Cocobay is all inclusive, which normally conjours up images of a large complex with crowds getting drunk for free around the pool. The reality here is quite different however. The resort is small, only about 40 two person cottages, and the whole ambience is miles from mass market tourism. The cottages themselves are spacious and clean, if fairly basic and showing their age a little bit. There are two fairly small pools, but also a fabulous beach adjacent to the hotel. It’s a public beach, so it’s not just hotel guests but apart from Sunday afternoon never gets crowded. We could always find a sun lounger, and also always get shade. The beach itself is beautiful, white sand, palm trees and clear turquoise water.
What really stands out though is the food, particularly dinner. Breakfast and lunch are very good but the selection is a bit limited, however in the evening there are three or four inclusive choices, plus lobster and steak at a supplement. The lobster is well worth the 25 US$ - I had it twice and it was great. The fish is also always very good, as you might expect. The house wine is not the best you have ever tasted but good nonetheless and top ups are frequent. There is also a good selection of cocktails at the bar. Dinner is table service, apart from Thursday, which we found far preferable to the buffet offering we’ve had at other resorts.
The staff are fantastic - efficient, very helpful and friendly in a pleasant, low-key kind of way.
The location and size of the resort make it very peaceful and relaxing and a really idyllic place to spend a week as a couple. I wouldn’t recommend it for families – there is no kids club, and little in the way of activities for teenagers. The food selection might also be an issue for younger ones.
If you want to go diving the excellent Indigo Diving in Jolly Harbour will pick you up from the beach. For car hire I’d avoid the local Tropical Rentals – despite having a confirmed reservation in advance they lost our booking and our car was an hour late.
This was our first trip to the proper Caribbean (i.e. not Cuba) ; Antigua is everything you’d hope for and more, as is this great hotel.