May 2013 Edition

gemma-handy-picGreetings from the new editor of Luxury Locations The Magazine

Hello and a very warm welcome from me, Gemma, and the rest of the Luxury Locations team to all of our valued readers. I am delighted to be joining the team here at Luxury Locations and am looking forward to working with you all. Last month marked my 10th year as a professional journalist since completing my formal training in the UK in 2003. Over the last decade I have worked on one of Britain’s largest daily newspapers, as a correspondent for BBC World Service and freelanced for news agencies across the globe. I have been living in the Caribbean for the last seven years, six of them in the Turks & Caicos Islands where I headed a weekly newspaper, designed, launched and edited a new magazine, and also enjoyed a stint in television. I moved to Antigua - where I have been a happy visitor for the last nine years - in summer 2012, dragging with me a huge suitcase, some big dreams and an even larger dog.

Our newest edition of Luxury Locations The Magazine is being distributed as I write. In the meantime, I invite you to enjoy the inaugural edition of our exciting new Mini-Mag. This enticing online publication will be emailed out every few weeks to 6,500 clients both here and abroad, featuring all the latest news from Antigua & Barbuda, the real estate market plus hot offers from our advertisers. This time, the emphasis is firmly on Mother’s Day which falls this Sunday. So if, like me, you’re suffering from last minute panic and don’t want to disappoint mom, check out our selection of special promotions to give your mother the day she deserves.

Forgot Mother's Day?

It's not too late to grab an offer from one of our advertisers. From days in luxury at Carlisle Bay, a massage at Sugar Ridge to jewellery, perfume, tasty food or even a few days in the sun, we have it covered, and best of all we have it discounted just for you!

carlisle-bay-picweb Carlisle Bay

Spend a blissful day at Carlisle Bay, soaking in the pool and tucking into a sumptuous two-course a la carte lunch with non-alcoholic drinks at Indigo on the Beach or Ottimo! Take advantage of Carlisle Bay’s array of watersports facilities, from kayaks and Hobie cats, to paddle boards and surf boards. Day passes are on special offer at US$75 for adults or US$30 for children under 12, plus taxes. Or, go the extra mile and treat mom to a Blue Spa gift voucher. Choose from a variety of two-hour packages in the resort’s award-winning facilities, each designed for complete pampering and total relaxation. Vouchers are US$150, including afternoon tea and refreshments, and must be booked in advance.
Call 484-0000 or email  

sugarridgeplate Sugar Ridge

Pamper your mother with a 45-minute back, neck and shoulder massage, plus a mini facial for US$85 (plus tax). This makes for an excellent gift voucher which can be redeemed up to six months after purchase. Or why not indulge her with a special Mother’s Day lunch at Sugar Club? Tuck into delights such as charred duck casserole, pan-fried mahi mahi or escalope of chicken – plus a starter and dessert – for EC$135 plus taxes. Lunch is being served from 12.30-3pm. Call 562-7700 or email  

diamondsimage Diamonds International

If handbags and jewellery are more your mom’s style, browse the excellent selection on display at Diamonds International in the heart of the Heritage Quay shopping area. And with Father’s Day next month, why not be ahead of the game and take advantage of the store’s double promotion enabling you to shop for both at the same time. Buy Safi Kilima tanzanite stud earrings for US139 and get a complimentary tanzanite slide and omega necklace. Alternatively, they may prefer a his and hers Movado steel watch set. Buy one for US$299 and get the other for free. Or snap up any men's Wenger GST watch and get a Wenger ladies sports watch free of charge.

Call 481-1880.




Al Porto

Seafood enthusiasts will love Al Porto’s fresh lobster Sundays from 5-10pm. Your mother is sure to enjoy choosing her own live lobster which comes with a delicious all-you-can-eat buffet of side dishes, including fresh bread, salad and baked potatoes for EC$50 per person, plus taxes. The regular menu is also available.


Call 562-7848.




Perfume’s always a winner for Mother’s Day. Treat yours to a special gift from Lipstick in Heritage Quay which is offering a generous 40% discount on all fragrances – and 20% off all gift sets. Call 562-1130.  



Passions Jewellery and Crystals

If jewellery’s more her thing, take advantage of the Heritage Quay store’s 40% reduction on Lalique crystals and other sparkly goodies. Passions is also offering 20% off items storewide and up to 60% on selected goods.

Call 562-5295.



Lush Locations

For those who don’t do things by halves, a week away in the sun is the ultimate way to say, “Love you mom!”  Lush Locations, our sister company, is offering 10% off all villa rentals booked between now and the end of June. Browse through the rental properties on our website or call our friendly and professional team on (268) 562-8174 for more information.

 Hats Off to Mount Gay Rum Party









Where we went: Mount Gay Rum Red Cap party at Reef Gardens, English Harbour
What we ate: We tantalised our tastebuds and seduced our senses with a mouth-watering array of island-style barbecued cuisine and classic American comfort food, including juicy beefburgers, mac ‘n’ cheese, johnny cake, and rice and peas.
What we drank: A free bar featuring the quintessential Bajan liquor – the world’s oldest rum – ensured an early kickstart to this fun-loving bash staged as part of Antigua Sailing Week activities. Mount Gay was the tipple of choice for most partygoers throughout the evening. We enjoyed ours with a delicious coconut water mixer.
Who we saw: Early birds soaked up the sounds of a swinging steel band before the music took a nostalgic step back through the 80s when DJ Who took to the decks. We shimmied and strutted our way through the hedonistic decade to the sounds of Madonna, Michael Jackson and ACDC. Later, high-energy live band 1761 kicked the party up a notch with their soca-infused covers of popular tunes, transforming the dance floor into a frenzy of red hatted, rum-guzzling revellers.

Driftwood House Property Pick – Tranquillity in Turtle Cove

Tucked inside secluded Turtle Cove bay – named after the endangered reptiles which frequent this tropical paradise - Driftwood House is one of Antigua’s most spectacular properties. This delightful, colonial-style seven-bedroom home offers the ultimate in luxury living. The sprawling 1.74-acre landscaped grounds are accessed by a magnificent driveway flanked by protected mangroves.

From glorious Royal palm trees and flowering seagrapes, to beautiful bougainvillea and healing aloe vera plants, the garden is a haven for those who love to soak up the sights and sounds of the great outdoors. Vibrant colours attract hummingbirds, butterflies and dragonflies while the tranquil surrounds are the perfect place for al fresco evening relaxation where the only sound is the gentle chirrup of native tree frogs.
Ideal for boat owners, this spectacular property is complemented by a private dock overlooking the sparkling azure waters of the island’s east coast.

Designed by acclaimed local architect Andrew Goodenough, the 11,000 square foot interior boasts breathtaking vistas from every room. A generous wraparound balcony affords stunning views of the adjacent nature sanctuary, along with the property’s vast swimming pool and jacuzzi. Sensitively created with the pristine environment in mind, this low density development at The Peninsula also has two guest houses, perfect for visitors.

Pearns Point AntiguaPearns Point
“Shared By Few, Rivalled by None”

All the recent news on Pearns Point, set to be one of the most spectacular developments in the Caribbean.  Things have come a long way in the last two months; a visit from the Prime Minister, new roads, and a decreasing number of opportunities to own a unique piece of Antigua – now with 9 plots sold by Luxury Locations Real Estate there are only 50 left. Aerial shots will be posted in the next few weeks with views from each of the plots. See for yourself... it doesn’t get better than this!