Are you dreaming of a honeymoon with gently-swaying palm trees, stunning powder-soft sand and turquoise, clear waters? Well as soon as you step off the plane in Antigua, that’s exactly what you get. Yes – paradise is real, people!
A 40-minute drive through the lush landscape dotted with colourful houses and we arrived at the delightfully laid back Keyonna Beach Hotel. As soon as we stepped into the open-air beachfront lounge we were greeted with a smile, a cocktail and a quick walk around the incredible bijou beauty.
The boutique hotel features four beachfront plunge pool cottages, 12 beach-view cottages, eight beach house rooms plus a fab swimming pool all topped off with elegant colonial furnishings. We stayed in a beautiful beach-view cottage with seriously romantic outdoor his ‘n’ hers showers, a king-sized four poster bed, veranda and air-conditioning. The absence of television and radio made us sink into island life almost instantly.
The beautiful beach-view cottage
The resort is all-inclusive and offers breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner as well as a fully-stocked in-room minibar. We couldn’t get enough of the authentic Caribbean flavours – highlights included the coconut bread for breakfast, the jerk chicken for lunch and sensational king fish for dinner.
However, the icing on the (already incredible tasty cake) has to be the beachside setting. All the rooms are positioned with a view of the sea – and what a view it is! Our cottage was situated right by Turner’s Beach, a secluded long, white bay with gorgeous views of the calm Caribbean waters, and the softest white sand in the world (fact). To top it off the hotel is equipped with private Carib beach beds (yes that’s right – a bed on the beach!) where you can relax with your new husband and listen to nothing but the gentle ebb and flow of the sea. We didn’t even need to move to get drinks – as soon as our throats got a teensy bit dry a rum cart trundled along to serve us a potent Piña Colada!
The open-air restaurant at Keyonna Beach
Not sounding relaxing enough? There are also fantastic beachside bi-weekly yoga classes and amazing massages on offer to alleviate all that wed-stress.
If you fancy a bit more activity, Antigua has a whole load to offer. An almost unbroken, offshore reef surrounds the island, which is perfect for exploring either by snorkel or scuba. If you prefer to stick to dry land, take a guided tour and visit hotspots such as Nelson’s dockyard and the atmospheric cricket stadium!
The amazing view from Shirley Heights
• Dancing to steel drums and partying with the locals on Sunday night at Shirley Heights.
• A honeymooners breakfast in your room at Keyonna Beach. Complete with traditional saltfish, bakes and fizz!
• A stop off at the Keyonna’s (equally beautiful) sister resort – Cocos Hotel.
• Getting a great big cuddle from a stingray (yep, really) at stingray city.
For more info on Keyonna Beach visit keyonnabeachresortantigua.com
We booked our trip with Kuoni who offer 7 nights in a beach house standard room from £1,569 per person including flights. Flights based on British Airways from Gatwick. Includes one complimentary 30-minute massage per person.
Book now at kuoni.co.uk.
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