The twin island nation of Antigua and Barbuda has been named ‘Best Beach Destination’ at the first Luxury Travel Readers Awards. The award was presented on Friday 12 January at an exclusive lunch held in Hammersmith, London. The Luxury Travel Reader Awards recognises excellence across the world, making this a much coveted prize.
The Honourable Dr Carl Roberts, High Commissioner for Antigua and Barbuda attended the event to receive the award on behalf of his country. Speaking after the event he commented: “We are proud and delighted to receive this award which recognises the beauty of our islands’ beaches. With 365 beaches, one for every day of the year, we can offer something to suit every visitors wish. Our commitment to keeping our beaches unspoilt stands us in good stead for many years to come.”
Carol Hay, Director of Marketing for the UK & Europe at the Antigua and Barbuda Tourist Office speaking of the Tourist Offices’ plans for 2007 said; “we are actively targeting the family market for this summer and with so many of our beaches being in sheltered coves this makes it an ideal holiday destination for young children. In addition, Antigua and Barbuda is now a leading destination for weddings and honeymoons, something we have worked actively on promoting, and with the choice of marrying on a beautiful secluded beach, with the top class wedding services we offer, it is easy to see why.”
Antigua and Barbuda’s beaches afford beachgoers the luxury of privacy and beauty with numerous bays and coves to explore. The great majority of beaches rest inside the calm, protected waters of the island’s Caribbean side. All are open to the public, and so the challenge posed to a visitor is simply which ones to visit. Popular beaches include Jolly Beach, Galley Bay, Ffryes Bay, Darkwood Beach, Dickinson Bay, Pigeon Bay and Turners Beach. On the Atlantic coast, beaches for the more active, such as Jabberwock, offer great conditions for sailing, windsurfing and kitesurfing. Antigua’s sister island Barbuda must not be forgotten with its untouched and unique stretches of pink sandy coastline.
In July 2006, Antigua saw off strong competition to be voted by editors of www.expedia.co.uk as Number One in the ‘Top 10 Beach Destinations’ list. The list also included three other Caribbean islands, making Antigua and Barbuda the top islands of choice for a holiday in the Caribbean.