Hawksbill Beach by Rex Resorts
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Location: Located on four secluded beaches, 15 minute drive from St. Johns and the airport.
rather too many corners are being cut at what has the potential to be a special venue : drinks served in polystyrene cups is certainly not acceptable and new sun beds are needed to replace the ones which have been vandalised. Despite the damage , guests still need to relax on decent sun beds on the beach. Not having a reliable supply of water is still an issue . The location and peace and quiet , however , still cannot be beaten .
We used Hawksbill as a quiet base to explore the island for a few days after a week in another resort. I travelled with my two children. Unfortunately the first encounter I had (after the very welcome glass of fizz at reception) was with a couple who stopped us and said 'I think you'll find this is an adults only resort'. Rather a hostile welcome. When I mentioned this to the manager at the end of our stay, he was aghast and wanted to reassure me families were welcome. Arriving home I have found some booking websites that do wrongly list this as adults only, so maybe 'Rex' should look into that. We weren't bothered about lack of entertainment for children because we wanted to go out most days to see the capital and enjoy Sunday night up at Shirley Heights etc. The times we were lazing about at the resort my two were quite happy jumping over waves, having a splash in the small pool and lazing about in the shade. There were no other children there when we stayed (in December). Food wise there was quite enough to keep them (and me) happy, although some of the guests said the food was very repetitive, and were even picking up fruit and veg on trips out to supplement what was on offer. I found the drinks very hit and miss, especially the Sprite on tap. The 'drinkability' of your cocktail depended heavily on who was making it. Unfortunately we did have one breakfast where we opened two boxes of cereal and found them teaming with ants. A member of staff immediately checked where they might have come from. We had been spoilt by our other resort, and found the accomodation very basic. But that is why Hawksbill is affordable. However, if I was paying peak prices I would have felt very short changed. The room was cleaned and beds made every day, but our bathroom could have done with a deep clean. There was smeared dirt on the tiles in the bathroom, on the walls, that needed a good scrub. And I made a point of not looking too closely in the corners or behind the loo. The shower was great - constant hot water, good pressure. Air con was fine and effective. We had our own mosquito plug in and were left alone by the critters. On the beach, the loungers were not in a great state. Bits of plastic were on the beach after a storm at night. It wouldn't take a member of staff much time just to re-set the chairs in the morning? And one day the loungers next to the pool all had comfortable cushions on, next day all the cushions bar one had disappeared?! Staff were very friendly, and the other guests warmed to us once they realised the children weren't going to tear around the place 'being noisy!' In the end we shared cabs with some of the other guests and they kept an eye out that we didn't get caught in the strong current while swimming etc. which was kind. In the restaurants everything seemed to run a bit behind schedule - half the food would come out quite a while after lunch started etc. So if you wanted grilled chicken and chips, you'd have eaten the chicken before the chips appeared some 20 minutes later. Breakfast always seemed late to get going. They were trial-ing a new lunch menu - sometimes you got handed the menu, next day it would go to other people but not you! Sometimes your glass of water would be constantly re-filled, other times you had to hunt someone out. Service seemed far more attentive when the head manager was around! To sum up - would I go back? Maybe. But I'd use it as a base to explore again. Most people were repeat visitors, who disappeared off to the '4th beach' all day and came back as the sun went down. It's very peaceful there, beautiful sunsets, I had a lovely massage, we were able to catch cheap cabs into the capital St Johns (ask for Colin) and staff were very friendly and helpful (thanks Jesse).
I visited Hawksbill in October lots of cats pestering for food, unfortunately I was bitten by one of these cats and had to call the doctor for medication which cost me 365 US dollars. Was promised that they would consider a cull of these cats. Unfortunately a short period after my anti biotics finished by bite flared up again and yet another course of anti biotic. We went to Cuba for Christmas and what do I get yet again another flare up of this cat bite, but this time with serious side effects of fever and really bad neck and head aches which messed up my Christmas for almost 8 days and another doctors bill.This hotel needs to warn guests NOT to feed these Ferrell cats as they are prone tobiting.
We have been here so many times and each time we fall in love with the beach and location. It is truly superb. The staff are amazing - we love them, they are like friends.The hotel has been undergoing a gradual refurbishment and there are lots of positives - air conditioning in some rooms. That said - I would prefer a nice smart bathroom with lovely soft towels and crisp sheets. I would also prefer good food, I know the staff can do better than they currently are. I don't want fussy or fancy - but good fresh food - well cooked!I would also like wifi - its available in the main restaurant, but its not hard to put a repeater in and enable guests to email from their own room. Lots of people work when on holiday - make it easy to do so.We'll be back - I'm sure but Rex Management - please listen to your guests and what they would like!!!!!
This was my second visit to Hawksbill, the first was March 2016 and it was so enjoyable I immediately booked a December return trip.The hotel has settled down and things have definitely continued to improve over the last nine months. The staff are more at ease, the standard of the food has been significantly raised and there seem to be fewer small problems. As the manager, John St Luce put it, 'this is a work in progress, everything cannot be done at once'.The holiday suited me perfectly as a single traveller. Long, lazy days on the beach with the Sea Grapes bar just a few minutes stroll away for lunch. Relaxed breakfasts and dinners at the Tamarind Tree restaurant. I am happy with my own company and really appreciated the general atmosphere at Hawksbill which comfortably allowed me to remain alone or mingle and chat depending on mood.Hawksbill hotel is in a superb location. Beautiful views, four gorgeous beaches, no traffic noise or late night music from clubs. It's a perfect place to relax, unwind and re-energise. The staff are all friendly and helpful, the pace of life here is gentle and laid back. Combine this with warm weather, beaches which are never crowded, sea which is a lovely temperature to spend ages in and, for me, this is a real haven.My next visit will be February 28th 2017. It looks like Hawksbill will now be a regular part of my year!Guy
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
- Hotel transfers for packages with WestJet to USA (with exception to Honolulu)
- Hotel transfers for packages to Europe
- Items of a personal nature
- 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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Five Islands, St. John's Antigua
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