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 was the best vacation we have ever been on. We booked it for the privacy and food and will be coming back for the people. The food was amazing but the people who work there and create the experience far surpassed any expectations. We cannot wait to rebook this for next year and every year after. If you are looking for top notch service, a gourmet meal at each meal, excellent spa treatments and literally where everyone knows your name. This is your place! Thank you to Mrs. Bristol, Simone, Ms. Linda and all the beautiful people who we came to know that week.
Me and my girlfriend recently stayed at Hermitage Bay and had an incredible time. The room was amazing and the resort staff truly went out of their way to ensure that we have a fantastic time while we were there. There are some activities to do, but this place is perfect for a relaxing getaway to a remote area - one of the best places to spend quality time with your significant other.
We spent 4 nights in to celebrate our 10th anniversary
The accommodation in the top hills suite is incredible with stunning views from the private pool
The staff was very helpful and welcoming
Water sports with Divan and Jamiel is a must
Best cocktails ever at the bar
Food was very fresh and delicious with a lot of varieties every day
Thank you Hermitage team for making our anniversary so special and memorable