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Tucked away on the unspoiled north east coast of Antigua are the white sandy beaches and exotic vegetation that make up the picturesque setting of Dian Bay. The bay lies adjacent to the Indian Town National Park which was thought to have been a campsite of the Arawak Indians prior to the arrival of the colonising Europeans. The national park is an area of unspoiled natural beauty and has many marked nature trails and secluded clear bays.
A brief stroll will take you to Devil's Bridge. This is a soaring natural arch made out of limestone which has been carved out of the waves over the centuries. The area around Dian Bay is full of places of natural beauty but the main attraction is the pristine white sand beach.
The area is dominated by a couple of luxury resort hotels. The Verandah Resort and Spa is an all inclusive destination that only opened in 2007. The complex has three pools including a large free-form pool, a children's club and a small spa. The resort covers thirty beachfront acres of Dian Bay traversed by hiking trails and bordered by the Devil's Bridge National Park. A natural stone staircase leads to the clear beach and the calm waters of the bay. The hotel offers beach umbrellas and loungers and all guests have complimentary use of the hotel's snorkelling facilities. There are also sunfish sailboats and other non motorised watersports on offer. For land lovers there is tennis and volleyball and a well equipped fitness centre.
The free-form pool is for adults only so whilst the children are kept busy at the club their parents can enjoy a drink at the poolside bar and relax. The hotel also has four bars to chose from. Accommodation is in villa style suites set above the beach, all of which have verandahs with at least partial sea views. The suites are studio style with the sleeping area being combined into the living area.
The bay also offers an adult's only luxury hotel, the Dian Bay Resort with only fifty rooms - this is a secluded escape for those looking for tranquility. The hotel offers stunning views over the bay and is built in a style that has been called "West Indian". The buildings are low rise and the property offers a three tier swimming pool and a waterside bar with a thatched roof. The rooms are split between pool view or ocean view but all contain the same high standard of fittings and private terraces and balconies.
Relaxation is the name of the game here so don't expect to be inundated with activities, although the usual watersports are on offer from the hotel's private beach and cocktail parties and barbecues take place at night. In addition to the hotel's own beach, the famed Lover's Beach is a two minute water taxi ride away.
Dian Bay is not a place to visit if you like off the complex entertainment, all facilities and events take place in the hotels but it is a beautiful spot and for a feeling of getting away from it all in an area of outstanding natural beauty then this is the place to head.