We went to the Cocobay last week and had a restful holiday. The weather wasn't brilliant with quite a bit of wind and rain but thought it would be helpful to outline the pros and cons.
Pros: A beautiful location with glorious views of the turquoise bay. The hotel is set within pretty landscaped gardens which are abundant with colourful birds and lizards and with pelicans and frigate birds cruising overhead. The staff are friendly but not particularly professional. Our room was pretty and had a great view over a small plunge pool and towards the bay.
Cons: The food is very unimaginative (I can't comment on desert as I didn't eat any) - the fish on the grill always seemed to be frozen not fresh and local. The fruit was the same every day and never allowed to get ripe, so tasteless. It would have been nice to see the barbecue by the beach pool used and to have proper barbecued meat.
The main gripe with the restaurant was the fact that you had to book to eat at a specific time every day and if you didn't book by 8.30 am all the slots before 8.30 pm had been taken. When you arrive to eat you always had to "wait to be seated" - quite often for 5-10 minutes, even though you can see staff just laying the tables - very annoying. Why can't you just go and sit down?
The sand flies are a real problem - possibly just the wrong time of year but I woke every day with 5 or 10 bites and by the end of the week looked like a leopard!
I have to give a special mention to the ladies who cook the eggs for breakfast - absolutely superb! Any type of egg you like they cook to perfection, quite often cooking 2 different omelettes, scrambled and poached eggs while chatting politely the whole time. Magnificent. I think O'Neal the manager was very charming but needed to get out and about the resort more to see what is actually happening. I didn't see him in the restaurant once - perhaps if he had seen the queues of people waiting to be seated he might have seen it wasn't an ideal system.
I'm afraid the cons outweighed the pros so we won't be going back.
- 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