Halcyon Cove by Rex Resorts
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My wife and I spent one week here from Feb. 12th.-19th. It was our first time staying at this resort and my first time visiting Antigua.I will restrict my comments to the resort only, the food, service and the amenities. Yes this is an old resort, but I found it clean and relatively well-maintained.The room was fine, we asked for more towels and they were delivered....the room was cleaned very well....we stayed in #352...nice room with a view.The food was good, especially lunch and dinner down by the ocean.We also dined at the Warri on Valentines day...it was very nice.The beach is great, the beach towels were in short supply but this was not an issue with us.This is a three star resort, but I did expect much more from the gym and water-sports advertised on this property. This needs improvement.The most troubling issue at this resort is the service....not that it takes time, but it can be completely non-exsistant at times. I also noticed an overall malaise and lack of enthusiasm from some of the staff...especially those in the service areas....this was the rule not the exception.No smile, no conversation and at times, we were ignored completely. Not good.There is a difference between serving and service....a very big difference.Although this is a 3 star resort, it could be an excellent 3 star resort instead of being just average.Although some of the staff were great and they were, there needs to be a great deal of work done with the service folks to make much-needed improvements in the hope of making this a very good 3 star resort.
This hotel is on a fantastic beach and has friendly staff (apart from a few on reception!) who never stop working and can never do enough to please. Kiendelle never seemed to sleep! Always there at 6:30 am ready with a cup of tea for the early risers. Fenton and Dave were great company.Roxanne and all her restaurant staff were great and very efficient. The breakfast chef was superb and always smiling. Our room was always spotless and the cleaning ladies always cheerful and ready to laugh. Riaan and Mario were great at sorting any issues and Riaan in particular , gave us some great restaurant suggestions. The maintenance and grounds staff do a great job and always with a smile. For an all inclusive resort, the food here is really good. Breakfast has a lot of choice and all freshly cooked and constantly replenished. Lunch is always outside by the beach. Quite similar every day but lots of choice and all tasty and well cooked, especially the fresh fish. The wine here is very good quality and always freely available. We had a few issues with flooding in our rooms whilst there but again, staff worked really hard to get it sorted quickly and ensured that everything was ok. Our rooms were enormous and looked out across the bar to the sea. They were lovely and cool. Beds are huge and very comfortable. The rest of the furniture wasn't great - very chipped and scratched - and could do with replacing as it doesn't give a great first impression. We thought the room would be noisy at night but entertainment is lowkey and finishes by 10:30. The rooms are shabby and a bit disappointing but very clean. It's worth paying for the best room you can as the standard rooms were very dingy. All in all, we had a great time. Very relaxing and looked after by some of the best hotel staff we have ever met. We only have two issues with Halcyon Cove. Firstly, the owners need to invest in the fabric of the building as this lets down the staff who work so hard. Secondly, most, but not all of the reception staff who don't want to help and at times, are quite rude and seem to be deliberately unhelpful. It is a real contrast to the rest of the staff and such a shame.
Overall: Yes, it's run down, but it's cheap, clean, has an amazing beach and incredibly delicious food. Need I say more? We've been travelling down South in the winters for nearly 15 years now. Generally, each year we try a different country and a different resort. We used to visit the more expensive resorts but after the years (we sound old but we're not; just travel a lot), we've come to realize that all we need is a good beach or pool, great food, and clean environment. We don't need anything fancy. For just $1250 CAD each, we got to visit this low key, dated resort with all the features I mentioned, in an otherwise very expensive island. This resort is truly a hidden gem. Food: There aren't a lot of dining venue choices: breakfast is always at the main restaurant, lunch at the grill by the each and dinner is either at the restaurant on the water (M to W only, with reservations), the grill by the each, or the main restaurant. But the food is just delicious, and plenty of healthy choices. What's best is that there is so much local food. For example, they served funghi (their local dish - delicious) and goat curry one night (amazing). For breakfast, they have saltfish a few days. If you're not into this, there was also food you might have at home, such as burgers, hotdogs, eggs, sandwiches. At lunch, there is always grilled fish and salad (and burgers / hotdogs). The dress code at night is not really enforced (thank goodness!). We brought long pants for my husband, but we were so glad when we saw it wasn't enforced.Beach: Beautiful, very little rocks (you can walk over them), perfect combination of wave and calm in the beach. About two km from one end to the other. Public, but that's with nearly all the islands. People: Most people are quiet and laid back. The demographics are mainly British (60-70%) and Canadian (30-40%). We only saw one american couple.Pool: Not good and small. While it was perfectly clean, the colour of the water is mirkey - I suspect it's the way their water is processed, and we saw them cleaning it each night. But the colour kept most people including myself away most of the time.most people spent their time at the beach.Excursions: Very expensive - about $115 USD per person for a day trip to do anything. We opted to rent a car instead this trip. Driving is not too bad, but b/c it's on the left side, it can be confusing. and there are lots of pot holes. If you decide to rent a car, consider the on-site rental office. We booked a car with budget instead, b/c their insurance coverage better met out needs, but their service was horrible and the rental car they gave us was in awful shape. We enjoyed going to st johns for the shopping and driving around the island to see the major sights. We very much enjoyed the art gallery on fig tree drive and were able to pick up a nice piece for a very reasonable price.Accommodations: be prepared, the rooms are truly run down. If this bothers you, don't come here. The bath tub was rusty. The furniture is old. There are only two towels and very few other accessories other than soap and cheap shampoo/conditioner. The loungers are plastic or cheap vinyl. But, it was clean and spacious. Ask to have your room bug sprayed at nights. The safe is free and is a decent size (can fit an ipad).Tips: bring a box of tissue paper as there aren't any in the rooms. Bring two cans of bug spray. Bring all your shampoo/conditioner yourself. Book the a la cart meals the first day as they book up fast and dining there is incredible (food and mostly view). CHECK IN to your flight in advance when returning home - we ended up sitting separately b/c our Air Cda agent told us check in would be taken care of for us, when it wasn't. There'a grocery store called First Choice about a 45 minute walk away from the resort. It's very big, and accepts credit cards. We picked up some local spices & sauces from there for a very reasonable price.Note: there were very few children (about 5%), but they were all so well behaved and older. It's really not a resort for children, as there are very few activities. People who really impressed us: Heather at the bar - always so polite and with great drinks, including her "special" (rainforest), and the supervisor at the Wari Pier (I forgot her name) - she was always so friendly and polite.
My husband and I have just returned from a 12 night stay. We had read some negative reviews before we travelled so wasn't sure what to expect. If you looking for a hotel with a suburb location, helpful and friendly staff and lovely food his hotel is perfect! Ok the décor could do with up dating but this adds to the Antiguan charm of the hotel. If you want 5* décor then stay a sandals where you will pay two or three times more. One tip, make sure to take tropical mosquito replant with you, you will need it. Thank you to all at the Halcyon we had a wonderful holiday full of special memories
Antigua is beautiful! This resort in on an amazing beach with calm water, white sand and lots of sunshine! The service is good, the food was good, the rooms were clean, and the drinks were good. Overall, the resort is a bit dated and the beach furniture needs to be updated, but none of that takes away from the location itself!
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- 3 meals daily
- All drinks (Domestic brands, Domestic beer, House Wine, 10:30am - midnight)
- Non-motorized water sports: Sailing, Sunfish Sailing, Windsurfing, Kayaking
- Introductory scuba diving lesson
- Daily activities
- Evening entertainment
- Christmas and New Year's Gala Dinners
- Manager's cocktail party
- 210 rooms in fourteen 2 to 3-storey buildings
- 1 buffet restaurant
- 1 a la carte restaurant (Local, Seafood)
- 3 bars including Lobby bar, Beach bar, Lounge bar
- 1 outdoor pool
- 18-hole golf course 5 minutes away
- Meeting facilities (fee)
- 4 tennis courts (4 lit) on-site (fee)
- Shopping on-site (Fine jewelry shop, Groceries & sundries shop, Souvenir gift shop)
- Scuba diving on-site (fee)
- A range of watersports available
- Beauty salon (fee)
- Outdoor Wedding Location
- 2 double beds
- Bathroom with shower only
- Patio or balcony with garden view
- Max. occ. 3 adults or 2 adults & 2 children
Poolside Room - Similar to above, larger with fridge, closer to pool and beach area. Max. occ. 3 adults or 2 adults & 2 children.
For the Kids - Kids 4 to 12 enjoy supervised activities 10:00am-4:00pm, Babysitting service ($), Kids' menu, Playground, Games room.
Wedding Packages - Free Wedding packages available, please inquire for details.
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Halcyon Cove by Rex ResortsAntigua,Antigua And Barbuda
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Dickenson Bay PO Box 251, St. John's Antigua
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