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
- 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
Such a special place in our hearts - this was our second time at Galley Bay and was better than we remembered from 4 years ago.
It is impossible to fault Galley Bay because the staff are so amazing and because the beach and grounds and everything else are so stunning. At the back door to our room we could sit and watch humming birds feeding in the tropical flowers and out the front door we could step directly out onto one of the best and quietest white powder beaches in the Caribbean.
Unlike the first time we came (October) the resort was full but, as previously, we might as well have the beach and sea to ourselves. The beach, sea and views are truly stunning - so much so that when we got engaged on the beach one early morning we were the only only there - the most perfect place imaginable.
The pool was beautiful but we never used (why, when you have a beach like that!!).
Food and drink are wonderful- we had the pleasure of sitting next to Executive Chef Andy at the returners dinner at Ismay’s on night which was great (Thanks Andy’s team for the best ever cheese and tomato sandwiches ever the day after!) Nothing is too much trouble there - make sure you ask for the Grey Goose if that is what you like!!!
Evenings are fabulous fun - great local bands for dancing - just can’t quite do it like the staff can!
Thanks to all the staff who looked after us there, with particular love to Natasha, Elaine (who kept the beer coming) and Tamsin on the front desk.
Our 6th stay at wonderful Galley Bay! There are four restaurants on the premises --if you include the Burger Shack. Seagrape has the best salads for lunch and breakfast is served daily. Gauguin restaurant is by far the most romantic in our opinion. Ismay's is the most formal of the restaurants. The terrific staff greets you with smiles and hellos each day. Special thanks to Iba who recommended a great sailing trip on Catch the Cat (Margot and Lushi were wonderful hosts) . The lovely uncrowded beach feels like a scene from Castaway. If a quiet and relaxed vibe is what you crave , come to Galley Bay.
We have been coming to Galley Bay for many years now and have seen the current owner and his fabulous management team and staff develop it year on year. Well last year the hurricane forced a closure and they took advantage of that to develop the property and its team. We got back home last week after a 12 day stay. All I can say is the team have nailed it. We had the most fantastic stay and we cannot fault the hotel. It is fabulous guys, you have nailed it. We are already looking forward to coming back to our second home next November. We miss you already :-)
We were 2 couples with extensive Caribbean travel experience, but none of it at an "all inclusive" so we decided on Galley Bay both because of their wonderfully informative website, and because of a mention in Jet Setter, as well as the reviews previous guests had written. We have to say, Galley Bay has much to offer, offers it with a smile and great service and never disappoints. While we had some windy days with the surf up and red caution flag out, the water sports folks, and Victoria at the ready with Tee Shirts and Visor caps made the surf a non-issue; there was plenty of sun to cover up from! Our favorite dining spot, among the several offered, was the 'palapa' style individual tables at "Gauguin's" where Mike was at the ready with just the right sea side table featuring views of incoming and outgoing cruise ships all lit up for travel. Quite a romantic place!
At each venue the food and drink was both plentiful, cheerully served and wonderful to eat or imbibe, but our favorite day was arranged by Iba, who connected us with Antigua Extreme Adventures for an island tour by boat, lunch and snorkle trip with Toby & Kadeem who were gracious and outgoing with a friendly vibe and over the top knowledge of the island, the reef snorkel spots and all of the turtle, ray and porpoise sea life that aboundsl
We'll Be back!~
We stayed the first week of December. Nice resort, very friendly staff. We never felt rushed and the staff always had time to talk with us. We stayed in a superior deluxe beach front room. Felt like we had the beach to ourselves. We had two lounge chairs on our patio plus two lounge chairs out in the sand. No fighting for chairs like at other resorts. No matter what time of day we walked by the pool, there always seemed to be at least one set of chairs available. We took Captain Sean’s Sunset sail. He and his mate were great. They were very informative and conscientious of our safety. Gave us time to snorkel on a reef and then on the way back had a great meal (chicken, potato salad, steamed veggies, rice and beans, and bread pudding). All our meals were great but I think Captain Sean’s was the best 😉. Will definitely be back!