Foodie’s visiting Antigua must check-in to Hammock Cove. This luxury 5* hotel has a big focus on food and delivers a gastronomic punch. Located on Antigua’s northeast coast, next to Devil’s Bridge National Park, this all-inclusive resort is impressive. Expect upscale accommodation, exceptional service and creative Caribbean cuisine set against the backdrop of a soft powder white beach and turquoise waters.

The man behind the menu at Hammock Cove is Marco Festini Cromer, who has a wealth of experience having worked in some of the world’s finest restaurants including three-Michelin starred Les Pres D’Eugenie, The Ivy, J Sheekey and Daphne’s in Barbados. Marco and his team have ripped up the all-inclusive rule book and are setting the highest standards and bringing innovative dining to Antigua.

Guests staying at Hammock Cove will experience a unique culinary journey. Unlike other all-inclusive resorts there’s not a buffet in sight. The focus here is fine dining, everything is a la carte and if there’s something you fancy and it’s not on the menu, don’t be afraid to ask. Chef Marco and owner, Rob Barrett are both friendly and approachable. They are often around at breakfast, chatting to guests and gathering feedback on their stay. Both pressing that the team will go the extra mile to cater for any requests and to just ask.

The hotel offers all day dining direct to your luxury villa, which has its own private pool and a huge, shady deck where you can kick back and soak up views of the cove while you dine. When you check in to the hotel you are greeted by your own personal ambassador who is on speed dial for just about anything including any requests for late night nibbles you might be craving. If you don’t want to eat in your villa then head to Irina’s Bistro, here you can enjoy breakfast, lunch or a more casual dinner. The menu is refreshed daily and has plenty of choice but expect delicious detox juices, fresh salads using local ingredients, light bites and more substantial plates.

Experiential dining is a big focus here. There’s a daily culinary showcase for guests to enjoy from caviar and bubbles on the beach to cookery demonstrations through to sushi workshops. Each one highlights fabulous food accompanied by that laid back, friendly Caribbean style but doesn’t compromise on excellent service.

There’s wine tasting and pairing and every Wednesday you can book into the Lighthouse for a seven-course tasting experience. The Lighthouse is the hotel’s jewel in the crown. Boasting panoramic views of the Caribbean Sea, it’s an idyllic setting for this gourmet extravaganza. Curated by Marco, the menu is designed to be a journey through the flavours of the region, starting with lighter dishes like delicate shrimp gyoza, jam packed with taste before progressing to a succulent, tender sous vide top sirloin accompanied by a glass of full-bodied Californian Cabernet Sauvignon, smooth and rich in plum, pepper and chocolate notes. The resort’s sommelier is brimming with knowledge and on hand to guide guests through the pairing process and to provide insight into the wines and cocktails being served. Each course is a feast for the eyes as well as the taste buds and beautifully presented.

Hammock Cove is the place to stay for foodies and those looking for special dining experiences. With its breathtaking views, creative cuisine, and impeccable service, it is sure to impress even the most discerning of diners.

A 7-night stay at Hammock Cove Antigua is from £3,018 per person on an all-inclusive basis valid for September 2023 arrivals. To book visit or call 01245 459 906

House of Coco flew to Antigua with Virgin Atlantic. Virgin Atlantic flies direct between London Heathrow Antigua with return fares from £487 per person, including complimentary food, drink, inflight entertainment and taxes. For further information visit or call 0344 8747 747. This fare is available for departure on 24th February 2023 and is for seven nights. Prices given are correct as of 20th April 2023 and are subject to change.

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