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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2009

This was our first time to Antigua and were looking for an "away from the crowds" place. That is exactly what we found. Reef View is the perfect place to be if you like peace and quiet. Unlike some other reviews, we don't consider the surf, frogs, roosters and donkeys as noise. If you like the sound of air conditioners and night clubs, go somewhere else.
The "Love Shack" is a cosy retreat. Everything is well laid out but somewhat compact. It reminded us of the interior of a boat. I'm sure that is where Nick got his inspiration when building it. The shower was quite large and having the sunlight streaming in is a unique feeling. The bedroom is very romantic--all you see is blue sky and sea when wake-up. The windows upstairs offer a spectacular view. We enjoyed having lunch in the garden surrounded by the beautiful flowers and hummingbirds.
The beach is very secluded and only occationally saw the octopus fisherman the times we went down. We also found a wonderful spot "our spot" to lay in the sun and go for a little dip when we got too hot.
Karoll and Nick were wonderful hosts, and full of information about the Island and things to do.
We had a wonderful time and recommend it to anyone looking for a quiet unique get away. And yes, the "Love Shack", has a "TIN ROOF"

  • Stayed January 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2009

Inga and I wanted a much needed escape from the rat race. The Garden apartment was very relaxing and romantic. We loved the quiet aspects. It was easy to get to town by bus or rental car. Local beach is isolated and empty all the time. Karoll and Nick are wonderful hosts and seem to know everyone. Just ask them about anything you have seen or done or want to do, and they know. Apartment was clean and well laid out. We were able to cook our own meals and save some money. However, there are several nice restaurants on the beachs just a short drive away, so having lunch and looking at the scenery was also great. The island is pretty quiet so it was good not to be trampled on by millions of Spring Breakers. Not much night life though, but a quick walk on the beach in the moonlight, and who cares.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2009

We stayed with Nick and Karoll for 13 nights in late Feb thru early March.

We rented the second floor Penthouse for our entire stay. Our welcome to Antigua by Karoll was perfect. She met us at the airport as planned, drove us across the island to the Reef View, signed us in, toured us through our apartment, and prepared a welcome supper for us (pre-arranged). It was a great first evening. The apartment was spotless, fairly modern, and a very good size, with a full kitchen, bath and bedroom. Karoll also took care of arrangements for our car rental (Tropical Rentals...see below). The key element for us was the balcony looking south and west, allowing us to watch the setting sun, the ocean, Montserrat (haze permitting), and sit back and relax for hours with a good supply of rum punch.

We did not see the Garden Apartment, but it has a similar layout to the Penthouse, but the balcony view is not as good.

We toured the "Love Shack", which is a more basic small cottage, but is still good accommodations for those looking for a more intimate and cozy place. Its almost brand new and has some work in progress still.

The flowers on site are gorgeous and a beautiful collection of shells and other items decorate the whole yard.

All three units at the Reef View were occupied during our stay, and we found the other guests were quiet, and all pleasant to speak to.

The Reef View is situated less than 5 minutes from Cades Bay beach, which is not a groomed, white sand beach, but it is a beautiful, natural, coral sand beach extending for most of the length of the bay, and is a pleasure to walk morning and evening. At low tide, there is alot to explore, and you can walk a long way from shore on the shallow coral shelves along the coast. There are also some kayaks available for use as well if you want to get out into deeper water and explore.

You can borrow the resident dogs, Jabba and Aussie Bear for a walk along the beach..they know they way as they go for a walk every morning.

The Reef View is in a residential area, near a school, other houses, and some small shops and restaurents just east of Urlings. You can expect the usual noises from the neighbourhood: a school recess bell, some inobtrustive traffic noise, chickens, donkeys, etc. The neighbourhood is very quiet by 9 pm, but wakes up by 6 am. Night owls beware.

There are also two resident cats, Zulu and Casius (sp?) who are pleasant, but will not hang around unless invited. Once you make friends with the pets, expect them to be around you regularly. They are all great company and have calm personalities.

Nick and Karoll also offer snockelling, scuba, fishing tours, which we did not do as we were on a rest-and-relax trip only. They definitely are passionate about their undersea attractions and are very familiar with the entire island. Likely a good, safe option for people who want to get into the deep water in some way. They can help with lessons as well.

Tropical Rentals is a small local car rental firm. They have a variety of vehicles, ranging in size and condition. I rent about 30 vehicles per year for my work trips, and Tropical Rentals provided excellent service, very helpful, and professional. I would not hesitate to rent a car from them! Our Diahatsu Terios mini-SUV was great for touring the island, but a smaller car would have been fine as well. They definitely impressed me.

Antigua was a great island to visit, has some wonderful and deserted beaches, great friendly people, and lots to explore (be prepared to get away from the tourist traps and dig a little deeper). It is similar to Molokai for those that have been to Hawaii.

We plan on visiting Antigua again, and are definitely keeping Reef View on our list.

R & C

P.S. We are the first Canadians to climb Boggy Peak that have been guests at the Reef View. We are also the first guests at the Reef View to be given a tour of the Cable and Wireless facilities at the top. So we got the best view of the island possible. See our review.

  • Stayed February 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2009

Karoll and Nick made great hosts and the info and help pre-holiday was brilliant. Karoll met us at the airport and here our holiday began, so much knowledge of the island, it was like a tour. We stayed in the Garden Apartment which was ideal, nice and clean and furnishings very homely, we loved the veranda and sat there overlooking the sea in the mornings and saw beautiful sunsets in the evening. Nick is a dab hand at the BBQ and have a lovely setting to eat.
The location is excellent and we really felt as though we belonged in Antigua, lovely people and happy to help. Thanks for a great stay.

  • Stayed February 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Cades Bay, Antigua
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Location: Caribbean > Antigua and Barbuda > Antigua > Saint Mary Parish > Cades Bay
Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Cades Bay
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Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Three uniquely decorated, fully equipped holiday/vacation homes set in lush tropical gardens - affording spectacular panoramic views of Antigua's famous Cades Reef and neighbouring islands. Located within a stone's throw of a long sandy shoreline fringed with coconut palms on the outskirts of a small fishing village. Owned and operated by long time residents Karoll and Nick Williams - always on hand to help you get to know THE REAL ANTIGUA!!! ... more   less 
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