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“Hamlyns Antiguan clan” 3 of 5 stars
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Halcyon Cove by Rex Resorts
Ranked #7 of 16 Hotels in St. John's
Plymouth
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18 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Hamlyns Antiguan clan”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2013

Best beach on the island but you must know what's coming if I have started my review like this.The hotel certainly needs an uplift,the food was poor,entertainment very average.Watch out for mossies at night especially when your asleep. Had to visit the town to purchase mossie killer it got that bad and we had used up all our supply we had brought. Would definitely return to the island but not this hotel unless it has a full makeover.

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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2 Thank Terry H
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Greenville, North Carolina
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2013

We stayed in a beach front room (2 beds) April 17-24, 2013. Read the fine print on the web site carefully. All Inclusive means: buffet breakfast, buffet lunch, buffet dinner, and cheap house liquor, some amateur entertainment, and nothing more.
The property has 3 restaurants, but only one is open for each meal. We had bad weather for the first 3 days, so every meal was in the Terrace restaurant, The food is generally good, but gets to be boring after a few days. We had the same 2 salad dressing for lunch and dinner for 7 days. One day we saw shrimp cocktails on a table when we entered the restaurant, but that was for the manager and his guests, not available for us. Dickenson Bay is dominated by Sandals and Halcyon, and there is only one (Coconut Grove) good restaurant within walking distance.
The room was good sized, clean, the bed was comfortable, and there was plenty of hot water. The bathroom was tile, with a fancy sink, but the bathroom door had a big hole in the back of it.
The whole place had a feel of having been through many renovations, by less than skilled craftsmen, on a shoestring budget. "Tired" probably is a good description.
Halcyon does allow cruise ship passengers to come and use the beach by the bus load, but they concentrate them in the middle of the property.
The beach was nice, the water warm and the beach vendors were not too obnoxious.

Room Tip: Beach front rooms do not all have King beds
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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3 Thank wolfpack954
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Leicester, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2013

Pros:-

+ Good location - Dickensen Bay is a beautiful beach suited to the younger person, offering numerous watersports, bars and other activities.

+ Friendly staff

+ The beach-area around the hotel was practically deserted - great time of the year to visit.

Cons:-

- Food is terrible. Do not go all-inclusive, instead eat at the fabulous restaurants around the area. Coconut Grove was our favourite location for breakfast.

- Hotel is run-down and is in serious need of renovation...

- ...They moved us to a different hotel for the final 4 days of our stay because the hotel closed for renovation.

Room Tip: Room 332 is considered a pool-view room but has a balcony with a clear view of the sea.
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2013

A wonderful relaxing resort, the Hotel could do with a little touch up, but our second visit and the staff were just as fantastic as they were last year. They were busy but always had the time to assist you in anyway. Charm's fire dance entertainment was fantastic, we want to big up Allick and Errol, great music at the beach bar, to Roxanne, Dolton, Austin, Simone, Helen, Donna, Margarita, Dale (brillant chef), Carl, Ann Marie, Mario, Fenton, Devon, Heather and not to forget Yvette on Reception they were all so warm and welcoming.

Room Tip: Poolside is a great room where you not only have the pool in front of you but also the beach bar and...
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Burlington Ontario
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36 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2013

Still a good deal, yes its a bit old and worn, but the staff are great and the food is the best we have had outside of a 5 star. They offer a ride to Shirley Heights for $20 leave at 4 back at 8. Take in shirley Heights, 20EC to get in and food is $10 and the rum and the bands are super, not to be missed. Also, the Fri fish fry at Nelsons dockyard is also great.
No problems getting a chair on the beach, just stay on the right side of the walkway when the cruise people start flowing in. Internet access in the lobby, reasonably priced. Bar staff very pleasant as is the rest of the staff.
Sandals is down the beach if you want to pay a lot more for posh surroundings, but the same sun, water and beach. Beach is very safe for kids, quite water not rough at all.
All in all great time and will be back.

Room Tip: The 300 and 200 series of rooms look either on the pool or the garden, neither is far from the beach...
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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Devizes, England, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2013

An absolutely amazing holiday. All staff were very welcoming and friendly. Special mention to Errol, Fenton, Devon, Heather, Roxanne and Quinton. Although all the staff were attentive and approachable. Felt very relaxed the whole time, certainly had the best part of the beach outside the resort. Warri pier was a lovely addition to the resort!
Would not hesitate to take my family to the Halcyon and am planning a return with friends in the future.

Room Tip: Most of the rooms were poolside looking onto the ocean.
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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2 Thank Kate S
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St. Catharines
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13 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2013

The Rex is a bit dated, but clean and staff we great. Food was fine, not a huge selection, but everything tasted very good. The beach in front of the Rex is great and there are a lot of photo opportunities. Bar staff is excellent and treated me like a king! I took a day trip to Barbuda and walked along "Pink Sand Beach"...must see and feel the pink sand. The water there is magnificent!

Room Tip: I had a bungalow right on the beach.....hard to beat that for a room location #206 I think!
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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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:
#6 On the Beach Hotel in St. John's
#6 Top resorts 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:
Halcyon Cove By Rex Hotel St. John`s
Halcyon Cove Antigua
Halcyon Cove By Rex Resorts Antigua/Saint John Parish
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Rex Halcyon Antigua

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