Following a dramatic $1.5 million renovation at The Inn at English Harbour last fall, historic charm precludes no modern comforts at this treasured resort on Antigua’s captivating southern coast in the West Indies. Comprehensive upgrades have brought a fresh face to nearly every storied corner of the colonial-style boutique resort, from all 28 guestrooms and suites to the dining venues and grounds, and have introduced an all-new luxury spa facility and upscale boutique.
Reclining across 19 acres of gently-sloping, wooded headlands near the entrance to Lord Nelson’s legendary harbour, The Inn’s private white-sand beach fronts beautiful hillside gardens for a setting of supreme serenity. One of the most picturesque parts of Antigua, marked by the passage of naval hero Admiral Lord Horatio Nelson, English Harbour provides an alluring blend of history and charm, a relaxed and natural atmosphere in one of the most unique locations in the West Indies. Yet just two minutes by water taxi reside the restaurants and nightlife of bustling English Harbour. Now more than ever, the historic charm of the resort’s colonial design converges harmoniously with modern-age conveniences and the natural splendor of Antigua to present a uniquely 21st-century take on paradise.
“These extensive upgrades reflect The Inn’s dedication to providing our guests with the most refined comforts, services and amenities possible,” said Fabio Giorgi, General Manager of The Inn. “No detail has been spared to preserve the original integrity and grace of the historic inn, while updating the comforts and amenities essential to today’s travelers.”
Each Guestroom Gracefully Revisited
From beachfront seclusion to poolside posh, each of The Inn’s 28 guestrooms have been lovingly refurbished. Two Beach Cabanas nestled directly on the sand -- traditional structures from The Inn’s inception -- house four waterfront hideaways now entirely renovated from top to bottom. New floors of Italian Brera marble illuminate each space with reflected island light and imbue an airy openness. Elegant and inviting new queen-sized beds extend this softness with a neutral palette in the bedding, “floating” canopies and sumptuous padded headboards. All-new bathrooms feature Toto fixtures, toilets and bidets for a distinctive effect both opulent and modern. As before, spacious verandahs with tropical rattan furniture invite a sleepy island pace, offering direct access to the palm-studded beach and magnificent views all the way to Montserrat.
Enjoying both privacy and centrality, The Inn’s 16 Junior Suites and 8 Deluxe Junior Suites dwell just-the-right-distance from the resort’s infinity-edge pool, in colonial-style buildings constructed in 2000. Current renovations have dressed all of the suites in the deep sophistication of polished mahogany floors, and access walkways have been re-sanded and varnished to a subtle shine. Forty-square-meter Junior Suites feature twin-, queen- or king-sized beds, while 60-square-meter Deluxe Junior Suites ensconce guests in mahogany four-poster beds -- king-sized affairs sheathed in voile drapery that captures the Caribbean’s heart-of-darkness mystique.
All of the resort’s luxurious suites are appointed with handsome wood antiques, evoking the grandeur of colonial days, while spacious, up-to-date bathrooms deliver the indispensable conveniences of modern times with separate toilet and bidet, twin washbasins, a shower of earthy green slate, and Penhaligon’s fine English toiletries. Lower suites offer verandahs facing onto the lush landscaped gardens, newly infused with unique tropical species; upstairs suites open onto balconies and are crowned by interior vaulted ceilings.
In addition to the standard amenities befitting this up-scale resort -- high-count Egyptian-cotton sheets, mini-bars with refrigerator, cable TV, direct dial telephones, and safes -- all of The Inn’s rooms now offer new flat screen televisions, iPod docking stations, air conditioning, and wifi Internet access.
Paradise Found in First-Class Dining
Enjoying the historic resonance of The Inn’s original stone house, the highly acclaimed, fine dining Terrace Restaurant has been newly refurbished to satisfy the regal demands of English Silver Service. New accoutrements include sterling silver-plated cutlery, gleaming dishware, new Jacquard table linen and chair covers, subtle warm lighting and formal drapery. Executive Chef Fred Cougnon, known for his refined Italian cuisine, has recently spent two months abroad discovering Italy’s newest secrets and perfecting the culinary skills that make possible his sumptuous creations, which are complemented by the Inn’s comprehensive wine cellar.
On the casual side, The Inn’s beachfront Hanis Bistro offers the company of warm blue waters, balmy island nights and cooling trade winds. The open-air pavilion-style venue has been newly remodeled with marble tile flooring and expanded into a more spacious dining and event space. Offering breakfast and lunch, along with a variety of Caribbean and international cocktails, the festive locale will now be available to host special event dinners as well.
Say “Aaah” to The Inn’s New Spa and Chic Boutique
Located in The Inn’s Club House alongside the superb, lit tennis courts, a newly built spa completes the ultimate resort experience with a dedicated massage room and dedicated beauty treatment room. A range of soothing, decadent massages are available at the skilled hands of The Inn’s Japanese-trained masseuse, including Swedish, Deep Tissue, Aromatherapy (which combines Shiatsu, Lymphatic and Swedish techniques), Warm Stone Therapy and couples’ version of the best. The adjacent beauty room offers rejuvenating facials, including Classic European and The Inn’s Signature Facial, along with mani-pedis, waxing, and every kind of hair treatment.
The spa adjoins the resort’s cozy Library / English Afternoon Tea Lounge, appointed with supremely comfortable, cushioned cane furniture. The convivial setting will now offer a regularly scheduled “Movie Night” for the occasional guilty pleasure of a pop-culture infusion. Other onsite recreational activities include kayaking and snorkeling (both complementary), with others such as water-skiing, scuba diving, sunfish sailing and deep-sea fishing nearby.
The Inn’s new Boutique & Gift Shop resides near the beach’s small private jetty and the Hanis Bistro, selling designer swimwear, souvenir T-shirts and handcrafted jewelry custom made for The Inn. Not to be left out, the resort’s well-equipped gym had been newly upgraded and modernized with air conditioning.
2009 Rates for The Inn at English Harbor start at $500 per room. To celebrate the new renovations, guests booking for November 2009 will receive complimentary three-course dinners for their entire stay. For more information, please visit www.theinn.ag
, or call +1 (268) 460-1014.