Hawksbill Beach by Rex Resorts
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Location: Located on four secluded beaches, 15 minute drive from St. Johns and the airport.
At first we thought we has arrived on the set of 'Dirty Dancing' with the wooden cabins and walkways between. There was even a little bridge like the one she practiced dancing on and of course, we had to try a few steps each time it was crossed , especially after a couple of rum punches in the evening. We just loved the location complete with varied wildlife- goats , lizards, tree frogs, and pretty little birds that flew into the cabin as soon as the door was open to attack the sugar packets. The cabin was just perfect for us - clean and airy with ceiling fan and the quietest air conditioning unit ive ever heard. Simply furnished with two comfortable beds and a shower room that had everything needed. The plug sockets in Antigua can be a little rickety and the hair drier didn't like 110 volts so took ages to dry. We opened the door and stepped straight onto the beach in front. No rush for sunbeds and the beaches were brilliant because there was so few people on them. We met some really lovely people on our stay and happened to be there for Antigua Sailing week so whilst lazing on the beach we had front seats to view the beautiful sailing boats. The food was varied and delicious . I would definitely return here for sun , sea and relaxation.
Ignore the negative reviews. Whilst it is true that this is a cheaper resort, it is very significant that many of the guests are repeat visitors - as we were. The staff are just great and very attentive to all our needs. Yes the rooms are a bit tired, but they are clean and very well serviced. Some improvements have been completed since last year and we gather more are planned. Nice touches are fresh flowers in the rooms. It is a small resort so the food has to be a bit limited, but it was fine and no one seemed to have any problem with the quality or indeed quantity ! A plus for us is no TVs or phones in the rooms. Fellow guests mingle well without being "in your face" and a dink or two before dinner is a good time to meet up. Four beaches mean loads of room and we chose a room on the main beach. The sound of the waves at night is soothing and less than 50 yards to the water for those that enjoy the pre breakfast swim. Other reviews suggest that the place is overrun with cats. We saw three !!!! The management are trying to resolve this but they really were not an issue (and we do not like cats). Much wildlife to see apart from the cats... Pelicans, frigate birds, humming birds are frequent sights. This is a very quiet resort and good value for what we paid. The setting is beautiful, but not on any public transport route. Taxis are easily sorted for trips out and the resort organise a shuttle into St Johns as well as the unmissable trips on Sunday nights to Shirley Heights for the live music. As repeat visitors ourselves, we knew what to expect and we will return again in the future. We gather some investment is planned for the next couple of years but we are sure Hawksbill will keep it's unique charm. Special mention to David and Cristobell who both make excellent Margaritas - had to keep testing them to decide whose was the best !!
After reading some of the negative comments on this hotel I was pleasantly surprised upon checking in. We were upgraded to a sea view bungalow which was basic but clean, a good shower with plenty of hot water and a very spacious, comfortable bed, the room also had tea and coffee making facilities. The sockets in the rooms are of the 2-pin flat type (110 volt). During our visit the management started issuing 5 litre bottles of water, I don't know if this is a permanent thing or not, previously you paid 3US$ for a bottle but the staff in the bar would top up your bottle for free. I personally found the food to be of a very acceptable standard, breakfast and dinner served in the main restaurant and lunch and afternoon tea served up in the beach bar with one of the most idyllic views you will find. I found the staff to be very helpful and accommodating, Kerry-Anne, Felicia and the lovely Cristabel, most of the time the drinks were automatically topped up without you having to even ask. It was a pure delight after a day on the beach to spend time in the comfy chairs on the verandah observing the wildlife, humming birds, mongoose, lizards and a wide variety of birds. I guess some previous cheapskate posters expect five star luxury at three star prices, so if you want glass and chrome, stay at home. There are four different beaches, all with their own character and you are never that close to anybody (unless by choice), it would be a real plus for this hotel if they could get some new sunbeds (the beds are a bit tired but most are useable) and re-thatch the existing sun shades and perhaps add a few more as in high season having not much shade could be a problem.
This was my third visit to Hawksbill. And it won't be my last!This place is amazing. The setting is lovely, the beaches are wonderful and the sea is always warm.The staff here are really welcoming. Always cheerful and willing to make your time at Hawksbill as good as possible.Yes, it's a quirky resort. The rooms are basic--well the garden bungalows are, not sure about the rest. Remember Greece in the 90s? But so what? The beds are incredibly comfortable. The resort is quiet, so sleep is easy. The showers are spacious and the water is hot.The food is slowly improving, but has some way to go. But the food isn't why people keep returning to Hawksbill. It's the atmosphere, the sense of being in a place which just feels right.If you want marble floors, five course fine dining, waiting staff with waistcoats, perfectly appointed rooms and complete elegance, then Hawksbill is not for you.If you want to relax into an easy going Caribbean holiday and chuckle at the imperfections, while loving the whole experience, then Hawksbill is your kind of place.For me it's the staff and the beaches which make the holiday. Happiness from breakfast to lights out.Guy
First, the staff were so amazing and friendly and willing to help you out in any way possible! The property was beautiful, very quiet with 4 beaches to choose from. Excellent swimming and the ability to snorkel on one of the beaches, the water was so clear you could see tropical fish without a mask! We stayed in a small bungalow right on the beach and could hear the waves at night. The rooms were clean and the beds were comfortable. There were goats, sheep and cats on the property, often early in the morning you could hear the goats and roosters, which I didn't mind. Our last few days there one of the cats had kittens right outside our room. While I did not mind, when I suggested the staff call a shelter or do something they repeatedly did nothing and were surprised every day when we told them they were still outside our room. Some days the food was better than others, overall it was good. It was a lovely stay and a nice resort but a large area for improvement. Overall the friendly staff, quiet atmosphere and beautiful property would have me consider staying here again.
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- Full English breakfast and lunch daily
- 7 dinners of which 3 are buffet and 4 table d'hotel
- House brand drinks, wine, cocktails
- House wine by the glass
- Manager's cocktail party
- Non-motorized watersports including: sunfish sailing, kayaks, windsurfing, paddle boats
- Entertainment 3 times a week
- 2 Restaurants
- Tennis courts
- Beach Cricket
- Located in the main building or 2nd row cottages on Sea Grapes Beach
- 2 twin or 1 king bed
- Mini fridge
- Ceiling fans only
- Shower only
- Hair dryer
- Garden or limited sea view
- Max. occ. 3 adults or 2 adults & 1 child
Beach Club Room:
- Adult only section on between Seagrapes beach and Honeymoon Cove
- 1 king bed
- Air conditioning
- Max. occ. 2 adults
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Hawksbill Beach by Rex ResortsAntigua,Antigua And Barbuda
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