Imagine a home away from home, located in the heart of one of the Caribbean’s most exclusive locations and overlooking some of the world’s most expensive mega yachts. Add a waterfront restaurant, a pool and gym facilities.
Then give it ultra-modern styling, include a full-service concierge, make it maintenance free and open all year, and throw in an annual return on investment. What do you have? South Point — the perfect Caribbean getaway.
South Point is located in Falmouth Harbour, the sailing capital of the Caribbean, and home of the ultra-luxury Super Yacht Charter Show, Classics Sailing Week and the world famous Antigua Sailing Week.
You don’t need to be a sailor to appreciate the magnificence of some of the world’s largest yachts in this beautiful setting. The resort is within walking distance of the main harbour complex, with its numerous restaurants and bars, offering the serenity of a five-star hotel in close proximity to all the activity.
Like many Antigua hotels, South Point is a privately-owned, beachfront property with just a handful of luxury suites and a team of exceptional, dedicated staff.
Though we share these similar attributes with our peers, our guests enjoy a truly unique experience; a minimalist, modern design coupled with an Italian-inspired philosophy of ‘la dolce vita’ contribute to South Point’s very distinct style.
From the monochromatic colour scheme to the subtle decor and urban chic vibe, South Point was purposefully designed to contrast – yet complement – its tropical beach setting. Surrounded by such beautiful simplicity, it’s easy to appreciate the moments that make life so sweet.
The relaxed ambiance and incredible location – an oasis in the heart of English Harbour – has established South Point as one of the best Antigua hotels for girlfriend getaways, solo travelers, and those who don’t want to be confined to their hotel.
The numerous restaurants, bars and cafes in the area offer an added element of South Point being the ‘just right’ of Antigua hotels – it puts our guests within reach of the island’s most popular nightlife and entertainment spots, but far enough way so those seeking a respite can unwind in peace.
We also cater to families and friends traveling together given our spacious condo-style suites, kitchen facilities, and the ability to interconnect rooms and retract the balcony dividers when a shared balcony is preferred.
Whereas most Antigua hotels are either family-focused resorts or intimate couples-only hotels, our clientele is an mix of leisure and business travelers. And though we have our own amazing restaurant, we do not restrict our guests to an all-inclusive plan.
We encourage them to explore the English Harbour area, whether it’s fine dining at Catherine’s Cafe or a grab-and-go bite from one of the local food stalls.
Staying at South Point also means that you are not restricted to just one of Antigua’s beautiful beaches. Our own small, private beach is a fine option for those who prefer to stay close to home, but for those seeking one of the quintessential Antigua beaches, Pigeon Beach – once named one of the sexiest beaches in the world – is a 5-minute walk from the hotel.
It is also easily accessibly by paddle board or kayak. Galleon Beach, though 5-minutes away by car, is another must visit. This picturesque beach is known for its proximity to the Pillars of Hercules, turtle sightings, snorkeling, and darker blue, but crystal clear, waters. Not many Antigua hotels can match the unique attributes of South Point.
LUXURY WATERFRONT SUITES
South Point’s accommodations are comprised of 23 condo-style waterfront suites that overlook the Caribbean Sea and Falmouth Harbour marina. Housed in five individual 2- and 3-storey buildings along the coast, each of the 23 suites offers immediate access to the pool, jetty, and small private beach.
Resort facilities are reserved for guests only, creating a peaceful, secluded oasis in the midst of Antigua’s most popular destination – outside of the capital, St. John’s – English Harbour.
There are just two room categories at South Point: the 1-Bedroom Deluxe Suite and the 2-Bedroom Penthouse Suite. The 20 Deluxe Suites occupy the ground floor and first floor of each building, while the 3 Penthouse Suites span the top floors of the 3 central buildings.
The ground floor suites are raised slightly off the main walkway, with just 5 steps leading up to private patios. The first floor (second level) suites are accessed by external staircases and feature spacious covered balconies, while the rooftop-style Penthouse balconies afford added privacy and expansive views of the surrounding area.
1 BED DELUXE SUITE
Each of the open plan 1-Bedroom Deluxe Suites offers a full kitchen, outdoor dining table, sun loungers, an interior lounge, and luxurious en-suite with double basin sinks and a walk-in shower.
These rooms can be sold as interconnecting suites with removable balcony dividers. Bedding options include a King Bed or 2 Twin Beds. Max occupancy for this room is 2 adults or 2 adults sharing with 1 child.
2 BED PENTHOUSE SUITE
The 2-Bedroom Penthouse Suites are also accessed via an external staircase that opens onto a private patio entrance. Featuring two private en-suite bedrooms, two separate interior lounges, a fully equipped kitchen with indoor and outdoor dining, and a double balcony, these accommodations are ideal for families or friends traveling together.
The furnished rooftop balcony includes a love seat and coffee table, 4 sun loungers, and an outdoor dining table with a large sun umbrella. Bedding options include a King Bed or 2 Twin Beds. Max occupancy for this room is 4 adults or 4 adults sharing with 2 children.
Additional room amenities for both the 1-Bedroom Deluxe Suite and 2-Bedroom Penthouse include walk-in closets, top-quality bath amenities, high-speed complimentary WIFI, cable TV, and iPod docks.
Bathrobes and slippers are also provided, as is an umbrella, iron, and ironing board. Complimentary coffee, tea, and bottled water are included upon arrival. A minibar with other snacks and beverages is available, with items charged as used. The Penthouse Suites are also equipped with espresso makers.
RESTAURANT & LOUNGE
Inspired by Asian, Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cuisine, Maia at South Point offers an eclectic mix of authentic flavours with one thing in common: fresh, high quality ingredients. The menu includes simple, yet skillfully prepared dishes that allow diners to indulge and savour according to taste.
In keeping with its cosmopolitan character, Maia at South Point is the perfect combination of international taste and local flavour; farm to table ingredients and locally caught seafood are daily menu staples.
The addictive cocktail menu changes seasonally to feature local flavours like sorrel and soursop alongside a carefully curated international wine list. Though the restaurant’s stylish setting suggests fine-dining and dress codes, South Point is the definition of island chic – understated and easy-going.
Both the lounge and restaurant welcome non-hotel guests to enjoy the casual, cafe-style vibes. As a testament to this, the restaurant deck, which is suspended over water, is easily accessible by water and equipped for tying up dinghies and paddleboards.
Maia at South Point is open daily from 7.30 am to 10.00 am for breakfast, lunch is served from 12 noon and dinner from 6.00 pm until 10.30 pm. Our sushi bar is open from 12 noon until 3.00 pm and from 6.00 pm until 10.30 pm.
Located within the hotel lobby and above the restaurant, South Point’s lounge overlooks the Falmouth Harbour Marina and offers a classy, quiet spot to enjoy the view – especially as the sun sets and the yachts light up the night.
As an added bonus, the lounge bartenders mix up some of the most creative cocktail concoctions in all of English Harbour. Open daily to the public from 10:30 AM to 11:00 PM.
Antigua (pronounced An-tee’ga) and Barbuda are located in the middle of the Leeward Islands in the Eastern Caribbean, roughly 17 degrees north of the equator. To the south are the islands of Montserrat and Guadeloupe, and to the north and west are Nevis, St. Kitts, St. Barts, and St. Martin.
Temperatures generally range from the mid-seventies in the winter to the mid-eighties in the summer. Annual rainfall averages only 45 inches, making Antigua the sunniest of the Eastern Caribbean Islands, and the northeast trade winds are nearly constant, flagging only in September. The island enjoys low humidity year round.
The Trade Winds that once blew British men-of-war safely into English Harbour now fuel one of the world’s foremost maritime events, Sailing Week. The expansive, winding coastline that made Antigua difficult for outsiders to navigate is where today’s travelers encounter a tremendous wealth of secluded, powdery soft beaches.
The coral reefs, once the bane of marauding enemy ships, now attract snorkelers and scuba divers from all over the world. And the fascinating little island of Barbuda – once a scavenger’s paradise because so many ships wrecked on its reefs – is now home to one of the region’s most significant bird sanctuaries.
Antigua, the largest of the English-speaking Leeward Islands, is about 14 miles long and 11 miles wide, encompassing 108 square miles. Barbuda, a flat coral island with an area of only 68 square miles, lies approximately 30 miles due north. The current population for the nation is approximately 68,000 and its capital is St. John’s on Antigua.
The English Harbour area is well known as the yachting capital of the Caribbean. In addition to the area’s natural, namesake harbour, Falmouth Harbour is the area’s manmade harbour with two marinas – and home to South Point.
Built to accommodate the largest mega yachts, these marinas offer a safe haven for many of the world’s most prestigious vessels during the winter months. From December to early May, English Harbour is home to a steady flow of people from around the world with events to match.
Sailors will find shops and facilities to meet your maintenance needs, including marine engineering, chandlery, refueling, electronics, rigging, dive shop and stores & supplies.
At night crew and guests enjoy local dining with a Caribbean flare for a wide range of tastes and cuisines. The Harbour area has no shortage of restaurants to enjoy – with supporting bars and nightlife to complement a night of dining.
When the sun has set and stars begin to shine, the curtain can rise on the evening’s entertainment, especially during the winter months when the island is at its busiest. Shirley Heights Lookout is the 18th century English guard post overlooking English Harbour. Everyone heads here on Sundays.
The party begins as the sun sets and the steel-band sound fills the air, followed by the exciting energy of Reggae and Soca live music. Barbequed food is available to soak up some of those rum punches. The Steel band also plays on Thursday night at sunset from 4pm.
Abracadabra, in English Harbour, transforms from an elegant Italian restaurant in the early evening to a pulsating outdoor nightclub later on. A variety of DJs lead the crowd to dance under the stars. This is a busy bar during the winter with fair priced drinks and friendly staff. Occasional live performances by worldwide known artists are the cherry on the cake.
Several other bars within walking distance in English Harbour also have great night-time vibes in the yachting season, such as Mad Mongoose, Life on the Corner, and the Rasta Shack.
In town, the centre of attention is on Redcliffe Quay where Pizzas in Paradise and C&C Wine Bar offer occasional live music. King’s Casino in Heritage Quay is where blackjack, roulette and Caribbean Stud poker compete with the 300 slot machines and big screens of sporting events.
Antigua is well known for its 365 beaches. If you’d like to venture out in search of the best Antigua beaches, we recommend starting with one or more of those listed here.
Most are on the Westerly Caribbean side of the island and all beaches are public but rarely crowded. Some are quite remote and easier to access by sea. However you get there, you’re sure to find a beach that’s perfect for you!
Dickenson Bay and Runaway Bay are the busier beaches on the island and have everything you could possibly need; sunbeds and umbrellas for rent, beach bars, restaurants and water sports for hire. Fort James is very popular with the locals for picnics at the week-ends and public holidays.
Galley Bay is known as a good spot for a bit of surfing in the winter. Hawksbill boasts a set of four crescent beaches; the third one is the island’s only nudist beach. Jolly Beach is almost entirely taken up by the resort of the same name; there is public access to the beach and also to Jolly Harbour Marina.
SOUTH & SOUTHWEST COAST
This corner of Antigua is hillier and the beaches in this area take a bit more effort to reach by land or sea. They are less developed because of their isolation. Ffryes Bay, Darkwood Beach and Turners Beach by Johnson’s Point are some of the easier to discover as they are close to the coastal road.
Darkwood Beach takes your breath away as you turn the corner and it comes into view. It is a long white sandy beach right by the roadside. On a clear day you can see the island of Montserrat and its infamous volcano.
Popular at the week-ends it has a couple of beach bar/restaurants serving fresh local food. Turners Beach at Johnson’s Point is at the tip of the South West coast and has a couple of great beach bars serving fresh fish & lobster. The sunset views are superb.
Rendezvous Bay boasts a pristine beach and is more isolated but worth the challenge of getting there. You can walk along a path from the rain forest for an hour and a half or go by 4 x 4 from the Spring Hill Riding Club.
The other option here is to arrive by sea. Pigeon Point is a sheltered cove with plenty of trees offering shade. It’s not far from English Harbour and the historic Nelson’s Dockyard.
EAST & NORTH COAST
Half Moon Bay lives up to its name: a long, sweeping white sand crescent that is now a National Park. This makes it a superb location for a family outing. One side of the bay is great for body-surfing whilst the other side is more protected and has calmer waters suitable for snorkelling.
Long Bay,further along the East Coast is protected by its own reef and offers sheltered swimming on what is the Atlantic side of the island. Heading round to the North now to the quiet, secluded beach of Dutchman’s Bay, opposite Long Island home of the famous Jumby Bay Resort.
It also has two excellent beach restaurants right on the water’s edge, Cecilia’s High Point Cafe and La Bussola. Jabberwock Beach is a long white sandy beach, part of the National Park and a local hot spot for water sports enthusiasts, particularly the KiteSurf Antigua crew.
The real estate option at South Point allows you to purchase a unit within the hotel complex. The suite you purchase is then open to you to use for up to 6 weeks, any time during the year. The suite is fully serviced year-round as any other hotel suite would be, with all facilities of the resort available for use.
During the periods when you are not using the suite, it will be utilised as part of the regular hotel inventory, thus generating income for you. You get the best of both worlds – a Caribbean getaway that pays for itself when you’re not using it.