We had a very relaxing 2 week stay at Cocobay (8th – 21st March). We chose the hotel after reading several reviews as we felt it would provide us with everything we were looking for in this particular holiday. For us, a smaller hotel with views, a nice beach and pool area, a cottage style room with views, a good food offering and a quiet environment was all we needed and the hotel did deliver for us. We stayed in Cottage 3 which was a Sea Front Pool Cottage with lovely views. We enjoyed waking up to see the sun rise from our very comfy bed each morning and found the facilities were ideal. Basically the more non-corporate the room, the better as far as we were concerned, so this room really worked for us even with its slightly odd storage set up and basic indoor/outdoor shower. We loved wandering around the resort gardens and really enjoyed the beach, pool and bar areas. Everywhere was peaceful and the guests were all very friendly and respectful of each other which we liked a lot.
We certainly agree that most of the staff were great. Much of the time we sat with Cherill for Breakfast and Lunch. She is terrific, a real professional and a lovely person who always manages her area very well. Not all of the staff were quite as good. No doubt every hotel has issues like this but maybe the team would benefit from a bit more supervision and a more consistent ‘order’ of service so that guests understand how things are intended to flow. We loved the restaurant layout and the food was pretty good most of the time. We particularly enjoyed the lunches - fresh and interesting every day. Eating breakfast and lunch meant that we were never too hungry in the evening so we found the portions to be more than adequate. Not every choice we made worked for us but most dishes were interesting and we definitely preferred not having to run off to a buffet. In fact the only food we didn’t like was the Thursday night Caribbean Buffet – the food quality really went downhill on that night. The quality of the house wine was good enough so we never needed to pay more and overall we had a really good bar service from some lively bar staff. At the beach bar we enjoyed being entertained by Davern and in any capacity Sasha kept us amused.
There are many, many great things about the resort and we are really pleased we chose to visit. We left in such a relaxed state, we slept for most of the flight and still felt chilled out when we got home. I doubt we’ll return as, for us, the build up to a holiday - the research and planning - is a big part of what we enjoy so we'll be looking for another new experience. We do however have no hesitation in saying thank you to the Cocobay team for looking after us. We had a really great holiday.
- 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