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
My husband and I recently returned from a 5-night stay at Hermitage Bay to celebrate our 20th wedding anniversary. We read all of the reviews and researched extensively before choosing a resort, as this was such a special occasion for us. I am happy to report that Hermitage Bay met or exceeded all of our expectations and was truly the trip of a lifetime for us! I can echo all of the reviewers who have said that the setting is BEAUTIFUL, the views are amazing, the food is wonderful, and the people are just lovely. Everything was perfect even down to the small details such as great coffee and bath products that smelled heavenly.
Since so many reviewers have discussed the views, food, etc, I’ll touch on a few different topics that might be of interest.
The grounds: It was not obvious to me when looking at the pictures online that the entire property is manicured and beautiful, which it is! Every walkway and common area is tended and kept with flowers and shrubs, so that you feel as though you are walking through a garden as you travel throughout the property. In addition, we were enamored by all of creatures native to this tropical area. The hummingbirds, tree frogs, mongooses, and even the African snails were interesting and beautiful in their own way as part of the natural environment.
Hiking/exploring: There is a “development” on the property adjacent to Hermitage Bay called Pearn’s Point (really just a road - no ongoing construction) where you can hike and explore. We highly recommend trying this out if you like to exercise and be active on vacation. The hills provided a great workout and it was fun looking around the property. There is one road that takes you to the top where you will find panoramic views of the area. There is another road that will take you all the way around the point, and if you are willing to venture out off of the paved road you can find a number of gorgeous, undeveloped beaches to enjoy. I believe Pearn’s Point is open to the public from 6 AM to 6 PM. We even took the kayak out from HB to revisit some of these beaches on a different day because they were just so beautiful.
Coffee: We are early risers, so I was concerned when I saw that the restaurant did not open until 7:30 for breakfast. No worries though, as they were happy to deliver our coffee to us early. And what a treat to enjoy a cup of coffee on our balcony overlooking the Caribbean every morning!
Rooms: We chose a hillside room and loved it so much. We stayed in both rooms 37 and 39 and highly recommend both. The view from 39 looks out over the resort and the water, while the view from 37 is off to the side and includes Jolly Harbour. Both rooms were great.
We truly loved our stay at Hermitage Bay so much. I think this resort is perfect for anyone looking to relax, enjoy nature, spend time with your significant other, and be pampered all in a beautiful, upscale setting. We hope to return soon!
Excellent service and happiest staff !!!
Delicious Food and DRINKS!
The rooms in the mountain were amazing!
once in a lifetime trip !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We went with a group of 8 and everyone felt the same way I would definitely recommend Hermitage Bay
We arrived on the first day Hermitage Bay re-opened for the season. From the airport meet and greet to our check-in and arrival in our spacious suite, we felt so welcome! We were able to experience two different suites during our stay - one beachfront and the other hillside with private pool. Both were perfectly lovely.
We so enjoyed the spa and our massage the first morning there, which set the tone for our time away.
The beach was amazing. While not huge, it was plenty roomy for all patrons and we never felt crowded.
We were able to take advantage of the boat while there and toured a couple of the bays, getting a feel for some of the other properties on Antigua.
Meals at Hermitage Bay were a delight. Fresh, flavorful and inventive, the chef took pains to make each meal special - especially dinner!
The wait staff from front desk, to room service, bar, restaurant and beach service was over the top. They went above and beyond every day of our stay.
The garden was wonderful, as we toured with the head gardener to see what was being raised for the restaurant.
Hermitage Bay is a wonder - a place to unwind, relax and renew. It is a little piece of heaven on earth.