Slice of Paradise
Antigua is the kind of place you see on TV or in magazines. It is a genuine slice of paradise tucked away in the south caribbean.
Where To Stay
St. John although is quite common. Its not as attractive in person.
I recommend a place down south called English Harbour.
We stayed at a lovely place called South Point – English Harbour
The stay included free kayaks & paddle boards.
When you take the paddle boards out, you can paddle on the other side of the cove, where you will find an amazing beach and restaurant which serves alcohol.
Unfortunately, I didn’t get any pictures paddle boarding, because I didn’t want to drop my phone in the water. Funny story is John took the kayak out, which I thought was unsteady to begin with. He wound up falling off the kayak into the ocean and loosing his ray bands. Normally you can see in the water, however we didn’t notice until we got back to shore and I was too busy laughing at the hilariousness of it all.
Moral of the story, don’t take anything valuable with you, while you are in the water.
We booked a trip with Wadadli Cats which is a snorkeling excursion and booze cruise on a sailboat. The cruise last around 5-6 hours and will pick you up from the nearest beach you are staying at. There are over 365 beaches on this island. One for everyday of the year.
The cruise takes you from the north end of the Island and then sails to the south end of the island and back. You are not allowed to consume the alcohol until after the snorkeling. (fair) Once on board the sailboat they have an assortment of alcohol and the famous ‘rum punch’ equipped with bathrooms, food and local snacks.
I’ve had this Resort booked and PAID for 5 months (Jan – May 2017) at the Lotus Desaru Beach Resort, for my boyfriend and I. Unfortunately since he kept getting called away for work, I would have to reschedule our stay. After rescheduling more than 8x The lady on the other end of the phone finally said, “Ma’am I cannot reschedule the stay anymore.”
So my last reservation was final. I had 2 options.. forfeit my holiday that I’ve already paid for or just go! So I asked some ladies that I work with If they would like to go on a holiday before our actually holiday is coming up. So this is like our Pre-holiday, holiday.
The obvious response was YES! FREE HOLIDAY!
Ladies Pre-Holiday, Holiday
Turned out to be an alright resort. It was equipped with a waterpark that was full of kids. As a teacher right now, I need to escape these little monsters. So naturally, we all avoided the waterpark like the plague.
The breakfast was maybe 3/5 stars. It wasn’t the best I’ve had. I mostly ate Roti for breakfast because the ‘western’ selection was awful. The actual rooms were ok. It was a 2 bedroom suite, queen bed. However, mostly everything was pretty outdated and looked rather old and dingy.
The resort was right on the beach, so we spend a lot of time in the ocean or lounging out, drinking cheap beer and reading a book.
A one point during the lounging out and reading, I was approached by what I can only describe as creepy.
We were all soaking up the sun under our cabanas and groups of people passed by behind us. However, there was one group of guys where one of the guys strayed away and out of the 15 cabanas available, he decided to come sit next to me. “Oh brilliant!” I sarcastically thought to myself.
As soon as this guy sat down he tried to talk, and we all had out faces in a book. He could clearly see that. So, he hung around. About 10-15 minutes pass and I’m finished with ,my chapter and set the book down to get a drink and he starts to talk.. with what I can only describe as drilling me with the 50 questions. I polity answer a few, give obvious fake name and then this dude whips out his phone and starts scrolling through facebook asking if this is my facebook. WTF??
I basically kept saying, “No’ then he asked for my number, again I respond with a “No!”
This dude was super persistent. I thought a polite ‘fuck off’ might be in order. Instead I stopped talking and moved over to one of the other girls cabanas and drank until he fucked off. After that we joked about my pseudonym ‘Mary’
After that, we had a lovely time!
Airport > Hotel
When you are trying to leave the airport in Phuket to your final destination, I highly suggest getting a SIM card for $10-15 and ordering a “Grab” aka UBER for Thailand.
I was ripped off by the taxi queue. I initially ordered a cheap 200 bhat van ride to Patong Beach. However, I found out once I met my driver that the van doesn’t leave until its full! Which is not convenient at all. I asked for a refund or to book a proper taxi rather than share a van. she told me 600 baht more.
So I found a girl outside the airport who was also going near Patong Beach and we were keen on sharing a taxi. However the taxi lady seen us talking and then said 600 baht EACH. It was ridiculous. I even told the taxi lady, the girl would be going to MY place. She still wouldn’t let us share a taxi. I WISH I would have known “GRAB”was in Phuket. We could have split the normal fair 800 bhat.
ALSO don’t buy the cheap ticket unless you have about 10 people to fill a van.
Patong Beach area was quite nice. This was my first time in Thailand and I was keen on seeing the touristy areas. We strolled down Bangla Road and was met with the craziest party scene. I’ve been to Bourbon Street in New Orleans and Bangla Road takes the cake. They have it all. Cheap booze, cheap food, and entertainment shows which will make you say, “what the … did I just watch”
We went to a wonderful Elephant Sanctuary in Phuket. The elephants roamed free on the land. This was a no riding facility, strictly retirement for the elephants. They taught us about some of the elephants and have permanent damage to their back being broken from the riding industry and this particular sanctuary we were at rescued them from those facilities. I highly recommend this place.