We stayed for a week. The penthouse apt was very nice and cozy. Everything you need in terms of kitchen, dishes, grill, etc. Karoll made us rum punch upon arrival. Very nice. It's definitely island living, not a 5 star resort. So if you're into that 5 star resort stuff, this is not the place for you. If you want to experience living among locals and just chilling out, grilling for meals, this is it. Roosters crow, dogs are barking too, you can hear the tree frogs, wind and rain showers. It took us about a day or two to get used to it, but then it was nice. The location is great bc it is 5 minutes away from the beaches that I liked (Darkwood, Turner, Nest). On non-cruise ship days, we had the beach almost to ourselves. Get a car though. We felt a bit stranded since nothing was really walking distance. Chappy's is the only restaurant within walking distance and if you're lucky on a weekend, there is one roadside food stand (both were excellent local foodwise). Beach by the apt was not very beachy. Although we did walk to the left of the beach one day for about 2 miles and got to this pier where we had our own little private beach where I sat in the knee deep water and fish swam around me. It was a trek and at times through waist deep water, but worth it.
Nick and Karoll were really nice and friendly. They told us where to go and how to get there. They have two dogs, Ozzie and Jabba as well as a few cats and a parrot. Ozzie and Jabba were awesome. They don't bother you if you're not into them but if you like dogs, they were great. Ozzie sometimes knocked on the door for a treat (I had some from our dog back home).
Deep Sea Fishing - We also took a deep sea fishing trip with Nick. It was awesome. We caught a spanish mackerel and some barracuda and a few jack horse fish. We brought the mackerel back and grilled it and made fish tacos the next day. Yum. Nick was great. He really knows his stuff and puts a lot of effort into doing the whole 9 yards, bait, tackle, lures, etc. He also knows where to go where you are most likely to find fish and has one of those fish finder things on board. You can also tell this is what he loves to do. Highly recommend. Take a dramamine though! The Antiguan sea can be angry and choppy. Ask Karoll to send you a fishing video. It convinced us and our trip was just like it.
Overall, highly recommend!
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Reefview Apartments Hotel Cades Bay
- Reef View Apartments Antigua
- Reef View Apartments Hotel Antigua
- ReefView Apartments Antigua/Cades Bay