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Halcyon Cove by Rex Resorts
Ranked #5 of 16 Hotels in St. John's
Reviewed 6 March 2014

We thoroughly enjoyed our week’s stay at the Halycon Cove. Check-in was efficient and welcoming, our room was clean, a good size, with very comfortable beds and a lovely balcony with view over the pool area towards the sea.
The location was perfect; just along the beach from Sandals, white sand, clear blue sea - but mind the “step” into the water, easier to get in at the far right hand side of the beach if you are a wuss like me. Stunning sunsets
Food was fresh, well cooked, plentiful and reasonably varied: lunch excellent with burgers, curries, fresh vegetables and salads and lovely ice cream in lots of flavours. Another plus was the coffee machine at the beach bar available all day. We had no problem booking the Warri pier for what days and times we wanted, and both evenings were a delight; hard to imagine a lovelier setting for dinner (apart from the Coconut Grove restaurant at the other end of the beach, go there for a treat)
Entertainment, although not to everyone’s taste, was lively and fun, and everything stopped at 11pm so no problem getting an early night if you wanted one.
All staff were helpful and friendly.
Only real gripes, as mentioned by previous correspondents, were the provision of towels which were not always replaced, and evening meal was a bit “school dinners”, just needing slicker service and organisation, but food was very nice
So if you want luxury and glamour, go elsewhere and pay a fortune; if you want a good value, fun, relaxed holiday in a beautiful setting I would highly recommend the Halycon Cove.

Room Tip: I think you have to pay a little extra for a seaview room
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Reviewed 5 March 2014

I stayed at the Halcyon Cove for 2 beautiful weeks, mid to end February and had an amazing time. Having read some of the bad reviews I was a little nervous on my way there but I can honestly say I do not understand what all the negative remarks are about. I have stayed in a number of 5 star hotels over the last few years so I do have rather high standards and I can genuinely say this 3 star was a good one. Yes, it could do with a refurb in some areas and service was sometimes a little slow but the rest was tip top.

The best thing about this place is the location, it is located on the beach which is everything I imagined a Caribbean beach should be - white sand, turquoise water and palm trees. We were lucky enough to have a sea view. You can also walk for a mile along the beach, there's loads to see and do, the Sandals resort is just next door which proves the location is a good one!

The food is tasty and there's so much choice, especially at Breakfast and dinner. I loved the weekly BBQ down by the beach, the King Fish was amazing. The only downside is that you have to buy bottled water (most people drink the tap water but I didn't want to risk it).

Our room (350) was great - comfortable bed, good aircon, always clean. I would have liked a more modern bathroom but it did the job. Beautiful sea view and a sunny balcony.

Entertainment every night except Sunday, some great bands and lots of dancing.

Wifi is available for free pretty much everywhere, even on the beach!

We did a few trips, I'd recommend them all but the boat trip to Prickly Pear Island booked with beach seller Michael was an amazing, unforgettable experience. We also took the Excellence boat trip which sails around the island, some amazing views and great service on board the boat (if you are scared of big waves though, this isn't the trip for you!). A trip to the local town of St James is worth a look - mainly to see the cruise ships and look round the shops for a couple of hours.

Everyone raves about Shelly Heights on a Sunday, yes it is fun but not worth the hype. It's basically a little music festival with a nice view.

We also spent the day at the sister hotel called 'Hawksbill' which was a nice day out, 20 mins in a cab. Just ask reception to call them in advance and check they will accept you. You can use all the usual all inclusive facilities.

Weather was fab, it does rain occasionally but only for 15 mins then you can return to your sun lounger.

So, book this place today, you'll have a fantastic time!

Room Tip: Pick room 350 - sea view and close to everything. Some rooms don't have a balcony, make sure...
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Reviewed 5 March 2014

On arriving a little disappointed in room hotel has a rather tired look, room 393 , wasn't expecting too much from reviews read , but beds clean and very comfy , good shower, flat screen tv ,hair dryer , toiletries , coffee machine, daily room service with towels . Pool area clean and pool towels ok. Food was very good always a choice what more can you expect from a three star hotel! position on beach ideal. The gentleman in the lobby on tour desk Dwaine was so very helpful as was Orlando in the reception cocktail bar, the taxi's at hotel very good especially a Mr Cole these type of helpful people can make people's holidays run so well . Stayed 17nights from 11 th feb to the 28th could have stayed longer very relaxing. If anything hotel a little isolated although on perfect beach .

Room Tip: Our room 393 was ideal just in from reception second floor good air con and not noisy. A sea view...
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1  Thank S5polly37
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Reviewed 4 March 2014

Stayed at Halcyon Cove for an enjoyable weeks holiday in February.
Having previously stayed in 4 star resorts in Barbados and St Lucia we were a little unsure of staying at a 3 star hotel, but booking only 4 weeks before meant there was less choice of hotels and this fit our budget.

The Room
We stayed in a poolside room which we were pleased with. The Room was spacious, light and clean. We had a king sized bed which was comfortable and a single bed for our child. The Room was furnished with everything we needed, including two English plugs, decent hairdryer,flat screen tv, coffee machine and fridge. There was plenty of storage.The air con was efficient if a little noisy.The patio opened on to the swimming pool area. Yes you can hear some noise from the entertainment at night which goes on until 11,but our child was either so tired that he went to sleep anyway or he wanted to be there dancing to it.

Food
We were pleasantly surprised with the standard of the food.At breakfast there were lots of choices and the food was hot and fresh, including omelettes cooked to order.In the evenings we ate at the Arawak Terrace, at the BBQ,and at the Warri Pier for two evenings.The Warri Pier is a nice setting and we had the Lobster one evening and enjoyed it but to be honest you can walk down the beach to Coconut Grove and pay not much more than the supplement at the Warri Pier.
We ate lunch at the beach side several days and were happy with the choices, grilled fish,pasta and meatballs, fresh made wraps, ice creams etc.
Wherever we where at the hotel we never waited long to be seated or served.
The Argentinean wine went down well as did the cocktails.

Children's Meals
These do not seem to be very well advertised but are available for Dinner - you just need to pre-order from reception. This is great if you have a fussy eater.They were delivered to wherever we were eating and went down well with our child.

Pool and Beach
The pool never seemed very busy and there always seemed to be spare loungers around.
There is a beautiful beach with lovely white sand. The sun loungers with shade do go early but we always saw other ones available later on. Beach towels are supplied but are very small and we would advise you to take some yourself.
We took a canoe out and a member of staff took us out on a hobby cat because we did not have enough experience.

Staff
We found staff to be friendly and helpful.Service was generally good especially when we compared it to a couple of beach bars we went to on days out. The staff at the tour desk where helpful with information generally and booked places for us at Stingray city.

Trips Out
We hired a car at a reasonable rate from the hire car office at the hotel.There is also a taxi rank there.
Whilst it is true that there are not many road signs on the island you only needed to stop and ask and people were very helpful.The biggest hazard on the road are the speed humps.
We visited Shirley Heights for the Sunday night party but it was very crowded and we preferred visiting it for lunch after we went to see Nelsons Dockyard.
Also enjoyed a great trip to Stingray City which we all really enjoyed, and we went on to Long bay to the beach afterwards.

This hotel may not be the best on the island, but we found it good value and a good place to stay whilst visiting Antigua which has a limitless supply of great beaches.
All in all a great holiday.


Stayed: February 2014, travelled with family
2  Thank mike6668
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GMrexresorts, General Manager at Halcyon Cove by Rex Resorts, responded to this reviewResponded 9 March 2014

We appreciate your comments and we are pleased that you enjoyed your vacation at Halcyon Cove.
Looking forward to your next visit in the near future.
Thank you.

N. Chahwan

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Reviewed 4 March 2014

Cheap ( for the Caribbean) & cheerful (most of the time)! We stayed at Halcyon Cove for two weeks from 11-25 February & enjoyed a relaxing holiday. The strength of the hotel is its location and the people, both staff and fellow guests, who were for the most part very friendly and accommodating. Folks should remember the adage 'do as you would be done by', we found smiles, politeness and respect were reciprocated whereas rudeness brought little benefit.
Our room, 390 just up from reception, was perfectly adequate if a little scruffy. The bed was clean and comfortable and our maid changed linen, towels and toiletries/ provisions regularly. Everything worked, bathroom ( no problem with hot water or discoloration), room safe, fridge, coffee machine, flat screen TV, hair drier & air con unit which from time to time had a mind of its own and was rather noisy.
Food was adequate and plentiful with good choice, perhaps part of the problem, causing others to complain, was the visual presentation & inconsistent delegation of tasks to staff. Management might like to consider replacing the battered old serving containers with their ill fitting lids with modern bain marie and overhead lighting which keep food warm & enable the customer to view the selection of dishes on offer before making a choice. Remember people eat with their eyes first. The kitchen and waiting staff seemed to work very hard under sometimes difficult conditions. We dined on Warri Pier a couple of times but honestly didn't think the hassle of obtaining a reservation was worth it. The ambience is good but the food was the same as in the main restaurant with less choice and only the main course plated up and served at table. The pier is an under used resource which would make an excellent wedding/party venue or could be used for a quieter socialising area in the evenings.
We would recommend Pelican Tours for an interesting and informative day out visiting all the main tourist attractions on the island. Alvin, our driver, was great, very out going, well versed in the history of the island and serenaded us with his wonderful voice. All in all a special day.
One tip which may be useful. The hotel reception will change money but only cash or travellers cheques, not credit card, ( max £ 50 quoted) and changes into Eastern Caribbean Dollars. Both EC Dollars and US Dollars are widely accepted but have different exchange rates so you need to keep your wits about you when out shopping.
There is great potential here but room for improvement in overall management. Senior managers seem to be cruising leaving more junior staff to firefight and deal with dissatisfied customers. It seems as though the parent company is starving this place of the funds necessary to bring the hotel up to modern standards. A business strategy? Fill the rooms, sell it cheap, exploit trainee & loyal local staff? We thank them all for doing their best to give us a good holiday.

Room Tip: 390, garden view functioned well, was close to facilities and quiet.
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GMrexresorts, General Manager at Halcyon Cove by Rex Resorts, responded to this reviewResponded 9 March 2014

Thank you very much for your kind remark and observations and pleased that you choose Halcyon Cove as your vacation destination.
We valued your business and looking forward to your next visit.
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N. Chahwan

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Reviewed 4 March 2014

The hotel complex is not suitable for disabled persons. Two flights of stairs being necessary to access the restaurant. The hard of hearing will be pleased to know that the music, singing and many conversations are conducted at a very high level.

Location is as one would expect, gorgeous white sands, beautiful turquoise sea and constant warm sunshine, albeit broken up occasionally with seasonal heavy downpours. Free water sports and exercise sessions a great attraction.

Staff generally warm obliging and cooperative: With the odd exception! Management often seemed unaware of many organisational failings.

Food! Many people report the food as being good. It depends on your taste!

For a 3 star resort. I guess this is what you get.

Failings apart. We did have a very nice holiday and made many new friends.

Roger/Beri

Room Tip: Pay the extra and go for a pool side room.
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1  Thank Roger H
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GMrexresorts, General Manager at Halcyon Cove by Rex Resorts, responded to this reviewResponded 9 March 2014

Thank you for your comments and glad you had a nice holiday overall. We do have facilities for disable dinning at the Pier using the ramp to access and the Carib bar where lunch is served is accessible as well.
Breakfast can be served downstairs on request as usual.
Thank you for being our guest and look forward to your next visit.
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N.Chahwan

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Reviewed 3 March 2014

This hotel is probably the worst one we have ever stayed in! (We have travelled extensively in the Caribbean, Sri Lanka and parts of Africa.). It is a very tired resort and our room had not been cleaned before we went in. The nightly entertainment was so noisy that it was impossible to miss it. A poolside room (like ours) was the very worst to have - no soundproofing against the very noisy 'entertainment'. The only good thing was the food but that could be hit or miss depending upon when you chose to eat. We won't return!

Room Tip: Don't accept a pool room - especially on the ground floor!
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GMrexresorts, General Manager at Halcyon Cove by Rex Resorts, responded to this reviewResponded 4 March 2014

Sorry to hear that you had a terrible experience which is unfair. All the room are thoroughly checked by our housekeeper and maintenance personnel to ensure that no defect whatsoever.
We do offer a nightly entertainment for all our guests until 11 pm which is a reasonable time.
If the noise was an issue all what you needed to do is to ask to change room and you will be accommodate immediately.
I hope this minor issue will not deter you from coming back and will ensure you will have a nice room far from the noise.
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N.Chahwan

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Additional Information about Halcyon Cove by Rex Resorts

Address: Dickenson Bay | PO Box 251, St. John's, Antigua
Region: Caribbean > Antigua and Barbuda > Antigua > Saint John Parish > St. John's
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Top resorts Hotel in St. John's
#5 On the Beach Hotel in St. John's
Price Range: £113 - £195 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Halcyon Cove by Rex Resorts 3*
Number of rooms: 181
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Enjoying a pristine picture postcard beach front location, the Halcyon Cove by rex resorts offers the very essence of a perfect Caribbean setting. Beautiful glistening waters gently lap at the palm-fringed white sands of Dickenson Bay where guests can recline beneath the palm-frond parasols or exert some energy on a variety of water sports. International buffet breakfast and dinner cuisine is served at the Arawak Terrace restaurant or treat yourself at the Warri Pier a-la-carte restaurant featuring speciality grills and lobster in its unique setting over the sea. ... more   less 
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