What we love
Wow. Wow. Wow. Nestling into the south-western coast of Antigua, the sympathetic and sustainable building products of this resort are just the start of this luxurious, peaceful, natural environment where mind, body and spirit can be nurtured and restored
Setting the scene
Having met with the self confessed environmentalist and Owner of Hermitage Bay before visiting the resort I was already sold on the concept. "The bay itself is such a place of peace and tranquillity that it required a gentle hand", says Andy. Even now, man-made noises are kept to a minimum so that natural sounds prevail - "the waves on the beach, the breeze in the trees and the chatter of birds. It is the perfect antidote to modern, hectic life. It is a true hermitage". And he's right - this resort is pure bliss.
Twenty five individual suites are naturally set in beautiful tropical gardens on the beach and hillside of a stunning natural bay. Each suite is identical in layout, all with different spectacular views. Naturally, the decor is one of natural luxury - pristine white linens, ivory cushions and creamy white walls soften the rich hues of the wooden floor and furniture.
The dining at Hermitage Bay strongly echoes the sentiments of the resort - serving sustainable, fresh and naturally delicious food made with the highest quality ingredients. Delivering a 5-star menu that changes daily, there are always the opportunities to try something new. You can take breakfast, lunch or dinner on their beautiful patio, under the shady almond trees right on the beach. The Lounge is the perfect place to unwind with a rum based cocktail, snacks or even a less formal lunch spot. For dinner, the restaurant is dramatically and romantically transformed into a more formal dining area with subtle lighting, candles and drapery. Watch the waves roll onto the beach accompanied by the live music every night and the beat of steel drums, calypso or jazz.
No sustainable resort would be complete without its very own organic kitchen garden. With crops such as peppers, tomatoes, spinach. callaloo, aubergine, okra and cucumbers and herbs such as thyme, parsley, coriander and basil you are guaranteed an unforgettable dining experience.
At Hermitage Bay they like to encourage guests to get busy doing nothing! The resort provides the ultimate in rest and relaxation, including a spa and wellness as you would expect, but for those wanting to experience a little more of the island, a selection of the activities are available. The Fitness Centre at Hermitage Bay is fully equipped with a comprehensive range of fitness equipment, should you find the energy to leave the beach. No motorised water-sports are permitted at the resort in order to ensure the peace and tranquillity it exudes - this is definitely a plus point!
Although the resort accepts children aged 12 - 16 years (with some exceptions when they accept 8 years and above) we would not recommend this as a family resort. There is no kids club and although the beach is glorious and there are activities at the hotel and we feel they might get a little bored!
While the hotel is close enough to accommodate day trips into town or excursions around the island, a private unmade road separates Hermitage Bay from the rest of the world, ensuring its seclusion.
- £3080pp in low season
- £3820pp in high season
- 7 nights all-inclusive in Garden Suite, including flights and transfers