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“A Very Relaxing and Chilled Holiday”
Review of Coconut Beach Club

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Coconut Beach Club
Ranked #11 of 16 Hotels in St. John's
Reviewed 19 December 2007

We had 2 wonderful weeks at this quiet and chilled out hotel .
The rooms were spacious and all had sea views .
The beach was cleaned daily and all the staff were friendly and helpful particularly Antheair but beware of Zauda she mixes some dangerous cocktails , she's great!
We met some really nice people who helped to make the stay more enjoyable, especially Andrew and Del .Also nice to see to see Des and Eve who we had met in Grenada last year.
The only fault we found was the lack of choice of main courses at dinner.
We read about the mosquitos before going and there did seem to be more than other Caribbean Islands
Would recommend this hotel to couples seeking a relaxing break

  • Stayed: December 2007, travelled as a couple
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9  Thank oscar stevo
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Reviewed 18 December 2007

The Coconut Beach Club is recently under new ownership. The owners have an estate next door, so it seems they are truly invested in the quality here. For a resort, this one is really quiet and not one of the "superclubs" with all the beach activity, motor boats etc... We were here for our honeymoon, but most people were not. Not really a young crowd here, but we met some really nice young couples who were on the same page as us....quiet, relax, great swimming etc...
The value of this resort is incredible. The food (great Chef) and attitude of the staff (Cliffton, Benadette, Reny, Melissa, Unela) was superior. You owe it to yourself to befriend the staff and get some local recommendations on St. John closeby. We set out to St. John a few times and went to some little local places for lunch or Dinner (Home Restaurant and Sheer at their sister resort are must sees!!!). The rooms were big, very clean and quiet.
The beach is really quiet here too, but needed a bit cleaning up like all the Carribean beaches these days with lots of plastic bottles, tops and other plastic stuff. We picked it up in about 1/2 hour. This is the only resort on this beach, so it's seems remote.(Antigua has 365 beaches), You can easily explore most other beaches nearby via rental car or cab (which are a little more private for skinny dipping). Just grab a map and go. BTW: when the wind blows off the Carribean, the body surfing is incredible. Otherwise it's flat calm and great swimming.
For an off resort day and a great perspective of the island, take the catamaran trip that picks you up right at the resort's beach, provides lunch, drinks and snorkeling at an outer island, for about $95.00 all included. They even drop you back at the beach at the end of the day (a few people "fell" off). It was a great way to see the island and other resorts which made us appreciate where we were staying. I would return to this resort in a second!!

  • Stayed: December 2007, travelled as a couple
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9  Thank grittycat
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Reviewed 4 December 2007

We stayed here for the second week of our honey moon and loved the place. The rooms where clean and spacious, the food excellent, the staff so friendly and the beach amazing. I can't wait to return. It a quiet resort, very relaxing. The bar closes at 11pm, but we stayed on talking till the wee hours.
The bar maid should be watched out for as her blend of cocktails are strong and keep appearing with out you asking. she asks what kind you like and prepares the most amazing drinks you have never heard of.
the nature walk which is free to guests is an amazing experience, though wear plenty of insect repellent and trainers. There are insects in the caribbean, even more so just after the rain so make sure you take lots of spray and sun tan loation. I went slightly pink on a rainy day.
If you want a relaxing holiday, sitting on the beach with staff delivering drinks to you every few hours here is the place to go.

  • Stayed: October 2007, travelled as a couple
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11  Thank rvkirk
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Reviewed 29 October 2007

We had the most relaxing holiday ever at this lovely little resort.

We found the staff to be so very helpful, and nothing was ever too much trouble. The food was lovely, always plenty of choice at each meal.

The bar was small and cosy and there was an interesting selection of cocktails to be had. The only down side was the mosquitoes, the majority of people had masses of bites. The sand flies were also a problem despite using extra strength repellent.

The beach was perfect. Quiet and peaceful and usually there was a slight breeze. There were plenty of sunbeds and shade.

The design of the resort was excellent as the rooms were all facing the beach and away from the restaurant/bar area. We found ourselves exhausted each night, due to doing nothing no doubt. The only complaint about the rooms is that the bathrooms are somewhat dated and a kettle rather than a coffee machine would be better for those who prefer tea.

A safari trip is well worth doing as the island has some fascinating history.

  • Stayed: October 2007, travelled as a couple
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12  Thank Englishautumn
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Reviewed 12 October 2007

We stayed at the Coconut Beach Club for 2 weeks in June 2007 and had a wonderful time. We were a little apprehensive about how dated the resort would be, but we needn't have worried. The aim was total relaxation (we were definitely attracted by the lack of TV in the rooms, and we didn't miss TV once - it was a blessing to be without it!) and it was definitely mission accomplished - the relaxing tonic we needed.

Accommodation: we had a ground floor standard room, which was ideal as we woke up about 10 paces from the beach and were within easy reach of the bar too! The room was clean and fresh with excellent air con. I remember reading lots of reviews about grey towels, but let me assure you the towels were peach and very fluffy, and were changed every day. The only slight criticism I'd have regarding the rooms is that the bathrooms are a bit dated - they're clean, but slightly discoloured from use, and in a 1990s kind of style. I did mention this to the manager while we were there over the weekly cocktail party, and I think it speaks volumes of the resort that they were actively seeking out feedback from guests so they can improve.

Food: we were absolutely blown away by the variety and standard of the food. Being all inclusive, you sometimes expect it to be little more than a feeding trough at each meal, but dinner was a la carte with waiter service and heaps of choice. In the 2 weeks we were there there was no repetition at dinner. In fact, dinner was our favourite meal of the day as it felt so civilised to be sat dining in the restaurant, set around the pool, and not swarming round a buffet. Breakfast and lunch were buffet style, but because the hotel is quite small (another big plus for us - we hate sprawling resorts) the food was fresh and varied, and there was no scrummage for the buffet! Once a week they had a BBQ lunch which was beautiful, and there was always a chef on hand to cook the dish of the day fresh for you, in addition to the buffet food. Another big plus - loads of fresh hot tea at breakfast, on demand! Definitely 5* for food.

Facilities: as I mentioned, the hotel has approx 40 rooms (from what I recall!), and the beach was enormous, so there was loads of space and plenty of sun beds for all. This was a huge relief as we were often late up and always found plenty of sun beds and/or shade if required. The beach was gorgeous (see photos) and walking to the opposite end of the beach really felt like getting away from it all, if you needed to! There was a small internet room which was reasonably priced - only the one computer, but there was no queuing and generally people were restrained in their use of the internet as the aim was to chill out. Unfortunately (for me anyway!) Blackberries get excellent reception so I was always connected.

You can book tours through the hotel tour desk, or direct with a lovely man (whose name escapes me) on the beach - they didn't hassle you at all to go on trips, so no worries there, but were happy to share the benefit of their knowledge and recommend trips to suit. We took the shuttle to St John's a couple of days, which worked out good value if there were 4 people or more; and we also did a mini cruise on the Caribbean side of the island, with snorkelling off Cades Reef, and a mid-afternoon BBQ at one of the many uninhabited beaches on the Caribbean side of the island. We would highly recommend this trip - the sea was nice and calm (the atlantic side was a bit more choppy at that time of year!) and the people were so welcoming that it felt like a nice boat trip with friends than an organised tour.

Perhaps the thing that stood out most about this resort compared with others we've visited was how friendly it felt, and what wonderful people we met while there - a large proportion were return visitors which is the highest recommendation of the resort you can get. This is not to say that is was cabin feverish, or that the people were nosy - you could happily keep to yourself if you wanted, but there was always excellent company at the bar for example if you wanted to socialise of an evening.

The staff, with the exception of one especially sullen lady who ran breakfast, were helpful and pleasant. Special mention to Zauda, who makes the most wonderful cocktails and was beloved by everyone - a lovely, charming lady with a wicked sense of humour, she made the holiday memorable for all the right reasons.

A few recommendations: do check out the beach near the Grand Antiguan, which is about 10-15 mins' walk from Coconut Beach. This was more sheltered and mostly absolutely deserted - we went over if we fancied a walk or change of scene. Also, climb Fort Barrington for excellent views across the headland to St John's!

Word of caution: there were quite a few jellyfish around in both the beaches I mentioned, so I tended to stick to the pool; or watch my feet like a hawk when paddling in the sea! A couple of people were stung, but said it was more like a nettle sting than anything more serious. This may have been something to do with the tides, or the time of year, but just be vigilant. Don't let this put you off an otherwise excellent resort, fantastic value for money. We would definitely return :)

  • Stayed: June 2007, travelled as a couple
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12  Thank CitySunSeekers
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Reviewed 6 August 2007

My family and I stayed at the Coconut Beach Club on an all- inclusive basis 20th July - 3rd August 07; the holiday being booked at short notice over the phone with Virgin Holidays. The first view of the hotel is along the driveway, set in open land, leading to tennis courts and outer gardens. The driveway and outside of the hotel entrance are not that imposing, but this belies the extremely tidy, smart and beautifully tended gardens and buildings inside this small complex. Our arrival was disappointing as we were not expected due to a breakdown in communications between Virgin and the hotel. However, the reservations staff quickly resolved the situation, finding rooms for all of us and upgrading my wife and I in the process.

The 37 rooms are set in one block on three floors, separate from the public areas. They are of a high standard - clean, spacious, brightly furnished and well air conditioned. Every room overlooks a short patch of grass with palm trees and beyond this, the beach; each has a balcony and hammock (we had two balconies and a separate bedroom from the lounge dining area due to the upgrade) - very nice! It is quite wonderful to wake up in the morning and hear the sound of the surf on the beach. The Virgin Brochure claimed that each room had a mini-bar with robes etc. This was not the case and the hotel management were a little surprised when the question was raised. Each room has its own kitchenette with crockery, cutlery, pans, kettle, cooker, fridge and micro-wave.

The curved beach is approximately 1000yds long, set in its own small bay closed off at each end by low cliffs. The sand is clean and white with some shells (the shingle mentioned in a previous report); the shells are largely intact. By contrast, we spent a day at Jolly Beach and had to be very careful as many shells there were broken and sharp. Early every morning, a small team from the hotel staff cleaned the beach. All beaches in Antigua are public, so it is possible to be harassed by beach vendors etc... not so here as the only property on this beach is the hotel and as the beach is closed off at each end, the only users are hotel guests.

Due to the location of the hotel, the predominantly permanent North Easterly breeze, blows into the bay and can occasionally make the sea quite choppy and the water a little cloudy due to churning the sandy bottom. The only 'scary' sea creatures encountered were jelly fish which were all around the island. The jellyfish did sting but this was mild and not as painful as a nettle, nor as persistant.

Moving on... the pool size was fine. Despite there being 6 of us, we always managed to find a sunbed each.

All public areas - lounge, bar and (two) restaurants are of wood construction on raised decking and open plan surrounding the pool. The effect is very nice.

Catering - The food was always to a very high standard with a good variety to cater for all tastes. Breakfast and lunch were in the Restaurant by the beach and were substantial. Dinner was a la carte with a choice of 3 starters (soup, fish, other) and 3 main (meat, fish, veggie).A pasta dish is also available for starter or main. Pudding was available for those who could squeeze it in! The Chef and his team were extremely good and brilliantly supported by Clifton the Maitre'D. It is worth noting that some of my brood would win an Olympic Gold for fussiness; the staff were aware of this potential problem and offered to provide something alternative if the menu did not meet their needs. Due to how well presented and varied the menu was, this only happened once in two weeks - a success!

Staff - All were extremely polite, happy and efficient. On the three occasions we had problems, the staff acted quickly and efficiently to resolve them. As the hotel is so small, the staff all know the guests by sight, which means that there is no requirement for the tacky all inclusive identity wrist bands one has to wear in larger resorts.

Medical - One of us needed medical treatment during the first week and the hotel called out a doctor who provided a diagnosis and medication as well as a second visit on a Sunday to provide further treatment. This did not come cheap at $400 US (cash in hand) for the experience!! Having said that, he did sort the problem out.

Facilities - Not many really; two tennis courts, one volley ball area, one canoe, one small lazer style dinghy, TV and library. But that fits in with the quiet, easy going atmosphere of this resort. If you want jet skis, discos, noise, chaos and your day organised by Red Coats, you need to go to the larger resorts or stay in the UK! We used the tennis courts (raquets and balls provided at reception). I saw the canoe used once. Most of the time, the TV was used to catch up on the news.

Entertainment - 3 times a week at dinner.

Outside Activities - Efficiently arranged through our Rep (Daina). Consisted of a round island tour by catamaran (superb), renting a vehicle for four days (not essential, but expands your horizons and helps you see that you made the right decision with reference to the resort!) (St Johns is only about 10 minutes drive.), diving (my perk and good value).

Conclusion - Coconut Beach Club is an ideal place for those seeking peace and quiet. There is no noise, fuss or bother and the hotel is well tended in beautiful grounds and run by a relatively small and dedicated team. Our age range is 14, 16, 17, 23... and.. M&D. All the children remarked on how much they enjoyed the hotel, staff and... Antigua. I was a little worried that it may be too quiet for them, but that is exactly what they wanted. I also liked the friendly interaction between guests.

Look out for - Family of Mongoose living in and around hotel grounds, horses and goats passing through hotel grounds, variety of cheeky small birds who will 'mug' you for scraps off your breakfast plate, Pelicans and sea birds flying in and out of small reserve behind hotel, 'Dfer' the Dog - welcoming committee.

  • Stayed: July 2007, travelled with family
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18  Thank Seadog1
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Reviewed 22 July 2007

We have just returned today after 2 weeks of paradise at Coconut Beach Club. We felt very very sad to leave. Hotel, surroundings, staff, meal all brilliant. If it is a relaxing break you want this is the place. All staff made us feel welcome, there are 2 Davids who were brilliant as well as Zaulda, Jahilda, Camy, Murissa, Clifford,(cant remember all their names) ladies at breakfast and lunch. Special mention must be to the Dinner chef in the evening - cannot fault it.
On arrival we were greeted with a choice of fruit or rum punch all lovely presented on a nicely decorated table.Lovely
It is an intimate dinner every evening - choice is from a menu, waiter served. Presentation and choice is out of this world.
The beach and pool may not be that big but it is definately big enough for the amount of guests - it was like a private beach - there were sometimes only 2-3 couples on it at times. I had reservations prior to going because of the size of the pool but I didnt need to worry. There were never any problems getting towels changed at any time and they were always clean and soft.
We went on a few exercusions, booked through Daina - Virgin Rep - an absolute gem - she is so so helpful and was always at hand on dates/times she stated, any queries we had she always went and checked it out and got back to us (these were very MINOR things).
A 10 - 15minute walk to Deep Bay Beach is well worth it - sea is a lot more calm etc etc - its stunning.
We went on the Sunset Cruise - AMAZING - highly recommended as well as the walk with the Medicine Man (Vaughn) wear approp footwear (not flip flops) very pleasant walk and very educational (in a gentle manner!!)
Also went on Adventure Safari this included Kayaking and snorkelling - that was also an amazing trip and would recommend as with the Extreme Circumnavigation - WOW !!!!! Ride of a lifetime - not suitable if you have back problems though it was BRILLIANT.
We hired a car for a day which was fine and went to Shirleys heights on the Sunday night, glad we took the car otherwise we would have been there much longer than we would have wanted to be - views and music stunning but a few hours is long enough - evening we went it was cloudy so did not see sunset.
I had a full body massage (booked at reception) with Emelyn - well, what can I say?? I have massages here but NEVER have I had one like she does - if you are into massage - you WONT be disappointed.
We had a trip into St Johns with the shuttle service, was there 3 hrs and that was fine but if you are into retail therapy then maybe you would want to stay a bit longer. If you are into jewellery - its the place to go - BEAUTIFUL diamond rings etc (which I was lucky enough to get!!)
Loved the quiet and intimacy of the hotel, as it being small you can choose if you want to join in with other couples after your dinner or retire to your room. With it being small, everyone appeared to mingle really well and was like a large family without being in each others faces all the time, everybody who passes acknowledges you and vice versa compared to larger hotels when you are lucky to get a nod in the passing.
All depends what you want from your holiday but for us it exceded our expectations by far. There were no beach vendors selling their wares or staff shouting 'Beach Vollyball' or 'Aqua Aerobics etc - if thats the kind of holiday you want - this is not the place to go.
TIPS - If you are travelling with children within the period when they are allowed - be prepared there are no childrens clubs etc etc, its a very quiet relaxing hotel. I wouldnt say it would be suitable for children under 12 unless they dont like doing anything other than lie by the pool or go to the beach. I would say it caters best for couples who are going for a chilled out holiday.

MOSQUITOS - Very bad!!!! They appear to particularily like me anywhere I go but there well........ I was bitten alive. My husband never gets bitten but he got quite a lot also. Tips I got from other guests was to use 'Citronella' you cant get it in Antigua she brought hers over from UK. Vaughn the Medicine Man was brilliant as he gave me leaves from a tree and used the 'sap' on the bites and that worked wonders. I also got a presciption from the doctor before I left UK (prescription only) which was an anti histemine but I was silly and didnt start taking them until I was there. However after a few days the bites were not near as bad after taking the pills. I also bought cream from the little shop at the hotel to help stop the itch which also worked.

If anyone wishes to contact me direct please feel free to do so.

  • Stayed: July 2007, travelled as a couple
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Address: Pob 1427 | Yepton Beach, St. John's, Antigua
Region: Caribbean > Antigua and Barbuda > Antigua > Saint John Parish > St. John's
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#6 Romantic Hotel in St. John's
#7 On the Beach Hotel in St. John's
#9 Top resorts Hotel in St. John's
Price Range: £112 - £434 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Coconut Beach Club 3*
Number of rooms: 38
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Coconut Beach Club is an affordable all inclusive resort also offering room only accommodations. We are a small, intimate and friendly and cater mainly to couples who want a quiet, restful and laid back Caribbean vacation. All rooms are beach front and include air conditioning, balcony with hammock and easy chairs, ceiling fan, fridge, bath and shower, hair dryer, coffee maker and telephone. Junior suites include dining facilities and kitchenette. Deluxe Suites have an extra bedroom. ... more   less 
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