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Cocobay Resort in Saint Mary's, Antigua and Barbuda
There is no dividing line between the paradise inside the cottages of Cocobay Resort and the paradise outside – fling open the patio door and let a breeze flow from the aquamarine Caribbean waters over the rustic wood floors and through the crisp white linens of your sleeping quarters. Adirondack chairs anchor a permanent sunbathing spot on the terrace of this waterfront all-inclusive that is equally secluded and connected to life in town.
Slip your toes into floury white sand and let the sun melt away any tension in your shoulders. Float in crystalline waters. Return to dry land for a guided nature walk through the lush hillside with a local medicine man, learning about the healing properties of plants and herbs. Dine on rock shrimp and toast the sunset as waves crash on the rocks below.
Location of Cocobay Resort
Nearest Airport: ANU
Amenities for Cocobay Resort
- General Information
- 41 Guest Rooms
- Only 12+ Years Permitted
- Outdoor Dining
- 2 Restaurants
- On-Site Amenities
- Spa Services
- Live Entertainment
- Outdoor Pool
- In-Room Amenities
- Ceiling Fans
- Hair Dryers
- In-Room Safes
- Mini Bar
- Coffee & Tea Facilities
- Scuba Diving
- Nature Walks
- Historic Sites
- National Park
- All Inclusive
- Honeymoons & Romance
- Summer Getaways
Reviews for Cocobay Resort
Let's start with the good things. The pools are really nice. There are plenty of beds to lay in, the pools are well kept, and they provide a great view. The grounds are also really well kept and well manicured. The room was nice, the AC kept us cold, and the lack of electronics such as a TV or radio was a nice break. We had a private balcony with a nice view. The food is not good. Breakfast is no better than you find at a continental breakfast at a standard 3 star hotel and lunch is the same quality. Dinner was better, but not by much and there's not much selection. Further, if you're hungry between breakfast and lunch you're screwed. There's no way to get food between 930 am and 1230 pm. The servers at the restaurant were wholly indifferent to the customers. Asking for something as a simple as a Diet Coke could result in a 20 minute wait. We had breakfast early on a Sunday and even though there were less than 5 customers at the time and 4 staff members it still took 15 minutes to get coffee. They were literally standing around talking the entire time. The bartenders free-pour their drinks and simply don't do it well. Half of my drinks were either overly strong or weak. There was no consistency and many of the drinks simply weren't enjoyable. The staff at the front desk is helpful and friendly, but that's about the only staff that is. All in all, I probably won't come back. As a caveat to the service, we had dinner off-site a few times and experienced the same terrible service. So it might just be part of their culture. Either way, I'm not coming back to this resort or Antigua. If I want below average food and service there are far closer places that are far cheaper.
Brian M - Saint Louis, Missouri
We chose Cocobay as a destination to get married and before we settled on Cocobay we had looked all over the world. First Impressions You arrive in a casual reception to a rum punch (much needed after the journey) and you receive a very friendly greeting from the staff where they give you a brief but informative introduction to the resort. We were greeted by Nasasha who was also our wedding coordinator and we cannot thank her enough for making our wedding/honeymoon the best it could have been. Room We have a cottage with a plunge pool and the cottage was lovely, clean, well air conditioned and had amazing views. The best thing we done was upgrade to a cottage with a plunge pool. The rooms were cleaned daily if you wanted them to be and the girls who cleaned them always done a good job and the room always smelt amazing when they has finished. You always got clean bath towels and beach towels, just make sure that you take the chain out of the shell everyday if you want it cleaned and you towels refreshed, this was explained to us when we was escorted to our room upon arrival. We read a lot of Trip Advisor reviews before we booked a quite a few people said that the Americans got special treatment in the rooms with their fridges being stocked everyday with beer, wine and water. We only received water this is because we booked through Virgin, if you book direct through the hotel you also get the beer and wine, this is not special treatment for "The Americans" this is a perk if you book direct with Cocobay which if (when) we go back we would definitely do, so please bear this in mind if you decide to go to Cocobay. Restaurant We found breakfast to be the best meal of the day, it was buffet style an there was lots of fresh choice from freshly cooked eggs and omelettes, bacon, hash browns, beans, pancakes, pastries, fresh fruit, yoghurt, cereal, fruit juice, toast and tea and coffee. Lunch was also buffet and was okay to loads of choice but we always found something to have. Dinner was the only thing we could complain about, the setting was lovely and the staff were always friendly and attentive, however this was a sit down meal with a choice off of a menu. It was 4 courses and we sometimes struggled to find food that we liked (my husband eats pretty much anything). The food was always beautifully presented and did look appetising on occasions we did wonder where the rest of your main course was as it was so small and we did start to dread dinner by the end of our 2 weeks. We did end up going out for diner on a couple of evenings which we really enjoyed. Bar We had some amazing cocktails and if we wanted a cocktail that wasn't on the menu they was always happy to make it for you with some guidance, my favourite was The Caribbean Daze and my husbands was a BBC. The staff were always friendly and helpful. Entertainement There was light entertainment most evenings and was always quite lovely but to be honest most evenings we had an early night so that we was up early to enjoy this beautiful island. Front of house staff These guys are fantastic and really helpful, nothing was ever too much for these guys The Wedding We wanted something simple and quiet with a beautiful setting and this exactly what we got. Nasasha our wedding coordinator was fantastic she couldn't help us enough. Naahs completely put our minds and ease and organised everything for us all we had to do was just turn up. She arranges for us to go to the legal offices which you are taken to by a driver, taken into a private room (men need to wear trouser and a short sleeved shirt and women need to wear something over the knee and a top that covers your shoulders). You are then taken into to meet the legal representative which is quite relaxed, then you leave, it's that simple. Our wedding day was perfect, we chose the spot just behind reception on their private beach and it was beautiful. The package came with a cake which not only looked beautiful but tasted amazing (we chose chocolate, but you could also chose vanilla or fruit cake), the cake is quite large so we ended giving it to the staff to share. Location Is absolutely stunning all the pictures that you see is what it looks like we were stunned at how beautiful it was I know I have mentioned her a few times but we would like to thank Nasasha again for making our wedding and honeymoon perfect, she exceeded our expectations and we can not thank her enough. Mr & Mrs Thompson x
MrsHLThompson - Canterbury, United Kingdom
This was the best resort we've ever been to! Beautiful, nice people, clean, food was amazing!! Lots of different things to do, the staff was super accommodating, and our room was awesome with our own private pool. Would highly recommend. :)
eg1234696 - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
We had an amazing stay at Cocobay in May (second week). The resort is incredibly beautiful and has amazing views from both sides. The sea is the clearest Iâ€™ve ever seen and the sand so white! Everytime you walked through the resort it was simply breathtaking. When we arrived they greeted us with rum cocktails whilst one of the staff parked our car for us and the other unpacked the bags and took them to the room. Great service. Our room was lovely with a huge bed and a white mosquito net that looked lovely hanging over it. The shower was good and always had hot water and the balcony was lovely with two large chairs and a very sturdy hammock which we both could lay on! We didnâ€™t book with the hotel so we didnâ€™t get our mini bar refilled each day, however if you needed water in the evening you could ring reception and they would bring it to your door which was great service. Two new beach towels were provided daily, with a towel drop just by reception for the end of each day. The rooms were quickly cleaned each day - with beds made and new shower towels too. Itâ€™s worth going to breakfast earlier than later as things tend to run out later on, but there is a lovely egg station where omlettes/eggs are made to order, by a lovely lady. Lunch we thought was one of the best meals â€“ with delicious varied food. There is also a special you can order and this was always delicious! They bring you drinks from the bar and also there is always a dessert option â€“ the ice cream was amazing! Dinner is a 4 course meal â€“ starter, soup, main, dessert, which you order from a menu. The majority of the food was very high standard â€“ one piece of advice would be to always go for the fish! We are at the beach after all. The one time I had a beef brisket wasnâ€™t too good. But on a whole the restaurant was a very high standard. A lady would come round with sorbet around 4/30 and offer to people around the pool which was lovely. Cakes and sandwiches were available later in the afternoon in the bar area, which we ate a few times but we were being quite indulgent! We ate at Sheer Rocks one night which was one of the best meals we have ever had! Beautiful setting and incredible food. Quite pricey but we thought worth it. The cocktails were dreamy! The Pina colada was definitely the best. The bar offered a large selection of drinks and also did a lot of cocktails not on the menu. However my other half was upset not to have a full pint of beer at any point! There were two infinity pools which were beautiful and also a plunge pool which we used quite a bit in the first half of the week â€“ second half the week it was quite busy. We had a massage whilst we were there which was a lovely experience â€“ great massage and the women were lovely and professional. The room we had it in was beautiful, overlooking the sea. They brought us two glasses of sparkling wine when we had finished which we enjoyed in the room. The beach was lovely and there were watersport equipment that cocobay provided â€“ we used the hobie cat, snorkels and kayaks. All great experiences. Each night there was some evening entertainment which was sweet â€“ singers/bands mainly but all were very happy and lovely to watch. Negatives - There was a large generator right next to our room that was very loud. We were room 53. - Towards the end of the week it was hard to get a sunlounger in the shade if past 8.15am. I am sure people came down early before they even went to breakfast, put their towels down, and then went back to their room to get ready! Not sure what the hotel can do about this but it got quite silly towards the end of the stay. - The resort ended up being quite loud towards the end of the week, with groups playing drinking games and very drunk. The start of the week was lovely and serene. - Watch out for giving your room number to the ladies on the beach who book excursions for you! We booked the stingray experience with a lovely lady from the beach, however she decided to ring our room at 6am to check we were coming to give her the money â€“ this was not appreciated considering we had been struggling to sleep due to jetlag! The hotel should really not have put her through at this time. She later made me a bracelet with sea pearls which was beautiful. Worth looking at her stall. - The cocktail service at the bar / beach is quite irregular. We felt we only got offered 1 or 2 times a day at the pool and maybe once at the beach. Not a huge problem as we can just walk to the bar to get a drink! - No shaded areas at the second pool area. A couple of umbrellas would be good. - We paid 26 USD for a small bottle of factor 15 suncream in the cocobay shop which was outrageous. We originally thought it was in Caribbean dollars! Other things we did on our stay was scuba diving with Jolly dive â€“ which was great. The sting ray experience which we booked with the lady on the beach and it was incredible â€“ definitely recommend this. We went to Shirely heights on Sunday evening which was fun â€“ quite touristy but fun steel drums and rum punch and incredible view. We also went to the English habour / nelsons dockyard which was interesting. Definitely would return to Cocobay, I think it is quite good value for money and was a lovely stay. One of the most beautiful resorts Iâ€™ve been to. Hope to be back soon.
My husband and I recently stayed here for 5 days to celebrate our 10 year wedding anniversary. Cocobay did not disappoint. Upon arriving, the staff were so friendly and accommodating. We loved Janine. She was so sweet and always made it a point to make sure we had everything we needed. We stayed in Warri, which is a premium pool cottage. The views from the room were wonderful. The food for us was a little different but overall good. Breakfast consisted of omelets made to order, pancakes, fruit, yogurt, pastries, cereal etc. Lunch there was always a fish, meat and vegetarian option. Dinner was â€śa la carteâ€ť. The food was a little fancy for us but good nonetheless. If you are looking for a more causal style dining, this is not the place. Dinner attire was smart casual. Women wore dresses while the men wore shorts or pants and collared shirts. Oh, be sure to book with the resort directly as there are special perks to booking direct, including extra dinner meal options and a fully stocked mini fridge in your room. Drinks were always great at the bars. Saskia was our favorite bartender. She was always so sweet. The pool was never crowded. We didnâ€™t have any problems finding some shade. Robert who is in charge of the water sports is great as well! Overall, we had a wonderful first time in Antigua and Cocobay. Thank you for making our anniversary unforgettable, we canâ€™t wait to go back.
Laydiia2006 - Lake Mary, Florida