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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Skip the Glitz in Antigua

The Caribbean getaway known for pricey resorts and celebrity homes also hides plenty of bargains and authentic island flavor.


1. Where to Stay

The Stoneyhill Studio Apartments are among the island's best inexpensive, non-resort properties.  

Avoid the crowds of the resort-heavy areas at the Stoneyhill Studio Apartments (from $95; three-night minimum), made up of three simply furnished cottages, with kitchens and a shared pool, tucked away on the island’s quiet southwestern side. You’ll need to rent a 4x4 to navigate the dirt track leading here, but the individual verandas overlooking two beaches and rolling hills are a worthy payoff.

Stay in view of Giorgio Armani’s villa without paying premium prices at the Galley Bay Cottages (starting at $155), a handful of charmingly shabby, West Indian–style wooden homes that catch nice breezes from their hilltop positions but are only a three-minute walk from the beach. All cottages offer kitchens and views of the Caribbean, but book the two-bedroom Spice Cottage for the most space.

Find the beach right outside your front door at the Catamaran Hotel (from $170), where the second-floor rooms feature four-poster beds and better views of the sea and nearby marina. The fourteen brightly decorated rooms do have small kitchens, but there’s also a fine selection of restaurants a few minutes away in English Harbour.

Published on Jan 31, 2013 as a web exclusive.

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