coast. There are plenty of family-friendly experiences here, including an 18-hole mini golf course, windsurfing, and Hobie Cat sailboats that guests can use free of charge. There are also organized activities for kids and teens, like dinner and a movie or dance nights, that give parents some evening alone time.

For dining, chose from an all day buffet, a fine-dining restaurant, and a laid-back beach café.

Accommodation: The Verandah Resort & Spa - All Inclusive

6. Galley Bay Resort & Spa

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Photo Source: Galley Bay Resort & Spa

Located on a thin strip of land with nearly a mile of powdery white-sand beach and a picture-perfect turquoise lagoon on one side and the ocean on the other, the Galley Bay Resort & Spa is an adults-only all-inclusive resort.

This boutique property features spacious rooms and suites with Caribbean decor and vaulted, wood-framed ceilings that give them a bright and contemporary vibe.

Amenities include three open-air restaurants that serve a mix of locally sourced farm-to-table fare, as well as classics like a cheeseburger and fries. There is also a spa with a full range of massage and body treatments focusing on locally sourced, holistic ingredients (there is an extra fee for spa treatments).

There is also excellent snorkeling in the waters around the resort, and the current-free lagoon side is perfect for swimming.

Accommodation: Galley Bay Resort & Spa

7. Nonsuch Bay Resort Antigua

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Photo Source: Nonsuch Bay Resort Antigua

The ocean fronting Nonsuch Bay Resort private beach on Antigua's southeast coast has a deep emerald hue thanks to a lack of sandbars. It is also deep enough for swimming, and there is good snorkeling and even diving opportunities close to shore. The property sits on a hillside that slopes down to the sea, and it is popular with couples and families alike.

Nonsuch has just one restaurant that serves a buffet for breakfast and lunch and then offers a la carte options for dinner. The food is fresh and gets good reviews, however.

There is also plenty to keep you busy here activity wise. The property has its own fleet of 30 sailboats for guests to use and there is a sailing school on-site should you need instruction. If you aren't into sailing, you can try windsurfing, kitesurfing or paddleboarding. There are also three infinity swimming pools and a small spa on-site.

Accommodation: Nonsuch Bay Resort Antigua

8. Curtain Bluff Resort

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Photo Source: Curtain Bluff Resort

Set between two beaches, one on a quiet lagoon that is great for swimming and snorkeling and the other facing the open ocean, Curtain Bluff Resort is a family-friendly all-inclusive. The property sits on a rocky bluff that juts out into the sea, lending to beautiful views from the 72 rooms and suites. These are spread out along the ocean-facing beach and up the rocky hillside, and they come in a variety of sizes, but all feature Caribbean style decor, comfy beds, patios, and pitched roof ceilings.

There are two restaurants on-site: The Tamarind Tree cooks up breakfast and serves dinner by candlelight, while the Beach Cafe offers laid-back lunches just a few feet from the sand.

A range of activities are offered here, and guests can try their hand at windsurfing, paddleboarding, Hobie Cat sailing, water skiing, and even scuba. There is also a fitness center, squash courts, and a sea-facing swimming pool. If you want to indulge in a massage or a body treatment, the on-site spa is happy to help, although you will pay an extra fee for treatments.

Accommodation: Curtain Bluff Resort

9. Cocobay Resort

Photo Source: Cocobay Resort
Photo Source: Cocobay Resort

If your idea of the perfect romantic vacation includes jaw-dropping sunsets, then you'll want to check out Cocobay Resort. This adults-only, all-inclusive on the island's west coast is set between two white-sand beaches and accommodation in colorful pastel cottages.

Book one of the premium waterfront pool suites for private plunge pools, outdoor tubs, and direct ocean views. They also feature comfy pillow-top mattresses and Egyptian cotton sheets draped in mosquito netting.

Amenities here include a few infinity swimming pools, a restaurant, and wellness activities like yoga classes. There is also a spa that offers couples massages among other treatments for an extra fee.

Accommodation: Cocobay Resort

10. COCOS Hotel Antigua

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Photo Source: COCOS Hotel Antigua

COCOS is an adults-only, couples-only resort (no single guests are accepted). The boutique property sits on a lush hillside between two beautiful white-sand beaches and surrounded by a calm, clear aquamarine sea.

There are just 34 rustic elegant cottages, giving it a very intimate vibe. These all feature large private decks with fabulous ocean views and are outfitted with hammocks and Adirondack chairs. Some of the cottages even feature cliffside infinity pools. There is just one restaurant on-site. It serves a menu of fresh, locally sourced dishes.

Accommodation: COCOS Hotel Antigua

11. St. James's Club & Villas

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Photo Source: St. James's Club & Villas

Set on a pretty 100-acre peninsula, St. James's Club & Villas is a family-friendly all-inclusive resort. The 4-star property has two powdery white-sand beaches and offers a wide array of watersports including snorkeling and diving. The location is also ideal for exploring top Antigua attractions like English Harbour and Nelson's Dockyard.

Accommodation is in contemporary rooms and suites that come in a variety of sizes, including options for families. There is a supervised kids' club on-site, as well as multiple swimming pools, four restaurants, and tennis courts.

Accommodation: St. James's Club & Villas

12. Keyonna Beach Resort Antigua

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Photo Source: Keyonna Beach Resort Antigua

The 3-star Keyonna Beach Resort Antigua offers a more affordable honeymoon option. The couples-only, all-inclusive property sits right on Turner's Beach on the island's southwestern coast and offers a boutique hotel experience.

Accommodation is in romantic cottages just a few feet from the surf and sand. These feature perks like his and hers outdoor showers, private furnished verandas, and four-poster beds. Some also have private plunge pools. There are no TVs in the rooms, but there is Wi-Fi.

Keyonna is also a good choice if you want to escape the crowds and have a more intimate honeymoon or romantic getaway. The beach is secluded and lined with Bali Beds made for two. Each room is assigned their own Bali Bed, so you never have to worry about reserving in advance.

The resort has just one restaurant that serves an a la carte menu with West Indian fare. If you are looking for a lot of dining variety, you'll want to choose one of the larger resorts.

Accommodation: Keyonna Beach Resort Antigua

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