Check-in was a breeze and Phyllis was awesome. She signed us up for dinner at 6:30 but it is up to you after that. You are able to sign up for dinner the day of; however, the time slots do fill up quickly and there is only one restaurant. The resort is very nice and the villas are awesome especially the ones with a plunge pool (and the pools aren't that cold). The views from Cocobay of the beach and mountains are gorgeous and there are little creatures everywhere....lizards, birds, spiders, hermit crabs, crickets, frogs and mongoose roam the resort. Breakfast and lunch are buffets and dinner is a four course meal: appetizer, soup, entree, and dessert. Breakfast is from 7:30-9:30am, lunch 12:30-2:30pm, tea/snack time 4-5pm and dinner 6:30-9pm; however, the resort runs on island time so they never open when they are supposed to-- which is okay because you’re on vacation! There is only one restaurant as I mentioned and that is Rafters, Sheer Rocks is also on the property but that is an extra cost and it was closed while we were there.
Most villas include waking up to the ocean, birds and crickets every morning with your windows open or closed (the villas are not open air but you can chose to open the window slats so you can hear the ocean), mini fridge & coffee maker, plunge pool, TV's but it doesn’t have cable (just information about the resort--beware of fees when you turn on the TV..see notes below), phones, bed with a mosquito net, porch with hammock, in room safe, and large bathroom with shower that you can open the doors to see the ocean (bathrooms also have hair dryers).
Around the resort there is one restaurant, Rafters and a bar. As I mentioned for extra you can eat at Sheer Rocks. Also on the resort there is a gift shop, TV room, and an infinity pool that has beautiful views of the ocean. For extra cost, Cocobay offers dinner on the beach and massages--both are very inexpensive compared to other resorts we've stayed at and taxi service for shopping in St Johns for $10pp and the Sunday trip to Shirley Heights $22pp. You can also book tours/excursions through them but there are also people on the beach that sell trips (not sure if it was safe or not so we didn't try it). Cocobay does have their own beach; however, there are locals that try to sell rides on jet skis, horses, excursions, and souvenirs all day long.
Off of the property there are two public beaches within walking distance, a restaurant called Dennis (which was yummy food), and Jolly Harbor is about a 20 minute walk from the resort but doesn’t have too much going on except for a couple eating places, a few souvenir shops, grocery store, and ATM. I would recommend renting a car because their is so much to see and do on the island.
-beautiful views from resort
-resort that nature lovers would love
-great pool/plunge pools
-able to book tours/excursions through the resort
-entertainment 3 nights out of the week at dinner time
-dinner was filling and good, also had enough options even though only 4 main entrees to choose from
-villas are spread out enough and have enough privacy
-bar was not too busy..but you may have to wait a minute or two for one. Beer, house wine, and non premium liquor is included in your all-inclusive package but you can purchase champagne and other wines. The resort also provides a menu of the drinks they can make instead of you having to think of something.
-beach that was right outside our villa was public so the people and activities going on there were definitely not for relaxing or quiet time
-not much variety for the buffets at breakfast and lunch
-time slots for dinner filled up quickly
-mosquitoes beware...take bug spray
-some of the staff was exceptional (Phyllis, Sasha, Janelle, Anonette) but others we felt like didn't want to help or be there working
-only one restaurant included in your all-inclusive package
-not a problem for us but not a lot of lighting walking to and from your villa night
-if you have a TV in your room do not turn it on because supposedly there is a charge for just looking at the information
-as I mentioned food is only available at certain times of the day so if you miss breakfast or lunch you have to wait. It would have been nice to have a 11am-6pm snack bar with burgers, fries, nachos, fruit, etc so if you do like to snack or get hungry that is an option
- 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