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“Cocobay Resort Antigua” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Cocobay Resort
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Bolans
Certificate of Excellence
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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“Cocobay Resort Antigua”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 March 2012

We had a fantastic time at this resort. All the staff took the time and trouble to remember our names which made us feel we were special guests rather than just a number. The rooms were spotless and the food excellent. (I maybe would have preferred more buffets in the evening as opposed to al a carte, but it was excellent food all the same, but then with a small hotel I guess it is easier to do a menu rather than trying to lay on a varied buffet for a small number of guests).
I highly recommend getting a seafront room with plunge pool… it was superb! We couldn't have asked for a better holiday. We would highly recommend this resort and we will return again ourselves at some point in time.

Room Tip: I recommend the sea front rooms with plunge pool and air-conditioning.
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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Rick1964
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Shendish Manor
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12 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 March 2012

We have just returned from a great week at Cocobay. If you are looking for a quiet, relaxing, friendly resort with rustic accommodation this is the place to be.

Our holiday began inauspiciously - long queues at the airport followed by Cocobay losing or overbooking our reservation. O'Neil was very good about it and upgraded us to a seafront bungalow with plunge pool for 2 nights as our prebooked sea view bungalow was currently unavailable. However, after moving to the correct bungalow we found it to be far superior to the 'upgraded' room, with better sea views. As a result we felt we had missed out on 2 nights. Other guests reported similar 'overbooking' incidents.

Once settled, our bungalow provided an authentic, rustic Caribbean feel and gave fantastic views across the bays and mountains. Light sleepers may be disturbed by the sound of the nocturnal wildlife and crashing waves, others may welcome this and want to 'bottle it' to take home!

The resort itself is very clean, tranquil and the staff were the most friendly we have ever experienced, which also rubbed off on the guests who were all very sociable. We met some great friends during out stay.

The adjacent beaches were clean with ample sun loungers available. Snorkeling was disappointing due to sand rendering the water opaque. However snorkeling trips were available to areas with better conditions including the main island reef.

Cocobay can organise various excursions and activities. I can recommend the motor boat and snorkeling excursion and a trip to Shirley Heights on a Sunday. Although watch out for their lethal rum punches and the over friendly Rastafarian! A trip to St Johns and the jeep Safari excursion were also recommended.

A mildly irritating chap on the beach, not affiliated with the hotel, offers private excursions and activities. The horse riding experience was far from impressive according to friends so you take your chances with him.

Food options consist of buffet style breakfast and lunch with a la carte dining for the evening. The food was excellent, if a little limited in choice. A supplement is charged for half of the main evening courses. A wide selection of Cocktails and local beers and spirits are available all through the day. The regular barman is an excellent cocktail maker.

For a change, try Dennis's restaurant along the beach. No menu here, the waitress just offers you what they have cooked for the evening. Excellent authentic Caribbean food.

There is no real evening entertainment at Cocobay, save for a steel band twice a week. This is over by 9.30 p.m. and you will miss one performance if you are at Shirley Heights on a Sunday.

Suggestions would be for full length mirrors and more accessible plug sockets in the bungalows, a little more entertainment of an evening and more smiles from the barman.
All in all we had a lovely holiday, exactly what we were expecting after reading the Trip Advisor reviews. We would definitely want to return to Cocobay one day.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank MarkShendishManor
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Portland, Oregon
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20 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 March 2012

This was our first time staying at an "all-inclusive" resort, and we had some concerns about doing so after hearing horror stories from travelers to other all-inclusive places (such as Mexico). However, our stay at Cocobay was simply top-notch all the way around!!! The food was fantastic (yummy AND healthy!), the drinks were plentiful and not watered-down, and the resort itself was simply lovely. We adored the no-children policy (we're parents ourselves, so too bad if this offends you!), and we met some absolutely delighful people during our stay. We very rarely take vacations where we simply vegetate, but this was the perfect place to do so! I would definitely go back and/or recommend Cocobay to my fellow picky travelers.

Tip: The sand flies ate me alive! I protected myself with bug spray the first few nights, and was lulled into a false sense of security. However, on the last 2 nights of our stay, I was practically eaten alive (although you don't know it's happening until it's too late). Apply your bug juice at night!

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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8 Thank Diane M
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Langwith
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21 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 March 2012

We stayed Jan 2012 for 2 weeks at cocobay and the most wonderful time. The hptel is quite and informal with a realy nice feel.
The setting is lovely with 2 pools and a very nice beach (apart from the sand files)
The rooms are a little tired but delightful and the views are stunning.
The food at night is served at table and times are booked to ensure good service, the food was of good standard, fresh and very well presented.
The staff are the big selling point friendly, attentive and relaxed yet professional we had a fantastic time a big thank you to all the staff, Mr G, Cheryl, Pria, Denise, Robert they made the holiday a joy.

Room Tip: dont bother witrh a plunge pool.
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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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North Dorset
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 March 2012

Excellent hotel, front desk staff V.G. dining room and kitchen staff were excellent. All staff from manager down to the room service staff were both friendly and appreciative. The location is also good with plenty of quiet walks to work up an appetite which you need to consume the excellent food. Originally booked a Seaview cottage but on arrival was complimentary upgraded to a junior suite M1. I didnt know what the difference was but all we had in the cottage was 1 chair, a hammock and 2 chairs for the balcony. M2 next door had more including 2 sofas, thats the one to go for. Also if you are over 70 which we are pick nearer to reception no distance or steep paths to walk.
A must is to feed Anti a young playful kitten who visits one and all. The kitchen staff will provide scraps on request.

Overall an excellent place to stay.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Netma
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Austin, Texas
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11 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 March 2012

So truth be told...we actually visited in August 2009. Though I use Trip Advisor to look up hotels and restaurants for our travel needs, I just joined and started writing reviews to "pay it forward." And I could not stand to miss the opportunity to rate CoCo Bay Resort as the highest possible. My husband and I had the most romatic and relaxing honeymoon. LOVED the cottages, plunge pool, food, service, drinks, beaches....everything! We loved the rustic elegance of it all and enjoyed that the resort only catered to couples. Having 3 beaches to spread out meant that none of the beaches were ever crowded. Sometimes we wished we could have had some entertainment after dinner, but the secluded quiet nature of the resort really let us enjoy one another and the beauty around us. We loved Cottage #7 and hope to return for an anniversary trip one day soon!

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Katie P
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Stockholm, Stockholms Län, Sweden
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 March 2012

We got married at Cocobay and it was beyond perfect! We where a little worried that the wedding would feel rushed and unpersonal, being at a resort and all. It was far from it. Our wedding coordinator Alicia was professional, friendly and very in tune to our wishes. The Marriage Officer was better than anything we could have hoped for and performed a beutiful ceremony that felt warm, moving and honest. No "conveyor belt-feel" what so ever.

We have traveled alot over the years but this was our first all-inclusive trip and our first time in the Carribean. We chose Cocobay over other larger more fancy reorts due to the promised atmosphere and location. We where more than happy with our choice! Cocobay offers a tranquil, beutiful setting, wonderfull staff and fresh rooms.
The staff leave you alone and don't hassle you with activites you don't want. Just warm, friendly service when you ask for it.
Make sure you book a room with AC! We traveled in june and would not have managed without it.
A plungepool on your terrace is also a great addition if your budget allows it. Watching the sunset from the plunge with a drink in hand is hard to beat.
The one thing bothering us during our stay was that we where woken by birds and crickets residing in the lush surroundings pretty early in the moring. But this was no big deal. And there was no bug-problem other than that.

If you are looking for a fancy resort with tons of activities, a number of pools and restaurants and over the top luxury... then go somewhere else.
If you want a unique, relaxing, romantic experience in the most beutiful surroundings where you are treated well by a relaxed but professional staff than Cocobay is ideal.

/Anna & Olle from Sweden

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank Olle J
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Property: Cocobay Resort
Address: Valley Church, Bolans, Saint Mary's 431, Antigua
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Region: Caribbean > Antigua and Barbuda > Antigua > Saint Mary's > Bolans
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Bolans
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Cocobay Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 65
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Antigua's most romantic all-inclusive resort - Cocobay is a colorful collection of pastel cottages crowning a breezy hillside undulating down to two white-sand beaches and miles of turquoise Caribbean Sea. Blessed with some of the most dramatic ocean views on the island, we cater to couples seeking a romantic getaway in a quaint, natural setting. Guests can choose from 57 private, authentic, Caribbean cottages and 4 plantation houses each enjoying a private verandah with striking sea views and custom designed wooden furniture. The premium pool cottages provide the very best oceanfront locations, and other amenities such as: private plunge pool, more spacious interior including extra seating area, air conditioning, bathrobes and other extra bathroom amenities, private balcony with adirondack chairs and hammock, ceiling fan, mini fridge, shower, hair dryer, espresso coffee machine, iron & ironing board, king size bed with pillowtop mattresses and high thread count 100% Egyptian cotton sheets, in-room safe. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Cocobay Hotel Bolans
Coco Bay Antigua
Cocobay Antigua
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Cocobay Resort Antigua, Antigua And Barbuda

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