Hermitage Bay, Antigua
What it is
A famed all-inclusive resort on a pristine bay, with its own organic gardens, a color therapy spa tucked in the forest, and thoughtful staff.
What it isn't
Just about lazing around on the beach (although there’s plenty of that, too). Curated experiences here include fishing for wahoo and barracuda and sailing to any of Antigua’s 365 postcard-perfect beaches via catamaran.
What we think
Anyone who thinks all-inclusives aren’t for them hasn’t stayed at Hermitage Bay, where the vibe is anything but “conga line”—but you’ll be so happy, you may just want to form one of your own. Because what’s more blissful and relaxing than having your every need met before it even arises? Every day here, you’ll be treated to three expertly-prepared meals a day, unlimited cocktails (or bubbly, if you prefer), Canapés, wines...the delectable list goes on. Suites are paradise incarnate, whether you opt to stay in the Seaview Garden Cottages (perched right on the sand) or Hillside Pool Suites which are, true to their name, equipped with an alfresco plunge pool the same hue as the Caribbean sea below and an outdoor shower. You can’t go wrong, whatever you choose, because the service is topnotch; you’ll be handed a flute of champagne upon arrival, and each suite’s minibar gets restocked with included nibbles and tipples daily.
You're here because
The resort is owned by a fervent environmentalist who is a true steward of the paradisiacal land, thanks to solar energy initiatives, sustainably constructed structures, flourishing organic gardens, and more.
You’ve fallen in love with the sea once again, thanks to your morning walks through the turquoise-clear waters here. So it’s fitting that at the spa, you book a marine algae facial—complete with a holistic foot massage, as an indigo light shines on your third eye. Aaaah.
Restaurants & Bars
The Restaurant and The Patio- Mixture of Modern European with Caribbean favorites and American classics, menus change daily
Complimentary water sports
An unspoiled stretch of white sand a 35 minute drive from the Georgian-era Fort James, set at the end of a peninsula with a prime panorama over the sea.