Paradise Found: Antigua's Galley Bay Resort
If the Island Runaways were in search of a romantic tropical getaway just for two, where would we go? If we might go anywhere in the world? That's a tough question, considering the number of gorgeous island spots, from the Caribbean to the history-filled isles of glorious Greece. One property that's recently alighted on our radar? That would be Galley Bay Resort and Spa.
(A perfect spot to relax. Photo courtesy of Galley Bay Resort/Facebook.)
Where exactly is this property that Zickie and I are now dreaming about? You'll find Galley Bay on the lovely West Indian island of Antigua. The country of Antigua and Barbuda is located southeast of the Virgin Islands and Anguilla, in the Leeward Islands. Travelers who seek the quintessential Caribbean getaway often fall head over heels for this lovely place.
With its sugar-white sands and amazing views of both the ocean and a lagoon, Galley Bay seems to offer just about everything we'd want in terms of a stunning setting. From the photos you can tell the property is set up to maximize visitors' enjoyment of the scenery.
(A balcony with a view. Photo courtesy of Galley Bay Resort/Facebook.)
As for where exactly on the resort to stay, that creates a bit of a dilemma. Maybe in a Gauguin cottage? These private cottages near the lagoon feature Tahitian-style décor, patios, and individual plunge pools. They sound just ideal for a honeymoon or wedding anniversary. On the other hand, the vista from the beach-front suites look hard to top.
(Comfortable, elegant Caribbean décor. Photo courtesy of Galley Bay Resort/Facebook.)
From what we hear, Galley Bay is all about romance. Want to arrange a surprise dinner for your sweetie on a private gazebo? The resort's happy to oblige.
(Some enchanted evening. Photo courtesy of Galley Bay Resort/Facebook.)
I've also heard that guests lucky enough to spend a vacation at Galley Bay consider their staff their best asset. That's something that appeals to us, too. When we travel to the Caribbean, yes, the focus is on sand, sea, and relaxation, but a big part of any island getaway is the interaction with local people. When you have a positive experience, that's when you're tempted to return...again and again.
(The staff is one of the resort's best assets. Photo courtesy of Galley Bay Resort/Facebook.)
Of course, this being a spa, you can indulge in some wonderful treatments. Or, if massages and other body therapies aren't your cup of rum, there's always the tempting pool scene.
(Hmmmm...ready for a swim? Photo courtesy of Galley Bay Resort/Facebook.)
But despite the amenities, the watersports, the suites, the range of dining (Seagrape, Ismay's, Gauguin, and Barefoot Grill), the thing I keep returning to on their Facebook page?
(What a view! Photo courtesy of Galley Bay Resort/Facebook.)
Their beautiful beach, of course. I can almost feel the sand squishing between my toes while the sea gently laps at the shore. Yes, the Island Runaways are definitely intrigued by the possibilities of this Antiguan property...
To learn more abut Galley Bay Resort and Spa, click here for their website. Be warned: the photos are verrry tempting!