We stayed at Cocobay for 2 weeks during November and had a fantastic time. Initially we were thinking of the Sandals resort or the Verandah but after seeing so many recent excellent reviews for Cocobay we decided to head there and were very happy with our decision.
The hotel is quite small in comparison to other all inclusive resorts on the Island but was more secluded and far more personal. Everyone has their own cottage (some have AC and a plunge pool with seaview) but we opted for one that was closest to the beach with a view of the sunset (no.26). Admittedly the cottage could have done with a bathroom upgrade and some more furniture -a chest of drawers would have been useful.
The beach itself was only a few steps away from our cottage and the reception. For a public beach it was well maintained and had enough loungers for everyone. We discovered on the first day that it was better to be up early to lay your towel on the lounger. If you preferred a more secluded beach there was another one just around the corner which was perfect but we never got hassled on any of the beaches. My only gripe was there wasn't a windsurf board but the Hobie cat was a good alternative (or kayaks). Also as mentioned in all the other reviews the sandflies like to bite so bring lots of repellent! If you're not a big beach fan then you could always head to the infinity pool in the hotel. It wasn't the biggest but it had a fantastic view especially at sunset and more important was right next to the bar.
In terms of the food we found it excellent for the most part. Breakfast was perhaps better than lunch as there was more choice (pancakes, fruit, cereal as well as any type of egg made to order) whereas lunch was typically a set buffet with a choice of fish or meat. The only disappointing day was saturday as burgers and chips were on the menu so if you were thinking of an all day excursion that would be the day to go (unless you like burgers!).
Dinner was served at half hour intervals from 6.30pm but along with the towels it was a good idea to book a slot early in the morning. We forgot a few times but it wasn't a problem to jump into an alternative slot. We both found the dinner to be very tasty but also with enough variation over 2 weeks. There was also a buffet dinner a couple of nights in the week which was also very good.
During our stay we found the service to be excellent throughout. The staff were all very polite and efficient and we never had to wait more than a couple of minutes for a drink at the bar. Oriel was the king when it came to cocktails.
If you're thinking of taking an excursion there are plenty to choose from but they are all quite expensive. We took a snorkelling trip to Cades reef which was full of sea life including some nurse sharks and also hired a car for the day to visit the sites such as English Harbour, Shirley Heights, the Devil's bridge to name a few. By far the best beach was at Half Moon Bay which was amazing.
I can see why so many people would head back to cocobay as it is so relaxing. If you are looking for nightlife then perhaps this place is too secluded for you but for us it was perfect.
- 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