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Cocobay Resort
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Bolans
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed October 26, 2006

Stayed at Cocobay in July/August 2006.
Read many reviews,some good,some bad we thought it was fantastic!!
Rooms were simple but superb, big bed and net, open shower room, hammock on balcony, wondrful views. No air conditioning was not a problem - fan plus the breeze kept us cool.
Staff were really helpful especially Leroy from the restaurant.
The food was spot on, buffet breakfast, lunch and a la carte dinner.
Egg chef at brekfast, good choice for lunch( burgers, fish, salads, pasta, fruit etc.)
Dinner served from 7pm to 9pm - we thought first class- always a good choice- served by good staff
Talking about staff, make the effort and they turn up trumps( we were impressed by their friendliness, even thogh they need a little coaxing). What you give is what you get, be miserable and what do you expet back!!
Pool lovely, beach ideal.
If you want a little bit more action , walk alog the beach to Jolly Beach resort( you will soon want to return to COcobay), here you will find a BIG hotel, casino and a marina, graet if thats what you want. It is a nice walk and a pleasant change, but we always enjoyed the walk back ^%"home"
Yes , the beach is public and so what, it is nice to meet the locals, they wre great!!
Taxis are a little expensive , but the drivers are a mine of info, and are very helpfgul.We hired PiPi and he took us loads of places - well worth it!!
If you can go to see the carnival absoluty brilliant-( virgin rep Marleen- is a gem)
The cricket is well worth a visit too. We saw the 20/20 series and that was like watching the carnival again, the music and atmosprere is out of this world
Overall we found the island, hotel and people infectious.
Remember wuat you give is what you receive.
Will be certainly going back!!!!!

  • Stayed: August 2006, traveled on business
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Reviewed October 24, 2006

As part of our honeymoon we stayed at the cocobay resort for 6 days.

The pool (which looks really nice) was closed for the first three days but we got to use the pool in an other resort what was a nice gesture.

On the beach there were not many beds and we were in the low season. They have a new Hobycat catemaran which is nice to use.

Meals were good but we didn´t like the birds who had breakfast with us.

The room was basic but OK, it was the rainy season so didn´t mis the airconditioning. We had a sea view room and the view is great.

Overall there are better resorts in Antigua but valuewise it wasn´t bad at all. I would recomend to rent a car for a few days, saves you expensive taxi rides and you can go where ever you want to go.

Bring change to the hotel, I had to pay way to much to a taxidriver because the hotel couldn´t provide me with change.

  • Stayed: October 2006, traveled as a couple
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5  Thank Dutchy993
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Reviewed October 23, 2006

We arrived to a very warm welcome but on arriving at our cottage we were very disapointed the cottages are very basic there is no where to sit only on the bed or out on the terrace. There are are flies and birds everywhere in the bar and resturant which could be prevented by management, We were bitten everyday the mosqito are ripe.The resturant was a la carte which needs improving desperatly, the buffet meals accomadate you more with more choice and there is more food.Staff friendly especially David the bar attendent. No drink service on the beach which is offered in brochure.
Pool and sea views are amazing.Take a trip on the virgin ahoy its a wonderful day out.
Mosqitos are ripe which spoils your holiday.
Would i ever go back to Cocobay the answer to that is no even if it was offered free.

Stayed: September 2006
3  Thank newcross
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Reviewed October 18, 2006

We have just got back from a short stay at the Cocobay and had a great time. The rooms are rustic, but functional, the view from our seafront room was fantastic and we never drew the curtains, as nobody was going to see in and we wanted to enjoy the panorama. The food and service in the restaurant were great. True the breakfast and lunch services are both buffet, but I'd rather that and then get back to the beach. The evening meals were mostly a la carte and were very good. The service was friendly and helpful.

Reception was quick, easy and we were in our room within 15 minutes of getting out of the taxi.

The bar was great and drinks were plentiful and strong!

The beaches surrounding the hotel are breathtaking, although at the weekend there are quite a few locals who use it, but that is to be expected with all beaches being open to the public. We walked to Ffryes beach every day and had the beach to ourselves.

The only really major downside is the sandflies and few mosquitos. I took 98% deet with me from the US, and even using this religiously throughout the day and evening I still ended up with over 30 bites, which have been extremely itchy. I saw one poor lady who only had 15% deet who was suffering terribly. My husband, who hardly ever gets bitten, also got raided by the sandflies. I have been to Antigua twice before and have never been bitten like this.

So overall, you will have a lovely time if you come here, as long as you can handle the bugs.

  • Stayed: October 2006, traveled as a couple
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6  Thank eastwinds
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Reviewed October 10, 2006

To start, I feel it's important to rate Cocobay based on the fee that we paid. I purchased a last minute deal at a low rate and adjusted my expectations to match it. We were not looking for luxury, just a pretty beach in a child free environment. We started with a great first impression. Friendly front desk, beautiful grounds, nicely maintained public areas and the cottages are simple but exactly what we expected. The main downside is that contrary to their advertising is that the beach is public, not private. Our very first morning on the beach, pickup trucks (and I am not exaggerating) full of locals arrived on the beach for some type of family gathering. They came complete with bbq's, tables, LOUD music and dozens of screaming kids. The beach was taken over along with the beach chairs. Management said that it was beyond their control. Apparently, all beaches in Antigua are public. The key is to stay at a resort where the beach is only accessed thru the resorts private road (like Galley Bay) or by water. Along with the locals came the vendors. We were approached again and again and again.

Beyond the beach, we felt the food was okay but, breakfast and lunch was a buffet and it was covered with flies. Not very appetizing. Dinner sounded great and was in a beautiful setting, unfortunately the menu was just beyond the capability of the kitchen staff.

Our cottage was cute, but the bed was rock hard and didn't have a phone or clock. Also, we needed the patio doors open at night and they were not screened. Even with deet we had tons of bug bites. Also, after a few minutes in the shower it overflowed and flooded the bathroom.

We gave it two nights and then moved to a different resort.

I'm not going to go on and on. This resort simply doesn't live up to it's advertising. If you are young and just want a cheap place to party this is a great place.

Stayed: August 2006
7  Thank kmwinter
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Reviewed October 7, 2006

We got back from the coco bay on Thursday 5th October we stayed here for 11 nights. We flew with Virgin Atlantic and I have to say they were fantastic, we had upgraded our seats and this was something we would do again.

When we arrived in resort my immediate reaction was fine nice staff and cabin / room as advertised. brochure does state no airconditioning and you think this will be okay it was not we hardly slept the heat was high and the fans simply were not good enough.

some issues that did bother me straight away 1st was that the reception set a $50 per day money change but whenever I tried to change money they never had any and so we had to take a $20 taxi ride to Jolly Harbour for money changing we had to go to Jolly Harbour 4 times. The second thing that bothered me straight away was that the "Shears" restraunt was closed, we were celebrating two birthdays whilst there and had looked forward to using this restraunt.

These problems aside we settled in for a good holiday (we could have possibly been the rowdy crowd the poster before us mentioned) we met some great people and we played water polo dialy and generally had an enjoyable time.

The real problem was the bites that virtually everybody but especially the women were subjected too. My wife had around 200 bites in a 11 night period, we used the mosquito net every night but clearly the bites were not form the rooms they were from the public areas, and despite every cream, tablet or spray available in the nearby pharmacy the bites just continued to get worse (two of our friends me made during this trip left their holiday two days early as the bites were so bad) We had all travelled extensively to the caribean and other destinations but this was the worst any of us had experienced with regard to the bites.

the Staff here are extremley good and they are all very friendly. The restraunt service does however let them down some evenings we waited nearly 2 hours for our main courses the restraunt was sadly uderstaffed and o the guys who were serving were under constant pressure and it was not fair on them. The food for breakfast and lunch was excellent, the evening meals were very high class but sadly never filling and slightly specialised, sometimes you felt they were a bit over extravagent and could not service the guest quickly enough despite being their low season. We did suggest to Oniel the manager that although the waiter service is great it could be an idea just to simplify things with a buffet.

In the restraunt during the daytime particuarly breakfast time the flies and the birds are a nuisance, it sounds romantic birds tweeting around you as your eating your breakfast but believe me they are a pain, and the flies made leaving a roll or drink to the side for later during your meal an impossibility.

I have used trip advisor several times after holidays and always I am honest on every occasion until now it has always been 5 stars and this is sadly the first time I have had cause to voice my concerns, I like to think I am not a typical British whinger (I was a holiday rep for 2 and a half years and hate holiday whingers) but this establishment although beautiful does come with problems.

We did the Eli Extreme trip on his speed boat this was exceptional, JD, Dave & Lesley were great company and good guides for the day. this trip cost $170 per person which is quite expensive but was deffinately worth every penny.

We hired a jeep wrangler for 2 days from reception this came to a total cost of $200 inc insurance and temporary Antiguan driving license this again was totally worth it, the experience of the Antiguan roads was great, they have no road signs their roads are awful and the map useless but it was a awesome experience and the locals even in some of the most deprived areas were all extremely friendly and always happy to get you back onto the correct road.

All in all the holidya was good and I am sure when the bites go down our memory bank will only remeber the great times we had but I honestly think that was down to the friends we met there, thanks to Julie & John Mel & Sarah Marcello & Tara Pete & Brigette Luke & Laura Jason & Sandra plus many other people we met there you made our holiday bearable Thank You

Daz & Tina

  • Stayed: September 2006, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 1, 2006

my wife and i thought we would try cocobay this year. we normally stay at cocos ,but virgin holidays do not use that hotel anymore. first impression very nice , cottages set out nice , ample bar space ( behind ) ,and the resturant greatly placed . arrived by virgin atlantic just after 13.00 hrs . the airport was quiet , so no hassle there . checked in at cocobay , we changed and had a look around. stopped of at the bar for a nice glass of wadadli beer ( mmm very smooth ) . and then they started ........ the horrid SAND FLIES . we both used 100% deet , but that did not deter them . we got bit any time of the day , we tried everything and they still munched on you . this was the forth time we had travelled to antigua , and i have never witnesed so many bites ! . people say its the mozzies WRONG . perhaps if the hotel smoked the trees and fauna perhaps it would not be so bad. watch out for the flies ( ordinary ones ) at breakfast and lunch they are very persistant when you get your food .
the food on the whole was fautless , hospitality from the staff was second to none, rooms very clean .

if you are looking for a trip go on the excellence boat , the crew are fantastic and well worth the money ( virgins ahoy ) .

lastly while we where there , some of the guest got a bit rowdy and LOUD , thank god they flew back on there BMI flight to manchester , one guy was talking on his mobile by the pool , no need to use it they must of heard him from the island to the uk very clear ! .

well on the whole if you took the few hiccups out of it , i would give it 8/10 .

  • Stayed: September 2006, traveled as a couple
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Address: Ffreyes Beach, Bolans, Saint Mary's 431, Antigua
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Location: Caribbean > Antigua and Barbuda > Antigua > Saint Mary's > Bolans
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Bolans
Price Range: $436 - $768 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Cocobay Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 65
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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