What We Love
- The 6,000-square-foot Aveda spa
- On-site yoga and Pilates classes
- First-floor rooms have private plunge pools
- Free WiFi
- Infinity pool with beautiful island views
What To Know
- It’s a short distance from the beach, but there’s a free shuttle
- The hotel’s fine dining restaurant, Carmichael’s is closed on Sunday and Monday evenings
- A 10 percent service charge per night will be collected at the Jetsetter checkout
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Located on a sugarcane-covered hillside, between mountains dotted with villages and the untouched forest on the island’s dramatic coastal highlands, Sugar Ridge appeals to aesthetes with its modern architecture and clean palette of crisp whites against dark woods. And while it’s not directly on the beach, it’s tough to beat the views its hillside location affords of Antigua’s palm-lined shore, the Caribbean Sea and neighboring islands of Redonda, Nevis and St. Kitts.
Bed and Bath
The property’s 60 spacious rooms are in groups of four, each with its own entrance and modern interiors done up in earth tones. Upper rooms have large verandas, dining decks and daybeds, while each lower room comes with a private plunge pool. Decks have panoramic views of the island’s lush landscape, and four-poster beds draped in white mosquito netting add to the air of romance.
For a small property, the dining options are eclectic. Carmichael’s is an open-air hilltop restaurant with a menu devised to make the most of what’s fresh at Antigua’s local market; expect dishes such as jerk pork tenderloin and Antiguan lobster. At Sugar Club, the more informal eatery and social center of the resort, head chef Andrew Jean takes a modern, fusion approach to Caribbean cuisine, adding such categories as tapas, sushi and pizza to the mix. Highlighting Sugar Ridge’s emphasis on wellness and relaxation, the 6,000-square-foot Aveda spa has a full menu of rejuvenating treatments, including holistic therapies, body wraps using mint and rosemary, and chakra-balancing massages. For fitness fans, there are aerobics classes and a Pilates and yoga studio, and an 82-foot lap pool.
In the Area
The hotel overlooks Jolly Harbour Marina, from which boat excursions, scuba dives and fishing trips depart. We like Miramar Sailing, which offers a sunset cruise that includes champagne and snacks. Active types can get an up-close look at the island’s lush rain forest with the Antigua Rainforest Canopy Tour, a two-and-a-half-hour zipline adventure. For Antigua’s most famous view, visit Shirley Heights, also known for the delicious barbecue served at the Lookout restaurant and for hosting the biggest and best boat party every Sunday.
How to Get There
What to say? Another year, another wonderful experience in Paradise. It's hard to put into words, the tranquility, serenity and calm that this locale provided to me and my partner. Second year in a row, birthday/anniversary getaway, 4 night 5 day trip where we eat great meals, are welcomed by attentive, friendly staff and treated like royalty with the best accommodations, care and concern. The Aveda Spa on premises has really experienced staff as well and we always feel in great hands and well taken care of by them. Shirley Heights was a must do on Sunday Night and in general all beaches in Jolly Harbour were exceptional. Highly recommend Antigua and especially Sugar Ridge.
I stayed with family who had a villa here. Every day I joined for yoga at The Shed. This is a beautiful structure, with polished mahogany floors, open sides with spectacular views to the jungle and the ocean. There are three yoga teachers who were all excellent but very different: the yoga is quite traditional based on sun salutations. Clemmy - plays yoga music, guides you through breathing. She is actually starting her own class just on breathing from Monday which sounds fantastic. She will sometimes give forehead smoothing with some lovely essential oils
Lynn - good step by step instructions, I enjoyed doing pigeon in this class.
South African Ros - the most spiritual yoga teacher: also will roam the class and help with positioning to get that little bit extra stretch if she sees you out of position, which i personally like a lot. I think her classes tend to last one hour 15 mins. She is able to give all the Indian names for all the yoga moves.
We will hopefully be back next October to do this again as for me this was one of many highlights of this trip.
This hotel is beautiful!! The pool is like something out of a Miami mansion, the infinity pool is stunning overlooking the harbour, the yoga deck is immense ones of the best I've practiced in, the salon is clean and the staff are lovely, reception is fast and efficient and my room was one of the most beautiful I've ever stayed in.
It's a spa hotel very clean, almost clinical, tranquil and relaxing.
If this is what you are after then it's perfect, if you're after a fun holiday resort I'd go someone different.