Hermitage Bay: The True Luxury Robinson Crusoe Inspired Getaway
Exclusive and hidden away in a stunning calm secluded cove overlooking one of the island's most beautiful beaches out of the 365 Antigua is host to. Hermitage Bay is a real hidden gem. Surrounded by undisturbed hillsides and the brilliant aqua waters of the Caribbean Sea. The islands of Montserrat, St Kitts, and Nevis forming intriguing silhouettes in the distance makes Hermitage and Antigua a perfect stop for your island-hopping voyage. Hermitage Bay has a true Robinson Crusoe feel combined with chic living and discreet white-glove service.
The hotel is made up of thirty individual suites, seventeen rise from the beachfront, up into the steep hill behind with pools and thirteen are on the beach which consists of nine beachfront suites and four garden suites spread out nicely amongst the 16 acres of lush tropical gardens.
When I stayed at Hermitage Bay I stayed in a Hillside Pool Suite. The suite was decadently minimalistic and seemed more like a quaint hillside villa. The exquisite villas all face the sea and boast panoramic views, offering a luxurious setting a blissful neutral color pallet. The king-size beds are draped in pristine white netting with fine Italian bedding. The flooring, furniture, and accents are all in deep rich wooden tones inviting the outside paradise in. However minimalistic the rooms did not miss the comforts of home with flat-screen televisions, docking stations for your electronics, sound, and well-stocked mini-bar featuring a tea and gourmet coffee station. The expansive bathrooms are well-appointed with soaking tubs, double vanities, and my favorite outdoor showers with majestic views of the Caribbean Sea.
Days go by when you hardly see another guest. This all-inclusive resort was carefully planned to give you a feel of a secluded paradise just for you and your loved ones. One of my favorite services at Hermitage Bay is private transfer out to one of the five surrounding beaches that are accessible only by boat. The chef packs a picnic and a mobile phone, and you are left to enjoy your own private beach. Simply call when you are ready to be taken back to the resort. This resort also has small watercrafts you can charter to sail around the island at sunset with a bottle of champagne.
Hermitage Bay dining is overseen by Executive Chef, Desroy Spence, and his team. Guests can anticipate a unique oceanfront dining experience or one served in the restaurant. Each day, Hermitage Bay’s breakfast, lunch, and dinner menus start anew. Culinary classes are offered to guests interested in learning how to create Caribbean culinary masterpieces of their own. All meals at Hermitage Bay are farm to table and chef guided tours are also offered to showcase Hermitage Bay’s organic garden where a plethora of fruits and vegetables are handpicked just before cooking.
Perched on the hillside, meandering through the quaint cottages with a magnificent view of the mountains rising up in protection of their private cove. The entrance to the spa is through a seemingly secret garden protected by frangipani trees is a precursor of the unique experience ahead. The entrance is welcoming and reminds you of your serene destination with lounges on the balcony fruit-infused water, perched surprisingly high overlooking the ocean and mountains. This spa menu is not lacking with many options offering Asian-inspired treatments designed to correspond to the body's chakras, alongside aromatherapy, meditation, pilates, and yoga. The products are unworldly with rich lightly scented oils of fresh flowers and my favorite lemongrass. My favorite treatment is a Swedish couple massage beginning just before sunset. The perfect way for the day to come to a close as the sky lights up with so many beautiful hues, the sun gracefully kisses the water, and night encompasses the dimly candlelit island. Hermitage Bay’s award-winning spa is a must experience and Fridays guests are invited for a complimentary spa “teaser,”.
Where guests are treated to mini treatments and learn more about services.
Hermitage Bay offers many non-motorized watersports such as snorkeling, paddle-boarding, kayaking and, this being Antigua a Caribbean sailing hub, Hobie Cat sailing boats. Further afield the helpful concierge team can arrange deep-sea fishing, diving, and visits to historic sites like English Harbour, the Georgian naval base where Horatio Nelson was once stationed.
Hermitage Bay is a secluded haven perfect for a romantic getaway, honeymoon, group or girls getaway and one of my favorites.