HI - again
I posted yesterday but fear the length of my post / question put all you knowledgable antiguans and holidayer off?? Hope not - so I'll try again and hope some responses and advice pours in - please!
My wife, daughter (22yrs) and I had a great holiday last Jan / Feb at the Southern Palms, on the edge of St Laurence Gap in Barbados.
We are planning to go to the Carrib again this Jan/Feb and ideally would like to repeat the Southern Palms experience on Antigua…you know see the world, try new places… but we are struggling… and would appreciate all advice, guidance and help.
What we liked about Southern Palms :-
Enough quality at the right cost
We had a junior suite (2nd floor, balcony, ocean view, small kitchen if needed).
Right on a lovely beach.
2/300 yards walk to plenty of restaurants, few shops, deli, few bars and perhaps a the odd bit of easy entertainment.
Not All-In (not really us) but Hotel facilities there on a self selection basis – we had breakfast, the occasional meal, used bar and of course pools etc.
Mainly private bookings – not plane loads of tours in from one country or package.
Ideally we like that sort of set up an experience on Antigua - is it easily possible?? -as I say we are struggling.
Currently all our research guides, net, TA, brochures etc is not giving us either the area feel or accommodation.
A lot seem All-in but we like the variety of dining out when we fancy. And we seem to get the picture that a lot of the accommodation we sort of short list is not really near anywhere much (we think?)or needs a taxi.
Our short list (to give you some clues where our meandering has lead so far was (we seem to not have convinced ourselves of any of them? - hence this) seemed to give us the choice of area as either St Johns/Dickinson Bay or English Harbour (is there anywhere else to consider?)
Accommodation on the short list was
Antigua Village – but seemed a collection of not inspiring condos with no hotel centre and ? near anywhere?
Blue Water - all in (not for us ideally) - mainly (else dear?) and location/ beach?
Inn on English Harbour – seemed to be a $10 taxi ride from anything else.
Apologies this is rather lengthy but as you can see struggling is the word.
We would very much appreciate any help, descriptions, advice, guidance from those of you who know or have experienced Antigua, whether or not you can compare it to our Barbados let alone Southern Palms experience.
We look forward to all your advice views and recommendations.
NB we are getting a bit perturbed by all the references to mozzies – my wife attracts bites – only got one or two in Barbados – is it as bad as some make