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In the eastern Caribbean Sea you will find the island of Antigua. Located roughly in the middle of the Leeward Isles Antigua and its neighbour Barbuda are part of the collection of islands that contains St Lucia, Martinique and Barbados.
The Yepton Beach estate cottages offer a perfect holiday hideaway sitting in three quarters of an acre of landscaped gardens alongside a salt lagoon.
The lagoon offers sanctuary to a number of exotic birds and is also full of fish so take a lazy afternoon and join the birds in their fishing, or take a six minute walk to the white sands of Loblolly Beach.
The white cottages mimic a string of pearls as they sit around a swimming pool and each cottage has a view of the lagoon and the coconut palms beyond. There is nothing to disturb the timeless serenity of the scene apart from the song of the tree frogs and the bird call.
Sounds as if it is paradise? You would need to look long and hard to find a closer option and only a handful of these self catering cottages are available so they come at a premium and reservations are made well in advance. The cottages come in studios for two people or the larger one bedroom cottages which can accommodate four people by using an extra double sleeper in the living room. So there's no danger of the peace being broken by large groups partying into the night. All the cottages are air conditioned and have their own terrace and barbecue. The terrace has comfortable garden furniture for you to relax on and the one bedroom cottage has the ideal piece of Caribbean relaxation equipment, a hammock.
Entertainment isn't high key on Antigua, you may find yourself taking part in the crazy sport of crab racing, learning to play Warri (a game involving shells and cups) or joining a game of cricket.
For a day away from the peace of your cottage Antigua has a wide range of water sports on offer or take the scenic drive route of Fig Tree Drive through the picturesque fishing villages. Don't look for figs as you won't find any. Fig is the Antiguan term for Banana.
Caribbean markets are a good way to spend a day; haggle your way to a basket full of mouth watering fruit and spices.
Most of the nightlife in Antigua is centred around St John's. No visit to the Caribbean is complete without an evening in front of a traditional steel band and these tour the island throughout the summer months.
Visit Betty's Hope, a restored sugar plantation and of course Shirley Heights and Fort James will remind you of the days when the British attempted to fortify the colony in the 18th century.
Antigua does not have its own airline, so unless you are travelling as part of a charter package then the main scheduled airlines such as British Airways are the best way to find a flight. The flight time from London is about eight hours. Perhaps the best way to travel around the island is by hired car as buses are infrequent, but there is a good taxi service. However, once you have settled on the terrace of your cottage and started to unwind, you won't want to be leaving, not even when it's time to go home.