The Inn at English Harbour
What We Love
- Cruising up to the shore in a private boat, then diving into the hotel’s bathwater-warm bay
- Air-conditioned rooms with ceiling fans and breezy terraces or verandas
- Sipping rum punch at the Stone Bar and candlelit dinner under a balmy tropical sky at the Terrace Restaurant
- There are two floodlit tennis courts and a small fitness room
- Deep tissue massages at the pint-size boutique spa
- Snorkeling, water-skiing and a host of other water sports off the hotel’s secluded beach
What To Know
- Popular with honeymooners
- The Inn is about 35 minutes from the airport, 40 minutes from the capital, St. John’s, and just 5 minutes away from the Historical Nelson’s Dockyard complex
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
When you stay at Inn At English Harbour in English Harbour, you’ll be on the beach and minutes from Galleon Beach and Carpenter’s Rock Trailhead. This 4.5-star resort is within close proximity of Nelson’s Dockyard and Fort Berkeley.
Make yourself at home in one of the 28 air-conditioned rooms featuring iPod docking stations and LCD televisions. Rooms have private patios. Complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and cable programming is available for your entertainment. Private bathrooms with showers feature designer toiletries and bidets.
Treat yourself with body treatments and facials. If you’re looking for recreational opportunities, you’ll find an outdoor pool and a fitness center. This resort also features complimentary wireless Internet access, concierge services, and a hair salon.
Grab a bite at one of the resort’s 2 restaurants, or stay in and take advantage of room service (during limited hours). Relax with a refreshing drink at one of the 2 bars/lounges. A complimentary breakfast is included.
Featured amenities include dry cleaning/laundry services, a 24-hour front desk, and multilingual staff. Free self parking is available onsite.
How to Get There
We loved the Inn. it's very small (28 rooms), very exclusive and very expensive! Don't come expecting to see many people under the age of retirement. The clientele are mainly getting-on-a-bit couples from the English home counties and Gloucestershire enjoying one of at least three holidays a year. The quiet, palm-fringed beach with its white sand and gently lapping waves is the true island in the sun of your imagination. The restaurant looks straight out on to this idyllic scene and it's here you gather for breakfast and lunch. There is another restaurant at the top of a steep hill (a shuttle service is always on hand) with spectacular views over the harbour. This is the hangout for alfresco dinner under a sky full of stars you seldom see in the UK. We chose the half-board dinner option because there's nowhere to go and nothing to do in the evenings whereas there are plenty of lunch opportunities during the day when Captain Vere will ferry you to the nearby harbour village, The rooms are tastefully furnished and set out in a series of two-storey buildings a short walk from the beach. It's a good idea to ask for one which gets the evening sunshine. It's a lovely way to end the day. Some reviewers criticise the lack of variety in the menu and the cost of drinks but we found the food pretty good and the price of drinks are what you'd expect at a high end hotel in the Caribbean. It would have been a nice touch if there had been a 'get to know you' drinks reception for guests but most of all we just enjoyed being in paradise for a week!
We stayed a week but that was too short a time in this perfect boutique hotel. The Inn at English Harbour is a small resort is for adults only and provides a unique, calm and restful experience. The staff were cheerful, chatty and their standard of service was excellent.
We loved that sun beds were prepared for us with towels and an ice bucket of water. Fresh fruit skewers were served each morning too.
Breakfast and lunch were taken in the beach side Reef restaurant. Dinner was a dress up affair in the main building’s terrace restaurant which is up the hill. Excellent standard of food was served. We enjoyed the various cocktails on offer pre dinner, accompanied by the bar-mans banter (Ocean) whilst looking at the spectacular views.
A complementary boat service takes guests to English Harbour which is well worth the visit. A mini bus takes guests up and down the hill from bear hill to terrace restaurant.
The standard of accommodation in our suite was excellent. Clean, fresh and tastefully furnished plus large balcony.
We loved this hotel for its beautiful location, high quality of food and beverage, clean sandy beach plus peace and quiet.
We will return.
We last visited the Inn during May of 2016 and we had a wonderful holiday. It was so good we have been looking forward to our return visit with really high expectations! These were almost dashed on arrival when we were signed in by the receptionist without all the normal things we had expected (no cold drink, no cold towels etc) very different from our last visit! While we were being checked in we were told there was bad news and the room we had requested was not available. We then had to wait for 15 minutes for the shuttle to take us to the room allocated to us. When we finally reached the room we found a plate of fruit and a card welcoming us back, we unpacked and decided to shower before going for lunch. At this point we discovered we had no hot water! A call to reception resulted in an immediate change of room and a fresh start. The room we were moved to (16) was great so we quickly unpacked again and settled in! Last time we stayed at the Inn we had been really impressed with the All Inclusive, Not quite as much this time. The mini bar which last time had been well stocked with minatures of various spirits and a choice of beers along with soft drinks was a shadow of its former self! However although we could not sit on the patio with a G&T it really didn't matter!
It was nice finding lots of the staff who were there on our last visit still there (and some of them on finding we were returning guests took the time to remind themselves of our last stay and could actually remember other guests who we had met or shared drinks in the bar with. We also found another returning guest who not only remembered us but remembered we were there for my birthday. So all in all a great time.
We spent much more time on the beach this visit, and once settled in a comfortable lounger it immediately became clear why we had been so keen to return, the beach is wonderful. You can sit and forget everything!! There are more than enough loungers, plenty of towels, cold bottled water in ice buckets and very helpful, friendly staff to make sure you are comfortable! Fresh, cold, fruit kebabs served to your chairs almost perfect although we did for a while miss being offered a drink from the bar!
We arrived with very, very high expectations and for a while because of this found ourselves being critical however all in all we had a wonderful time, met some great new people (yes you Guy and Sue). The food in both the reef and the terrace was very good, our room perfect, the staff wonderful. The beach makes you forget everything, it really doesn't get much better.
We were recommended this lovely hotel by two couples of friends who visit it regularly and we felt we had to find out ourselves. We were not disappointed.
Each afternoon between 16.00 & 18.00 there is a complementary tea, sandwiches and biscuits, which is divine after a day on the beach, served at the Reef Restaurant
We went half board – contrary to advice from another set of friends – this turned out to be a good idea as the food was excellent and well presented. The menu changes once a week, but there are plenty of starters and main courses to choose from. All wines and drinks are mainly imported except the local beer and rum, this makes for an expensive evening as wines are charged in US dollars and the local taxes added (22%). Bottled water $7 is not good either. Dinner is served in the Terrace restaurant which overlooks English Harbour and the hotel concourse.
All rooms are down at sea level, either at level one or two. They have a choice of three types of suites all equipped with Penhaligon toiletries. and large sized beds, and of course air conditioning, fans etc. Plus electric mosquito repellents. Very luxurious.
Breakfast is served at the Reef restaurant and is the best meal of the day, by far. And the vista, well what more can you want, the sea is no more than 10 yards( metres) away from your table and you get to listen to the lapping of the sea, and watch the comings & goings of the yachts moored in the bay, the birdlife and the fish ( Barracuda, Tarpon & Flying Fish).
The facilities we saw: A library, somewhere to pick up a book and leave one behind, good selection of titles. The Infinity Pool is clean and surrounded by umbrellas and shaded only downside is that it is lightly chlorinated. The beach is sandy white, with some shells on the seashore, plenty of umbrellas and loungers, lots of complementary water bottles are supplied throughout the day, in ice buckets. The tide never goes out far, and it can be quite difficult to get out of because the sand is so soft.
It is worth investigating the All inclusive option – as consumption of extras really adds up. But then you wouldn’t want to nip across to the Dockyard to find alternative vittles. There is a regular shuttle there and back again in daylight, and it is important to visit the museum etc to see and read about the history of the location.
A note to the management, would suggest that some of the costings of the food on the menu could be reduced for residents, we baulked at the prices for lunch and either went elsewhere or ate frugally in our room or on the beach. Likewise if you want a beer then the only size available was circa 330mls, which makes for a wine glass full and at around $7 a can is somewhat extortionate, especially when the beer is circa $4 a pint at the dockyard.
The staff are wonderful, always smiling and great fun, especially Neil & Ocean( Pandaman).
Would I go back? You bet I would, tomorrow if I was given the chance.
A real delight; this small hotel is on a lovely beach by English Harbour with a courtesy boat to take you to Nelson's Dockyard. If you want modern generic hotel rooms this is not for you. Instead you will find very comfortable rooms with character overlooking gardens and the sea. The two restaurants are excellent and the staff friendly and efficient. I noticed that most of the other guests had stayed there several times and I can see why. I will be back.