I stayed at Cocobay in May 2006 for a friends wedding and have to say it was a fantastic holiday!
When you arrive and see the stunning views framed through the open air reception I knew we were at the right place.
The beaches are the most deserted and private that I have seen.
Yes, the accomodation is rustic, but it was kept clean. It certainly isnt an American style polished hotel so dont go here if thats your taste. You have a hanging space and a chest of drawers for clothes and a coffee machine in the room, but we really didnt want more than that. The only time we were in our room was to sleep and change clothes!!!!
We booked a beachfront room which was well worth it for the views (before the hottubs were installed) and found the cottage style accomodation very private. The bride stayed in one of the two larger beach rooms a bit closer to the water which was also nice!
I am a fussy vegetarian that doesnt eat fish and I found the food to be good and had plenty of choice. The breakfast lady cooked eggs how you wanted them in front of you each morning and the fish choice at lunch buffet was very good. The open air buffet area was netted to prevent birds getting in, but sometimes they did - which still didnt really cause a problem, I mean they are birds!!!
The staff were also good and tried to accomodate me as much as possible as I was also 5mths pregnant when I was there, the bar staff were great creating lots of different non-alco cocktails for me!
Entertainment is minimal here, but we entertained ourselves after dinner talking to others in the bar and we were often tucked up in bed by 10!!!(We are all in our 20's and early 30's by the way!) If you do fancy something a bit livlier there is an american sports bar in Jolly Harbour (5 mins by taxi).
The afternoon wedding was a very relaxed affair, the boys went fishing in the morning and the girls lazed by the pool. We all then wandered down to the deck near Sheer for the ceremony which was really lovely, a true relaxed island wedding!! We then all went down to the beach for photos and then back to Sheer for a meal which was really good and actually considered one of the best restaurants on the island when we were there!!
I would say that if you picked this hotel to start off with, dont let the negative reviews stop you from going here as it has a true carribean feel about it which you wont get by staying at one of the big shiny hotels.
- 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