I do not usually take the trouble to record my views on holidays but on returning from Cocobay I feel I should. We are reasonably frequent visitors to the Caribbean and to Antigua. We called in on Cocobay in 2009 and were impressed by our tour. We booked immediately and we were not let down. The resort is small and intimate. It is busy but allows space for all. The beach is well positioned but you need to arrive early to secure shade. There is a lovely infinity pool area and a grass area for lounging and more access to the sea. This affords real variety. We opted for a sea-front cottage which had its own plunge pool and air-con. The air-con is an advantage because although all cottages have ceiling fans the wooden structures soak up the warmth and it is very warm inside. That said the cottages are wonderful. They are traditional and private. There is a welcome absence of TV but if you wish to be connected there is excellent wi-fi in reception and the bar.
The staff are without fault. Nothing is too much trouble. Food was excellent. Dinner was a delight with 4 courses available and no repeat menus during our 14 day stay. Other meals were buffet style with good choice. The dining area was comfortable with different seating levels. The views from all aspects was beautiful.
This is a quiet hotel - adults only (14+ I think judging by a few family groups) so taking advantage of other activities is a good idea. We hired a car for 3 days at a very good rate ( just over £100). Petrol is cheap and the freedom this allowed was money well spent. The roads are not great but keeping to the major roads and avoiding St Johns at peak times the experience was rewarding. Half Moon Bay in the SE was a gem and just stopping by the roadside and having a dip in the Caribbean was a a joy.
We also flew across to Montserrat for the day. We had planned to go by ferry but it was cancelled at fairly short notice ( not a very reelable service it appears). We managed to get 4 Winair plane seats at just over £60 each. (almost as cheap as the ferry but quicker and less illness inducing - it is choppy I'm told!). The experience was memorable. You cannot fail to be awed by the devastation the erupting volcano has caused or by the resilience of its people . You must however book a taxi guide to take you around. The Montserrat TB can help with this. I'm amazed and a little disappointed that Montserrat don't do more to publicise this opportunity.
I cannot recommend our stay at Cocobay highly enough. It was everything we hoped for and more. We will return at some point in the future. Well done to all.
- 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