The Hermitage Bay Hotel is a rare find indeed, as few five-star Caribbean resorts boast such intimate, boutique credentials as this. With just 30 suites available, each is enveloped by lush greenery which not only adds to the setting but provides some much-appreciated privacy too, so get ready to immerse yourself into a true tropical wonderland while here.
Whether you opt for a suite opening up directly onto the bay, or one elevated on the hill for superior beachfront views – best admired from your private plunge pool – one thing remains the same; blissful Caribbean isolation on all sides. Within, these cabins are modestly adorned in straightforward tones of dark wood and stained wicker furniture, meeting soft white walls and pine roofs above, with plenty of light streaming in through multiple windows and your veranda doors. They are spacious, boast deluxe bathtubs and certainly don’t scrimp on the modern-day amenities, though the real draw is their beachfront feel and the natural materials used throughout.
Elsewhere around Hermitage Bay, there is plenty else to impress, so don’t be fooled by the resort’s size. Downtime is best spent either lounging on the swimming pool’s sundeck or in the Garden Spa, secluded as it is among native trees and foliage. You can find meditation, yoga and Pilates classes here, a gym too, as well as watersports, sailing, scuba diving and even helicopter tours over Antigua to enjoy. Fill your days with a tutored cookery course, visit to Hermitage Bay’s own kitchen garden, or take a guided tour of some nearby cultural sites. Though that said, the most should also be made of your privileged location, so simply strolling along the resort’s private stretch of beach and taking an occasional dip in the crystalline Caribbean waters often wins.
Being a luxury all-inclusive resort in Antigua, it is no surprise that gastronomy will feature as a major part of your stay at Hermitage Bay. As such, an atmospheric dining area, half indoors and half an open-air terrace overlooking the ocean, serves up a rainbow-like array of fresh fish, vegetable and meat dishes, often grown onsite though always locally sourced. It all feels perfectly cosy and befitting of this boutique property, where subtlety and understated grace reign supreme.
Hermitage Bay Facilities
30 suites with private pool, beachfront or garden view. All feature a furnished veranda, king-size bed, al fresco shower, bathtub and mod-cons throughout.
Southwest Antigua, 35 minutes from the airport and 30 minutes from St John’s.