Cocobay Resort

4.0 star rating

Quality accommodation with a variety of facilities and services.

    What to expect (based on 2933 reviews):

    Cleanliness

    Cleanliness-4.5

    Location

    Location-5

    Rooms

    Rooms-4.5

    Service

    Service-4.5

    Value

    Value-4.5

    5 most recent TripAdvisor reviews:

    Rustic and authentic

    Reviewed by Elitefreak(Wayne, New Jersey) on May 04, 2021

    		
			TripAdvisor users rated this property 
			4
			 out of 5

    After a year delay, we finally made it to Cocobay. Here are my impressions: THE ROOMS: Why would you want to stay at a cookie cutter Sandals (where most of our flight went) when you can stay at this quaint, quiet, and very islandy collection of cottages? Painted in pastels, all with great porches and Adirondack chairs, most with private plunge pools, and great views everywhere. The room interior is not the luxury digs you might get at a chain all-inclusive, but it had the essentials; a large comfortable bed, a bathroom with a shower that opens up so you can bathe with a view of the ocean, and a hammock for snoozing. My wife was initially not pleased but she quickly realized that we were spending our time in a room that had character and local charm. Rustic, yes, but you're on an island! THE FOOD All meals served in the open air restaurant. There was never a yearning for AC; always comfortable, often with ocean breezes. You will certainly meet the local cat Jasmine, who now has a family of 4 to feed. They will entertain you for sure. I cannot figure out why people complain about portion size. We NEVER left the table hungry. The daily breakfast special was often a great choice. For lunch, we almost always started with the soup of the day (all soups were outstanding) and then a main (often local fish) followed by (usually shared) dessert. Desserts were all really good; be sure to order any dessert where they mention "banana". Dinners were 4 courses; starter, choice of soup or pasta of day, main, dessert. Pastas were also very well prepared. If you like duck and they have the confit or the duck salad when you are there, ORDER IT. The complementary wines were quite good; they even have a nice rose (white and rose well chilled). You can get espresso or cappuccino at any time, and of course drinks from the bar. To be honest, the weakest part of the menu was the "extra charge" items (which we were entitled to as part of the Cocobay Club promo). The seafood trio starter was boring, the seafood stew was pretty good (but small), and the steak was perfectly cooked but was not a great cut of beef. The coconut shrimp were good but there were only 6. NOTE that you can order extra dishes (we shared an extra starter one night) so don't be afraid to get more if you are still hungry. THE BOOZE: Probably my biggest gripe. Please don't promote your bars as "top shelf" and then have only Gordons (yuck) and New Amsterdam (a low cost brand which I don't mind). This is the one weakness at Cocobay that they should rectify. It was hard to find the top shelf options among the "Mollys" (that's Baileys to you lol). I ended up drinking Stoli Cucumber in place of my usual Hendricks. C'mon, at least offer Tanqueray guys! THE POOLS AND BEACHES Two beautiful infinity pools, comfortable temperature, both with killer ocean views. Not a ton of umbrellas available poolside. The staff will make sure to come by regularly and see if you need a cocktail. As for beaches, there is one tiny beach just below reception that is very picturesque, with a small wading area, shade huts, and great views (plus a double hammock). Nice place to spend a few hours. The main Cocobay Beach, like all Antiguan beaches, is public, so you will be joined by some locals enjoying the day. You will need to run the gauntlet of some local vendors who are trying to make a living. Lots of lounge chairs on the beach and a number of shade huts. The ocean? One of the nicest we've ever been in. Very calm, clear blue water, sandy bottom with some random coral rocks. And if you like that beach, you MUST walk to the end of it, follow a short road, and end up at Ffyres Beach. Even more perfect; soft sand, no rocks, no seagrass anywhere. And NO PEOPLE. We were literally the only two humans there for the two times we went. Incredible. THE STAFF In a word, genuine. In Mexico, responses of "It's a pleasure" ring hollow. The Antiguan staff is pleasant, efficient and polite. Very few staff were over-serving in order to garner a tip, but tip you should still do. We especially enjoyed the distinctive Mr. G (Gore) who runs the dining room many nights. THE VIBE In a word, relaxed. We never even got a guide to the week's events (but I don't think there is much except for yoga). Live music most nights at dinner. Be sure to arrive early each night for the killer sunsets and a pre-dinner cocktail or two. If you are looking to relax, chill and unwind without foam parties and pool games, Cocobay is the place for you.

    Individual ratings:

    Rooms

    Rooms-4

    Service

    Service-5

    Value

    Value-4

    Best resort I’ve been to

    Reviewed by 502sadea() on Apr 30, 2021

    		
			TripAdvisor users rated this property 
			5
			 out of 5

    I’ve been to a couple of “all inclusive” resorts but Cocobay is the best one yet. The food which is 3-4 course meals are small portions but delicious, flavorful and fulfilling. I enjoyed every meal and snacks (paninis and bar bites). The pina coladas was soo good.The menu changes everyday. I stood in a deluxe cottage overlooking the beach and mountains. I loved the privacy from the balcony. The bathroom also leads you to the balcony, so it was nice taking a shower and looking at the beautiful scenery. The water pressure was strong and not so strong sometimes. The cottage has a mini fridge with club soda, water and even champagne. I didn’t drink the champagne. The water was refilled everyday with room service. The lobby has water/ice to refill water bottles. The beach was clear, blue, peaceful and clean. Not a lot of people were at the beach, which was nice. It was quiet except for a few vendors trying to sell souvenirs but they weren’t much of a bother. During the evenings, a couple of locals also swim at the beach. I went jet skiing for $50 which I recommend doing. No waves and I was able to see a nice size sea turtle. The staff at the resort was friendly and welcoming. There are hand sanitizers everywhere. I took a rapid test for $40 on a Thursday. Great resort for honeymooners and romantic getaways. I will definitely return back to Cocobay.

    Beyond Beautiful

    Reviewed by 463pamelaa() on Apr 19, 2021

    		
			TripAdvisor users rated this property 
			5
			 out of 5

    Cocobay is an understated gem on Antigua and for anyone looking for an authentic, refined first class experience this is the resort for you. The cottages are charming and the views exceptional. Sleeping in the luxurious king bed with the deck doors wide open and the mosquito net surrounding you brought a touch of the the exotic to our vacation. The service, the property and the atmosphere is calm, relaxed and welcoming. Food fantastic and cocktails served in a first class manner including glassware and aesthetics. Bedding, towel quality and appointments including wifi impressive. The setting and location could not be better. Under promised and over delivered. In the end the people attending to the guests are always the highlight and the service exceptional. We can’t wait to return to this beautiful resort and island.

    Cocobay Nightmare

    Reviewed by 952arth(Madrid, Spain) on Apr 16, 2021

    		
			TripAdvisor users rated this property 
			1
			 out of 5

    We booked 7 nights at Cocobay Hotel , a private pool bungalow. We arrived on Sunday 11/04. They gave us the pool bungalow. The same day front desk told us that they will upgrade us. Following day they put us in the farthest cheapest bungalow with now private pool and no views. I requested an explanation of the "upgrade" and they started to tell me that the hotel operator paid a different thing ...when I tried to explain to all staff, front desk, manager, reservation people... they gave me the same excuse. They dont respect us as clients. They told me that I didnt understood the meaning of "upgrade".... maybe they have the "up" upside down ..... The fact is that I leave . I asked for the unused nights to be returned. Still they didnt return the money and I hope they will do it some day. I move to Carlisle Hotel in Carlisle bay. Is the best hotel . And the most important thing : staff treats respect you and treats you well. I will never go back to cocobay and I will tell all my friends and partners that use to go to Antigua to never book in cocobay hotel.

    Individual ratings:

    Location

    Location-1

    Rooms

    Rooms-1

    Service

    Service-1

    Smiles all the way!!

    Reviewed by Cab0F(Amityville, New York) on Apr 06, 2021

    		
			TripAdvisor users rated this property 
			5
			 out of 5

    Spent five nights at CoCo Bay!! The resort is absolutely beautiful. Rooms are great and the views are priceless. The pool areas are amazing and you never want for a lounge chair. Plenty of room for everyone. The beach is a two minute walk down a path and it is breathtaking. Drinks are available right to your beach chair as well. Thomas was the waiter on the beach and he was awesome! Restaurant was all sit down meals and the menu changed every day! There is a snack menu and panini's daily! I would love to give a shout out to the following staff for superb service!! Jermaine, LeeAnn Rose, Daverne, Sasha and Denise!! Thanks for making the six of us feel so welcomed!! We will definitely be back!!

    Individual ratings:

    Service

    Service-5