With $200 in dining and spa credits, plus a bottle of sparkling wine awaiting your arrival, you'll find romance in paradise at this Antigua beach hotel.
Antigua still trades heavily on its roots as a West Indies base for the British Navy, offering more lobster soup, cricket matches, and sailing regattas than you'd expect to find in this, the "Heart of the Caribbean." Of the region's 7,000 islands, Antigua offers the highest quality of life for its 80,000 residents--and occasional dignitaries--who still flock to the Saturday-morning markets in the shadow of St. John the Divine Cathedral to swap handmade and hand-grown goods. From the rocky cliffs lined with sugarcane to the white-sand beaches that kiss the pastel-green sea, Antigua is from top to bottom a tropical tour de force.
Bold buds bloom on wiry branches and clusters of flowers billow over the top of each other at the colonial-style Sugar Ridge Hotel. The drapes around the four-poster king-size bed in your guest room blow in the island breeze while cocktails beside the resort's infinity pool await. Relaxation finds a home on palm-lined beaches or the on-site Aveda Concept Spa. The hotel's restaurant, The Sugar Club, has a reputation that extend's beyond the resort walls--its seafood, tapas, and sushi even draws locals to its tables.