Antigua & Barbuda Captivates Visitors Seeking a Wellness Getaway

The Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority has announced a year-long series of wellness retreats and experiences for visitors, starting with a new “Antigua and Barbuda Wellness Month” in January.

During each week in January 2023, visitors can immerse themselves in wellness-oriented activities such as complimentary aerobics and Zumba classes, meditative yoga in the countryside, hiking in the hills and a variety of spa treatments. Visitors will enjoy healthy dining options and digital mocktail sessions.

In addition, Carlisle Bay is offering an all-inclusive wellness retreat from February 24-27. Activities include daily mindful meditation, yoga classes, reef snorkeling at Cades Bay, a guided rainforest hike to Signal Hill and a local cooking demonstration. Carlisle Bay will also host a second wellness retreat from May 19-22, 2023.

Curtain Bluff will host two of its own “Health & Wellness Weeks” from April 15-22 and April 22-26, 2023. Guests can enjoy daily intimate group classes, tennis lessons and daily spa treatments. Weekly offerings will also be available, including aqua aerobics, a sunset meditation and a fitness walks led by in-house practitioners.

On May 28, 2023, runners of all skill levels from around the world will join seasoned athletes and fitness enthusiasts in Antigua for “Run in Paradise.” The marathon race traverses the colorful city of St. John’s and Antigua’s north coast, and concludes at the Fort James beach.

Inspired by the art of forest bathing, guests at Wild Lotus Glamping can experience an oil massage in Antigua’s rainforest. Throughout the massage, guests will be led through a ritual of deep breathing and meditation, allowing immersion of the forest atmosphere through the senses.

A range of tours are also available for visitors looking to indulge in an adventurous wellness experience. The journey begins in the pastures of Ebenezer where guests participate in a guided meditation and yoga session before hiking to Green Castle Hill. This will be followed by a private lunch curated by local vegan chefs on a beach.

Travelers can explore the roots and culture of Antigua through the lens of Rastafari on a one-hour guided tour through the grounds of Ras Freeman. Located in one of the first villages to be freed during slavery, the former plantation is now a place for worship, farming, natural living, history and heritage. Guests can learn about incoming crops and Rastafari’s role in making Antigua a more food secure nation. They can also visit an indoor greenhouse to learn about Rastafari’s role in Antigua’s budding medicinal cannabis industry.

Situated on a fruit and vegetable farm, Bush Bungalow Creations is the Caribbean’s first minimal waste, plant-based restaurant showcasing local and regional cuisine. The open-air restaurant offers healthy menu options created by Chef Jermaine Jonas. This season’s menu features breakfast smoothies and gratitude bowls, besides plant-based shepherd’s pies and pizzas.

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