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
- Eco friendly
- 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
I absolutely loved staying at hermitage bay . The place is beyond accommodating. The staff is one of a kind . Super friendly ,helpful, and pleasant . The rooms are immaculate. The scenery is breath taking . The grounds and landscaping are incredible. The only drawback was the bugs . And even that was fine and petered out . I 100% recommend hermitage to anyone that is looking for a peaceful ,relaxing and basically private vacation as max capacity is 60. The food as well is exceptional.
Probably the best beach hotel we've been to. Beautiful location, great amenities, amazing food & the most friendly staff to make your stay perfect. Nightly music to enjoy whilst eating the fabulous food with most of the herbs & vegetables grown in the resort's organic garden. Watch chef cooking class, learn about the gardens from the experts, take a boat trip with the water sports team and generally enjoy the tranquility & beauty of the resort. Also easy to get to the capital, St John's for some sight seeing and shopping - try to avoid the arrival time of the cruise boats though....Amazing place, we will go back
My husband & I went to Hermitage Bay for our 38th Wedding Anniversary... It was fabulous! The place was beautiful with flowers, the Villa was tucked away for privacy, the staff was excellent and complete service. It was a wonderful relaxing place! We would highly recommend it!!!
We have been to 13 islands and over 18 resorts in the Caribbean in the last 25 years and if you want to get away and relax in luxury,this is the place! Outstanding staff make this resort very special.
Beautiful location with pristine beach, loved the atmosphere, the staff were friendly and warm, a testament to the caring and empowering management. Very much a can-do atmosphere. Loved the emphasis on organic and fresh food. Overall the food was good, often outstanding, but sometimes only average. Presentation was always brilliant, but sometimes too many ingredients used and the resulting dish didn't quite work