Antigua Travel FAQ

(Important Legal Stuff)

Dear Guests,

Please know that we have always taken your health, safety, and comfort very seriously, and we have always enjoyed a well-deserved reputation for maintaining very high levels of customer service, cleanliness, and safety.

Presently, we are taking enhanced health and safety measures throughout the resort to help maintain a clean, safe and comfortable environment for our valued guests, staff members, and visitors.  For your safety and that of others, please adhere to all posted rules, signage, and instructions during your stay with us.  Compliance with social distancing, hand washing and sanitizing, and similar instructions will be of primary importance.

Covid-19 (coronavirus) is highly contagious, potentially deadly, and may result in serious illness, injury, or death.  There is an inherent risk of coronavirus/Covid-19 exposure anywhere people are, or have been, present.  The CDC has indicated that certain people may be at greater risk, namely the elderly and those with compromised immune systems and other underlying conditions.  However, young and healthy people may also suffer severe illness, injury and death, and should therefore take precautions.

As a condition of visiting the resort and using any of its services, facilities and amenities, you VOLUNTARILY AGREE TO FULLY ASSUME ALL RISKS related to Covid-19 exposure.  You further AGREE that you SHALL NOT SUE OTHERWISE HOLD LIABLE the resort, its owners, employees, agents, insurers, and any relevant tour operators, travel agencies, and travel agents, including without limitation Elite Island Resorts for any Covid-19-related illness, injury, death, losses or damages of any kind or nature whatsoever.  Kindly note that all arriving guests will be required to sign a waiver to this effect at check-in.

This Assumption of Risk and Covenant Not to Sue applies to all guests and visitors including but not limited to any minor children for whom an adult guest or visitor is a parent, guardian, or is otherwise responsible for.  This Assumption of Risk and Covenant Not to Sue shall be LEGALLY BINDING.  Should any guest or visitor bring a claim, suit or any other action in violation of this provision, the claim, suit or other action shall be DISMISSED WITH PREJUDICE (meaning permanently dismissed) and all costs of dismissal, including but not limited to reasonable attorneys’ fees and court costs, shall be borne by the party who wrongfully brought the claim, suit or other action in violation of this Assumption of Risk and Covenant Not to Sue.

Please understand that, without this Assumption of Risk and Covenant Not to Sue, it would be nearly impossible for the resort to operate under the current circumstances.  We don’t like legal jargon any more than you do, and we look forward to the day (hopefully in the near future) when all of this goes away.  In the meantime, we feel it is only fair that you are fully informed and allowed to make the best possible decisions for you and your loved ones.

We greatly—and very sincerely—appreciate you and your business, and we look forward to providing you with an excellent Caribbean holidayThank You!

Resort General

What time is check-in/out?

12:00 noon is check-out time and 3:00 p.m. is check-in time.

How far is it to the nearest shopping area?

The capital city of St. John’s is only a 10 minute taxi ride away.

In the event of a hurricane, what happens to my reservation?

Click here for Elite Island Resorts hurricane policy.

How can I book airport transfers?

The Galley Bay Resort, Antigua does not service airport transfers. However, if you do not already have prearranged airport transfers, no need to worry, we have some options for you. Airport transfers can be prearranged with your Elite Island Resorts specialist or your travel agent for those guests that booked direct with Elite Island Vacations ONLY.

For all other Galley Bay Resort guests, you can prearrange your airport transfer with our preferred airport transfer service provider, Eagle Discovery Transfers and Tours, Antigua. All our Galley Bay Resort guests can reserve private airport transfer, shared shuttle and taxi type service round trip from the Antigua airport (ANU) to Galley Bay Resort and include return transfer to the airport online at Guests can also inquire via email on the Eagle transfers website. Eagle Transfers and Tours has a tour desk located in the tour desk area at V C Bird International (ANU) airport to meet and greet all pre-booked airport transfer guests upon arrival. Click Here to check availability on airport transportation for Galley Bay Resort.

Are children allowed at Galley Bay Resort & Spa?

To maintain our adults-only atmosphere, children under the age of 16 are not permitted at Galley Bay Resort & Spa.

What type of deposit is required?

Deposits vary depending on the company you used to make your reservation.

Is internet access available?

Yes, this is included in your guestroom and most public areas with the $24.00 nightly Resort Fee.

Is tipping allow at the Resort?

Yes you can reward the outstanding service of our staff by using the tipping box located at the Reception area.

Resort Amenities

Can I rent a car in Antigua?

Yes, car rental is available at the rental desk located at the resort. The daily cost is approximately $50 and you will need to purchase a temporary visitor’s license for a nominal $20 fee regardless of the country you come from.

Is there a casino at the resort?

No, but the closest one is only 10 minutes away.

Is there an ATM at the resort?

No, but there is one in town, 10 minutes away.

Is there a gift shop at the resort?

Yes there is.


Can my room be upgraded?

Yes, upon availability and with an extra charge payable at the resort.

What type of beds are in the rooms?

There are King beds in all room categories.

Does the resort provide a laundry service for guests?

Yes, laundry bags are provided in all guest rooms, this service is at an additional charge.

Does my room have a fridge?

Yes, all rooms have mini-fridges.

What is the voltage at the resort?

The voltage is 110V.

Are there alarm/clock radios in the rooms?

Yes in all rooms.

Are the rooms air-conditioned and do they have ceiling fans?

Yes, the rooms are air-conditioned and also have ceiling fans.

Can I have room service?

Room service is not available.


Where is Galley Bay Resort & Spa located?

Galley Bay Resort & Spa is located on the sunset side of Antigua, cradled by a 3/4 mile white sand beach and a fascinating saltwater bird sanctuary lagoon. Please visit our About page for more information.

Do I need a passport to travel to Antigua?

We strongly recommend that all members of your party travel with a passport with a validity date of at least six months past the date of your departure ‘from’ the island. As of December 31, 2005, a passport will be required for all US and Canadian citizens to travel to the Caribbean. For information on obtaining or renewing a passport please go to: // In our current times, passports are the most expeditious and reliable form of identification when traveling domestically or internationally.

How far away 'from' the airport is the resort?

We are approximately 20 minutes from the airport.

Do you arrange transportation to local churches on Sundays?

Yes, this can be arranged for an additional taxi fee.

Is the US dollar accepted through the island?

The US dollars is accepted. The exchange rate varies between $2.60 – $2.70 to the EC dollar. We also exchange US, Pounds, Euros and CAD for a maximum of $100 per day.


Are there any day trips?

In addition to the complimentary activities that are a part of Galley Bay Resort & Spa all-inclusive package, there are a variety of optional excursions that may be arranged through guest services. Take a trip to Nelson’s Dockyard or Shirley Heights. There is a fee for these, and other optional excursions.

Is there a tennis pro at the resort? How much are lessons?

Yes, there is a tennis pro. Lessons are available for an additional cost.

How many golf courses are on the island and how far away are they?

There are two golf courses on the island – they are both 30-45 minutes away and a taxi will cost in excess of $20.

How many tennis courts does the resort have and what kind of surface are they?

Galley Bay Resort & Spa has one tennis court with artificial turf.

Are motorized water sports available?

Motorized water sports are not available at Galley Bay Resort & Spa, but we offer non-motorized water sports including: paddle boarding, sailing, kayaking and snorkeling for your enjoyment.

Are bicycles available?

Bicycles are complimentary during your stay and you can pick them up next to the Guest Service area.

Is there a dive shop on property?

No there is not, but our Tour Desk is happy to arrange any dive excursions for you. The nearest dive shop is 20 minutes away and the cost for a taxi is $17 roundtrip. However some companies include the transfer cost in the dive package.

Can I snorkel right off the beach at the resort?

Yes, and snorkeling trips are also available at the Tour Desk.

Dining & Entertainment

Do you provide snacks between meals?

The Barefoot Grill opens daily from 12:00 noon – 4:30 p.m and serves delicious snacks from homemade burgers to kebabs. Our Coffee Shop opens daily from 7:00 a.m. – 10:30 p.m. and offers an array of delectable pastries, the perfect complement to your fresh-brewed coffee, juice, or tea. Afternoon tea is served daily between 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m at the Sea Grape Restaurant. Please note that hours are subject to change.

Is there night-time entertainment at the Resort?

Live bands play nightly.

Are dinner reservations required?

Reservations are only required at two of our restaurants. Gauguin Restaurant and Ismay’s Restaurant. Please note that there is surcharge of $45 plus taxes at Ismay’s Restaurant.

When is the Manager's Cocktail party?

Wednesday nights at 6:30pm.

What is the dress code policy for the restaurants?

Breakfast & Lunch – Shoes must be worn at all times and bathing suits must be covered and dry.

Men are required to wear collared shirts with long pants or stylish jeans. T-shirts, shorts, capri, 3/4 pants and ripped jeans are not accepted. We ask that women wear dresses, skirts, long pants or stylish tailored shorts or jeans. No short shorts or tank tops allowed.

Summer Dress Code – In the months of June, July, August and September tailored shorts are allowed for men and women for dinner. Standard dress code applies for Ismay’s Restaurant