Cocobay Resort

4.0 star rating

Quality accommodation with a variety of facilities and services.

    What to expect (based on 2685 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:

    Absolutely amazing from all points!

    Reviewed by alideekb(Woodbury, Connecticut) on Apr 22, 2019

    		
			TripAdvisor users rated this property 
			5
			 out of 5

    I booked this vacation as a surprise 40th birthday for my husband. I wanted extreme R&R. This resort 110% exceeded our expectations! The staff went above and beyond always with a smile. One evening, Denise said she had a special table set for us at dinner—it had a bottle of champagne and a birthday card for my husband. The following night they brought out a dessert plate with “Happy Birthday” written in frosting and sang to him! But wait, there’s more....then we went back to our cottage and found candles (battery operated) and rose petals all over the floor! Above and beyond! Every day we were greeted by name whether it be by the lobby staff, breakfast staff (best omelette maker Sonia!), pool bar staff (Vincia simply amazing!), lunch, and dinner staff—-I truly felt that they took a special time to recognize us, and others. With all of that being said, the staff also recognized that we came to relax. Never at any point were they overwhelming. A smile and wave go a long way! You wake and sleep with the sun here. If you’re looking to “party” and drink all night then this may not be the place for you. A few nights we had an after dinner drink at the bar, which stayed open until 10 or 11, but happily walked “home” by 9pm each evening to our comfortable bed. I was slightly paranoid about the net assuming that mosquitoes would be bad, but they weren’t. The one bite I got was at 6am when I went out to lay on the hammock to read on the deck. We stayed in a deluxe cottage without the plunge pool. I had read a review that it wasn’t needed splurge since many were in the shade, they weren’t heated so nighttime dips weren’t comfortable, and that the two pools on the property were enough. For us, they were. There were many mornings during the week that we were alone at the panini bar pool until almost 10am. And when others came, you still felt private. My husband spent most of his time snorkeling which was included in the all inclusive along with kayaking, paddle boards, and a hobie cat! I preferred to sit at the pool and read but I was able to see him down on the beach from where I sat. I almost forgot——THE FOOD! I am not exaggerating when I say that each night was better than the last. Breakfast and lunch are set up as buffets with mostly the same choices every day. There is a pool bar that serves the panini of the day- always a veggie and a fish/meat. The other larger bar (sunset bar- you’ll understand when you see the views) served bar bites daily from 3-6pm. My husband quickly learned to get a Caesar salad and wings bar bite each evening before dinner only because the portions were a bit small for him at dinner. The menu is posted every morning in the lobby so you know what to expect at dinner time. If there wasn’t a choice that you thought you’d like you would know to fill up on paninis and bar bites! The “meat and frites” is the only constant on the dinner menu- a burger- can’t go wrong there! All in all, we have no complaints whatsoever. I’ve been to quite a few all inclusive resorts and this was my husbands first. We highly recommend Cocobay! Photos: view from our deck- cottage 16. And us in one of the infinity pools. I will say that on their website is a photo of a person in the pool. I was determined to get one of us and thought that it may be hard since that photo was probably “staged” and many people will be around. Boy was I wrong! There was never more than 6 people in the pool at once—pure heaven and relaxation!

    Pure heaven!

    Reviewed by Travarella(London, United Kingdom) on Apr 21, 2019

    		
			TripAdvisor users rated this property 
			5
			 out of 5

    As my title suggests, Cocobay is like a little slice of heaven on earth. From the moment you arrive, to the moment you leave, you are treated to true romance. The perfect place for a couples holiday. We opted for a premium pool waterfront suite (Conch) and we were not disappointed. Situated directly on the bay and at the end of the waterfront cottages, we had complete seclusion. Our room came with an enormous kingsize bed and mosquito nets, complimentary mini bar that was stocked daily, air-conditioning, rain shower and outdoor bathtub as well as our own private terrace, hammock, sun deck and plunge pool. We also got a bottle of Caribbean coconut rum to enjoy throughout our stay. The cottage was that perfect and had everything that we needed that we rarely had to leave! We opted for the all inclusive option (booked through Virgin) which meant we not only got breakfast, lunch and an evening meal, but also unlimited drinks and cocktails (Carribean Daze was a personal favourite of ours). The evening meal was sublime - a four course extravaganza which included a variety of fresh, luxury dishes every night. Fortunately, as we stayed in a waterfront cottage, we did not need to pay the additional supplements for the more premium dishes. I would definitely recommend the fried scallop and lobster medallion starter and beef tenderloin main course. Simply divine. Unlike dinner, both breakfast and lunch are served buffet style and again include differing dishes daily. I personally did not find the breakfast that varied (mainly pastries and fruit with some cooked food), however my husband loved it. I didn't really mind though as I was normally still full from the food the night before. We also opted for the beach meal on our last night where we got to dine under the stars surrounded by candlelight. A truly magical evening and well worth the money we paid. We were even given a a printed version of our menu to keep as a souvenir which was a lovely touch. The hotel also offers a range of entertainment options including a fantastic spa (the Indian head massage and full body massage were excellent), two pools, complimentary kayaking as well a beach (public) on the hotel's grounds. Although you can't really leave the hotel grounds on your own (you're advised not to), there is that much to do and enjoy you really don't need to. If you do want to however, the hotel puts shuttle buses on to the local town and Shirley Heights (If you can, definitely go to the BBQ on a Sunday evening) as well as reps from all of the major holiday firms being there daily to book excursions which we found really handy. All in all, our stay was pure magic and we cannot wait to return. Thank you so much Cocobay for an unforgettably romantic experience! Strengths: - Secluded cottages - Stunning Views - Peace and tranquility of the grounds Weaknesses: - Not enough variety for breakfast - this is only very minor though and I am still giving them a rating of a 5.

    Individual ratings:

    Location

    Location-5

    Rooms

    Rooms-5

    Service

    Service-5

    Perfect getaway with wifey

    Reviewed by Jamesedwardadams(Virginia Beach, Virginia) on Apr 16, 2019

    		
			TripAdvisor users rated this property 
			5
			 out of 5

    Cocobay Review I’ll start with a 5/5 rating - we had an exceptional time and would love to go back :-) My wife and I stayed from April 3-7 2019 in a premium waterfront suite (Calypso). I initially requested that room at the time of booking based on reviews / photos. The views are stunning and seemingly endless. Although we booked through a 3rd party (Expedia), because we booked a premium room, we were able to take advantage of the mini bar in the room and the additional menu items (at no additional cost). Previous reviews had indicated that if you book through a 3rd party both the mini bar and additional menu items would come with an additional cost, however that was not the case for us. Food: Breakfast opens at 7:30 ish every morning and as an early riser I like to start each day with coffee which is unavailable until they are open. No worries though, there was an espresso machine in our room which worked just fine. Breakfast an lunch items are similar each day with a few different options but overall delicious and the omelet station in=s a must. Lunch starts at noon and they also do paninis at the beach bar. Although we didn’t have any, we heard other guests mention they were good. Dinner was great and it was certainly nice to take advantage of the additional menu items, we ordered off the part of the menu both nights we ate there (steak, shrimp scallops, etc.) Worth mentioning the Sheer Rocks restaurant which lies adjacent to the Cocobay resort. This is not part of the all inclusive package and is its own independent restaurant. I’ll be writing a separate review of Sheer Rocks, but it was absolutely fantastic. The views, the food and the atmosphere are unmatched and worth the price tag. We ate their two nights and would have gone back again if we had more time. The beach is wonderful with plenty of snorkeling directly off the beach with quite large fish near the restaurant and near the outer coral shelf directly off the beach. You can paddle board, kayak, snorkel and sail for free. There are a few folks down there trying to sell you on jet skis, t shirts, etc. but they are not pushy, if you kindly say no they will leave you alone. Both pools are exceptionally clean and the atmosphere is amazing which obviously come with those amazing views. Take advantage of the private pool down below which is a first come first serve basis and we rarely found other guests there at all which was great for us :-). The staff were friendly throughout the resort and always carried smiles on their faces. There is one TV at the main bar, and we found that was more than enough, this is truly a place to disconnect and relax. However, if you must stay connected, wifi works great from your room to the pool to the beach. Antigua is a beautiful place but certainly a poverty stricken country, if you’re coming to Cocobay, be sure to tip / take care of the staff, that goes a long way. Overall the photos do not do it justice, wonderful experience and as much as we wish we could have brought our young son, we completely understand why this is an adults only experience. 5/5 all around.

    Individual ratings:

    Cleanliness

    Cleanliness-5

    Service

    Service-5

    Value

    Value-5

    Secluded Hideaway

    Reviewed by Guitton1(Augusta, Georgia) on Apr 15, 2019

    		
			TripAdvisor users rated this property 
			5
			 out of 5

    This is a really well done resort. We stayed in a cabana with outdoor tub and plunge pool. Very private and lovely views of the bay. Staff was genuinely friendly and helpful at every turn. The pools and bars never felt crowded. Food and drinks were better than expected for an all inclusive, and Cocobay really does not feel like an all inclusive resort. Cabs are quick and the drivers are very helpful for outside excursions. Shout out to Mr George, (our favorite driver) who took us to Papa Zouks and multiple ATMs as they don't take credit cards there!. Overall, this was a fantastic choice on a beautiful island.

    Individual ratings:

    Cleanliness

    Cleanliness-5

    Location

    Location-5

    Service

    Service-5

    Wonderful stay

    Reviewed by Loyola15() on Apr 11, 2019

    		
			TripAdvisor users rated this property 
			5
			 out of 5

    My boyfriend and I had a wonderful stay here. I have traveled to many islands and this is by far my favorite. The location of this resort is picture perfect. There was so many beautiful infinity pools it was never crowded. It was very relaxing with friendly staff and great rum punches. We stayed in the chattel house and it was so beautiful. Jermain and Kerry are the best serves/bartenders. I would highly recommend, very romantic.

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