Halcyon Cove by Rex Resorts
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- All Inclusive Features
I have just returned from a one week stay with my 2 boys. Having stayed at the Rex in Tobago and Grenada previously, we knew what to expect from a Rex hotel but in truth - it actually exceeded our expectations.It is what it is.... A Budget 3* All Inclusive Caribbean Resort. Its pleasing on the eye, on the budget and on the stress levels. Rustic charm.The Hotel is run by one of THE best managers I have ever come across in all my years of travelling. He is rated by everybody from the local taxi drivers to the other guests to his staff. To his credit, he has a pretty amazing array of staff from his extremely efficient and personable duty manager, Collette to amazing serving staff such as Julienne and Roxanna. Then there's Fenton in charge of entertainment and I have to say the steel band he organised, played some of the best tunes I've ever heard played on the steel drums. They all really go out of their way to be friendly and helpful in a truly genuine way. I've seen photos of kids & grandchildren, been given hugs and kisses goodbye, had a Rum Punch recipe from someone's Mum shared with me and shared some really interesting conversations and insights with some of the staff. We had booked a simple standard room through Virgin Holidays and were assigned room 244 - a really nicely appointed room overlooking the pool and the beach in the distance. The bed and pillows were soooooo comfortable. The room was clean and the towels and bedding were of a good standard. Good size terrace to drink rum cocktails from under the stars when my youngest crashed in bed the first 2 nights.Due to an incident in the middle of our holiday (no fault of the hotels), we were moved (and somewhat upgraded at no extra cost) to a beautiful and very huge family suite. (room 207). A ground floor room right on the beach with a separate lounge room, huge bedroom, large dressing area and much bigger bathroom. Yes the food choice was pretty samey but there was always something I fancied. Breakfast was ample. Cereals, muffins, toast, Danish pastries, fresh fruit platters, yoghurt, pancakes, French toast, sausage, bacon, beans, hard boiled and scrambled eggs and then of course the egg station for omelettes etc. Lunch was normally down at the beach bar. Always a choice of salads with about half a dozen tureens of hot food then on the grill burgers and fish. There were normally a couple of cake choices plus ice cream.Afternoon Tea was served out on the Pier from 4-5. Sandwiches and cake.Then there was always a choice of Hot Dogs and Burgers from the beach bar at the same time.Dinner was either up in the main restaurant or at the Beach Bar. The BBQ night at the beach bar was great. Jacket potatoes, ribs and chicken to name a few.Then the meal on Sunday night consisted of the best Roast Beef I have ever tasted.My eldest is vegetarian and even though he always had a choice he also had the option to order a dish of his choice at Reception in the morning ready for the evening.If you wanted, you could always dress up a bit and eat down on the pier. They have a slightly stricter dress code and have a set menu and you can pay extra for the lobster or shrimp. I had the Jalepeno chicken dish on our last night and it was gorgeous. As are the desserts down there... I had an amazing cheesecake one night and a strudel another. My youngest struggled with the more sophisticated menu down on the pier, so on our 3rd visit we requested a Childs meal consisting of pizza, chips and salad which was seamlessly catered for.The choice of drinks on the all inclusive is absolutely fine... Lots of cocktails to choose from. My one gripe would be is that I did get a bit fed up of drinking out of plastic glasses but then I understand why as its a safety issue. Then the best feature of this hotel is of course its location.... Right next door to Sandals on Dickenson Bay. Ample beds, umbrellas and all a short walk from the bar. You can choose to sit nearer the pier, bar and loos or go further down to a quieter stretch near the water sports hut. We took kayaks out a couple of times - all part of all inclusive.I've come home wishing I'd booked for 2 weeks if I'm honest.I would recommend and I would go back.As with the other reviews I read before travelling, if you want 5* luxury, silver service and a chocolate on your pillow at bed turn down service, go elsewhere.If you want a decent, fair, comfortable place to sleep and shower whilst enjoying a fabulous location with the nicest group of staff you could come across, like a good range of rum cocktails and want a low key night life - this is the place for you. Thank you to Everyone at The Rex for looking after us and giving us a really enjoyable and memorable holiday. As Arnie said... "I'll be back".... xxxxxx
Strongly not recommend this place to be visited by Europeans. This hotel is not going to cover any hygiene and food quality standards if it was in Europe( even that the price was around 200 € pn), not to mention the food, which was mainly French fries, burgers and basic salads every day. The breakfast- poor, mostly type of English breakfast. Needs huge improvement on guest relations. Old, bad maintained beach front, broken lounge chairs and tables. We had a dead cockroaches in the room, that were not cleaned for a 3 days from the chambermaid, even she visited the room daily.Not suitable for couples on a romantic holidays, as it was full of families with small kids. If you need some privacy and relax, that's not the place.
My wife and I stopped here last November for 9 nights. We had been to Antigua before. The hotel itself is part of Rex Resorts, its budget type but to be honest was pretty good for food, especially the dinners at lunchtime. The rooms were cleaned daily and the bed huge and comfy ! The shower was hit and miss with the power and at times the bathroom did smell of sewage, the hotel will tell you that there is a blocked drain, apparently it's been going on for years ! When we were there in November, we were drinking the local bottled beer Wadadli , the week after it was on draught and tasted awful ! While the hotel is on a beautiful stretch of beach , there is very little else to do there. The evening entertainment is loud, very loud ! The Lighthouse restaurant is a great place for afternoon tea and biscuits and too watch the sun go down. We walked to the Salt ponds a couple of times and within the locality. Whilst we were there having dinner , my wife had her towel stolen from the sunbed, there was a birthday party going on in the hotel by the pool, (the hotel caters for local private functions) although the staff were helpful and in no way is it a reflection on the hotel , we felt a bit annoyed that it happened . We now know not to leave anything lying about when we're not there. would we stop there again ? No , but we did enjoy our stay .
The resorts very small and if you were to compare it to Jolly beach this would be a big difference. The crowd here is super quiet which is good for families and relaxation. I love the food here , regardless of their limited times of food being available their food tasted great. The only downfall about this resort would be their beach.. super short and dirty.. and not much maintenance done. The rooms are okay but their water is not the cleanliness.. our water is light brown...probably from rust and our tub keeps clogging up. The WiFi connection is great here and reception is everywhere and can be accessible. The only thing I dislike about this place is how they do not offer food for 2 hours in between breakfast and lunch which is such a hassle... and dinner is served at 7pm and not 6pm like other resorts... there's not much to do within the area where as jolly beach you would be able to explore the area where there is a super market and small shops and small hiking spots. Everything at this resort is limited and you would need to use a taxi which is very inconvenient for the guests who wish to do more.
Resort adjacent to beach. Gate from resort directly access Dickinson Bay Beach. Large rooms, huge double beds! Good air con. Decor and bathroom very dated but functional. Food excellent! All inclusive deal is brilliant. Most staff very friendly and incredibly polite. Lovely pool. Taxi service very good; driver can stay with you all day long if you wish , taking you where-ever you wish to go - price worked out before you set off.
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- 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
- Hotel Contacts
- 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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