Admiral’s Inn Solo Travel Review

Admiral’s Inn Solo Travel Review

I have visited Antigua many times before but have never stayed in a ‘room only’ resort before.  Usually I stay at an all inclusive hotel.   I was not disappointed with Admiral’s Inn and I have to say I can’t wait to revisit!  Read on for my Admiral’s Inn solo travel review!

Boutique Hotel Antigua

Admiral’s Inn is a boutique hotel and I stayed in one of the double rooms with hillside view.  Rooms on this floor were where the engineer’s offices used to be.

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Double with hillside view, Admiral’s Inn

Engineers needed to be here to repair the ships when they came into the dockyard.

The room had a very comfortable bed, effective air conditioning and a small bathroom.  The staff here are very relaxed and friendly.  Cecil who works here is on call to take you, by boat over to the other side of the hotel.  Here you can dine at an alternative restaurant, Boom,  or swim in the stunning infinity pool.  Cecil is such a lovely man, providing information about the island and local food.  He has recommended fungi… something for me to try to cook back home!

Galleon Beach

One day I was taken to a little private beach called Galleon Beach so I could snorkel.  I was lucky enough to see a turtle, one of the highlights of my stay here.

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Boat to the other side…
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Galleon Beach for snorkelling

Admiral’s Inn has an onsite supermarket, bakery and gift shops as well as many restaurants and shops within walking distance. I loved the beef patties at the bakery, this became my regular breakfast and only cost US$2, though a full breakfast is offered at Pillars, a restaurant in the resort, if you prefer.  The room only option gave me flexibility that I enjoyed both with dining options and how I chose to spend my day.  I loved my ‘room only’ destination.

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The Bakery

Every Sunday there is a barbecue, steel band and reggae band for both tourists and locals at a place called Shirley Heights.  You can take in the breathtaking views while watching the sunset.  I found this a very easy place to blend in as a solo traveller and was only a very short ride by taxi.

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Sunset at Shirley Heights

English Harbour is much busier November-May, therefore many of the restaurants were closed in July while I was here.  Some are walking distance or a short cab drive away.  Others are located in another part of the harbour however, the restaurant may send a boat to pick you up from the hotel.  Incanto, the new Italian restaurant I tried, offered this service.

Pineapple Beach Club as a solo traveller

Pineapple Beach Club

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Beach at Pineapple Beach Club Resort

I visited Pineapple Beach Club as a solo traveller this time.  Being an over 18s hotel, there tended to be couples only during my stay.  The beach is located on the Atlantic side and seaweed coming inland was an issue unfortunately.  On the non windy days it was lovely to snorkel.  The coral is very close to the shore here so there are lots of fish to see!  Snorkel hire was free from the watersports guys, Kevin and Keith who were so friendly and helpful.  Kevin offered to come out snorkelling with me if he wasn’t too busy the next day so I didn’t have to be alone in the ocean. Continue reading “Pineapple Beach Club as a solo traveller”

Starfish Jolly Beach Resort as a Solo Traveller

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Gecko

The joys of waking up early because of jet lag!  But at the Starfish Jolly Beach Resort as a solo traveller, I had the pleasure of wandering along the stunning Jolly Beach at 6am, when it was cool and peaceful.

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Jolly Beach

Breakfast at Starfish Jolly Beach

Starfish Jolly Beach Resort has an idyllic beachfront position and an early morning walk became my ritual before the very enjoyable and varied breakfast.  Choices included fried food, an egg station, local dishes, cereals, fruit, toast and more… the birds can be a bit of a problem, if you turn your back for a moment your breakfast could be gone, but actually amusing to watch!! An amazing lady comes to the tables at breakfast to sing a good morning song, wishing everyone a blessed morning.  Such a nice touch and it was heartfelt, she clearly has passion for her job.

What’s Nearby?

I decided to go off resort for a while to see what was within walking distance.  After about a ten minute walk, I came across the local shops which included an art shop, pharmacy, supermarket and hardware store.  Lots of Waitrose products were available for anyone who wants to buy products they are familiar with!!  Jolly Harbour is here too, the manmade marina.  Back at the resort, it was nice to relax by the pool, there are two to choose from, a quiet one and one which has entertainment, music and a snack bar nearby.

Evening Entertainment

Evening entertainment was karaoke tonight.  There’s a notice board so you can check out what’s going on for the rest of the week to help planning and it offers a lot of variety, including a cultural night with bonfire on the beach, African dance show and limbo.  I want to come back here for sure.  It is such a great place to come solo or if you are with friends or family. A relaxed and happy hotel!

Suggested Further Reading

Read the full review of this fantastic resort on the following link…

Starfish Jolly Beach