I came here the week right before Christmas 2012. First of all, the location of this resort is BREATHTAKING! The beach is absolutely beautiful and picturesque. I was also told that a celebrity, who shall remain unnamed, lives right next door, so that certainly adds to the star value of this place.
I stayed in a beachfront cottage, which has 2 stories. I regret this a little bit because 1) I was staying in the ground floor of the building, and the ceiling was very thin so I could hear the footsteps of the guest staying upstairs at night, as well as room service cleaning during the late mornings, and that makes it a little hard to sleep peacefully. 2) There was construction on the cottage right next door, so when I was trying to relax out on the patio, there was loud machinery and hammering going on that was very bothersome. The deluxe beachfront room probably would have been better than the cottage as they are only one-story, and there would be no one stomping around upstairs when you're trying to sleep or relax. As for the construction, I suppose there could be nothing done about that since it is a beachfront property, and constant maintenance is necessary for the rooms.
Their room service was awesome though; they always swept the floor of my room, as well as the sand off the porch, and always replenished the shower gels and towels provided by the resort. I had all the towels/toiletries I wanted!
The food is absolutely amazing; I have never stayed at a tropical resort with such flavorful cuisine. They have 3 restaurants, but I would say that Seagrape is the best because there is a little more variety and excitement and live music during the meals. Thursdays are also buffet nights, in which guests get to sample more of the true Caribbean cuisine.
Their rum-filled cocktails are awesome and strong and very pretty! You will certainly have fun with these!
The employees were overall very nice and accommodating. Since I was traveling alone, they all lavished some extra attention on me, which was most appreciated!
Their wildlife is very interesting, especially the birds. They keep hanging around my patio whenever I'm present. I quickly learned that they are not afraid of sneaking into my room to take sugar packets from the coffee counter. This may or may not be good news to some guests, but since I am a bird-lover, this was all very amusing to me. In addition, during my stay, baby sea turtles hatched somewhere on the grounds and one of them crawled into my room. This was also really fun and amusing, but if this ever happens to anyone, remember to notify one of the employees, or (if you're confident in your animal-handling abilities) gently pick them up and place them into the ocean waves so that they may be swept away into the water. Also, the mosquitoes here are NOTORIOUS, so purchasing a can of bug repellant from their gift shop is definitely advised. They also provide a complementary can of spray in every room.
Their spa decor was lovely, very much in conjunction with the "paradise" theme. They have several outdoor massage rooms, overlooking their pond and bird sanctuary, and the spa employees were especially accommodating. One thing that did bother me, though, was that my massage therapist had very rough hands. It took quite a lot of oil to cancel out the texture of his hands on my skin as I was being massaged. The massage itself was very relaxing, though.
The one thing that keeps me from giving this place an overall 5 rating is an incident in which I was changing clothes in my room with the sliding patio doors slightly open, and one of their security staff started peeping at me. I closed the curtains immediately, and peered out at him. He was still looking in my direction, which naturally made me uncomfortable. I swiftly called their services extension, and notified them of this event. Later, when I passed by their guest services desk, they did recognize that I was the person who made the call, and assured me that this employee would receive a disciplinary discussion with his supervisor. I certainly appreciated that news, but the whole incident scared me in general. Since I was traveling alone, I did feel that I should be extra cautious about my circumstances on the resort.
At the end of my stay, I took a questionnaire which entered me for a free one-week vacation for 2. If I win this, I would certainly return. However, this time I would definitely stay at a deluxe beachfront room instead of the cottage, and certainly bring a companion with me.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Galley Bay Resort & Spa - Antigua’s Most Exotic Escape - Refurbished 2015. An exclusive all-inclusive 4 1/2 star hideaway with 98 intimate guestrooms nestled amidst 40 secluded acres of beachfront tropical gardens, lagoon and bird sanctuary, and magnificent 3/4-mile white-sand beach. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Galley Bay Hotel St. John`s
- Galley Bay Antigua
- Galley Bay St Johns
- Antigua Galley Bay