Galley Bay Resort & Spa – All-Inclusive – Adults Only
What We Love
- The Jetsetter rate is all-inclusive (three meals daily, all alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages and non-motorized watersports)
- Romantic, castaway vibe popular with honeymooners
- A choice of three restaurants
- Private dining cabanas for two
- READ MORE: A Caribbean Island for Everyone
What To Know
- This is more of a couple's retreat; children 15 and under are not permitted at the resort
- A dress code is enforced in the restaurants: no bathing suits or bare feet; attire is smart casual after 6:30 p.m.
- Room service only for breakfast
- Ismay's restaurant is a $45 per person surcharge
- A 10 percent hotel service fee will be collected at the Jetsetter checkout
- Adults Only
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
This couples-oriented, all-inclusive resort started as a modest family-owned operation, and though it has grown into a grand beachfront stay, the vibe remains intimate — a stay here feels more like a visit to a good friend’s Caribbean estate than a hotel. Interiors eschew the traditional Caribbean assault of candy colors for a more reserved palette of natural sand-and-sea shades with tropical flower–colored accents (the artist Gauguin is the muse).
Bed & Bath
Choose between free-standing bungalows with outdoor showers and private balconies or garden bungalows with private plunge pools. Most opt to unwind in a traditional “unplugged” room, though guests can have digs equipped with mod cons like WiFi, a flat-screen TV and an iPod dock.
Three restaurants are included in this resort’s all-inclusive rate. The casual beachfront Sea Grape works well for breakfast while Barefoot Grill is a favorite for lunch. For a romantic dinner a deux, couples can dine in a private cabana at Gauguin restaurant, which serves upscale West Indian fusion fare. Ismay’s restaurant is located at the remote south end of the beach; it’s open only evenings, and offers white glove service.
In the Area
Start your vacation on a relaxing note with a treatment at the hotel’s Indulge spa — we like the “Tropical Harmony” massage with papaya-pineapple crème fraiche exfoliation and wrap. For a more active afternoon, snorkel, kayak or sail off the beach or venture beneath the waves with Dive Antigua, the longest-running outfitter on the island. You can also see a bird’s-eye view of the island with Antigua Rainforest, which runs zipline canopy tours in the island’s lush jungle.
How to Get There
Galley Bay offers peace and serenity - the resort is immaculate- filled with flowers lush plants and beautiful birds - you can hear and see the ocean from every restaurant ! The staff is so sincere and friendly - we have been to Galley Bay 4 times so far and can’t wait to plan our next trip to paradise !
We visited Galley Bay Resort in April and this has to be one of the most beautiful places I have been too. I loved our room on the top floor. This whole resort is beach front and beautiful! Attention has been paid to every detail, especially the food choices. They had an organic farm on site, where they have all kinds of vegetables and fruits growing. This is one place where there was no pizza or pasta on the menu! Chef, Andrew Baxter created amazing menu choices, and catered to every picky eater! We are both vegetarians and we loved and looked forward to every meal. I loved their lemon meringue pie at lunch for dessert. The surroundings are perfect, the restaurants right by the beach - intimate and cottage like. I loved that they had a special studio for Yoga on the beach- we tried restorative and regular yoga - thank you McKenzie! They had a turtle sanctuary as well. The rooms were spacious, the bathrooms were huge! I loved this place because every detail was perfect, you would see that the owner really put his heart to creating this place for people who want to enjoy their holiday, from the rooms, to the settings and especially the food. They had a really nice cafe, attached to a store and mini library, and a tasting bar, again nestled in lots of green tropical space. I hope to go back here some day.. i loved every minute of my stay! There was a beautiful trail for biking or running on the property as well around the lagoon which was nice. Thank you!
We found Galley Bay after my husband won a vacation coupon at a golf tournament. Elite Island Resorts was the coupon company and they had a handful of resorts under their umbrella. They were helpful when we called with questions--and recommended Galley Bay for us since it was going to be our honeymoon and we wanted an adults only resort. Once we researched Antigua and Galley Bay, we decided it had everything we were looking for for our honeymoon. It ended up checking all the boxes, and THEN some. It was way better than any other all-inclusive resorts we've stayed at. Some of the reasons being:
-Room right on the beach (even had our own lounge chairs under a tiki umbrella)
-A/C to keep us cool for sleeping (hotel room was cool and comfortable)
-Delicious Food, every meal being a sit down (NOT buffet)
-Strong drinks (even the mixed drinks and frozen drinks!)
-Fast, pleasant, attentive service (we felt like all the staff were our friends, we loved chatting with them and they also seemed happy that we were there! Both Sandy's, Peter, Iba!)
-Nice spa for a couples massage (they even had happy hour prices!)
-Live music/night scene (awesome bands on property every night in an open air setting, teepee bar was like our 'cheers', and there was the Rum Shack too!)
-Pool area had call buttons for drink deliveries
-Excursions were super easy to coordinate with Iba
-Beautiful landscaping and nicely kept grounds
-Boutique feeling resort versus the typical all-inclusive
There were a handful of people that were repeat guests and told us they had been coming to Galley Bay for years. We're so happy to have stumbled upon this place! I don't typically travel back to the same place twice, but I will absolutely come back to this resort and be part of the Galley Bay family for years to come.