A Little Slice Of Paradise
Our stay in Antigua began on 3rd August 2013. Unbeknown to us, so did the Carnival. The airport was packed! (2 hours to get through immigration.)
Once outside we headed to Jolly Harbour in a pre-arranged (thanks to Joy & Milton) taxi.
Joy – who could not be more aptly named – greeted us at the door of the Villa. It was then that our holiday began.
The Villa has everything you require. It’s contemporary in every way; the low comfortable beds, modern kitchen, and beautiful deck; complete with plunge pool, veranda, and stylish sun loungers. The pictures could not do the Villa justice, with its clean lines, spacious design, and an ambience of complete calm.
Joy & Milton have covered everything; stocking the fridge with an array of goods, an iPod dock, a hard drive full of movies connected to the TV, deck chairs (complete with umbrella) for the beach, and a mobile phone with their number.
The beach is stated as being a 3-minute walk. If you got lost, you’d still get there sooner. In the morning, looking out of the master bedroom, you see the azure waters breaking on pure white sand – need I say more?
The Harbour has everything you need; the supermarket is a short stroll, several restaurants – Castaways and The Crows Nest – are within walking distance, both serve a variety of meals to a good standard. For the best local cuisine, you have to venture out. Miracle’s does a Curry Chicken Roti to die for. OJ’s Red Snapper is a must, and head to Dennis’ for an island renowned Curry Goat.
We didn’t do much sight seeing, but with two young kids and a desire for rest and relaxation, we spent most days at the beach, or on the Villa’s beautiful deck. We did, visit Barbuda, which could be the most tranquil place on earth (population 1,500)
On Sunday we went to Shirley Heights. There’s a weekly event, with a steel band, BBQ, and stunning views of the island and English Harbour. When dusk draws in, the steel band cease their rhythmic percussion and the Reggae Band take to the stage; a fantastic evening. One thing that makes Antigua such a great place is the people - everyone has a story, as rich and diverse as the island itself. It took us a while (being from London) to stop feeling suspicious when people said “Hello” or “Good morning.” But once we adjusted, it added to the charm.
Overall this review can’t convey the experience Antigua has to offer. It’s a truly magical place. But there’s one thing it has over any other Caribbean island…Joy & Milton.
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