July 18, 2017 for 3 nights for 2 adults.
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Cocos Hotel in Saint John's, Antigua and Barbuda
Owned by native Antiguans, the 30 cottages at Cocos Hotel roost on a cliff and overlook iridescently clear waters, where deep blues and minty greens shimmer in streaks on the horizon. The best way to enjoy the view is swinging in a hammock suspended from the roof of each cottage’s rustic terrace, or drifting to sleep on the netting-enveloped princess bed. Chef Pam Clay's West Indian take on Tuscan cuisine attracts a local following.
Journey by boat to Cade's Reef to snorkel among manta rays, spiny lobsters and neon-colored tropical fish. Return to a lounge chair on a secluded beach and let the tide roll over your feet. Sip on a rum and Coke from your cottage’s stocked minibar. At an oceanfront table lit by candles, dine on grilled strawberry red snapper in a tomato Creole sauce.
Location of Cocos Hotel
Nearest Airport: ANU
Amenities for Cocos Hotel
- General Information
- 30 Cottages
- Adults Only
- Private Dining
- On-Site Amenities
- Spa on Property
- Private Beach
- In-Room Amenities
- Turndown Service
- Ceiling Fans
- In-Room Safes
- Iron/Ironing Boards
- Coffee & Tea Facilities
- Outdoor Showers
- Mini Refrigerators
- Business Services
- Nature Reserve
- Honeymoons & Romance
Reviews for Cocos Hotel
We stayed in cottage #17 - Sunset View Cottage. We booked with Air Canada and upon arrival our representative Rogers greeted us very warmly. He was a huge help in explaining about the island and things/excursions to do. We were a little apprehensive when we drove up to the property. The road is unpaved and full of potholes, and once you get to the drop-off spot you cannot see the hotel. A short uphill walk took us to the reception area where we were greeted and given a nice drink and wet towel. Our room was located about halfway up the resort and as other reviewers have mentioned it is quite the climb. Yes, we're a little overweight (who isn't???) but we did have to stop at the bench located halfway up in order to get our breath back to continue the walk to the room. Room - rustic. No marble floors here like you would find in a big, commercial resort. Wooden floors, outdoor shower, no TV (which we knew in advance), and a wonderful balcony looking over superb vistas. The views are to die for! There was a hammock which we hooked up but it was so high that if you are short (I'm 5'2") you needed to step on the chairs to get to it. We tried it out once but that was it. Air conditioning worked like a charm and actually made the room quite cold in the night. Not the hotels fault - my husband set it too low!!! There was bug spray which I used and my husband didn't. I got bit, he was bite free. Go figure! The noises at night were not an issue - we shut our balcony door and you couldn't hear it. It wasn't bothersome to me - it actually sounded quite tropical. WiFi - Yes, they offer WiFi and it worked for us even on the beach. It can sometimes be slow but you're in Antigua and I'm not sure fibre optics are installed!!! :) Food - I really wish they offered more "local" specialties and not the usual tourist fare. Fish was good which was offered daily, but their jerk chicken was nothing more than BBQ sauce smothered chicken. Having gone to Jamaica what they offered was definitely not jerk. There was a Beach BBQ Party which we went to, but again, the food was sub par. Shame. Specials were offered at each sitting but the main menu remained the same. My suggestion is you try a bit of everything. You're not limited to picking just one thing. Beach - There are 2 beaches available. The one closer to the reception area was more popular but not overcrowded. Chairs were always available no matter the time of day. The bar was always open and in the afternoon, tea, sandwiches, and pastries were offered. We visited the more secluded beach but there was no bartender even though a bar was set up there. There is also construction of new cottages going on so perhaps not as quiet but still very picturesque. Yes, there are the jetski guys selling rides on the main beach but we found them to be not as pushy as some we've encountered at other resorts. The water is spectacular and we didn't go to the onsite pool once. Staff - Absolutely wonderful! Shoutouts to Akil the beach bartender who kept us topped up, Shereen and Kerry Ann at the main restaurant, and Anisha! Sorry if we've forgotten or didn't know the other names of the staff, but know that you guys are well loved :) Things to do - We did 2 excursions both with Bo Tours. One was the Wadadli Catamaran Circumnavigation of the island, and the other the historical sites tour in a jeep. Both were amazing! We also golfed at Cedar Valley. We did 9 holes which was enough in the heat (tee-off time was 10am), and although expensive it was worth the views if not the golf. Overview - Because this is a smaller resort you get to know most people staying there and can easily make new friends. Staff are amazing. Food a little disappointing (hence the 4 stars), but the location makes up for anything lacking elsewhere. If you're up for a hike, seclusion, spectacular views, and nice people, and can get over the mediocre food, this is for you.
Gerry2008 - Mississauga, Canada
ROOM I must start this by admitting that I have very high expectations when it comes to hotel cleanliness & Coco's did NOT disappoint! Yes, the hotel is very "rustic" but yet charming, and the fact that the room was cleaner than I had expected was a major plus. A major issues though was we often would lose water in our room entirely. Nothing would come out of the sinks & we'd just wait it out.. The shower was great, I still work flip flops just in case because I doubt they're scrubbing the wood flooring. Definitely do not shower after sunset as the bugs will flock to you. The hike to the rooms is no joke, anyone with a physical disability cannot stay here. It's extremely steep and the hot weather does not help the cause! We stayed in cottage #12 (a premium cottage) the views were fine but didn't feel like we had any privacy on our deck. AMBIANCE The property is truly breathtaking, it's hard to find anything else like Coco's. The only thing was that it did not feel very safe, as only one of the several entrances seemed to be guarded. Also, there are cats literally everywhere. Kittens, adults and even pregnant ones. If you have compassion for animals please bring some cat food or even toys. These cats are all so friendly and loving, it's sad to see them beg for food. I wish I would've known before I went so I could've brought some food for them. Thankfully the staff was very kind and appreciative when we shared some of our meals with the cats. If you're looking for a pet cat, expect to want to bring one of them home with you! They're so so sweet and adorable. The beaches were mostly empty we never had trouble getting chairs. The people that walk up and down the beach that try to sell you jetski trips etc are very disturbing to the peace Coco's brings. The same people everyday hounded us and would respond so rudely if you declined. There is pretty much nothing to do at or around Coco's unless you want to go on an excursion which we found way too pricey (we wanted to swim with the sting rays but it was $170 per person & we had to walk there?). FOOD/DRINK We were pleasantly surprised by the food. Breakfast & lunch is the same everyday with a different special whereas dinner is different every night. We were disappointed by the lack of fresh fish options, we were expecting more. The food was mostly good, some nights stuff really wasn't acceptable, one night we got chicken that we had to send back because it was completely undercooked. The food mostly seemed fresh, the only upsetting thing was walking past the kitchen to get to the dining area and seeing the infestation of flies everywhere in the kitchen. We have high standards when it comes to food, so I'd give it a 5 out of 10. The soups were great, salads were inedible because they were always warm & fish was amazing as long as it wasn't overcooked (which it was some of the time). The tropical drinks are somewhat artificial as they don't feature actual fresh fruit and the coloring is always electric/fake looking. I chose to stick with wine most of the time. HOSPITALITY Most of the staff is super friendly and helpful. No one tips after any of the meals, instead on our last day we gave a $20 tip to our favorite employees. Everyone always has a smile on their face for the most part. The free massage really was not good, they lather you in so much oil that you feel soaking wet. The women who massaged us were very nice so it was a shame. We still gave a nice tip. The reason I give a 4 star rather than 5 is that we booked a car service through Coco's to get there from the airport once we landed. We confirmed with them 2 times prior to landing in Antigua and once when we landed and were going through immigration. Once we exited the airpot we didn't find anyone holding a sign to signal us (which we were told would be in the case), so we called... AGAIN. It was then they told they were having trouble "contacting the driver" and that they'd call back. They never called back... so we called AGAIN & were bluntly told to take a cab as they never dispatched a driver. We were extremely annoyed and upset as it was our first time in Antigua & they had charged our credit card already $75. I must mention another upsetting factor; they charged us $75 meanwhile a cab was just $24. We later learned that Coco's does NOT have a car service, instead they just call a cab for you and decide to triple the price. We are pretty lenient people, all we expected from this was to be refunded & have them pay for our $24 taxi. They ultimately refunded us but gave no apologies or compensation for their mess up. We even asked if a possible upgrade in room was possible, they told us to check back the next day, when we checked back the manager "wasn't in" neither was she the day after... we gave up.
We stayed in Antigua for two weeks in a Villa. For a treat we booked one night at cocos. I've stayed in Antigua before and been up and close to the hotel and was instantly charmed my its uniqueness. Location wise, it's right at the end of an extensive beach (Jolly beach) and to the other side of the property Valley Church beach. The Setting is absolutely stunning, Postcard. Everything was how I expected, made to feel welcome on arrival and greeted with a drink whilst we waited to be taken to our room. We had room 7 which is roughly half way up, not for the faint hearted but worth it for the view. Room was simple and charming in equal measure. Comfy four poster bed, bathroom had twin sinks and the outdoor shower was great. Though I wouldn't fancy showering after dusk as it's like a jungle and feeding time !!! There are plug in Mosquito repellants and Cans of deet in the room. Mosquitos either take a liking to you or generally leave you alone, fortunately I fall into the latter. Soon as the sun is about to go down, the Orchaster of whistling frogs start ( not to be mistaken for Crickets), this is something that I love. Oh and the view from the balcony :) I didn't make it for Dinner as the Bar got the better of me, didn't have many but it was on an empty stomach and speaks volumes for the quality of alcohol on offer. Proper cocktails and not what I'd call Slush puppy's. Breakfast - first of all the setting is stunning looking over jolly beach. I had an English Breakfast but also fancied trying the salt fish on the specials, not a problem check out was at noon, but welcomed to stay for lunch. I had typia and I was informed that it was Guyana, I also had some jerk chicken. Food was great and cooked to order. Plenty of Sunloungers on the beach and the barman regularly came around and took drink orders. I would describe this Hotel as rustic, there are areas that could do with a little touch up here and there. However, this is all part of the charm and the hotel is very exposed to the elements. The hotel is very personal, all food cooked to order and I believe there is only about 30 rooms. Guys, if you are looking for a Honeymoon Hotel. Look no further. The only reason I haven't given the hotel a 5 is the staff, some were friendly and informative whilst the odd one or two weren't so welcoming. However, I realise that I only stayed one night and didn't have a chance to find my feet and build up a rapport. Have to say the Barman on the beach bar was both professional and super friendly.
ClarkySwindon - Swindon, United Kingdom
Cocos is the most beautiful and relaxed place I have ever stayed. It's private, has stunning views and the staff are the best I've ever encountered. The food is great (I'm veggie and always had enough choice - even scrambled tofu for breakfast which is my fave!), the drinks are awesome and strong, and the service was flawless. Amazing private beaches in a quiet area, it really is perfect for couples. I would highly recommend.
A bit late with this as we stayed last October. Great place to relax with rustic but comfortable rooms. Beach and Sea were fantastic and staff friendly. A couple of things to be aware of 1. Depending on your room it is very steep so not for old, or unfit. 2. It is very rustic so if you want bling and shiny marble then don't come. We loved it but we like quiet relaxing places.
Garryz92 - Marrakech