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“Our Favorite Lodging in the Caribbean”

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ReefView Apartments
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Stamford, Connecticut
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“Our Favorite Lodging in the Caribbean”
Reviewed 28 February 2012

Having spent time in more than 100 countries in 40 years of travel, I have spent more nights in hotels than I can remember. With very little down time I have rarely written a review of any place I’ve stayed. However, now that I’ve returned from a week in Antigua I feel compelled to declare that ReefView Apartments in Cades Bay is my favorite lodging.

Since my wife and I are avid snorkelers the fact that ReefView is on the best coral reef in Antigua was a real draw for us. From our veranda on the second floor apartment we could watch the sun set each night beside the smoking volcano on the distant island of Montserrat. In the mornings we would eat breakfast outside on the veranda as we watched the humming birds in the colorful flower gardens below.

The apartment was spacious, clean, and very well equipped. The owners, Karoll and Nick are obviously a bit obsessive about cleanliness. Although the apartments are not brand-new, they certainly looked like it. The kitchen was fully equipped and every towel, sheet, appliance and piece of furniture in the apartment was in perfect condition and spotless.

However, the best thing about staying at ReefView is the personal attention you receive. We were met at the airport by Karoll and given a guided tour of the island on the way to our lodging in Cades Bay. After settling in, Karoll and Nick hosted a delicious barbecue dinner just for us. The next morning Nick came to our apartment, map in hand, to give us a detailed orientation of Antigua. They also arranged for a rental car to be dropped off at our door the next day. They have an open-door policy, telling you to feel free to interrupt them with questions any time of day. During our stay we needed to make a few phones calls and they allowed us to use their office phone to avoid large bills on our foreign cell phones.

There are no famous “must-see” sights on Antigua but the island makes up for that with its people. All over the island the people were remarkably friendly and went out of their way to ask what they could do to make our trip more enjoyable. Our favorite day of the trip involved an excursion to the nearby sparsely inhabited and largely undeveloped sister island of Barbuda. I imagine that Barbuda is the way the rest of the Caribbean was 75 years ago.

If you want to visit World Heritage Sites or Wonders of the World choose a different destination, but if you want to be among cheerful, friendly people, pleasant scenery, and stroll along miles of beautiful beaches then I recommend Antigua and ReefView Apartments.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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London, England
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Reviewed 24 February 2012

Firstly if you are looking apartment style accomadation - look no further - book with Nick and Karol!

Accomadation is spacious, clean, well equipped, and in the garden view apartment it has a balcony where you can admire the birds. There are fans in both the longue and bedroom so we didn't need the AC at all.

Situated in Cades Bay - a long stretch of untaimed costline with fantastic snokelling, and even better sunsets, this is an area where you could really get away from the crowds.

It is quite easy to catch a local bus to the local restaurants and beaches (Darkwood is excellent), however, it takes considerablly longer to get to English Habour and the wonderful Half-Moon Bay. So, definitely get a hired car straight away and explore.

We arrange thourgh Nick and Karoll, had the car delivered and at the end of the holiday dropped off at the airport. Prices are good and service painless.

Nick and Karoll are really excellent hosts, nothing is too much trouble and always around to have a chat and to help! Do take advnatege of the welcome BBQ an join them for cocktail hour! The best rum punches.

In summery,
Do book with Reefview if you want apartments style accomadation.
I would recommend to hire a car early.
Take advantage of Nick and Karoll's expert local knowledge

Must see,
Diving, snokelling. Shirley Heights on Sunday (again go with N+K), Halfmoon bay most days! Coffee and people watch at English Habour and Nelson's Dockyard. Stingray City, and many many more lovely memories.

P.s. Some reviewers mentioned about the cash deposit - it is 400USD and no problems at all. I used some of it to pay for excursions taken with Reefviews at the end. Got the rest back.

Room Tip: No need for AC. Don't forget insect repellents.
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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Norwich, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 13 February 2012

We throughly enjoyed all aspects of Reefview; stayed in the ground floor apartment and loved the beautiful flowers and wildlife that surrounded us at breakfast time and in the early evening - 'rum punch' time! Nick and Karroll were fantastic hosts and their barbeue and welcome drinks were delicious. The apartments are away from the main beaches frequented by tourists/cruise ships and provided a real haven to return to at the end of the day exploring the island. Try the walk up to Boggy's Peak - steepest roads I've ever seen! Well worth a visit!

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 9 February 2012

We chose Reefview to be close to the beach while enjoying some privacy, and we got exactly that. On top of that, Nick and Karroll went out of their way to acquaint us with the various sights and activities available on the island, including lesser known beaches that the locals favor. At one point, we suffered a mysterious bout of food poisoning (no fault of the Reefview!); Karroll swooped in to help us by driving us to local pharmacies.

We stayed in the penthouse apartment, which has amazing views of the ocean and a full kitchen. Having breakfast on the balcony each morning was an absolute treat. For the area, and for what you get, the price cannot be beat. We recommend getting a rental car for at least a few days of your trip, and Nick and Karroll will help you set that up with a reliable company.

Thank you, Nick and Karroll!!!

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Rimini, Italy
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Reviewed 7 February 2012

Me and my husband have been there for 10 nights and it was our honeymoon. We were staying in the cottage, in which you can reallly breath the typical antiguan home! The location is fantastic because is in a strategic position from where you can go easily everywhere on the island (noth cosat, est coast, etc.).
Karrol and Nic are very friendly and they will help you every day with tips about a lot of places to visit, things to do or where you can go for lunch, dinner etc.

We really loved to be there.

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Mount Kisco, New York
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Reviewed 6 February 2012

i stayed in the beach cottage at reefview..... while its small it has all the amenities you need.... and has by far the best outdoor shower i have ever used..... i just couldnt wait to get home every day and run out there and shower.. it was heavenly... the outdoor area provided additional space to sit and be outdoors.. we had every amenity we needed.. and were extremely at home and comfortable

Nick and Karol are both delightful. extremely friendly.. willing to provide any information you needed.. and believe me i emailed enough to know.... karol never got tired of me.. well who knows but she was as sweet as can be helping me with all my questions

the beaches on this side of the island are fantastic... favorites are valley church, and the beach at gibsons....... i think its best to rent a vehicle.. you can drive.. get lost.. explore.. go into st john and other parts of the island... out to eat.. etc....

if you want to feel a slice of island life.. in a community this is the place for you... i started even to get to know the neighbors in town..

you cant go wrong... and if you want more space.. the upstairs apt has ample space more than the cottage..

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled solo
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Exeter
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Reviewed 5 February 2012

Having just returned from a week's chill out break in the Beach Cottage at Reefview we felt we had to add our comments after what turned into a holiday of a lifetime. Antigua is a beautiful island and staying at a location such as Reefview really adds to the authentic Caribbean experience. Nick & Karoll are great hosts, their knowledge and advice really helped us make the most of our time and we were blown away by their genuine kindness... we look forward to returning soon!

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: ReefView Apartments
Address: | Damzells, Cades Bay, Antigua
Region: Caribbean > Antigua and Barbuda > Antigua > Saint Mary Parish > Cades Bay
Amenities:
Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 Speciality Lodging in Cades Bay
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
ReefView Apartments consist of three unique and fully equipped self catering holiday/vacation homes - each with full bathroom and kitchen - set in lush tropical gardens affording spectacular panoramic views of Antigua's famous Cades Reef just 1 mile offshore as well as neighbouring islands of Montserrat, Guadeloupe and Redonda. ReefView Apartments is located on the shores of the Cades Bay Marine Reserve in a quiet residential hamlet - just 100m from a long deserted sandy beach, fringed with coconut palms, with walk in snorkeling available right off the beach. The shallows flats which front the apartments for miles in each direction are also a haven for sports fishermen - offering shots at hard fighting game species such as tarpon, permit, snook, snapper and barracuda - to name but a few.... Ideal for independent travelers, who enjoy long beach walks in beautiful natural surroundings, exploring the many interesting facets of Antigua's history and geography and immersing themselves in the local culture to provide an experience far removed from the generic experience offered by most other resorts. Owned and operated by long time Antigua residents - Karoll and Nick Williams - we are always on hand to help you get orientated and to know THE REAL ANTIGUA!!! We very much look forward to welcoming you to our little piece of paradise - down by the sea..... ... more   less 
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Reef View Apartments Antigua
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