'Song of the Sea' is a one bedroom guest facility with private entrance. It has one king size bed (or 2 twin size beds), closet, small refrigerator, microwave oven, and coffee maker. The bathroom shower opens to the natural garden. Outside there is a private patio with lounge chairs, table, and a barbecue grill. We are just steps from the sea and the snorkeling is great here. You'll need reef shoes to protect your feet from rocks and coral, as well as mask and snorkel to be able to see all the colorful fish and undersea life! This is a wonderful area for both accomplished swimmers and beginners because the area close to shore is only about 3 feet deep. Should you prefer a sandy beach, the gorgeous Long Bay beach is within 2 miles. There are a couple of restaurants at Long Bay and some local shops in the closest village of Willikies. We do recommend that our guests rent a car during their stay. You will surely want to take advantage of the opportunity to visit the other amazing beaches and scenic areas of Antigua. This is a small island (108 sq. miles) so everything is less than an hour's drive. You can swim with stingrays at Stingray City in Seaton's; take the Antigua Rainforest Canopy Tour; tour 'Betty's Hope', the restoration of a colonial period sugar plantation; take an Eco Tour boat trip; or discover your very own favorite beach from among so many! The possibilities are endless! Start your day with a very substantial breakfast (included) served on the upstairs balcony or on your own patio, then take off on the day's adventure - or choose to stay right here and enjoy the sun, the sea, snorkeling, hiking, experiencing the 'color therapy' of the sea and sky. At night you will be lulled to sleep by gentle waves, a pleasant sea breeze, and the songs of tiny tree frogs! There is nothing more romantic and beautiful than moonlight on the water and we have a front row seat for every moonrise. This is a place of peace and tranquility, perfect for contemplation and renewal of body and soul.
1 bedroom seaside guest facility. Great natural beauty and serenity.
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- Calendar last updated:
- Jan 16, 2019
About Katie Eckert
Being a USAF military family, we grew up living in many different countries and loving the learning experiences we gained from that. We are definitely 'world citizens'. We are both teachers and musicians. Deb is also an artist and hosts 2 local radio programs. Katie loves to cook and is passionate about literacy. We feel this is a very special place and we love sharing it with others! Deb has lived here for more than 20 years, and knows the area very well, so feel free to ask any questions you may have!
Katie Eckert purchased this Bungalow in 1977
Why Katie Eckert chose Willikies
Our parents visited and vacationed in Antigua several times before they purchased this property and constructed their home. My father was a Civil Engineer and he laid out the house and gardens with great care to preserve the natural beauty of this piece of land which is bordered by sea on the north, east, and south sides. At the time it was purchased it was mostly volcanic rock, but over the years it has been nurtured and shaped into natural gardens with flowering trees, bushes, and plants - flamboyant, frangipani, palms, sea grapes, black willow, cactus, hibiscus, and so many more! This house and environs have a peace and tranquility that is palpable, a place of rest and healing. Years ago my parents ran the bed and breakfast, catering mostly to retired military folks. Now Deb and I have taken over and hope to make everyone who visits feel the love and joy that have gone into our 'Song of the Sea'.
What makes this Bungalow unique
The stunning beauty of the sea, in any weather, in any season is the initial attention-getter here. Standing on the balcony with sea breeze blowing makes you feel like you are sailing or flying! We are far from city noise and cruise ship crowds. We are surrounded by the healing beauty of nature. ...And being able to wear shorts every day of the year isn't bad, either!!
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
We have been so happy to be welcome in that so lovely place and property with a kind family
You want have a wake up with an amazing ocean view and have a wonderful break first on the terrace
You want to feel in paradise .... you are
We have been so well welcomed and received with all confort and peace ......
We enjoyed all and we thank from the bottom of our heart the E. Family
Thank you so much for your very kind words! It was a pleasure for us to welcome you to our lovely little bit of paradise - and we are always so happy when our guests can feel the peace and tranquility here! I will surely remember you every time I make an omelette!
I hope you had a safe trip home. Thanks again for staying here.
A Wonderful Honeymoon - The perfect place to stay if you're looking for a quiet get away
My wife and I spent our honeymoon in Antigua and stayed at Song of the Sea and could not have been happier with our decision. Katie and Debbie (and all their amazing pets!) made us feel so welcome and right at home on the island. Katie's breakfasts were easily the best meals we had on the island (and we had some good ones) and the perfect way to start a day of beach-going or adventuring. I really can't recommend this place enough.
The room itself was nice and clean and has a very large bed and spacious garden shower. My wife and I really enjoyed star gazing on the back deck in the evenings and lazing around the patio looking at all the lizards and birds in the mornings. If you're a nature lover, or just looking to relax, this is the place for you. It's quiet and peaceful and away from the busier parts of the island. It's the perfect place to escape to and rest while listening to the waves or the sugar birds. There's some excellent snorkeling spots just off the property, too, if that's more your speed. If it isn't, the view from the gallery is genuinely breathtaking.
Katie and Debbie are very knowledgeable about the island and have a lot of great suggestions if you want to do some exploring. My wife and I wanted to see as much as we could on our trip (a big reason why we didn't go the all-inclusive route) and Katie and Debbie were so helpful in telling us about the island and all it has to offer. Hermitage Bay and Half Moon Bay are absolute must sees. Half Moon is a short drive away and one of the most beautiful beaches we had ever seen. We visited it three times.
All in all it was an amazing honeymoon and we hope to return to Song of the Sea. Privacy was never an issue and we felt right at home almost immediately. Katie cooked us dinner the night we arrived, which was great since we were so wiped from traveling and didn't feel like searching for a restaurant, and Debbie even showed us her art gallery. She is super talented and her work really captures the natural beauty and energy of the island. The ocean is literally just steps away and the nearest sandy beach (Long Bay) is only two minutes away. In almost every way our stay on Antigua exceeded expectations. We hope to return for our anniversary!
I am so delighted that you chose our place for your honeymoon! It was an honor that you started your new life together with us. I really hope you will return for your anniversary!
As you said, this is a great place for quiet relaxation, swimming, sunning. So glad the weather cooperated too!
Thanks so much for such a great review!
Just Loved Everything About It.
Katie and Debbie made us feel like family right in the first few minutes of meeting them. Actually it wasn't just them that made us feel like family. Katie, Debbie, Mrs. Eckert, Lynda, Charlie, Ricardo, Hitch, Sookie, Miss B, Max, Myrtle, and James Bond all made us feel welcome.
Katie's breakfasts are great and are way better than anything that would be served at a resort. The view from the upper balcony while enjoying breakfast really adds to the experience. The snorkeling was great. It was like having our own private reef right outside our front door. Katie and Debbie can point out all the best spots from the upper balcony.
We spent most of our 10 days there just lazing on the lower deck, enjoying the weather, the view, the wildlife, reading, and sneaking treats to Hitch, Sookie, and Miss B. Privacy was never an issue. While there we also got to check out Debbie's artwork in her gallery. She's an amazing artist who is very humble about her work.
All in all it was a great experience and we really hope to get back to see them again in future years, especially now that we feel like family.
Katie: make sure you have a "To Do" list ready for me the next time we're there.
Nothing makes us happier than to know that our guests have enjoyed themselves fully - and you both fit right in here, enjoying the weather, the food, the dogs, the turtles, the sea and the sun! Thank you for all your kind words. I hope you will stay with us again - it will be great to see you!
A uniquely private slice of Antigua from a beautifully rugged setting
We thought Song of the Sea sounded interesting and "up our alley" from reading about it from home in Massachusetts, so we committed to a twelve day stay in early March, keeping our fingers crossed. Boy did we luck out! After an intriguing drive off the beaten path, we were greeted at the gate by the three friendly resident dogs who ushered us in. Katy met us at the main house, and after short introductions showed us to our dwelling.
One feels instantly relaxed by the proximity, sounds, and breezes of the sea. The water is literally a few steps away. The room itself is simple and clean with a very large bed, and sleeping is a joy due to the restful sounds of the waves and the gentle trade winds. The shower is a really pleasant adventure because you really feel like you're outside, although completely private at the same time. Don't leave your bars of soap out there, however, because there's a nocturnal land crab that makes off with them in the middle of the night!
Breakfasts are particularly special, and a really great way to launch your day. First of all, out on the "gallery" you sit at a table looking out to sea with a dozens of cute birds (banana quits) busily feasting nearby on grapefruit rinds, and you can't help but feel happy from the activity. Katy brings you plates of local mixed fruits along with coffee or tea to start you off. As you look out to sea, which you can't help but do, at passing pelicans or sometimes a whale jumping, you hear Katy in the kitchen making up your breakfast from scratch. Breakfast is ALWAYS good. Katy's omelettes are amazing. Nothing ordinary about them, and you'd be hard pressed to find anything as good in any restaurant. Not that she only makes omelettes. You don't know what she'll serve up but it's all good and all a pleasant surprise.
It takes a bit of exploring to find places that particularly resonate with you. For example, we tried several beaches, all fine, until we found one that seemed to have our name on it. To get to it you have to drive through the rain forest, which is always a cool experience. Nearby Devil's Bridge is a must, and we experienced an epic sunset there which defies description. English Harbor and Nelson's Dock Yard should not be missed, as well.
I can't say enough about our hosts, the Eckert sisters: Katy, Debbie, and Linda. They are the most open and friendly people you would ever meet, plus thoughtful, interesting, and deep. Watch the Antigua moon with them to get to know them!
We are so happy that you chose our Song of the Sea B&B for your vacation! Because of last years hurricanes, many folks don't know that not every island was hit badly! Our beaches are still so beautiful and relaxing! I hope you fell in love with our area, and we look forward to welcoming you back anytime!!
It was very nice getting to know you. You both fit in here perfectly! Please don't think that we order whale appearances for all our guests! That was a special treat for you!! It's a great idea for other guests to plan their vacation here with the full moon, because there really is nothing as spectacular as seeing it come up over the water!
Thank you for all your wonderful comments. Nothing makes us happier than to know our guests love the place as we do! You are always welcome!!
A marvelous island hideaway with wonderful hosts
Off the beaten path, on the northeast corner of Antigua is this haven of peace. We could not have enjoyed our introduction to this island more. The guest room with open air shower off the bathroom, is airy with a huge comfortable bed, mosquito net (which we did not need), guide books and great storage, has a breathtaking view from a private terrace. There is coffee (or tea) making equipment plus a little fridge & microwave. Katie and her sisters are world-travelers, interesting, talented and caring hosts, who also make fabulous breakfasts in the main house which are quite delicious with many homemade treats like local honey & served on an open air balcony. There are views of sun & moon rises and the amazing reef colors of the Caribbean Sea. We loved their dogs, Debbie's art work, watching the hummingbirds while banana quits enjoy their morning sugar as well as the Monday night choir rehearsal. It is a good idea to have a car and a driver who can cope with local conditions as well as driving on the left. Taxis are also a possibility. My husband and I highly recommend "Song of the Sea" and its delightful owners.
It was our great pleasure to have you here with us, and getting to know you both! It always makes us so happy to know that our guests enjoyed themselves here. You are welcome back any time!!
Lovely setting and even lovelier hosts...
Katie and Debbie are simply wonderful people. We felt like old friends almost immediately. The accommodations are private with a beautiful view, but the ladies are engaging and entertaining at the drop of a hat. Katie's breakfasts are wonderful (best omelets ever and baking is extraordinary). We were invited one evening to watch their weekly practice for a local acapella group led by maestro Debbie. While hesitant and attending out of politeness , it was a wonderful show with more lovely people...they even included us in the gag gift exchange and we were honorary judges in a costume contest. You definitely need a car rental to stay here, and the driving on the island can test your nerves and your vehicle, but you are never more than 30 minutes from anything you would like to do. And we did a LOT! Snorkeling (nearby Half Moon Bay is amazing), zip lining, catamaran tour of the entire island (with snorkeling then open bar and lunch) eco-kayak tour (with more snorkeling), English Harbor and Shirley Heights are must see for the views and steel drum concert/ barbecue. Oh... did I mention snorkeling?... you can do it right out front as well. Lot's of beaches to get some down time too. The ladies are well known (and revered) on this side of the island and everywhere we went we were treated like locals because of them. Even the reputed old grump owner of Mama's Pasta on Long Bay treated us like family...I soon became known as "Dahling" by Mama... be nice and you will be treated the same. They have 3 dogs, FYI, and they are all sweet; coming by for a good morning every day (and a nibble). Do not be timid about exploring local eateries- they look pretty rough, but our experience was great- curried goat, pork stew, local fish, jerked chicken, etc. There is a restaurant in nearby Seatons where we stopped several times always too early or late for the daily meal "Mother" makes and serves. On our last day we again showed too late. Nonetheless they sat us down and cooked up a meal just for us- a whole fish each , rice and beans, salad, and pasta- yummy. My companion has been in the Caribbean many times- always at an all-inclusive or on a cruise. She said this trip was more fun than any of those. Finally, we spent much more time just chatting with the Katie and Debbie than we would have thought- they have lived all over the world, are as sweet as can be, and genuinely seem to enjoy our tales as well.
Nothing makes us happier than to share our love of this beautiful spot with others! Thanks so much for your kind words. You are great guests and now good friends (with the dogs too!). Come again any time! You will both always be welcome!
A quiet, restful location right next to the sea! Be lulled to sleep by the sound of gentle waves lapping softly on the rocks. A great place for swimming, snorkeling, hiking, resting, sunning! Long Bay, one of Antigua's most beautiful sandy beaches, is 2 miles away. Swim with stingrays at nearby Stingray City in Seatons. Explore historic sugar plantation restoration, 'Betty's Hope'. Antigua Rainforest Canopy Tour, Eco Tours, So Many Gorgeous beaches to experience! On this small island everything is within a half hour drive. Or just stay here and soak in the sun, the sea, the tranquility!
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