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
We just spent a week in a Garden Suite at The Hermitage. It is a small hotel in a beautiful unspoiled bay with peace and tranquility the key.
The Suites are delightfully furnished and spotlessly clean.
Everything is all inclusive but the quality of all food and beverage is excellent. Chablis being the house wine says it all.
Service is very good and all the staff are most helpful no matter what the challenge might be. Perhaps some of the staff are almost a bit too friendly and need to hold back a little bit. A very small criticism in what we regarded as a first class experience.
This hotel is not cheap but worth every penny. The quality of everything is top rate whether food, drink, atmosphere or service. They really go out of their way to meet every need. It is a peaceful haven with only a few guests and a beach that has very few people on it.
For water sports,there are hobies, kayaks and a speed boat available to guests, all included in the package.
This is an upmarket relaxing boutique hotel for the discerning traveller.
Hermitage Bay was simply wonderful. We felt at home and acclimated from the moment we arrived. We stayed in a hillside room, whicih offered the right mix of privacy/view/luxury without being too far from the beach/dining/pool. Every staff member was friendly, gracious and helpful, the property was beautiful, the food was excellent - we coudln't have asked for more.
We stayed at Hermitage Bay for a week in early February and had a phenomenal experience! The food was exceptional (although their menu descriptions need work - they don't nearly do the food justice!) and we were impressed that the menus were different every single night. There was live entertainment every evening which was great. The rooms were beautiful - we had a cottage on the hill with a plunge pool and loved the walk up and down. The pavilion where the restaurant and bar area are was also lovely and very spacious. Nothing ever felt crowded. Best thing about Hermitage Bay is the staff - to a one, they are friendly, genuine, welcoming and personal. We definitely plan to return next year!
Great small boutique property with extremely friendly staff. Well kept grounds and beach. Food is very good for an all inclusive but the size limits the options vs larger all inclusive. Unique Caribbean experience.
This is a place you come back to for the people there. Yes, it's magnificently beautiful. But it is the amazing hearts of the people that work there that will bring you back. This is not taught service, although the service is perfect, but what is special about this place is that these are genuinely caring people. This is now our second home, at least in our hearts! We've been twice now. I can't imagine not going back at least once per year.