We have just returned from a great week at Cocobay. If you are looking for a quiet, relaxing, friendly resort with rustic accommodation this is the place to be.
Our holiday began inauspiciously - long queues at the airport followed by Cocobay losing or overbooking our reservation. O'Neil was very good about it and upgraded us to a seafront bungalow with plunge pool for 2 nights as our prebooked sea view bungalow was currently unavailable. However, after moving to the correct bungalow we found it to be far superior to the 'upgraded' room, with better sea views. As a result we felt we had missed out on 2 nights. Other guests reported similar 'overbooking' incidents.
Once settled, our bungalow provided an authentic, rustic Caribbean feel and gave fantastic views across the bays and mountains. Light sleepers may be disturbed by the sound of the nocturnal wildlife and crashing waves, others may welcome this and want to 'bottle it' to take home!
The resort itself is very clean, tranquil and the staff were the most friendly we have ever experienced, which also rubbed off on the guests who were all very sociable. We met some great friends during out stay.
The adjacent beaches were clean with ample sun loungers available. Snorkeling was disappointing due to sand rendering the water opaque. However snorkeling trips were available to areas with better conditions including the main island reef.
Cocobay can organise various excursions and activities. I can recommend the motor boat and snorkeling excursion and a trip to Shirley Heights on a Sunday. Although watch out for their lethal rum punches and the over friendly Rastafarian! A trip to St Johns and the jeep Safari excursion were also recommended.
A mildly irritating chap on the beach, not affiliated with the hotel, offers private excursions and activities. The horse riding experience was far from impressive according to friends so you take your chances with him.
Food options consist of buffet style breakfast and lunch with a la carte dining for the evening. The food was excellent, if a little limited in choice. A supplement is charged for half of the main evening courses. A wide selection of Cocktails and local beers and spirits are available all through the day. The regular barman is an excellent cocktail maker.
For a change, try Dennis's restaurant along the beach. No menu here, the waitress just offers you what they have cooked for the evening. Excellent authentic Caribbean food.
There is no real evening entertainment at Cocobay, save for a steel band twice a week. This is over by 9.30 p.m. and you will miss one performance if you are at Shirley Heights on a Sunday.
Suggestions would be for full length mirrors and more accessible plug sockets in the bungalows, a little more entertainment of an evening and more smiles from the barman.
All in all we had a lovely holiday, exactly what we were expecting after reading the Trip Advisor reviews. We would definitely want to return to Cocobay one day.
- 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, Antigua And Barbuda