Antigua Honeymoon at Cocobay

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

The first part of our honeymoon was spent at Cocobay in Antigua. Neither of us had been and had no idea what to expect. Well we had somewhat of an idea, let's be honest. We wanted to relax and drink a lot on the beach, this place seemed to offer both.

A few of Chris's work pals had been to Cocobay and told him it was a great resort where you could get awesome ocean front villas and not break the bank.

So that's what sold us, the idea of having a sweet little villa right on the ocean. (With our own little pool, hammock, and bath on the patio, to boot.)

This part of the trip was especially "honeymoony," which was good since it was the first leg. We're talking champagne in the room waiting for us when we got there, rose petals covering the floor, and fellow honeymooners all over the place. Everywhere I looked I saw guys playing with their rings as if they'd never worn jewelry before.

We're nearly two months in and Chris still fiddles with his ring constantly. Sometimes at dinner he'll take it off and start twisting it like a top. And I'm like, STOPPPPP. He's going to lose that damn thing.


Most of our days were spent right here. I would plant myself in these chairs (or the hammock) with a drink in one hand and my book in the other. It was just what I wanted.


It rained a few days, but we made the most of it. I actually found it pretty relaxing to sit on the deck and watch it come in from the ocean.

I mean I'd go back to this moment right now, wouldn't you?


And I know a good photo-op when I see one... Do you like pina coladas... getting caught in the rain? I'll never forget hearing that song as a kid. It blew my mind when I figured out they had answered each others ad! WHAT ARE THE CHANCES? 

When we were feeling adventurous, we'd walk down to the beach where Chris would snorkel and I'd find a new chair to lay on with my book. It's not that I don't like snorkeling, I just don't like fish. In Tortola I gave it a try and came face to face with a baracuda, I'll talk more about that in the next post.

The one friend I met was Claudette, the local T-Shirt woman. I wanted to get a photo with her but I forgot. Now that was a woman who knew how to sell a t-shirt. Chris and I each came home with ten XXL shirts that we will most definitely never wear. But Claudette didn't take no for answer.

The Vacationers. Have you read it? What did you think? I could appreciate the good writing and flow of the book, but it was also a little boring. At the end I was like, wait what was the plot here? It felt like I had just watched a four hour reality show. It was enjoyable-ish, but also I wasn't sure what I was supposed to take away.



Other than reading on the beach and snorkeling, we'd also make a point to eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Hungry or not, we never missed a meal.

This was at the start of the trip when I still cared about outfits. By the end I was just wearing swimsuit coverups and mumus and calling them "dresses."

I think we can all agree I made the most out of this $8 crop top, no?

Floral honeymoon skirt found here. Also in a dress here. And the lace-up wedgies are 25% off now and found here. If you have wide feet and struggle to find comfortable shoes like myself, these are awesome. I think I wore them every day of the trip.

Yes, yes. I have a Chinese symbol tattoo on my lower back. It gives me character, whatever. Let's not make a big deal out of it.



So let's recap. 

Where we stayed:
A boutique hotel called Cocobay Resort and loved it. It just had a much more intimate feeling than a huge commercial resort. We stayed in a Waterfront Suite that was just a few steps from the beach.

What we did:
Mostly nothing and it was wonderful.
But when we got a little tired of doing nothing we ate and drink more. 
We also snorkeled, jet skied, and treated ourselves to a couple massage at the resort spa- which happened to be in a great little hut that sat on the cliff next to the ocean, so we were surrounded by the sound of crashing waves and tropical birds. I highly suggest doing this.

How we got there:
Flew from Denver to Atlanta to Antigua.
The resort was about a 35 minute drive in from the airport.

Other things to note:
Antiguans are great people. Everyone on the island was so nice and accommodating; I really can't say enough good things about the staff at Cocobay.  

And that concludes part one of the trip.

Part II: Tortola, Virgin Gorda and Yost. 

19 comments:

  1. That looks like an amazing honeymoon. Thanks for taking us on the trip with you!

    (And hope he will keep the ring safe ;-))

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  2. So fun!! I want to go here!

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  3. I'm SOOO excited for my honeymoon now. Because of you and your great tempting pictures, I am 90% sure we are having our honeymoon at Cocobay. I won't settle for a honeymoon without a plunge pool and this resort gives me that plus more, and for a reasonable price. Thanks again for your tips and sharing!

    -Anita
    www.theaveragegirlchronicles.com

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  4. It looks absolutely gorgeous there and I would love to plop myself in that hammock right about now. BTW, Anthony still plays with his ring, 3 years later!

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  5. LOL love your observation of all the new hubby's playing with their rings. My husband and I have been married for 4.5 years and he STILL plays with his ring all the time! :)

    P.S. Is your tattoo real?!! Can you pleaaaase share the origin story?

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  6. SOOO PRETTY!! Looks amazing. Will you tell me if you got sick of the food as it's an all inclusive? Also did they address Zika at all? Were you concerned about that at all? We are still trying to plan our honeymoon but Zika is KILLING us!

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    1. There had been no cases of Zika when we were there, that said I still bathed myself with bug spray every day.

      The food was plated dinners every night and very good! But after about five nights though we were ready for something different :) there were choices of course, but by the end we had tried them all.

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  7. this looks absolutely amazing!

    And yes, your husband will continue to play with his ring long into marriage :)

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  8. Oh man. We have been looking at Bora Bora, but holy moses it's so expensive -- especially for a week (like I would prefer!). This has definitely made it's way on our list. SO gorgeous!

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  9. That place looks amazing!
    I felt the same way about The Vacationers and thought I was alone since all the reviews I read talked about it being so great! I just felt unfulfilled in the end.

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  10. Looks like a great place, glad you had fun and enjoyed yourselves, I have heard that newly married men play with their rings although I don't remember Tim playing with his and he hasn't taken his off in over 30 years, I don't wear mine for two reasons one I am allergic to the gold and it makes my finger then hand break out in a rash and the second reason my hands are now fat and it doesn't fit and it cannot be resized

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  11. So beautiful! I love that the bathtub is right there for a view of outside. Jealous, I am SO jealous right now! :)

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  12. I've been avoiding your honeymoon posts because i want to go on vacation so bad, but I finally gave in. I had to comment and agree that Vacationers was just not that good - it had definite potential and didn't really come through. Sadly, I felt the same way about the Nest. Welcome back to reality. Glad you got a little dose of t-shirts while on your honeymoon though.

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