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    Antigua Pool TowerWhen it comes to all-inclusive Caribbean getaways, there are plenty of options – and mediocre experiences. Discerning travelers staying at the Sandals Grande Antigua Resort & Spa, a couples-only retreat on Dickenson Bay, have a few things going for them, like access to the isle’s longest stretch of white-sand beach.

    Located just 15 minutes from the V.C. Bird International Airport, the 373-room resort is split into two parts: The lush Caribbean Grove and the European-inspired Mediterranean Village. Built in 2007, the Mediterranean section has some of the resort’s best perks, including the largest pool in the eastern Caribbean – complete with private cabanas decked out with misting machines and personal attendants ($99 per day) – and a suite of new plunge pool villas overseen by English-trained butlers.


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    Couples hankering for adventure can head to Island Routes, the resort’s on-site tour operator in St. Mark’s Square. The mantra here: Match guests with born-and-bred locals with a passion for all things Antiguan, whether it’s deep sea angling for barracuda or sailing power catamaran-style for neighboring Barbuda, home base for the largest colony of frigate birds on the planet.


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    In the Caribbean, it goes without saying that sunsets are big events, but they have special meaning at this Antiguan resort. For prime horizon views, dine at the resort’s tuck-your-toes-in-the-sand Barefoot by the Sea restaurant or book a sunset cruise aboard the 66-foot Spirit of Antigua, which plies past tiny islands inhabited by cliff-clinging goats and key ports along the coast.

    Antigua Sunset CruiseIt was on a patch of coast in front of the resort that an Antiguan maiden named Gisele once pined for her Spanish adventurer, Ricardo, to return from a years-long trip at sea. To celebrate their love story, a bell in the resort’s tower tolls each night after sunset, just as the moon starts its ascent.

    Through September 29, 2011, guests who book a seven-night stay receive up to 65 percent off – and one night free in select suite categories – for travel through December 27, 2012 (blackout dates apply).

    See our Antigua Travel Guide for more trip-planning information, then use our Travel Search price comparison tool to find the lowest rates on flights, hotels, packages, and more travel deals.

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