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
There are a lot of repeat visitors returning to this good hotel that offers good food and service. However if you are under 50 or feel like under 50 this hotel would not be your choice unless you want to do nothing for your stay. If you peace and quite and good food and a room right on the beach then this might be your ideal choice.
After a week I felt like I had cabin fever and needed to leave, but couples who like to do nothing just keep coming back.
So my advise is to work out if you want to do nothing or not. I’m told that the hotel offers good value all inclusive.
All the food is brought to your table and does not feel like your typical all inclusive. It’s far away from anything and a lot of visitors just love this.
Rooms are spacious and all face the sea.
So if you fancy doing nothing, this hotel would be a good choice to watch the days go by
We visited Galley Bay for 10 nights in January.
We stayed in a premium beach from room (room 30)
The rooms are well equipped and bed very comfortable.
Fabulous view from our room overlooking the beautiful beach and fabulous Caribbean sea.
Food good and in particular the Gaugin restaurant for lunch or dinner - fantastic! but make sure you reserve a table early in the morning for dinner.Bare foot grill great for a relaxed lunch too.
Bar and restaurant staff friendly and helpful - must mention Troya here!
The yoga at Galley Bay is just the the best. MacKenzie is simply the most fantastic teacher and the main reason we'd return. Please do more aquafit at Galley Bay too again taught by the brilliant MacKenzie who is also a great conservationalist - just ask her about turtles! Thanks MacKenzie you made my holiday even more fantastic.
This had to have been the most laid back beach holiday I can recall in a long time. Cuba and Mexico were always a bit busier however Galley Bay is secluded and calm. The service staff is excellent, respectful and very polite. An adults all inclusive so it's quite peaceful. Meals, plus tea time at 4 pm, were measured but never inadequate. There's a full time bar (opens later in the morning) throughout the day, a beach grill and main restaurant (Sea Grape); two other restaurants at opposite ends of the beach require evening reservations. Gaugin's for lunch was the best dining experience so highly recommended. US$45 fee for dining at Ismay's.
Great sandy beach, pool, garden (look for the humming birds and mongoose), fully equipped gym, spa, souvenir shop and jewelry store within the compound. Beach hobby cats (with lessons from friendly staff), wind surfing boards, stand up boards, beach kayaks and snorkelling gear are available on the beach. Live bands every night.
This isn't a rip-it-up party resort. When we were there, I noticed most of the patrons were middle to older age and many told me they returned here year after year. We were told that the resort was pretty well booked but you never got the impression that is was crowded.
I would add that this place is wheel chair accessible. There were several guests in wheel chairs, a couple on the dance floor I recall, and staff very accommodating.
Although there was enough to eat some times the evening menu fell a little short of the mark in terms of choice and portion size. A couple times we were presented with a wine menu with listed bottle prices. Don't bother. Go with the free plonk by glass and you'll be fine.
I'd recommend the place for those wanting to get away, unwind and enjoy the beach, sun and wind in peace. Well done.
This was our second time at Galley Bay and we hope to make it an annual thing. Nothing over the top here, only comfortable accommodations with fantastic views, friendly and helpful staff, varied menu options and just the right amount of “I don’t have to do ANYTHING!”
This is our ninth consecutive year at Galley Bay. We stay for two weeks. It has been a few years since I have written a review so I thought it was time to, again, speak to the excellence of this resort. The grounds are immaculate, the food is brilliant, the rooms are warm and homey, the beach is lovely, the spa is incredible. However, none of this would be worthwhile if not for the crown jewel of Galley Bay; the staff! They are the absolute best! They love taking great care of the guests. They are family! I cannot recommend Galley Bay highly enough. We are already booked for 2020.