Hawksbill Beach by Rex Resorts
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Location: Located on four secluded beaches, 15 minute drive from St. Johns and the airport.
The physical location is perfect and fits with the quiet atmosphere of the hotel; it is unique in the island by having four separate beaches and the hills behind the hotel are forested so you have none of the usual hotel/city clutter experienced in other resort areas in the Caribbean. There were a few problems with flies that had us shooing off flies from landing on plates and glasses - a by-product of open air restaurant zones; there were also three persistent cats, the kitten even jumping onto our seats in an effort to be fed - I believe they have been collected for adoption by a shelter? There was an odd incident where a yardman walked through the beach restaurant with a gas powered leaf blower cleaning under tables which was not only an assault on the ears but the nose - surely he could sweep areas when guests are present? The heavy chlorination meant that there was an advisory against drinking water from the taps, but if we wanted water we had to pay $3.50 US a bottle - surely the hotel could provide at least one large bottle of water free per day per room? There were real gems amongst the staff - bartenders Millie and David, and server Jesse in particular. I would have loved more local foods each night rather than just one Antigua night. In a 7 night stay there were only 2 nights of music entertainment with dinner, but the Halcyon steel band was excellent. Get used to Antigua time - breakfast starts at 7:30, but the egg-cooking station was rarely ready before 8; likewise lunch at the beach - it was regularly half an hour after opening before the grill was ready to serve. Most of these are minor complaints - we were on the first beach and the snorkelling here was superb over a healthy reef. The rooms are great and the bathroom was huge with separate tub and shower and even a bidet. If you are in search of a quiet holiday then Hawksbill is for you - it really is a hotel from yesteryear with no loud music, roaring watercraft, persistent beach vendors, and noisy drunks. Rumour has it that they are also moving to adults only, so the children will disappear too. It is certainly a hotel that gets repeat clients - almost all of the couples we met were returnees... I suspect we will return soon too!
This was our 4th stay in Antigua (the first at a very upmarket, very expensive, very wonderful hotel and the other two 'self-catering'). We travel extensively in the Caribbean and elsewhere, both long and short haul.The location of Hawksbill in terms of the resort's beaches, could not be better. Of the four, we used 'Eden' most frequently during our fortnight's stay. This (the only naturist beach) was always quiet, with rarely as many as 10 people using it at any one time. At low tide, there are rock pools here with very small fish to see and if you are careful, you can get beyond the rocks and find some attractive tropical fish in the deeper waters. The safest place to swim from this beach is at start of it, where there is sand going into the sea. All the other beaches are sandy, safe and easily accessible. A downside to Eden beach, is that there is little shelter from the sun, as palm trees and palm covered shelters that were lost to a hurricane a few years back, have still not been replaced.There are sun loungers available on all the beaches (or beside them, such as outside our room). Our accommodation was in one of the Royal Palm Beach 'club' rooms, steps away from the first beach. The bedroom looked very 'tired' with very old fashioned 'trellis' panelling as headboards, with an old and tired looking wardrobe, dressing table and chest of drawers in a reasonably spacious room, that could look so much better with a bit of money spent on it. The bed however, was really large and the air conditioning both efficient and quiet. Electricity sockets (two 'flat' pin) 'American' style were too few and 'held' plugs poorly. The bathroom however was very spacious, the shower powerful and efficient, the separate bath deep and roomy and the double basin was very useful. This room looked very nice and had clearly been recently refurbished. The rooms were kept very clean during our stay with toiletries (which were of a good quality), replenished when necessary. 'Entertainment' was occasional and unremarkable, except perhaps for the steel drum band, (who were very good) on the weekly 'barbecue' night, held in the beach bar area. Somewhat 'random' music was on in the background of the reception area (where wi-fi was available). Unfortunately, this appeared to be a favourite place for mosquitos to congregate during our visit, so the area was not as well used in the evening as it might be. This would not be a good hotel to stay at if you like to dance. Fellow guests were generally very friendly and interestingly, coming from a wide variety of (mostly British) backgrounds.The food we found to be quite varied, plentiful and tasty, always presented in 'buffet' style. Breakfasts were good and it was nice to be able to have omelettes and other egg dishes cooked to order. A range of cereals were always available but not always consistent, so if you have a 'favourite' it may or may not be there (this was also true for juice drinks (we really liked the ginger juice when it was around). Coffee was very good. At mealtimes, service was variable, the majority of the staff were genuinely very keen to be friendly and helpful. In particular, Jereem was always friendly, helpful, thoughtful, anticipating guest's needs, seeing things that needed doing and then doing them and Jesse was always friendly, efficient and keen to please and these guys deserve particular recognition. The restaurant manager at the time we were staying here however, appeared aloof or arrogant, unable to communicate helpfully with his staff or to notice the obvious needs of his guests. He was however able to refill water glasses. The 'all inclusive' drinks included good local beers (we rather liked the 'Wadadli') a red, a rose and a white wine (not great quality) and a fairly narrow range of spirits and mixers. Cocktails varied from 'very good' to 'poor' depending on who was making them.The 'watersports centre' was occasionally staffed and would be open at varying and apparently random times. If not staffed, it would usually be possible, when we were staying at the resort, to just pick up the towels or equipment you needed (fins and snorkles for instance) and return them later.We did not use the spa (though I will usually have a massage when staying where it is available) due to the fact that the person who I spoke to there was vague about the period of time that the massage would last and the cost seemed too high, given the (poor) quality of the environment. Opening times appeared to be somewhat 'hit and miss' but probably bookable.There is a pleasant little souvenir/boutique shop on the premises.Taxis are readily available to get you into town (about half an hour away).There's a great guy who comes to the beach area near the bar (whose name i'm afraid I forget) who can arrange reasonably priced excursions - we went on the Barbuda trip, which was great!If you are looking for a luxurious environment with extensive facilities, you will be disappointed. If you are looking for a laid back, easygoing place with good food, lovely beaches a peaceful ambiance and (generally) very friendly and helpful staff, you may have found exactly what you are looking for at Hawksbill.
If you are looking for a quiet resort then this is it! We were shocked how quiet it was but we enjoyed it and not having the large crowds was a positive for us.Many reviews are critical of the hotel and upkeep, yes it is a little run down and in need of some repairs, what Caribbean resort doesn't! This was the fourth resort we have stayed at and unless you pay Sandals prices they have all been a little "weathered".We stayed in a Royal Palm Beachfront room and was clean, recently updated and quiet. Also, you have sun beds right outside your door and a beach 10 steps away.Food was tasty but sometimes service started later than stated. One night we could not have dinner until almost 8pm (it was due to start at 730) and lunch until almost 1 (1230 was the time stated). No big deal, it's all part of being laid back, but for children it was a struggle especially in the evening as they were wanting to sleep at 830. However, the resort is going adults only so it will resolve that problem.Water sports.... well there was none, not as advertised! It took four days to finally resolve the question of whether or not it was open, only to find out it wasn't. Had we had been aware of this we may have considered a different resort as it left little to do with the children, but we made the best of the situation. After a few days, we were able to use snorkeling equipment which the hotel went and purchased due to many complaining there was none. The manager also made an effort to speak with each family and explain why no water sports was on offer and to apologise.Staff overall were friendly and accommodating, we had an amazing waitress who worked most evenings we were there and she also prioritised getting us in so the children didn't fall asleep before they ate.The carbonated drinks were not working for a week at the top bar whilst there,and had to flag this every night. The manager did again explain they were having to wait for the company to come and fix and in fairness staff were good at training to find alternative measures.Snorkeling was really good and in safe depths for us all to take part in. Beach towels are provided also.If you get restless and like more activity then I would suggest staying for 7 to 10 days as you may end up board. This is our fourth time to Antigua as a family and as a whole had a really pleasant stay. We were there for 12 days and did do a trip to break it up this time as there was little to do. We did the eco kayak trip, which included a visit to the Donkey Sanctuary, which was really good to see. The day was pretty full and was lots of fun, worth the money. Remember if you want sandals standards you have to pay the prices!!
After reading previous reviews did wonder what we would find but were pleasantly surprised. Received an upgrade to beach side sea view bungalow, what a surprise, we loved it. A lovely setting and relaxing location, could sit looking at the view for ever. The staff are very welcoming, polite and helpful. It was fairly quiet but this suited us as we don't like crowds. Really enjoyed the steel band on Wednesday evenings at dinner. There is a little shop on site, Sugar Mill boutique, which is handy for cards, gifts etc. It's was strange going to sleep and waking up to the sound of the sea and all the animal and insect noises? Lunch can become a little repetitive but can totally understand why it is limited as it is located at the sea grape beach restaurant area. There was a gap around the door to the bungalow. If we ever return, which we would like to, we would try to go a couple of months earlier to try to avoid the mosquitoes which one of us had a bad reaction to although we used sprays.
Amazing location on the Caribbean sea side of the island where the water is calm and warm. Staff are friendly and helpful. Accommodation is basic but functional and cleaned daily to a good standard, the bed took some getting used to as it was rather 'firm'. It does feel as if the resort needs some TLC and attention to detail. A couple of disappointments which were poor, one morning at breakfast the restaurant ran out of butter, the following evening they ran out of beer by 10pm which was surprising as the resort was not even half full when we stayed. There was no evening entertainment other than a steel band playing on the Wednesday during dinner but they were packing up by 9.45pm. The resort location made it a relaxing stay.
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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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