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Sunseakers: Fit to flatter swimwear
The high-end Heritage Quay store with swimsuits for every body since 1981
If your waistline is vanishing as fast as your jawline, you’ve had children – or even lunch – shopping for a swimsuit can feel like a special kind of hell. Doubly so if you’re attempting to do it amid the freezing temperatures, fluorescent lights and limited selections of a UK winter.
Sunseakers in Antigua’s shopping mecca of Heritage Quay might just be the best kept secret in the Caribbean. This vast, glistening space in the heart of St John’s cruise ship centre is brimming with everything from colourful cover-ups, funky flip-flops, beach accessories and sunscreen to figure-flattering bikinis and one-pieces that expertly compliment your curves, or lack of.
And this is where Sunseakers’ tagline – ‘a swimsuit for every body’ – really comes into its own.
“There’s a science behind swimwear - and it’s not just ABC,” says owner Niki Feilles. “Every woman has a different desire or concern, something they want to hide or accentuate. Our styles are hand-picked from across Europe, Brazil, Colombia and the US – and all are fit to flatter.”
Thanks to the duty-free location, Sunseakers’ high-end brands offer exceptional value for money. Swimwear prices range from around US$65 to US$350.
Even better, you get the assistance of the store’s expert fitting specialists thrown in for free.
“Maria and Wendy have a knack for finding the exact item to suit your shape. I call them my swimsuit doctors,” Niki smiles. “You may have more on top but don’t want a piece that ages you, or perhaps you prefer tummy control and something that flatters a larger bottom or athletic chest.
“When you find the right swimsuit, you feel your whole demeanour change. Our aim is to make a woman feel the most beautiful she can while baring her all.”
Sunseakers isn’t all about women. Men are adequately taken care of too (and not just with the thoughtfully provided ‘husband chairs’). There are men’s linen shirts, casual and walk shorts, Toms shoes, Reef sandals and flip-flops, along with souvenir T-shirts, rash vests and more.
The deliciously air-conditioned interior also has a children’s section bursting with beach clobber for your little ones. And fashionistas of all ages will love the large selection of Ipanema and Havaianas flip-flops in a multitude of colours.
“The best time to shop is straight after breakfast because Heritage Quay is buzzy but not hectic,” Niki says. “To take advantage of our wonderful duty-free prices, just remember to have a copy of your travel documents and a scan of your passport as a photo ID on your phone.”
She adds: “And when you come in, do ask our team for help. Because there is nothing more liberating than stepping on the beach in a swimsuit that works perfectly for you.”
Sunseakers is open Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm. Visit www.sunseakers.com or call +1 268 462-4523.