In need of some downtime? We have picked a West Indies getaway that is perfect if you are pregnant and want one last blowout before you have your hands full with toddlers.
Anna Shepard and her partner visited The Inn at English Harbour in Antigua.
While holidays with children are great, the days of lounging on the beach and reading your book are over. So, before you’re too pregnant to fly, which means ideally during your second trimester, you might treat yourself to a final blowout.
Antigua is an eight-and-a-half-hour direct flight with British Airways. It’s definitely a special-treat destination but remember this will be the last time you’ll be a couple, rather than a family. And if you’re in the position to really push the boat out, nowhere beats The Inn at English Harbour.
“If you’re not feeling energetic, the hotel will ferry you up and down the hill in one of its fleet of cars”
With its spacious colonial-style rooms next to the idyllic Caribbean, it’s deeply luxurious. It’s set in two locations. The first is on a hill, where you’ll find the hotel’s fine dining restaurant and reception. At the bottom of the hill are the bedrooms, set amid pretty gardens, a swimming pool, spa rooms and a more casual beach-side restaurant. If you’re not feeling energetic, the hotel will ferry you up and down the hill in one of its fleet of cars.
There’s a tennis court and you can take a 40-minute stroll along the coastal paths to Shirley Heights, once a naval base, now a great spot for a rum punch and stunning views over the bay. You can also take a free boat across the bay to Nelson Dockyard, where Admiral Nelson lived in the 18th Century.
In the evenings, my boyfriend and I ate smart European food in the hotel restaurant, although we ventured out on a few nights to find local places selling jerk chicken and fried plantain.
The best thing about the Inn is the fantastic service. There’s always a staff member on hand to bring you a fruit punch or mineral water. It’s the definition of stress free. And if you’re about to have a baby, that’s just perfect.