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Halcyon Cove by Rex Resorts
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Reviewed 16 March 2014

I went for the cricket. I read the reviews and thought "oh my God" what have I done! It was brill. the rooms did need an upgrade, they were tired. But I can honestly say I loved it. Room 202 10 yards from the beautiful beach I didn't care about cold water and how clean the grouting was! The food was lovely, the 2 meals on the pier could not be beat for location. Anyone that moans about this place should shut up pay double and go to sandals. All in all well worth it. Staff lovely and the island beautiful.

Tips:
Keep your empty water bottles from plane
Take insect repellant although I found the bites didn't itch for long
Do go on the round the island catamaran
Buy aloe Vera from the guy on the beach, good for red skin and bites
Don't read reviews from Canadians especially the French ones!

Room Tip: Pay extra for 202
  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank Steven C
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Reviewed 16 March 2014

The Halcyon Cove sits on one of the best beaches in Antigua and it is an excellent location.
The weather was perfect and the staff is doing the best they can with what they have to work with . The nightly entertainment was great , the staff in the dining area and bars were all friendly and accommodating. Mario, the Duty Manager was very helpful in resolving issues that I had. Thanks Mario. As previous reviewers have said this property is to say the least ,"dated" . It is in serious need of a makeover. Management needs to attend to some basic issues that won't cost a lot of money[ if they are interested in their guests comfort], starting with supplying each room with Hand Towels, Face Cloths, and a box of tissues. a spare roll of toilet tissue would also be a good idea.
Even a 3 Star hotel should have these items covered.

The Towel Hut at poolside should be open from 9am to 5pm and not just between the hours of 9am to 11 am and 3pm to 5pm.Should you want to leave the beach at 2pm and go somewhere you have to take your wet towel to your room as the towel hut is closed then. The cabanas on the beach all need to have their roofs refinished as they no longer provide enough shade due to the large holes in them . When we were there they were fixing the lights on the walkways and hallways as most of them were not working .They are working on the property but it only seems to be band aid fixes.
While I booked this hotel fully aware that it was a 3 Star property I was not prepared for what I experienced.

  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank GUY-CAN
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Reviewed 15 March 2014

Having visited this hotel four years ago we had a good idea what to expect and things haven't changed an awful lot. I am quite disappointed with some of the negative comments which have recently been reviewed. The big difference from four years ago was the fact that the hotel was very busy. I know this is very good for the Rex and improvements works were being carried out whilst we were there. We were lucky to be given a lovely beach room which was very comfortable. All the staff were very friendly and nothing was too much trouble. The beach is beautiful. The beaches are public so there are a few vendors who are trying to earn a living. They are friendly and just a simple 'no thank you' if you're not interested and they are on their way. Some of them are hilarious especially the 'Aloe Vera Man'! "Big up" to him!

This hotel is a 3 star hotel at 3 star prices but 5 star service. Having travelled all around the Caribbean this is a typical 3 star hotel. If you want to upgrade go next door to Sandals but it will cost you 2 to 3 times as much again.

The food is good, the Warri Pier is worth a visit and the entertainment is the best in the Caribbean

We will return hopefully sooner than later but in the meantime good work Rex. Thank you.

Room Tip: The pool or beach front rooms are worth the upgrade
  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank Skevsue
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Reviewed 15 March 2014

Well spent week here lovely staff .very helpfully jolly always smiling.beach lovely white sand blue-clear sea .food tops different daily.try cocktails Antigua smile .was lush.entertainment every night .rooms big sea views from most .pool was Luke warm nice.thanks to all staff Fenton is on go all day he crazy dude.and to heelen the little Ray of Antigua sun shine x to you all

Room Tip: Just ask for sea view .cost bit more but you won't be disappointed
  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank sax1965
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Reviewed 14 March 2014

We returned 3-10-14 after 10 days at the Halcyon. This happened to be during cricket with the UK vs West Indies which made things at our resort and at all of the other resorts I presume, to be quite hectic. Once the cricket-teers left, things settled down. We stayed in a beach front room #382 upper floor with a balcony as requested. The room, bed, pillows, shower, and cleanliness all met our expectations. We do not choose all inclusive normally due to not wanting to eat at the same venue for extended periods of time but the price at the Halcyon with very good drinks and average food included was cheaper than our next choice without anything included. The regular staff was all very friendly and pleasant to talk with, the trainees need additional guidance from the senior staff.
For us, a car is always essential and was well used on this trip. Shirley Heights, Half Moon Bay, Nelson’s Dock Yard, Jolly Harbor, Jacquie O’s, Long Bay, several forts and Saturday market, were all fun.
Excellent four hour fishing trip with Captain Rivi on the Pacific Marlin out of Jolly Harbor produced five Barracuda, two King Fish, two Black Fin Tuna, and a good size Mahi Mahi, highly recommend Captain Rivi and mates!
Walk or drive to the Clouds (closed restaurant) just up the hill to the left as you leave the resort for a wonderful view.
Definitely take a snorkel trip with Splish Splash at the North end of Halcyon beach. Ashton gave us a wonderful trip to Paradise Reef. Ashton is by far, the most knowledgeable person regarding all aspects of the local ocean ecology and it was really a pleasure to be with him for a few hours. This trip was far better than the Wadadli catamaran trip to Cades reef (stiff currents with a big crowd). Ashton will not offer you a rum punch but he will educate you on things that matter if you love to snorkel as we do. Get the rum punch for free at the hotel when you return. Good luck Ashton on your six week rowing trip to the Canary Islands (you must have big ones if you know what I mean).
We found the nightly entertainment to be very entertaining. Not cheesy at all (except for Karaoke night). We really did appreciate the hard work that was put in to all of the shows. Sunday nights are quiet due to most people going to Shirley Heights.
Dinner at the Warier Pier was unremarkable; dinner at Coconut Grove was excellent.
Day trip to Montserrat was an eleven hour day with just 4.5 hour tour including lunch, but was well worth it (Jenny’s tour with ferry from Saint John’s). Be sure to bring your departure ticket, passport and a pen, you will need to fill out plenty of paperwork for immigration and customs.
We wish that we had taken a kayak to just around the corner to a couple of private beaches that we did not know were there until after our Splish Splash trip, then it was too late for us. You will hear Michael on the beach, he is selling trips Prickly Pear, wish we had done that as well but ran out of time.

Room Tip: We loved room 382 (can hear the waves). We saw several rooms that would not have been good for our needs.
  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank tallguyStonington_CT
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