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... decide to go back, we know to bring all the necessities. Except alcohol, that's pretty cheap down here thankfully! We went to the store around 830am and the sun was already scorching at a 30 celcius. WOW. This definitely meant we better not stay in the sun between peak hours, the last thing we need is to be sunburnt.
The beach is paradise honestly it's not crowded at all ...
... at 2pm. The return taxi ride cost US$24 and two sun beds US$10. We had found a quiet end of the beach, well away from Sandals resort and spent some wonderful time sun bathing and swimming. We found time for a couple of beers in a beach side cafe and spoke to another couple from the ship with whom, I think, we will share a taxi when we arrive at our next port of call, Aruba, the day after tomorrow. There were a couple of showers during our time at the beach, although they did not ...
... Tour" stopped there and it looked like a good spot. We continued on to Stingray city. This was pretty cool...it was a shallow area where stingrays would congregate because they are fed there. There were no enclosures. I've never been so close to so many sting rays before. I screamed the first couple times they glided by me, but by the end of our hour with them, I was holding a large one in my ...
Lucy We arrived safely after a fantastic flight thanks to Henry. We got upgraded to club class which was such a treat and started out trip off so well. Since then we have been sorting the boat out dong all sorts of jobs like marking the anchor chain with depths. Putting a new anchor swivel on the anchor. Cleaning and servicing. What always looks like a small job turns out to be a massive ...
... said our goodbyes to the sea lions, we wandered a bit more around Coral World. The park was incredibly small compared to other parks we had been to; it was obvious that their main money maker-swimming with sea lions- is what keeps them alive. Other than the sea lions, we saw a few sharks, turtles, and TONS of giant iguanas. The iguanas were everywhere!! No, not in cages, but walking freely about. They were obviously used to people being around, ...
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If you want to get away from it all, eat well, sleep well, get pampered and really feel like you've been on holiday we suggest you give this place a try - its gonna be popular when word gets out.
We have just returned from a week at Hermitage Bay and this is the first time we have been moved enough to write a review about where we have stayed.
Normally it is "better to travel hopefully than to arrive" when it comes to holiday hotels but Hermitage Bay is the true exception. Fantastic setting, wonderfully spec'd cottages, really lovely staff and food to die for. And for once all inclusive means exactly that so if you want champagne with your afternoon tea then that's what you got.
A couple of extras: get Carol to do the 60 minute deep tissue massage - well worth the pain, do Tai Chi on the beach, and explore the hidden beaches by boat.
I have been home from Hermitage Bay for a month now and am counting the days until my family and I return.
We visited in January 2007 and had a fabulous time. Many others have already detailed here how great the rooms are and I can vouch for that - we had a very spacious hillside room and loved it. Detailing makes a difference, and everything was top quality, from the towels to the contents of the minibar (delicious Dean & Deluca chocolate and nibbles!) and clever little things like a can of Evian spray water, for when you're sat by the pool - all included in the room rate. The only thing we ended up paying for was a daily newspaper, which because of some clever 'newswire' system, was actually that day's paper, printed out, rather than yesterday's flown in via the airline (why haven't hotels thought of that before!!).
We have just got back from eight wonderfully relaxing days at Hermitage Bay. Fifteen minutes down a dirt road (how else do you get off the "beaten track"?) brings you to a beautifully secluded bay with cottages scatterred on the beach and hillside. We were fortunate enough to have a choice and settled on a hillside cottage for the privacy, and the stunning views from the sweeping verandah.
Having just returned from this delightful privately run hotel, we can thouroughly recommend a visit if you want total relaxation. Opened in early December there are still a few teething problems which the management are addressing, in particular the "buggs and mozzies." Experts have been brought in from the States and there were noticable improvements prior to our departure. "Don't forget your Jungle Juice."
Under the guidance of Michael, the extremely experienced food and beverage manager, the staff could not have been more willing to assist with all our wishes.
Don't be surprised if you have difficulty getting a reservation in a few months time when this "Gem" becomes well known,we have already booked!!
We have just returned from a wonderfully relaxing stay at Hermitage Bay, a new boutique hotel in Antiqua. The setting of the hotel is utterly beautiful - a long secluded bay with stunning white sand beach and blue blue sea - with the wooden cottages set sympathetically into the hillside. And, amazingly, there is nothing in the whole panoramic vista - not a single building - to spoil the natural beauty of the scenery. We felt we had arrived in paradise!
Just returned from a disastrious time with five others family and friends. Location fabulous beach and sea great. Hotel just up and running lots of teething problems. Rooms quickly finished off therefore quality not great.Workmen and their machines, hammering, banging and talking from 7.30am.Bar running out of various drinks, restaurant slow and not always having basics. Receiving food to your table hot was a bit hit and miss. Walkways to and fro rooms, bar, restaurant, reception poorly lit, uneven, slipperey when wet or muddy. Biting insects a major problem sandflies on beach mozzies all around and tiny bugs and flying insects in bar restaurant and seating. Road in and out to hotel takes 25 minutes of careful driving due to the rough terrain surface. I think in my opinion hotel should have waited a further 6 months before opening, we felt like guinea pigs whilst we were there. Could say more but hope you ask many many questions of the standards before you go.