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Learn to sail at NonSuch Bay Resort in Antigua.
Learn to sail at NonSuch Bay Resort in Antigua.

Learn to sail on a luxe island getaway Add to ...

We are itching to pack our overnight bags and jump on a flight to Antigua to learn to sail in the peaceful waters of Nonsuch Bay.

A large barrier reef protects a five-square-kilometre bay buffered by trade winds, creating ideal conditions for newcomers to the sport hoping to take at least an introductory paragraph, if not a full page, from Jessica Watson's book (she circumnavigated the globe solo in seven months, arriving home just shy of her 17th birthday).

If you want to try your hand at this increasingly popular watersport, we can't imagine a better place to try. The new Nonsuch Bay Resort has apartments with well-equipped kitchens and washing machines for families, as well as waterfront and hill-top villas with private plunge pools and postcard-worthy views. On the water front, Nonsuch Bay Resort offers experienced instructors (including a world champion) and boats for all abilities. This is a destination built to appeal to experienced sailors, but clearly not one to feel intimidated by. But if the kids discover they don't want to be the next teen sailors Abby Sunderland or Laura Dekker, they can always try their hand at snorkelling, kayaking or paddleboarding before you jump on the flight home again.

Rates start at $699 a person for seven nights, based on four people sharing a two-bedroom apartment (airport transfers, service charges and Antigua government taxes included). Meals and sailing packages can be added. 1-268-562-8000; Nonsuchbay.com.

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