What We Love
- Hillside cottages with stunning views (some with plunge pools) that feel like luxury treehouses
- Inventive four-course dinners created from ingredients from the hotel garden
- A dedication to sustainability
What To Know
- Very couple-y. For much of the year, children under 12 aren’t permitted (the minimum age drops to eight in July, August and most of December)
- Plan on climbing stairs: Even if you get a golf cart ride up to a hillside cottage, you still have to navigate up or down a steep, uneven stone flight.
- The all-inclusive rates don’t extend to treatments in the (very good) spa.
- Adults Only
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Simple, sexy and sophisticated. The resort was designed with a pared-down, honest style. A strong emphasis on sustainability means that much of the lush natural vegetation was left intact, so instead of manicured gardens, the windy paths and uneven staircases leading up the hill are flanked by riots of flamboyant bougainvillea, and the cottages are covered with purple flowering vines.
Bed and Bath
The hotel comprises 17 hillside cottages and eight beach cottages, and while the hillside ones cost more, the jury is out as to which are better. It’s a matter of views versus convenience. All the rooms have big open floor plans, outdoor showers, immense bathtubs and copious supplies of Aromatherapy Associates bath products. Although there are richly dark Guyanese purpleheart and greenheart woods in the floors and louvre balcony doors, the otherwise all-white decor cries out for a splash of color somewhere.
There’s a small, essentially private beach (all beaches in Antigua are public, but this one is pretty secluded) and non-motorized water sports. The small, pretty spa offers unusual “color ritual” treatments and well-taught yoga or Pilates classes several mornings a week. The food is superb, with daily changing à la carte menus (even for breakfast, where a decadent standout is french toast drizzled with Cavalier rum and honey-roasted coconut), homemade breads and ice creams, and many ingredients from the on-site organic garden. Cooking classes and garden tours are offered.
In the Area
Although Antigua is a small island, and sights such as Nelson’s dockyard, Falmouth Harbour and Shirley Heights aren’t far away, most guests leave the property rarely, if at all. (That all-inclusive policy — plus the utter peace that pervades the property — can make it hard to leave.) For those who want to splurge on a memorable island tour, Caribbean Helicopters offers sightseeing and photographic jaunts over nearby Montserrat.
How to Get There
This is our second visit to Hermitage Bay. My wife NEVER likes to revisit any place and this boutique resort has been her ONLY exception - enough said!! I did not review after our first visit because Hermitage Bay really can't be compared to any other place. I believe the max. guests is 64. The food is wonderful, service outstanding, staff will spoil you beyond belief, and the private vacation 'huts' exude the Caribbean. It has been 2 years since our last visit and the staff was the same (except for Mervin being gone) and they remembered us. We felt like we came back for a family reunion!
Hermitage Bay Resort is built on a large bay that has no other development. Several private beaches are accessible by boat. The watersports staff will take you snorkeling on their Whaler or set you up with a Hobie Cat or sea kayak. There is good snorkeling right off the beach in clear water however.
The bar is top shelf and they will mix you outstanding drinks of your choice. However Hermitage Bay is a relaxed resort with British traditions and not for the rowdy tequila shot crowd.
Highly recommend for Honeymooners, and couples celebrating special occasions.
We have already made our reservations for next year!
We were greeted professionally by the welcome team and given an exciting overview of the property which raised our level of comfort and expectation. The staff at each encounter were not only friendly but pleasant to deal with. We thoroughly enjoyed our weekend stay. We had a wonderful time. We would recommend you highly and would consider coming again
Unbelievable Resort..if you are looking for complete relaxing and re-connection spot with your significant partner there is not greater place. Complete comfort in-room with great working AC, TV accommodation, huge bathroom, outdoor shower overlooking the ocean...then you have complete control of eating times with meal, always friendly staff and accommodating. UNREAL HOTEL!!
Fantastic resort. Everyone so friendly and helpful. This is our third time to this resort and it has never disappointed! The chefs are bordering on genius with their inventive cuisine. Not you typical all inclusive by any means.
Great location in a secluded bay. The rooms are large, spacious and extremely well equipped. Staff are most welcoming, friendly, polite. We were looking for a smallish, quiet, adult resort and this fit the bill perfectly. All inclusive but much better. The food so far has been superb, none of that mass produced buffet style found in most all inclusive resorts. The food quality and presentation is excellent and use of local in season produce can’t be better. Vegetarians and vegans seem well catered for too.
We had booked a garden room but were surprised by a beach front room when we arrived - lovely touch.
The beach is beautiful, not pure white soft sand, but it adds more to the rustic unspoilt charm. The water is clear and warm.
We’ve only been here 4 days so far, there is nothing to fault in this amazing place.
If you are looking for a peaceful, relaxing, luxurious resort, this is the place to come. If you are looking for a lot of action, perhaps not.