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.

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 3 Jan-23 Apr '20.

5 nights between 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 Felt like home..relaxing g and inviting!

Apr 13, 2020 Susan P

My sister and I finally took a trip without our families. We were greeted with drinks and smiles. The employee that took us to the room was helpful and informative. The room was clean and well stocked. The view ..wonderful. Just the sound of the waves makes you forget about snow and your problems. The pool is wonderful. We rode bikes and played… Read more
My sister and I finally took a trip without our families. We were greeted with drinks and smiles. The employee that took us to the room was helpful and informative. The room was clean and well stocked. The view ..wonderful. Just the sound of the waves makes you forget about snow and your problems. The pool is wonderful. We rode bikes and played pingpong. Had afternoon coffee. We also took a cab to St John. One of the highlights was the garden tour. We never knew there were so many kinds of plants and flowers. Very informative. But the best was the food. We are both foodies. The variety of what is offered was great. We did favor the Sea Grape. The staff was friendly and answered any of our questions. We did listen to the entertainment at nite and did partake in some refreshments. All the staff from office workers, groundskeepers, housekeepers, servers etc. You all did a fantastic job. Hated to go back home. Thank you for the memories. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating BOOKING BEWARE!!!!!

Apr 3, 2020 lizard_isl

I booked Galley Bay for a short getaway in May, 2020. Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the resort CLOSED the property till June 15, 2020. As a result, they offered me a credit to be used for the next 18 months. I asked for a COMPLETE REFUND as I'm not sure if/when I will be able to get down there again and I didn't cancel the booking, they closed… Read more
I booked Galley Bay for a short getaway in May, 2020. Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the resort CLOSED the property till June 15, 2020. As a result, they offered me a credit to be used for the next 18 months. I asked for a COMPLETE REFUND as I'm not sure if/when I will be able to get down there again and I didn't cancel the booking, they closed the resort.....Bottom line is that THEY REFUSED to offer me a refund.....so, I am now working w/ my credit card company to get my money back....This is a shady operation and leaves me with a very bad taste to ever consider rebooking....There are SO MANY other great resorts that would never treat their customers this way!!! I know these are unprecedented times and no one would ever have seen this coming, but taking advantage of potential customers is not the way to conduct business.... So sad that the 'corporate office' is damaging the resort...Employees at the resort will be the ones that will suffer!!! Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Relaxing resort

Apr 3, 2020 Mon_969 Portsmouth, United Kingdom

We stayed for a week in March , we had a premium deluxe beach villa which was a charming little villa , straight out onto the beach which itself was a stunning 3/4 of a mile of golden sand ! The food & drinks were top notch everywhere we went . We ate at every restaurant & the food was amazing, we loved the bare foot grill at lunchtime , the… Read more
We stayed for a week in March , we had a premium deluxe beach villa which was a charming little villa , straight out onto the beach which itself was a stunning 3/4 of a mile of golden sand ! The food & drinks were top notch everywhere we went . We ate at every restaurant & the food was amazing, we loved the bare foot grill at lunchtime , the burgers were great along with everything from the press, sat by the sea having a snack was our favourite!! The staff were all super friendly & couldn't do enough for anyone! All in all a very quiet , relaxing holiday on the beautiful island of Antigua. If I had one small gripe it was the long trousers evening dress code for men, I really think it could be toned down to collared shirts & tailored shorts...( Seems a bit stuffy for the Caribbean)we have been to other resorts of this calibre & never had this rule imposed throughout every bar & restaurant in the evening! Read less
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Mar 30, 2020 Andrew S Raglan, United Kingdom

Wonderful spot to relax and unwind. Fabulous position, lovely friendly and professional staff. The best beds anywhere. Paradise indeed. All inclusive genuinely means all inclusive. Excellent food and drinks.
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Mar 26, 2020 richellec2019

Amazing week spent at Galley Bay! The grounds are beautiful and nothing beats being able to walk right out of your room and onto the beach! This was the best food we’ve ever experienced at an all inclusive. We didn’t make it to Ismays but Gaugins was so good we didn’t feel the need to go anywhere else. Make sure you get the wings and key lime… Read more
Amazing week spent at Galley Bay! The grounds are beautiful and nothing beats being able to walk right out of your room and onto the beach! This was the best food we’ve ever experienced at an all inclusive. We didn’t make it to Ismays but Gaugins was so good we didn’t feel the need to go anywhere else. Make sure you get the wings and key lime pie at lunch! I will say Galley Bay is an older crowd. We are in our mid 30s and were probably the youngest ones there. We did meet a few younger couples, but if you’re looking for a party resort, this is definitely not for you. Iba and Tamsyn were amazing at helping us plan excursions. We did the XTreme Circumnav island tour and eco tour. If I had to pick one, I’d definitely do the XTreme. You see all of beautiful Antigua! The eco was also amazing though, as we got to climb through the cave at Hells Gate. We did experience quite a few red flag days, but rode a bike over to the bay next door and also took advantage of the free shuttle. The water at the bay is much calmer. Take comfortable shoes and hike up the fort for some amazing views as well! If you are looking for seashells, head over across the bridge to the bay near the mansion for lots of great finds! Hope to return again one day! 🏝 Read less