November 13, 2017 for 3 nights for 2 adults.
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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
We visited Antigua two years ago and walked through Cocobay to Sheer Rocks and were so impressed we planned a visit. Arrival was welcoming with reception very informative, slight delay in being allocated our room which was uncomfortable due to the heat. First impressions of the room, a deluxe cottage, were disappointing. Although the room was clean it is very tired with little space to store clothes, suitcases etc and nowhere to relax due to lack of comfortable seating. The bed, however, was very comfortable and I slept very well despite being woken by the sunrise due to lack of drapes. Views from the balcony were amazing but the chair pads on the Adirondack chairs were filthy. Loved the hammock and we saw some beautiful sunsets. Food was generally very good, breakfast had a good choice, lunch was a bit samey and dinners were on the whole tasty. Majority of staff were efficient and pleasant with the exception of a few serving in the bar who seemed put upon when you ordered drinks. At no point during the week were we offered drinks while at the pool or on the beach. The drinking water situation is odd, why not just keep the large glass bottles topped up in the room fridge? I do appreciate the efforts to be environmentally friendly with the no straw policy (until paper straws were delivered) but the use of plastic disposable cups seems to negate this. The new sun beds are great and comfortable but more shade is needed by the pool(s). Some areas need maintenance especially by the sunset pool and the small plunge pool is missing some tiles. The band who played on a Sunday were fabulous but the rest of the entertainment was a bit too low key. I had a spa treatment which I enjoyed but thought it was overpriced and would have preferred an air conditioned treatment room (sound of waves is all very well but the situation of the treatment space is so close to the pool you can hear conversations and music). Overall we enjoyed our week at Cocobay - the views are the best I have ever seen!
Mrsch0w - Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
My partner and I stayed here recently in a deluxe cottage. Everything about Cocobay is amazing. The food was excellent with 4 courses in the evening, (starter, soup, main course and sweet), which was more than enough, although I did hear people ordering 2 main meals which I thought was a little greedy. Lunch is buffet so you can help yourself to as much as you like and if you're still hungry afternoon tea, cakes and sandwiches are served at 4pm. The staff that we remember well are - Kenny, Kenroy, Renee all from the restaurant but all staff are extremely helpful and friendly. A new lady in the restaurant who had only worked at Cocobay a month was also extremely helpful and friendly, but unfortunately we didn't get her name. Our cottage was lovely, but we thought it was slightly dark in places and did need a few more lights. The wardrobe area was behind the bed in a very dark area. Also, there wasn't a dressing table/area which to do hair/makeup/dress etc. so all had to be done in the bathroom The only mirror in the cottage was also in the bathroom. We went on a few organised trips - Catamaran trip around the island (Wadadli Cats), which we booked through Eddie who you will find up and down the beach. Shirley Heights and St. Johns town both booked through the hotel and worth a visit. If you enjoy snorkelling, Antigua Reef Riders is great fun and is local based at Jolly Harbour Marina. All in all we had a fantastic holiday and would return without a doubt.
Amanda J - Poole, England, United Kingdom
We went to Cocobay for our honeymoon in September for two weeks. I have to agree with other reviewers who say there are certain aspects of the resort that are wonderful, and other areas that need a little bit of tlc and repair. We are an older couple and enjoyed the overall quietness of being so close to a fantastic beach with the added enjoyment of the lower infinity pool which is where we spent our days relaxing and enjoying the wonderful weather following the lucky escape from three hurricanes. My husband did have to speak to one of the staff one day when a large crowd gathered at the bar swearing and insisting on having music played out really loud which completely destroyed the ambience of the place. We had a deluxe cottage room with a plunge pool which we never used because we had not realised you could not sit alongside the plunge pool and so would have had to sit in the shade of the balcony. The rooms are a bit more rustic than the photos look like on the website and the furniture in the room is very basic except for the amazing large very comfortable bed. The sun loungers really need attention as they are looking a bit shabby and not chic and they need to provide umbrellas for those beds that are out in the open near the bar at the lower pool. It is also not acceptable to have to pay $8 a day for wifi if you have not booked direct with the hotel. I agree that lunch is extremely limited especially for me as a vegetarian but the lady who cooks the eggs very kindly made a veggie panini everyday for me and sent it down to the pool. However, it was lovely to sit down and be waited on in the evening and the standard of the evening food was extremely good and beautifully presented. All the staff are amazing and the location is superb. The grounds are beautiful and well cared for and your room will be cleaned really well every day. However, if you have a late flight and wish to extend your room stay it will cost you an extortionate $150 - we just used the courtesy hut which has everything you need but is incredibly hot! We had a fantastic service from Claudia and Matthew on the beach who arranged to take us all over the island including to a jewellers to get my wedding ring made - please do not be afraid to use them for any trips you might want to take as you will get a really personal and professional service at great prices. Overall if you want peace and quiet this is the place for you and we would definitely go back we just hope they take notice of the issues that need resolving to make this a really amazing resort.
Sioux C - Sheviock, United Kingdom
There is no denying the stunning views from pretty much anywhere at Cocobay. Built on the side of a hill, the little cottages have impressive vistas. None more so than the views from the 2 infinity pools that are strategically placed for maximum wow factor. We arrived mid afternoon and the welcome we received was okay - a bit lukewarm and certainly not as described in other reviews, and then we were taken out onto the balcony and the resort was "pointed out" to us, but not much information was actually given. The rum punch that we were handed on arrival was delicious! Our cottage was Number 37, a Deluxe with air-conditioning. Although the air conditioning didn't work and we had a very stifling first night. After asking them to fix it someone eventually came out and improved it a little - it was still blowing fairly warm air, no matter what temperature you set it at. However, we rather felt that it was fighting a losing battle regardless as none of the doors "met" properly and there was no real way of keeping the cool air in. The heat from outside was just pouring in. As we rather like to come back to a cool room at the end of a hot day this wasn't great for us. The room was nice, clean and simple with nets over the bed to try to prevent night time savaging by the numerous mosquitos (again fighting a losing battle)! There were 3 of us in the room, but really it wasn't big enough. Perfect for 2 but really not big enough for 3. Sadly all of the rooms are the same size so you need to book 2 cottages for 3 people or stay in the Plantation House (not available when we were there). The shower room was nice and a good size and you are able to open the doors to let the light in (and look at the view whilst in the shower). With the doors closed or at night the lighting was very dim and it was impossible to put your make up on! I have no idea if I looked like I'd had an accident in a make up factory every evening or not - as it really was quite dark! However, any niggles with the room were wiped out by the view when you awoke in the morning - sunlight across the bay and a full vista of turquoise sea. Beautiful way to wake up. Food was very good. Breakfast and lunch are on a 'help yourself' basis and are simple, but nice. Eggs cooked for you how you like, and all the usual fruit, yoghurt, pancakes or waffles, bacon, sausage etc. Lunch was a variety of salads and cooked veg, freshly cooked fish (delicious) and a meat choice. Perfect. Evening meal was 4 courses which included a soup. Beautifully presented, although some of the dishes were a bit strange. Chicken liver parfait served with a whole cinnamon swirl (without the icing thankfully!) was a bit odd to say the least! Overall it was very good. There is a 2 tier all inclusive though - those who book direct with the resort and those who don't. Those who do get lobster, prawns and other extras, those who haven't can still have these, but at an extra cost. All inclusive should mean just that. However the general menu is good and there is no need to feel left out. Drinks were plentiful, really good (strong) cocktails, perfect G & T's and local beers, although the house wine was a little rough. They do however have a wine list, which is an extra cost. Top of all of this is the service. They really are quite lovely. Almost everyone was fantastic. Friendly, helpful and fun. We've stayed in Antigua quite a few times over the years and have never had such friendly staff before. A real credit to the resort. They got to know what you liked very quickly! As we were here to just relax and do nothing, we wanted to use the pools and the beach. The beach is very nice, although not as clean as I had hoped. A lot of seaweed. The sunbeds on the beach were not that nice - quite uncomfortable and very old, you are also approached regularly by people wanting to sell you tours. They were very nice, but it got a bit wearing after a while and it rather put us off going onto the beach. The sea is lovely though - very warm and inviting! There are 2 infinity pools - one close to the restaurant and bar and the other just above the beach (with a small bar there too). Whilst we were there the tatty looking sunbeds were replaced with really very comfortable new ones, which was great. The lower level pool area was being refurbished, painted and a new patio area added. All was great - apart from the fact that there were hardly any umbrellas to shade you. At the lower pool there were none and at the main pool there were 6 umbrellas, and 2 battered, holed thatched shades for 30 sunbeds (which were very close together). This caused a bit of a bun fight for the best spots (with umbrellas), and led to people constantly placing towels down to 'reserve' their spot - getting up really early to do this. As it was very hot it would have been nice to be able to shade a bit of yourself and not have to lay out in the full sun with no escape. More sun umbrellas please! There was a lot of 'reserving' of the best spots, often with people not turning up to use them until late in the day. There is also another little plunge pool and reclining area further below the main pool - again, the same people were constantly reserving it, no one else got a look in. These are small niggles, but ones that can get to be annoying after a few days. All of that said the pools are lovely - a little in need of some TLC but overall really beautiful places to recline, forget your worries and just gaze out over the beautiful azure sea and watch the day pass, with a VERY strong cocktail in hand! Just be warned though - you get one beach towel allocated to you every day. It rained a few times and we ended up with sodden towels by mid-morning, with no replacements available. For this level of hotel I would expect a "Towel station". I appreciate that using too many has an environmental impact, but having to lay on a soaking wet towel for most of the day wasn't pleasant. When I asked for a new one once I was given short shrift from the receptionist! Overall we had a lovely time here and my comments are just small niggles really. However, I do think that some of the reviews on here are a little over the top, possibly because they are from honeymooners still bathing in the glow of love with rose tinted spectacles on!! I am not sure whether this is a romantic place or not (as is claimed), I am sure it probably is, but when you've been married as long as we have that kind of thing passes you by!! This is a good resort with fabulous staff. I am not sure we'd go here again as its probably a bit too rustic for our tastes, but it is very good and was good value overall. A 4 star resort with 5 star staff.
761samb2015 - Royal Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
Coming back to Cocobay feels like walking into home. Cocobay has a charm unlike any other hotel we have been. The key to the hotel is itâ€™s staff they are great asset and so friendly and will bend over backwards to make sure you have a great stay. Rooms are stunning we great views and kept clean at all times to a high standard. Pools are great and clean. Food is Amazing well done to the new head chef. Some particular mentions must goto the best housekeeper Daphne, the best bard tender V and Oriel and the best server Sadie all the staff are amazing here! This hotel is great and a hidden Gem Well done Cocobay and team !
Welikehols80 - windsor, united kingdom