As if Antigua wasn’t intoxicating enough… now a hotel with a RUM SOMMELIER is opening on the island
- Hammock Cove Resort and Spa will open near Devil’s Bridge in north eastern Antigua on December 1
- The in-house rum sommelier will be in charge of curating the resort’s rum and cocktail list
- The resort also offers guests 42 bay-view villas, plunge pools, and food from a Michelin-trained chef
The rich and famous already love to holiday in Antigua, but the likes of Gwyneth Paltrow, Oprah Winfrey and Giorgio Armani will be given yet another reason to visit on December 1, when a resort with its own rum sommelier opens on the island.
Located near Devil’s Bridge, on the north east of Antigua, the five star Hammock Cove Resort and Spa is part of the Elite Island Resorts brand of hotels.
In addition to featuring 42 bay-view villas with plunge pools, a multi-tier main swimming pool and a private beach, the resort will have its own in-house rum wrangler.
The villas at Hammock Cove Resort and Spa come with 1,000 square feet of space, plunge pools, a duo of sun loungers and hanging egg chairs
There will be 42 villas at Hammock Cove Resort and Spa. Elite Island Resorts says the resort has been designed around the ‘three pillars’ of gastronomy, personalised service and uninterrupted luxury
Guests visiting the resort will be able to choose from a selection of neat rums and cocktails that have been specially curated by the sommelier.
The rum drinks will be available in all of the resort’s bars – from Nobody Knows, which overlooks the photogenic natural rock arch at Devil’s Bridge, to Chairman’s Lounge, an indoor space where visitors can play retro games and play vinyl records.
The creation of a rum sommelier role is part of the new resort’s wider pledge to put gastronomy ‘centre stage’ when it comes to the guest experience.
The resort will also feature two restaurants with Michelin-trained chef Chef Marco Festini at the helm. Lighthouse will offer locally sourced dishes in the evenings while Irina’s will be open throughout the day for breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, dinner and high-brow snacks like caviar.
The interiors of the villas will feature a contemporary Caribbean design with a neutral mineral palette, which pays homage to the stone excavated from the property’s actual site, according to Elite Island Resorts
The bathrooms of the five-star villas will feature dark wood furnishings and spacious showers in natural colour schemes
Guests who over-indulge can avail themselves of the onsite spa’s facilities. Highlights of the Tranquillity Spa Body and Soul will include five treatment rooms, a plunge pool and an ocean-facing yoga shala.
Those with a little bit more energy to work off the calories in their cocktails might like to take advantage of a range of fitness facilities, which includes a pickleball court, where a game that’s a hybrid of table tennis, badminton and traditional tennis can be played.
Hammock Cove will be the fifth Elite Island Resorts property on Antigua. Its portfolio there already boasts St. James’ Club and Villas, Galley Bay Resort and Spa, The Verandah Resort and Spa and Pineapple Beach Club.
Elite Island Resorts also operates properties on Saint Lucia, Barbados, The Grenadines and in Panama.
Paula Whitehead, European managing director of Elite Island Resorts, said: ‘Hammock Cove Resort and Spa complements our existing resorts perfectly with world-class amenities that will wow our guests.
‘The stunning secluded setting will be ideal for special occasions including honeymoons and retreats, while the gourmet food offering will make it an unforgettable culinary experience.’