Pelican Isle is located on the Southwestern tip of Antigua, on Johnson
Point, a small promontory that stretches just a little bit closer to the
sunset. All of the surrounding waters are protected by an encircling reef
about half-mile offshore. This offers a wonderful snorkelling arena, but
also shelters the beaches from the strength of the deep ocean waters.
The beach immediately to the east is used by three local fishermen.
Their tiny boats, painted in bright Caribbean colours ease out into
the ocean before dawn, and return about noon with their catch of the day.
Some guests purchase fresh fish from the friendly fishermen and enjoy
their own cooking in a fully equipped kitchen.
Turner's Beach immediately to the west is
known as one of the nicest beaches in Antigua. Four bars and
restaurants are located along the beach within walking distance of the
History and Philosophy
Pelican Isle was purchased in the early 1960's by Ben and Irene Grant
as a retreat for themselves and their extended family. At the time, only a
single villa existed where the Captain's Villa now stands. Perched on a
promontory overlooking the Caribbean sea, the house commands unbelievably
spectacular views - views which include not only the calliope of sunset
colours, but also the constantly changing choreography of clouds. For
three decades Irene Grant found inspiration for her paintings... in
the summer squalls that race across the horizon... in the colourful sail
boats that work the trade winds to round the point. Many of these
paintings are in the villas... Caribbean island scenes with a personal
Most important to the family , over the years, has been preserving the
location's natural beauty, and maintaining a quiet and private vacation
environment that offers an unusual alternative to the bustling activity of
the "all-inclusive" hotel resorts that are springing up all over the
Caribbean. Over the years, the family built seven additional villas,
gently removed from one another, but strategically placed to maximize the
extraordinary views. Around and through the villas, they also erected a
family of walls and terraces from natural stone that both reinforces the
privacy and yet also knits the collection of houses together.
The place had been a landmark for islanders for years... in fact it was a favourite place for marriages and other ceremonies. Pelicans
inhabit a small rock island just offshore, and offer, on the property's
doorstep, a daily exhibition as they repeatedly dive-bomb into the waters
outside the villas, fishing for dinner.
Over two hundred years ago, the site was used by Admiral Nelson as an
outlying observatory and signal post. The Point was named for Captain
Johnson who manned it. Ruins of the fortified position still remain,
including a small lookout hut with two rifle windows that sight directly
along the two adjacent beaches.