I am finally getting around to writing a review of this property ten months after my wife and I stayed there and am sorry for such a dilitory response. How so ever, I hope it will come in handy for all those to whom it may apply. We have been to atleast twelve other carribean islands and found Antigua to be middle of the road as was the Hawsbill.
The island has some very nice beaches if you have a car and know where to find them. They are not Virgin Gorda but they are still secluded, attractive and with some marine life.
There actually is some very good reefs to snorkle off of the third and fourth beaches away from the resort..
The road system in Antigua is the Worst I have ever experienced so BEWARE! The roads are extremely narrow and full of large potholes and every farm animal you can think of. In addition, everyone drives like a maniac and of coarse on the left side of the road. This can be an issue if your from the US and are not used to it.
Antigua also has a considerable amount of poverty which may explain why the roads are in such tough shape. The vast majority of the people we met throughout the island and the resort are very nice however and will treat you the way you treat them with a few exceptions that I will expand on shortly. Overall, Antigua as Islands go is a decent place to visit. It is not on the top of my list but it is not on the bottom either.
Now the Resort
Most of what has been written by others is quite accurate.
I will start with the not so good.
The rooms are at best, minimally adequate. I would equate them to a low budget seasonal motel on Cape Cod in terms of room comfort and privacy. We had unit 25 which did have a breathtaking view and freindly birds.
The resort has a fairly serious insect problem. The mosquitos which are pretty much kept under control by the facility will give you a really bad bite if given the opportunity. Also there are small indigenous ants that will also give you an itchy stingbite and they are not kept under control. But they mostly congregate closer to the beach area. So bring Insect Repellant!
The only other negative thing I have to say about the Hawksbill (and I have to choose my words wisely) is that my wife and I were not only in the minority as being American, we were the only people from the US in a resort of hundreds of Brits. I knew going in that it would be this way to an extent but we felt out of place sometimes. I mean this without prejudice as we met many nice guests and enjoyed there company. It is just as the week wore on, we missed some of our own and we felt singled out. There was even a time at the bar by the pool where we were not given drinks until all the Brits were served including everyone behind me in line! That is not the falt of the guests but of the resort staff. SO if you are from the US and are contemplating this location, Beware!
Now the good.
I found the food to be very good to excellent most of the time. It was also varied and plentiful. The landscaping and ocean views are something out of a postcard. And the value for what you get for the money is equally attractive. They make a good drink also.
We found the resort and Island to be a place worth visiting once. Hope this is of help as I am a stong supporter of tripadvisor and have found the reviews to be quite accurate. Now it is time to plan for Aruba....Chow!
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- Also Known As:
- Hawksbill By Rex Hotel St. John`s
- Hawksbill Antigua
- Hawksbill By Rex Antigua
- Hawksbill Hotel Antigua
- Hawksbill Beach Resort
- Hawksbill Resort Antigua
- Hawksbill By Rex Resorts Antigua/Saint John Parish