Cactus House (4 bedroom / 5 bath) is a new 'World Class' property only finished in 2015 & was built virtually without regard to cost. Situated on the hillside behind my other property Coco, it enjoys incredible views of both the harbour & the Caribbean sea, plus provides absolute privacy and tranquillity - ideal for groups but also very popular with couples who want an exclusive hideaway plus total privacy & maximum space.
It is very conveniently situated close to Jolly Harbour complex and the 5* Sugar Ridge Hotel. Cactus offers ultimate views over the Caribbean and four bedroom opulence on a peaceful wooded hillside. Ideal if you want sheer luxury, total serenity & absolute privacy, yet be just across the road from two of the best beaches on Antigua. Also perfect if you only want to be a 10 minute walk to the Jolly Harbour complex of shops, golf, supermarket & restaurants. Plus being situated next door to the 5* Sugar Ridge Hotel, you have access to their restaurants, gym, spa or beauty facilities - or choose from ten independent local restaurants within easy walking distance & all offering excellent variety and value.
This property is in a league of its own, perched on a massive stone plinth overlooking both harbour and sea - it is a house of grand scale. Built with the sole aim to accommodate up to 8 guests in absolute comfort, whilst offering unrivaled 360' views of the Caribbean & local countryside. The infinity pool here is the largest in the area and has the stunning panoramic views. The house has been designed around the Caribbean climate and thus primarily it's ‘al fresco’ living.
Cactus is unsuitable for wheel chair users or those with walking difficulties, due to its hillside location. If mobility is a problem Coco House is suggested as an alternative as it is predominately on the flat .
Hamilton Estate was recently visited by TV's 'Place in the Sun' receiving very favorable reviews.
Just a short walk across the road are two of the best beaches on Antigua - of different characters but both have pristine white powder sand, pure blue water plus good beach restaurants.
Jolly Beach is the more commercial of the two with motorised water sports, vendor’s stalls & 'Castaways' restaurant. Valley Church is much quieter, also has a beach bar / restaurant for all day drinks & meals, but is surrounded by lakes & greenery. Also within an easy walk Jolly Harbor offers Banks, shopping, large supermarket & many restaurants.The quiet location of both houses is perfect, as it is just 20 minutes from the capital St Johns or a 30 minute private transfer from the Airport - this is a complimentary service we provide.
At Cactus each of the bedrooms is of exceptional size and naturally they are individually air conditioned, plus have modern bathrooms all with large walk in showers or bath. The kitchen is huge, having expansive marble worktops, top end appliances and comprehensively equipped for self catering.
It was designed with emphasis on outdoor living, so has external dining areas, BBQ's on the patio, large private infinity with pool decks offering sun and shade areas.
Cactus has additional indoor dining areas, with lounge and kitchen providing wide double doors to the exterior patios to maximize the internal cooling and natural light, plus the lounges have high speed 4G broadband and WiFi .
Cactus's infinity pool deck is the largest in the area and equipped with very comfortable loungers which can be placed either in the sun or shade. For young children the pool has a shallow side section and at night you can progamme the underwater lighting to give a light show of your choice . If you want to be more active the upper garden has outdoor table tennis, darts and volley ball to entertain you. The mature gardens are extensive, filled with lush vegetation, plenty of flowers and many palms , plus of course an abundance of cacti !
For your reassurance we have Hazel our Estate Manager , who will look after your needs, great or small during your stay. On arrival all guests are met at the airport for complimentary private transfers by our driver 'Lava' and then at the Villa by Hazel, who will pass over your keys, explain the house, the beaches and surrounding attractions, plus will provide the complimentary welcome pack of necessities to get your holiday off to a great start.
Both the Hazel and Lava are at your disposal 24/7 should you have any problems or need any advice. We offer an 'on demand' concierge service thus virtually any special requirements can be organised for you, so please just ask.
It is simple to get around the Island by either car, taxi or bus, which drive on the right hand side.
The Capital St Johns is home of the cruise liners and international shopping can be found in the totally restored Heritage Quay. Only a few yards away you walk back into history with the old character filled buildings and streets, all safe to walk unlike some Caribbean destinations. In the countryside the many abandoned sugar mills act as a reminder of bygone trade and slavery. Nelsons dockyard is a fully restored working harbour which has won many awards and only a short distance away is Shirley heights and its colonial fort - here there are stunning views over both the sea and countryside. Worth a visit is Betty's Hope which was Antigua’s first sugar estate & some restoration of the ruins have taken place and the Mill is now totally intact.
Alternatively if relaxing on a sandy beach is your preference, you will be spoil for choice as it is reputed that Antigua has a different beach for everyday of the year, some of the best being just a walk away from Cactus and Coco House. Apart from the beaches there is plenty to do so perhaps try :-
Private Yacht Charter can be arranged for those staying at Coco or Cactus House. This is a charter for just your party from a choice of either two companies & includes free transport to & from the house. You choose either a superb modern 50ft yacht or a 'classic' 40ft Bristol - both have experienced crew to pander to your every need, including lunch with fine wines. Throughout the day all food and drink is complimentary. Sunbathe on the deck, relax in the shade, snorkel & swim off the side, ride the dingy and perhaps take a turn at the helm if you wish.
For younger ones there is the Donkey sanctuary which is a simple establishment, but captivating for children who can ‘adopt’ the donkey of their choice. A small fee will make them eligible for a certificate & photo, plus regular updates on their new pet. The sanctuary cares for abandoned, injured and abused animals from all over the island and is a charity. Entry is free.
Alternatively there is rare chance to swim with Sting-rays at Stingray City . A high speed boat takes you out to sea to a pontoon where you can stand or swim in the warm shallow water. Usually about 30 - 40 rays come in from the Ocean and you can then both stroke, hold and feed them. This is a well organised professional excursion, totally safe for children.
During your stay and to guarantee you the most memorable of holidays, almost any specific needs can be catered for - so please let us have your request and turn fantasy into luxurious reality.