Sun, sea and sand has long been a remedy for those seeking peace and relaxation, but in Antigua, the beach is just the beginning, and the island boasts a wide range of wellness experiences to restore and rejuvenate.
From working with leaders of the fitness industry, to connecting to the calming Caribbean Sea, or harnessing the restorative properties of raindrops, candles, and essential oils, the island packs a punch for health and well-being.
For a complete break from the pressures of modern-day life, take to the water on a sailing holiday in Antigua with Dream Yacht Charter. Turn off your phone to indulge in a digital detox, then sit back and let the gentle motion of the sea soothe away your stress. On fully equipped catamarans or monohulls, you’ll enjoy the physical benefits of sailing and the exercise that comes from pastimes such as swimming, snorkelling and paddle boarding. The fresh sea air will invigorate you while the sparkling blue seas and stunning scenery will calm and relax you. A sailing holiday will provide the physical and mental well-being that land based holidays simply can’t. Dream Yacht Charter offer bareboat charters for experienced sailors in Antigua, with a fleet of 17 catamarans and 10 monohulls. Prices start from £1,440 for a seven night charter of a three cabin monohull yacht sleeping up to eight people.
Elite Island Resorts Group, a collection of beachfront resorts in the Caribbean, is teaming up with Fat Buddha Yoga founder Jessica Skye once more for a 2019 takeover following the successful launch of the collaboration in July 2018. For five days Jessica Skye will be taking over the resort to pop up on white sands and crystal-clear waters to help guests kick back, re-charge and soak up everything the tropical island has to offer. Alongside a daily double dose of Sunrise and Sunset yoga and hikes to unique locations for yoga practice the resort’s gym and lakeside running trail make it easy for guests on the retreat to continue their own fitness regimes.
Famed for its 365 idyllic beaches, many flock to the Caribbean island of Antigua for a slice of deserted island life. Bringing this experience closer to guests, Wild Lotus Camping is the very first Caribbean glamping company that offers the unique experience of sleeping on one of Antigua’s spectacular palm fringed beaches in the luxury of a sumptuous canvas tent. Against a backdrop of white sand, blue skies, and crystal waters, the tents allow guests to indulge in their very own deserted island fantasy. The tranquil Valley Church Beach, located on the west coast of Antigua, promises quintessential Caribbean views that are often uninterrupted by other travellers, allowing for a feeling of complete peace and solitude, save for the seasonal flurry of hatching turtles.
A cool sanctuary in the Antiguan sunshine, the recently opened Great House is set in a stunning 17th century plantation. Health and well-being are at the very core of the property, and guests can expect a complete wellness overhaul in the form of visiting nutrition lecturers, expert advice from mindful living coaches, a host of meditative and fitness exercises, and a menu of well balanced and healthy foods. Guests have the chance to take part in two wellness activities per day whilst also making the most of the idyllic setting. Armed with advice on nutrition, well-being and fitness regimes, guests are encouraged to continue their learnings when they return home.
Created by a local Antigua boat builder, the shed at Sugar Ridge is one of the top yoga locations on the island. The large podium was completed in 2018 and offers uncompromised views of the turquoise Caribbean seas. Guests at Sugar Ridge now have the chance to incorporate several yoga practices during their stay at the luxurious hotel as well as experiencing other wellness activities such as hiking the surrounding jungles and mountains.
A state-of-the-art gym, Thai massage and yoga resort has just opened in Falmouth Harbour, Antigua. Launched by Shayne Van Beek, a personal trainer, nutritionist and masseuse for six years, the retreat is the island’s first dedicated centre that combines yoga classes, gym sessions, therapy, and nutritional advice.
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A pioneering feminine approach to business, Kat Byles is hosting a retreat in Antigua aimed at women looking to inspire themselves in a business capacity. Yoga and meditation can be enjoyed alongside creative sessions, tutorials, financial advice and the opportunity to brainstorm with like-minded individuals. Inspiration sessions are held in the morning under shady trees at the beautiful beaches or on the terrace of the Villa looking out across expansive the turquoise horizon of the Caribbean Sea. Guests then have some time in the afternoon to relax, swim, read and sunbathe before re-joining the group for a Sunset debrief to consolidate the day.
Flanked by water on both sides, Curtain Bluff sits on a peninsula between two beautiful beaches. The hotel has a tranquil spa which sits just feet from the sea. All four treatment rooms have wide-open views over the water to distant Montserrat, Cades Reef, St. Kitts, Nevis and Redonda. Before treatments, guests can sit outside sipping tea brewed from herbs freshly picked from the spa’s own garden. Packages for 2019 include two complimentary services from the spa menu, a private yoga or Pilates class for two, and a private consultation with the hotel’s dedicated wellness concierge.
Relax, Rejuvenate, Refresh. Spa Indulge at Galley Bay is nestled in serene gardens overlooking the calming waters of a natural lagoon and bird sanctuary. The Spa has two natural air treatment pods and two air-conditioned treatment rooms, an entrancing open sundeck and a relaxation pool. Their therapists can design bespoke face, body and beauty essential treatments tailored to each guest’s needs.
For information about Antigua & Barbuda visit www.visitantiguabarbuda.com
Mark Bibby Jackson
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