Pros

  • Secluded setting on 53 acres of quiet tropical land with a lagoon and bird sanctuary
  • All-inclusive rates and adult-only policy makes for a peaceful and convenient vacation
  • Beautiful white-sand beach overlooking the turquoise waters of Galley Bay
  • Beachfront rooms and suites feature air-conditioning, king-size beds, and private patios with sea views
  • Minibars, coffeemakers, flat-screen TVs, and snorkel masks come standard in rooms
  • Gauguin Suites in charming stone buildings with wood roofs have private plunge pools
  • Four restaurants, all offering bars and sea views
  • A lively beachfront tiki bar, a rustic rum shack, and a bright cafe, plus nightly entertainment
  • Large freeform pool with a waterfall feature
  • A tranquil spa, a modern fitness center, and a tennis court
  • Non-motorized water sports, games and activities, and regular weekly events are included
  • Wi-Fi available in rooms and certain public areas
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Cons

  • Not all restaurants included in all-inclusive rate
  • Wi-Fi not available in all areas of the resort, and not free in rooms
  • Ocean waters can be too rough for swimming at times
  • No room service offered
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Bottom Line

Simple Caribbean style combines with tranquil nature to make the adult-only Galley Bay Resort & Spa a secluded boutique that’s at once upscale and relaxed. Beachfront rooms and suites feature air-conditioning, flat-screen TVs, minibars, coffeemakers, and patios with sea views. Stone cottages, set away from the beach, also offer private plunge pools. The three-quarter-mile white-sand beach is the resort’s biggest draw, and the location of its four restaurant/bars, as well as non-motorized water sports, regular events, and weekly activities. The waters, though, can be too rough for swimming at times. Other high-end amenities include a fun pool, a modern fitness center, a serene spa, and a rustic rum shack. Rates are all-inclusive, but don’t cover all restaurants or Wi-Fi. Sugar Ridge offers a similar secluded boutique resort atmosphere with a touch more luxury, but without the fantastic beach.

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Galley Bay Resort & Spa

Scene

A relaxing adult-only oasis of white sands, turquoise waters, and vibrant nature

Galley Bay Resort & Spa isn’t aiming to be the fanciest resort on the island, and it doesn’t need to be. What makes it so inviting is its tranquil natural setting and feeling of seclusion. The open-air standalone lobby set beside the remains of an old sugar mill is the only part of the resort that feels remotely close to civilization. From there, guests approach the rest of the resort via a land bridge that passes over a vast lagoon and bird sanctuary, part of the property’s 53 acres of unspoiled tropical land. The resort consists of entirely one- and two-story Caribbean-style and rustic buildings, leaving the focus where it should be -- on the nature. Lined with palm trees, the three-quarter-mile white-sand beach on picturesque Galley Bay anchors the resort, touching each of the four restaurants and serving as the stage for the resort’s regular activities and entertainment. As an adult-only property, most of the guests are couples, ranging from young honeymooners to retirees living the good life. From guided walks through the herb garden, to the quaint turtle sanctuary, to some breathtaking sunset views, Galley Bay Resort & Spa provides an ideal setting for adults to want to unplug, relax, and enjoy a sense of privacy.

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Location

Overlooking beautiful Galley Bay on the island’s west coast, 15 minutes from St. John’s

In the Five Islands Village area of a secluded peninsula on Antigua’s northwest coast, the aptly named Galley Bay Resort & Spa overlooks the stunning white sands and turquoise waters of Galley Bay. While one of the resort’s main draws is its sense of isolation, it still provides a good base for exploring other parts of the island. The remains of Fort Barrington, dating from 1779, are a 10-minute drive away. The capital city of St. John’s is a 15- to 20-minute drive. St. John’s is home to attractions like the Museum of Antigua and Barbuda, the V. C. Bird Monument, and a bustling Saturday market, as well as several popular restaurants. V. C. Bird International Airport can be reached by car in a half-hour.

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Rooms

Laid-back rooms and suites with beach access, plus charming stone cottages with private pools

Galley Bay Resort & Spa’s 98 rooms are divided between two separate areas: the beach and a more secluded garden area with cottages. Most rooms are housed in two-story Caribbean-style buildings directly on the beach. These units feature bright interiors with neutral colors, tiled floors, vaulted light wood ceilings, and vibrant local art that add a welcome pop of color. Ground floor rooms walk directly out onto the beach, while second-floor rooms have stunning beach views. The entry-level rooms are the Superior Beachfront Rooms, which offer air-conditioning, ceiling fans, king-size beds, and private balconies or patios facing the sea. Flat-screen TVs, coffeemakers, minibars (free until they run out, then there’s a charge), safes, and robes come standard. Bathrooms offer hairdryers, Elite Botanica toiletries, and showers and/or tubs. All rooms provide guests with snorkel masks for exploring the seas. Wi-Fi is available, but it comes at an extra cost.

Upgrading to Deluxe Beachfront Rooms adds walk-in closets, DVD players, iPod docks, and patios with outdoor showers. On top of those amenities, the Premium Beachfront Suites have sunken living rooms with wet bars and bathrooms featuring bidets, two showers, and deep soaking tubs for two.

Set away from the beach and tucked among tropical vegetation are the charming Gauguin Suites. Said to be inspired by Gauguin’s paintings of Tahiti, each suite is housed in an individual stone cottage with a wood-shingled roof. Two adjoining rondovals create living areas and sleeping areas, and the same shingled roofs show up inside the cottages, adding to their character. Bathrooms are separated by an outdoor breezeway and only feature showers. The centerpiece of the Gauguin Suites are the patios with private plunge pools. Some are fenced in, while others face the lagoon.

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Features

A large white-sand beach featuring four restaurants and water sports, plus a spa, a fitness center, and a tennis court

Much of the resort’s life centers around its stunning three-quarter-mile white-sand beach that runs along the sparkling blue waters of Galley Bay. All four restaurants touch the beach and offer beautiful sea views. Sea Grape Restaurant is a large, open-air eatery offering breakfast, lunch, and dinner. It also has an airy lounge area where guests can relax over drinks. Gauguin Restaurant is more intimate, made up of individual thatched huts and oceanfront tables directly on the beach. It offers two seatings for dinner, and reservations are required. For fine dining, the resort offers the open-air Ismay’s Restaurant, though guests should note that it carries a surcharge above the all-inclusive rate. Barefoot Grill serves burgers, sandwiches, and lighter fare throughout the day directly on the beach, complete with a fun tiki bar that offers drinks (and free Wi-Fi). In addition to open-air bars at each of the restaurants, there’s also a bright coffee shop serving pastries and coffee drinks, as well as a rustic rum shack with colorful outdoor lounge areas, open in the evenings and offering a splash of local character.

The beach is also the stage for weekly events like a manager’s cocktail party, barbecue nights with steel drum music, and movies under the stars. During the day, free non-motorized water sports are offered, including windsurfing, sailing, snorkeling, paddle boarding, catamarans, and kayaking. The waters can sometimes be rough, so guests should use caution when swimming.

Resort life doesn’t end at the beach, though. A beautiful freeform pool with a towering rock waterfall feature offers plenty of padded sun loungers and thatched palapas for relaxing. A modern fitness center has Cybex cardio and weight machines and TRX equipment. There’s also a tennis court, croquet, table tennis, beach volleyball, and loaner bikes available.

The tranquil Indulge Spa takes relaxation to the next level, with a range of massages and treatments from which to choose. Tucked among palm trees, it features open-air treatment huts with privacy curtains and views of the lagoon. It also has a salon, a small plunge pool, and outdoor lounge areas. Spa services are not included in the all-inclusive rates.

Other perks offered at Galley Bay Resort & Spa include a quaint tortoise sanctuary, garden tours where guests can pick herbs to be included in their meals, and regular cooking demonstrations. There’s also a gift shop and a diamond store on-site, offering a little retail therapy. For guests who want to venture outside the resort, excursions and tours can be arranged for a fee.

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Galley Bay Resort & Spa

Scene

A relaxing adult-only oasis of white sands, turquoise waters, and vibrant nature

Galley Bay Resort & Spa isn’t aiming to be the fanciest resort on the island, and it doesn’t need to be. What makes it so inviting is its tranquil natural setting and feeling of seclusion. The open-air standalone lobby set beside the remains of an old sugar mill is the only part of the resort that feels remotely close to civilization. From there, guests approach the rest of the resort via a land bridge that passes over a vast lagoon and bird sanctuary, part of the property’s 53 acres of unspoiled tropical land. The resort consists of entirely one- and two-story Caribbean-style and rustic buildings, leaving the focus where it should be -- on the nature. Lined with palm trees, the three-quarter-mile white-sand beach on picturesque Galley Bay anchors the resort, touching each of the four restaurants and serving as the stage for the resort’s regular activities and entertainment. As an adult-only property, most of the guests are couples, ranging from young honeymooners to retirees living the good life. From guided walks through the herb garden, to the quaint turtle sanctuary, to some breathtaking sunset views, Galley Bay Resort & Spa provides an ideal setting for adults to want to unplug, relax, and enjoy a sense of privacy.

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Location

Overlooking beautiful Galley Bay on the island’s west coast, 15 minutes from St. John’s

In the Five Islands Village area of a secluded peninsula on Antigua’s northwest coast, the aptly named Galley Bay Resort & Spa overlooks the stunning white sands and turquoise waters of Galley Bay. While one of the resort’s main draws is its sense of isolation, it still provides a good base for exploring other parts of the island. The remains of Fort Barrington, dating from 1779, are a 10-minute drive away. The capital city of St. John’s is a 15- to 20-minute drive. St. John’s is home to attractions like the Museum of Antigua and Barbuda, the V. C. Bird Monument, and a bustling Saturday market, as well as several popular restaurants. V. C. Bird International Airport can be reached by car in a half-hour.

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Rooms

Laid-back rooms and suites with beach access, plus charming stone cottages with private pools

Galley Bay Resort & Spa’s 98 rooms are divided between two separate areas: the beach and a more secluded garden area with cottages. Most rooms are housed in two-story Caribbean-style buildings directly on the beach. These units feature bright interiors with neutral colors, tiled floors, vaulted light wood ceilings, and vibrant local art that add a welcome pop of color. Ground floor rooms walk directly out onto the beach, while second-floor rooms have stunning beach views. The entry-level rooms are the Superior Beachfront Rooms, which offer air-conditioning, ceiling fans, king-size beds, and private balconies or patios facing the sea. Flat-screen TVs, coffeemakers, minibars (free until they run out, then there’s a charge), safes, and robes come standard. Bathrooms offer hairdryers, Elite Botanica toiletries, and showers and/or tubs. All rooms provide guests with snorkel masks for exploring the seas. Wi-Fi is available, but it comes at an extra cost.

Upgrading to Deluxe Beachfront Rooms adds walk-in closets, DVD players, iPod docks, and patios with outdoor showers. On top of those amenities, the Premium Beachfront Suites have sunken living rooms with wet bars and bathrooms featuring bidets, two showers, and deep soaking tubs for two.

Set away from the beach and tucked among tropical vegetation are the charming Gauguin Suites. Said to be inspired by Gauguin’s paintings of Tahiti, each suite is housed in an individual stone cottage with a wood-shingled roof. Two adjoining rondovals create living areas and sleeping areas, and the same shingled roofs show up inside the cottages, adding to their character. Bathrooms are separated by an outdoor breezeway and only feature showers. The centerpiece of the Gauguin Suites are the patios with private plunge pools. Some are fenced in, while others face the lagoon.

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Features

A large white-sand beach featuring four restaurants and water sports, plus a spa, a fitness center, and a tennis court

Much of the resort’s life centers around its stunning three-quarter-mile white-sand beach that runs along the sparkling blue waters of Galley Bay. All four restaurants touch the beach and offer beautiful sea views. Sea Grape Restaurant is a large, open-air eatery offering breakfast, lunch, and dinner. It also has an airy lounge area where guests can relax over drinks. Gauguin Restaurant is more intimate, made up of individual thatched huts and oceanfront tables directly on the beach. It offers two seatings for dinner, and reservations are required. For fine dining, the resort offers the open-air Ismay’s Restaurant, though guests should note that it carries a surcharge above the all-inclusive rate. Barefoot Grill serves burgers, sandwiches, and lighter fare throughout the day directly on the beach, complete with a fun tiki bar that offers drinks (and free Wi-Fi). In addition to open-air bars at each of the restaurants, there’s also a bright coffee shop serving pastries and coffee drinks, as well as a rustic rum shack with colorful outdoor lounge areas, open in the evenings and offering a splash of local character.

The beach is also the stage for weekly events like a manager’s cocktail party, barbecue nights with steel drum music, and movies under the stars. During the day, free non-motorized water sports are offered, including windsurfing, sailing, snorkeling, paddle boarding, catamarans, and kayaking. The waters can sometimes be rough, so guests should use caution when swimming.

Resort life doesn’t end at the beach, though. A beautiful freeform pool with a towering rock waterfall feature offers plenty of padded sun loungers and thatched palapas for relaxing. A modern fitness center has Cybex cardio and weight machines and TRX equipment. There’s also a tennis court, croquet, table tennis, beach volleyball, and loaner bikes available.

The tranquil Indulge Spa takes relaxation to the next level, with a range of massages and treatments from which to choose. Tucked among palm trees, it features open-air treatment huts with privacy curtains and views of the lagoon. It also has a salon, a small plunge pool, and outdoor lounge areas. Spa services are not included in the all-inclusive rates.

Other perks offered at Galley Bay Resort & Spa include a quaint tortoise sanctuary, garden tours where guests can pick herbs to be included in their meals, and regular cooking demonstrations. There’s also a gift shop and a diamond store on-site, offering a little retail therapy. For guests who want to venture outside the resort, excursions and tours can be arranged for a fee.

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Amenities

  • Air Conditioner

  • Airport Transportation

  • Balcony / Terrace / Patio

  • Beach

  • Business Center

  • Cable

  • Concierge

  • Cribs

  • Fitness Center

  • Free Breakfast

  • Full Kitchen

  • Internet

  • Jacuzzi

  • Laundry

  • Pool

  • Poolside Drink Service

  • Rental Car Service Desk Onsite

  • Room Service

  • Separate Bedroom / Living Room Space

  • Spa

  • Swim-Up Bar

  • Tennis Court

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