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Reviewed 15 December 2012

We stayed at Cocobay in August for our honeymoon and we absolutely loved it!!! The positives were as follows:
- Fantastic location with superb view (I have never scene views so incredible!!)
- I have never met hotel staff who were so friendly, down to earth and willing to help you as much as possible! Our favourite hotel staff member was Saskia, i enjoyed my many conversations with her and i always had a laugh! She was definitely one if the highlights of or honeymoon and we even got a couple if photos with her! Im sure she will have her own talk show soon! : P However all of the hotel staff were fabulous and really made our honeymoon! One of the hotel staff members, i believe his name was Kerry even got my husband a coconut after he was miserably disappointed (bless him) when he had opened his very own coconut that he found floating in the sea and it had gone bad. I think he made my husband's day lol. O and we must praise Sonja the pancake lady who cooked us up some fantastic pancakes every morning!
- Seafront cottage (you could hear the sea as you woke up in the mornings-just lovely!). The hotel staff also kept our room looking lovely and beautiful!
- The champagne in the ice bucket that we were given on our arrival as it was our honeymoon!
- Plunge pool (amazing!)
- Stunning beaches which were quiet and you could always find a sunbed! The beaches were also extremely clean and hotel staff would even bring you drinks!
- The food was fantastic and i loved the ice-cream especially that peanut ice-cream which i think i asked for nearly everyday lol!
- All inclusive bar drinks-the rum cocktail as to be the best but most strongest cocktail i have ever drunk! woohoo!
- The infinity pool was amazing and the photographs taken looked incredible!
- The watersports which were included in our stay- my husband and I enjoyed going out on the canoe around the island!
- The fantastic party the local people have on a sunday- you cant beat a good bit of the caribbean culture!
- The caribbean music entertainment (steel drums!) in the evening by the cocktail bar!
- We loved the trips which we embarked on- the caribbean safari and the boat party!
- I had never been somewhere and felt to relaxed, it was the holiday and honeymoon of a lifetime!
- I would just like to add that i have read some reviews moaning that there wasn't a t.v in their room but who needs a t.v when you are in the caribbean and surrounded by stunning views! We had a t.v but didn't use it once!! To be honest i think the t.v spoils the beauty of the caribbean cottage and would be more than happy if there wasn't any mod cons in the room! Also to those reviews moaning about the weather-the resort cannot help that!! We had fantastic weather and even if we didn't we wouldn't blame the hotel lol.

The only negative was the hotel toilets by the bar, however our cottage toilet was not a problem at all. Although they were very clean on presentation there was a smell coming from the toilets which was probably due to the extremely hot weather. However if this could be sorted then the hotel would be 100% perfect.

To sum our honeymoon up would be to say it was a honeymoon of a lifetime!!! We've got some fantastic memories and photographs! I dont think we could have had a fantastic honeymoon spent anywhere else other than cocobay! It was incredible and i cannot wait to return with my husband!! I loved the caribbean and Antigua and would recommend it to anyone!

Regards,
MR and Mrs C

Room Tip: I would definitely have air con! I dont think i could have coped without it, especially as im not very good with the heat! However you can purchase air con when you get there although i think its cheaper to get before you travel out to the resort!
  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank 205maisie
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Reviewed 12 December 2012

The Cocobay Resort is located on a tranquil and magnificent stretch of coastal land with stunning views of the Caribbean Sea. We've never seen water so blue. The staff was warm, friendly, attentive, and demonstrated a gracious hospitality that compels us to return. Cocobary provided the perfect venue for our dream wedding and exceeded all of our expectations.

Room Tip: TIP: Bring earplugs for the cacophony of frogs at night.
  • Stayed: November 2012, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Cheryl C
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Reviewed 12 December 2012

Ok, so we actually went via plane, and it took more like 4 hours than 3 days, but I could not resist this line from one of my very favorite Jimmy Buffett songs! For our 7th wedding anniversary this April, my husband and I spent a week on the Caribbean island of Antigua, a sandy paradise dusted with more than a touch of British influence.

We spent 3 nights at Cocobay Resort and 4 at Galley Bay, two fairly different properties, but each of which has its own special qualities. We enjoyed our time at both resorts, though Galley Bay is far and away more luxurious overall and the only one of the two I would recommend to almost anyone without hesitation.

Check-in at Cocobay was a bit slow, but the front desk service was very friendly, and when we mentioned that it was out anniversary, they arranged for a complimentary bottle of champagne on ice to be sent to our room. We stayed in Loblolly Cay, one of the resort's Seafront Cottages. Most of the cottages are detached units, but Loblolly does share a high bamboo fence with another unit. However, we still thought it was the best location on property, and would have been our first choice if we'd had every cottage to choose from!

The interiors of the cottages are pretty simple, but comfortable and clean and certainly adequate considering how little time most people actually spend inside the room. Because why would you spend a minute more than necessary indoors when you can be outside enjoying this!?...

For photos and full review, please visit: http://travelprincessatl.blogspot.com/2011/09/sailed-off-to-antigua-it-took-her-3.html

  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 11 December 2012

We went in November 2012 for my friend's wedding. CocoBay is located in a beatiful spot with fantastic views over the bay. We saw some amazing susnsets. After some intial problems with the room and it's location, we upgraded and got air con. You will need this! The pool bar service isn's as friendly as we would have liked but the restaurant and reception staff were lovely.

  • Stayed: November 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank nickynoo74
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Reviewed 11 December 2012

Sorry so long, but worth the read!
I want to say first and foremost, the reason we chose this hotel/resort over many other places we checked out were the outstanding reviews it received by its guest, right here on trip advisor.We spent months searching for the perfect relaxing resort in the Caribbean with romantic views, and great experience. We have to say the reviews definitely lived up to their reputation. This was our first time traveling to Antigua, and i will admit we were a little nervous booking our honeymoon somewhere we had never visited before but after spending weeks reading the reviews and thumbing through the pictures, everything everyone said was completely accurate.
The resort is beautiful, the views were incrediable, the service far exceeded our expectations and the food was fantastic. Def. worth your money and vacation time AMAZING!!!
We visited Cocobay resort back in July 20-August 5th 2012 for our honeymoon. We were looking for a resort that would be fun, but super relaxing with great views. This resort incorporated all of that. The atmosphere is definitely relaxing, on arrival we were met with drinks and cold towels great first impression. They took care of all our needs, signed us up for dinner and quickly rushed us to our cabin. We stayed oceanfront with a plunge pool, and we highly recommend those accommodations. The views were great, the a.c. was perfect for humid days and the private pool was so nice to relax in with my husband at any hour. We loved how the bathroom opened up to the water, it was like having an outdoor shower in the Caribbean which was perfect. It even rained a few afternoons (which apparently is normally down there during August) but that never spoiled a thing.
The resort employees could not have been any more pleasant and accommodating. Cocobay is a small resort and has the ability to have extremely personal service. We missed lunch one day and they brought us snacks to our cabin before dinner as well as drinks. O'Neil the hotel manager was a true gentleman and made a point of making sure everything was taken care of, it impressed me most that he seemed to know every guest by name as well, as the Asst. manager, very impressive. The other employees from the bar tenders, to the waiter staff, to the front desk were so polite and professional. We honestly can't say enough about the staff, they were perfect and we have traveled a great deal and very rarely receive such personal professional service.
The food was great, breakfast & lunch were served buffet style which was nice, tea in the afternoon and dinner you had a menu with many different dishes to choose from. I do wish they had a larger variety, however we always were able to find something on the menu we liked; my husband is a very very picky eater so i was pleased by the choices, something for everyone. It was familiar items, with local flare. One of our favorite dishes were the Coconut Shrimp (best we've ever had) & beef tenderlion. We also recommend the dinner for two on the beach, it was super romantic and food was great.
As for the activities, they had a kayak, windsail & snorkeling equipment for things to do that were free at the resort. I know not alot, but the focus is definitely to relax and enjoy the atmosphere which is exactly why we chose this place and it lived up to that expectation with flying colors. They also had two infinitely pools, both with bars feet away, and they are never crowded and great thatched umbrella's on the beach. We had a couples message in a cabin next to the beach which was great, and for other activities we took a tour and did some shopping at St. John's Bay as well as a Zip Line experience in the rainforest. All our activities we booked right at the front desk they took care of everything, we just meet our ride out front. We also recommend the rainforest zip line activities they were alot of fun, and we got a neat jeep tour of the atlantic side of the island on our way to the rainforest.
The only things we found to be Con's of this resort (& i understand not everyone feels the same way about these items)
-lots of bugs, we were there when it was incredibly humid and rainy. purchasing spray down there for dinner or doing activities is a MUST, first night we got eaten alive. We also saw alot of spiders, and i just hate them so that was yuk :-/
-WI-FI cost a pretty penny (60 usd) on top of the hotel expense which we found annoying
- it's not an activities resort, very few things (ON THE RESORT) for active couples, you'll have to travel off the resort for that which isn't terrible, but costly.
-All beaches in Antigua are public, so there are local vendors on the beach, which wasn't a problem, they were very nice but sometimes annoying.
-the bar closed at 11pm, and the bands rapped up around 9pm would have liked them to go longer
-more storage in the cabin's for hanging clothes would be nice (our only issue all week was on our third day we noticed a line of ants into our suitcases, they were everywhere but that is to be expected, it was just annoying. We emptied our bags and sprayed them with bug spray and never had another issue, i just wish the inside of the cabins were not so buggy

Aside from all that, overall this resort honestly is worth the money, it was very friendly, great food and a paradise-like atmosphere. The views were like stuff you see in magazines. We loved every aspect of our vacation and are counting down the days till we can return. The resort was completely booked, yet we hardly saw any guest except during meals, it was soooo super QUIET & RELAXING !!! It was the perfect honeymoon because we totally just focused on each other. It definitely has that quant rustic Caribbean charm with beautiful turquoise waters. It is an all-inclusive resort and they are exactly that, you don't need to worry about a thing, they take care of it all for you. It is truly a gem in the Carribean and we would go back a 100 times if we had the money :-) The experience was so pleasant and relaxing.

Room Tip: The best rooms, are the ones that are oceanfront. The views are fantastic. The rooms with a plunge pool are perfect they have a lovely Caribbean rustic charm with your own personal pool. I would advise during the hot summer months to invest in a cabin with a/c it is worth the money to be cool at night.
  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled as a couple
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