Hermitage Bay – Antigua & Barbuda
Set on a tropical hillside overlooking a sandy beach, Hermitage Bay is a natural paradise – a perfect retreat for anyone wanting to escape the stresses and strains of a busy life. This premium, all-inclusive resort is built with sustainable materials is 2.4 km from Jolly Harbour Golf Club, and 10 km from the Museum of Antigua and Barbuda.
Featuring sea views, the polished suites are set in private cottages.
Thirty individual suites nestle on the beach and hillside of a perfect bay, in beautiful tropical gardens, in the perfect seclusion offered by the surrounding 140 acres of lush, undeveloped land.
Most of the food is locally grown and organic.
Of 30 individual suites, 13 are positioned on the beach and the remaining 17 have been built on the hillside to maximise views and privacy. All suites face the sea and the views range from tropical gardens and the white-sand beach to spectacular panoramas of the bay, mangroves and distant harbour.
The suites are constructed from purpleheart, greenheart and other woods from sustainably managed forests in Guyana.
The décor is one of natural luxury – pristine white linens, ivory cushions and creamy white walls soften the rich hues of the wooden floor and furniture. All rooms have outdoor showers and slatted louvre windows.
The natural beauty and tranquility of the bay and gardens are healing in themselves. To further promote a sense of wellbeing, the resort offers luxurious organic treatments in the Garden Spa and provide regular yoga, meditation and pilates classes on the spa deck.
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