Galley Bay Resort & Spa

Antigua, Caribbean

The hotel

Set on one of Antigua's many beautiful beaches, the Galley Bay Resort & Spa 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
  • Swimming Pool
  • Wedding
  • Honeymoon
  • Evening Entertainment
  • Wheelchair access
  • Fitness Centre/Gym
  • Internet Access
  • Anniversary and special occasions
  • Beachfront location
  • Tennis

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).

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.

This hotel has a resort fee of $24 plus tax per room, per night, (payable locally, subject to change).

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

5 nights between 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 Very awesome place

Feb 19, 2021 NorthStar44156947572

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Image of the Tripadvisor rating Perfect place to beat the COVID blues

Feb 15, 2021 Fletcher51 Winston Salem, North Carolina

We just returned from a glorious week at Galley Bay. While all beaches in Antigua are public, the 3/4 mile beach at Galley Bay is virtually reserved for hotel guests. With all that beach there is so much room to spread out whether you want sun or shade. 80% of the rooms are right on the beach, so you are right on the beach in the comfort of your… Read more
We just returned from a glorious week at Galley Bay. While all beaches in Antigua are public, the 3/4 mile beach at Galley Bay is virtually reserved for hotel guests. With all that beach there is so much room to spread out whether you want sun or shade. 80% of the rooms are right on the beach, so you are right on the beach in the comfort of your own room deck or patio. While the beach is an incredible asset, the staff and the all inclusive food and drinks are in the same league. The restaurants changed the menu daily. One of the reasons the food is so outstanding is that so much of the greens, fruits and veggies are grown right on the property. The staff and other guests take COVID precautions seriously, so we felt totally safe during our week at Galley Bay. Already looking forward to a return visit. Hope to see you there! Read less
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Feb 8, 2021 JulieGrantham2468

I’ve been lucky enough to travel and stay in some fantastic hotels around the world but nothing compares to Galley Bay I think it has to be one of the best hotels I’ve ever stayed in. The property is situated on one of the most beautiful and breathtaking beach’s in the Caribbean. I was lucky enough to experience turtle hatchlings make their… Read more
I’ve been lucky enough to travel and stay in some fantastic hotels around the world but nothing compares to Galley Bay I think it has to be one of the best hotels I’ve ever stayed in. The property is situated on one of the most beautiful and breathtaking beach’s in the Caribbean. I was lucky enough to experience turtle hatchlings make their journey from the nest to the ocean. The local Turtle Conservationist Aston, educated me and got me involved releasing them an experience I will never forget. I definitely want to come back when the nesting season starts which is any time between March to November, many turtles return year after year to lay their eggs at Galley Bay. The hotel exceeded my expectations from the cleanliness and comfort of the rooms to the friendly and helpful staff. The restaurants are all located beach front, very romantic settings and the food was exceptional plus the entertainment was superb. I think I’ve found my perfect paradise hotel and would highly recommend Galley Bay. Read less
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Jan 8, 2021 yankeefanBoston_MA Boston, MA

If my memory serves me right I recently completed my tenth stay at Galley Bay covering the Christmas and New Years holidays. So I am a fan. The staff and facilities did a tremendous job of being COVID compliant. Mask wearing, sanitizing and socially distant behaviors were very consistent. (Can’t say the same about some of the guests, but it… Read more
If my memory serves me right I recently completed my tenth stay at Galley Bay covering the Christmas and New Years holidays. So I am a fan. The staff and facilities did a tremendous job of being COVID compliant. Mask wearing, sanitizing and socially distant behaviors were very consistent. (Can’t say the same about some of the guests, but it was a small number). The rooms, grounds and housekeeping team have done a great job. I do wonder where the ducks went. Seems to be a mystery. For those of you who have been there before the TeePee Bar and Gaugin are as good as they’ve ever been. Some of the team from prior visits are still there and they are just as welcoming. They think of you and treat you like family. Shouts out to Kerian and Natasha for making everyday special. Similar to the Gaugin team. Service levels were great and the food was very good. My feedback on the Seagrape is not nearly as positive. Service levels were inattentive, slow and more often than not inaccurate. This was consistent across all meals, all days. We had meals there at least twice a day over a 10 day stay. The sample size for my observations is large enough. In addition, incredibly important, the food was not good and the menu pretty much the same with the exception of Christmas Day. For example I’m a beef person. I had the steak offering 5-6 times during the stay. The quality of meat and the preparation was bad and I often left the most of the meal each night. I had a similar experience at Ismays during the returning guest dinner. When I offered feedback the response was a shrug of the shoulders and “ok”. There were some Seagrape staff that I should call out as an exception to the generalizations above. Ariana, Sandy C, Risa and Bridesphine were tremendous and should be held out as role models for their peers. I realize that the resort has only been reopened in the last few months and that the team is just starting to come together. I’m am hopeful that they will return to their prior level of excellence. Read less
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Jan 5, 2021 176MatthewF Guildford

I visited Galley Bay last week with my girlfriend and her parents. The trip from start to finish was superb. The staff were much more friendly that other hotels I've been to in the Caribbean and the service was first class throughout! I was sad to not be able to overindulge in the buffet breakfasts as I normally do but was impressed with the… Read more
I visited Galley Bay last week with my girlfriend and her parents. The trip from start to finish was superb. The staff were much more friendly that other hotels I've been to in the Caribbean and the service was first class throughout! I was sad to not be able to overindulge in the buffet breakfasts as I normally do but was impressed with the breakfast menu - I worked my way through all of the different varieties of eggs and sweet treats but the vegetarian roti was my personal favourite. The rooms were honestly some of the largest i've ever stayed in. We were in a beach front room and it was to die for, a true Caribbean paradise. Spending the days sipping rum cocktails, lying on the beach, relaxing and jetskiing, I would do anything to be back there right now! Early on in the trip I told the management I planned to propose and they were very accommodating. They supplied some bottles of champs and a picnic rug to visit a romantic spot that looks over the whole hotel. When we returned they had done up the gazebo at Ismays with romantic flowers and repainted it. A special thank you to Ernestine and Derek for setting up the surprise, Kurt for setting up the gazebo and Shawntay for doing the drinks! I hope to return to Galley Bay one day to relive all the happy memories. Also thanks to all other staff including Dayton, Vaughn, Andrea D, Cedric, Keison, Kurt, Tina and Iva for making it such an unforgettable trip. Read less