Bella, from our marketing team, recently visited one of the most beautiful coves in Antigua where the hotel Hermitage Bay is found. Here’s what she thought…
In January this year, I completed the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Rowing Race with my team Row Like A Girl. After rowing 2 hours on, 2 hours off for the 3000 miles across the Atlantic Ocean, we finished in Antigua after 40 gruelling days.
On completing this adventure, I decided to treat myself to a month in Antigua – trying to remain on cloud nine for as long as possible before returning to the marketing team at Scott Dunn again in March. I based myself in English Harbour and lived like a local. My accommodation was a small bungalow and I spent my days rotating between the local, Atlantic-facing beaches; Pigeon Beach and Galleon Beach. After seeing blue on blue for the previous six weeks, I thought these beaches were pure paradise; think white sand beaches, warm blue seas, palm trees, trendy background music and laid-back restaurants.
However, as gorgeous as I still think those beaches are, Olivia (Row Like a Girl member) and I went to spend a day at hotel Hermitage Bay and realised that the Caribbean side of the island and this bay in particular are a whole new level of beauty. We arrived at the hotel to be greeted by the most azure, almost glowing sea, lush vegetation and warm Caribbean smiles of the staff.
27 rooms are dotted along the beach and hillside and all have ocean views, outdoor showers and simple, contemporary décor; perfect spaces to really unwind and relax. The most private rooms and my personal favourites were the rooms found at the top of this boutique resort; they all had plunge pools with the most heavenly views over the bay.
Before lunch I took myself out for a sail with Devon, the hotel’s watersports guru. We hopped onto a Hobie Cat and headed into the bay. I sail back home in England so have a little experience behind me, however, I was so glad to have Devon on board with me as he knew the waters and let me know where to expect wind shifts; the wind is quite strong in the bay and I needed his weight to stop me from capsizing and nose-diving!
Lunch was simply delicious, the hotel is known for its fresh menu, with locally grown produce being a key feature. I enjoyed a sun dried tomato and mozzarella salad, whilst Olivia devoured fish of the day, accompanied by a well-earned bottle of rose! It was pure ecstasy to eat such fresh food after the dried, astronaut food we ate on the Atlantic!
We spent the afternoon soaking up the sun before heading back to our less luxurious base on the south of the island. It was a real treat to be spoilt for a day and my next visit to Antigua (via plane not row boat!) will almost certainly include a few days to unwind at this tropical paradise of a hotel. Thanks for having us!