Having returned from Cocobay in the last 10 days we felt we had to put the record straight on a lot of points.
This was our second visit in 3 months to Cocobay. We visited at Christmas and was very pleasantly surprised after reading all the negative reports. We were so happy with our first visit we recommended it to relatives who joined us this time.
We have been visiting Antigua for the last 38 years and we usually stay at the north of the island. Because we wanted a break at short notice in December we took our chance. Although it is very different from what we are accustomed to we had a super time and it was so ideal for "switching off" after a busy 6 months at home.
We had a beach view cottage and it was so lovely to be able to open the doors and sit up in bed in the morning and take in the fabulous view, and to open the doors and shower with the view. The cottages are very well placed so at no time are you overlooked which makes showering or sitting on the loo very unique. They are very well cleaned on a daily basis with fresh linen and towels daily. The housekeeping staff are very efficient and if your laundry is handed in early (by 9am) it is returned by lunch time beautifully ironed and shirts starched. I have to say this is even more efficient than our usual boutique hotel with a higher rating.
We found the food was very good, not a huge choice, but there was a choice with a buffet breakfast. The sliced pineapple was limited over Easter but we put it down to it being a holiday period for the locals. We could have done with a few more finger bananas which they grow on the island which are absolutely delicious and have a better flavour than the standard caribbean bananas. We cannot understand anyone saying the portions are small. There is a buffet lunch and everybody takes what they want and we witnessed some guests not of a british variety going back 3 times for a main course. The kitchen staff always replace the empty containers on the buffet with fresh so there is always plenty of food for everybody. The wine was better on our last visit than in December. There again, there is no choice, only red or white, and no rose, but it is quite drinkable. Dinner in Rafters Restaurant is from the menu and very good, with an appetizer then a soup course. All the soups at Cocobay are simply great. The portions are smaller in the evening because there are four courses, all I can say is if people want to stuff themselves to obesity then they should go on a "bucket and spade" holiday to Spain and eat burger and chips all day for £299 all inclusive for a week!
The restaurant staff were always helpful and on a couple of occasions I wanted something slightly different than as it was on the menu and they were happy to oblige. We are of the opinion if you treat them politely and friendly then they will appreciate that and treat you the same. O'niel the Hotel Manager is charming and most helpful, nothing is too much trouble for him.
The beaches are fabulous at Cocobay but perhaps a few more parasols would be helpful. There are 3 beaches in all so there is a great opportunity to walk and get some exercise. It must be appreciated that as all beaches on Antigua are public and the weekends are very much family time for the locals they do get busy but it is so nice to see all the families out enjoying there time together in such a delightful location. The majority are friendly and pleasant and they tend to keep to the far end of the beach nearest to the hotel so it does not spoil your time on the beach.
This is not the most expensive hotel on the island, in fact far from it, but £ for £ probably the best value. Cosmetic improvements could be made like an improved bar/lounge area with more comfortable seating, but improvements such as these would almost certainly see a rise in tariff and take this typically Caribbean hotel out of the price range of a lot of people and put it into the luxury boutique category.
- 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