Antigua is the heart and soul of the Caribbean, an exotic tropical island with an abundance of palm-fringed beaches, warm sparkling sea, English-speaking and life-loving locals, a wealth of land and water based activities, a huge choice of delicious international cuisines, and a background soundtrack of calypso and reggae.
The island is about 14 miles long by 11 miles wide and is renowned for its 365 stunning beaches, miles of picturesque coves, its legendary Sailing and Carnival Weeks, a profound love of cricket, cooling trade winds and ample sunshine.
Antigua is the perfect destination for sun-worshippers, water sports enthusiasts, golfers, and food-lovers.
Antigua has a rich history and heritage and this is reflected in its architecture and customs. The restored Nelson's Dockyard at English Harbour is a prime example of this and sugar mills and plantation houses dot the island. Inland towards the southwest is an unspoiled rainforest interspersed with picturesque villages, and the view from Shirley Heights is one of the Caribbean's greatest.
The golf course at Jolly Harbour was designed by leading golf course architect Karl Litton of Florida. This is an established par 71, 18-hole championship golf course and is set in lush tropical parkland. Easterly breezes cool you on the fairways that have been sculpted into a green hilly landscape, with seven lakes to make this 5,587 yards golf course more challenging. The club includes clubhouse with proshop, snack bar, showers and locker room. Carts and clubs are available for hire.
The Cedar Valley Golf Club is north-east of St John's, about 30 minute's drive from Jolly Harbour and is superior in condition and experience than Jolly Harbour. The beautiful par 70, 6157 yards golf course lies amidst mature tropical trees with panoramic vistas from its hills. The golf club accommodates players of all skills. Carts and clubs are available for hire.
Experience the excitement of fishing Marlin, Kingfish, Wahoo, Shark or Barracuda in the Atlantic waters of Antigua with "Overdraft" sport fishing charter. They pull out all the stops to make your visit to Antigua an exciting and memorable experience. Captain Frank Hart knows Antigua's Atlantic fishing grounds better than most, and invites you to share in the excitement of sport fishing in Antigua.
Overdraft is a fully equipped and spacious 40 ft sport fishing boat that can accommodate up to six guests. It's wide deck and ample awning provides you with a stable, shaded area to catch "The Big One". Overdraft sport fishing charter is available for four, six and eight hour charter and departure times are flexible. Rates are for the Boat, Captain, Mate, bait and tackle, soft and alcoholic beverages for up to 6 guests.
Indigo Divers offers scuba diving activities daily for beginners to experienced scuba divers.
They offer dive courses in English as well as German.
They operate from Jolly Harbour and dive the sheltered west and south coast of Antigua, including Cades Reef. Most of their dive sites are within 20 minutes of Jolly Harbour.
Indigo Divers is owned and managed by a group of PADI professionals with years of international experience who love diving and have a common goal: to provide a world class, safe and enjoyable experience while exploring the wonders of the underwater realm.
A Stingray City adventure could be the highlight of your vacation, and an experience that will live with you forever. Enjoy the unique experience of touching and feeding a Southern Stingray, together with snorkelling amongst magnificent coral reefs and colourful tropical fish.
Start your adventure off at Stingray City's land base in Seaton's village; complete with monkeys and parrots, and where their experienced guides will brief you about the Southern Rays. A scenic 5-minute speedboat ride between Antigua's offshore Islands will whisk you to a shallow stingray pool with a white sand bottom surrounded by beautiful coral reef.
Once you arrive and your boat has been moored, you'll be escorted to 'Stingray City', where you'll be greeted by the friendly Southern Stingrays with the relaxed familiarity of old friends. Whether you choose to stand or swim you'll have the unique opportunity to touch, feed and play with stingrays during your encounter, all the while learning about these amazing and captivating animals.
The Southern ray is known as the puppy dog of the sea, always looking for attention and a snack. In no time at all you will find yourself spellbound by their gracefulness and beauty, and you will find yourself among the thousands of people who return home wanting to come back.
After interacting with the Rays there will be time for you to snorkel amongst the coral reefs and tropical fish before returning to the land base where you can rinse off under the bright Caribbean sun, in a shower on a coconut tree and enjoy a complimentary rum or fruit punch.
On the Caribbean west coast of Antigua, a thirty-minute drive to the capital St John's and the airport, The Palms is set on a wooded hillside in a delightful valley location with panoramic views over Darkwood Beach and the turquoise sea beyond. Darkwood is a fabulous and very scenic beach, an island favourite and certainly one of the most photographed beaches in the world.
Still unspoiled, with the island of Montserrat in the distance, it has two good local beach bar/restaurants with beds and shade. The valley is peaceful and serene and surrounded by dramatic mountain peaks. There are several other bars and restaurants on nearby adjoining beaches, and the extensive facilities of Jolly Harbour are also only five minutes drive away.
The Palms Estate extends to 2.6 acres and ranges between 80ft and 200ft above sea level. Each home has uninterrupted panoramic westward views over the Caribbean Sea.
The peaceful hillside setting is just a few hundred yards from the beach and access to the estate is via a private road. The villa gardens are landscaped with many feature palms and a selection of other exotic tropical trees and flora. Perimeter fencing with border hedging and a separate gated entrance provides each home with additional privacy and security.
Two of the villas, Calabash and Cotton Cottage, are already sold and occupied on a regular basis. One of the Lakeside villas is also sold and is nearing completion. Two of the remaining villas, Planters and Papaya House, will be impressive 4-bedroom residences on garden plots of approximately half-an-acre. The two Coral Cottages offer 3-bedroom accommodation and share a large garden plot with a superb swimming pool and deck area. Hideaway House is an imposing plantation style residence divided into four 1-bedroom apartments that will be of special interest to purchasers seeking a guaranteed investment return.
Jolly Harbour is regarded as one of the largest and finest marinas in the Caribbean with superb recreation facilities. A fine 18-hole golf course and a sports centre with swimming pool, tennis courts, and a squash court cater for the actively minded, whilst the commercial centre has a wide range of shops, restaurants, bars and a supermarket to sustain the needs for everyday living.
Jolly Harbour remains a sophisticated and tranquil setting to while away the holiday hours and is the perfect destination for sun-worshipers, water- sports enthusiasts, golfers, and food- lovers alike.
The Palms is a new luxury villa development set on a wooded hillside in a delightful valley setting with fabulous views over the very scenic Darkwood Beach, one of the most photographed beaches in the Caribbean.
Still unspoiled, with the island of Montserrat in the distance, it has a good local beach bar and restaurant with beds and shade. The location is peaceful and serene, yet is only minutes away from Jolly Harbour and several other bars, restaurants and adjoining beaches.
PO Box JH 191
Tel: 03339 391085
We are Howard and Cheryl Adams, the proprietors of Jolly Villas, and we are building a small number of exceptional villas and apartments at our new development The Palms, near Darkwood Beach with panoramic views over the Caribbean Sea.
The Palms is our second development in Antigua. The first was Hamilton Estate near Jolly Harbour, a development of 3 villas and 4 apartments that was completed in 2007. Since then we have built a successful holiday rental business for these homes under the brand of Jolly Villas, achieving between 20 and 30 weeks average rental weeks for each property owner. Jolly Villas also offers a full property management service to take care of these valuable investments throughout the year.
We are making our home at The Palms and this exciting project is enabling us to build superb value homes for ourselves, and a small number of other families and individuals appreciative of the increasing desirability and importance of Antigua as a holiday and investment destination.
Three of the villas at The Palms, Calabash, Cotton Cottage, and one of the Lakeside villas are already sold and occupied on a regular basis.
Whatever the choice of residence at The Palms, we are constructing the homes using highly proven and superior materials that offer the best protection against weather and environmental risks as well as creating low maintenance homes with high energy efficiency and insulation properties.
The Palms is the ideal location for those seeking a holiday home and investment opportunity away from the bustling crowds yet within easy reach of the local activities and venues.
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