We visited Galley Bay for the second time in November, for our 9th wedding anniversary. We had been somewhat uncertain whether the magic would still be there given that we just visited 4 years ago. We were pleasantly surprised that everything was just as beautiful, the accommodations were even better, and the food once again didn't disappoint. Minor complaint was that they are adding new rooms so a lot of construction noise, but not terrible. You might want to call first to make sure your room won't be too noisy until they finish. The staff are pretty responsive, if you need something, though I did have to call 3 times to get an extra blanket before they brought one. The grounds are nearly pristine. Food choices are varied, and the staff do a nice job keeping birds out of your food!
New visitors will enjoy the peacefulness, adults only atmosphere, as well as the superb cuisine (you are never, ever hungry given how much food they give you, and it's 5 star quality at all times), quiet and very non-busy beach, delicious (strong!) cocktails, and low key activities. I'm not a big drinker, and the staff seemed a bit insulted if I didn't have a full wine glass at dinner, so I got around it by getting one glass and sipping it slowly so they don't feel bad if I refuse to have them refill it. We stayed in a Gaugin Cottage, which is cheaper than all other rooms but FAR superior in our opinions, since they are all completely private, big enough (i.e. who spends time in their room when you're in Antigua???) with your own pool.
A couple of notes for anyone who has visited in the past and is thinking of returning: A few things had changed: the resort is bigger and they added another restaurant. Also no more included bottled water, which was too bad because the water they served with meals was atrocious and we found ourselves buying bottled water at the gift shop. The water is safe out of faucets, but tastes just awful. Ismay's Restaurant had very slow and a bit impolite service, and we only went there once because of that. No problem however, since my husband and I both think the Sea Grape Restaurant is basically always perfect, even if you go there 3 times a day. The gift shop had fewer items than I remembered. My husband strongly recommends the upgraded spa. Returning guests are treated very well, with a few extra bonuses which were flattering surprises.
Despite a few minor issues mentioned above (I mean, no place is 100% perfect right?), the place is practically flawless and we cannot wait to return. Galley Bay is the absolute best value in the Caribbean, no doubt.
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- Also Known As:
- Galley Bay Hotel St. John`s
- Galley Bay Antigua
- Galley Bay St Johns
- Antigua Galley Bay
- Galley Bay Resort Antigua/Saint John Parish