#1 Travel Destination of 2021: Hodges Bay Resort and Spa, Antigua
Across the world, the collective wishes for the New Year are rising to the stratosphere after a year of unprecedented global pain and suffering. Our hopes and wishes for 2021 reflect a universal plea for new beginnings, where we will see the conquering of Covid-19 and the return of our lives, our economies, our communities, our world, and our humanity to a new and improved normal.
For many of us missing the joys and invigoration of travel, our wish is to escape to an idyllic safe island, a fantasy where bright sunshine warms white sand beaches, where intensely blue skies are punctuated with polka dot clouds and crystal clear turquoise waters gently caress the shores. Your wish can, and will, be magically granted at the dreamy Antigua island resort of Hodges Bay. In 2019, Hodges Bay Resort and Spa was named one of Travel and Leisure Best New Hotels in the World, and their quality service and commitment to safety while providing a beautiful guest experience has remained throughout this pandemic. Hodges Bay has been a leader in implementing the latest in innovative protocols based on science and government guidelines, including masks and social distancing in common areas, with consideration for guest and staff safety in these extraordinary times.
Hodges Bay Resort is the epitome of the sought after bespoke travel destination, showcasing boutique luxury in the idyllic Caribbean island setting Antigua manifests. A dream retreat designed over years with a sublime attention to detail in every aspect is realized in its placement in 8 acres of lush tropical gardens maximizing sustainability and environmental consciousness, its proximity to the preserved and protected pristine Caribbean coral reefs, and in its curated presentation of accommodations and amenities.
Each of the suites uniquely designed by Sarah Ferrell Designs are inspired by the color palette of the island of Antigua, awash in exclusive contemporary luxury.
A blend of sophistication with artful touches of bohemian character and charm, Hodges Bay offers a warm and welcoming ambience indoors and out, from baths to bedding, woods to fabrics, lounging areas and seating capturing garden views and Caribbean vistas, with details emphasizing comforts for couples, families, and friends. Choices abound with spacious Junior, 1, 2, and 3 bedroom suites, and 4 bedroom oceanfront villas, providing stunning views and features including fully equipped kitchens, dining rooms, pool and beachfront access. All areas, personal and common, are maintained with enhanced cleaning protocols that are the pride of the Hodges Bay staff.
Antigua’s island mystique beckons guests of Hodges Bay Resort with a playful variety of engaging activities to appreciate the abundant natural wonders beyond the resort’s secluded pools and beachside cabanas. Prickly Pear Island is your private deserted island fantasy only minutes away by kayak or your Hodge Bay boat. Enjoy the serenity of tanning on its coral sand beach, snorkeling, cocktails and fun. Adventure with Calvin Air Helicopter Tours for breathtaking views on an hour long tour above Montserrat’s Active Volcano, minutes from the main island. The destruction from the 1997 eruption is revealed below as the dramatic volcano continues belching smoke and ash. For a rare opportunity to experience an up close and personal encounter with a school of stingrays, join the Hodges Bay beach ambassadors for a visit to the sandbar where stingrays interact with guests as you pet and play with them, feed and even floppy hug them in their natural habitat. Follow this amazing encounter with a visit to the nearby island protectorate of giant tortoises and exotic bird sanctuary for a unique opportunity to view and feed them. Paddle board the calm bay waters with beautiful clear views to the colorful fish below, kayak, snorkel, enjoy tennis, splash and swim and find your bliss at Hodges Bay.
Dining at Hodges Bay Resort is a brilliant testament to the talents of acclaimed celebrity Chef Edward Lee leading the Caribbean’s first signature restaurant, NaCl (Salt), fine dining with a freshly visioned seafood and steak menu to indulge. Additional dining experiences include beachside, White Sands, the pirate vibe of Black Sails bar and lounge, Drift beach and swim up pool bar beside the atmospheric wall of fire where night skies are best enjoyed, Pulse Cafe and Mangos for casual dining, light snacks and refreshments poolside. From healthy morning starters to bedtime snacks, the pleasures of resort dining are endless. Hodges Bay anticipates the opening of its lifestyle Spa and fully equipped fitness center when protocols allow.