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Cocobay Resort
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Bolans
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 20 July 2005

My wife and I stayed here in July 2004 and we had a great time.

Lets do the facilities:

Seaview Hut: Great upgrade, well worth having. As you will gather they are basic but roomy. Only negative is the lack of air conditioning, however after a few days you do aclimatize, even though we didnt think we would! Shower is great. Swing open the doors and bathe in front of the Carabbean sea - perfect way to start the day.

Eating: Breakfast was self service, sometimes a wait for a omlette, but its not like your going to be late for work is it? Lunch was self service often with freshly cooked local sea food, or burgers, however you can make a buffet what you like - thats the idea. Evening meal Dont forget long trousers chaps, and ladies no swimwear for the evening, food in the evening is close to a la carte, very impressive, we stayed for 2 weeks and did not see the same main course twice. You will not go hungry unless you are a serial eater looking to eat between mouthfuls - like some of our cousins across the atlantic...

Beaches: welcome to paradise, soft white sand and clear warm water, this will take your breath away.

Pool: Very cool to drift around the pool, cooling down and taking in the views of the caribbean. Lovely little hot tub below also but dont tell everyone!!!

Things to do: Same as most islands really, dont go into St. Johns town if there is a cruise ship in as you will pay three times price for most things. Allways worth knocking prices down for goods they will give you money off most things - treat shopping here like buying a used car. If you only leave Cocobay once, make sure its for Shirley Heights on every Sunday afternoon / evening, great food / drink and local entertainment. Watch out for the chaps selling 'special' herbs as this is illeagal in Antigua and you might find yourself in hot water in you "pass it to the left hand side".

We loved Antigua and Cocobay, best for relaxing and unwinding. If you need constant supervision and entertaining go to Blackpool and leave visiting Cocobay to the people who are serious about chilling out and taking in life's simple pleasures at a cool, Antigan pace.

  • Stayed: July 2004
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17  Thank pinstripe
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Reviewed 17 July 2005

We have been to many hotels and destinations around the world and all we expect from our holidays is value for money and some sun. On this holiday we got neither.

We went there just after Christmas last year. It was going to be a special holiday which cost over £4000 for two weeks. However it turned out to be the biggest waste of money we had ever spent.

This was an all inclusive hotel eg you could get breakfast, lunch and dinner however if you fancied a snack throughout the day or somthing to nibble on you would have to buy it yourself! The food was nice but often the same and the service was slow. The bar staff were very good and nothing was too much trouble.

If the weather is bad (which it was for 2 weeks) there is not much else to do. Taxi's are very expensive and it is far cheaper to hire a car but don't get too excited there is not much too see on the island and we managed to cover 90% of it in a morning.

The rooms are nice however a little too close to nature for our liking (including waking up to a cockroach on my pillow one morning). If you like aircon then don't go here. When the weather is not so good you are constantly damp.

If you are happy to ignore all this and go for it anyway then here are a couple of tips.
Watch out for the sand flies, they bite like hell
Make sure you take clips/pegs for the mosqito net in your room
Make sure you close your shutters when you arrive
Make sure you ask reception every night for insence coils for your room

  • Stayed: January 2005
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11  Thank SteveScholes
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PEMBROKESHIRE . WALES
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Reviewed 1 July 2005

we have just returned from 2 weeks at cocobay.
we got married there 'brilliant day' the setting is beautiful and the registrar was fantastic.
the cottages are beautiful 'get a seaview' the is outstanding out across the bay, one fault , they need air-con,the heat at night in the cottages are unreal.
the hotel itself is lovely,the aim of this place is 'relax'.the beaches '3' and sea is wonderful.the bar staff 'david,nik,joel' are great .the food is good but a bit fancy at night.
while there do go on a couple of trips,the stingray city trip is awsome and so is the wadadli catamaran triple destination trip 'fantastic' they pick you up on the beach.
so if you want a place to chillout and relax 'GO' if you want nightlife 'DON'T

  • Stayed: June 2005
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8  Thank A TripAdvisor Member
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Reviewed 20 June 2005

Also stayed in January 2002 & went back to get married. No weddings when we first went but one a day this year! They still made it special though & the location is fantastic.
Food is excellent of an evening and OK breakfast & lunch. Sure there are a few birds during the day but the food is covered and just don't leave your roll / drink unattended!
There's little entertainment which suited us fine - the bar is friendly and it's nice to talk to other guests / staff etc. The beach is also quiet apart from Sunday when there's a bit of a local gathering - colourful & friendly but if you want peace it's a good day to go sight seeing!
Beach looks fantastic & is nice but walk round the corner for easier access for swimming & catch a bus for a 5 minute / few pence ride to the beach which the Rex Heron is on (can't remember the name). That's really excellent.
Looked at other hotels both in brochures & when there and unless you want to spend three times as much or want loud nightlife, Cocobay looks to be a tough one to beat.
Final tip - go on the Eco Tour => Brilliant day out.

  • Stayed: April 2005
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9  Thank Father_On_Holiday
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Cumbria, England
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Reviewed 20 June 2005

Perfect setting for honeymoon, peaceful and friendly, food was excellent, the infinity pool was amazing and the sunset from the hot tub was beautiful, couldn't have wished for anything more on our honeymoon

  • Stayed: May 2005
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Reviewed 15 June 2005

If you like total peace and quiet for ultimate relaxation then look no further.

On rounding the headland the first thing you see are pastel coloured cottages dotting the horizon. Once through the security gate you are driven round the gravel drive to reception.

A warm greeting awaits you with a tropical cooler as you prepare to check-in. On being handed your key you are given a registration card to be filled in at your leisure and returned some time the following day.

A porter appears from nowhere and whisks you and your cases off to your cottage where a chilled bottle of champagne awaits you. I am not sure if this is usual as my husband was celebrating a birthday while we were there but I’m sure you could request it if not.

The cottages are simple yet exquisite. Both the bedroom and the bathroom have vaulted ceilings. Instead of windows there are wooden blinds that when closed form walls but when open let in all the natural air. A ceiling fan is provided to combat the heat and a mosquito net to prevent the insects whilst also making the room more romantic. All of the furniture is hand-made and therefore in keeping with the rustic feel. The shower room opens out on to your balcony with tropical fauna all around. The hammock provides the perfect place for looking out at either the ocean or - as in our cottage – the beauty of Montserrat. There are no televisions or radios which makes this hotel more like a retreat.

The all-inclusive restaurant provides a delicious array of a la carte cuisine six nights a week with a barbecue on the other night. With a choice of three starters, three mains and several desserts there is always something to tempt you. I highly recommend the confit of duck and the chicken stuffed with crab and lobster as two of the most delicious meals I have ever eaten.

The infinity pool is beautiful with views out over the ocean although personally I always prefer the beach. The sea is warm and calm and there is nothing but the sound of the waves to distract you. There’s something nice about mid-morning when you are starting to feel thirsty and waiters are already walking round the beach handing out iced drinks.

This is not one of those beaches where you are hounded to buy something every five minutes. Occasionally some locals may set up a stall but it is always up to you to approach them. The only other thing you will see here is goats who will wander the grasses behind you twice a day on route from field to farm.

After a long day of relaxation it is nice to take the time to enjoy a spot of afternoon tea with a cocktail or two and watch the sunset.

Evenings are balmy and peaceful with no music or stage shows to take away your calm. Occasionally there will be some local singers but again it won’t be loud or distracting.

A Wellness cottage looks out over the ocean where you can relax with a massage or revitalise with a body scrub.

This hotel is both wonderful for weddings and honeymoons, or – if like us – a wonderful way to spend a holiday as a couple as there is an age policy in place.

I would highly recommend hiring a car for a day and seeing the sites. Devils rock is definitely worth a visit along with the capital St Johns, a mecca for duty free shopping. There are very few road signs but getting lost in the jungle and being directed out by the locals adds to the amusement.

Every single person we met was friendly and polite and couldn’t do enough to help us.

Antigua is a beautiful place to visit with 365 beaches and some of the most breathtaking views in the Caribbean. If travelling as a couple I would highly recommend Cocobay. It is only listed as a 3*+ however I would certainly rate it as a 4 – 4*+ hotel.

  • Stayed: October 2004
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23  Thank joehickling
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Torbay , England
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Reviewed 13 June 2005

My wife and I stayed at coco bay for our huneymoon in may 2005. The weather was incredibly hot and we were told that it was warmer than normall for this time of year, this aside it certainly was the most beautifull place in Antigua.

the rooms were lovelly, we were lucky and had a seefacing room right on the front which gave us incredible views.

the food was superb and Kenroy and his staff did there best to make sure we were happy all the time. David, Nik, and Joel were briliant behind the bar and allways happy to talk. The pool and plunge pool were also beautifull and the three beeches were nice and quiet and like slipping into a warm bath.

The ONLY down side was the sand flies on the beech. make sure you buy the GET OFF from the shop or you will look like you have measles.

The last thing, ask David or Nik at the bar to put Drap Leaf on. I was told to buy this C.D in St John and all the staff loved it and it was played all the time.

Stayed: May 2005
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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: £309 - £659 (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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