Weather & Knots

There’s something particular about the weather in Antigua that lends itself to stuff like sailing, kite surfing and windmills. This Caribbean island occupies an exposed position on the Leeward Islands; a sleepy border town perched between the balmy Caribbean Sea and the badlands of the Atlantic Ocean. The Leeward Islands were so-named because they lay ‘in lee of’, in other words ‘downwind of’, the northeasterly trade winds. Thus, merchant ships from the Atlantic needed only drift with the prevailing wind to find their gateway into the West Indies.

As these trade winds pound from the northeast with little in their way, the Atlantic coast enjoys a challenging swell while the island bears that typical tropical climate that travellers seek in the Caribbean. The more sheltered south coast and the English Harbour meanwhile provide the perfect conditions for the international regatta, Antigua Sailing Week, at the end of April.

Nonsuch Bay Resort

Given that Antigua weather barely changes except for the stormy season, there are few places in the entire Caribbean so perfect as Nonsuch Bay to hoist the mainsail. Positioned on Antigua’s east coast, this 2-square-mile bay receives a fair share of the Atlantic wind. But its effect is tempered, being as it is encapsulated by a barrier reef, Henry Island, Green Island and Bird Island. The conditions are sublime for sailing practise and windsurfing, and it’s no wonder that here is the chosen site for Ride Antigua, the nation’s first Kite Surfing Festival, in May.

Which brings us neatly to Nonsuch Bay Resort. This family friendly resort community of luxury apartments and beachfront holiday villas overlooks the beautiful bay and is, as one would expect, a space for the water sports enthusiast. Nonsuch Bay Resort boasts a secluded beach, a fleet of sailboats and sailing school, kayaks, and three swimming pools amongst its countless water sporting attributes. And with these two new offers from Nonsuch Bay Resort and 40Knots Kite Surfing School, it seems the resort is keen to make an enthusiast out of everyone from an early age.

Kite Surfing Package

Guests can save up to 40% for stays over the Ride Antigua Kite Surfing Festival period, from May 20 – June 14, 2013.

The deal includes seven nights at Nonsuch Bay Resort, with full breakfast and picnic lunch everyday, and 5 days’ worth of kite surfing provided by 40Knots.

Rental of equipment and use of the resort’s watercraft can be included in your package, during which IKO-trained instructors guide everyone from novices to wannabe pros in this jaw-dropping show of skill.

And if you’re a non-rider travelling in tow, don’t worry, you have the option of many other water sports activities, relaxing in the resort spa, or activity days for the kids. Alternatively take some time to explore this fascinating island and its rich heritage. A former English colony, Antigua has a great deal of history to offer, and as a sugar plantation, is indeed home to many windmills.

Travel windows: May 18 – June 2 / June 8 – June 16, 2013
Booking window: March 27 – May 31, 2013

Family Package Offer

This superb family holiday deal provides guests with free childcare and complimentary sailing for over-4s, with all Half Board bookings over seven-nights.

Travel window: July 7 – August 31, 2013
Booking window: March 27 – June 7, 2013

This offer is also combinable with an extra 15% off your stay.

Give us a call on 0207 749 9245 for further details.

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