IDYLLIC AND PEACEFUL
Being in the hospitality business ourselves and in desperate need of some R&R, we set out to choose somewhere to chill out for two weeks and picked the perfect place. From the moment we booked and started the dialog with Gaby I knew we had made the right decision. I e-mailed Gaby directly, knowing she, like us, would prefer not to pay expensive commission to a booking agent and got a great rate for our two week stay in December. She made recommendations for car hire via e-mail before we set out and told us how to get to Yepton from the airport.
When we arrived we were met with an ice cold beer which was very welcome as the temperature was around the mid 20's, something we were not acclimatised for being December and freezing in the UK! Gaby then took us to the supermarket to get some provisions and patiently showed us where everything was. On the way home she also gave us a guided tour of St Johns and showed us the best places to eat and to park.
The accommodation was very cosy and had everything we needed. The hammock on the porch was used a great deal watching the sun go down (which it does very early in Antigua -6pm). The darker nights meant we ate, slept and got up earlier than we anticipated but that was fine.
The location was perfect for us as we wanted somewhere quiet to relax and catch up on some reading. We watched the pelicans dive for fish, the cruise boats going passed on their way into St Johns and the humming birds flitting around the porch on their way to their next feed. Paradise. The two beaches within walking distance were the icing on the cake. We did hire a car for a week and explored all around the island.
Our list of must sees would include Nelsons Dockyard and Shirley Heights. Half Moon Bay on the other side of the island, with its rather creepy derelict ex 5 star resort, hit by a hurricane and never re-built is apparently where they filmed some of the Pirates of the Caribbean.
We also had a fabulous lunch at Jacqui 'O's just passed Jolly Harbour which has the most idyllic setting right on the beach and fantastic seafood, where, after lunch, you are welcome to use their private beach and loungers to chill!
All in all we would not hesitate in recommending anyone to stay with Gaby and Douglas. They are perfect hosts and it was a pleasure to have met them.
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