03 December 2020
Antigua’s shoreline is washed almost exclusively by the Caribbean Sea, hugged by 95 miles of superb coastline where there’s famously a different beach for every day of the year. The islands are best-known for their friendly and welcoming people, pink and white-sandy beaches, crystal clear waters and the most satisfying climate.
Hermitage Bay is a private, boutique resort in Jennings on the west coast, nestled on the hillside of a hidden, sandy bay. There are just 30 individual cottage suites, either on the beachfront or nestled into the hillside with panoramic views of the bay. Its hidden location makes it a popular choice for honeymooners and couples wishing to get away from it all.
The hillside suites are the most private and feature a wraparound open-air deck with private plunge pool, lounge area, day bed and dining area. Rooms are styled with dark woods and soft linens, and filled with the scent of flowering plants which shield the plunge pool from view. Shutters open out completely to bring in the view and all suites have outdoor showers and indoor bathrooms with huge tubs to sink into.
The restaurant uses many ingredients grown in the organic kitchen garden. Live music accompanies dinner, while lunches are a casual affair, eaten at the bar or on the beachfront.
The hotel’s speedboat can take you to explore the coast or there’s a range of non-motorised watersports to paddle around the bay. The spa has a focus on healing, with rituals aimed at balancing the chakras and signature treatments using herbs from the garden.
Hodges Bay Resort & Spa
To the North, Hodges Bay Resort & Spa is one of the newest five-star properties on the island, having opened last year after over a decade in development. It's contemporary yet casual with no dress codes, friendly welcomes and an altogether optimistic feel. The whitewashed, low buildings spread out along Hodges Bay, are cooled by the fresh Atlantic breeze, ensuring you never get too sticky. Choose a one- or two-bed apartment, a suite or a four-bed ocean-front villa for more space; many have bifold doors that let the ocean view flood into the bedroom and private plunge pools or hot tubs. The decor is contemporary and understated with touches including yoga mats, smart televisions and Amazon Echos. Facilities are very good with a host of restaurants catering for all palates and moods, tennis courts, kayaking, paddle boarding and boat rides (Prickly Pear Island is five minutes away by speedboat). A kids' club has creative activities like tie-dye, jewellery-making and sandcastle competitions, while teens have their own hang-out. There’s an exclusive Bohemia Spa and an adult-only and family pools with cabana and beachside concierge service.
Hammock Cove Resort and Spa
Lastly, Hammock Cove Resort and Spa also opened last year as Antigua’s newest five-star, adults-only, all-inclusive boutique property. On Antigua’s northeast coast, its an easy twenty-minute drive from the airport, adjacent to Devil’s Bridge National Park with its Insta-worthy limestone arch famed for its soaring ocean geysers. The 42 free-standing villas have classic vaulted ceilings, a mineral colour palette and local hardwood furnishings with high-end, spa-style bathrooms. You’re immediately greeted by sweeping hues of the aquamarine waters from the expansive open-air living and dining area, where your infinity-edge plunge pool is flanked by a duo of sunbeds and a hanging chair. Romantic and reminiscent of the grand Georgian dining halls of many Caribbean estate houses, Lighthouse is a gastronomic journey led by Executive Chef Marco Festini, who brings Michelin-starred experience and the ambition to helm “the most inventive kitchen in the country”. Three, tiered infinity pools cascade down to the boardwalk and private, white sand beach with sunbeds and shaded areas serviced by guest ambassadors, as well as the On The Rocks bar. Two gazebos sit at the end of wooden decks, each available for private dining or simply watching the pelicans dive for their dinner.
Good to know
It’s easy to sail around the entire island in half a day, an idyllic way to see the sites away from your poolside. Take in the coastal landscape and the famous sights including Shirley Heights and Nelson’s Dockyard. Take a private charter or join a catamaran boat trip, which tends to include barbecue lunches and snorkel stops.
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