Antigua will become the latest Caribbean island to be featured on either "The Bachelorette" or "The Bachelor," two popular romance reality television shows on ABC that have also featured such islands as Anguilla, Puerto Rico, St. Lucia and Curacao.
The show will feature three Elite Island Resorts properties in Antigua: The Verandah Resort & Spa, St. James's Club & Villas and Galley Bay Resort & Spa. Tune in to The Bachelorette and watch for your favorite Antigua resort during the two-part Season Finale, airing July 29 and August 5.
Following St. Lucia's featured appearance on the 2010 season of “The Bachelor,” four hotels that were featured on the show, including the luxurious Jade Mountain and Cap Maison, had been 100 percent for months. Also, the tourism board's web site went from 5,000 to 68,000 total hits From March to June of 2010.
The Bachelor also arrived at W Retreat & Spa – Vieques Island in Puerto Rico in January of last year. While in Vieques, fan-favorite Ben Flajnik hosted his group of potential mates as they explored secluded beaches, indulged in treatments at the Retreat’s AWAY Spa, dined on cuisine from Alain Ducasse’s miX on the beach, and lounged in guest rooms designed by Patricia Urquiola.
In 2011, Anguilla was among the destinations featured in the 15th season of The Bachelor. Anguilla was selected to appear on the show for its white sand beaches, crystal clear turquoise waters, luxurious resorts, and welcoming hospitality. The Bachelor that season, Brad Womack, and his bachelorettes enjoyed a romantic escape to the Caribbean island.
Last year, Curacao was featured on The Bachelorette as the Sandton Kura Hulanda Lodge & Beach Club took center stage.