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
This was the perfect location for our honeymoon (3 years overdue)! We can understand why they have so many returns visitors and we have decided this is our go to place for vacations!
We stayed in G18 which was private and had a beautiful view of the lagoon. Not all the cottages have a view of the lagoon, so if that is important to you, you can request it. The pool was a perfect temperature and we enjoyed relaxing in the late afternoon listening to the birds chirping. We loved having a separate sitting area from the bedroom. The bed and pillows were very comfortable. The room was well maintained and cleaned daily. My only negative comment would be that the water pressure was poor. In addition, you had to run the water for 5-10 minutes for it to be warm which is wasteful. We spoke to other patrons who did not have this issue so it could have been specific to the room.
The food was incredible. We looked forward to every meal and were never disappointed. Everything is delicious! It is important that you follow the dress code for dinner, we saw people turned away for improper attire.
Unfortunately we had mostly red flag days however still were cautious and went into the water. On yellow or red days you have to be very careful and it is recommended to be a strong swimmer. I was knocked down quite hard by a wave. We were told that in October/November the water is usually quite calm but due to a hurricane out at sea it was causing the waves.
One of the neatest things we noticed was their dedication to the environment. They recycle, do not use plastic cups and use paper straws, this was very impressive and I hope they continue to strive to be environmentally friendly! Take a stop at the turtle sanctuary as well while you are there!
The staff make your experience that much more amazing by always greeting you with a smile. Even the other patrons always said good morning! It was nice to see. I would suggest taking out the bikes and going up toward the cell towers (if you are leaving the resort turn right and go up the hill). You get a spectacular view of Galley Bay, the beach and lagoon. You may also see some goats!
-Wifi worked most places for us.
-You do not need a voltage adapter if you are travelling from North America.
-Ask the water sports guys to grab you a chair on the beach if you are not in a beach front room.
- Tipping is not required, but at the end of your stay you can leave a tip if you feel that you received exceptional service
The location definitely makes Galley Bay - you can almost fall out of your room and be on the beach. They also have a great watersports team who are more than happy to take you out on one of their hobby craft boats for either a sightseeing trip around the bay or snorkelling at the wreck or you can use their paddle boards or kayaks - all of which is included. The inclusive package also included dailly yoga with McKenzie which was great. The food in all the restaurants is delicious (Nov is low season so not all the restaurants were open every day so you have to check the schedule and one restaurant, Ismay, is payable). We also loved the run shack for its character. In general, the standard of service was very good although a few times, the staff did seem to be operating on "caribbean time". We had room 6 which is a great location, near to the bars & restaurants and also the watersports. The room was a lovely design but was showing a little wear and tear. When we left, 2 large groups had just arrived for 2 different weddings at the resort and we were glad to be leaving as it did change the dynamics in the resort! Overall, I would definitely recommend the resort.
Let me preface this review by saying I am extremely selective of where I stay. the property, staff and reviews need to be fantastic and 5-star for me to potentially consider staying at an all-inclusive resort.
For starters, this resort looks EXACTLY like their advertised photos. Clean. Fresh. Remodeled. It was a travelers dream to be smiled and greeted by every single employee at Galley Bay. I HIGHLY recommend this resort to anyone looking at an all-adult inclusive resort in Antigua. The food was delicious and always changing in the restaurants. The pool was spotless every day of my stay. The rooms were remodeled and clean. BUT- it was the employees that make this resort so special. They knew my name the moment I arrived and always had my food or drink order ready wherever I went.
I would DEFINITELY come back here and stay at Galley Bay. It was the paradise I needed from my busy life.