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Amenities

  •  Free WiFi
  •  Parking On Site
  •  Pool
  •  Restaurant
  •  Spa
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Overview

Location

With a stay at Cocobay Resort – All Inclusive – Adults Only in Saint Mary, you’ll be on the beach and minutes from Valley Church Beach, and close to Fryes Beach. This 4-star resort is within close proximity of Darkwood Beach and Jolly Harbour Golf Club.

Rooms

Make yourself at home in one of the 61 air-conditioned rooms featuring refrigerators. Rooms have private furnished balconies. Wireless Internet access (surcharge) is available to keep you connected. Bathrooms have designer toiletries and hair dryers.

Spa, Wellness & Premium Amenities

Relax and unwind with massages, body treatments, and facials. Additional features at this resort include wireless Internet access (surcharge), gift shops/newsstands, and wedding services.

Food & Drink

All-inclusive rates are available at this resort. Meals and beverages at onsite dining establishments are included in all-inclusive rates. Charges may be applied for dining at some restaurants, special dinners and dishes, some beverages, and other amenities.

Satisfy your appetite at one of the resort’s 2 restaurants. Relax with a refreshing drink from a beach bar or one of the 2 bars/lounges. A complimentary buffet breakfast is served daily from 7:30 AM to 10 AM.

Business & Travel Amenities

Featured amenities include a 24-hour front desk and a safe deposit box at the front desk. Free self parking is available onsite.

How to Get There

Cocobay Resort – All Inclusive – Adults Only
Valley Church
Valley Church, Antigua and Barbuda

Reviews

4.5 Very Good 2503 Reviews
Cocobay......A Caribbean Paradise
Reviewed 1 day ago

Cocobay is perfectly located on the west coast, sunsets were spectacular, the water was amazing, full of underwater life and soft sandy beaches. My wife enjoyed her birthday to the max! Great all inclusive, lots of refreshing drinks and sumptuous food. The cottages allowed for beautiful views, privacy and comfort. The only thing better than all of these was the extremely hospitable staff, from the bell boy to the Manager! I have to mention Arian, Blaine, Blondel, Cheryl, Cliff, Craig, Doroline, Janine, Jermaine, Kathleen, Kerry, Keva, Laurie, Matika, Nasasha, Ramone, Vilma, Vincia and the Resort Manager, Oneal Richards!

Completely Exceptional.
Reviewed 4 days ago

My wife and I stayed at Cocobay for our recent honeymoon and we could not have been happier with our choice. The resort is simply incredible and I am not sure where to begin.

Others have said more than I can about this wonderful place, so I'll keep it short. The rooms are fantastic and well kept. We stayed in a premium waterfront suite and were thankful that we did. The access to a private plunge pool and outdoor clawfoot bath were well worth the cost.

The staff was exceedingly helpful, and regularly went out of their way to make our stay more comfortable. They were also incredibly friendly and easy to speak with.

My wife and I were particularly pleased with the food. We were anticipating decent but not great selections and courses given our previous experiences with all inclusive resorts, but the restaurant at Cocobay was simply outstanding. We had expected that we'd probably want to eat at Sheer Rocks, the second onsite restaurant which costs an additional fee, but the meals at the main restaurant were so wonderful that we didn't ever feel the need. Each day had a completely different menu, so nothing was ever bland to us. The cuisine was adventurous and delectable.

I would not hesitate to recommend Cocobay to anyone and everyone looking for a Caribbean vacation. Our trip was worth every penny.

Magical moments
Reviewed 4 days ago

Cocobay Resort is a unique Caribbean experience. The resort sits on a point of rocks surrounded by Instagram-worthy Coco and Ffryes beach on one side, and Valley Church beach on the other. We were able to visit many other resorts on Antigua and we felt so blessed to have these sheltered and stunning beaches to relax on.

Most of the resort activity takes place on Coco beach. Loungers, sailboats, paddleboards, jetski rentals are all found there. We much preferred Valley Church beach for it's solitude. Imagine a mile-long curve of soft white sand, lapped by perfectly turquoise water. Now imagine having it all to yourself. It is so rare in the Caribbean to have a beach to yourself. Local families would show up once in awhile, but the beach is so long that it felt like ours alone. I met a resident who said he drives from the east side of the island to Valley Church because it's the best beach on Antigua. Things may be different during the busy season, but in July it was all ours. By the way, every local we met in Antigua was super friendly.

For a magical experience, visit Valley Church beach on Sunday mornings. The 300-year-old Anglican church throws open its windows and doors, and you can hear the parishioners singing. Sitting alone in the endless, clear blue water with that beautiful music washing over us on the wind is the type of experience we travel for. This alone was worth the price of the trip.

The rooms are actually colorful cottages that are placed along the bluff overlooking gorgeous Valley Church Bay. All rooms have their own deck overlooking the water with their own hammock and chairs. The Premium Waterfront rooms (which I highly recommend) also have a footed bathtub, an infinity plunge pool, a double-sized daybed, and a hummingbird feeder which was a nice touch. The premium rooms also have unobstructed views of the water. The beds are very comfortable and there is air conditioning. We spent a lot of time on the deck, enjoying the stunning views, watching the colorful birds come and go, and cooling off in the pool. So relaxing.

The staff at the front desk were so friendly and helpful. They really want you to have a wonderful time. The restaurant staff were also very attentive. In particular, we enjoyed meeting Denise. But really, everyone was wonderful.

Cocobay Resort is all-inclusive of food and drinks. Breakfast and lunch were quite well-done and they mixed up the options so you won't get tired of the same old thing. Antigua must ship in most of its food items, so you won't get much in the way of local produce. I highly suggest you hunt down an Antigua Black Pineapple, truly the sweetest pineapple in the world. They are a bit rare, so you will need help!

Dinners were a bit more disappointing to us, uneven in both quality and quantity. As vegetarians, we are used to making due while traveling. When you only have one option on the menu, you are kind of stuck. Cocobay always has a vegetarian option and they will also let you get creative with leaving meat off other menu items. All that said, the vegetarian food at the resort was just as good as that at Sheer Rocks. The food was better than most all-inclusives.

Cocobay is a colorful, romantic getaway. Highly recommended.

Honeymoon - Summer 2018
Reviewed 4 days ago

My wife and I just got back from Cocobay after a week long honeymoon. I'll go into serious detail, but overall our stay was amazing! Neither of us had been to a Caribbean destination before and we were blown away by everything Cocobay and Antigua had to offer.

Cocobay is a resort consisting of maybe 50 or so private bungalows strewn over a hillside that overlooks clear, blue ocean waters. There are different rooms available, some are closer to the water with better views and some have pools. As this was our honeymoon, my wife and I opted for the nicest of their non-chattel units, the premium waterfront suite. This bungalow had a private plunge pool (about 7 feet by 7 feet in dimensions, big enough for a nice dip) and offered the best views of all the bungalows. From our room we looked out over our infinity plunge pool out over the ocean. The view was absolutely unbeatable and is practically worth the journey alone.

Regardless of which room/bungalow you choose, you're entitled to all the amenities of this all-inclusive resort. Here are some of the all-inclusive perks:

- your in-room fridge is stocked daily with soda, water, beer, tonic and soda water
- you have access to both of the resort's main infinity pools as well as the resort plunge pool
- all meals at the resort restaurant, Rafters
- all drinks at the bars
- use of various water equipment like snorkels and kayaks

Breakfast and lunch are buffets at Rafters that vary and change daily. We were very happy with the selections they had and always left each meal way too full because everything was so good. Dinner is a 4 course meal in which you select from a number of options for each course. The menu for dinner also changes every day. Every dinner we had was very good and we really appreciated the variety of the dishes. One night we might have pasta, another we might have pork or fish. Of the 7 dinners we ate at Rafters, I only had one single dish I didn't like (a gelatinous, cat-food like appetizer), everything else was great. There are also selections available at dinner for an added cost, like lobster, tenderloin, or shrimp. One thing we found frustrating about these extra-cost dishes is that they were apparently free with our room (the premium waterfront suites include all supplemental dinner charges as well), but we weren't told this until our very last night when we decided to splurge. We were happy with our dinners without these supplements, but had we known from night one that we could get tenderloin, lobster, or shrimp at no extra cost to us because of our room choice, we would have probably ordered them a couple more times during our stay. Other than this, all our meals at Cocobay were wonderful and the servers were all very polite and great at their jobs. You don't just feel like a guest at a restaurant when you eat at Rafters, you feel like you're a VIP with personalized treatment.

There's also another restaurant at the resort called Sheer Rocks, but this restaurant is NOT included in your stay. It is a separately owned and operated restaurant, it just happens to share resort space with Cocobay. We had planned on eating at least one meal there as their website boasts that they have been voted one of the best restaurants in the Caribbean, but we were talked out of doing so by a local. We were told it was good, but not worth the exorbitant prices they charge. We were told we could leave the resort and go 5 minutes away to some place more local and find better food at far more reasonable prices.

There are two bars at the resort, one near each pool. The lower pool bar also serves paninis (different ones every day), in case you need a snack in between meals (breakfast buffet runs 7:30-10:30, lunch buffet runs 12:30-2:30 and dinner runs 6:30-9). My wife and I enjoyed grabbing a drink at either bar and lounging in or by the pool. They do a custom tropical drink every day which was fun to try. If you don't drink, the bars are still a great place to grab a cold water or soda before heading back to the pool or ocean.

We spent the majority of our days either in one of the resort pools, in our own plunge pool, reading in a hammock by the water, or down on the beach. Snorkeling was a blast and you can see a large variety of fish just by swimming 20 feet out at the beach. My wife and I are from Maryland, USA so when we go to the beach here, we're used to murky water with rough waves and strong currents. The water in Antigua is the complete opposite. It's completely clear and it doesn't move at all. There are no waves and you don't have to worry about riptides or being pushed up or down the shore by currents. I could (and did) spend hours just floating out in the ocean watching the fish in the coral reefs.

I would say Antigua, and Cocobay in particular, is a place to come if you want to relax to the fullest, but there are plenty of excursion opportunities as well. We only left the resort twice during our entire stay. The first time was to go to a place called Shirley Heights which was on the other side of the island, about 40 minutes away. Shirley Heights is just a big party area apparently, with food and drinks and live, local music. It sits atop a tall mountain near English Harbor so the views are breathtaking. The only other time we left the resort was to do a boat tour. The boat picked us up right on the beach at the resort (talk about convenient) and we spent about 7 hours sailing around all of Antigua, stopping occasionally to snorkel at a reef or to go swimming on a beach. Lunch was included and there was a bar as well. While we enjoyed this, we actually felt it could have been shorter. We realized afterwards that we would have rather spent some of that 7 hours in the water, rather than on a big boat with 30 other people. As you sail around the eastern part of the island you're in the Atlantic where the waters are much rougher. Several people got sea sick and even my wife and I felt a little nauseous during that stretch. This trip cost $110 USD per person. In hindsight, I would have rather gone swimming with sting rays or done a much faster cruise. Regardless, there's a million excursions you can pick from and the resort can help you book and pay for these.

I have very little bad to say about our stay at Cocobay. The resort and people are wonderful. From the moment we arrived we felt special. They carried our bags for us up to the reception where we were then offered rum punches as we checked in. Then they carried our bags to our room and after we got settled in our room, they gave us a tour around. It's a spacious resort with plenty of room for all guests. Most of the time we had the main resort pools to ourselves as lots of people like to lay out in the sun near the pools or read. The pools are NEVER crowded, mostly because there simply aren't enough people to ever create crowds (like I imagine might be the case at something like a Sandals resort). It's certainly a quiet destination and is very romantic. And at $4,500 for a week, the price seemed very reasonable. When we were deciding where to go, we looked at dozens of similar resorts across pretty much every island in the Caribbean and for something comparable on most countries the price was above $4,500. And you can truly stay here without ever paying another cent if you choose to do so. We had that boat tour and the trip to Shirley Heights, and we got massages at the resort (pricey, but very good!), all of which were at additional costs to us, but they were all optional. If your goal is to lay by the pool or beach with a drink in hand all week, you can do so at no cost to you (aside from what you paid for your room).

If I had to list out my complaints with Cocobay, they would be:

- terrible WiFi. It's nice that the WiFi is free, but given the cost of the room, I would expect better WiFi. It constantly drops, requires you to log back in, or simply doesn't work even though it looks like it should. We didn't spend a lot of time on our phones, but we relied on WiFi to make phone calls and send texts (WiFi calling allows you to bypass paying international phone fees like the Verizon travelpass)

- our room and plunge pool could stand some upgrades. The room never looked particularly clean, but I think that was due in part to the age of the decor. The staff do come and clean your room every day and replace your towels and fill up your fridge, etc. One cute little feature was the "do not disturb" option. Instead of a card you put on your door handle like at a hotel, you instead have a conch shell next to your door with a little seashell on a chain in it. If you put the seashell in the conch, that means you don't want to be disturbed. If you leave the seashell hanging down outside of the conch, it means the staff are free to come in.

- our private plunge pool wasn't cleaned while we were there, so it accumulated a little pile of leaves at one of the corners. We probably could have asked to have it cleaned, but would have preferred that to be part of the daily servicing.

- pushy vendors. This one doesn't have anything to do with Cocobay, but when you go down to the beach from the resort there are vendors sitting right there to sell you on their overpriced touristy merchandise. This is also where the excursion people sit. At times it can feel like you're surrounded by used car salesman who really want your business. They're at least very polite, but it'd be nice if they left you alone a little more. We did find one woman, her name was Claudia, she was super friendly and super helpful. She was the one that told us about Shirley Heights and helped us book everything. We didn't feel like she was as pushy as the other people, she genuinely seemed like she wanted to help us.

If you plan on doing any excursions and are from the US, I suggest bringing USD with you. Everything can be paid for in USD. We didn't know this before we went so when we got there we instead pulled local money (EC) out of an ATM and paid for things like our excursion and trip to Shirley Heights that way. The issue is it's then a pain to convert from EC to USD and not everyone seems to carry change so we took 1,100 EC out (in 11 100 EC bills), which vendors seemed to struggle with breaking. The exchange rate is roughly 2.7 EC to $1 USD. You can pay for most things with a credit card (I suggest getting a card that doesn't have foreign transaction fees), but sometimes you'll have to put a deposit down in cash.

We flew to Antigua through Air Canada. This required taking a plane from BWI in Baltimore, MD first to Toronto, Canada and then taking a plane from there to Antigua. So we flew north only to fly south again. I point this out because it seems that getting to Antigua is only easy from a handful of locations. When we booked our flights, we tried BWI and the two DC airports, but nothing offered direct flights. We could have gone with another airline and connected somewhere that makes more sense like Charlotte or Miami, but those flights all had long layovers. I suggest doing some flight research before booking because if you're like me and hate flying, you want to minimize that pain as much as possible. Nothing can turn a peaceful vacation into a stressful situation like having to worry about making your connections or connecting through yet another foreign country on the way. I can certainly say I've had my fill of long, slow-moving customs lines for a lifetime. Our tickets were also about $800 a piece, I don't know how this compares to tickets to other Caribbean destinations, but if you're price sensitive, it's worth noting. And our tickets through Air Canada were the cheapest offered with the shortest connection times. If we had connected through Miami we were looking at closer to $1,000 a ticket and upwards of 24 hour layovers.

If you're looking to get away to the Caribbean and you want something off the beaten path (as in, not Jamaica or the Bahamas or Cancun), Cocobay in Antigua is almost certainly the place for you!

Great views & stunning beaches
Reviewed 6 days ago

The real draws to coco bay are the amazing beaches, the views and stunning grounds including the different pools. Perhaps the best I’ve seen from a hotel in the Caribbean. Sheer rocks on site too is a big plus which we love.

Food -
Breakfast was good. If you didn’t time it right you could be waiting quite a while for eggs which isn’t an ideal way to start the day but not the end of the world. Good selection of food all round.
Lunch was fine but a bit same-ish. There were some paninis available from the lower pool bar which was a nice touch if you got there in time.
Dinner - menu varied daily which was great but the quality also varied generally. Pretty good for all inclusive but I wouldn’t recommend the restaurant for guests coming in externally for example.

The rest -
Our room was nice, minimalist and clean. We had aircon - I understand this isn’t the case for all rooms. The view was partially obstructed but lovely nonetheless. The bathroom was pretty dated to say the least which caught us a bit off guard. I got the impression these are being renovated and being external bookers we may have ended up with one yet to be done - I could be wrong though.

On the subject of external bookers - I was a bit perplexed that we had to pay for WiFi given we booked through an agent where as those who book directly don’t.. Not a major factor that affected our stay of course but right from arrival I felt like we were “lesser” guests - from having to pay for WiFi to then paying extra for the additional items on the dinner menu . I’m sure coco bay have their reasons but nonetheless it did create a bit of a tiered system.

All in all, we had a lovely stay largely due to the location and grounds but it just wasn’t quite that 5/5 stay we had hoped for, for the reasons above.