Calmness and Charm at Ellen Bay Cottages, Antigua

As the horrors of 2021 headed out of view, I found myself in a tranquil and calm little abode. A flight issue from Winair granted me a full night in Guadeloupe and longer than that in the split island of Sint Maarten. This meant backpacking Barbuda was not possible (I now had no time) but Antigua certainly was, although my time here was cut short. I chose the calmness and charm of the pink and blue decorated Ellen Bay Cottages, down by the harbour and Stingray City in northern Antigua.

Calmness and Charm at Ellen Bay Cottages, Antigua

Calmness and Charm at Ellen Bay Cottages, Antigua

In Antigua, (for a day, and then back two days later!) I managed to visit English Harbour, Devil’s Bridge, Long Beach, Stingray City and the Vivian Richards Cricket Stadium as well as passing through Saint John’s, the capital city. Incidentally, I don’t write Antigua and Barbuda as I never visited Barbuda and it’s fake loyal to whackpack both. I was in Antigua, ONLY. Sadly, countrywise I have to put that in. But it was still something special.

Calmness and Charm at Ellen Bay Cottages, Antigua

Calmness and Charm at Ellen Bay Cottages, Antigua

I based myself at Ellen Bay Cottages, which was ironically around the corner from Belfast Bay! This is a superb little abode and here are some reasons why I recommend it.

1.Amazing Views

When I arrived, I was surprised at how close Ellen Bay Cottages are to nature and in particular, the very tranquil coastline. To the right is Belfast Bay, in front of course a gateway to the Caribbean and to the left is Stingray Harbour. I sipped a cold local beer (Wadadli) and admired the views, and took a walk down to the seafront.

Ellen Bay Cottages by the sea in Antigua

Ellen Bay Cottages by the sea in Antigua

A Wadadli at Ellen Bay Cottages by the sea in Antigua

2.Quick Walk to Stingray City

I headed down to the harbour with Nyeisha my host and guide. On round, is Stingray City which has a harbour popular for local boats. There are many adventuruous activities available of course including deep sea diving, snorkelling and just cruises. Even with COVID happening, you can organise all of this quite easily.

Stingray City, Antigua

Stingray City, Antigua

3.Cosy, colourful Rooms

I was in room 1 on the ground floor. The colour of the building is pink and blue. I was in room 1.

My room at Ellen Bay Cottages, Antigua

4.Friendly Welcome

I was welcomed by Nyeisha who was my host and guide and made me feel at home. I also wrote online to Bernadette, the managing director and she helped organise my trip! From Ellen Bay Cottages, you have all the contacts you need to prepare your tour and make you feel at home.

With my excellent host and guide Nyeisha at Ellen Bay Cottages

5.Leafy Gardens and Nature

Chill out reading a book or sunbathing in the leafy gardens here. There are also plants and fruit including coconuts and sugar apples.

Chill in the Leafy Gardens at Ellen Bay Cottages, Antigua

Chill in the Leafy Gardens at Ellen Bay Cottages, Antigua

Chill in the Leafy Gardens at Ellen Bay Cottages, Antigua

Chill in the Leafy Gardens at Ellen Bay Cottages, Antigua

Chill in the Leafy Gardens at Ellen Bay Cottages, Antigua

6.Easy to organise tours

The owner of Ellen Bay Cottages helped organise my airport transfer and in turn my island tour. Here are a few of the great spots in Antigua that I visited!!

  • Devil’s Bridge
  • The Viv Richards Cricket Stadium
  • English Harbour
  • Long Beach
  • Willikies

Devil’s Bridge

Devil’s Bridge

The Viv Richards Cricket Stadium

Lunch at English Harbour

Chilling at English Harbour

Long Beach, Antigua

Long Beach, Antigua

Willikies, Antigua

Here are the details for booking a room at the Ellen Bay Cottages Antigua:

Ellen Bay Cottages Website
Ellen Bay Cottages on Facebook

Seatons Village, St. Phillips, Antigua & Barbuda
Phone: +1 416-315-6724
Email: [email protected]

Here are some videos I made during my stay at the Ellen Bay Cottages Antigua:

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