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
We had the most amazing stay here. The resort is even better than the photos. I have to start this review by talking about the staff. They were amazing and a huge component of what made this such an amazing holiday. The staff were super friendly and sooo helpful and that’s everyone we spoke to. The resort also had lots of management wandering around all the time, which made the place feel very personal as people got to know you. The food is amazing at all restaurants. Rooms felt very modern, clean and new. The resort is set on gorgeous coastline and makes it very unique, from what we saw, there is nothing quite like this on the island.
Water sports staff were great in helping us use the hobbycat and snorkelling and were always watching guests in the water making it feel very safe.
If you feel the need to leave the resort, Shirley Heights on a Sunday evening is a must if you like a bbq, cocktail and steel band.
The hotel will organise everything for you and know all the best places and companies to go to.
If you need to relax unwind this is the place for you.
Loved the adult only all inclusive resort. Not crowded and very relaxing. Entertainment every night was fun. This resort was everything promised and the service was superior. Our first floor room just steps from the beach had the most amazing view and I enjoyed morning coffee on the patio.
Returned from a week at this beautiful paradise. The staff here is wonderful. They let you know that your enjoyment at this resort is their goal. Everyone has a smile and all seem to enjoy their work.
Have to acknowledge Cedric, Manager, Mike Mathews, Gaugin Restaurant, Iba, Nola, Dave, Ivy, Teejee, Elaine, Sandy, Peter, Jarmella, Karie, Carla, Tamy.
I enjoyed our Premier Beachfront suite.
Mountain on one side and beachfront on the other. We will be back this year.
We've just spent another great week at Galley Bay.
The location is perfect, with a long sandy beach. We couldn't get the accommodation we wanted, as we'd booked too late, but the beachfront room we had was spacious — with a huge walk-in wardrobe (just what we needed) and a very large bathroom.
As previously, the staff members are great; friendly and fun. And the management are very hospitable people, giving a splendid dinner for returners.
The food was pretty good. We often used the Barefoot Grill for simple but tasty lunches.
For those who like walking there's the opportunity to walk through neighbouring Hawksbill Hotel along to Eden Beach. There are few people there. And if you are very active then you can set out early and get to Fort Barrington, with overlooks St John's. It's quite a trek though, especially in the heat.
A highlight of our stay was when a huge leatherback turtle came ashore late one evening, laid eggs by our room, and an hour later heaved itself back into the sea.
We shall probably be back soon.
We returned to Galley Bay April 2018 having experienced our first visit there in December 2015 and we were not disappointed, this remains our all-time favourite destination, excellent location, top class facilities and superb food (thanks Stan!), if you are looking for an extremely chilled relaxing place to stay with great staff then you must go to Galley Bay. Now it won't be for everyone (certainly not if you want a loud buzz-filled vacation) and it may not be the cheapest, but chillaxing warmth (physical and metaphorical) abounds here. Most of the staff are very happy people, and it's great (and reassuring) to see so many of the same people we saw on the first trip, especial call-outs to those who we felt went the extra mile (Stuart, Aliah, Damond and Sadi in the Sea Grape, Mike in Gauguin's, Andrew 'Stan' Baxter, Althea in housekeeping and of course Cedric the Manager who manages to make everyone feel special!).
Food was excellent, superb quality and just the right size portions (you wouldn't want massive portions for 1 or 2 weeks all-inclusive would you!?), and it is definitely worth paying the surcharge for Ismay's restaurant where everything gets turned up a few notches even higher.
I am sure we, like many others, will be back again before long and will carry on dreaming until then, we cannot recommend this resort highly enough, if you're still undecided go on, just do it, you'll not regret it!