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.
Parking on site
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Contemporary all-inclusive boutique spectacularly integrated into its natural setting in a secluded cove on Antigua’s southwest coast
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.
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How to Get There
Flights are available to VC Bird International Airport (ANU) from major U.S. cities on a variety of carriers. Private transfers to/from VC Bird International Airport (ANU), about 35 minutes away, are included in the rate and can be arranged through the property. Alternatively, taxis to/from ANU are approximately $42, each way.