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Galley Bay, Antigua

Last Visited By Karen, Travel Specialist
  • Ideal for Weddings & Honeymoons
  • Especially Romantic
  • Pool
  • Spa

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Galley Bay is an all-inclusive, adults only resort in Antigua which is set within forty acres of tropical gardens, complete with a saltwater lagoon and a bird sanctuary. Bordering three quarters of a mile of white sand beach, Galley Bay is an intimate retreat which is ideal for those wishing to relax in a stunning setting. 
 
Inspired by the artist Gauguin’s paintings of Tahiti, Galley Bay’s accommodation has a West Indian feel combined with Tahitian architecture. The resort offers high quality accommodation in a variety of settings, with 98 cottages and rooms ranging from the Gauguin Cottages with private pools to the spectacular ocean views offered by the Beachfront rooms.  
 
Galley Bay has four open air, beachfront restaurants offering its guests a range of menus. Breakfast is served at the Sea Grape restaurant overlooking the beach whilst a good choice for lunch may be found in both the Barefoot Grill or at Gauguin's with its authentic Caribbean cuisine - lunch and dinner are served in private thatched gazebos. For something special, guests can opt to dine at Ismay’s a restaurant named after the longest serving member of the resort team.

Galley Bay has recently opened a new coffee shop and rum bar which can be enjoyed as part of the all-inclusive programme, both offering new experiences to a much loved resort. The coffee shop serves cappucinos through to fresh pastries whilst the new Rum Shack is set in the garden by the Lagoon, stocking 20 rums from across the Caribbean from Antigua to Trinidad. 

As well as luxury spa treatments at the ‘Indulge’ spa, Galley Bay offers a range of complimentary non motorised water sports such as kayaking and snorkeling. Back on dry land guests can enjoy tennis, croquet and the hotel’s walking trails. The resort can also help to arrange scuba diving, golf and horse riding for an additional charge. 

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Our Opinion

Last Visited By Karen, Travel Specialist

Galley Bay is an all-inclusive resort with a lovely feel, excellent staff and an outstanding range of events and activities on offer. From cocktail parties and cooking demonstrations to garden tours and hikes, there is plenty to occupy guests. A lovely touch is the weekly dinner for repeat guests, where staff seek feedback in order to help the resort develop.

The stunning beach is another highlight of the resort – this was one of the first things I saw when I arrived at the resort, and I would happily stay in one of the beachfront rooms where you can step straight out onto the sand.

There are some great dining options including a new coffee shop which serves cake and hot drinks throughout the day, while the Rum Shack offers a wide selection of Caribbean rums and cocktails.

I loved Galley Bay because of its beautiful surroundings, great choice of accommodation, fantastic food and admirable balance of relaxation and activity – I can imagine guests returning to the resort year after year!

- Karen

For more information about Galley Bay or alternative resorts, take a look at Karen's Antigua Trip Diary.


Fact File

Children: Galley Bay is an adults-only resort meaning guests must be over the age of 16.  
 
Location: Galley Bay is located on the west coast of Antigua, about 4 miles from St John's.
 
Distance from the airport: Approximately 25 minutes by car from VC Bird International Airport.
 
Check in/out: Guests are invited to check in from 3pm and are asked to check out by 12 noon.
 
Meal Arrangements: Galley Bay operates on an all-inclusive basis, comprising of breakfast, lunch and dinner daily plus a range of beverages including house wines, beers, spirits and soft drinks. 
 
Dining & entertainment: Galley Bay has four open air dining options: Ismay’s, Seagrape, Gauguin and The Barefoot Grill. Ismay’s incurs an additional $45 per person dining charge.  Sea Grape is Galley Bay’s main restaurant and serves a mix of buffet and choices from its a la carte menu.  The Gauguin offers authentic Caribbean cuisine under individual dining gazebos under palm roofs whilst the Barefoot Grill is open for lunch and snacks. Guests are asked to wear shoes and cover-ups when dining.In the evening, guests are asked to adhere to a more formal dress code where dresses, long trousers and jeans are acceptable, but the resort requests that tennis shoes and flip flops are not worn.
There are three bars including a new Rum Shack which is set in the garden by the Lagoon, stocking 20 rums from across the Caribbean from Antigua to Trinidad. Another new addition which is included in the all-inclusive package is the coffee shop which serves drinks and snacks from cappucinos to fresh pastries. 
 
Resort facilities & services: Four restaurants, three bars and a coffee shop (as above), a spa, croquet lawn, fitness centre, free-form freshwater swimming pool, table tennis, tennis court, library, games room, bird lagoon and walking track. There is also a boutique, laundry and guest services centre with bureau de change and car & bicycle rental, 
 
Activities at the resort: A wide range of complimentary activities are available including non-motorised water sports such as sea kayaking, paddle boarding, catamaran sailing, windsurfing and snorkeling. Back on dry land, guests can enjoy tennis, cycling, table tennis and croquet. 

Activities & excursions nearby: Guests can go on a variety of excursions including island tours, shopping trips to St John's, historical visits to Shirley Heights, English Harbour and Nelson's Dockyard as well as golf. 
 
ACCOMMODATION
All accommodation at Galley Bay has air conditioning, a ceiling fan, tea and coffee making facilities, a hair dryer, TV, a fridge and a safe. 
 
Superior Beachfront Room: With direct access to the beach, these single storey rooms have vaulted ceilings, a king-size bed, a bathroom with a shower and are only steps from the white sand.  
 
Deluxe Beachfront Room: Set in a two storey building on the beachfront, these rooms are more spacious and feature a walk-in wardrobe and a larger patio.  Rooms on the ground floor have direct beach access, whilst rooms on the first floor have stunning ocean views. 
 
Gauguin Cottage: For a romantic setting, nestled within the gardens just moments from the bird lagoon and beach, these suites each have a private plunge pool, terrace and sun loungers set amid lush tropical plants and behind wooden branch sunscreens.  The bedroom and bathroom, complete with a shower, are each housed under separate high ceiling, thatched rondovals with a spacious, air-conditioned sitting room overlooking the garden.  All have cool white tile flooring and contemporary furnishings.   Maximum occupancy: 2 adults
 
Premium Beachfront Suite: These spacious suites feature a split level bedroom and living area which lead out to the spacious balcony through floor to ceiling doors to views over the Caribbean Sea. In addition to the above facilities, the Premium Beachfront Suite also features his and her basins and a large bath in the bathroom.

 

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