We stayed in the two bedroom garden suite. This place is across a one lane road from the hotel. It is not attached to any other building. It is like a nice cabin inside, kind of like a well kept North Woods cabin. Plenty of room in the bedrooms, and the kitchen is adequately equipped. It was surprisingly clean, and the maid came in midweek and spent three hours cleaning it up. Props to her. My wife is a clean freak, and her only complaints were a little mold in the grout of the shower and the refrigerator, which she cleaned when we got there. The Cobalt Coast is in West End, a little way away from the hotel zone. You get a little of the local vibe. It took me a day or two to decide, but we liked it better than staying on Seven Mile Beach. One of the local dogs, who we nicknamed Stinky, would usually sleep on our front porch in the afternoons. All in all, very satisfying.
Like everyone says, Ari and Dora were very charming, as was the rest of the staff. The pool is small but adequate. We dove with Divetech, and I snorkeled with my wife off the dock. Divetech is a little more expensive than other dive shops in the area. They did a good job and were very convenient, but I'm not sure if they were worth the extra cost or not. One of our fellow divers said they are one of the best when it comes to technical diving. I don't have much to compare it to. The snorkeling right off the dock is very good.
I saw one comment recently that said that the island is very expensive and the food mediocre. I agree that it is very expensive. That is hard to avoid. However, there was very good food right in the local area. We ate at Pappagallo, Calypso Grill, Morgan Harbor, the Cracked Conch, Heritage Kitchen, and Cobalt Cove, all of which we got from Tripadvisor reviews. Every meal was excellent. I would recommend all of them, and make several suggestions. First, you might be tempted to skip Heritage Kitchen because it is a small hole in the wall with picnic tables. That would be a mistake. You can split a serving of mahi mahi, grouper, or snapper, between two people for $12.50 US. Best deal for fresh fish on the island. BYOB and make it a great meal by the beach. You can get groceries at any of the Fosters IGA's, but the one on the way to West End has a combo IGA and Costco like box store. Bring alcohol if possible because it is ridiculously expensive.
All in all, we enjoyed it greatly and will be back. We recommend it without reservation.
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Dear Steve, Thanks for your report about your experience at our resort. The garden suite or cottages you referred to in your comments, are located just behind the resort, away from the ocean, a few hundred yards away in a garden setting. You were able to book the garden suites through Global Connections, a Vacation Club I have worked with for several years. And I am happy you did. As you said, dinners can be expensive where even you live, but with a bit of thought and planning you can have a great evening out and not go broke. Heritage Kitchen my favorite local place for Fish Tea. And thanks for warning me that you will be back! I love that. Arie
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