Just got back from Antigua 3 days ago, wish I was still there.
Most of the reviews are an accurate description of the resort. As long as you pay a reasonable price, you will not be disappointed. A lot of other resorts on the island cost 4 to 5 times more what we paid to stay at the Halcyon.
Very basic but clean rooms with limited water for showering, hot water is a hit or miss. Toilet paper and towels were not always replenished, but just ask front desk for them!
The food was good for a 3 star hotel, the Head Chef does a great job.
The drinks were also good, lots of variety. We found the rum drinks delicious but strong, so be careful.
The staff, with the exception of one or two, were friendly, helpful and polite.
The beach is lovely, lots of chaise lounges to sit on but limited palapa's for shade. People of course get up early and mark these spots.
Windy weather during our stay, so no snorkelling was available off our beach. And the water was a bit rough, but we did not have a problem swimming in the lovely ocean. Don't swim past the buoy line as there is boat traffic, mainly jet skis, that come very close.
No scuba diving is offered anymore at this resort. If you are a diver you will have to make arrangements yourself. The Resort needs to change this info on website as we always look for a resort that offers onsite diving.
Did 2 tours: Kayaking in the mangroves, Bird Island and snorkeling. This was a half day tour, it was fun but perhaps because of the (windy weather) we were disappointed in what we saw snorkeling. Nice tour though, and worth the $65 U.S. per person
Jeep safari tour is a great way to see a lot of the island. Shirley Heights, English Harbour, Nelson's Dockyard, the Rain forest etc. Lunch was at a restaurant on Turners Bay, which is beautiful and you can of course swim here. $100 U.S per person Fun and informative tour, just wonder if it could have been done cheaper if arranged on our own with a taxi driver. We choose to deal with Air Transat tours, and the rep Marie is very nice but there are other options, so ask around.
I highly recommend sightseeing, Antigua is an absolutely beautiful country!
FYI. Our pool view room had a fridge, a no charge safe and a couple of 110v outlets. No clock.
All in all, I consider myself very lucky to have made this trip on a budget to a very reasonably priced resort. I would not have a problem recommending this resort to anyone who understands "you get what you pay for" Look up the prices for many other resorts in Antigua and you will know what I mean!
- 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
- Rex Halcyon Cove Resort
- Rex Halcyon Antigua