Antigua and Barbuda: Hotels
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Places to stay in Antigua and Barbuda
Antigua offers a variety of places to stay to suit everybody's requirements. Most visitors stay on the north west coast and around English Harbour to the south where there are great beaches, plenty of water sports and things to do during the day and entertainment at night. Barbuda also has a small amount of budget accommodation as well as a resort on the beach. Antigua has room only accommodation, self catering cottages and apartments, villas and apartments to rent privately or through agents as well as a wide range of budget to exclusive hotels and resorts. Antigua used to be an expensive holiday destination but global recession has affected the tourist industry and good value deals are now on offer. Many hotels are now offering summer rates (off peak) throughout the year. Normally rates in the peak winter season are 40-50% more expensive than summer rates. Antigua does have a quiet period anywhere between June to November when some hotels, bars and restaurants close and Antigua is generally quieter. This may appeal to some visitors as the popular beaches are less crowded and hotel rates and prices are cheaper. Rates quoted for accommodation should be checked to see if they include the government tax (VAT) and the service charge. These surcharges also apply to dining out. You should check the rate of VAT and service charge at the time of booking as they vary from season to season. Antigua, like most of the tropical islands in the Caribbean, does have a mosquito problem so bring repellent. Most hotels and resorts in Antigua have a strict no smoking policy and a minimum period of stay so do check when booking.
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Hotels and Resorts in Antigua
Antigua has a wide range of hotels and resorts throughout the island at prices to suit your budget and life style. If you require room only, semi inclusive or all inclusive, there are several hotels and resorts offering these options. Most hotels and resorts are located on or very near to a beach so that beach activities and water sports are readily available generally at no extra cost. The hotel staff are local Antiguans and are naturally friendly and welcoming, they will be only too pleased to make recommendations for your stay and suggest places to visit. When deciding which hotel or resort you wish to stay at, the following need to be checked;
- are children catered for, as some hotels and resorts are strictly couples only
- make sure your room has a good view, bearing in mind direct sea views and on the beach accommodation will come with a premium
- are physically disabled persons provided for as some hotels and resorts do not have lifts and others have awkward access
- depending on which time of year you visit Antigua, check that your accommodation has air conditioning
- make sure that the hotel or resort provides the in house facilities you wish to use on your holiday eg internet and if sports equipment is supplied or hired
- do make sure that you are quoted rates which include government tax, which varies and service charge which can also vary. Many hotels and resorts include tax, service charge and gratuities in their rates
- finally, establish what else is provided for in the rates e.g. all inclusive rates may include all meals, drinks, use of water sports and in house recreational facilities such as tennis and the gym.
- check out the entertainment programme
Don't forget to shop around as Antiguan hotels and resorts are heavily discounting rates and are giving attractive offers to maintain occupancy especially during these difficult economic times. Please note most hotels, resorts and restaurants in Antigua have a strict no smoking policy.