1 bedroom seaside guest facility. Great natural beauty and serenity.
- English, Spanish
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 for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date. 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
We Loved Our Stay at Song of the Sea
We spent a week and so much enjoyed the wonderful views and sounds of the oceans, all the birds, the gentle breezes, snorkeling Cade's reef, all the lovely beaches....
But, the Eckert family including Ms Debbie and our host Ms Katie we're two of the kindest and most gentle hearted ladies we have ever met in our life. What wonderful and gracious hosts every moment of our stay had us leave with peace in our hearts. Thank you both so much for sharing your home and your lives and stories with us, we will cherish you both and keep praying for even more rain! And thank you again Ms Katie for all the yummy breakfasts and lunches today.
BTW, on the last morning of our stay, it poured for about 2 hours so anyone staying in May will have a wonderful lush garden to gaze over into the sea.
Thank you so very much for such a nice review! It's too bad you couldn't see all the flowers that have bloomed just since that morning of rain!
It was lovely getting to know you both. You really got a taste of what island life is like and I hope the beautiful tan you both got will be a reminder of warm sun, gorgeous beaches, and all the other adventures you had here!! I hope you will be able to return some day. You would be most welcome any time! All the best to you both!
Personal Ocean! Talented Chef! Warm Hospitality! Pure relaxation!
We loved our stay at Song of the Sea. We stayed at Sandals the first half of our trip and wanted a place on the other side of the island that was away from the busyness and crowds of resort life. This was exactly what we were looking for. We lived with the windows wide open enjoying the incredible sea breeze and showering alfresco! We enjoyed exploring the waters around the house (just a few steps down from our room) - we could walk out through the waist deep water to the skiff and felt like we were on our own personal island! The breakfasts Katie prepared were amazing - always healthy, and very substantial! She was such a joy to chat with and offered great advice on what to do on the island and gave us an insider's view into island life. I wasn't sure about staying at a bed and breakfast as my husband and I value our privacy, but that wasn't an issue at all! It was wonderful spending time with Katie around meals, but for the rest of the day we were able to enjoy our privacy as the bottom floor, with it's private entrance, is for guests only. I would recommend Song of the Sea in a heartbeat - it was the perfect place to relax and renew.
I'm really delighted that you found your quiet place right here to relax and enjoy the remaining days of your visit to Antigua! It was a pleasure getting to know you. We'd love for you to return whenever you'd like. Antigua is a beautiful place year round.
Thanks for coming to our Song of the Sea - and for the very lovely review. Best regards.
Beautiful views, tranquil environment, great hosts, and exceptional breakfast.
We stayed for a week on late Feb.
I wish that I were a better writer so that I could write a review worthy of how great Song of the Sea really is. If you are a traveler who appreciates the less traveled road, getting outside of the resort areas, experiencing the local culture of a place, and knows how to get into the roundness of the world then this is the place for you. It is very aptly named, Song of the Sea, because you will wake and sleep to the sounds of the ocean and the breeze. And the view is unbeatable.
The B&B host family is a treasure in many ways. Katie's talents for preparing delicious meals is a real treat for the senses. She and her sisters, Debbie and Linda, are intelligent, kind, and truly invested in providing their guests with a wonderful experience of Antigua and Barbuda. Their knowledge of the islands, integration into the local culture, and experience living in multiple nations and among various cultures provides stimulating and enriching conversations. We will consider them friends for life, as I sure happens with most, if not all of their guests.
Some practical trips:
We visited Half Moon Bay, Long Bay Beach, Ffryes Beach, English Harbor, Nelson's Dockyard, Devil's Bridge, Betty's Hope, and the Donkey Sanctuary. Half Moon Bay was our favorite beach and had our favorite dining experience (outside of Katie's cooking). There is a small outdoor restaurant right on the beach at Half Moon with excellent food at what we considered a normal price. Papa Zouk's was also well worth the drive into town.
As for dining out, be prepared for slow service and higher costs. It is recommended that you call ahead. Reservations don't mean the same thing as they do in the US. Reservations help the restaurant prepare and they may ask if you have one even if the restaurant is nearly empty. If Katie offers additional meals, outside of the included breakfast, we would highly recommend it.
We found the locals to be very friendly and open to conversation. In fact, we missed our turn on the drive to the B&B and a local who noticed that we were obviously lost asked where we were headed, knew the owners, and escorted us almost to the front door. He went a mile or two out of his way to do this. We also felt safe everywhere we went.
So, if you're planning a visit to Antigua and and you've found Song of the Sea B&B then you are lucky indeed. You won't find better.
Wow! I think you're a GREAT writer!! Thank you so very much for all the wonderful compliments and comments! We feel exactly the same as you do - that our family has expanded yet again knowing the two of you! Please do stay in touch!
I want to sincerely thank you for all the great suggestions you both gave us for our B&B. I plan to offer the meals and picnic beach lunches.
It is our greatest happiness when we can share this special part of our lovely island with others, and when they love it like we do! We sure hope you'll come on back to your Antigua family soon!
From the moment we first talked on the phone, to our warm welcome from Katie and her family, we were blessed! They truly live out "Island Hospitality". We enjoyed so many special touches at the "Song of the Sea". Our accommodations were amazing! The property is one in a million. The views were amazing and we loved the constant sound of the waves on the shore. Waking up to the sunrise and falling asleep with the moon reflecting on the water was such a treat. Katie definitely went the extra mile in preparing a variety of breakfasts for us. We enjoyed the rich tea, awesome fresh fruit, amazing omelettes, homemade granola and locally made bread. We feel as though we have made wonderful new friends in Antigua and definitely hope we will be able to return again someday.
Thank you so much for such kind words! We truly enjoyed your visit and hope that you will come back to Antigua! As you found out, there's a lot to see and do here on such a small island. You got extra lucky with that full moon and watching all those boats passing by on the launch of the Caribbean 600 Race!
I'm very happy to know you feel like family here now. We felt the same with you. Thank you also for sharing your beautiful photos of such a memorable family moment.
I hope the memories of warm sun, powdery white sandy beaches and azure waters will keep you warm for the rest of winter - and will bring you back here again! You are always welcome!!
Wonderful everything: room, view, hosts, breakfasts....
We loved our two week stay. The room was beautiful! private, quiet and relaxing. The room was painted beautiful colors, complementary to the tropical waters. It was comfortable with a king sized bed and a fantastic private out door shower.
The view was extraordinary from the room and terrace
The terrace, with its arches, reminiscent of the middle east east, is a perfect frame for the aquas and blues of the ocean. The ocean is on three sides, most visible on two. Incredible to be such a part of nature. And the full super moon on our first night rising in the east was beautiful. I took so many photos. The breezes provided perfect temperatures all times of day and night. No mosquitos, not one! There are screens and mosquito net for bed, not needed.
And the breakfasts. Incredible, creative food cooked and served by the incomparable Katie.
We loved our hosts. Katie and Debbie. Their friendliness made us feel we are part of their family. They are kind, interesting and fun. This was our 3rd visit to Antigua, and we learned more about the island this trip by living with long time residents than ever before. We went to a choir rehersal there (Debby is choir director) and met additional ex pats and natives, including sister Linda, Charlie and Mrs. Eckert.. All of the choir members extraordinarily lovely like the Eckerts.
Dogs, Hitch, Sookie, and Miss B, cats, Max and Heidi, added to our enjoyment. Loved the birds--bananaquits and.humming birds. And on the sea, pelicans and frigate birds. Soon the century plant will bloom.
We bought two exquisite small pastels from artist Debby to remember our time here in paradise.
One of the nicest parts of having a B&B is meeting great folks like you! It was a great pleasure to be able to share our little slice of this lovely island with you. I'll be sure to send you photos of the century plant when it blooms!
The timing of your visit was perfect to be able to see that full moon rising over the sea, making the path of light on the water right in front of you! That is a very special occasion indeed!
Thank you so much for choosing to stay with us. We hope to be able to welcome you again.
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 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!