Antigua and Barbuda set to better 2019 figures

Antigua’s fascinating history is on display at the newly opened Weatherills Hotel, a historic 17th century colonial mansion that has been beautifully restored and due to open this November. Credit: Maria Blackman

Caribbean destination Antigua and Barbuda has reported a 140 per cent increase in tourist arrivals compared to this time last year and already on target to supersede visitor numbers reported in 2019, which was one of the best years overall for the destination.

As the twin island nation continues to record a positive recovery in visitor arrivals, optimism lies ahead for 2023 with continuous growth in visits to the destination. 

The new year marks an exciting time for the paradise destination with a choice of stand-out new accommodation options, from boutique all-suite havens and cosy beach clubs to a super luxe villa development and the arrival of one of the coolest hospitality brands.


Antigua’s fascinating history is on display at the newly opened Weatherills Hotel, a historic 17th century colonial mansion that has been beautifully restored and due to open this November. Set within 40 acres of picturesque gardens in the north of the island, the extraordinary property is home to a collection of seven boutique bedrooms. Enriched by an impressive, restored working windmill, guests will enjoy carefully crafted menus in an elegant restaurant and create memories in beautiful spaces for magical weddings, energetic meetings, and sophisticated events. The property is owned by an Antiguan family who are carefully and sensitively restoring the property to take it into a new era in 2023.


Tamarind Hill Beach Club in Antigua, opening this month, is a place where guests can spend long, lost days with their toes in the sand soaking up therapeutic island vibes. Set to be an island hot spot, the beach club occupies a tranquil spot on the water’s edge on Ffryes Beach. 

Offering boundless panoramas of the Caribbean Sea and a laid-back aesthetic throughout, guests can enjoy the beach club’s stylish features including The Clubhouse Café and Bar, The Wild Tamarind Restaurant, an infinity-edge, salt-water swimming Pool; all surrounded by the Tamarind Tree Deck, a huge timber deck that flows on to Ffryes Beach. The Clubhouse will serve breakfast, beverages and light bites throughout the day until sunset and the Wild Tamarind restaurant will offer a selection of international cuisine with Caribbean influences. 

Guests’ needs are anticipated by the expert butler service on hand to provide drinks and food so that the only choice guests need to make is which sunbed to soak up the sun from.



Also opening this month is Nobu Barbuda, which marks Robert De Niro’s first beach club. The remote hideaway – set on the same location at Princess Diana’s favourite getaway – is designed to create a luxury oceanside experience for those seeking privacy, and a relaxed and sophisticated atmosphere.

Five private cabanas are positioned across the stretch of pristine sand, including one with a VIP experience complete with a lounge and private dining. Personal hosts are there to manage guests’ needs. The stylish, intimate setting of the Caribbean style lounge bar offers a retreat where guests can switch from a dip in the sea to sampling Nobu-style dishes featuring local catch and of course, Nobu’s famous miso black cod. 

Next, Nobu plans to launch the Nobu Beach Inn, a boutique hotel, wellness retreat and organic farm next to the restaurant that will break ground soon.



Marking a new generation of boutique-style hotel on the island, the recent opening of Moon Gate Antigua is the perfect choice for free spirited travellers seeking simplicity and luxury combined.

The all-suite boutique hotel and spa offers guests a barefoot inside-outdoor approach to living. Located on Half Moon Bay, tucked into Antigua’s South East coast, known for its breath-taking beauty, the cleverly designed property extends its modern interiors to attached outdoor spaces immersing guests into the sweeping views of the ocean. 

The suites are among the most spacious in Antigua and Barbuda measuring up to 1,000 sq ft in the Penthouse Suites which have their own private plunge pool and kitchen.

Operating an all-inclusive basis, guests can enjoy the luxury of convenience throughout their stay with access to an a la carte restaurant, cocktail lounge, and club house. Whether guests choose to spend the day by the pool, on the beach or in the wellness spa, Moon Gate Antigua provides an idyllic retreat with comfort and elegance at its core.



Located on the west coast of Antigua, Pearns Point is the highly anticipated beach and ocean front development where luxury living meets a place of outstanding natural beauty with green fringed hills, stunning sandy white beaches and endless ocean views. The development pays the utmost respect to the island’s native fauna and flora, utilising natural resources and locally sourced materials wherever possible.

Following the recent completion of the first villa – Pearns Bay House – the new year will see the development of further luxury villas and the Pearns Point Owners Club, which will be at the heart of the community offering a place to socialise, relax and be active. Facilities will include tennis courts, a high-tech fitness centre, a boat jetty, and a beach bar/restaurant.

Both secluded and yet conveniently close to some of the island’s main attractions. The restaurants and shops of Jolly Harbour are just 5 minutes’ drive away, the capital St John’s is just 20 minutes’, whilst the international airport is just 30 minutes.