Stayed there a week after an impulse purchase on an auction. It is a beautiful setting, within four beaches, on an untouched part of the island. The cottages are lovely and on the back side of the resort set far enough apart to retain privacy. On the front facing the beach they are a stone's throw from one another. But they are lovely, as is the setting. When we stayed there kayaking was also available bu any other watersports cost extra and were rather pricey - $45/half hour for jetskiing, as opposed to $30 in Jamaica, for instance.
The rooms are not air conditioned, and when it rains you will get damp; however, there are lovely porches with hammocks overlooking the beautiful hills. Every morning we enjoyed our breakfast while watching the birds at the nearby sanctuary and laughing at the goats who are herded nearby.
The food was the big drawback. Breakfast and lunch were fine - a buffet set outside on a terrace, salad and fruit available. Dinner ranged from ok to mediocre. If you like your meat well, well done - I would call it overcooked, you'll be fine. Beef stew was the highlight, along with the Caribbean BBQ, which was the best. Other efforts to fuse Caribbean cooking with Asian influences felt forced and unsuccessful. In fact, if the food was better, we would give this place four stars.
Antigua is no bargain - be prepared to pay cash for the best deals. We rented a car and went touring ourselves to get away for a couple of days (and to get a decent meal).
- 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