I have very mixed feelings about my stay at this hotel, but I leave having had an absolutely fantastic, relaxing two weeks in Antigua that I will never forget. I chose the hotel based on a combination of price and the reviews on this site. If you have taken the time to read the previous reviews, you will know that this is not a five star hotel. Neither is it the traditional eat all you can resort. However, if you are content with this, and are just looking for a quiet, relaxed, and happy time away from it all, then this is the place for you.
Price - One of the cheapest all inclusive hotels on the island (that we could find anyway!)
Rooms - Large and comfortable. After reading reviews on this site, we specifically asked for a ground floor room with a double bed. We were not disappointed. Our room had a patio door leading to veranda accommodating two chairs and a delightful hammock. A short piece of grass/sand separated our veranda from the beach. It was wonderful to sit in the shade and read. It was also useful when we had two days of rain!
Food - Breakfast was a buffet, which initially I found to be plentiful, but after two weeks became a little monotonous (see below), albeit still very tasty!
Lunch is also a buffet. The food choices were varied each day. You could argue that the soup and other carb-heavy dishes were unnecessary, but it didn’t stop me from sampling and over indulging in it all.
Dinner was a la carte on all but two days a week. As far as the food was concerned, this was by far the highlight. Every night there was a meat, fish and vegetarian and pasta option. It was clearly evident that a great amount of thought went into the menu, and an equal amount of skill went into the preparation of it. We stayed for two weeks, but never once saw the same evening menu. Each evening was a delight!
Drinks -Some of the cocktails were delicious (we recommend the Pina Colada!). Drinks are available from late morning until 11pm, which was more than sufficient for us. If you want 24 hour drinking however, this probably isn’t the place for you.
Location - As far as we were concerned, it was perfect. The hotel has its own beach which felt very safe and secure. We hired a car for three days to explore the island and we were very glad we did!. Antigua’s capital St Johns is a 5 to 10 minute drive away. Deep Bay is a 20 minute walk from the hotel and well worth the walk. We read the review of those that had their belongings stolen and were shocked. Our experience of deep bay was one of pure uninterrupted relaxation. I think for the two day that we were there, we only saw a few others. And it’s not a small beach!!!
Staff - Most of the staff were very friendly and obliging. The cool towel and rum punch on arrival was exactly how we would have asked to start to our holiday.
Atmosphere - Perfect. Relaxing and calm. Couldn’t ask for anything more.
Room - We had extremely heavy rain for two of the days of our stay. We knew this was a risk due to the time of year that we chose to visit. However unfortunately, on the second day of the topical storm, the ceiling leaked and we had to move the bed slightly so that the bed didnt get wet. This only lasted for an evening, but was enough to cause some concern during the other (albeit short) periods of rain for the remainder of our stay I found the patio door to the veranda heavy and difficult to move, however my partner did not have an issue with this. The bathroom facilities were fine but the shower occasionally went cold during “peak” hours. Whilst it was not an issue for us, the rooms are in need of refurbishment/decoration (including the bathroom). The air conditioning work perfectly in the room (we had it set to 18degC constantly).
Staff - We contacted reception about the leak in our room (other rooms had problems too). We didn't get the ceiling fixed, but this turned out not to be a problem as the amount of rain we subsequently had meant it eventually it dried out. We had to ask twice before we finally received assistance moving the bed out of the way of the othe potential leak points. When the ceiling eventually dried out, we again asked to get the bed moved back into the original position but no one ever came to help us. This wasn’t a real issue, but we thought worth mentioning,
Staff - Waiting and Bar staff were normally very friendly but there were a few who seemed to be not too happy with their jobs. I would like to emphasise however that they all remained courteous.
Food - Other reviewers have commented on the size of the evening meal portions. I have to agree that whilst delicious, the portion sizes were not satisfactory. Portions sizes aside, the starters and main courses were delicious, but I felt the desserts were on the poor side and could benefit from a little more imagination.
Drinks - There was a limited selection of cocktails and the house wines (one red, one white) was not good at all. I like to drink wine with my meals but after two nights of wine I decided to miss it out.
Conclusion - If you want a relaxing, quiet, children free and rum punched fuelled experience away from it all (as we did!), then this is the place for you. If you want five star all you can eat (whenever you want it) luxury, then get your wallet out and go somewhere else!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Coconut Beach Club is an affordable all inclusive resort also offering room only accommodations. We are a small, intimate and friendly and cater mainly to couples who want a quiet, restful and laid back Caribbean vacation. All rooms are beach front and include air conditioning, balcony with hammock and easy chairs, ceiling fan, fridge, bath and shower, hair dryer, coffee maker and telephone. Junior suites include dining facilities and kitchenette. Deluxe Suites have an extra bedroom. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Coconut Beach Club Hotel St. John`s
- Coconut Beach Hotel
- Coconut Beach Resort
- Coconut Beach Club Antigua/Saint John Parish
- Coconut Beach Antigua