Halcyon Cove by Rex Resorts
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I have stayed in Antigua many times at different hotels, but this was my first trip to the Halcyon. I needed an overnight transit stop on my way to Virgin Gorda so went for a cheaper hotel than I would normally use. The hotel was clean, functional, served the purpose I needed it for, but nothing more. The rooms was very basic, the bathroom in a poor condition and the vent would not close letting all the bugs nd mosquitos in. Breakfast again was basic, and there was not a huge amount of choice. The breakfast room was upstairs and had the feel of being in a warehouse house canteen and did not offer the normal beach views (or ny view) of other hotel dining areas. The bar was poorly stocked and did not offer branded spirits or liquors .The beach is shared with the public and on my early morning walk there was a number of areas with broken glass. Had I been using this a holiday hotel I would have been very disappointed, and Antigua has far nicer holiday venues to offer than this.
If you are looking for a relaxing vacation with fantastic staff and aren't too fussy about your room then this is a great place for the price and probably the best value for money holiday you will find.All the staff are absolutely amazing and add a real personal touch to the holiday, they simply cant do enough to accommodate you in their retrospective services.The rooms are clean and the beds are comfy. The air conditioning works well too, but that is about as far as it goes accommodation wise.It is a shame though since this hotel does have the potential to be an amazing place with an overhaul to bring the accommodation up to modern day standards, the accommodation really does not do the staff and the experience justice and is the only thing detracting from the saty. The hotel also has a really enthusiastic watersports guy called Gerald who spent time taking me out sea kayaking explaining the local wildlife. If the hotel was to upgrade and refurb hopefully they could make use of his watersports expertise.On a final note there is an independent photographer called Sam who we asked to take a family picture, with no pressure at all from him. We were really impressed with his photos and ended up with some fantastic memories captured in high quality pictures.
My daughter and I stayed here by it was the official tournament hotel for my daughter's tennis tournament. Our room location was superb, balcony right on the beach. Staff were all great and friendly. Food was good. The accommodations need a major overhaul. Big mosquito problem as well. Lots of them stuck on the walls from previous guests. Bathroom was disgusting. AC worked great, and the fridge in room was very helpful. No elevator. Hairs in bed upon arrival and lots of hair on the floor tiles, not our hair:(.
What can we say, like most we were slightly hesitant with the booking of Halcyon Cove however we need not have worried. I had emailed Debbie (Head of Sales & Marketing) prior to our arrival to add a few extras such as beach massages, dinner on the beach and also some chocolates and wine in the room for arrival - this was executed fantastically and her communication prior to our arrival was simply superb. The hotel itself has the traditional Caribbean feel, its brightly coloured and a little tired but if you are in search of a beach week or a fantastic location to explore the island then this resort could be the one for you. Its situated on Dickinson Bay which is the longest beach in Antigua and next to Sandals. We would often walk the length of the beach and thoroughly enjoyed the location for sunsets, strolls & relaxing. There is a small bar on the beach that can be busy when the cruise ships arrive in but other than that its quiet and often you can look around and be the only one in the sea. The beach was quiet as Sandals is currently closed for refurbishments. The people on check in - Mario & Fenton were fabulous, they know most guests by name and operate a friendly and relaxed operation. Check in was quick and easy and we had a room with a sea view had the most fantastic view there are only a few of these and I would advise it. It had a large queen bed, limited power supplies but to be honest we only used one per night for our phones or in the day for a hairdryer etc. Food was served across 2 restaurants as we had been made aware the hurricane had damaged the third which was being fixed as we were there, The Pier. The restaurants had a very informal feel so no need to dress up as per the dress code (we were over dressed nightly) you can wander in and seat yourself before heading up to the buffet, no one really tells you this so just head straight in and the food and beverage assistants will serve you drinks and clear plates etc. Food is varied and nightly had a different meat such as pork (complete with crackling and gravy) on Sunday, we had roast beef with Yorkshire puddings. There is always one to two options, fresh vegetables, soup & a selection of breads meats etc. Dessert is mostly sponge and again ice cream can be requested but we didn't learn this until a little later in the holiday but this is at lunch time as well as dinner. They always have fresh options which can be cooked in front of you - for breakfast Omelettes & lunch Beef / Cheese burgers and then fish. Drinks are great, they have a wide selection of cocktails and seem able to make something that you like. They only have one person serving at the pool during the day but they work quickly and happily which makes it enjoyable. We met some lovely guests who had been going back over the last 4/5 years and the staff always engaged thoroughly with them but made a huge effort with us as well enticing us back no doubt. This hotel sits in a price bracket which enables you to explore the island we went to Shirley Heights on Sunday ( Recommend this - its a trip from the hotel) we swam with the Stingrays on the Monday (Recommend again, on a day when a cruise ship isn't in if possible so not too busy) and we also did a boat trip around the Island (9-4pm) and then went out to a beach bar called Jacqui O's for which I have left a review of also. The service makes this hotel a wonderful memory and a decent recommendation to friends on the above basis.
We arrived back on Sunday from a week at Halcyon Cove and we were a bit anxious after reading some of the reviews, however we found the hotel to be fine. It is not a 4 or 5 star place and it does need a bit of a make over but the staff are fabulous & attentive and the food is plentiful. Our rooms were spacious and clean, with lovely comfortable beds.They were beginning to repair Wari Pier restaurant and some painting was going on so perhaps a makeover is on the horizon.The only niggling thing was the mosquitoes despite smothering in repellent, it didn't make a lot of difference! I do think the area would benefit from fogging on a weekly basis.One bonus of staying here at the moment is that Sandals is currently closed, which makes the beach quiet and not crowded which is great.
Vacations packages include round-trip flights, accommodations, round-trip transfers (unless outlined below) to and from the hotel, and tourist cards (if required, unless outlined below).
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Items not included:
- Travel insurance (mandatory if traveling to Cuba)
- Tourist cards ($10USD) if traveling to Dominican Republic with Sunwing Airlines
- Departure taxes ($20USD) if traveling to Dominican Republic with Sunwing or Signarture Vacations
- Resort fees (if applicable) must be paid directly to the hotel
- Hotel transfers for packages to USA
- Hotel transfers for packages to Europe
- Items of a personal nature
- 3 meals daily
- All drinks (Domestic brands, Domestic beer, House Wine, 10:30am - midnight)
- Non-motorized water sports: Sailing, Sunfish Sailing, Windsurfing, Kayaking
- Introductory scuba diving lesson
- Daily activities
- Evening entertainment
- Christmas and New Year's Gala Dinners
- Manager's cocktail party
- 210 rooms in fourteen 2 to 3-storey buildings
- 1 buffet restaurant
- 1 a la carte restaurant (Local, Seafood)
- 3 bars including Lobby bar, Beach bar, Lounge bar
- 1 outdoor pool
- 18-hole golf course 5 minutes away
- Meeting facilities (fee)
- 4 tennis courts (4 lit) on-site (fee)
- Shopping on-site (Fine jewelry shop, Groceries & sundries shop, Souvenir gift shop)
- Scuba diving on-site (fee)
- A range of watersports available
- Beauty salon (fee)
- Outdoor Wedding Location
- 2 double beds
- Bathroom with shower only
- Patio or balcony with garden view
- Max. occ. 3 adults or 2 adults & 2 children
Poolside Room - Similar to above, larger with fridge, closer to pool and beach area. Max. occ. 3 adults or 2 adults & 2 children.
For the Kids - Kids 4 to 12 enjoy supervised activities 10:00am-4:00pm, Babysitting service ($), Kids' menu, Playground, Games room.
Wedding Packages - Free Wedding packages available, please inquire for details.
Early Booking Bonus - This hotel may offer early booking bonuses at certain times of the year. If early booking bonuses apply to your vacation, prices shown online have already been adjusted accordingly. Please inquire for complete details.
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Halcyon Cove by Rex ResortsAntigua,Antigua And Barbuda
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- Extra Info
Dickenson Bay PO Box 251, St. John's Antigua
Some restaurants may be open for certain meals only and limited visits may apply. Reservations required and dress code in effect for a la carte restaurants. Time restrictions may apply for water sports.
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