We have just returned from an amazing recuperative week at Galley Bay. We stayed in a premium beachfront suite, on the upstairs floor. Views of the sea were beautiful from the room balcony, the room was large and well appointed, and we loved the vaulted ceiling. The bed was so comfy that we actually stripped back the sheets on our last day in order to find out the manufacturer of the mattress!
Essentially the hotel was everything we expected from it's website, and tripadvisor reviews, and more. We were very lucky with the weather, and had a week of sunny skies and warm sea. Only on one day was the sea too rough to swim in - the rest of the time it was very calm. Be aware that there is a steep dropoff a few yards into the sea, which can make it a task to get out of the sea if the breakers are a little rough.
The pool was never crowded, and there were plenty of comfortable loungers. As there were no children allowed under 16, and no music playing; there was a real sense of peace around the pool. The bar is only a few yards from the pool - I loved the cocktail 'Galley Bay Special' and would spend the afternoon drinking cocktails on my lounger.
The food quality was excellent; completely unlike mid-range all-inclusives that you may have experienced. The menu is a la carte and cooked to order. Two restaurants are included, however, if you want to eat at the third restaurant, 'Ismay's, there is a supplement. We ate there once, and whilst the atmosphere was upmarket and romantic, the other restaurants are so good that I don't believe that it's necessary to pay extra. Gaughin's restaurant at the far end of the beach was our favourite spot. Each table is housed under it's own palapa, facing the sea. Be aware that there are no fans, and the restaurant is entirely outdoors, so on a calm humid evening, there were a lot of biting bugs around. Every day there would be a fresh fish special as well as the regular grill fare on the lunch & evening menus. A 'must' was the barbeque evening at the main restaurant 'Seagrape'. There was an entire suckling pig, as well as fresh fish & meat grilled on the barbeque. Fantastic quality.
The all-inclusive bar contains all the premium-brand drinks you would be familiar with - I enjoyed finishing the evening with a glass of Baileys! There was also unlimited champagne by the glass.
We had a treatment at the spa during the week. The spa is beautiful inside - the outside does not do it justice. The massage was excellent, although the prices are probably a little high - we took advantage of the 10% 'happy hour' discount that was offered.
The staff were all excellent. They are very proud of the fact that Galley Bay has a large percentage of return guests. They are incredibly friendly and jolly. We'd particularly like to mention Mike, Heather and the duty manager Ian.
We only left the resort on one day, and that was to take the Antigua Adventure Eco Tour. This is a full day out on a boat, including lunch and several snorkelling stops. The tour is based around showing the flora and fauna around the Antiguan coast. The guides were all extremely knowledgeable, educated (Nicola had a degree in marine biology) and personable and it was well worth the day out.
This is an amazing resort for a chance to recharge your batteries. It was exactly what we were looking for. An opportunity to lie by the pool and read a book; enjoy a beautiful beach, and indulge in good food. You will only be disappointed if you book the hotel, not having done your research, and are wanting pool volleyball/disco's/loud music by the pool etc. There are plenty of lesser hotels in Antigua that can cater to this!
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- Also Known As:
- Galley Bay Hotel St. John`s
- Galley Bay Antigua
- Galley Bay St Johns
- Antigua Galley Bay
- Galley Bay Resort Antigua/Saint John Parish