Just read a few reviews here... It is the same I read before going... We had excellent vacations there. I think people just don't expect to go in the middle of an earth paradise with birds, fresh air and, yes, a few bugs...
1-THE FOOD was the best I ever ate in an all included formula and by far. Yes, lunches are almost always the same: grilled fish and poultry, hamburgers, fresh salad. And it was good and fresh, well prepared. I don't expect more for lunch. Dinner was always famous. At that time it was 4 night buffet and 3 nights à la carte. This is a small resort. There was only one restaurant opened and it was perfect. Variety was incredible, fresh veggies, good meat. The scenic view from the restaurant was breathtaking. It is open air. We are from Quebec Canada. To eat outside was a real pleasure. YES, there are birds... You are on a resort just beside a tropical forest. You can expect some birds. They were, for me, one of the highlights of the place. They made me laugh so much. The coffee is not very good tough (maybe this could be improved without much effort). BEST WINE I ever had in an all inclusive, by far again. And they are filling your glass without having to ask!!!
**Every member of the staff was helpful and very kind. You have to be kind with them in return though. Maybe people are used to go to the islands finding hungry staff members that will do anything to get some bucks. This is not the case there. Many university students. Treat them kindly and you will receive the same in return. This is also partly the reason why going in Antigua and Barbuda is not a cheap vacation. People there have a better quality of life than, saying, in Dominican Republic... But I swear those people were very helpful!
2-THE ROOMS are just perfect. We had a garden bungalow. It is private and yes, it is open air (and a pleasure, exactly like the restaurant). You are in the middle of paradise, you get time outside. You take your shower with the touch of the tropical air. The room was clean, the bed was fine.
3- BUGS: oops, paradise doesn't exist at the end... We had very little, but yes, in Antigua and Barbuda, you HAVE to expect that. They call it sand flies (in Florida they call it ''no see 'ems). It is tiny tiny. Only a trained eye as mine can see them. The rash can be very itchy and will itch for a long time. Worst, you will not notice that you are being bitten. The rash appears only 24-48 hours later and you will not notice before that. DON'T WORRY: These bugs are very picky. Most people don't get bite because apparently, their blood does not please those little monsters. I got bites. But now I know sand flies. If you put sunscreen, they will not bite. If you put lime juice on your skin, they will not bite (don't forget a square centimeter...). Picky little monsters I said...
4- THE GROUNDS: How much delicious time we had just walking on those wonderful grounds, seeing bananas and mangoes and lime growing, beautiful animals and birds everywhere. If you love wilderness, you will be served.
5- THE BEACHES: They are clean, quiet and perfect. The Eden one is in the forest!!! (be careful about the ants if you go take a walk in the bushes...)
6-THE NIGHTLIFE: There is a weird thing with people complaining about the entertainment and nightlife. This is a small hotel. There's no big shows at night. Music. Fun if you like to dance with elders (there are lots there). It is a quiet place. Don't expect to get something big. We had fun dancing one night. So much fun! We were in bed early, woke up early and spent a wonderful time.
Since the day I left, I am dreaming to come back. Since it is not a cheap vacation, we hope that life will give us the chance to go there once more. The manager, John, is still there as I see. He is Jamaican and very kind.
Hope this review will be helpful,
Have a wonderful time, you are lucky people!
We had a garden bungalow, very private, very comfortable. Every room is just a few steps from the be...
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The Hawksbill by rex resorts team truly appreciates you sharing your vacation experience. The summary and description of our food, service staff, rooms, grounds and beaches were done superbly and will definitely encourage others to come and experience.
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We are delighted that you thoroughly enjoyed your stay and will definitely look forward to your return visit in the future, whereby once again we can make your experience at Hawksbill most memorable.
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