Nestled on a lush tropical garden between a bird sanctuary and a three-quarter-mile beach on the undeveloped west coast of Antigua is Galley Bay Resort & Spa (Galley Bay Resort), an all-inclusive adults-only destination perfect for couples and newlyweds who are seeking a romantic escape. Recognised within the Leaders in Luxury Awards 2023, we explore why you and your significant other should book a getaway to this luxury resort.
Situated just 25 minutes from Antigua’s V.C Bird International Airport (ANU), 15 minutes from the capital of St John, and 35 minutes from Cedar Valley Golf Club, Galley Bay Resort & Spa couldn’t be in a better location. Vibrant sunsets, lush gardens, immaculate beach, sultry blue Caribbean Sea, and protected lagoon all make for the most enchanting of scenes for a romantic break. This tropical paradise has “perfected the art of amazing”, so whatever you’re in the mood for, it will exceed the dreamiest of expectations.
This award-winning resort is the definition of magical; it is the chance to drift away into a world of effortless living and relaxed luxury – made possible by a passionate team of perfectionists who are cherished for their authentic delivery of island hospitality. Whether it’s the pristine accommodation, the delectable culinary experience, the most indulgent of pampering sessions, or the exciting range of activities, Galley Bay Resort’s exemplary staff ensure the highest levels of service at all times.
House manager, Cedric Henry says, “We thrive on maintaining the atmosphere and reputation of being the ultimate home away from home. All of our guests are personally welcomed and treated as if they are family.”
The resort’s luxury refined accommodation certainly does feel like home away from home, from premium beachfront suites to secluded cottages with the idyllic lagoon on the doorstep, all of which are extremely inviting and spacious with next-level privacy and serenity, and exquisite interiors. Crafted using natural, local timbers and materials, the emphasis is on genteel elegance and calmness, with high-end linens and special touches for optimal comfort.
Galley Bay Resort also proudly maintains a number of eco-friendly, on-property initiatives, including a reverse osmosis water purification plant, the use of recycled paper products, and energy-efficient turtle-friendly lighting. To further reduce its carbon footprint, the resort has its own herb, fruit, and vegetable garden, and it is currently building its own aquaponics farm, in order to deliver the freshest ingredients right from the soil to each guest’s table – in the most eco-friendly way.
Cedric states, “Environment conservation is of the utmost importance to us as we continue to find ways for the property to be more self-sustainable.”
Galley Bay Resort’s executive chef oversees the artful crafting of specialty dishes across its three open-air restaurants, each of which has stunning azure ocean views. Guests can expect to choose from an array of mouth-watering dishes infused with the chef’s originality and expertise, whether Caribbean, continental, or a classic hamburger at the Barefoot Grill.
A refreshing drink is never far away, either, with four open-air lounges and bars serving handcrafted signature cocktails, premium wine or liquor, and alcohol-free beverages. During the day, guests can also relax in the coffee shop with comfortable wicker club chairs and an eclectic selection of books – A great space to enjoy some refreshments while getting lost in a good read or planning the day ahead.
These plans may involve sinking into a blissful spa experience at Indulge Spa, a haven set in the heart of the beautiful gardens on the edge of the lagoon. Carefully selected natural elements create a sense of balance and wellbeing, alongside the fresh air, gentle breeze, and sounds of nature, making this a space where one can completely unwind. Guests can relax the body, rejuvenate the mind, and refresh the soul with a bespoke programme of signature treatments and holistic rituals, whether facial therapies, body treatments, or massages – to leave them with a lifelong appreciation for the importance of taking time for themselves.
And when not soaking up the sun on a poolside chaise lounge or the beach, there is a range of activities to have a go at, whether exploring the resort by bicycle; enjoying a game on the tennis court; or immersing in a yoga session. For lovers of the ocean, there’s snorkelling, kayaking, Hobie Cat sailing, or stand-up paddle boarding while surrounded by breath-taking coastlines and crystal-clear waters. Then there are the evenings, where guests have the opportunity to embrace the tropical vibes of the Caribbean with island-inspired live music, including a delightful mix of steel drum rhythms, reggae beats, and more, alongside enriching activities and events.
There is a lot on offer at Galley Bay Resort, and that’s not all, being the most sensational of locations to get married, honeymoon, or spend anniversaries. The resort’s wedding coordinator can plan the picture-perfect day for the happy couple while making it as intimate, unique, or luxurious as they desire. Shimmering seascapes and verdant gardens make the most heavenly setting to say “I do” and create the most precious memories of a lifetime.
When the wedding night comes to an end, the magic doesn’t have to. Let it linger a while amid the charming beaches, mesmerising sunsets, private plunge pools, and celestial indulgences. Galley Bay Resort allows guests the freedom to design the honeymoon of their dreams, with packages available to truly bring the romance.
Last but certainly not least, for those who are looking to rekindle their love and celebrate their anniversary, or even to renew their vows, Galley Bay Resort can deliver all the special elements to create a memorable experience. From romantic strolls on the beach to cosy candlelit dinners, couples can take the time out from their busy lives to fully embrace the destination’s beauty and peacefulness – and each other.