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May/June 2010

Ocean Home magazine is for people who love the luxury oceanfront lifestyle, from home design and decor to world-class beach resorts, villas, hotels, and destinations.

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TRAVELER | RESORTS Down Time Privacy and pink sand beaches await at Barbuda’s Lighthouse Bay Resort. Tens of thousands of vaca- tioners flock to Antigua each year. Like many Caribbean islands, a wealth of activities awaits, from diving to dining, as well as an active nightlife. While some may hear about Barbuda— Antigua’s sister island 24 miles to the north—few choose to make the trip, especially when they hear the population barely scratches 1,500. But if you’re in the mood for a seclusion that is rare in this world, the modern and luxurious Lighthouse Bay Resort on Bar- buda is definitely worth a visit. The tone is set when you board a private helicopter at the airport in Antigua for the short jaunt to the resort’s helipad. With only nine guestrooms situated on a narrow spit of land flanked by a turquoise ocean on one side and a restive lagoon on the other, Light- house Bay is one of the Caribbean’s smallest resorts and the supreme getaway. If you need a break from lying on the beach—the primary activity here—there are several options. If you’re in the mood to go horseback riding in the surf, the resort will bring a few steeds over from the mainland The Agenda caribbean delight Lighthouse Bay Resort. jukebox heroes For a taste of Barbuda’s nightlife, head for It’s A Bit Fishy, a restaurant and nightclub where late-night karaoke standoffs between locals and visitors are the stuff of legends. 262-772-3525, itsabitfishy.com. carnival In late May, the annual five-day Barbuda Caribana starts, which includes a beauty pageant, car show, horse race, and a variety of musical acts and impromptu parades wandering through the streets. barbudaful.net. by barge. Or if you’d prefer, catch a mo- torboat for the short trip over to the main village and explore this country that is truly stuck in time, where chickens, donkeys, and goats wander the streets and townspeople are friendly and eager to show you around. The rooms are designed with an under- stated Caribbean elegance with top-of-the- line appliances and marble baths and show- ers. The cuisine emphasizes fresh seafood and vegetables cultivated nearby, as well as venison; on Barbuda, the deer run wild. 888- 214-8552, lighthousebayresort.com —Lisa Rogak hot under the collar Visit the impressive Frigate Bird Sanctuary about 10 minutes away by boat. In the mating season of late fall, the male proudly struts his puffed-out red throat pouch in order to attract the females that soar overhead. barbudaful.net exploring antigua Three more must-stay resorts. Hermitage Bay With just 25 luxury cottage suites set into a hillside of tropical gardens overlooking tur- scene setter Hermitage Bay. quoise waters plus a staff that caters to your every whim, this Caribbean dream destination makes it hard not to relax. 268-562-8080, hermitagebay.com. Carlisle Bay Two restaurants, three bars, a spa, and spectac- ular views complement the 82 contemporary luxury suites at this secluded waterfront resort. Each room also features individually controlled air conditioning. 866-502-2855, carlisle-bay.com. Jumby Bay Set on a 300-acre private island (no cars allowed) two miles off the coast of Antigua, this Rosewood resort gives you secluded access to three white sand beaches and an array of wildlife. 268-462-6000, jumbybayresort.com. 44 oceanhomemag.com may + june 2010

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