Synonymous with pristine beaches, sparkling turquoise waters and refreshingly laidback living, the Caribbean is an ever-popular choice for a tropical escape. While visitors are certainly spoiled for choice when it comes to picking the perfect island to stay on, Antigua is a serious contender for a top trip. Picture-perfect shoreline aside, there are lush jungles teeming with wildlife, quintessentially Caribbean villages with houses every colour of the rainbow and interesting history to be found in sites like St John’s and English Harbour – the island also missed the brunt of hurricane Irma, meaning everything is open for business as usual. Moreover, at only eight hours flight from London, Antigua is surprisingly doable for a shorter break.
After a picturesque drive from the airport, all wooden houses, winding roads and wandering livestock – be sure to stop for a photo op at the candy-pink Church of Our Lady of Perpetual Help – we arrive at Carlisle Bay, following a bridge over a koi-filled pond to be greeted at reception with a cool citrus cocktail. Ideal for a laidback island getaway, the resort is elegant yet understated with typical Caribbean-inspired architecture. Each of its chic 82 suites comes with floor-to-ceiling windows and an ocean view, along with a private terrace and day bed. Additionally, Carlisle Bay has recently partnered with luxury swimwear label Heidi Klein, meaning guests can add to their holiday wardrobe at the dedicated Heidi Klein pop-up shack on the beach. No matter how bulging your suitcase, do save room for one of their lovely kaftans or bikinis.