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“outstanding, peaceful hotel and no mossies!” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Cocobay Resort
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Bolans
Certificate of Excellence
Bosham, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“outstanding, peaceful hotel and no mossies!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 April 2007

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!

  • Stayed April 2007
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Devon.
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 April 2007

Just come back from 2 really great relaxing weeks at Cocobay.
Everything was excellant. All the staff were really friendly, the food
lovely, accomodation and cleanliness top rate.

The beach and the 2 others closeby were lovely. We took a
chance and against advice booked a couple of snorkelling trips
with John Cox, they were great. "Cat" or Sean (the Jet Ski guys on
the beach) will organise it for you. You wont miss "Cat" he may be
late but he will be there!

  • Liked — Views
  • Disliked — Not having 2 hammocks on verandah
  • Stayed February 2007, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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6 Thank BrodyDevon
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Cardiff,Wales.
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 March 2007

Coco Bay Resort Antigua was as the brochia depicted and more.We went for our daughters wedding and we were apprehensive but everything from the quaint rustic rooms which were larger than anticipated,the food fresh and plentiful,the sceneary better than any photos,the wildlife amusing,and the Wedding service it was Perfect and more than words can explain.
It was such a moving service that all nine of us were gently weeping.The minister conducted a beautiful sermon on the values of marriage and after prepaired fresh flower petals for confetti.The photographer took photos all thro' the ceremony and then came back just before sunset for more on the beach and resort.They are awesome and capture the whole experience of Coco Bay and Antigua.Which is although still recovering from past storms is a beautiful and friendly place to go.Reccomended is Shirley Heights on Sundays with the Steel band and reggai with the views and sunset.St Johns harbour and shops and a trip around the Island on a cattermarran.Jet skying and snorkalling or scuba diving on the reefes.Oh and the taxi drivers who like anywhere else in the world love to talk especially JJ.

Stayed January 2007
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7 Thank cymruCardiff
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Surrey UK
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9 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 March 2007

First of all the 'don'ts:
Don't book this if you want a huge complex;
Don't book this if you want loud misic and 24 hour partying;
Don't book this if you want crowds and a fight for sun beds.
Don't book this if you want air conditioning.
But...
Do book this if you want peace and quiet and some lovely views. The cottages are rustic but adequate and the food is excellent for an all inclusive resort. The staff are great - Dave the Barman [Thanks for the Southern Gentleman Bourbon!] Kenroy the Restaurant Manager Kerry and all the others - and the infinity pool is divine. The bird life is fantastic and the beaches superb.
The other guests were all friendly [Hi Dave and Jane & Jerry and Chris!] and we will definitely return.
A week passes too quickly!

  • Liked — The location and views
  • Disliked — Accommodation could be improved
  • Stayed March 2007, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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13 Thank Andiseas
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Eastern US
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 February 2007

We stayed at the Cocobay Resort 12-17 February and had a great time! Antigua is lovely and the people are very friendly, kind and outgoing.
The photos of the resort do not do it justice; it is cozy and quaint, but built on a cliff peninsula surrounded by water on three sides.
Our room was an Oceanfront Cottage, and the French doors at the foot of our bed open onto the porch (with hammock) and the crystal blue bay beyond. There was NO tv, telephone or clock in the room, but ample storage space and a huge bathroom.
The food was OK, nothing to write home about; the breakfast buffet was so-so, and the lunch and dinner was a bit better. The menu was weird, I guess it was matched to the tastes of the European guests who infest the place...LOL! The food was bland European fare, nothing spicy or ethnic like you'd expect in the Caribbean.
For good eats close by, we went to the Dennis Bar which you can see from the hotel. The owner and Chef, Dennis Thomas is a good guy and serves up some tasty, inexpensive island food.
For VERY expensive but VERY good food, visit Chez Pascal, a fantastic French place about 30min north of the hotel.
Rent a car! The cabs will rob you blind, $20 r/t for a short ride to the market or casino at nearby Jolly Harbor.
The beach is slamming, the water is warm and getting warmer as spring approaches, and even though the resort was full, it never appeared crowded or congested.
The staff is outstanding, and I would give Cocobay an "Excellent" rating except for the food. I'll definitely go back for the Antigua Carnival in the end of July.

  • Liked — Physical layout
  • Disliked — The food
  • Stayed February 2007, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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15 Thank DS1775
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Essex, England
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 February 2007

This was our third trip to Cocobay, and many of the things that we liked were still there - great food, mostly friendly staff, and of course its great location. However, the reception staff were mostly (with one exception) hopeless, not at all interested in dealing with problems. It's best to go straight to management if you want something resolved quickly. The water sports supervisor was also lazy and rude, often to be seen sleeping on the beach, rather than asking guests if they wanted to use the equipment, and offering a lesson for beginners. More seriously, if you get into trouble when using the Hobie Cat, be aware that help may not be readily available, because although the hotel has a rescue boat, it has no outboard motor! This is a disgrace - if Cocobay offers this facility, then they should have the appropriate safety equipment. We paid for a "superior" room, but the one we were initially given had a very restricted view, and reception were not interested at all. The Virgin Holidays rep sorted it out on our fourth day. Staff were mostly great, especially Vincia, Kenroy, David and Rene. Food still excellent, house white wine still terrible. Why not offer a couple of choices for both red and white?

  • Stayed January 2007
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
Helpful?
6 Thank jetsetmanEssex
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Whitby, Northyorkshire ENGLAND
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 February 2007

Stayed at this fantastic resort twice already and just booked for 2008.The accomadation is very good and the views second to none.The food is excellent and the staff are always smiling and very attentive. I have stayed at a lot of places in antigua and around the world and never seen a sea as beautiful or an atmosphere so relaxing. Anyway role on march 08. hope to see lots of friends again . From SPARKY and family . Whitby england.

Stayed March 2006
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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
Hotel Style:
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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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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