Everything at Galley Bay was superlative--the suite, its location, the staff, the service, the friendly and courteous staff--it was a 5-star as far as we are concerned. Definitely a keeper and likely to be an annual tradition. We have NO negatives to report.
It is definitely a couples resort and small enough to be intimate. The age group was dominated by the "over 50" folks, 70% British--there was also a group of about 20 who were young honeymooners. Below is a little trip report.
Two highlights come to mind immediately. The grounds are magnificent. It is obvious that the resort management is finely tuned to the backdrop of the fauna--plantings and pruning took place everywhere each day we were there. The biggest treat is dining at the Gauguin Restaurant where you are seated in your own private gazebo with a thatched roof--sublime.
Talking about food, we enjoyed everything we chose--I highly recommend the local fish. We considered the overall dining experience as excellent.
It was an awesome trip. We didn't do a thing but sit on our patio on the beach and watch the waves break 50 feet away with Palm trees as a foreground. Breakfast at 7, iPod from 8 til 10, Kindle reading from 10 to 12:30, Lunch, iPod music from 1:30 til 3:30, Kindle reading from 3:30 to 6:30, Dinner at 7, Kindle reading from 9 to 11, BED. Same routine every day and we LOVED every minute.
The routine was only broken on Tues and Wed. On Tues we had a magnificent marriage renewal ceremony for our 26th official marriage and 30th unofficial marriage. I must admit that it was surreal--we both teared up. We were set up in a Gazebo out on the rocks with a 360 degree view of the ocean. Stacey carried a white bouquet and the Gazebo was decorated with flowers.
Being "ME", I asked the Magistrate to allow me a few words before the formal ceremonial words of wisdom (she was great and inspirational). WELL, I did my thing by giving a history lesson on wedding vows. In 1966 (my first marriage), the bride's vows included a promise to OBEY. Once the Womens' Lib movement was in full steam, "they" dropped the "obey" (the groom never had it, FYI).
I boldly announced that our vows would be altered, such that "I" promised to OBEY, since the wife gets their way in the end anyhow--so why have conflict when the outcome is inevitable. THEN, I got on my soapbox and attacked the age-old tradition of saying all the good things about someone after they're dead. I proceeded to give a long-winded testimonial to Stacey until she kicked me.
As it turned out, we had an audience (what good is my shtick without an audience?). There was a young couple hovering near the adjoining restaurant. I waved them over and asked them to be our witnesses. They were observing from afar because they were getting married (first time--real deal) the next day. They were terrific and they asked us to be their witnesses for their marriage.
My leg was acting up, so I sat under the Gazebo as a witness. They had a professional photographer. The last photo was the 4 of us clicking champagne glasses--STANDING. YEP, I blew it. I sensed that the grassy area was not perfectly flat and I held hard to stay in place. However, as we leaned in to toast for the photographer, I fell into the bushes--BUT I never let go of my glass.
OH, I almost forgot to mention, but if we indeed return next year to Galley Bay, I will be immediately recognized by all the staff. WHY? Each evening when they had music, I danced in my seat (I got their rhythm, but one bad leg)--wherever I went, the staff would stop me and call me the Rhythm Man. I must admit that I was once a pro at latin/calypso type dancing--To Stacey's chagrin, I even danced around my cane--even the other guests applauded and would stop me on the beach with a "Bravo". WELL, given the demographics of the somewhat reserved British guests (70%), I guess I did stand out a bit with my loose hips...LOL
Bottom-line: The trip and the vow renewal was a keeper for the rest of my life. This resort might be an annual tradition at this time of year. I might add that we did have an annual retreat for 6 years at one of the most exclusive resorts in the Caribbean at 3 times the price, but it took a full day to get to. I became partially disabled and the tradition ended. Galley Bay was a non-stop flight and we were sitting on the beach by 2:30 PM. Honestly, this resort for us was superior in terms of overall experience above all others. Total cost for this all-inclusive (including airfare) high-season getaway was $7,000--a serious bargain for a special intimate experience.
We're a retired couple with minimal stress. Still, we had to unwind to "Island Time" and just lay back even further--what a blessing--total serenity--A Dream Come True!
This review would not be complete without acknowledging the person who listened to all my nitpicking demands and let me sit back and let her do all the work. Many thanks to Nicole Merigelli/ Email Travel Specialist / Elite Island Resorts.
- Also Known As:
- Galley Bay Hotel St. John`s
- Galley Bay Hotel
- Galley Bay Antigua
- Galley Bay
- Galley Bay St Johns
- Antigua Galley Bay
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