Arriving at Hermitage Bay and walking into the resort I had a distinct sense of déjà vu. Was I in Asia? The hotel’s style said so. Exploring further, I was not immediately charmed by the resort as a whole. The suites, although spacious and nicely furnished, were a bit on the dark side and the practicality of some of the fixtures were questionable. Did I make the wrong choice of destination? Yet just twenty-four hours later I had done a complete 180 degree turn and I was glad I had kept an open mind. I had warmed up to the whole environment and become ‘putty in their hands’, as the saying goes.
Yes, there are a few 'quirks' which disturbed me and could be changed for the better including, for example, toilets should be enclosed and the louvered doors need to be replaced in order to let in more light.
Of the 27 suites on offer, all have something to recommend them, depending on what you, the visitor, is seeking. If water views and proximity to the shore are your thing, then the beachfront suites offer lots of space inside and the beach is right there, in all its glory.
On a final note, although the resort welcomes kids over twelve as guests, I personally feel this is a paradise better suited for couples. The beach and sea offer little for them to do. There are no interconnecting suites and so kids need their own room, although if only a single child, they could share a beach or garden suite with their parents. The garden suites do not have a view of the ocean but are still a short walk to the beach and are a more cost-effective option for some. Then there are the hillside suites for those seeking views with maximum privacy. These come complete with a lovely deck area with private plunge pool and two sun loungers. The bedroom here is somewhat smaller than in the beach suites but the benefit of a bathroom with a door is, for most, desirable. It is important to note that that these hillside suites are up an incline and so anyone who has difficulty walking may want to avoid this option.
What makes this hotel stand out from the crowd however is the food and the professional service. Having stayed all over the Caribbean at many of the finest, I can safely say it is hard to beat Hermitage Bay in this arena. Fastidious foodies will be sure to give this resort’s cuisine a thumb’s up; the food is good, wholesome, often organic, exceptionally well-executed and beautifully presented. What’s not to love?
And yet the resort has that very quiet air to it, made in heaven for couples and honeymooners who laze around on the beach all day before wandering off to have dinner. And although there are some good musicians brought over most evenings to entertain, they invariably roll out the modernized Bob Marley routine, not something teens would get excited about really, at least not mine.