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Reviewed 2 November 2011

We visited cocbay in October 2011 for a 'weddingmoon', combining our wedding with our honeymoon. When we arrived we were amazed at what a beautiful place we had chosen!!! We had big expectations and I have to say that the whole resort and its staff far surpassed them.

Our wedding went without a hitch and I cannot thank Tameka who organises all wedding enough. We had ours on the beach and it was totally AMAZING!!!! I would highly recommend having your wedding at this resort with the beautiful blue ocean and breath taking views providing a great back-drop. We also arranged for Shelly Chadburn to take our photos which came out really well and cost no more than a photographer back in the U.K.

Our cottage was perfect and although we didn't opt for the plunge pool we had everything we needed and a great view to wake upto in the morning! Take clothes pegs for the mosquito net but if you forget just use your flip'flops like we did ;) The towels and bedding were changed daily.

The resort wasn't 5 star but I would say 4 star although virgin rate at a 3.5. We didn't use the pool at all (why bother when the sea is so beautiful!) but it did look clean and from those who we spoke to who had used it - they enjoyed it! The bar is great open 10am till 11pm, but if your very lucky they will leave a few drinks out for you to have past that time and the staff never go home before filling up your drinks. Try all the cocktails, the bushwhacker was my fav, but there are loads to choose from. Orriel and Saskia make amazing drinks and will keep you captivated with stories while they do it.

The food at the resort is the best I have ever had while away, the brekkie and lunch menus are buffet style while dinner is sit down and order 4 course 'a'la carte menu. There is a choice that will suit all tastes each night. We had some of the fussiest eaters in our wedding party but they could always find something to eat every night.

The beach and sea is like being in paradise. The sand really was white and the sea a perfect blue. None of the beaches in Antigua are private so there are locals on there trying to sell you bracelets and necklaces. Sean is the salesman you need to see for trips and excursions along with hire of the jet-skis. We got a few good deals out of him and much better prices than the rep was offering on the same journeys. The jet-skis are well worth it, we hired two for 30mins at a cost of $75 which was quite resonable. A little tip on the beach - if your wanting peace and quiet walk to the bottom of the beach next to the hotel, past the bar and there is another similar beach but there is usually only one or two people on it. The beach there is stunning.

For me a holiday is very easily made or broken by the staff and I do think this is where Cocobay surpasses every hotel. The staff are immense, they are all about making your holiday the best you have ever had. A special thankyou goes to the following who just went the extra mile; Jermaine, Saskia, Orreil, Sasha, Melissa, cupcake and the manager oneal. Nothing was ever too much trouble.

I love the resort being an adult only venue (we have three little ones at home some this was like heaven!), so you dont have to worry about saying something wrong or have screaming kids around, but I was a little disappointed during our final week when a few younger guests arrived. Although they weren't really causing any trouble some of their adolescent behaviour was put on display every now and again and it took away from the tranquility of the resort, particularly when its advertised as an adults only resort. We have decided that we will only go when the kids are at school in a bid to prevent a repeat of our second week as October half term was the week of dissappointment!

Make sure you take plenty of insect repellent with a very high deet content and take Avon skin so soft - the people who used that didn't get bit once. It wasn't the mosquitos that all of us had an issue with but the 'sandflies'. Take cream to stop you itching them to they are nasty!

By far the best holiday we've had and we will be returning again and again!

Room Tip: use the aircon/pay extra for it-its well worth it!
  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank michelle s
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Reviewed 1 November 2011

Our stay at Cocobay was amazing. This is not a 5 star luxury resort but the individual bungalos were much better than staying in a hotel. The privacy was unbelievable. The beach was clean and quiet. The service was A-rated. When we first arrived in Antigua we were a little worried because the resorts we passed on the way to Cocobay did not look that great. When we got to Cocobay we couldn't believe what a great choice we had made. We had a seafront cottage with a plunge pool. It was absolutely great. This is an all inclusive resort. The dinner menu was different every night. There was also hot meals for breakfast and lunch; not to mention the open bar from 10am to 11pm daily. I would HIGHLY recommend Cocobay to anyone considering.

Room Tip: Visit Shirley Heights on Sunday night!
  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled as a couple
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4  Thank Mark B
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Reviewed 1 November 2011

I went to Coco Bay Resort in October for my honeymoon. We were absolutely blown away! I was initially concerned about leaving the safety of the USA, but they were quickly erased! The staff greeted us at the door by name (we had not even introduced ourselves!) with a glass of delightful rum punch and huge Antigan smiles! The Resort Manager, Oneal, was also there to greet us upon arrival. Our room was perfect, clean, and cozy. There are not words to describe the beauty of this place, not only the island, but also the resort. The pictures I took did not even do it justice! The gardens were so lush and colorful which was an amazing contrast to the crystal blue waters. It was very quiet, perfect for a couples retreat. The staff were beyond accomodating and we even recieved a complimentary couples massage! Everyone wore a smile. Even the locals on the beach peddling their wares and exursions were great! We went horseback riding two days in a row. I felt very safe with the local guide away from the resort on horseback. The guide was really looking out for my safety which greatly pleased me. While snorkling we found countless starfish, some nearly as big as my head, an octopus (I even got to hold it and could barely free it from my arm!), stingray, and hundreds of colorful fish. The food was devine and so plentyful that I couldnt even attend each meal, it was a taste of heaven three times a day! I could go on and on about this place. I absolutely reccomend it to anyone looking for a quiet yet exiting getaway. I have only one recommendation to guests...bring clothes pins for the mosquito netting and you will sleep peaceful and uninterrupted by anything but the sound of the water on the rocks below. Enjoy!
The Broadus's

Room Tip: The oleander was so private!
  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled as a couple
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4  Thank autumn p
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Reviewed 1 November 2011

We stayed at cocobay for our honeymoon and it was perfect! all the little small touches made such a personal feel to our holiday. The staff were fantastic and the location was stunning would go back in a heartbeat!!

  • Stayed: October 2011
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3  Thank Jenluke
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Reviewed 31 October 2011

Myself and Julie (my new wife) stayed here for 2 weeks mid October 2011. We cannot recommend the hotel, staff and food enough. Everything from the welcome through to the time of departure was perfect. Staff such as Phillis and Melissa are great hosts. The staff here could teach UK equivalents a thing or two. Nothing was too much trouble and staff made you feel like you were the only people staying at the resort. Although this clearly isn't the case, such a feeling is unusual and when the manager (O'Neill) personally introduced himself and sought feedback on a one-to-one basis on the day of departure, we were blown-away: unheard of! The location is good with plenty to do (the hotel and a few local 'characters' will always be there to help you get a great time and experience!) - we can recommend the dinner on the beach and helicopter flight to Montserrat in particular. The bar staff area great and know how to deal with people in order (e.g. Oriel who is a great host) and the food is always varied, tasty and excellent quality - just beware of the quantity! Our pre-wedding weight loss was regained without any effort whatsoever! The rooms are good, the view is stunning and the whole location romantic. Overall, we had a great time with lots of great memories. Antigua is a lovely place and the people are great. Very friendly and welcoming. Get yourself out there!

Room Tip: Ask for a sea front room with plunge pool!
  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank Lawrence W
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