We had the pleasure of staying in Cocobay in December 2013 and had a wonderful time. The resort is exactly as expected, the staff are incredibly friendly and the views are simply stunning (being able to shower in privacy whilst looking out on to an aqua sea is pretty magical!)
There was an issue with sand flies while we stayed here, however this is not a fault of the resort, who were doing what they could to treat the issue (we could simply have stayed away form the beach and lower pool if we desired.)
Our only gripe with the resort was the food... As Londoners who regularly eat a wide variety of cuisines, we were incredibly excited to experience authentic Caribbean food at its best. Unfortunately we were very disappointed.
Breakfast was adequate, if a little unimaginative (none of the in-season fresh pineapple we were expecting from the island), and there was always a large queue for the eggs, but being in the 'laid back' mood, we could excuse this.
Lunch, unfortunately, was particularly bland. Having had no flavour from any of our food fro a couple of days, I was very excited to see 'Jerk Eggplant' on our third day, however not only did this not taste of Jerk, it tasted of absolutely nothing. There is tilapia fish available every day, but this is fried, making it both greasy and tasteless - far from the fresh, vibrant flavours we were expecting from the Caribbean! We ended up having to add hot sauce to a lot of food to try and inject some flavour, however this too was not up to scratch!
The Thursday buffet evening had been hyped up, but again the food tasted of very little, and we remained disappointed and hungry for flavour!
Dinner portions were, whilst pleasantly presented, very small, and also lacked any flavour.
We had two delightful meals whilst in Antigua, and one was the surprise 'Beach dinner' my partner had organised for my birthday. Having paid extra, we had steak and lobster served to us on the beach. Both meals were beautiful and the brilliant service and idyllic, private setting made it a perfect evening.
Our other great meal was at Dennis's restaurant, down the other end of the beach. We ended our trip with extra spicy creole chicken and curried goat, wonderfully flavoured, delightfully authentic and cooked to perfection. Exactly what we'd hoped we'd get all week
It's such a shame that such a beautiful place was so lacking in such a major area! I'm not sure if our European palates are too developed (another British couple we spoke to had the same thoughts as us), or if a mass catering approach is taken to try to vaguely please everyone? Our lasting memory is that we would love to recommend Cocobay to our friends, but as they're all foodies too, we just can't.
- 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