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Halcyon Cove by Rex Resorts
Ranked #5 of 15 Hotels in St. John's
Toronto, Canada
Level 4 Contributor
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Reviewed February 25, 2013

Nice quiet vacation, small resort. The beach is wonderful. Food was good. Tea time was great,
No disco on site if you are looking for night life this is not the place for you.
I would suggest bringing your own towel. If you lose the one provided by the resort you are out $50.00.
This is a great place to relax and enjoy the sun....

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Grimsby, Canada
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Reviewed February 25, 2013

If you're looking for an affordable, clean, no frills place, you found it. After reading some negative reviews, was very unsure of staying here, but turns our it really wasn't as bad as some people have written. Not everybody has the same expectations & opinions are personal, but remember this is a 3 star & the advertising is as stated. The property met, if not exceeded our expectations. The rooms are not "posh", but very standard & clean. Bed was comfortable, firm mattress, yes, but people would also complain if they were too "soft", so take your pick. We had clean sheets & towels every day. You could smell the nice freshness of clean when housekeepers were cleaning. Food was very decent & fresh. Property & beach kept very clean as well. Good, intimate layout. Our room area was very quiet, no noise from outside, other than birds chirping & the sound of the waves - ahhh - how peaceful....Some people complained about the variety of food & lack of activities, well, we had 3 square meals/day & went to afternoon tea, as for organized activities, yes, it lacks, but did not impact our vacation. Beach vendors weren't at all pushy - just 1 simple "no thank you" did it. Staff & service were excellent - didn't find they had their "hand out" for tips - very polite & proper people! The reviewer who claimed he saw a cockroach on the bar - really? How much did you have to drink? Anytime I see that pesky word, I worry - turned out to be unfounded!! A must do is the circumnavigation of the island on the Excellence yacht - breathtaking views! We were only only disappointed with the snorkelling, while the water is clean & clear, beneath was a bit murky, however we were told the time of year wasn`t the best, we still saw plenty of fish species & coral, but washed out. Power outages: the longest lasted about 60 seconds & wasn't everyday. Warri Pier was an excellent place to dine - we stuck to the AI menu, however, filet mignon & 1/2 lobster are offered at $41. Overall, I would recommend this resort if you`re looking for a quiet, affordable, no frills vacation. I would merely return for the excellent, friendly staff! Do not hesitate to ask any other questions, there is more to this resort than you may think or believe!

Room Tip: Gardenview room 257 - partial sea view & sounds of waves - peaceful & very quiet!
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed February 23, 2013

We stayed at Halcyon Cove in early February. There are numerous pros and cons to this resort. I'll start with the positive otherwise you might be too put off.
1. The beach is beautiful and shelves very gently for a cooling dip or safe swim.
2. The hotel rooms are very well cleaned
3. The bed was comfortable
4. The air con worked
5. An upper floor garden room also gives you a partial sea view
6. Most of the staff are very welcoming and helpful
7. You can pay one of the cab drivers an agreed price and he will take you on your own tour of the island. This enables you to get back when you want to. I would recommend Lesroy who was a delightful man who knew his island well and was a very good safe driver
8. The people selling on the beach are happy to accept a "no thank you" and offer good value for money with the products they sell
9. If you get burnt or suffer insect bites the "aloe vera man" who sells his product on the beach is the man to watch out for. It really works.
10. The pier restaurant is a very romantic place to have dinner and the food offers more variety than the buffet in the hotel.
11. The beach toilet block is regularly cleaned
12. Fenton the pool aerobics instructor and part time DJ is very entertaining and certainly gets you out of your stupor to use up some of the calories you are taking in.
13. The lunch grill and barbeque offers tasty food in a lovely location
14. Although the pool is not huge it is 4 feet across the whole area which enables all abilities to use the entire area of the pool. It never appeared crowded the whole time we were there.
15. The chineses lady who does massage and facials in the hotel is excellent
16. You get good value for your money

the downside is

1. The hotel needs a good refurb, which I we believe may be starting this year
2. The food although good does not have enough variety
3. Some of the staff look as though they would rather be anywhere else but I stress only some. the majority of the staff were approachable and helpful. What can start out as a caribbean relaxed attitude can eventually begin to feel like laziness.
4. They need more variety with the onsite shops
5. The evening entertainment can be a bit loud, but it does stop at a reasonable time. You can sit in the main lobby/bar area which is quieter in the evening


Some people refer to the arrival of cruiseliner passengers as being a disruption, They use beds which are the other side of the pier restaurant and we were there for a week before we realised what the beds were for. No disruption to us at all.

Would we recommend Halcyon Cove, if you are on a budget and want a beautiful beach and do not mind your menu being on the practical rather than fine dining end of the scale... yes we would.

Room Tip: Rooms near the beach bar will experience noise disturbance while evening entertainment is on.
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Ontario Canada
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Reviewed February 22, 2013

Large Clean Garden view Room, an extra table in the Room would have been good.
Very nice staff, drinks at the bar especially the Zombie was great, everyone should
try the ice cream.
Lovely Beach, did a lot of walking on the beach.
We had a good time at Halcyon Cove Antigua

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
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Cannock, United Kingdom
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Reviewed February 22, 2013

We booked this hotel to be close to a wedding at the blue waters hotel (amazing hotel) before moving to the other side of the island. We found the hotel to be VERY worn down and in need of a face lift. The food was poor with not a lot of choice as well as the seating area being very small. There is a pre book dining area but we could never get a seat. The main bar in the hotel never seemed to be open until the evenings. All drinks were served in little white plastic party cups (not good). As for the pool it was tiny for the size of the hotel, you are a lot better off going to the beach, which is very nice and very close, though there are lots of people trying to sell you stuff all day. The rooms were kept very clean and all had air con.

Room Tip: book a room near the beach.
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Stratford, Ontario, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed February 18, 2013

We visited in February. The weather was beautiful all week. The beach is beautiful and you can go for a long walk. We went kayaking but were disappointed there was nothing to see if you go snorkeling. We booked the Catamaran from Shawn off the beach and saved a few dollars and did the Circumnavigation tour and went snorkeling and had a great meal and a lot of fun. I would recommend that tour. We booked a tour of Antigua with Shawn off the beach and saved a few dollars. He was a lot of fun and full of information. Fenton, the entertainment manager, was a lot of fun. He certainly made our stay very enjoyable. All the bartenders were great, especially Errol. The drinks were good and quite a variety. The meal at the Warri Pier restaurant was excellent. Breakfast was great but lunch did get boring. The rooms were clean but the place does need renovating. We booked the Warri Pier restaurant for Valentine's Day but then were told that we would have to pay, so that was disappointing and we cancelled. We met some really great people and all the guests were friendly. They need better entertainment at night and more things to do throughout the day. There is a lady on the beach that gives really good massages at a reasonable price. We did enjoy ourselves and had a great time!

Room Tip: We were on the third floor at the back. View from the back getting to the room was terrible. There w...
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Montreal, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed February 17, 2013

Before going, set your expectations for a 3-star resort and you will fully appreciate how fine this one is. We went there for our honeymoon trip. This resort is rather small, but on the other hand is charming and intimate. I will not deny that this resort needs a fix, however cleanliness and staff are not an issue at all. Actually, this was my 7th time in the Carribean and this is where I met the finest staff. Devon, their Jr. Assistant Manager, is a star! Its location was perfect on Dickenson Bay beach. Food variety is rather limited on the buffet (changes every day), the quality is very good though. Very good food on the Warri Pier also and if you are willing to pay you can enjoy many other varieties, but we had sticked on the all-inclusive selection there and we enjoyed it pretty much. There is only one small pool, but it was never crowded and it can be a refreshing dip. The beach was just perfect, but expect being visited by vendors. That did not ruin our week at all and we even bought some interesting stuff, if you are not interested just smile with a "no thank you" and you will be fine. If they come to harass you with their horse-riding and catamaran stuff, just say that you did it all and you should be good. ;-) Next time I get to Antigua and I have a chance to stay there again, I will definitely do without hesitation.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Halcyon Cove by Rex Resorts
Address: Dickenson Bay | PO Box 251, St. John's, Antigua
Location: Caribbean > Antigua and Barbuda > Antigua > Saint John Parish > St. John's
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Top resorts Hotel in St. John's
#5 On the Beach Hotel in St. John's
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Halcyon Cove by Rex Resorts 3*
Number of rooms: 181
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Enjoying a pristine picture postcard beach front location, the Halcyon Cove by rex resorts offers the very essence of a perfect Caribbean setting. Beautiful glistening waters gently lap at the palm-fringed white sands of Dickenson Bay where guests can recline beneath the palm-frond parasols or exert some energy on a variety of water sports. International buffet breakfast and dinner cuisine is served at the Arawak Terrace restaurant or treat yourself at the Warri Pier a-la-carte restaurant featuring speciality grills and lobster in its unique setting over the sea. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
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Halcyon Cove Antigua
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