“Look, we were already floored by our Royal Suites rooms at St James Club and our amazing dinner at the Piccolo Mondo restaurant, so how could anything top that?”, I thought as we headed to the Galley Bay Resort but…wait, I’m getting a head of myself.
For our last excursion of this trip, we loaded up the van and headed for Dow’s Hill Interpretation Centre, located at a former military site atop Dow’s Hill and giving a stunning view (what view in this country isn’t?) of English Harbour.
Frankly I wish we had done this the first day as we sat for a 15 minute multi-media presentation on the history of Antigua that put everything we had seen this week into better perspective. Guide Tamisha then gave us a small tour of the grounds…then it was photo opp time and didn’t we take advantage of that!
We then headed to our last new hotel inspection at Galley Bay Resort. As we arrived, general manager Cedric Henry met us and took us to lunch and this when I began to realize we were seeing something special.
Galley Bay Resort is a small property of 98 rooms over 40 acres (but a large chunk of that is an inland lagoon used for fishing by guests). There are THREE restaurants for those guests and all are a la carte…no buffet here! Our lunch was frankly, amazing from a menu created by the executive chef for us agents so if that was any indication, the food here will be a highlight.
There are 3 rooms categories and the first base level room is 30 feet from the ocean! Sizable at 270-340 square feet, they offer all the amenities you need PLUS a walk out onto the beach! (I know I keep saying that but it bears repeating)
The beachfront Suites are identical to the Royal Suites at St. James Club at 568 square feet (mentioned on my last post) but still offer the walkout to the ocean.
The ‘piece de resistance’ here though are the newly branded Gauguin Suites…rustic cottages nestled in a secluded area next to the lagoon. While not beachfront, they are only 100 feet from the beach BUT they have their own plunge pools as well as separate living area and bedroom. As I stood in one, I felt for all the world as if I was in a hut in the rainforest of Africa or South America…but with all the luxury amenities!
Galley Bay Resort also has a focus on the small things, for example:
- snorkel gear in each room
- reusable water bottles with a machine outside for refilling
- 24 hour state-of-the-art coffee machine
- a rum shack just like the locals with a large mint garden for mojitos
Okay, I’ll say it: this is the property I would want to come back to (again and again, I fear). On this trip, Elite Resorts truly saved the best for last.