Galleon Beach on  Caribbean island Antigua, English Harbour, paradise bay at tropical island in the Caribbean Sea
Galleon Beach on  Caribbean island Antigua, English Harbour, paradise bay at tropical island in the Caribbean Sea

Holidaying with Jane McDonald: The Caribbean – Antigua Blog

Sovereign Luxury Travel were proud to feature in ‘Holidaying with Jane McDonald: The Caribbean’ on Channel 5 in April. All the episodes are now available to watch on My5 in case you missed any or just want to relive the Caribbean adventure all over again. Check out our other Caribbean blogs or follow in Jane’s footsteps and create a Caribbean escape for yourself. Which island will be on your bucket list? 

Last on Jane’s once in a lifetime Caribbean itinerary was Antigua, with its coral reefs and exquisite beaches. Amid its colourfully Caribbean villages and laidback character, Antigua has a distinctly English nature to it. 

Antigua’s many bays were once popular with pirates and naval fleets alike, including Admiral Nelson. This famed flag officer has been immortalised in the UNESCO World Heritage site of Nelson’s Dockyard in the English Harbour, which Jane toured during her stay. 

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Did you know that Antigua is home to an impressive 365 beaches, meaning you could technically have a different beach for every day of the year? Guests at Curtain Bluff get to undergo their own beach personality test, which identifies the perfect beach for you.  

“Jane’s perfect match was Pigeon Point Beach in the English Harbour, so naturally she had to visit it,” explains Ellie, “And the good news is she wasn’t disappointed - it was glamorous and popular!”  

While there, Jane dined at Catherine’s Café, a beachside brasserie that meets Parisian chic, and is an incredible place to spend a lingering, leisurely lunch with your loved ones. Think daybeds sprawled on white sands, classical French sharing platters, and fragrant greenery of neem trees and orchids - and you’re almost there! 

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Beach-loving aside, a speedboat ride out to Stingray City gave Jane the opportunity to swim with stingrays, before her and the team ventured to what the locals call ‘Jurassic Park’, aptly named because it’s home to one of the world’s oldest living animals, the Giant Aldabra Tortoise - as well as parrots and iguanas. What an experience! 
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Where To Stay

The all-inclusive five-star Curtain Bluff was Jane’s accommodation in Antigua. Located on a beautiful stretch of beach on Antigua’s south side, this family-run resort used to be a family house but has been expanded into this stylish Caribbean haven, complete with water sports, tennis courts, and wellness instructors. You can even try something new with a game of ‘Pickleball’ or discover one of the Caribbean’s finest wine cellars! Jane stayed in the One Bedroom Bluff Suite, which boasts fresh chic interiors and indoor-outdoor living with exceptional patio space. Curtain Bluff’s friendly concierge team is always happy to arrange tours like the Stingray City outing for you.  
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Curtain Bluff
Curtain Bluff is a family friendly all-inclusive resort that boasts understated luxury. Every whim is catered to at this unique location on the bluff. This resort offers an interesting personality test that’ll match you with one of the 365 beaches on the island, so you can ensure you visit your perfect slice of personalised paradise. 
Antigua combines Grenada’s untouched, postcard-perfect landscape with St Lucia’s tropical vegetation. With a beach for every day of the year, you will never get bored on this luxurious island. The rich ancient culture and maritime activities make Antigua the perfect destination for your family holiday. 

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