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Cocobay Resort
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Bolans
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 10 October 2013

My husband and I just returned from 7 nights at CocoBay for our 5th Anniversary. All the reviews on here are true. It's great, the staff could not have been more helpful, friendly and genuine. The property is beautiful, very well maintained, and even though Oct. always has a threat of a hurricane, it was quiet, not crowded at all, and the weather was beautiful.

One thing I was missing from all the other reviews when making the decision to come here was anything about the quality of the food. Since it's an All-inclusive menu, I was a bit skeptical since fine food is a true passion of ours. However, the food was very good, for being all-inclusive. Breakfast and Lunch were buffet style, or a Panini grill at the pool, and dinner was an order off the menu set up. I gave the food 4 stars.

We stayed in the Premium Waterfront Suite, which I highly recommend. There seemed to be 4-6 of them total, and are right on the water. All the other pool front cottages are higher up on the hill, and while it seems like a great view, you also have the other cottages right in front of you. Be aware, however, that the premium suites are not 100% private. If the guests in the cottages to each side of you are on their porch or in their plunge pool, you can see and hear each other fairly well. They are still the best rooms and views though, so I wouldn't trade that.

We rented a jeep for one day, that was delivered to us right at the resort and drove all around the island. We went zip-lining in the rainforest, over to Shirley Heights (the highest point on the island) and to Half Moon Bay (gorgeous beach) and the Devil's Bridge (rocky cliff formations on the water). This was a great way to see the island, and Half Moon Bay was our favorite beach. There were maybe 6 people there, it felt like a private beach.

At the resort, we explored the beaches close by, swam around to get to some other private areas, which is really easy to do, and you are all alone on the beaches during the week. It seemed to us that no one else even looked for another private area outside the resort beach, which meant we had private beaches to ourselves all week long. Just takes 5 minutes of exploring. It was great!
We would certainly return, and recommend this place to anyone looking for a relaxing, romantic getaway. (All couples, celebrating honeymoons, anniversaries, etc.)
The staff was amazing! Hugs all around when we left, and many thanks to Melissa, Sascha, Phyllis, Joy Ann, Tamika, Patrea, Miranda, just to name a few, as everyone was so wonderful!

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 10 October 2013

It is rare in these days of digitally enhanced photography that hotels live up to the images included in travel brochures and websites. I was amazed that the location and hotel were even more beautiful than I could have hoped for.

Our room was simple but tasteful and had the most amazing view of the bay. The bathroom was huge and unlike a previous reviewer,I could find no problem with the tile grouting!!! The two pools were never crowded and we were always able to find a lounger.

The food is lovely and we were never hungry. I was slightly dubious about the 'all inclusive' menu but we would happily have paid for any of the meals served had we been in another restaurant. There is something for everyone, plenty of fresh fish, salads, pasta and delicious steaks. The bar is great as it is a lovely place to sit and chat to other guests and the cocktails are fab. Ciceley will make you anything you like but I particularly recommend the Lovelace. A delicious creamy drink that slips down rather too well!!

Last and certainly not least are the wonderful staff. Mr Gore the restaurant manager who makes everyone feel so welcome, Sonia who makes the best breakfast omelettes, Daverne, Tashawne, Tony, Phyllis and of course Ciceley helped to make our stay one of the best holidays we have ever had.

If you're looking for ritzy, corporate, loud and busy then this is not the place for you, but if you enjoy friendly tasteful elegance then give Cocobay a try. You won't be disappointed.

Room Tip: We stayed in F2 which had the most amazing view of the bay but was at the top of the hill which coul...
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  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank Jillian064
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Reviewed 8 October 2013

I read other reviews before booking Cocobay Resort and they were all mostly positive so decided to give it a go and I wasn't disappointed. As we were only on holiday for a week we just wanted to relax and unwind and that exactly what this resort offers. This was made possible firstly by the lovely, friendly and happy staff at the Cocobay. Nothing was too much for any of them, they would all ask if everything was ok, if there was anything they could get for you etc. At the bar your glass was never empty for long, if it ever became empty at all. The food was excellent and it made a nice change to sit and be served a choice of menu for your evening meal, even though it was all inclusive. The live music a few times in the week was enjoyable, but not as entertaining as the banter between the staff, which could be highly entertaining. The room we had (M1) was quite high up the resort but wasn't anything too steep or too far to walk as the resort is small, and gave us some spectaular sunsets which we love to watch. It also gave us a view of the sea and with Montserrat in the distant what more could you ask for. The only down side to this room was that it also looked over the small plant next to the reservoir and the hum from the plant may bother some people but it didn't bother us. The rooms were kept very clean as was the whole resort. The one thing that we felt let this resort down, although again wouldn't bother some people, was the fact that you had to pay for internet access. Some might say this is a good thing as it lets you unwind and keeps the outside world away, but in this day and age does seen rather strange as they weren't even any wifi spots around the resort at all. We were wondering how we would check in for our flights, which we like to do before arriving at the airport. I must say Virgin, who we booked and travelled with had this covered. They came to the hotel in the morning with our printed boarding passes and luggage labels. Checked our passports and did everything that is normally done at the airport at the hotel. Our suitcases were then taken away and we didn't see them again until we arrived at Gatwick, very nice!! So finally a special thank you to some people who just went the extra mile to make our holiday a wonderful experience, Oriel, Mr Gore, Melissa, Tony, Craig, Cicele, Kerry, Kerry-Ann this is to name just a few, too many to mention. We had a wonderful time and would recommend this resort.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 8 October 2013

My husband and I are avid travellers and enjoy all inclusive resorts, but this one was over the Top! We vacationed the first week in Sept. where Tamika the Asst GM assisted us to our room.Be prepared this is not 5* luxury, but 5* class and service all the way! If you expect sloshy sunbathers at the bar and wild music at night then you need to look elsewhere! This resort is peaceful,romantic with epic scenery,gourmet meals,and the friendliness of the employees you felt you had made friends for life!

Rooms: Beds are comfy and rooms are very clean. Yes, take care of your housekeeper and she will take care you. Fridge stocked with water, beer and sodas. Bathroom floor does get wet from shower,since there is not a curtain. So, come on people, put down some towels.

Food: There is nothing they do not have and if you need it they will get it for you.Personalized omelets, buffet brunch, and ala carte 4 course meals. Excellent!

Beach/Pool: Beautiful, clean and so relaxing with cushioned chairs at the pools, to the palapas for shade at the beach.

Thank you so much for our stay!:
Tamika, Melissa, Saskia, Kathleen, Keva, Oriel, Sonia, Roscia, Glenda,Kenny

Room Tip: Plunge pool seafront, spend the money-you wont be disappointed!
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  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank travelqueen61666
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Reviewed 6 October 2013

Just returned from our second trip to cocobay, after getting married there in October 2011. We have had an amazing holiday and loved it as much as our first trip. The staff on the resort are amazing and nothing is a problem and you are always greeted with a smile.
The waterfront room had a beautiful view to wake upto every morning and a plunge pool to cool off in. The food really is great and any drink you can think of is there for your enjoyment. The drinks menu had changed slightly but the staff were glad to make old favourites!
The only slight issue was the mosquitoes, but they do find me tasty wherever I travel to....unfortunately.
Thank you for making our trip so amazing. We both can't wait to come back x

Room Tip: Plunge pool and air conditioning
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  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank Sarah L
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Reviewed 6 October 2013

My husband and I honeymooned here in July and were thrilled with our experience. From the welcome by the staff with cool towel and rum punch, to our wonderful cottage (Yaba) with waterfront view, tub on the balcony, shower open to the balcony, and plunge pool we were spoiled the entire week. Some of our favorite aspects were afternoon tea time, the live entertainment nights, and our dinner on the beach. We also had fun exploring some of the beaches a few minutes walk away from the resort's main beach and just RELAXING. We opted not to do any day trips on/around the island (the resort was so comfortable and easy!), but many people did and reported enjoying them. If/when we return we will! The hospitality at Cocobay was wonderful the entire week and even though the resort was full (or nearly full) during our stay, we never felt like it was over-crowded. Meals were solid with dinner being the only meal where some improvements might be made (smaller portions, not totally consistent quality across items). The only other thing we thought might make the resort better would be to have someone who can teach guests how to use the Hobie Cat sailboat - we would have liked to take it out but weren't confident we could without a lesson. Other than that we only have amazing memories. We definitely plan to return!

Room Tip: Rooms with a sea view seem to have the most privacy and are conveniently located in addition to havi...
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  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank Natalie Z
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Reviewed 3 October 2013

My husband and I arrived on Friday, the 27th of September. It was a hot afternoon with no breeze at all! We were greeted with a glass of rum punch and smiles from everyone we met. We were welcomed by O'Neal the General Manager of the resort and then escorted to our cottage. Our only complaint was that the air conditioner and fan were not turned on prior to our arrival. The room was unbearably hot. We left the room for a while and when we came back it was more comfortable.
The staff was very nice. Thank you to Melissa, Oriel, Craig and Sacha, just to name a few!
The pools were amazing. The views magnificent. The food was good as well with a nice variety!
We will certainly tell our friends about Cocobay and will plan on returning there some day!

Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Address: Ffreyes Beach, 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
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Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Bolans
Price Range: £310 - £656 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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
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Cocobay Resort Antigua, Antigua And Barbuda

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