Galley Bay Resort & Spa

Antigua, Caribbean

The hotel

Set on one of Antigua's many beautiful beaches, this exclusive adults-only hideaway offers guests a fabulous combination of superior service, Caribbean cuisine and rustic luxury in a very natural setting. Much of the architecture here is inspired by the French artist Gauguin. The charming, refurbished individual suites have their own splash pool and are surrounded by lush gardens and views of the lagoon. There are three excellent open-air restaurants, all beachfront, offering intimate, candlelit dining of excellent quality. Ismay's Restaurant offers a higher quality dining experience to be shared for that special occasion, whilst the more laid-back Barefoot Grill is a great place to enjoy a tasty quesadilla made with resort grown produce. At sunset, hors d'oeuvres are served at the bar which overlooks the sea from under its Tahitian-style roof. There are activities such as non-motorised water sports and a recently expanded gym, but reclining with a novel on the beachfront deck from the library is equally as popular.

Amenities

  • Bar
  • Spa
  • Wheelchair access
  • Windsurfing
  • Sailing
  • Tennis
  • Restaurant
  • Bicycle Rental
  • Kayaking
  • Snorkelling
  • Anniversary and special occasions
  • Wedding

Where is it

On a beautiful beach, adjacent to Hawsbill and Deep Bay. Transfer time from airport: 30 minutes.

Hotel information

98 rooms on 1 or 2 floors. All with balcony/terrace, air-conditioning, ceiling fan, TV, telephone, complimentary WiFi, coffee maker, safe, bathrobes and hairdryer. Deluxe Beachfront Rooms are in 1 or 2-storey buildings located right on the beach, only rooms on the ground floor have direct beach access. Rooms are large and are well appointed with spacious bathrooms which have a walk-in double shower. Rooms sleep maximum 2 adults. 

All Inclusive of: all meals, snacks and drinks by the glass (name-brand spirits, sparkling wine by the glass, Caribbean beers, tropical coolers and soft drinks, excludes bottled water). All activities and entertainment above unless otherwise stated. Restaurants open on rotation.

 

Superior Deluxe Beachfront Rooms are charming rooms in 1-storey buildings in the centre of the resort, with private patio located directly on the beach. Each with 1 king-size bed, sleeping maximum 2 adults.

Gauguin Suites are situated on the edge of the bird sanctuary lagoon, just 50 yards from the beach and consist of two wooden cedar shingle roof rondovals with an enclosed large air conditioned sitting area joining the two. The suites have cool and modern white tile flooring with stone accents, plus their own private plunge pool, sleeping maximum 2 adults.

Premium Beachfront Suites are in 2-storey buildings, these have a bedroom and sunken living room with wet bar, huge bathroom with twin sinks, large bath and double walk-in shower, plus ocean views from the balcony or terrace, making these the largest and most luxurious option with iPod docking station and WiFi access. With 1 king-size bed, sleeping maximum 3 adults. A full-size rollaway bed is provided for Premium Beachfront Suites to allow for triple occupancy. These rooms have direct beach access on the ground floor only.

Premium Beachfront Spa Suite, sleeps maximum 2 adults and includes daily spa treatments from our selected menu of 45-minute treatments (five per week). A spa treatment is included daily excluding the day of arrival and departure, per person per holiday (non-transferable).

  • Free Weddings: conditions apply. More information can be found here 

  • Honeymoon offer: honeymooners receive sparkling wine, a fruit plate and 25% off spa treatments (not applicable at hair salon) when staying a minimum of 5 nights.

3 restaurants and 1 beach grill: Sea Grape Restaurant (serves award-winning Euro-Caribbean cuisine; breakfast, lunch and dinner), Gauguin Restaurant (offers traditional local cuisine where you can dine in individual cabanas for romantic meals; lunch and dinner), Barefoot Grill (offers a relaxed and laid-back, beachside atmosphere, serving burgers and 'basket style' sandwiches such as the classic Cuban, all made using home-grown fruits, herbs and vegetables from the resort).For special occasions try Ismay's Restaurant* (International island flavours, open evenings only — a US$45 per person supplement applies, payable locally, subject to change). 4 bars: Teepee Bar, Lounge Bar, Gauguin Bar and Rum Shack Bar serving different rums from around the Caribbean and delicious curated rum cocktails. The coffee shop features specialty coffee, tea drinks and homemade pasties.

All restaurants are beachfront. Restaurant hours and availability are subject to change. Restaurants open on a rotation basis, subject to change.

Regular entertainment several nights a week. Weekly beach cinema.

Large freeform swimming pool with waterfall feature. 'Spa Indulge'* with open-air treatment cabanas, sun deck and splash pool. Fitness centre. Non-motorised water sports: Hobie cats, kayaks, windsurfing, paddle boarding and snorkelling. Bicycles. Tennis and table tennis. New yoga pavilion. Croquet lawn. Weekly cooking demo. Nature lovers will enjoy the garden tours (Tuesdays) to learn about the fresh grown herbs and spices onsite. Nature walk and swim (Thursdays). On-site Diamonds international shop.

Boutique*. Complimentary WiFi available in public areas. Internet room. Library. Cabana rooms can be booked for use on your day of departure. Rooms offer a great place to store your bags and you have access to shower facilities before the flight home. The cost is $35 for 3 hours and the money is donated to the Amazing Grace Foundation, a local children’s home in Antigua.

Wheelchair adapted rooms with partially accessible amenities or facilities available on request. Please note that these rooms are subject to availability and may be restricted to specific room categories and bedding arrangements. Rooms and facilities vary between hotels so please check at the time of booking. For more information and contact details please check out our Special Assistance page

7 nights between 21 Dec '19-2 Jan '20 and 3 Jan-23 Apr '20.

5 nights between 24 Apr-20 Dec '19, 24 Apr-20 Dec '20 and 21 Dec '20-2 Jan '21.

* Denotes local charge.

Please note: this hotel is adult only - children under 16 years are not permitted at any time.

Dress code: breakfast/lunch: shoes must be worn at all times and bathing suits must be covered and dry. Dinner: men are required to wear collared shirts with long trousers or stylish jeans. T-shirts, shorts, caprise and ripped jeans are not accepted. Women are asked to wear dresses, skirts, long trousers or stylish tailored shorts or jeans. No short shorts, tank tops or beach flip-flops are allowed.

For all guests in June, July and August: dress shorts can be worn (no short shorts or cutoffs).

Please note: guests are required to present a valid form of ID (passport, driving license, ID card) along with a valid credit card at check-in. A USD$350 pre-authorisation will be processed on the credit card at check-in to cover for any incidental purchases or similar expenses. Incidental purchases may include tours, excursions, gift shop purchases or dining in the speciality restaurant. We understand that not all guests incur additional charges during their stay, but this process assists the resort with fraud prevention. Upon check-out, the pre-authorisation is released, assuming there are no charges made.

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Image of the Tripadvisor rating Back home again

Aug 21, 2019 JenPaul2303 London, United Kingdom

This was our 4th time at Galley Bay and it is still as amazing as the first time. We were welcomed as family, staff remembered us and made us feel as though we had come home. We were fortunate enough to get the same room as we always do, this is something they try to do and it adds towards the coming home. Staff are too numerous to name all but a… Read more
This was our 4th time at Galley Bay and it is still as amazing as the first time. We were welcomed as family, staff remembered us and made us feel as though we had come home. We were fortunate enough to get the same room as we always do, this is something they try to do and it adds towards the coming home. Staff are too numerous to name all but a very big thank you to you all, especially, Sadie, Bridesphine, Tina, Chesley, Andrea, Ava-Gay, Mike-Ray, Vaughan, Sherilyn, Althea, Quiacinn and Venier. Read less
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Aug 21, 2019 Quest684683

Your jaw will drop in amazement when you arrive and take in the views from the hotel. The staff here are so attentive and really operate at a 5* level. The facilities, restaurants, beach, rooms, spa .etc are totally imaculet whilst still creating a sense of relaxation and calm. Myself and family had an incredible family trip. Really recommend… Read more
Your jaw will drop in amazement when you arrive and take in the views from the hotel. The staff here are so attentive and really operate at a 5* level. The facilities, restaurants, beach, rooms, spa .etc are totally imaculet whilst still creating a sense of relaxation and calm. Myself and family had an incredible family trip. Really recommend visiting Sting Ray Island to have a truly 'alien encounter' and Shirley heights to drink, eat and dance to some steel drums. The evening entertainment at the resort is high class and you can sit on the decking looking at the sea under moon light watching shooting stars, honestly! Surprisingly well equipped and large gym and the spa do the best massage's I've ever had (I ended up booking 4 in the last couple days of our stay when I discovered this). Can't wait to go back again for Fatbuddha yoga retreat and maybe my honeymoon too. Read less
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Aug 20, 2019 j0hnchez

If you are looking for a great beach, a peaceful environment and great food, this is the place. The staff is very friendly and accommodating. The water is crystal clear. There are plenty of beach chairs and huts. And a lot of space in between them so you don’t feel squeezed in. A great place to just relax and unwind.
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Honeymoon in paradise

Aug 20, 2019 katiencallum

Great place,staff where brilliant so friendly couldn’t do enough for you, we stayed in a cottage it was lovely, private splash Pool and garden area,with sun beds,the food and different restaurants where amazing best food I have had, it really was a lovely resort couldn’t fault anything.
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Aug 19, 2019 Debi0113 New York City, New York

Just came back from our 9th visit to Galley Bay. It was by far our best vacation ever. We just love it there!! The people that work there will go out of their way to make sure all your needs are met and you are enjoying yourself. The rooms on the beach can’t be beat! They are fabulous! Hanging out at the pool with the bar help coming around to… Read more
Just came back from our 9th visit to Galley Bay. It was by far our best vacation ever. We just love it there!! The people that work there will go out of their way to make sure all your needs are met and you are enjoying yourself. The rooms on the beach can’t be beat! They are fabulous! Hanging out at the pool with the bar help coming around to take orders was a great treat!! The frozen fruit ices they brought around were wonderful ! The food can’t be beat... Every meal is ala cart .. prepared by a master chef who is creative, innovative and has vegetarian & gluten free options on the menu. They think about everything here! You can relax your day away or. BIke ride, go to the gym, play tennis, jog, go for a massage at the beautiful spa or go to water sports and kayak, paddle board and go out on a catamaran. There is fabulous snorkeling at the beach and there is snorkel equipment in every room. The evening entertainment was very good as was the Caribbean bbq on Thursday nite. The rum shack is great as is the coffee shop . If you are looking at Galley Bay .. Book It!! I know I am for next year!! Read less