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“Perfectly imperfect”
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Cocobay Resort
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Bolans
Certificate of Excellence
Hindhead, United Kingdom
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“Perfectly imperfect”
Reviewed 19 June 2014

We have just returned from Cocobay after a two week holiday.
This resort is just perfect. Stunning location along the bay with three lovely beaches all within a short stroll from the room.
Although it's difficult to explain exactly what is so good about the holiday in so short a format, the one thing that you can be 100% sure of is that the people working there are just the nicest, kindest people you could wish to meet.
The journey from the airport is about 25 minutes.
The cottages are perfectly imperfect! The one we had (42) was at the end of the resort, views of the sea, the hills and the local church.
The main room is lovely, bed very comfortable, air con and fan which both worked well without noise.
No Telly in the room which was fine by us.
The bathroom needs to be updated, the tiling isn't great and the plug to the shower is at the high point so the water goes out through the door. They were updating some rooms whilst we were there so I am sure the bathroom will be sorted very soon. Anyway, when you are in Antigua at such a lovely friendly place, why worry about it.
The bars and restaurant are great, local beer which was refreshing, the spirits and cocktails were also excellent.
The food is great,
Breakfast is as usual is a buffet with traditional eggs & bacon etc with pastries, cereals or fresh fruit available.
Lunch is also a buffet, every day had a different choice of fish or meats with pasta, vegetables, rice and salad. Drinks brought to you once you are seated.
Dinner is 'Haut Cusine' Beautifully prepared 'al a carte' with three or four choices plus other options that you could pay for. The portions are not large, however, you do not feel hungry after and there is room enough for a drink on the terrace in the evening.
There is such a good vibe at the resort that you cannot fail to get into it and make new friends.
The mix of people was British, Americans and Italians, the age group ranged from mid twenties up to about mid sixties.
The resort itself is very quirky, the cottages are your own Caribbean shack which are lovely and private, the gardens are full of coconut and banana trees.
The paths through the gardens to the shacks are winding but may not be great for anyone with trouble walking. I am sure that there are cottages with easier access for those with any mobility issues.
The beaches are clean, the water is so blue and warm, no pressure from Hawkers.
If you go there, peak to 'Movements' on the beach, he sells Conch shells and will take you fishing of the rocks.
I caught Stingrays and Red Snappers and talked nonsense with him as only fishermen do.
I gave the Chef two of the red snappers I caught and she cooked them beautifully for our lunch.
All in all we think this is our best holiday ever. So thank you everyone at Cocobay

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 17 June 2014

my wife and I have recently returned from a wonderful holiday at Cocobay resort in Antigua, this resort is ideal for couples of all ages, there is a little climbing up to some of the cottages but nothing to worry about , the staff at the resort are most helpful and give great service, we used the beach most days it was beautiful nobody hassles you, we snorkelled every day and saw many fish , the reef is very close to shore , I would advise exploring the far side as we saw many more fish that side, we took our own gear but equipment is available for free we used the free Hobby Cat sailing catamaran most days Robert a really nice guy will give free sailing lessons try it its great fun, we never used the canoes that were available due to lack of time but they looked fun too .both bars serve drinks freely and are welcoming, the restaurant is built on different levels with a lovely view, the food was very good no complaints what so ever, when we first arrived we were put in cottage number 51 the view was not what we expected but after 3 days of speaking with the manager we were moved to number 24 which had a better view and was in a quieter area , Frogs do make a noise all night and can disturb your sleep, in our second cottage this wasn't a problem .our flight with Virgin was excellent the cabin staff could not have been more helpful { a credit to Sir Richard } the time on the plane really did fly by , whilst at the resort we took the catamaran trip which we both enjoyed we also walked to a local bus stop and took the bus into St Johns the capital, it was a fun experience , overall we had a really good relaxing holiday which we would recommend to anyone Well done Virgin and Cocobay resort both companies can be proud of their staff.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Oley, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 13 June 2014

My husband and I stayed at Coco Bay for our honeymoon in May 2014. Everywhere you go at the resort it is breathtaking. The flowers are absolutely gorgeous along with the beach and pools. We enjoyed snorkeling and kayaking at the resort too! We loved having our own private cottage with a deck that had a hammock on it. The food was delicious we loved being able to each get a different appetizer, entree, and dessert and share it! From the moment you arrive at the resort until the moment you leave the staff make you feel appreciated for staying there. Staff were so nice and helpful! We are so glad we stayed at Coco Bay for our honeymoon and are looking forward to returning one day!

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Burlington, Canada
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Reviewed 11 June 2014

My wife and I just returned from our 13 day honeymoon at Coco Bay in the last two weeks of May. Everything was simply perfect. We simply cannot say enough good things about every aspect of our experience. We stayed in beachfront cottage #7, which had its own plunge pool and a stunning view of the azure Carribbean sea. The resort itself is very beautiful. It is not a huge resort, but rather small and intimate. The grounds are very lush and the property itself occupies an enviable position where sea views are on three sides, particularly when you are at the restaurant and pool bar. Our room was magnificent. My wife and I have travelled all over the world, and we have never had such a breath taking view from our bed! And what a comfortable king sized bed it was. Our room was very private like being in our own fantasy island. As for the food, what more can I say that I gained almost 10 pounds. The food was absolutely delightful. We actually never had a bad meal during our entire stay, and I was just impressed that there was no repetition during our 13 days. We never ate better! As for the staff, I can only say that I have never felt more welcome or pampered. Every single employee we encountered went above and beyond to ensure our every need was taken care of. Oh, the Pina Colada's were the best I ever tasted. There were so many nice touches from the wet towel and rum punch upon arrival, the bottle of champagne waiting in our room, to the flower pedals scattered all over the floor with candles one night when we returned from dinner. And speaking of dinner, we opted for the private dinner on the beach for $150. This was truly magical with fantastic food and impeccable service. My expectations are very high, and every aspect of our CocoBay stay was above and beyond our wildest expectations. Yes, the cost to stay here isn't cheap, but the value for money you get is way off the scale. Thank you to everyone at Coco Bay for making our honeymoon truly magical!!! We cant wait to return.

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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Wakefield, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 11 June 2014 via mobile

We stayed here in January this year. The resort is absolutely fabulous, so much so that we booked as soon as we got back for January next year.
We can not fault the resort, the staff, the accommodation, the food, the views or any single thing about Coco Bay, everything is perfect!!
Having visited Antigua before, this is by far the best place we have been to.
It definitely had the wow factor and we can not wait to return.
Thank You Coco Bay!!

Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Mt. Olive, New Jersey
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Reviewed 8 June 2014 via mobile

My wife and I stayed at the Cocobay Resort in late April 2014 celebrating her birthday.

Pulling into the resort from a remote road, you enter a "fantasy island" location. We were greeted at the door by name, and we were given cool towels and rum punch. It was a nice touch. One of The young ladies who came out to greet us, informed us of our dinner reservation for that evening and told us we would have to sign up each morning for the time we wanted To eat dinner. She pointed out where the pools and dining room were, and That was pretty much ALL the information we were given about the resort.

Walking to our cottage you can see the beautiful views of the ocean. The cottages themselves don't look like much from the outside, but once inside our room was a romantic paradise.

I highly recommend the room we stayed in. (See pictures). The view was absolutely perfect out into the Caribbean. We had a plunge pool and I highly recommend getting a room with one. The room itself is nicely appointed however it is aged somewhat. We got a room with air conditioning which I feel is also a must. Even with the air conditioning it was still very hot.

The beach itself is beautiful. We spent every morning after breakfast there. You do get asked by locals to jet ski or go on tour excursions quite often. But for the most part they were very polite and not too annoying.

The pools at the resort are infinity pools and are nice, and never seemed crowded. but we loved our plunge pool and for us it would be a must.

Food was overall good. Breakfast has a good selection and an egg station to get omelets and poached eggs. Lunch was the weakest meal in our opinion. I wish they had more sandwiches and choices.
It is always a buffet.

All the dinners we had were very good. The men are required to wear pants. We weren't told this upon checking in, and there is no info or resort directory in the room. I was wearing dress shorts the first night. And the man seating us would not let us in even after we
Said we had just arrived and weren't told this was a
Rule. Plus we were very hungry from traveling all day, and weren't offered lunch when we arrived. But he insisted I go back to change. Thankfully I did bring pants, but that was a bit annoying especially when you consider you are eating in the same room as you do for breakfast and lunch and people are all in bathing suites.

We had the upgraded dining package. We really liked all our meals and I thoroughly enjoyed the lobster. Caribbean night is on Thursday and is a buffet. We thought it was good, but not our favorite.
On our last night they came to our door as we were dressing for dinner with some rum punch and toasted coconut. Then when we were at dinner they can into our room and sprinkled rose petals and had candles all over the room. It was very romantic and we were very surprised.

Overall this is a great romantic place to visit as a couple. There were some families there with older kids, but I wouldn't come here with children of any age. It really is more for couples.

Pros- great views and quaint rooms, very romantic resort. The plunge pool was amazing.

Cons- They need to have a directory of what is available at the resort, as well as some basic info, like the dress code.
Maybe some snacks offered between meals, or at least tell you where you could find some. We had tiny ants in our bathroom, but in such a tropical location that's to be expected.
We would definitely recommend this resort to any couple
Looking to escape from the outside world.

Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 8 June 2014

My husband and I just got back from our 7 day honeymoon at CoCo Bay and cannot say enough good things about the resort, the staff, the food, the views and all around everything about our trip. We stayed in cottage #12 , the seafront cottage and I would highly recommend staying in a seafront cottage. The private plunge pool was very sexy.
They serve you breakfast, lunch and dinner at the resort and the food is INCREDIBLE!! The diversity of their menu's for lunch and dinner was impressive, creative, healthy and tasteful. The lunch buffet was always good, they always had a nice light vegetable soup, greens for salad and a protein.. fish, chicken, lamb, beef.. it was always so good. Breakfasts were amazing with their fresh fruit and Sonya who was making you whatever you desired, fried eggs, omelets, poached, whatever you wanted, They always had banana pancakes which my husband loved.
The staff was very nice and they really took care of you. From the bartenders, the restaurant staff, the front desk, the cleaning staff, everyone was professional and really helped you relax.
I would recommend CoCo Bay to anyone for a romantic getaway, We hope to be back someday.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Property: Cocobay Resort
Address: Valley Church, 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 (Based on Average Rates): ££££
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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