Pinkshack Studio Cottage with it's stunning Tropical Garden, offers extremely cosy semi rural living situated just outside Five Islands Village, with stunning white sandy beaches only a stroll away
Our fabulous GO PINK DEAL offers a complimentary welcome basket including fresh fruits of the season and snack basket with refridgerated drinks, including soft beverages, wine and beer also included for our Pinkshackers is our very own Welcome to Five Islands beach complimentary orientation tour to give you the best start to your Sunny holiday on Antigua :) !! Transfers can be organised from VC Bird Airport, so can the most competitive car hire on the Island, which will can be delivered to your cottage whenever you are ready, so there is no hustle and bustle at the Airport having to collect the hire car, or driving on the busy roads of Antigua after a long flight, instead let us collect you on your day of arrival and just put your feet up relax at the Pinkshack and we'll have your hire vehicle delivered to you... Love our Pinkshackers paradise offer so far?... Then please read on for our honest description to make sure its you... Pinkshack Studio Cottage is our flagship cottage and is a beautiful private Caribbean guest cottage in the semi rural Caribbean setting of breezy Five Islands, with its breathtaking Caribbean rolling hills, valley and pastures...Pinkshack Studio offers a well secured, genuinely affordable property to enjoy your vacation on Antigua, situated in a beautiful tropical garden numerous species of palms, stunning shrubs, a mulitude of tropical flowers grace the Pinkshack gardens.. Local fruit trees, local vegetables, peppers and herbs are also grown at Pinkshack Cottages and we offer complimentary garden produce to all of our Pinkshacker's to sample during their stay... Nature and animal lovers alike will adore the array of tropical birds which frequent the Pinkshack garden, the local village area of Five Islands also offers the unique experience to see free roaming donkeys, horses, cows,sheep, goats, ducks and chickens around the property's perimeter...Deep Bay is one of Antigua's glorious beaches and its just a stroll away from the Pinkshack, on your walk to the beach you will encounter typical Caribbean Country Village scenes and some breathtaking views at Siboney Hill... Five islands hosts around 10 of Antiguas 365 breathtaking, secluded beautiful white sand beaches, including one of the only Naturist beaches EDEN BEACH in the Caribbean, it's a rambling, secluded white sand beach which is considered an area of outstanding natural beauty and offers great snorkelling and an opportunity to see the rare Hawksbill Turtle swimming in the Hawksbill crystal clear waters or you may even see some turtle hatchlings scuttling into the clear blue sea... The blissful powder white sand beach at Deep Bay Cove offers an opportunity to hike up to historical Fort Barrington to view the Andes sunken shipwreck... Fort Barrington dating back as early as1652, fortified in 1779 is one of Antigua's National Parks. . The property is located less than 15 minutes stroll from this stunning beach and outstanding area of natural beauty and history. Nearby stunning Coconut Bay is also less than a minute walk or you may opt to hire a car which means you will reach anyone of these beaches in less than 5 minutes, including Galley Bay, any one of the four Hawkbill Estate Beaches, Eden Beach, Deep Bay, Galley Bay Beach, Armani Beach, Hideaway Bay, Yeptons, Coconut Beach, Pensioners Corner Beach, this is a completely stunning rural area of Antigua and a great place to enjoy your holiday experience... In addition to the Pinkshack's superb rural, yet convenient position it is only a 6 minute Drive to the Capital of St Johns, offering full amenities including a large Supermarket, several pharmacies, banks local fish and fruit/vegetable market and vendors and many Caribbean local shops, bars and restaurants. The historic Redcliff Quay and in complete contrast the modern Heritage Quay offering the Capital's excellent array of interesting Caribbean shops restaurants and cafes and bars. Holidaying in Pinkshack Studio Cottage on Antigua is an excellent self catering choice and is very likely to exceed your expectations as it offers genuine value for money without experiencing budget facilities..
My wife & I booked a week at Pink Shack Studio Cottage in Five Islands Village in Antigua at relatively short notice. We were in contact with owner, Sonja from the start. On arrival Sonja gave us a great informative 30 minute tour of the local sites and beaches on the Five Islands peninsula to orientate us, which was a big help as the area does not appear very well described in guide books on Antigua. And although we were staying just a 10 minute drive from the capital St. Johns, the Five Islands area is very unspoilt and relatively cut off from other more tourist areas.
The accommodation was self-contained and any requests to Sonja were happily granted, making our stay a wonderful experience.
We decided the best and quietest beaches were the small secluded cove in front of Georgio Armani's private house and the first & third of the four consecutive Hawksbill beaches. A vehicle is not 100% necessary, but is recommended to get to see the many beautiful beaches and sites that Antigua has to offer.
Finding somewhere to eat in the Five Villages area was more difficult as the several 'all inclusive' hotels in the area made buying a day pass or bookings in advance a necessity, however we usually had lunch at the Hawksbill Beach Hotel which charged us a reasonable price for what we ate. Other times we ate in at the Pink Shack after shopping in St Johns, also in restaurants in St Johns or elsewhere on the island.
The only small gripes we had with the accommodation were the intermittent internet access, out of Sonja's control, a problem with the internet provider and occasionally a dog barking next door early in the morning (Sonja's small toy breed dogs never were a problem).
All in all we had a fantastic stay here and would happily recommend it to anyone else wanting to book a small cottage away from the packaged holiday crowds.
Korrene from HOUSTON
Stayed Sep 2014 - Couple
We stayed at Pink Shack Cottage for the week of September 20-27, 2014. We had such an amazing time here in Antigua! Sonja, the owner of the property, is the nicest person and is so accommodating. She is extremely friendly and cheerful and was very welcoming to us on our arrival and throughout the entire week. She took us on a tour around to the various beaches near the cottage. She recommended various restaurants and gave wonderful directions when we needed them. The cottage itself is so cute and cozy. It is impeccably clean and tidy. The porch has seats and a table great for having coffee in the morning and listening to the birds chirp and the tropical greenery and palm trees sway with the breeze.
Within 5 minutes driving time are many gorgeous beaches that are easily accessible to get to. These are: Hawksbill Beaches (4), Galley Bay, Armani Beach, Hideaway Bay, and Deep Bay. There is Fort Barrington at Deep Bay that you can hike up to for the most spectacular view of the bays and the mountains, as well as seeing the old fort and walking through it. Close by is also a great panoramic view of the Five Islands community that you can drive to most of the way and then walk the rest of the way up. The port city and capital of St. John is about 10 minutes away by car and that is where you can get groceries and supplies at the market, fresh fruits and vegetables, and where we ate most dinners. I highly recommend C&C Wine Bar, Big Banana Pizzas in Paradise, and Freds Belgium waffles and ice cream. They are all in Redcliffe Quay. I would recommend renting an SUV of some sort to have access to the other parts of the island. Some other beaches and places of interest are: Jolly Harbor area, Valley Church Beach The Nest Beach Bar, Ffrye Beach, Darkwood Beach, Turner Beach, Hermitage Beach, Shirley Heights, Devils Bridge.
We had such an amazing time here and did not want to leave. I have already recommended this cottage to multiple people we met on the trip who stayed in secluded resorts. They were quite jealous when we told them about Pink Shack Cottage, the beautiful area of Five Islands, and what other parts of the island we were able to see with a rental car. I will also be recommending this cottage to my other friends where we live in Texas. We cant wait to go back and visit again! We already miss Sonja and her cute little dogs!
Carol from London
Stayed Jul 2014 - Couple
Had a great time in a cosy space with a most gracious host. Would not hesitate in recommending very highly!
John from Limassol
Stayed Apr 2014 - Couple
The Pink Shack is a hidden gem we stayed for six weeks starting in April and ending in June.The cottage was as described and the Five Islands village was rural ethnic
Caribbean with the people so friendly.
Beautiful beaches within walking distance and the capital St Johns a short bus ride away or a forty minute walk.The capital is a busy vibrant town where you can try almost any type of cuisine and any drink.!
Sonja the owner was so helpful and friendly nothing was too much trouble,she took us on a tour of the area to show where all the beaches were she supplied us with a cool box and lightweight sun beds.
The village BBQ on Thursdays and Saturdays were great fun with good food and cold beers!
We will certainly go back again and would recommend the cottage to anyone who wants a tranquil getaway in a quaint cottage in a tropical garden. Perfect!!
Viviane from Thames Ditton
Stayed Feb 2014 - Couple
We have just returned from spending 8 wonderful days at the Pinkshack Cottage. The property is well furnished to a high standard, everything you need is provided, the cottage is spotless. Sonja, the owner, is a charming hostess and every day she makes you feel special with nice details such as giving you fruit from a lovely tropical garden, we even had a guided tour highlighting the various plants, shrubs and trees. Sonja gave us helpful information about the area. Her little dogs are very friendly and well behaved
About the village, we strongly recommend the chicken and fresh fish barbecue which you takes place every Thursday and Saturday, near the hairdresser.
The small village store/pub provides basic provisions such as bread, local fresh eggs...The closest beach (10 mn walk) is one of the most beautiful beaches. We also took the buses from Five Islands village to St. Johns, very typical and good service.
Tim from Le Plan de la Tour
Stayed Jan 2014 - Couple
From 15 January 14 we spent five weeks bathing in the warmth from the beating heart of the Caribbean. We had such a holiday as never before and have already booked to come back for longer, next January. This is NOT offered as a Budget holiday, but at a very attractive price. As promised, Sonja collected us from the airport. We felt like we were the only people waiting to be so warmly welcomed. She took us first to the supermarket. Later her tour, those little extras and much local knowledge, made settling-in easy. Inside Pinkshack was as we had expected. Practical use of space: it had everything we needed and was easy to clean and maintain. Bottled water is so commonplace these days understanding the local water supply, you might crave a filter jug, but we happily cooked and made tea with it. Since these photos, the garden has become a full jungle of exotic fruits and flowers with Green Hummingbirds very special amongst the many that feed there. You wil be amongst caring, rural people, with homegrown customs of farm animal husbandry. Expect these to come moo-ing, quacking and crowing right to the fence. Pretty much everyone has a couple of dogs. Sonjas large flock of sweet little individuals, flowing like a wake from her heels, are each infinitely better cared for than those in neighbouring gardens. Their chorussed accompaniment to any movement is an abiding memory. Their gentle nature a testament to the love surrounding them. The new building advanced significantly while we were there. We spent long days out walked the village a lot, and bussed into town, made friends with many from Five Islands and in St Johns.... they make it SO easy. Cant wait to be back home next year!
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My boyfriend and I stayed in Pinkshack end May/beginning of June and had an amazing time! The place is really lovely, set back in a green garden in the country side of Antigua. This place is for relaxing and just enjoying life.The little house is surrendered by exotic trees and plants. It was really relaxing coming home from the beach and spend the evenings on the porch watching the humming birds. The are many beaches you can walk to from the place, within 15 minutes you can pretty much end up having your own beach.The owner Sonja is great! She helped us with everything/anything. We rented a car for two days and travelled around the island. Really recommend it since it was a lot of nice places to see. I would recommend this place to anyone, its amazing and absolutely perfect! x Linda and Dave
Well what can we say... Sonja the owner of the Pink Shack was so very helpful form the moment we made our booking and gave us lots of advise before we had even departed the UK. On arrival Sonja was there to pick us up which was great at the end of a long flight and arriving in a new country.
Sonja made sure we popped by a supermarket to pick us the necessary supplies for our first night, gave us the number to arrange car hire which we must say worked out far more reasonable than pre booking from home.
The Pink Shack was superbly presented and very quaint with everything one would need for a stay in Antigua. It was very welcoming and made us feel at home as soon as we got there. The property is set in a well maintained tropical garden in a secluded part of the island which had easy access to the capital and routes to the rest of the island.
Sonja was full of useful information and would always go to extra lengths to provide us with what we needed or point us in the right direction to make our stay all we wanted. If there was something Sonja did not know the answer to, a couple of calls later, hay presto, there was the answer!
All in all our stay was superb and we would not hesitate to recommend Sonja and the Pink Shack to anyone looking for a vacation in Antigua. We will always remember our stay and when we travel back to the Island we would not choose anywhere else but the Pink Shack. A must for all.
Richard and Kate 4th – 16th June 2013
My wife Angela and I stayed at The Pink Shack in Antigua, and it was probably the best vacation weve had yet. We are both avid travelers, and of all the place weve been, Sonja at the pink shack was by far the most accommodating, and personable. It is a quiet cottage in the five islands, we rented a car and traveled the whole island, and we both agree that five islands is the best. The cottage is clean, homey, and you feel really comfortable as soon as you enter. Has a full kitchen and even a charcoal BBQ if your in the mood for a cook out!
There is lots to explore nearby, and saint johns is a 2 minute drive away!! Sonja is really nice and will set up any excursions you may want to do. This was very helpful as there are lots of people that offer you these excursions at jacked up prices or try to rip you off.. Sonja has stayed and lived on the island for years and really knows what shes doing. We both love this woman, and love the pink shack. We will be going back soon and CANT WAIT!!!
We recommend this place to EVERYONE
" Thank you for a lovely time at the Pinkshack, we thought the cottage was lovely and very cosy to stay in, we had everything we needed. Even though our two stays were short ones we have recommended you to all of our friends and colleagues who will be passing through Antigua on their way back to Europe... Thank you we have no hesitation in recommending your cottage ... P Hendriksen
2014 Update... Pinkshack Studio is situated in a very private mature lush tropical garden and home to many birds, plants tropical flowers and various spectacular matured palms,Caribbean fruit and flowering tropical trees, as a result many of the panoramic and distant sea views have been obstructed by the natural tropical fauna which give ultimate privacy and serenity to our guests... We are working on a new 'over the canopy' viewing balcony and communal entertainment area which is over 15 feet in height and rises way above Pinkshack's Tropical Canopy deliights, The Pink Dink look out will restore all previous views and add even further stunning views for our guests enjoyment.. Other things we can arrange car hire for you (car hire is recommended although a frequent bus service passes us to St Johns). We can arrange tours and recommend restaurants for lunch or dinner and explain the highlights of the Island which you should not miss during your stay here. A fabulous Island hop to nearby
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