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“Excellent Honeymoon” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Cocobay Resort
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Bolans
Certificate of Excellence
Colorado Springs, Colorado
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Excellent Honeymoon”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 2011

I'd like to start this with a quick disclaimer: If you are looking for family oriented resort, go to Sandals. We were on our honeymoon. And from what we saw, so were 99% of the other patrons.
That being said, our experience at Coco Bay was top-notch! The resort is very well kept, but retains a rustic carribbean feel. The rooms are very simple. We stayed in a seafront cottage w a plunge pool (most excellent) and the only electric items in the room were a small fridge, a ceiling fan (crucial), and A/C, which we didn't use. We didn't even miss a TV, but we did bring our own Ipod dock/speakers. Our room caught an almost constant ocean breeze. That combined w the ceiling fan made for a comfortable environment in the room, and I get hot very easily. As I mentioned above, our room had a plunge pool no more than 10 feet from our bed. On more than one occasion, I would roll out of bed and cannonball into the pool to aid in the waking up process. Awesome. The food was good, not great. Breakfast and lunch are buffet style w a good amount of options, but not overwhelming. Dinner consists of 4 courses: appitizer, soup, entree, dessert. Each has 3 options, except for the soup, which only has 1. The menu changes daily. Each morning when we made our reservations, we were excited to see what was for dinner. My wife is relatively picky, but found something to eat every night. The drinks were nothing to write home about, but I had my last spring break trip 4 years ago, so that didn't break my heart. Hotel staff is very friendly and accomadating. At one point during our stay, our safe wouldn't unlock. Maintenance immediately came and fixed it w no hassle. We did enjoy a couples massage which was in a nice hut overlooking the ocean. The beach is spectacular! The water is an unbelievable blue and a welcome refuge from the harsh sun. And the sun is scorchingly harsh! Good news is that we were always able to find a tiki and chaise lounges every day no matter what time we got there. We rented a jeep for a day (which the front desk can do) and took it for an adventure around the island. It was my first experience driving on the left side of the road. I made sure to specify an automatic transmission since the steering wheel is on the right side and I didn't need any more distractions. The island is relatively easy to navigate and people are very helpful if it comes to that. The island itself is almost entirely rural, and very beautiful. Overall, it was an excellent honeymoon.

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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HaggardBurns
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 2011

My wife and I spent 7 nights at Cocobay in June and had a spectacular time. The ocean vistas were beyond amazing, the cottages were perfectly shabby chic, and the staff could not have been friendlier. If you're looking for volleyball games and loud music, this is not the place for you. If you're looking for chill poolside time and romantic dining you will not be disappointed.

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Lisbon, Portugal
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 June 2011

This hotel has one of the best views on the island and the beach is great. Simple but functional rooms...very romantic. We loved the fact that it didn't have a lot of animation going on, as we were looking for some calm and smooth experience. Really enjoyed the trip around the island in a catamaran. Bring bug repelent with you. The only thing we noticed is that there were some members of the staff who could work on being nicer, but overall it was a fantastic experience!

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Joana F
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Rochester, Minnesota
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 June 2011

This is an appropriate get-a-way for a couple who might not need luxuries but rather the simplicity of nature and solitude. We were anticipating a slightly more posh experience and would like to note that this resort is clean, interesting, and has wonderful food and service but it is not a glamorous, luxury resort. It is the host of mainly couples who seem to wish to stay to themselves, so don't expect friendly interactions with other guests. If one is seeking a private, natural, simple getaway this is it.

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  • Stayed June 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 June 2011

We just got back from Antigua 2 days ago and already miss our Cocobay family. Not only is the resort incredible, but everybody there leaves a lasting impression.
We have been to several other places and this exceeds them all. From the moment we walked up to the reception desk to check in, we were in love with Cocobay. Tameka, Phyllis, and Shaun greeted us with cold cloths and delicious rum punch. Tameka so generously told us that she upgraded our room. WOW!! I couldn't believe our view. Breathtaking!!
After catching our breath, we got dressed to go to dinner. They put us down for dinner at 6:30 (thankfully, bc we were starving) You have to sign up in the morning for what time you want on your way to breakfast. It usually starts at 6:30 and goes until 9:00. Women dress casually elegant (sundress, skirt, light pants) Men shirts with collar and long pants. Breakfast and lunch you just need to have your swimsuit cover on. Breakfast starts at 7:30 to 9:30. Sonia is an awesome cook. She will cook you any type of egg you want. Other than that there are pancakes, bacon, pastries, cereals, delicious fresh fruit. We were always stuffed!! Lunch started at 12:30-2:30 and was usually fresh fish cooked by Sonia with a variety of vegetables, fruit, and breads. And of course Dessert!!
Before breakfast is the best time to reserve your place on the beach or by the pool. Be sure and take enough of SPF and Aloe Vera. We ran out of sunscreen. Take at least SPF 30.
Along with the sunscreen , take bug spray. I took vitamen B1 before we left and while we was there and didn't have a problem. We met some friends who dabbed Tea Tree Oil on wrist and behind ears and didn't get bit. Just be prepared and you will be fine. (:

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  • Stayed June 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank 3sand-seekers
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London, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 June 2011

Stayed at Cocobay in March for a relaxing girly holiday. We didn't want a party place, just relaxation, a nice pool and good food. We went with Cocobay after having read loads of reviews on Tripadvisor and realising that it had everything we wanted, not 5 star "could be anywhere in the world" luxury, but a sense of the Caribbean rustic-ness and charm.

We were blown away from the moment we arrived! It was everything we had hoped, and then some.
The staff were AMAZING, just the little things of knowing exactly who their guests were even if you hadn't been introduced. No horrid wrist-bands to identify you either and that was so refreshing.

The rooms/cottages were so cute and comfortable. Travelling as friends we did wonder what the bed situation would be, and we did have to share bed, but it was so big we didn't even realise the other person was there at all. Our cottage looked out over the entrance to the resort, it got a little bit noisy when staff arrived first thing in the morning but really not a disturbance. The location of the cottage was excellent for a pre-dinner drink (there's a little fridge for such necesseties) and some people watching from the private verandah.

The pool/bar area was beautiful. It took our breath away every time we set foot there. Sitting by the pool you could stare off into the blue distance for ages completely losing track of time. The pool is small, definitely not the place to do lengths, although plenty of people did try. The pool is definitely for chilling out, it's there to perch on the edge and stare some more into the blue distance (how I wish I was there now!!).
For the majority of our stay there, there were never any problems getting a sun lounger, and we did chuckle when we came to breakfast and some people had already been down to secure their space. If it was busy, it wouldn't be long before space opened up anyway.

The food was the best! I can be very picky but never had any issues even with the set menu in the evening. I ate things I have never touched before and absolutely loved it. Breakfast and lunch were buffet, but good food and lots to choose from, and always served up with the biggest smiles. Dinner was a set menu, with a choice of three for each course and an additional "pasta of the day" - you were never going to go hungry. And the weight lost before the holiday was quickly put back on.

We used the spa a couple of times, it was a bit make-shift in terms of the way it was set up but the setting was gorgeous and having a massage listening to the waves lapping against the rock below the cottage was bliss. The ladies who did the treatments were lovely and they recommended where to go shopping in St Johns.

Overall, it was the best holiday. It was such a sad day when we had to leave, and we're both hoping we can go back some time. Loads of people we met there were on their 3rd or more visit, which says a lot about a place.

There is so much more to say, but I don't want drag on. JUST GO THERE!!!!

  • Stayed March 2011, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank annaend
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UK
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47 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 June 2011

What can we say this place just gets better and better. Our sea view room was fantastic (thanks Tameka for you help). From the moment we arrived and were greeted by Mr Richards friendly face we knew we would be in for a great time. The welcomes we received from Jermaine, Vincia, Mr Gore, Oriel, Craig etc made us feel at home. ( We hope Saskia is recovering). As always the food was outstanding, the service impeccable. If you get a chance to watch a West Indies cricket match at the Party Stand in the Sir Viv Richards ground it will be something you will remember for the rest of your life. Looking forward to checking our diary so we can arrange our fifth visit!

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank TONY&NIT
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Property: Cocobay Resort
Address: Valley Church, Bolans, Saint Mary's 431, Antigua
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Region: 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
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Bolans
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
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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Also Known As:
Cocobay Hotel Bolans
Coco Bay Antigua
Cocobay Antigua
Cocobay Hotel Antigua
Cocobay Resort Antigua, Antigua And Barbuda

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