This was our first time in the Caribbean and we wanted a quiet, peaceful hotel with comfortable accomodation and good beach, and not too pricey.
We looked at a few online, and booked Cocobay - despite the pretty horrific catalogue of tales on this site about sandflies, mosquitos, bullfrogs etc...
Cocobay massively exceeded our expectations. We knew that the cottages had no air con,and in fact we expected something quite pretty but very basic. But in fact, on arrival its immediately clear that this is a boutique hotel - the rooms are all very attractive, with wide, deep balconies facing the sea. It is worthwhile to press for a seafront or at least a good seaview cottage. We had one called TAMARIND CAY which was fantastic, right by the sea, maybe it was the best - but there are several good ones. Also just a few which seem to face nothing in particular - so as I say do emphasise to them that you really would like a good position.
Beds clean and comfortable. Teak type floors, highly polished. Bathrooms ( just shower) a bit old but fine.
The hotel has lovely landscaped gardens on the incline between all the cottages, with beautiful flowers. Great birds too - hummingbirds, frigatebirds, pelicans.
Terrific cocktails available all day. We thought the pool was better than it looks on the pix on this site - bigger, and plenty of comfortable loungers. Food is average, perfectly fine but not excellent. Plenty of variety. Maybe it is a bit fussy - smallish complicated portions at supper - but this is not a high price level hotel in the Caribbean, and frankly the food seemed pretty good for the price. Good egg chef called Blondelle at breakfast.
We dined on the last night at the high level restaurant called Sheer - very pricey indeed, and just about worth it, particularly for the gorgeous decor and setting.
Beaches particularly excellent. 3 very quiet beaches - one to left, two to right. If you walk to the further right hand side beach, its stunning and you are often the only people there! The sea is excellent for swimming on all 3 beaches. Not good for snorkelling.
A word about insects.... we packed masses of heavy duty deet lotions, and much more besides, but in fact neither of us were bitten by a mosquito and by the second night we took down the mosquito net completely. Its possible that if you take a lounger at the top of the beach in the sandy/grassy area you may encounter sandflies, but I didnt see anyone with bites. After all I read on this site I was a bit puzzled ( and pleased..). Maybe the mossies come at another time of year.
Three further points - we went to Nelsons Harbour which was beautiful - very interesting and well restored. Jolly Beach resort - about a mile or two to the side - looked like the kind of place that you might hate if you like peace and quiet. And when you fly back its a good idea to check in and then have a meal/snack at the Sticky Wicket ( !) restaurant in the new cricket stadium next door - a bit flashy but reasonably priced, clean and much better than anything at the airport.
So - welldone Cocobay!
- 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