Cocobay is a well established resort with good facilities. However, some of those facilities come at an additional price which should be included with the original fees - wifi is a staggering 60 dollars a week to use - and the wifi in general is poor to average in use (constant outages and poor speed) do not see the 60 dollars as value. The additional fee comes with the air conditioning in the rooms so get ready to put your hand yet again in your pocket if you require that - I would say it is a must although in the main we only used it during the period between lunch and getting ready for dinner.
The hotel is clean, the rooms very well kept and the see the introduction of mosquito nets to aid a good night sleep. The rooms have a ceiling fan to keep the air circulated and in general the rooms are fine for what the hotel is and where it is situated - a consideration when you book your room is that the sun doesn't shine at all on the balcony's, as the huts face out to sea and the sun is always behind them.
You will find a few ants and natural life coming in and out of the huts, bear with it - its the Caribbean.
The resort is generally very secure with no issues to report surrounding security - even though the resort is bordering on the busy side. Each room has a security box installed, and should you find yourself out and about with your electronics or valuables and want the staff to look after them they do so very well for you.
Food is very good, with some repetition on the menu over a two week period. breakfast is always the same but there is a choice of items. Lunch can either be in the restaurant or you can have ciabatta with different fillings from the beach bar - very good they are too.
The resort has a sailboat for use and two kayaks. Robert and Kenya who look after that part of the facility and the beach are an asset to the hotel, and do their jobs very well.
The bar staff are excellent as are the restaurant staff. However, a note on the restaurant provision is that as the hotel is busy, you do find that staff are rushed and the personal touch although attempted, is not the interaction it should be. Chris and Mr Gore try very hard to keep up to date with everybody but it is simply too busy to be stood there for them and their staff to chat away.
Evening food has a range on the menu, and after a fishing trip the kitchen was happy to prepare our catch which they did brilliantly, some very good cooks in the kitchen it has to be said.
The two pool areas are well kept although you may find that they are packed out if you don't get to them early enough, which will leave you down on the beach.. and here lies another issue - what I am about to describe has to be balanced with the fact that this is Antigua. The sandy areas, beach, bottom pool and bar, and also the top bar area which is decking will provide the visitor with more than enough sand flies come 3pm. These continue all the way through to about 7pm so make sure you are protected with sprays etc. If you get bit use something like pile cream - anusol to reduce the itching and the swelling - it works wonders. We have been to Antigua quite a number of times and cocobay has seen my bitten more times than anywhere else on the island, even when protected. My worst evening I have to admit was down to a few beers and very few cares in the world as I sat round the bar doing some work - you don't realise till later that you have had 60 or so bites within the 3 hour period if you are not covered. Another tip is to ask for a piece of lime from the bar - this seems to neutralise the bites quite quickly although it stings at first.
Overall its a lovely place to go, good food, great staff, but it is busy and will continue to get busier as building work is being undertaken on the bottom pool area to install a pizza oven and other provisions for the hotel and its guests. Its only when you go to the other hotels like cocobeach, coco's or keyana that you realise what peace and quiet is.
So if you don't mind too many people, don't mind paying for wifi that doesn't work and getting little assistance when its pointed out, and you don't mind paying for the air conditioning, everything for me was a lovely experience. In general the establishment is very very well put together and the staff are in the main as helpful as they can be with their busy routines.
One point of note : if you think you are going to leave the hotel on a few occasions to see the sites or go to other restaurants, go fishing, etc, then its cheaper to hire a car for the two weeks than to pay for the taxis. For trips to the airport there and back, to jolly harbor fishing, an outing to a restaurant and another hotel saw a dent of 220 US dollars. Much better to get a car hired at 120 dollars a week.
- 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