With the Christmas excitement behind us hubby and I thought we might get away for a week R & R before the new arrival in July. Given the long haul distance required for that elusive winter sun and with a willing Grannie and ‘Bumpa’ on board we decided to leave Little A behind and pack our bags for Antigua. Now one thing definitely worth considering – that is if you dare to be so callous as to leave your toddler behind for a week so you can enjoy a vista of no nappies, uninterrupted book reading and time with your hubby – is to find a ‘no kids’ resort. If I were to spend the week surrounded by other cheeky chappy toddlers splashing in the pool and building sandcastles then I would have sat there miserably wishing Little A was with us. Leaving him was hard enough but luckily we had chosen Hermitage Bay for its adult only vibe and it certainly made the distance easier.
If you want intrepid adventure and a high paced, adrenalin-fuelled holiday then this resort may not be for you. If you want to collapse on a pristine beach, eat and drink to your heart’s content and swim in turquoise water then Hermitage Bay is definitely worth considering. One huge plus is that HB is all inclusive which although it might seem eye-wateringly spenny when you book, when you get there the food and drink is incredible and there was not a buffet in sight. HB pride themselves on their cuisine and I was lucky enough to have my baby bump as an excuse for my ever burgeoning waistline. Hubby enjoyed glasses of Minuty Rose over 3 course lunches whilst I made my way through the delicious mocktail list. We stayed firstly in a bungalow on the beach and then in one of the hill top villas with pool. The bungalow on the beach (ours was No.15 which is the one to request as it is the far end of the beach) meant you literally stepped off your verandah and could be reclining on your lounger overlooking the sea in seconds. The hill top villas are better if it is privacy you are after although you do use a golf buggy to get to some of them.
All in all a cracker of a holiday and Hermitage Bay’s staff make a repeat visit a must. Just hope that next time I can indulge in the cocktail list.
What we read: The Fever Tree by by Jennifer McVeigh, The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson, After the War is Over by Maureen Lee.
What we wore: my Beach Candy dress was perfect to cover my middling tummy and hubby brought out a new pair of FB Collection trunks.