Swaying on a hammock while admiring the turquoise Caribbean sea from a hillside balcony
Outdoor showers in every cottage
Freshly caught seafood served on charming al fresco terraces
What To Know
The resort offers yoga classes, as well as kayaks and snorkeling gear
Free WiFi is available, but reception may be uneven throughout the grounds
There are no televisions, but there is air-conditioning
Premium cottages require walking up somewhat steep paths
V.C. Bird International Airport is about 30 minutes away from the resort, which sits on the western coast
Parking on site
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All-inclusive romantic getaway in idyllic Antigua, featuring private cottages and two secluded white-sand beaches
Perched on a small rocky hill surrounded by water, this cozy West Indies resort exudes rustic charm. Thirty cottages spread throughout the sloped property showcase the island’s vernacular architecture—think timber walls, hipped tin roofs, and pops of pastel green, as well as four-poster beds swathed in mosquito netting (there’s air conditioning, but it would be a shame to shut out the sea breeze), oceanfront balconies outfitted with hammocks, and outdoor showers with peek-a-boo nature views. Sunset Pool Cottages, which are higher up on the hill, also come with a private infinity pool. Except for the guest bedrooms, there are practically no enclosed areas at Cocos, but there’s really no need, what with year-round summer weather and its picturesque surroundings dominated by lush tropical gardens and fluorescent-blue waters. Admire the scenery at the main lounge, an elevated waterfront deck furnished with pillowed sofas—a prime spot to read a book (borrowed from the small on-site library) or sip a signature rum cocktail. Meals are also served on elevated terraces; à la carte options include the day’s catch, grilled lobster, and passion fruit desserts. While the hilltop views are stunning, it’s the real thing that truly beckons: secluded white sand beaches surrounded by a tranquil ocean that’s perfect for swimming, snorkeling, or kayaking.
In the Area
Antigua (the bigger half of Antigua and Barbuda) is a 108-square-mile former British colony with some of the best shores in the Caribbean. Locals claim there are a whopping 365 beaches, and whether the count is exact or not, it’s worth exploring a few of them. Just minutes south of the hotel on the western coast is Jolly Beach, a mile-long stretch of picture-perfect powdery sand. Farther away, on the opposite shore, the pink-tinged Half Moon Bay is known for its tranquil, glass-like waters. Days spent sun worshipping, swimming, or snorkeling can build one’s appetite. If you wish to explore Antigua’s seafood-centric cuisine, skip one of the hotel’s meals and head to a nearby spot like Shell’s Double Decker, a funky shack that serves British-style fish and chips, or Castaways, a casual beach bar by day that draws a more sophisticated crowd come nightfall.