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Halcyon Cove by Rex Resorts
Ranked #5 of 16 Hotels in St. John's
Reviewed 13 May 2009

we came back from the halcyon cove last thursday 7th may, and we had a truly great time. Fenton is just fantastic and a good guy, he just can't play pool very well, my wife beat him on 3 occasions. Errol was a very good bartender who kept us well stocked with our drinks. Joy in the restaurant, was such a lovely lady and always had a chat with us. Our maid, Eleanora kept our room spotless and always had a smile on her face, and loved chatting to us. The room we had was old, but clean and functional, and we had the best location, which was right on the beach, with a small garden. The weather was perfect, though the rainy season was just starting, a couple of days before we left. I found that the entertainment was very good, especially the weekly karoke, which has the worst karoke singer, though having said that he managed to get people up and singing, and we had such a laugh with it, and Fenton was just about everywhere making people laugh, dance, etc., So a big thank you to Fenton, and also to Errol who I know is an avid Arsenal fan, as is my missus (so they got on well), The rooms were not horrible, just basic, but clean. The food was not of such a great variety, but what we had was very good. The wari pier is highly recommended, and the lobster is to die for. If you are looking for a lovely beach location holiday, then this is it, with a perfect white powder sandy beach. I highly recommend this place, and would like to go back. Also recommend a trip to St Johns, where there are duty free shops, and also 2 pharmacy's which are less than half the price of the shops at the hotel.

  • Stayed: April 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 13 May 2009

Stayed at the Rex Halcyon Cove for two weeks during March 2009, previously visited same hotel in 1999. Booked with Virgin Holidays, special deals available in January, and paid £1100 per person for 14days All Inclusive. I appreciate this is a three star hotel but this still represents good value for money in the traditional Caribbean high season.

The hotel does look “ a bit tired” and renovation is in progress. As the hotel was only half full at the time the large block of standard rooms that back onto the Sandals Resort were not being used and anyone requesting a standard room was being upgraded. We had a spacious pool view room recently renovated with large king-size bed, refrigerator, air conditioning, safe, cable TV and tea/coffee making facilities. The room overlooked a decent sized pool and the grounds and gardens are well kept. Free, 15 minutes, internet access was available at reception, sufficient to check emails.

We found the staff polite, courteous and very helpful. I would particularly like to mention Roxanne (Warri Pier Restaurant), Travis (Entertainment) and Debbie (Front Desk) I would recommend booking the All Inclusive option, there are very few local restaurants and car hire is quite expensive; allow 80$US/day plus a one off payment of 20$US for a temporary driving license.

Breakfasts, served at the Arawak Restaurant, are fine with eggs and omelets to order etc my only complaint being the fruit juices are diluted. No problems with those “little black crows” which plague some Caribbean restaurants because the room is protected by a fine mesh net. A more extensive continental breakfast was available at the Warri Pier Restaurant. Lunch was basically a barbecue near the beach with also a choice of a fish dish, meat and salad etc. Apart from the barbecue chicken, hamburgers etc the other dishes were prepared in the main kitchens and could have been warmer. After a week or so lunch got repetitive and more variety was needed. Dinner was a buffet at the Arawak Restaurant, usually a themed meal with a reasonable choice, and a glass or two of wine. Once again some of the food could have been served hotter. Guests could dine twice a week at the Warri Pier restaurant at no extra cost unless you indulged in lobster, steaks etc. We enjoyed the food at this A La Carte restaurant and appreciated the waitress service, you still have the free wine but do not expect fast service, this is the Caribbean. Book well in advance the restaurant is only open five days a week and there is a big demand for Friday and Saturday night.

Regarding currency best to take US Dollars, Eastern Caribbean Dollars are handy for smaller shops and we changed USD travelers cheques to ECD at the hotel reception. Generally speaking both are accepted although your change will invariable be in local currency. Good quality shopping at the Heritage Quay Cruise Terminal at St.Johns, taxi from hotel 12USD.

Must see places English Harbour, Nelson’s Dockyard and the magnificent, and much photographed view, from Shirley Heights. I would also recommend the catamaran cruises, tend to be expensive but they serve an excellent lunch and usually pick up from the beach in front of the hotel.

Dickenson Bay, considered one of the best beaches on Antigua, has suffered some erosion over the past ten years and is considerably narrower than it used to be. The 200 room extension to Sandals means more people on the beach, but by no means overcrowded and still one of the favourite beaches on the island.

Overall we thoroughly enjoyed our return visit to The Rex Halcyon Cove. The weather was excellent 27C daytime and dropping to 22C at night. The only appreciable rain was at night.

  • Stayed: March 2009, travelled as a couple
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11  Thank popeye66
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Reviewed 12 May 2009

Beach & Location - Fantastic

Rooms - Basic but clean

Hotel - Very run down but is in the middle of being refurbished.

Food - OK. If you are vegetarian and you are quite happy to live off chips/rice/bread/hard
veg for a fortnight then this isn't the place for you.

Entertainment - Very poor. The entertainment team consists of one guy Fenton who is fantastic and tries his hardest however there is not much you can do with one person.

Only the lobby bar or Caribe bar was open at any one time. The lobby bar has quite a nice atmosphere however there is no more than 30 seats which is not sufficient for a hotel of that size! We much preferred the Caribe bar.

Warri Pier - Excellent food and fantastic atmosphere.

Overall we enjoyed our stay, we did not expect much from the holiday but would have had a better time if there was sufficient entertainment on an evening. Most evenings we had our meal and went back to our room, this was either because we could not get a seat in the lobby or there was no/poor entertainment. It would have been much better if both bars would have been open to give people more choice.

Beach Vendors - Beware of the guy who pretends to be a footballer wanting sponsorship to come to England - he just wants your money and can be quite aggressive!
The other vendors are fine and do not really hassle you.

Locals are not allowed in the hotel as it is private property, however the hotel staff do let a couple of guys raid the bins after lunch - not a pleasant site!!

Antigua is a fantastic place for a holiday but you do get what you pay for at this hotel.

We have been travelling to the Caribbean for 10 years now and this is by far the worst hotel we have stayed in.

  • Stayed: April 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 11 May 2009

Ten day,s at the Halycon with the pleasure's of majority of staff with blinding smile.s, food of a constant good variety and taste, beach of powdered sand and a relaxing feel to the hotel that left us totally relaxed . Not your place if you want plastic facade,s of both furniture and staff behaviour, just a genuine 3, 3+, hotel whose staff, i.e Roxanne, s large smile,Heather, (SPICE) wry sense of humour , Fenton,s uslessness at cricket (bowled him 2nd ball, I am terrible) but as nice a guy as you could meet. Even the security welcome's you on arrival back after a trip and the shop on the beachfront had a "good morning darling, how are you" greeting each morning on way to beach.
Lesser room,s need and are getting updated, but as we all know, you get what you pay for and we wanted to see the real Antigua , which we did via, the Halycon cove.
Clean room,s daily, clean towel,s for both room and beach daily, beach cleaned and raked often and pool and area cleaned daily.
Warri pier restaurant is a change, you wait longer, but it is worth waiting on and the fish swimming of the pier are excellent.
This is NOT 5 star , it is a friendly, well run, place within certain parameter,s, expect friendly,human, beautiful setting and out of their way assisstance and you will get it.
Glad to have been, hope to return

  • Stayed: May 2009, travelled as a couple
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6  Thank billmayhols
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Reviewed 10 May 2009

One of the best locations and great value for money. We had a free upgrade to a referbished room at the end of the beach.
But best of all are the staff, There is family feeling about the hotel,the service was great.
So thanks to Joy, Fenton, Julieann, Ken and all the others that made our stay so special.

  • Stayed: April 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 May 2009

Had a fab time. People must remember that this is a 3 star property and as such should not expect 5 star accomodation. It would appear that there is refurbishing being carried out but we found the accomodation fine for what we paid. The staff however were FANTASTIC - a special mention must go to the ever smiling Fenton, an absolute superstar - never have I found someone more suited to there job (entertainment supervisor) and also to Eugene, Joy, Jacqueline and Elroy who were also stars. Seems unfair to single out individuals as everyone was so nice. We warn you now, we will be back!!! Cheers Matti, Jan, Paul and Linda

  • Stayed: April 2009, travelled as a couple
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6  Thank MattiJanni
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Reviewed 13 April 2009

We visited over the early Easter period and the hotel was definately less than half full, as a result there was slightly less pressure on the staff, but more importantly less pressure on the hotel infrastructure.


We were treated exceptionally well by all staff ( Margerita, Corlita?, Jacqeline, Julie ann, Bernadette, Joy, Fenton to name a few and Ashton in the boat hire (who I am told is something of an eco hero and well worth a chat with)

The food was of a consistantly fair quality with the Warri pier being of a higher standard, with an unsurpassed location. Some elements of the breakfast and lunch were also cooked to order by staff such as Ann who took a real pride in what they were doing and turned out lovely omelettes etc.

Rooms are generally very clean with a few issues regarding fixtures and fittings. All I can say is that if you are unhappy report it quickly and an alternative should be available. There did seem to be a lot of people being upgraded to superior rooms at check in, so the hotel is making pre emptive attempts to keep customers happy. Any small snags we had were dealt with promptly.

There does appear to be an ongoing improvement programme at the hotel with lots of maintenance staff doing bits and pieces, if you really want to, you could find fault with many areas as they currently stand however this is the Caribbean and health and safety issues aside, a little bit of shabbiness is almost expected, if you want perfection then you should perhaps look towards Dubai or a 5 star resort.

Sometimes other guests can be detrimental to an enjoyable holiday,I can categorically say that the Hacyon Cove proved to be an exception. We managed to meet so many really nice friendly and genuine people in our ten days, the atmosphere was lovely and helped make a good holiday, great. ( Again this was helped by the lovely staff and the fact the hotel wasnt overcrowded!)

The one sour experience we had was that one of our childrens PSP's went missing from the room. Despite the fact we searched our room from top to bottom I would like to think it was genuinely lost or accidently put out with the laundry rather than believing the worst, but i would recommend that people put ALL their valuables in the in room safe, just to be sure.

We did not go on any of the formal island or boat tours, instead we opted to do our own thing with another family (10 in total!) and hired a taxi for the day,(there is a rank at the hotel entrance). Our driver Anderson comes highly recommended, he tailored a trip around the island that suited our needs and ensured a safe and informative time, at a very reasonable comparative cost.

BTW you can use your all inclusive package at the Rex Hawksbill Bay, which provided us with a wonderful lunch and excellent refreshments including their wonderful multi coloured cake and Chocolate Ice-cream.(Please note. You must inform the reception staff at the Halcyon when you are going and they will fax the Hawksbill Bay.)

For those who snorkel; due to the "milky" water around the hotel it really isnt an option off the beach.Watching the Pelicans that dive for fish off the nearby bluff almost make up for this!
There are trips to various locations which are better. As part of our day trip we went to Long Bay which was shallow and safe for young kids, which provided reasonable opportunites to see some fish, but worryingly a lot of dead coral. Equipment is available from Ashton at the boat hire if you need it.

After reading many trip advisor reports we went to the Halcyon Cove with reduced expectations and a relaxed attitude as to what we would find. We arrived home with red noses(HOT sun),our expectations greatly exceeded and with some newly made friends who I hope we can remain in contact with....really, what more can you ask for?

  • Stayed: April 2009, travelled with family
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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: £115 - £240 (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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Also Known As:
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Halcyon Cove Antigua
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