Cocobay Resort is just as beautiful in-person as it is in all the website photos. We enjoyed an amazing one-week honeymoon here and everything was perfect. I could not have asked for anything better!
***One note: Book directly with the resort (and not through a travel agent) to enjoy extra amenities.
We were upgraded to one of the newly renovated suites (Wattle and Daub) for our first few nights. We were welcomed to a chilled bottle of champagne, a private plunge pool that overlooks the sea, a chaise lounge on our deck, a clawfoot tub, indoor/outdoor shower, and an immaculate room with a comfy sofa and his and hers sinks in the bathroom. This suite has incredible views and was so comfortable we didn't want to leave!
Our second room was seaview cottage #5, which was also lovely. We enjoyed the private plunge pool, indoor/outdoor shower, and his and hers sinks there too. Beds were super comfy, and the view was also amazing. I really got used to waking up to the turquoise color of the water and palm trees swaying in the breeze.
The food was excellent. Breakfast is a buffet that includes fruit, veggies, cold cuts, cereal, breads, pastries, bacon/sausage, pancakes, and an omelette bar. The only thing that could improve it would be a coffee/tea station, as you have to wait for staff to serve coffee or tea. (Tea is just lipton so if want herbal/green there are limited options.) Lunch is also a buffet with fresh grilled fish or kebabs, a hot dish, pasta dish, selection of salads, and soup. They offer a choice of desserts as well. Dinner is a la carte with a choice of appetizer, soup, main course, and dessert (except for buffet night on Thursdays with the manager's reception) and the food was akin to fine dining. Depending on your package, there may be an extra charge for some specialties (lobster etc.) The spiny lobster with lime/butter sauce was one of my favorites! The bar opens at 10am and drinks are free! This was my first experience at an all-inclusive resort, and I was greatly impressed with the quality of the food and service.
The staff were all friendly and did everything they could to make our experience as comfortable as possible. The two staff members I will mention are O'Neil (the manager) who even called the airport duty free shop to reserve some bottles of rum for us, and Robert (the lower pool/beach bartender.) Robert comes to the beach to take orders and promptly delivers drinks with a truly sunny disposition. I missed him on his day off!
There are TONS of activities that you can do if you want. However, you can also choose to do nothing but relax, which is pretty much what we did. We did go horseback riding and jetskiing, which we really enjoyed. Cocobay has two pools, the beach, and also a spa. They also run a shuttle to Saint John's as well, although we never left the resort.
If I had to list something negative,it would be that sometimes the staff do not heed the "do not disturb" sign. Also, be aware that once you are on the beach the competition for your tourist dollars is fierce! If you book with one person and provide a deposit, make sure you speak to the same person about your booking and/or when you provide the rest of the money. The Cocobay Resort does not work with these folks, and there can be some confusion/misleading about reservations for activities. A fellow guest ended up in an argument with these beach vendors because one misrepresented working for another.
On our last night, we returned after dinner to a room that was covered in flower petals with lighted candles. If you are looking for a romantic getaway this is the place to go! I recommend this resort in the highest possible terms, and I personally cannot wait to return myself. If you are looking to visit a tropical paradise, then look no further.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Antigua's most romantic all-inclusive resort - Cocobay is a colorful collection of pastel cottages crowning a breezy hillside undulating down to two white-sand beaches and miles of turquoise Caribbean Sea. Blessed with some of the most dramatic ocean views on the island, we cater to couples seeking a romantic getaway in a quaint, natural setting. Guests can choose from 57 private, authentic, Caribbean cottages and 4 plantation houses each enjoying a private verandah with striking sea views and custom designed wooden furniture. The premium pool cottages provide the very best oceanfront locations, and other amenities such as: private plunge pool, more spacious interior including extra seating area, air conditioning, bathrobes and other extra bathroom amenities, private balcony with adirondack chairs and hammock, ceiling fan, mini fridge, shower, hair dryer, espresso coffee machine, iron & ironing board, king size bed with pillowtop mattresses and high thread count 100% Egyptian cotton sheets, in-room safe. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Cocobay Hotel Bolans
- Coco Bay Antigua
- Cocobay Antigua
- Cocobay Hotel Antigua
- Cocobay Resort Antigua/Bolans