Antigua’s long, storied past–one that dates back to around 2900 BC–can be visually traced today with various puzzle pieces scattered around the island serving as a window into history. Devil’s Bridge is one of those places, a reminder of geology’s ability to withstand the test of time, and though it bore witness to darkness and tragedy through the country’s slavery era, the landmark remains one of the most strikingly beautiful lookouts in the Caribbean. It is here that Hammock Cove, a brand new adults-only resort by renowned hotelier Rob Barrett, now calls home, and it’s safe to say that the breezy, modern hideaway is quickly becoming one of the most exclusive stays in the area. Rosario Soler, Resort Manager of Hammock Cove, takes us through the property’s most highly coveted room type and what goes into making a stay here so special.
Tell us a bit about the newly-opened property and what makes it such a unique luxury experience specific to the island of Antigua.
Hammock Cove’s location on Antigua’s northeast coast is truly spectacular as its adjacent to Devil’s Bridge National Park with its famed limestone arch and soaring ocean geysers. The resort prides itself on three defining pillars: gastronomy, personalized service and uninterrupted luxury. Executive Chef Marco Festini brings Michelin-starred experience overseeing what will be the most inventive kitchen in the country. Another unique feature are the Guest Ambassadors who are available 24 hours a day to assist with any and all requests, offering personal assistant duties providing a seamless luxury experience.
Are there any ways in which Hammock Cove is redefining or improving upon the traditional all-inclusive experience?
Hammock Cove is poised to usher in a new era of all-inclusive experiences, with a focus on elevated gastronomy and service. What sets us apart is the addition of our unique guest ambassadors who offer personal assistant duties and are our guests contact for all requests and functions ensuring a seamless experience including optional morning coffee preparation, various food and beverage service delivered either in-villa, on the beach, or around the swimming pool, as well as dinner reservations, and many other concierge functions.
What’s the most requested room type at Hammock Cove?
The most requested rooms at Hammock Cove are the Waterfront Villas; personally, I believe all the villas overseeing Devil’s Bridge are the most private and romantic!
What is the usual rate for that room?
All-inclusive rates start at $1,100 per night per couple including all taxes, service charges, and gratuities.
Can you share some insight on the food and drink programming at the hotel?
Our talented, Michelin-trained Executive Chef Marco Festini brings his years of international culinary expertise to the resort, setting the highest standards for the all-inclusive dining experience. Chef Marco showcases ancient cooking methods and forward-thinking flavors highlighting sustainable regional ingredients, the freshest imports, and inventive interpretations of classic and internationally-influenced dishes. Our extensive wine selection includes the world’s best reds, whites, rosés, and bubbles from France, Italy, Argentina, and beyond. We also host regular cooking demonstrations and wine and rum tastings, which have been a hit with guests.
What’s your personal favorite dining experience on property?
My personal favorite is definitely at the Lighthouse Restaurant. Its simple yet elegant atmosphere allows for a romantic or lively dinner among friends. The expertise of our sommelier to carefully pair select wines with individual daily-changing dishes created by our chefs makes the experience even more refined and unique. In addition, our chefs are happy to accommodate any special requests for a dish that’s off menu to satisfy any craving.
Tell us a few fun insider facts about Hammock Cove.
Linking one side of the property to the other under the Great House deck is the Tunnel Gallery, serving as an evolving installation of works by Caribbean artists. For opening season, the gallery is featuring a series of work by Antigua’s famed watercolorist and acrylic artist, Gilly Gobinet, who was commissioned by Hammock Cove.