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Galley Bay


Galley Bay
© Galley Bay Antigua.

What to Expect at Galley Bay:

Galley Bay Antigua is an all-inclusive resort on 40 acres that include a lagoon, tropical gardens, and a three-quarter mile beach. Simple, secluded, and covered with lush plantings, this exclusive resort has a calm, somewhat formal feeling.

Trip Advisor readers recently named Galley Bay as one of the top 100 resorts in the world and among top 10 romantic properties in the Caribbean.

Guests enter the property through a rustic building next to a historic sugar mill and are transported to the lobby on a golf cart. Children under 16 years of age are only accepted during the Christmas & New Year holidays.

Guest Rooms at Galley Bay:

Galley Bay’s 69 suites and cottages include beachfront suites with sunken living rooms and “his and hers” showers, beachfront rooms, and Gauguin cottages 50 yards from the beach that look like Rumpelstilskin’s house. Each has a private splash pool with a sun deck and consists of two separate buildings, a bedroom, and a bathroom. All rooms are air-conditioned with ceiling fans, hair dryers, coffee machines, and bathrobes.

Dining at Galley Bay:

Galley Bay Antigua offers two places to eat. Open-air Sea Grape Restaurant by the sea serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Its menu includes entrees including jerk-style pork with pineapple relish and for dessert, key lime pie. Gauguin restaurant is more formal and intimate, featuring candlelight dinners with live entertainment every evening. The Teepee Bar, under a conical thatched roof, is located off the lobby. The more elegant Lounge Bar features hors d’oeuvres.

Weddings, Honeymoons, and Romantic Getaways at Galley Bay:

The resort’s free wedding package, available to couples who stay 7 or more nights, includes the wedding and reception site, cake, bottle of champagne, bouquet and boutonniere, registrar and government fees, on-site wedding coordinator, ceremony fees, taxes and gratuities.

Galley Bay Antigua offers honeymoon three packages. One includes a sunset cruise, lunch, massages, bathrobes, and other amenities. Another includes breakfast in bed and several spa treatments. The third consists of a Jeep rental, catamaran cruise, and other features. Honeymoon couples are also feted with flowers, fruit, and champagne.

Spa and Swimming Pools at Galley Bay:

Galley Bay Antigua has a freeform freshwater swimming pool surrounded by rustic stones. Along the back is a waterfall that cascades over stacks of piled-up rocks. There is also a spa and beauty salon.

Nearby Galley Bay:

Galley Bay Antigua is 10 minutes from St. John’s and 25 minutes from the V.C. Bird International Airport. Cedar Hollow Golf is 10 minutes away.

What Could Be Improved at Galley Bay:

The Gauguin Cottages look like something out of a Grimms Brothers fairy tale – and the idea of putting the bathroom in a separate building seems more inconvenient than charming.

Is Galley Bay Right for You?:

The formal serenity of Galley Bay Antigua gives it the feeling of a true retreat. While couples who want to get away from it all will find it to their liking, those who are looking for a more lively atmosphere might be disappointed.

Find Out More About Galley Bay:

Galley Bay
Five Islands, P.O. Box 305
St. John’s, Antigua
Phone: 800- 858-4618
Galley Bay Web site

As is common in the travel industry, the writer was provided with complimentary accommodation and meals for the purpose of reviewing those services. While it has not influenced this review, About.com believes in full disclosure of all potential conflicts of interest. For more information, see our ethics policy.

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