Saturday 10 December 2016

Antigua

Published 20/08/2011 | 05:00

What is it: Island.

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Where is it: Part of the West Indies group in the Caribbean.

Population: 85,600.

First became popular with the jet-set: Lord Nelson was probably its first well-known resident, though by all accounts he didn't enjoy his stay. Since independence in 1981, Antigua has marketed itself as an exclusive destination, and the tactic worked: countless celebs and tycoons have snapped up their own little slice of paradise.

Famous visitors: Oprah Winfrey (above), Giorgio Armani, Richard Branson (right), Eric Clapton, John Barrowman.

High point: Cricketer Viv Richards, Antigua's first world-renowned figure, was made an OBE in 1994 and knighted five years later.

Low point: Probably the five centuries of slavery, genocide, colonisation, injustice and poverty that preceded the modern era.

Did you know: Hardcore porn king Larry Flynt reportedly owns a property on the island -- and is a neighbour of Clapton. Not exactly the sort of straight arrow one likes living next door.

What to say: "Ooh, heaven is a place on earth. And even better, we've got Oprah for a neighbour!"

What not to say: "Let's ask Mr Flynt over for drinks -- he's such a charmer."

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