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Halcyon Cove by Rex Resorts
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A TripAdvisor Member
Norfolk, UK
11
Reviewed July 27, 2004

Was a bit dubious to stay here initially as our previous holiday was to Sandals in St Lucia. Was'nt expecting it to be such a big complex. Everything was fairly basic, but was clean and a lot better than i was expecting. I would definately return as it is such good value for money. The buffet restuarant had different themes each night but tended to be very similar none the less. We did get a bit bored with the food one night and went to a chinese restaurant called Delicious, they gave you way too much and was very reasonable so highly reccomend it. Overall a very good holiday and the beach was the best I've ever been to and I've been to other caribbean islands. It has been voted 4th best beach in the world it is stunning.

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Reviewed July 25, 2004

Having read all the awful reports on Trip Advisor before I left for the caribbean, I felt I had to report back for all those British families intending to visit the Rex Halcyon Cove. Yes the buildings and interiors are a little tired and probably due a makeover but how many hours a day do you spend sitting in a hotel room in the Caribbean? On the advice of trip advisor reports, we upgraded to a poolside room before travelling and it was the best decision we made. Don't really know what the standard accommodation was like because we didn't get to see those rooms, they were located towards the back of the property. Also, the deluxe beachfront rooms do not have a private terrace or balcony which makes sitting outside enjoying a glass of wine at sunset extremely difficult. Our room was in a perfect location, ground floor, yards from the pool and yards from the beach, with a small terrace which had table, chairs and a sunlounger (the terrace gave us somewhere to sit and enjoy a couple of drinks at night once the children had gone to bed). We had two children with us and they had placed two z-beds in the room with proper mattresses on them. The bed we had was huge and the room was not cramped at all with four of us in there. The kids reckoned their beds were really comfy. The sheets and towels were changed daily and the room was kept immaculately clean by a very friendly member of housekeeping. The only niggle we had was the water pressure! The shower and bath taps trickled rather than poured but we managed. We had no problems changing our beach towels, sometimes twice a day and all of the staff were friendly and extremely helpful

We took the all-inclusive option which worked perfectly for us. Others who had not (especially those with children) certainly wished they had taken this option, although it is possible to buy it once you have arrived. The food was varied and plentiful and apart from the themed meals in the evenings, the children ate a huge amount, especially at breakfast. Apparently, eating in the hotel is expensive if not on all-inclusive and if you have small kids, close local restaurants are few and far between.

We have been to Antigua before, amongst other Caribbean islands and we can honestly say that this holiday was easily as good as others. The location of the hotel is great on one of the best beaches around, close to St Johns and the airport.

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A TripAdvisor Member
UK
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Reviewed July 20, 2004

Just back from two weeks at the Rex (3 July - 17 July). After reading the other reviews I was worried about the standard of the resort but everything was fine and we had a great time. We were AI and the food was good every day. The Superior room was clean and spacious and the beach was great. Don't let the negative reviews put you off, the Rex is great value for money. I've stayed at Club Antugua and Club St Lucia and the Rex is a similar standard with a better beach.

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Reviewed July 7, 2004

We stayed at the Rex from 6/30 - 7/07. Here is our review:

ROOM: We recieved a complimentary up grade to a beach front room that was only steps away from the beach. Although not sumptious, the room was fine for our needs, espcially since we had an incredible view of the ocean. The bathroom was a bit run-down, and the windows were foggy with a mist that detracted from the view. As everyone has said, the rooms need to be refurbished. Our air-conditioning was superd though, and the maids did a nice job. Ours was room number 305. So, the room was steps from the beach, with great air conditioning, nice TV, and a dingy bathroom.

BEACH: The beach is wonderful. Turquiose calm waters, and not at all crowded. If I may make one negative commment, it is that there is nothing there to see for those who enjoy to snorkle. The waters are turbid due to the fine sand, andd thus they are cloudy under the surface.

FOOD: We were not all-inclusive, but we did eat dinner at the Warri pier twice, and once for lunch. The view was lovely and we had no problems with the food, in fact it was delicious!

STAFF: Everyone was kind to us regardless of how we tipped them.

CAR RENTALS: We rented a jeep through Avis at the airport for $270.00 for seven days. This was a great deal, and you can get it through Continental Airlines. Yes, there are many potholes on the streets, but it wasn't that bad. This is an island remember, and of course there isn't money to refurbish the streets.

RESTAURANTS: If you are not all-inclusive please try: Julian's (Fantasttic gourmet food, the filet was incredible!), Le Bistro ( excellent French food, excellent service), The Beach (wonderful lobster, sushi, ribs etc, the Beach is a great spot on the water) Coconut Grove (next to the Beach, fantastic Lobster and fresh fish). Honestly, Julians and Le Bistro were fantastic, please get out and try them!!

BOTTOM LINE: The Rex is not a sumptuious hotel, and we heard others complain about their "standard" accommadations, so beware. We were satisfied with our room, but remember, we had one heck of an upgrade! One thing to note: we shared the SAME beach as those who were at Sandals, and they paid twice as much as we did! Also, VERY IMPORTANT: the Sandals resort has not "palapas" or "umbrellas" for shade. For this reason, their beach was practically empty everyday. Do not think we aren't accustomed to excellent hotels: we are! We have been to the Ritz in Meixco, Sands at Grace Bay in Turks and Caicos, the Westin in Grand Cayman, the (relatively) new Sandals in Grand Bahama island, ut we got a great deal here at the Rex, so we took it. We have no regrets!

OTHER HOTELS: Sandals has a nice beach, well-manicured gardens/waterfalls, but no shade for their beach dwellers. Hawksbill had beaches that were not half as nice as the Rex. Jolly Harbor was nice with a cute casino, but the entire place is HUGE, and people are driven around in golf carts due to the enormous distance between the beach and the rooms/restaurnats.

Please email me if you have questions-

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A TripAdvisor Member
Massachusetts
11
Reviewed July 3, 2004

If you could take all the negative things you read in all the reviews and lump them into one, you would have an accurate description of this place. We learned that this resort is in bankruptcy and is closing. We understood they will be refurbishing the place for the new owners. However, unless you bring professional people in to staff and run the place, it will not stand a chance. Service slow, most workers could care less about their attitudes which makes it hard for the few good employees. The real estate is superb with its location, nice beach, and seclusion. Entertainment was minimal and poor. Sandals was the only place to go for decent entertainment and that would cost you a night pass of 38 dollars american per person. Electricity kept going out for a brief period. Our friends who stayed in beachfront rooms lost their water for two days. NO TOILETS!!....Rooms were hot despite air conditioning. I would never go back to this resort again. You save and save your money to go on vacation just to throw it on a emotionless, uncaring, and uninviting environment. Oh well!!!!!!! I guess you get what you pay for...........

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