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Galley Bay, an intimate, Caribbean hideaway, delights guests with its refined, unpretentious atmosphere and its relaxing, all-inclusive pricing. Its glimmering turquoise seascapes and lush gardens create a relaxing, natural setting for those who want to decompress and escape from the world. The focal point is the three-quarter-mile white sand beach on the clear, warm Caribbean, where you can recline in the shade of a palm tree, soak up the sun or enjoy a refreshing swim and non-motorized water-sports.
The boutique property's 98 guest rooms are set amid 40 acres of beautiful tropical gardens, providing a sense of privacy. Most accommodations are tucked into the landscape along the beach, so your next swim is just a few steps across the sand. The distinctive Gauguin cottages, hidden amid the gardens, offer lagoon views and concealed individual plunge pools for private dips.
With three romantic open-air restaurants and three welcoming lounges, you’ll never need to leave the property to enjoy three delicious meals each day, along with afternoon tea, evening hors d’oeuvres, by-the-glass wines and top-shelf beverages. Live entertainment, cocktail parties and Caribbean barbecues punctuate evenings at Galley Bay. By day, you can take advantage of a full array of water-sports equipment and instruction, lounge by the swimming pool or beach, or get active on the jogging trails or tennis courts.
98 Superior, or Deluxe Beachfront Rooms, Premium Beachfront Suites, or Gauguin Cottages. Superior or Deluxe Beachfront Rooms: All the comforts and amenities you'd expect of an award-winning resort with an exceptional beach location. Premium Beachfront Suites: 48 spacious suites featuring spectacular views and contemporary furnishings, large bath tubs and double showers. Gauguin Cottages: Unique and private Tahitian style cottages each with its own plunge pool.
These traditional single level rooms are located directly on the beach and feature vaulted ceilings, private terraces and ensuite bathrooms with showers only. A few seconds is all it takes to get ''from'' bed to sea, whilst rattan furnishings, louvered windows and colorful local art create a mood that is quintessentially Caribbean.
Located in one or two-story buildings on the beach, these more spacious rooms feature walk-in closets, bathrooms with showers and large beach patios with beach showers. Guests can walk straight out onto the sand from the lower level rooms, whilst upper floor rooms boast spectacular views of the Caribbean Sea.
Situated on the edge of a bird sanctuary lagoon, starting just 50 yards from the beach, each romantic cottage consists of two thatched rondovals with large air conditioned sitting area - one rondoval is for sleeping - the other a bath/dressing room (shower only). The Cottages have cool white tile flooring with stone accents. The plunge pools are either rectangular or freeform in shape, each one concealed from its neighbor by a combination of the lush tropical vegetation and screens made from natural wood branches. Flanked by paved sun decks with outdoors shower that measure either 7 ft. by 9 ft. or 7 ft. by 13 ft. and are either step-up or level to the ground.
The first thing you'll notice about your Premium Beachfront Suite is the fabulous beachfront location. Then you'll quickly realize that the suite accommodations offer all the comforts and amenities you'd expect of an award-winning resort. These suites have a luxurious feel, with gleaming granite, tropical photographs and dark acacia wood furnishings that are both understated and refined. Step down into the sunken living room and open the sliding, floor-to-ceiling doors, then perch on a stylish sofa to enjoy the sea breeze and stellar views. You'll also notice the opulent feel of 400-thread-count sheets and the cozy throws that grace the new king beds.
For those of you who can't bear to part with your Blackberry and 24/7 access to the rest of the world, the resort has installed wireless Internet access as well as 32-inch, flat-screen, wall-mounted TVs, iPod alarm clocks and DVD players. You can opt for naturally air-cooled bliss with ceiling fans and sea breezes, or set the individually controlled air conditioning - it's up to you. The graciously appointed, spacious bathrooms are equipped with his-and-hers showers, a deep, corner-installed soaking tub for two, double sinks, a magnifying mirror for makeup and shaving, fluffy white towels and luxurious Gilchrist & Soames toiletries. Step outside onto the balcony or patio and you'll find a pair of comfy, all-weather rattan chaises to settle into, as well as a beach shower.
The Gauguin cottages reflect the artist's lifestyle in Tahiti, with privacy that represents a departure from many of the constraints of civilization, along with the comfort you'd expect of a stay at Galley Bay. Settle in close to our peaceful lagoon, a sanctuary for beautiful native birds and wildlife, and enjoy the solitude amid the deep greenery that surrounds the cottages. As you approach, you'll see the peaked, thatched roofs poking above the foliage and a few hints of the thick, round walls of each unit - twin "rondoval" cottages joined by a sheltered breezeway. They're especially popular with newlyweds who wish to unplug from the world for awhile. In the bedroom, cool, whitewashed walls, woven bamboo ceilings, louvered windows and terra-cotta tile create a rustic, Tahitian ambiance, with bold splashes of bright color that echo Gauguin's absorbing natural palette, and the deep cool provided by individually controlled air conditioning units.
Across the breezeway is a bath equipped with a shower and dressing area. Enjoy the refreshing sensation of a beach shower to complete the feeling of being immersed in nature. You can brew your morning coffee in your room, then step outside and relax on your concealed patio, with its adjoining private plunge pool, the perfect spot for a romantic dip.
The Sea Grape restaurant is open for all three meals daily. Warm, friendly service by the outstanding wait staff will make you feel right at home. Be sure to join in the festivities at the weekly Caribbean barbecue, when the gentle sound of the waves and live steel-drum music accompany your meal.
The romance continues at Gauguin. Here, you'll dine in a cabana for two by flickering candlelight among the palm trees, literally steps from the sea, with only a thatched roof between you and the evening sky. The varied menu, which changes daily, blends the cuisines of the West Indies, the Pacific Rim and Europe.
InTry the beachfront restaurant Ismay's Restaurant & Bar - a stunning timber building situated at the southern end of the ¾ mile white sand beach adjacent to the beautiful shell bay. Menu offers guests the best of islands local flavours with everything from classic west indian "roti" to seafood gumbo and the classic rastafarian dish "ital". Open for dinner 7 days a week. There is a surcharge per person.
Enjoy a cooling break from the sun by day or a satisfying nightcap at any one of Galley Bay's three open-air lounges. All three serve a wonderful selection of cooling Caribbean cocktails, top-shelf liquor and wines by the glass, along with nonalcoholic beverages. Make a point of stopping by the distinctive TeePee Bar, with its high peaked roof. The TeePee Bar is a popular gathering spot where guests enjoy each other's company and spectacular sea views, both day and night. The Lounge Bar, which is open from lunchtime onward, is a fine place to enjoy cocktails and hors d'oeuvres in a comfortable, social setting, and enjoy live nightly entertainment. For the utmost in romance, the Gauguin Bar welcomes guests before and after lunch and dinner in a lovely setting with a very private atmosphere.
For the utmost in relaxation and pampering, they invite guests to explore Indulge, their beautiful spa. Indulge is inspired by the distinctive look of the Gauguin cottages, and is centrally located, adjacent to the calming waters of the lagoon and surrounding bird sanctuary.
Swim / snorkel: At Galley Bay, the beach is never far away. Just a few steps from your room, the three-quarter-mile-long beach is the perfect place for a cooling swim or an invigorating beach walk. If you've always wanted to explore the under-sea world, this is the time. Snorkeling equipment and caring instruction is complimentary at Galley Bay. If you prefer your water flat, not fizzy, the free-form pool and its distinctive waterfall provide ample space to practice your strokes, and plenty of deck space and chaise lounges for reclining, reading, and soaking up the sun.
Fitness: There's no reason to take a vacation from your exercise regiment while you're at Galley Bay. Free weights and cardio equipment let you keep up your routine - or start a new one - in the comfort of the air-conditioned Fitness Center. You can also maintain your aerobic conditioning with a run on the jogging track or along the three-quarter-mile beachfront.
Sea sports: On Galley Bay's beautiful, three-quarter-mile crescent of sand, the inviting sea is a fantastic natural playground for a host of non-motorized water sports. Try your hand at sailing a Sunfish for a remarkable view of the coast from offshore. You can ply the waters in a sea kayak and navigate the waves as you explore the extreme, rocky reaches of the beautiful cove. You'll enjoy the view - and you'll likely be viewed as you make your way up and down the shore - by the celebrity neighbors whose elaborate homes overlook Galley Bay. For a real workout, you can make the most of the breezes with a windsurfing experience, and if you're new to the sport, the able staff is more than happy to help you find your feet and teach you the ins and outs of the equipment. To truly take to the seas, there's nothing like sailing aboard a catamaran, and the Hobie - style boats are at your disposal during your stay. You'll find that the azure waters off Galley Bay boast a wide range of indigenous sea life; more than 70 species of fish make their homes in the sea surrounding Antigua.Land sports: On land, you can partake of a wide array of sports and pastimes. Galley Bay features an Astro-Turf tennis court for daytime play. To put a new spin on your game, join one of their clinics or ask them to arrange for personal instruction. You can also try your hand at table tennis, or borrow a bicycle for a spin around the property.
Entertainment: No Caribbean experience would be complete without the music of the islands. Galley Bay makes it a point to keep its guests entertained with the best local musicians, who bring island-inflected live music to the resort each night. Steel pan, reggae and island adaptations of classic popular music create a romantic milieu for unforgettably romantic evenings at Galley Bay.