My wife and I visited Coco Bay from May 24-29, which was the begining of the off-season in Antigua. After already booking the vacation through Luxury Link, we became a little skeptical after reading some of the more negative reviews that cited rats, monstrous spiders, and other various complaints. Although these reviews may have tempered our expectations, we loved the hotel and had a great vacation.
First, Cocobay sits on an eye-popping beach, which is almost reason enough to make the hotel a hit. The beach had white, soft sand, the water was clear and warm, and during the period we were there, the beach was relatively uncrowded (never had issues with getting a thatched umbrella). We never sat by the pool (which had an amazing view), but at least one or two seats were typically available most times (again, could be due to the time at which we visited).
Second, the rooms were clean, simple, and well decorated and the included food was very good. During our five day stay we did not notice repetitive courses and everything that was served was of high quality. Several reviews griped that there were too few dining choices. This was not the case, and moreover, it is unreasonable to expect a smallish all-inclusive resort to offer ten or fifteen choices at each meal.
Sheer, the restaurant open to the public, was fantastic. Although expensive, it is definitely worth a visit. The chef/proprietor deserves a lot of credit for taking risks with the food that turned out remarkably well. The restaurant exceeded our expectations tremendously.
Third, we did not see any rats, squished lizards (some live lizards, but they are small, cute and harmless), or rabid breakfast-thieving birds (the birds are around, but they typically wait for crumbs). The mosquito issue was also minimal, as there are screens on all the windows and a mosquito net around the bed. We also used mosquito repellent and ended up with only a few bites during the entire trip.
There were a few minor things, that although annoying, did little to damper the vacation. There is a rock quarry somewhat near the beach (but you cannot see it if you are facing the water), and at times you can hear machinery scraping for rocks. On a small portion of the beach there was an occasional sewer-like smell from a either a cesspool or a dried-up pond. That said, we did not experience any other issues.
We had an extraordinary time, particularly for the very reasonable price that we paid. We would highly recommend staying at Coco Bay Resort.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A colorful collection of quaint wooden cottages set on a breezy hillside bordered by three white sand beaches, Cocobay offers quiet relaxation and privacy in a rustic, romantic setting. The 49 cottages and 4 plantation houses each boast large verandahs with easy chairs, hammocks and striking sea views. Rooms include hand made wooden furniture, ceiling fans, mini fridge, shower, hair dryer, coffee maker and in-room safe. Seafront rooms include air- conditioning and private plunge pools. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Cocobay Hotel Bolans
- Coco Bay Antigua
- Cocobay Antigua
- Cocobay Hotel Antigua
- Cocobay Resort Antigua/Bolans