Total Seclusion and Private Pampering Make for a Perfect Getaway
We all dream of owning our own private island one day somewhere far off in the Caribbean where we can swing from hammocks and sip frozen drinks until our heart’s content. For those of us that aren’t Richard Branson and already have our own island, luckily there is Lighthouse Bay Resort to make it as close to a reality as possible. Situated on its own peninsula just off of the small Caribbean island of Barbuda (sister island to Antigua), Lighthouse Bay Resort is an exclusive nine suite retreat pleasantly punctuated by 17-miles of soft, unspoiled pink sand beach and the crystal clear turquoise waters of the Caribbean providing a luxurious oasis to truly get away from it all.
The pampering begins immediately as you land at VC Bird International Airport in Antigua. Moments after deplaning (either your own jet or gasp, a commercial one), you board a private helicopter for a 15-minute jaunt over to the resort. Upon landing on the resort’s private helipad you are immediately greeted with cold towels, a refreshing drink and are half way to your suite before you can say “paradise.” Plane to beach in under an hour – not bad!
And what a beach it is. Voted the “#1 beach in the Caribbean” by Caribbean World Magazine (and they should know), the soft pink and white sand stretches beyond what the eye can see in both directions reassuring you that the only other people you may see during your stay are guests from the eight other suites or possibly the occasional yachter who dinghies ashore for a glimpse at the paradise you have already discovered and now call home.
Although only a temporary home to you, this picture perfect land was once the private hideaway of co-owner Mike Branker’s grandfather before being converted to a luxury resort in 2008. Nine suites (four Jr. Suites, four Master Suites and one Grand Suite) ranging in size from 375 sq feet – 950 sq feet surround the kidney-shaped pool overlooking the pink sand beach and flat turquoise water of the Caribbean Sea that awaits just outside of each guestroom door, in addition to providing sweeping vistas of the lagoon to the rear. Each suite, no matter the size, features high-ceilings accented by long Mahogany wood beams creating a spacious, open-air feeling. The elegantly decorated suites boast luxurious furnishings, travertine tile throughout and marble-lined bathrooms with double sinks, spacious walk-in showers and blue bahia granite counters. The Master and Grand Suites have large terraces perfect for watching the sunrise over the calm lagoon.
Although you will gleefully feel like a castaway on your remote island hideaway, Lighthouse Bay’s amenities and technology allow you to feel “connected” at all times including flat screen satellite televisions, ipod compatible surround sound, complimentary long distance telephone calls, Wi-Fi and iPads for your use while on property. As the property is all-inclusive, each guestroom features a mini-fridge stocked with sodas, juices, water and beer. A Nespresso machine is also available in each room if you prefer to start the day off with a cup of coffee at your leisure.
Despite the fact that most come to Lighthouse Bay to do absolutely nothing, the resort offers a plethora of activities to keep busy during your stay. When soaking up the sun from either a pool or beachside chaise grows tiring (if it ever could), try kayaking or sailing the calm waters along the extended coastline; gallop on horseback at sunset; go fishing for your supper; or simply relax in the confines of your suite with a rejuvenating massage.
No matter how you choose to spend your day, indulging in Lighthouse Bay’s culinary creations will be high on the to do list. Lighthouse Bay Resort is a new breed of all-inclusive where gourmet meals and top shelf cocktails are readily available at your every whim. A personalized menu greets you at every meal presenting the daily fresh choices at the open-air, beachside Café Lagoon. Start your morning with a hearty breakfast of homemade breads and jams perfectly complemented by freshly squeezed fruit juices as you look out at the sea just a mere feet away. For lunch and dinner experienced Caribbean Chef Lennox Cadogan offers up a host of freshly caught fish and seafood including the renown Barbuda Lobster which you can find either in the luscious Lighthouse Lobster Salad or whole on your plate straight from the beachside barbecue at night. Other favorites include the Blackened Filet of Snapper with steamed rice and garden grown vegetables and a variety of homemade pastas which are the chef’s specialty. Before or after dinner, climb to the top of the Lighthouse Bar to enjoy one of many top shelf, Caribbean themed specialty cocktails, a glass of wine from a long French-inspired list or simply a glass of your favorite scotch. With unlimited lobster and scotch why would you ever leave? Surely Gilligan and crew would have been a lot happier if they washed ashore at Lighthouse Bay.
Rates at Lighthouse Bay Resort begin at $1100 per night for two people including three gourmet meals per day, beverages and some activities. Other services and activities like spa treatments are extra. The best, and easiest, way to get to the property is by helicopter from Antigua, which the property will throw in if you stay at least six nights. You can also reach Barbuda by commuter plane or high-speed ferry. For more information or reservations, you can visit www.lighthousebayresort.com or call toll free (888) 214-8552.