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Reviewed 2 September 2009

We stayed in Coco bay December 2008 for 10 days.
We thought the location was superb, they have the most beautiful swimming pool, with extraordinary views to the ocean, food very nice, specially "a la cart" dinners were it isn't a buffet, and you can order from the menu at no extra cost. alternatively, you could dine downstairs in a separate restaurant which is super nice, and the food is divine, you have to pay on this one, but is worth it, and good for a change.
The all inclusive bar is great, proper branded spirits and the best rum based cocktails (try caipirina or pina colada...)

Lots of people were scared to go to St John's, and would use only the hotel transport that we thought was too expensive! (I think it was around $15 return)
What you do is going into the main road (4 minutes walk) and wait for the bus to town, we thought this was great, as is only $2 each way, and you get to talk to the locals which are extremely nice and laid back people!

On Sundays is worth to go to "Shirley Heights" there is a party going on every Sunday with food, drink and great caribbean music.The views are amazing overlooking English Harbour..again, the hotel would arrange expensive transport, but we arrange our own!

A relative that goes regularly to Antigua recommended us a friend, Shyndell, lovely man, he could take you there and back for a fraction of the hotel price, and you don't have a schedule, you get there and leave when you want!

We also arrange a one day tour with him around the island for 90 dollars, where he took us to the most beautiful places around the island, such as devil's bridge,half moon beach, and English Harbour.
Had local food in a bar on the beach, and drink local Antiguan beer in bars with character!we though it was the highlight of our trip!

I don't think he does it all the time, but is worth a try, if anyone is interested, this is his cell number: [--]

Overall, a gret holiday, felt in love with the place....we hope to get back soon!

  • Stayed: December 2008, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank ItziLondon
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Reviewed 1 September 2009

A lovely hotel which is in a stunning location with two beaches (one with tiny beaches so the loungers are half in the sea - very romantic) and a stunning infinity pool. The food in the restaurant was fantastic, the evening meal was presented so well we took pictures! Very quiet, I read a lot of books but truly relaxing and beautiful. We had a room with a plunge pool which I would recommend if you can get one. The staff are extremely helpful and friendly, infact, there isn't really anything I could say against this hotel!

  • Stayed: August 2009, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank culfordgrays
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Reviewed 1 September 2009

My wife and I stayed at Cocobay for 2 weeks in June and had an amazingly relaxing honeymoon.

We stayed in cottage 11 which is a sea front cottage. I highly recommend the upgrading to the seafront cottage if you can. The views are gorgeous with no obstructions and total privacy. Also having the plunge pool meant that we could pop back to our room to chill out with some privacy whilst still having the luxury of dipping in the pool to cool off every so often. My wife Kate fell in love with the hammock. Another bonus with the sea cottage is the A/C and fan.

Our cottage was located at the other end of the resort from the main bar/reception area a short 5min walk through the beautiful grounds, We were actually 1 cottage away from the resort boundary. The resort boudary is surrounded by a high metalic fence which I believe has been erected recently after the incident at the neighbouring resort the previous year. We felt very secure here with a security guard hut located at the fence with a spotlight pointing out to sea where the fence reached the sea.

The main bar-reception area is all nicely decked with beautiful views out to sea. The main pool is of a reasonable size to allow you to do a little bit of exercise. There are plenty of sun loungers, during our stay we never had trouble finding one.

We found the staff to be in general really pleasant and helpful. Admittedly some are a little slow and off hand. But we found an awful lot more were friendly, chatty and very considerate.

The food was excellent with most nights being a sit down meal with 3 options for starter, main and desert. My wife suffers from coeliacs disease meaning that she is allergic to wheat. On our first night we informed the head waitress Denise who was superb. She informed the chef and all the staff such that when we turned up to eat every night the staff would indicate what my wife could and could not eat. Even making alternatives to suite her diet. The most touching item was when Blondelle the breakfast/lunch chef offered to make a gluten free portion of a lunch time curry just so that my wife could try it. We thought this was very thoughtful.

Sadly the on site restaurant Sheer was not up to the same level of service. Even though it had been informed of my wife's dietery requirements. The waitress that served us did not listen to us and actually ended up serving us gluten. The food was nice but I didn't think that it was that muchbetter than the hotel restaurant to warrant the price. I would stick to the hotel restaurant. That said it could be down to luck of the draw with the waitresses as one of our favourite waitresses from the hotel was working that night. Also it was the last night before summer closure so maybe standards were droppping. Who knows.

Anyway back to the good points. The beaches are gorgeous at this resort. There is one small stretch of sand in the resort which I wouldn't call a beach but was good for a swim in shallow water around to valley church beach which has shells all along it. Often we were the only ones on this beach.(You can also walk around the resort to this beach). There was also the main resort beach (little fryes beach) which is located just below the hotel restaurant. this has sun loungers, palm tree umbrellas and a drinks stall just back inside the resort. You can also use the hotels kayaks, snorkling gear and small sailing boat for free ffrom this beach. However my top tip is to walk to the other end of this beach away from the resort, walk around the point with Denises restaurant and you will find fryes beach - powdery sand and nobody around surprisingly.

The hotel runs a taxi service to St Johns (daily) and Shirley Heights (thurs?). This is reliant upon there being 4 people or more. You can register your name at reception. This works out cheaper and means that you have no worries about sorting out transport. Shirley heights was a really good night with a steel band and a beautiful sunset. People have commented on the prices up there but we didn't find them that bad compared to the prices back home in the UK.

During our stay we rented a car which allowed us to explore the rest of the island. We also went on a couple of organised trips. All of which we organised (or could be organised) through our thomson rep at the hotel. The reception can provide the same service. We went on the stingray city trip where you get to walk (shuffle) with stingrays. This was an excellant experience having these wild creatures brushing past you. We also went on Eli's eco tour were you get to climb through a cave, do some snorkling and a nature walk whilst also getting some background on the island.

During our trips with the eco tour and the car we got to see alot of the other resorts and none of them compared to the tranquile location of Cocobay. The beaches, the seclusion and the landscape are the best in this corner of the island. Darkwood beach and Turner's Beach (5min drive from resort) are also beautiful secluded beaches in this area.

We had an amazing honeymoon here and would recomend it to all our friends except that we want to keep it for ourselves. It is truely paradise and I hope it stays that way.

  • Stayed: June 2009, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank GingerGnomes
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Reviewed 1 September 2009

You will love this resort if you are looking for an absolutely gorgeous setting, peace and quiet, white sand beaches with turquoise waters, good food and simple but tasteful accomodations...with an air of informality and Caribbean charm. You may want to keep looking if you are searching for the white-gloved treatment. Service is good but is not the reason you pick Cocobay. You pick it because the value is tremendous and the resort commands what we believe to be the best perch on the island - looking westward over immensely blue waters.

We picked Antigua because it had direct flights from Atlanta and booked our trip about 3 weeks before coming - just looking for a relaxing getaway. We were very happy to see the great summer discounts offered which helped seal the deal. Honestly the biggest pain of the entire trip was getting through customs at the airport. We love the Brits but not when a plane full of 400 of them arrive just before you do at an understaffed airport. We recommend just taking a taxi from the airport unless you plan on doing a bunch of island exploring during your stay...we just planned to park it on the beach so a taxi worked well and was actually included in the Cocobay package. Arrival was fantastic - rum punch and a cool towel. The grounds are beautiful - very well manicured with palm trees and a wide variety of local flora.

Accomodations were perfect for us...very comfortable with dark, wide-plank wood floors, white linens and white walls accented by sandy color wood beams - loved the mosquito net over the bed. The hammock was a nice addition but we didn't use it as much as we thought because we usually preferred to be either on the beach or relaxing at the amazing infinity pool. One last point about the rooms - great call on the partial outdoor shower. I say "partial" because you can open the doors to the bathroom and have the breeze blowing in while showering - phenomenal. I have been trying to engineer the same at our house since with no luck.

There are two beaches - the one on the right (bay) side is small and intimate with the water looking like a swimming pool. One suggestion for improvement is ocassionally there would be trash either left by someone or maybe washed up during the night - would suggest a staff member spend 5 minutes picking up each morning prior to guests arriving. Overall, the resort was in good shape. The other beach is larger and housed the water sports (sail boat, kayaks, etc.). There was some sort of machinery down the beach that I was told was used for drilling a water line - didn't spoil the view but didn't help either. All in all it is a nice beach, but it needs a bar! There is one bar at the resort - primely located right near the pool. But what if I want to have a beer while sitting on the beach? It's a 2-3 minute walk each way and the cups are small, so it just makes it harder to park it and sip on a beer or coctail all afternoon if you have to make repeated trips up to the bar. In Cocobay's defense, they do have some coolers of rum punch and juice down there, but the selection is limited.

One thing we loved to do and highly recommend is walk around the bay towards Cocos resort and you will find a great little beach bar and what feels like miles of your own beautiful beach. It is really unbelievably pretty and a nice stroll that takes about 15 minutes or so to walk - a nice change if you have been lounging around like us!

The Circumnavigation Tour is good, but not a must-do. We enjoyed seeing the whole island from the water. The biggest take-away for us is that after seeing the whole island we truly believe Cocobay is set upon the best location with the most stunning water on the island.

The food was good - some meals were fantastic and others just pretty good, but on the whole enjoyable. Please don't forget to wear mosquito repellant - I got destroyed the first night, but that is just what happens in the islands - repellant makes it a non-issue. My wife got the lobster one night and wasn't as impressed as one of the reviewers I just saw - maybe we got it on an off night. The fish was fresh and I am not lying when I say the ice cream is the best I have ever had. If you pass it up, it will be the biggest mistake of your life.

We loved Cocobay for what it is - a friendly, relaxing and above-all, beautiful place to soak up some sun and count your blessings. Future travelers - enjoy it! We are jealous!

  • Stayed: July 2009, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank Jwbrown04
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Reviewed 31 August 2009

We stayed here this month for 10 nights and like many people were a little nervous about what we would expect.

Rooms
Our room was lovely,the bed was a lovely size and had a net over to stop the dreaded insects from getting you, which we found greatly reduced our bites throughout our stay. there are bugs like most places but use a good spray and they will hopefully leave you alone.
It is cleaned every day and your bed changed too which meant that it was lovely and clean after spending a long day at the pool. The bathroom was a little run down but clean and in no way did it matter that the tiles were a little old,open the doors to enjoy the view whilst having a shower.
The view from our room was outstanding and you really could not get a better view than the one from our plunge pool, but as the rooms are staggered then most if not all had a good view.
I would probably avoid having the room near reception as one looks out on the car park area and the other (the one with the plunge pool) is very much in the area where alot of people are walking back and forth to the reception area so its not so private.
Hairdryer is good too ladies so dont worry about packing one.

Pool
Stunning, never a shortage of beds which were comfy and clean.
Pool was just the right size for the resort and only ever had a few people in it at one time.
Close to the bar as well for drinks..!

Bar and Restaurant
The bar was a nice size and had nice seating areas around it some under cover with setties and coffee tables, some on the terrace and some around the bar outside, there was never a shortage of places to relax with a drink, quiet music played most nights which was nice.
The drinks were how you wanted, if you wanted strong drink then thats what you get, if you are not so much of a drinker then ask for less alcohol, they will make what you want.
However the white wine is horrible and when poured in the day you can see how bright yellow it is! when chilled it wasnt too bad....
The red wine was very nice and so where most of the cocktails...you will never be short of a drink!
Another thing that really got to me but didnt happen all that often was when people sat around the bar, it was only small and so when everyone sat around it there was no way of getting in to get a drink! But like i said it didnt happen often.
Food was mixed, breakfast was lovely with nice bacon and sausages,pancakes and lots of bits and pieces.
lunch was always nice with mostly fish and salad (to be honest we tried not to eat lunch as we were still full from breakfast!)
Evening meals were hit and miss with 4 courses changed every day, we had steak off the other menu which was $18.50 for steak, pepper sauce and a load of chips...yum, also the shrimp was lovely and spicy again $18.50. But we only did this as a treat and the main menu on most nights was lovely. The waiting staff were lovely and constantly refilling your drinks.

Beach
Didnt go down there that often but it was nice and clean and plenty of beds there,
as they are public beaches you will get people there to sell things and they come around quite often.
The sea is clear and warm and lovely, there is a drinks area just as you go down to the beach to save you from going to the bar, you can get rum punch there if you fancy a tipple.

Trips
We went with Virgin and have a copy of the trips available and prices which we will try and put on here for you.
We did the Virgins Ahoy trip on a large boat which was lovely, we went on a horrible rainy day but it soon cleared up and then it was sunshine and drinks all the way, really good trip to see the island and better than paying individually to see things.
We also went to Shirley Heights, mixed reviews on this, but we enjoyed as we went with some friends that we made and so it was fun, but it was costly, (virgin give you a free pass which gets you in and a free drink its $22 each in the taxi to get there) but once you start paying for drinks it was on average about $15 for 4 drinks of beer and some cocktails. Food looked lovely.
Entertainment was good too.
We also went into St Johns which cost $10 each return, it wasnt the nicest place i must admit and was very dirty and busy but the quay area was nice with lovely jewellery shops and a few bars etc. any more than an hour or so and you will run out of things to do.

Husband had a massage which cost about $120 for an hour and said it was lovely, there are various ones you can have at not bad prices.

All in all the stay was brilliant, towards the end of the trip there were very few people there which made it even better but even when its fully booked i wouldnt imagine it to be packed as its such a small resort. We looked in on the resort across the beach called the Jolly harbor but it looked run down and busy in comparison to ours.
The staff are great although one reception lady was lazy and told a few porky pies to get out of doing things, but the rest were great.
Mr Gore the manager was brilliant, helpful, funny and a perfect gentleman. He really made you feel at home.

I would really suggest going if you are in need of a well earned break, there isnt much entertainment but just enjoy the quiet time, the drinks the food and the gorgeous area around there.

We are going back soon....

  • Stayed: August 2009, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank neilandkate
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