Just returned from Cocobay resort with my wife for our anniversary and I was very pleased overall. We arrived at the airport on time however customs can be slow and we waited for nearly an hour trying to get through as it is a small airport.
The drive to Cocobay is 30-40 minutes depending on traffic and will set you back around $28US (which is paid for by the hotel if you book through their website.
You are treated to a cold towel and rum punch on arrival as mentioned by other reviews. The reception staff is very polite and had our room ready immediately. They did schedule a short tour of the resort which we took later on because we were tired from travel.
We reserved the premium oceanfront suite after reading other reviews and seeing pictures. I would not consider booking a different room. These rooms really are magnificent and were the absolute best part of the stay. The bathrooms are newer and much nicer than the rest of the villas with black marble countertops and dual vanity. The showers open up like the rest of the rooms however have a glass partition so the floors do not get wet. The beds and linens are very soft and comfortable. The plunge pools are nice but are pretty chilly so we did not spend much time in it. Since we booked through the hotel, our mini fridge was always stocked with beer, water, soda, tonic water, and rum punch. Maid service is prompt and they do a good job.
The hotel itself is in good shape with nice landscaping. There is no TV or internet in the rooms but you can rent a wifi hookup for $10 for 24 hours.
There are ocean kayaks and hobi cat sailboat free to use from the hotel. The beaches are lovely and water is crystal blue. The only complaint I have about my experience is the solicitation on the beach. There are several locals who stay on the beach all day trying to sell jet ski rides. They ask several times throughout the day unless you are short/rude to them and tell them to leave you alone. I am not a fan of being a jerk on my vacation but had to towards the end of the trip. They also ride the jet skis around the bay/cove attempting tricks in order to show you how much fun you could be having. It is very obnoxious and the resort should make an effort to get control of these guys. There is a private beach you can walk to that is desolate and much nicer but without chairs or drinks.
The food is pretty good for an all inclusive. Buffet for breakfast and lunch and a menu with 4 courses for dinner. Steak, lobster, and shrimp is on the supplemental menu at no extra charge if you book through the hotel so another incentive to book through their website. Their is live music several nights per week which is actually not bad although no one really dances.
O'neal (the property manager) runs a tight ship and the staff are excellent at their jobs from the groundskeeper to the barmen. We received a bottle of aged rum our first night, candles and rose petals our third night, and rum punch and toasted coconut our last night compliments of the manager. Clearly he does an excellent job and responds to his guests.
We rented a jeep and toured part of the island including Half Moon Bay, Shirley Heights and Nelsons Dockyard. The country itself is beautiful and this is a nice alternative if you get bored on the beach after a few days. We also did the zipline/kayak/snorkel tour which cost $145 and lasted from 9am to 2pm and included a good lunch on the beach. It is a short excursion but still a good bit of fun. I was told not drive to St. Johns because of traffic and the crowds so I cannot comment on the town but everyone we talked to was not impressed.
I would bring cash and change. You are not required to tip but everyone is so good at their job you would be remiss not to. The hotel does not have change at least the few times we asked unless you buy something from the gift shop which charges $16 for a small bottle of bugspray.
And by the way, the bugs can be bad. Not mosquitoes but tiny biting flies. They are worse after the rain.
I had a great time and would recommend this resort. We chose this resort over Hermitage Bay due to cost, however had to contend with solicitation on the beach which is not present there for some reason. Otherwise this place is fantastic but again, I would book through the hotel and upgrade to a premium oceanfront suite which is right on the water.
- 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