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
What a lovely few nights we spent at The Hermitage Bay Hotel....The food was outstanding, impeccable service by ALL the staff and how could you forget the breathtaking views!!! It was a stay that we'll never forget...truly felt like a couple's retreat-it was extremely relaxing!!! We loved every minute of our stay!! Thank you so much....hopefully we'll be back one day very soon :)
Hermitage Bay provided the quiet and beautiful atmosphere we were seeking for our anniversary trip. All of the staff members were so kind and passionate about the resort and the island and really made us feel special. The rooms, beach, pool, food, drinks, just everything was great! Looking forward to going back in the future!
Stayed for a week in June in beachfront room. Absolutely gorgeous. Walked straight onto a beautiful coral beach with breathtaking steps into a welcoming ocean. Wonderful staff delicious food and very tempting cocktails. Lovely mixture of guests an lots of laughs Wish I was still there A place where memories are made
I've been home a few days and I am still in awe of the amazing experience provided at Hermitage Bay. We chose hermitage bay because we couldn't find a bad review and it looked like the closest thing to paradise we could find. Paradise is an understatement. The people, the food, the accommodation, the beaches, the drinks, the views...did I mention the food...I can go on and on. This is paradise. The only bad thing I can possibly say, is that the experience does end. You will have to go home at some point. Please do enjoy every moment you are at Hermitage Bay. You will not regret it!
My fiancé and I came to HB to celebrate our engagement. We have traveled all over the world, and I can promise you, this resort is the most hidden gem out there. The staff is like no other we have ever experienced. All smiles, so helpful and all they want is for you to relax and be pampered and enjoy. We were skeptical of an “all inclusive” so we made reservations at other places on the island..... I can proudly say WE NEVER LEFT. The food is so gourmet and so delicious, the menus change daily. The drinks are always flowing and all top shelf.
We stayed in the top ocean view villa #39. The views were breathtaking and worth the treck up the hill!!
The gym was perfect and had great equipment.
If you are looking to “unplug” and just relax and soak it all in, this is the place for you.
We absolutely plan on returning!!!