Hello again, it seems ages since I last blogged but its only a week! Must be something to do with being sooooo relaxed!
As I am away on holiday, in Antigua, I thought that I would keep a diary for you all to read! Here goes….
We arrive in beautiful Antigua! After a great flight from London with British Airways we touch down on the island. Its only a short taxi to the final point and the aircraft doors are open! Wow, the heat just hit us both as we walked down the large steps onto the tarmac. It was hot with the sun beaming down and a warm breeze in the air!
We soon cleared customs and a porter at the airport had somehow miraculously picked out our luggage for us, all 6 pieces! How he knew it was ours I don’t know – hmmm?? He escorted us to outside the airport where we met our driver and were chauffeur driven to our hotel – BlueWaters.
Once inside the hotel lobby we were given a refreshing cold towel and a glass of Rum Punch (what else!). Anderson, the hotel manager, greeted us with a warm Caribbean welcome. Next we were taken to our room, or cottage I should say. This was the bit that I was waiting for! The photos looked outstanding on the website but I couldn’t wait to see it in person! So exciting! Turtle Cottage was enclosed in a cute white picket fence with bourganvilla creeping over its top. We opened the small wooden gate and there to meet us was Gwen, our concierge. Gwen gave us the grand tour and what a tour it was! This place was something special. Stunning! The great room was vast and finished to such a high standard. There was everything that we could possibly need on hand too. The master bedroom had the most spectacular view, as did most of the villa to be honest! We had our own private BBQ and area, pool and beach! We were in heaven! We soon unpacked and felt at home.
Our gorgeous bedroom complete with four poster bed!
Stunning view from Turtle Cottage.
After quite an early night – Jet lag of course! – we had an early wake and headed down to the main part of the hotel for breakfast. It was a feast. Everything that you could have wished for was there, omelettes, fruit, pancakes, champagne, cereals and much more! Breakfast is our favourite meal of the day!
After breakfast we headed back to Turtle Cottage to relax by the pool. We love having the privacy of our own pool and the 180 degree view was great for creating a warm breeze.
How lovely this was, listening to the birds and the sea lapping at the beach down below us. Perfect. After lunch Nicky showed me how to play chess. I have never played in my life and he was teaching me which part could move where and so on. Once I thought I had the hang of it we kicked off my first ever game! Ok so Nicky did some 4 move special and had me in check mate as fast as I could blink, but hey, this was my first ever game! I think it was a little mean of him to play so hard straight away! Our second game, however, was a different story, I beat him! OK so he gave me a few little tips and probably missed a couple of vital moves that he could have made to beat me but I STIL WON!! That evening we ate at Bartley’s, one of the hotel restaurants. It was lovely, Italian food, but Nicky was almost asleep at the table. Home to bed for another early night!
Wake up time was a little better today, we were getting into the swing of Caribbean time, and we started our day with a Pilates session. We set up in the great room and had my favourite Pilates DVD on! Even just ten minutes of this and I can feel that i’ve worked out. Today we just chilled by the beach and pool, taking in the fresh sea air. We played my second game of chess over afternoon tea – very quintessentially English! We spent our evening at The Cove restaurant with a setting on the rocks over the bay. Beautiful.
It was time to see a little of the island, after breakfast we set off for English Harbour. English Harbour takes its name from the fact that the British Navy established its base of operations for the area during the eighteenth century. It is a wonderful historic sight full of sail boats and yachts. After our walk around the most famous part of the harbour, Nelsons Dockyard, we headed down to Pigeon beach for a bite to eat. We were booked at a place called Catherine’s, which was a spot that I can only describe as ‘Ibiza meets the Caribbean’. Such a chilled vibe. The food was delicious, mostly French with a Spanish twist! Something different!
Today was my cousin’s birthday back in the UK so I decided to write a message in the sand and send the photograph to her – she thought this was quite cute and original!
What a canvas!
Whilst walking along the beach I spotted some shells being washed up with, what looked like, beads attached to them. It was some kind of seaweed that had grown onto the shells. I found a way of using them a fashion accessories! New shoulder tassels….Michael Jackson style!
Strike a pose!
This evening we went to the famous ‘Shirley Heights’ Sunday party. Overlooking English and Falmouth Harbour, the amazing panoramic view takes in its neighbouring islands of Guadalupe and Montserrat. This is the home to the most happening parties on the island. Steel bands playing, rum punch being served and the smell of a bbq in the air. That’s all before you even look at the view! Hundreds of people gather to watch the sunset. Its like Antigua’s answer to Cafe del Mar in Ibiza. Once the sun goes down, the live band kicks in and the party really gets going. We were lucky enough to see a whale in the sea just off of the cost below, I could not believe it!
What a view!
We experienced a cloudy day today, a little overcast, but to be honest is was much welcomed. The weather here is divine but boy is it hot! A day with intervals of sun was quite refreshing. Just relaxing by the pool, catching up on some gossip in my magazines and totally resting. We extended the relaxation into the evening and had room service! Yes I know, but room service here is unlike most other room services. We have the ‘great room’ with a table fit for eight people to dine from. Candles burning, music playing softly in the background, looking outside to a million stars in the clear sky…..so romantic!
Our day started with our regular trip to the gym before breakfast, we are so disciplined! ha ha! We followed with a trip to the Island’s capital, St Johns. Many souvenirs to buy from conch shells to cigars, T-shirts to Caribbean Rum. Our driver, Chamouy, was fantastic he gave us a whole history lesson on the island including soaking up the atmosphere of the back streets. He seemed to know everyone in town.
There was a cruise liner in today so the place was a little busy but this just added to the atmosphere. Everybody on the Island is so friendly, its nice to just talk to the locals and hang out!
Stretching out after the gym!
I hope that you have enjoyed my first week in Antigua as much as I have. Believe me it is total paradise and I will definitely be returning. All of the staff are so friendly and nothing is too much for them. You couldn’t ask for any better!
I’ll catch up with you again next week for the second instalment of my Antiguan Diary……
Until then, take care.
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