Hawksbill Beach by Rex Resorts
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Location: Located on four secluded beaches, 15 minute drive from St. Johns and the airport.
Really Liked it here, The Staff are Amazing and very Helpful and make this place!Great Service all round.Lovely accommodation very close to the shore with great views and good choice of beach's around, Nice Lunch Menu.only a short drive / taxi journey to St John's Town.The only few disappointments was the choice of food on offer! The quality and meats were great but small choice most days and the bed was not that comfy in the room! and poor maintenance in some of the rooms ( they need up-dating! not that executable for what you pay really! ;-0 ( but they did change the bed for us with no problems!The stairs can be a challenge & intermittent wifi but Overall a lovely place for a peaceful holiday right on the Beach!
When we arrived I have to admit I did wonder what we'd done. The place has a generally run down feeling. Our room, up on Honeymoon Cove was large with a private balcony and, most importantly, air conditioning. The door frame into the shower room was rotting, there were always ants in the shower room and the place could have been somewhat cleaner (there was frequently sand on the floor after the room had been cleaned and the feather that was stuck on the wall when we arrived was still there when we left!) but there was a nice view and a large comfortable bed. We didn't get the glass of champagne on arrival that others have mentioned, but maybe because by the time we'd finished filling in the paperwork a staff member was ready to show us to our room.Mosquitoes were a problem despite copious amounts of repellant being applied. I understand that other hotels on the island don't have such a problem so that really need sorting out. Taxi charges are horrendous - not the fault of the hotel, but worth bearing in mind if planning to visit Antigua. I loved the fact there was no tv or wifi in the bedroom. We did lots of reading - and talking!The beaches are beautiful and the sea was perfect for swimming. I'm usually more of a pool swimmer but had to go in the sea almost every day of our 2 week holiday. The pool is tiny and shallow but no doubt good for children. The food is nothing special but good enough. Full English breakfasts with eggs cooked to order and fresh fruit every day. Lots of chicken and fish, interspersed with some pork, beef etc. and served with salad or vegetables. The best food was prepared by Lyndon at the Seagrape Restaurant but he wouldn't give up any of his secret recipes!The saving grace of this hotel is it's staff. Everyone is so friendly and helpful. Christabelle serves the very best Antigua Smiles and Melissa and Gabrielle are charming and efficient in the restaurant. Despite initial reservations we had a wonderful time in Antigua at the Hawksbill resort.
The title says it all.This resort enjoys an idyllic location on the west, or caribbean side of the island, and this was our main reason for chosing to go here.My wife and I are frquent visitors to Antigua - this was our 8th time on the island, and had visited the resort on one previous occasion, some 8 years ago. On that occasion we stayed in "The Blocks" of apartments with no air conditioning, and swore never again unless we had air con.Reviews have recently improved since a refurb, and aircon was available so we thought we would try again.Staff - in general, excellent, although it was annoying to start talking to reception staff, and then have them pick up the telephone, interrupting the conversation.Room - okFood - passable, but better towards end of week, although still limitedDrinks - always served with a smile, and plentiful, but limited availability.Beaches (4) all beautiful, but no parasols worth talking about, so had to seek natural shade at hottest times. Sand flies and mozzies were a big problem as fogging did not take place, so bites became a regular, daily, occurrance despite using our usually successful lotions.Overall, this could, with a lot of investment, be a superb resort. Unfortunately this has not been done yet. Occupancy was low and I am not surprised at this, given the poor appearance of many of the buildings. This is a crying shame given the quality of the staff, who saved our holiday for us, and they deserve much better.I can only assume the "vastly improved" reviews came from regulars who will have seen improvements, but we have seen what else is available on the island at very similar prices (aircon is standard in most)
It has leather seats, power steering, the full works. I don't even turn on the lights or the windscreen wipers, the car senses and turns them on for me. It cost a lot of money and here is the thing, it's totally soulless to drive. I am not excited or look forward to driving it. My dads car has none of these things, actually it has leather seats. It's an old classic. The are memories we made with the car, good and bad. It's exciting when we get to take her out for a spin. You have to turn on the lights, the wipers and occasionally she breaks down. But the car has a heart a soul and a fondness to us and I would chose to drive her for fun over my BMW everyday of the week!It strikes me that Hawksbill is a bit like this. If you want the precision of a BMW don't come here. The foods ok, but not noteworthy, the rooms are bit hit and miss. Request an upgraded one. It's very quiet. No TVs or wifi in the rooms (big miss for us) But it has soul and we fell in love with the place and the people. We read on trip about the location and the staff being amazing. But even though the reports are glowing, it doesn't prepare you for intoxicating beauty of the place or quality of the staff. The highest compliment I can pay them is that they provide better customer service than you receive in the States. (Always loved the service you receive in America). If I had a hotel I would employ all of them without exception.Just as my dads car has it's knocks and bangs. This place has them too -No water or drinks on Eden beach. It's a long walk for a drink when a large bottle could be driven down each day. I believe it used to do this. Until they do this take an insulated mug with you.The hut on Eden beach needs a roof so there is shelter when a rain shower comes through.I heard from a number of repeat customers about the importance of the quiet. But being honest the repeat customers are literally a dying breed. The place is big enough so some rooms can have a tv. Something to watch between the beach bar closing at 6pm and dinner at 7.30 or if you just want a day out of the sun.With four beaches on offer, one could play some chilled out vibes. Very strange to be in the Caribbean and not hear a bit of Bob MarleyThe saxophonist and the pianist gave a really chilled vibe during two lunches. It should happen more often.But even taking into account these niggles we would still come back.Observations about Eden beach. This was the main reason for visiting Hawksbill but we still had a little trepidation for obvious reasons. We needn't have worried. The beach is massive, nearly a mile I think, so there is no overcrowding. In fact for most days there have been a max of ten people on the beach. There weren't hoards of locals rubbernecking or offering services. I think there was one who said high and carried on along the beach. Security visit a couple of times a day and access to the beach is through the hotel, so I am guessing any potential trouble makers are kept out.We loved it here and will return. But that's because we love the classic individual over the mass produced. Both in cars and holiday resorts!
Arrived at Hawksbill on the 28th October for an 8 night stay,check in was efficient and friendly together with a glass of champagne so a good start!! We were upgraded to one of the newly refurbished beach bungalows room 111,it came with a huge and comfortable bed,small fridge plenty of wardrobe and drawer space to unpack and a huge bathroom with his and hers sinks,a huge bath,separate shower,wc and bidet and was just steps from the beach.food--there are 2 restaurants 1 near reception which serves breakfast and dinner and 1 right on the beach that serves lunch and a weekly bbq.The food was good but with limited choice we had a carvery on 2 nights with roast beef and turkey[delicious], curry on another night and also some traditional dishes.lunch was ok too with the grill serving some good bbq chicken,fish,and burgers and hot dogs.breakfast again ltd but good quality with an egg station and the normal self serve bacon and sausages etc.beaches--most properties are just steps from 3 of the beaches,the best 1 for swimming from is the 1 by the restaurant and bar and as such is the most popular as there are no rocks but all of them are fantastic.there were only about 30 people staying at most during our stay so it was not unusual to have the whole beach to ourselves the quietest were the beaches by our bungalow where you could have sunbeds with thick padded mattresses and eden beach at the far end of the property as they are the furthest from the bar but we took bubba cups to use and the bar staff were happy to fill them for us.[take containers for water which again they will refill as well as they do charge if you want a bottle from the barbars--again 2 of them but only 1 open at a time,1 at the beach open from 10-6 and 1 near reception open from 6 till approx 11pmentertainment--just on 3 nights the best of which was the steel band on Wednesdaysstaff--what can i say i have never stayed somewhere that the whole of the staff from the gardeners ,maids to the servers,cooks,bar staff and the reception team have been so genuinely friendly and helpful[a special mention must go to Jesse and David for outstanding service given]all in all a great holiday if you just want to chill out and relax and we will be returning again next year
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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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