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With a distinctly Asian aesthetic, the all-inclusive Hermitage Bay sits handsomely in 140 acres of pristine vegetation on a blissfully remote bay just ten minutes from Antigua’s Jolly Harbour.
Maintaining an intimate ambiance, this exclusive resort has just 30 rooms in total, 17 of which are nestled on the hillside, surrounded by lush tropical vegetation, and with fabulous views over the beach to the turquoise sea beyond. These Hillside Pool Suites all have their own plunge pools, outdoor showers, terraces, elegant shingle roofs and luxury hardwood interiors supplied from sustainable Guyanese plantations. The remaining nine Beachfront and four Garden Suites have no need for plunge pools, as the ultimate plunge pool is just a few feet away across the beach.
The sustainability message is clear in the kitchen as well, with the chef sourcing as many ingredients as possible locally or from the organic kitchen garden, and specialising in a lovely blend of European and Caribbean flavours. The chef can also arrange cooking lessons. Breakfasts are served on the patio in the shade of almond trees overlooking the beach, while light lunches are on offer in the lounge which also doubles as the bar come evening. The main restaurant serves informal lunches, while by night there is live calypso or steel drum music and diners eat by candlelight.
Wellbeing is taken very seriously at Hermitage Bay with the Garden Spa, tucked away amongst the frangipani trees, offering Asian-inspired treatments designed to correspond to the body's chakras, alongside aromatherapy, meditation, Pilates and yoga.
Other activities on offer at the hotel include non-motorised watersports such as snorkelling, paddle-boarding, kayaking and, this being Antigua, 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.
Incredible far reaching sea views over to the neighbouring islands of Monserrat, Kitt's and Nevis.
Isabel, Original Traveller