BY MARK KEAST

Forty-two luxury accommodations (1,000 square feet in living space) with spacious outdoor areas and private plunge pools overlooking the Caribbean, the Tranquility Spa Body and Soul offering a variety of face and body therapies and fitness centre, and a Tunnel Gallery linking each side of the property under the Great House celebrating Caribbean artists – Hammock Cove on the island of Antiqua, opening December 1, offers plenty of nourishment for the body and soul.

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Hammock Cove is the island’s newest luxury, boutique property, adults-only, and located on Antigua’s northeast side. It’s an all-inclusive resort, with rates starting at $1,100 USD per night, which includes villa accommodations, all meals from each of the resort’s gastronomy concepts including breakfast, lunch, dinner, small bites throughout the day, chef’s table menus, in-villa dining, afternoon tea, evening aperitivo, premium liquor, wines and Champagne, various wellness, land and water activities, and all taxes and gratuities.

Activities include rum sommelier-led rum tasting and wine sommelier-led wine tasting sessions, nature walks, paddle boarding and sail boating. The art gallery will feature work by Antigua’s famed watercolorist and acrylic artist Gilly Gobinet, who was commissioned by Hammock Cove.

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A big focus will be on the culinary experience – two restaurants and four bars offering a variety of experiences for guests, led by the signature restaurant, Lighthouse (designed to be reminiscent of the grand Georgian dining halls of many Caribbean estate houses).

Hammock Cove’s culinary experience is helmed by Michelin-trained Italian Executive Chef Marco Festini, the former executive chef of Daphne’s in Barbados, nightly changing items offering what’s fresh and local. Restaurants will combine ancient cooking methods with inventive dishes – starting with classics like Wagyu beef burgers and Caribbean lobster.

Every detail in the resort has been meticulously planned and executed, factoring in the villas, amenities and surrounding area (a few hundred yards from Devil’s Bridge National Park), to create a superb, indulgent indoor and outdoor Caribbean luxury vacation experience.

As the opening approaches, the owners are hoping they have created a resort where guests will leave completely relaxed and rejuvenated.