Barbiestylez: Where was it: CocoBay Resort in Antigua, St. Johns
What time of year: February/March (their high season)
All inclusive, cruise, or just hotel: All Inclusive. However, also has a very upscale restaurant with private dining bungalows over the water that was not all inclusive, if you wanted a more intimate night or two.
Pros of your trip: Everything. The resort is on a small peninsula that is surrounded by beaches. So, you can go to the main beach where most of the couples flock, or walk to any of the other beaches and be the only should there. Very romantic. All of the rooms are private villas. We did the oceanfront suite, with a plunge pool on the balcony. It also had a tub and bed on the balcony, as well. The bathroom opened out to the balcony for an open, ocean view. No matter where you step, there are breathtaking views. Two luxe pools, two bars… We did the beach/mountside horseback riding, and our tour guide was a 12 year old local! It was def once in a lifetime. Did the sunset couples massage on the beach, also awesome. Sailing, etc. Staff is amazing, like they all know you. And, we met a few other cool couples that we would chat/drink with throughout. Max capacity is like 40 people, so it’s very intimate and you see many of the same couples a lot. It was also only 20min from the airport, which I liked. They also do the petals on the bed, drinks, etc.as a honeymoon surprise.
Cons of your trip: Coming home! Seriously, not a single complaint other then that. And I am hard to please. Food was good for the all-inclusive, but just good (they have a lot of cultures to please, so that’s probably for a reason). The non-inclusive restaurant food, however, was AMAZING. The chef even comes to greet/chat with each couple.
Cost: Around $6k for a week (with honeymoon discount at the resort, and airfare from FL)
I have done both Italy and Australia. Both were amazing! I would have done either, but we didn’t want to have to spend so much of our honeymoon time in-flight. We really wanted an overwater bungalow in Bora Bora, but didn’t for the same reason (flight time). However, CocoBay was the next best thing that I found in my weeks of research… It also meant more spending money for Antigua shopping, excursions and such. : ) hehe