We stayed at Flotsam Villa with our three adult children for their university reading week. This is my third, my husband's sixth, and our children's first visit to Antigua. We rented a smaller two-bedroom villa in the South Finger of Jolly Harbour last year, but needed more space for our family.
The owners, Trevor and Hazel-Ann were very good at answering all my questions and requests before arrival. Trevor even phoned my husband to assure him of all our arrangements. We arrived late afternoon on Sunday and wanted to leave immediately from the villa for the sunset party at Shirley Heights. Trevor arranged with the caretaker George -- who lives next door on a sail boat -- to have the villa open and waiting, and to leave lights on for us so we did not return to a dark house.
George was very helpful showing us how to use the the A/C, gas stove, and Jacuzzi tub. He even went to the store to buy us a coffee maker our first morning there. The Jacuzzi was well used by our children, as were the hammocks. I highly recommend having a glass of wine in the late afternoon on the one on the back deck.
The villa was the perfect size for our family. The kitchen is well appointed with more than enough dishes and stemware, the beds are very comfortable, and there was plenty of room for our clothes, shoes, luggage, etc. The outdoor living is fantastic, and the view overlooking the marina is lovely.
Jolly Harbour is quite a self-contained development, with a grocery store, commercial centre and a number of restaurants. We did rent a golf cart to make it easier for grocery shopping and getting to the beach, which is one of the nicest (in our opinion) in the Caribbean. Castaways on the beach is a great restaurant, and we had lunch and dinner there several times. Their Indian food is particularly excellent, and the Friday night entertainment is worth seeing. We also ate at Al Porto, which has excellent pizza and daily specials (have the Ahi Tuna if it's available).
We booked the Wadadli six-hour island circumnavigation catamaran cruise. We have taken other cruises on previous trips, and they have all been excellent. Our first stop was at a reef for snorkeling, and then on to Green Island for lunch and swimming. Everyone on the cruise was friendly and happy to socialize with one another. It was definitely a highlight of the trip. A visit to Nelson's Dockyard is also a must for sailors and history buffs (or anyone who just wants to look at enormous yachts). The Saturday morning market in St. John's, the capitol, is also worth visiting. It's about 20 minutes on the local bus, which picks you up right across from the main entrance to Jolly Harbour. There is an interesting museum in St. John's that tells the history of Antigua, and plenty of duty free shopping.
We will definitely be visiting Antigua again, and wouldn't hesitate to recommend Jolly Harbour Marina Development, and Flotsam Villa, to friends and family.