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Sugar Ridge, Antigua
Hummingbirds, rainforest hikes and rum punch before noon - the temptations of the Carribbean well and truly win over this traveller
Hummingbirds, rainforest hikes and rum punch before noon – the temptations of the Carribbean well and truly win over this traveller.
We wake in an expanse of crisp, white sheets. Our four-poster bed, draped with mosquito nets, looks like the resting place of a fairytale princess, but it’s the view outside that takes my breath away. Bottle-green foliage covers volcanic mounds rising up from an azure sea.
The Charles Rennie Mackintosh-inspired balcony overlooks the marina and to the west, white, sandy beaches. The air is heavy with humidity and we’re enveloped in warmth quite unlike the fickle and often brisk British summertime.
The foreground is a mass of hibiscus bushes, attended to by hummingbirds and the friendliest of lizards, while improbably agile pelicans soar overhead.
This is Sugar Ridge, Antigua– the two-year-old luxury resort that shunned the beachside locations of the rest of the island’s hotels and instead made its home on the hillside amongst the Caribbean’s lush tropical rainforest. This affords guests stunning views, a sense of retreat as well as, crucially, a breeze. With temperatures topping 30 degrees C, the change of air along with our room’s private plunge pool is greatly appreciated.
Everything has been thought of here – from the colonial style ceiling fans on the balcony to keep you cool to the iPod docking stations in every room, WiFi and LCD TVs for those seeking still further stimulation.
The manager, Keith, is an expat who came for a season nine years ago and never left. It’s a story you hear a lot, with British, Israeli and Australian accents regularly heard in shops and restaurants. They all say the same thing: ‘We fell in love with the place’. Antigua is infectious and by day two we’re on local time – watches left in our room, walking at an altogether slower pace than we would at home and thinking nothing of accepting the offer of rum punch before noon.
Video: Your personal tour of the luxurious Sugar Ridge in Antigua
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