Located on the grounds of a historic sugar plantation, Galley Bay in 2010 underwent a multi-million design update and now offers 98 rooms set on 40 acres of tropical gardens. The Antigua resort is adults only, but kids under 16 can come during the Christmas holiday weeks. It has a three-quarter mile long white sand beach, three open-air restaurants, and three bars, live entertainment, cocktail parties and barbecues on the beach. The resort was named in the “Top 100 Resorts of the World” and among the “Top 10 Best Resorts for Romance in the Caribbean” by readers of TripAdvisor. It is in the Elite Island Resorts chain.
All-Inclusive Galley Bay Resort Rooms
Most of the boutique resort’s 98 rooms are tucked into landscaping along the beach, and come with free Internet. The room categories are:
Premium beachfront suites: There are 32 of these, decorated in Caribbean style, with granite, tropical art and dark acacia wood furnishings, sunken living rooms, and sliding doors to an outside patio or balcony.
Gaugin cottages: These reflect the famous artist’s Tahitian lifestyle, with peaked, thatched roofs of rondoval cottage design, joined by sheltered breezeway. Bedrooms feature whitewashed walls, woven bamboo ceilings, louvered windows and terra cotta tile, with splashes of bright colors. Across the breezeway is a bath with shower and dressing area, and concealed patios have private plunge pools.
Beachfront rooms: Two categories are within this one, superior beachfront rooms, traditional single-level rooms on the beach with vaulted ceilings, private terraces, and ensuite bathrooms, and deluxe beachfront, located in one or two-story buildings on the beach, more spacious rooms with walk-in closets, bathrooms with showers, and large beach patios with showers.
All-Inclusive Galley Bay Resort Restaurants and Bars
The Sea Grape restaurant is the site of weekly Caribbean barbecues in addition to the usual fare, as well as live steel-drum music.
Gaugin features dining for two by flickering candlelight among palm trees, steps from the ocean. The menu changes daily and blends the cuisines of the West Indies, Pacific Rim, and Europe. The restaurant is also home to one of the resort’s bars.
Ismay’s Restaurant and Bar is the newest addition here, a timber building on the southern end of the beach adjacent to the bay. The menu offers everything from classic West Indian roti to seafood gumbo and classic Rastafarian dishes.
The TeePee Bar features a high-peaked roof and is famous for the Galley Bay Special, a frozen mix of Cavalier light rum, coconut cream, grenadine and fresh bananas. It is a popular gathering spot with ocean views.
The Lounge Bar features cocktails and hors d’oeuvres with nightly entertainment.
All-Inclusive Galley Bay Resort Activities
The beach is the main draw for activities here, and included is a variety of non-motorized water sports, lessons and equipment included, such as Sunfish sailing, kayaking, Hobie Cats and windsurfing. There is a full-service fitness center here as well, and Astro-Turf tennis court for daytime play. Bicycles are also available and in 2009, croquet, horseshoes and shuffleboard were added.
Nightly entertainment includes local musicians playing steel pan, reggae and popular local music.
Indulge Spa opened in January 2008 where, for added cost, guests can get massages and a variety of treatments. Three massage areas are featured, two in open-air pods of rough-hewn decks draped with sheer curtains, overlooking the bird sanctuary and lagoon.
All-Inclusive Galley Bay Resort Information
Galley Bay Resort
St. John’s, Antigua
Rates from $780 per night