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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
Cocobay lived up to the hype. The staff was warm, friendly, and accommodating, and knew us by our first names. The cottages are romantic, pristine, and the views are absolutely INSANE. We were surprised how many hotel pool options there were. Buffet breakfast and lunch were OK -- a la carte dinners were good. Overall beautiful resort.
Vgeli7 - New York City, New York
Top hotel and exactly what we wanted for our honeymoon, relaxed place to unwind with anything we needed to hand. The hotel has proper character of a Caribbean hotel rather than a modern day resort just dumped on the beach. The food was excellent and staff friendly. Rooms basic but sweet and clean with brilliant views. Well worth a visit. On the negative side which is picky, having Sheer Rock guests walking right through the hotel to access the restaurant isnâ€™t ideal especially when children are with them and some visitors sneaked in the hotel pool. That needs resolving by escorting people to and from the restaurant as a minimum. Also the hotel room mini bars should be stocked for all guests daily as itâ€™s crazy having to pop to the bar to get drinks if you want to spend some time in your room using the plunge pool. In general though 9/10 iâ€™d say and we were very happy - thanks! We would return
bobby_85111 - essex / sheffield
Our third time here, the previous being in 2015 and 2017. Following the success of my wifeâ€™s (Joanna Forest) classical number 1 album, we wanted to go somewhere as a pure escape and so coming back here again was the perfect holiday. You can be as private as you like or as sociable with many places to chat to fellow travellers and many places to simply lounge by yourselves. There is no better place to start than in the comfort of your room. For the last two years we have stayed in a deluxe waterfront suite. The draw of this being a warm plunge pool, the best view in the Caribbean, peace, sun and shade. The bed is comfy, the outside loungers perfect for reading and a top view point to not only look at the gorgeous island but also observe the local wildlife such as hummingbirds, geckos and mongooses (mongeese?!). The food is fabulous. We are always both first in the queue for breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and down for a 6.30pm dinner. Perhaps thatâ€™s because Iâ€™m turning into such a fatso in my middle aged years but more likely itâ€™s because I just love the food itself. All of the staff here are so friendly and this year we were welcomed back with hugs and smiles. I know weâ€™ll back for trip 4 but right now weâ€™re still basking in trip 3 and itâ€™s ace. Thanks Cocobay, you have given us some incredible memories.
From the moment we got out of the taxi, a staff member was there to greet us and help us get settled. We were very early as we had to be off our cruise boat my nine. They expedited getting us into our room and settled in. The AC in our room died, so the manager upgraded us to the fabulous room you see in the pictures. The resort grounds are beautiful and full of wonderful tropical birds. Food and drinks are yummy and plentiful. Our only regret is that we were there for only two nights.
Sporter1 - Lake Forest, California
We found this place on Instagram a year or so ago and have been dreaming of visiting! Their Instagram page is amazing. Quite honestly, even after reading reviews and seeing other traveler photos, we were convinced that the photos had to be doctored up or filtered in some way, so we were thinking we'd be let down. Cocobay lived up to its Instagram hype! It was phenomenally beautiful! We simply couldn't believe how beautiful it was. My wife kept saying things like "I feel like I'm seeing color for the first time" or "I feel like the emoji with the two hearts for eyes!" Seriously, this place is gorgeous! The room: we stayed in a deluxe cottage (Sleeping Indian). The view from our room was fantastic! When we arrived, we thought about trying to get an upgrade, but we decided to check out the assigned cottage before making a decision. The minute we walked it, we knew the room had all we needed. The view was amazing, the AC was was great, the hammock on the deck was a nice. The bed was comfortable, and set up to let us see the amazing view from the second we woke up. Some reviews suggested that the rooms are rustic and spartan, which they seemed to think was bad. I thought they were almost perfect. They just seemed right for the area. I don't need a lot of furniture or storage, just a great view and a comfortable place to relax. I thought the decor was great; minimalist and fitting for the location. You just get this mellow vibe at Cocobay. The only bad thing about the room was the bathroom. The bathrooms could use an update. While the cottage's rustic nature seemed fitting, the bathroom seemed dated and old. Water pressure was poor, and it took a while for the water to heat up. I did love that there were doors in the bathroom opening up to the deck so you could see the ocean while taking a shower. I'd say the bathroom problem wasn't limited to the room. The restrooms by the restaurant were fine, but not what you'd expect for a nice resort. I think it would be worth it for them to upgrade the bathrooms throughout. Drinks: Drinks were great! Really tasty. At previous all-inclusive resorts we've been to (even ones we've liked), the drinks could be hit or miss. Cocobay served consistently great drinks. Cheers! The only constructive criticism I could offer regarding drinks would be to upgrade the bar ware or at least add to it. If you were drinking at the pool, you often got disposable plastic cups. I understand not giving glass around the pool, but the disposable plastic cups didn't really give me the luxury feeling. Food: This is a hard one to evaluate for me. We aren't really upscale diners. When we're on vacations, we prefer quick bites by the pool (tacos, burgers, burritos, pizza, that kind of thing). All meals at Cocobay are sit-down meals at the restaurant. Breakfast was good, not great. It's buffet style. They made eggs or omelets fresh to order. Lunch was also buffet style and sit down. They usually had a special that was a burger or sandwich. We generally preferred that option to the buffet. Dinner was even more formal with a dress code and a multi-course meal generally consisting of a salad, then soup, followed by an entree and then dessert. They switch the menu up daily but keep a few constant menu items, so there is always something new to try or you can always default back to something you had and enjoyed. They also always had a daily pasta special. The only exception to having to dine at the restaurant was the daily panini at the Sunset Pool. We did appreciate that option. I also wanted to note two extra positives: (1) my wife is a vegetarian, and I think they made great efforts to make sure there was something on the menu she would enjoy or they would modify a menu item; and (2) they were nice about making things that weren't on the menu. We really appreciated their willingness to accommodate us. Service: First, the front desk was always great. They were always happy to help with a smile. The bartenders also always seemed to be smiling and provided friendly service. At the restaurant, service seemed to be a little bit hit-or-miss. Some people were really friendly, and some weren't. Maybe my tips weren't good Maybe we were too needy (I definitely admit that we probably requested more modifications than the average guest). Lastly, I'd suggest that they have servers around the pool. The pools are small, so it wouldn't require much to go around the pool every once in a while and get people new drinks or snacks or something. On tipping: If you plan on tipping, bring cash in whatever increments you think you'll want to tip. While the front desk has some cash and helped me exchange larger bills for smaller ones, there isn't a convenient ATM or other way to get cash. Other all-inclusives we've stayed at have generally presented bills after meals that allowed you to tip even though you didn't have to pay for the meal. WiFi: Our cottage (Sleeping Indian) was pretty far from the lobby. We found our connection was spotty, and we often got disconnected. Downloading a file/movie to watch at night or something like that was tough. Activities: Cocobay didn't really advertise its activities all that much. We were there over Easter, and they did an Easter egg hunt which was really fun. Those who found eggs got cool prizes like a massage or private dinner on the beach. While they have lists of excursions, they didn't push them or have a bunch of brochures or information about the activities out for easy review. I guess you could see this as a positive or negative. Umbrella/shade: We found it somewhat difficult to get spots by the pool with an umbrella or shade. We generally had to wake up way earlier than we want to on vacation to go put stuff on lounges and reserve a spot if we wanted to get an umbrella. This isn't a problem unique to Cocobay, but it drives me nuts. Spa: My wife got two massages and loved them! The services were great, and the location of the spa just can't be beat! Looking out onto the beautiful blues of the ocean with the sound of the little waves - so good! Membership: If you book directly and sign up for the membership, there are perks like getting the best room and discounts on services. Definitely look into that before booking on some travel site. Water: Some reviews have suggested that there isn't any water available. While we didn't find that to be true, it definitely didn't seem like they were rushing to give everyone water. We generally had to ask for water with meals. During the day, there was always water in the lobby.
Kevin C - Rancho Santa Margarita, California