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“Good Holiday”
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Coconut Beach Club
Ranked #11 of 15 Hotels in St. John's
Yorkshire, England
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
“Good Holiday”
Reviewed December 8, 2006

Travelled with friends in November to Antigua for the first time. This is a 3* budget hotel which was keenly priced in comparison to others in the vicinity.

Hotel location is very pretty, well kept gardens and small clean beach - good beach also a twenty minute walk at next hotel - much more sheltered if windy conditions at Coconut Beach.

Three storey accommodatons, mostly sea facing - rooms basic but clean - no tv in room though there is a tv in the bar area if weather stops play.

Rooms cleaned daily to a decent standard - towels seem to be in short supply - cleaners in during morning and towels removed and not returned until late afternoon - presume they are laundering and simply do not have enough.

Small fridge in room to store water ($2 at reception) It isn't stocked but booze is readily available in shops if you want to stock it yourself.

Coffee maker in room with tea, coffee, sugar and milk replenished daily.

Safe available in room - foc - works on keycode system.

Beach towels available - again seems there are not enough to go around - part of problem here being they do not have "towel card" system so some people don't care about returns etc.

Don't believe the stories about rats in the hotel grounds - they are mongoose ! In dim light without your glasses you could be forgiven for thinking you'd seen a large rat but in daylight there is no mistaking what they are !

There are lots of tiny birds around - they do not bother anyone but take a packet of sweetener from the coffee area and throw it on the floor when you've seen one - they'll whip it as quick as you like !

Take plenty of mosquito repellent and watch out for sand flies and ants around the beach and pool - everyone received lots of bites - they are worse after dusk but are about all day - the ant bites are murder !!

Bar is good - all usual drinks available - the area is actually too small for the size of the hotel so seats are in short supply but you can spill into the restaurant areas if need be - bar staff "Zaud" is great and keeps you entertained with her bubbly personality and wicked cocktails.

Buffet Restaurant is badly managed. Food trays are rarely labelled which keeps it fun on occasions. Food isn't bad at breakfast and lunch but trays are not filled quickly enough - if you intend to eat towards the cut-off time you will get used to food having "run out" Service will depend on who is working - varies from very good to poor. On occasions not enough seating so don't be surprised if you have to go for a drink at the bar till tables are free.

A la carte meals in the evening are of a good standard - but again managment isn't the best. Bookings required but tables still often not ready when you turn up and again several times the menu was not fully available - eg sweet available when you go in has "run out" when you ask for it. If you do not like the menu ask for an alternative - they'll run up omelettes with fries etc but only if you request it - it isn't offered.

Bar-b-q nights - same problem as buffet restaurant - food "runs out" and replacement not available.

It seems they are trying to keep waste to such a minimum that they have taken it just a tad too far - several people complained to the manager and on rep surveys - if they listen it won't take much to put this right !

If you have any concerns with repairs or maintenance - bring it to the attention of the reception staff - we found that this was dealt with quickly - examples being we had a faulty loo and friends had a problem with hot water - both sorted out within the hour.

Entertainment poor at best - cocktail evening, steel drummers and a duo singing and telling jokes were the three nights of entertainment on offer - repeated in your second week - once would have sufficed - be prepared to make your own entertainment.

Trips of all descriptions available from hotel or through travel reps at affordable prices - be aware transport to pick up points not always included and taxis are fairly costly - sharing with another couple keeps it sensible.

Overall for the price this is a decent little hotel - if they sort out the minor management issues it will be a great budget option in Antigua - we had a good holiday and with the reservations mentioned would still recommend it.

  • Liked — Gardens
  • Disliked — Restaurant menu availability
  • Stayed November 2006, traveled with friends
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York , UK
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed November 17, 2006

Having stayed in other 3 star caribbean hotels, you never know what to expect, but this was a real treat....

Location: Short 10 minute taxi ride ($14) from St. Johns. Set on its own beach - no passing visitors so you felt safe and free from hassle.

Accomodation: About 35 sea facing rooms. Clean and spacious. Air conditioning was fine and ceiling fan would suffice most of the time. The ground floor room did NOT get hot. Room included a safe and a good fridge. 15 metres to the sea!

Food: The a la carte food for dinner was top notch - easily 5 star standard. The best I've ever had in any holiday hotel. Breakfast and lunch were less impressive, but the standard was still good; as this is a small hotel, the last people to these two meals had less choice, so get their early if you're fussy. We weren't.

Service: All requests were sorted quickly. Friendly but not Over The Top. Just relaxed and helpful.

Beach & Pool: The pool is small - good for a dip but not a serious swin. The sea on the other hand can be rough. And on the rough days narrowed the available space on the beach. However, there are plenty of beds and fixed umbrellas.

Activities: None to really mention. Make your own entertainment. So you get what you expect. Not a family resort.

Top tip: Take your sandfly/mozi repellents and use them!

Summary: Great place for a quite break. All inclusive good value. I recommend the hotel.

  • Liked — The dinner restaurant
  • Disliked — Small swimming pool - sea rough for 'easy' swimming
  • Tips/Secrets — Take your mozi repellent
  • Stayed November 2006, traveled as a couple
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11 Thank Martin N
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Astoria
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed November 8, 2006

My husband and I had stayed at the Coconut Beach Club in June of 06.
The water on the beach was very clean and there was never alot of people on the beach.
The food is not bad - BUT - It definitely could be alot better.

  • Liked — The great oceanview room that we had
  • Disliked — The Food
  • Tips/Secrets — Do not expect great food. Bring lot of mosquito spray.
  • Stayed June 2006, traveled as a couple
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7 Thank vas30
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london
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed November 6, 2006

Can't believe this place is getting such good reviews. Myself and my boyfriend have just returned from a very disappointing stay at the Coconut Beach Club. There was no professionalism here and contrary to the other reviews, everything seemed a great effort when we asked for assistance. I did enjoy the evening meals but the breakfast/day buffet wasn't very appealing and had I stayed for 14 nights would have eaten out a great deal. We were eaten alive by mosquitos caused by the dampness and the marsh/lagoon at the back of the hotel. Apparently a lot of the other hotels spray the resort in order to keep mosquitos under control but not so here. Apparently this used to be a great little hotel but the manager has left and not been replaced and it's on it's way downhill. On our way home to the airport, our cab driver (who was a life saver getting us out and about the island) said the hotel COULD be nice if it were well managed! Pretty much says it all!

  • Liked — Ok rooms.
  • Disliked — Everything else.
  • Tips/Secrets — Just read my review!
  • Stayed October 2006, traveled as a couple
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10 Thank Freddums
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Ringwood,UK
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed October 30, 2006

The Coconut Beach is a very small and intimate hotel, not for those who like 5 star luxury but for those who want a quiet holiday with a great beach literally on the doorstep.

I find the comments about the staff being unfriendly in some of the reviews totally opposite to how they were or how we found them, but then some people are never satisfied and have an attitude themselves!

The island itself is not how I expected although we spent a week and never moved from the resort( there wasn't an awful lot to do) but then we wanted a week of total relaxaxtion which is exactly what we got.

Food was great and Neil the Restaurant Manager was very good and eager to please, he was always interested in how you rated the food and service.
Jahilda and Bernadette were great as well with nothing too much trouble. Jahilda even brought in some Milo(ovaltine/hot chocolate) from home for my daughter in the morning, now that's service.

Overall a great holiday but just remember you are in the Caribbean and you need to chill out to their rythm man!

  • Stayed October 2006, traveled with family
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9 Thank SurfDudes
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed September 25, 2006

My boyfriend and I have just returned from a 10 nt stay here and we both thoroughly enjoyed it. The staff here are really helpful and friendly, especially Neil, Bernadette and Zauda who will create any cocktail you want or maybe just make up something specially for you. The food is the best I've tasted in an all inclusive resort. As the hotel is small they can prepare your food to order instead of the common buffet style you often get elsewhere. There was always a choice of 3 starters, main courses and a selection of desserts. The fish dishes are particularly tasty especially the catfish and wahoo. For those a little less adventurous there was also a pasta dish to choose. The rooms were comfortable and clean and the hammock on each balcony was a nice touch. The beach is only a few steps from the rooms and was mostly for hotel guests only and the wild horses who appeared regularly. The location of the hotel is a little remote but the hotel has a taxi service which offers a daily service into St Johns for $10 pp return. Just make sure you don't choose to go in on a day when there's a cruise ship is in port. The only negative wih the holiday was the amount of mosquito bites we picked up, but that seemed to be a common problem everywhere, so make sure you take plenty of sprays etc with you.

  • Liked — Secluded beach within a few steps and the fantastic food.
  • Disliked — Prone to mosquitoes
  • Tips/Secrets — Don't miss Shirley Heights and Nelson's Dockyard
  • Stayed September 2006, traveled as a couple
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13 Thank Shirls1966
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Chelmsford, Essex, UK
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed September 8, 2006

We enjoyed a fabulous stay with the coconut beach club and its staff. The hotel was small and relaxed, and therefore very personal. We received excellent service from all, particularly Neil, Bernadette and 'Sleepy' who found nothing too much trouble.
The rooms were clean and tidy but nothing too special, however the balconies, each with a hammock were fantastic, overlooking the beach.We often swam as early as 6am in the warm sea,and often there were no more than 6 or 8 people stretched along the beach.
The breakfast and lunch beachside meals were good, often cooked to order, and the evening meal was inventive and tasty, very good food.They ran a book in system, so you can sign in at reception daily the time you wish to eat in the evening, so not tied.
We booked trips through the hotel, Eli's Extreme Circumnav was fabulous and the guys attentive, informative and also provided a great beach picnic......not to mention the rum punch. We also went to Barbuda on a day trip with D&J, DONT DO IT! The trip was an expensive waste of time.A 2 hour rough crossing, no staff spoke to us, no refreshments and little to see at the other end, although there is a Frigate bird sanctuary which we were not taken to. If you want to go to Barbuda try Excellence, others found this better.
Dont miss Shirley Heights on sunday, great fun and atmosphere,
try to see St Johns and the saturday market with all the wonderful fruits and veg, and of course the locals!!
The hotel had a small but lovely pool within easy distance of the bbar!,The small gardens were pretty and we saw mongoose, humming birds and heard those tree frogs singing all night!!
The mosquitos fed well on us so get some good spray repellant. We found prices to be roughly equal to UK so more expensive than we imagined.
All in all a great place.

  • Liked — small & friendly
  • Disliked — Mosquitos!
  • Tips/Secrets — Check out the evening menu in the bar during the day, special requests are catered for.
  • Stayed August 2006, traveled with family
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16 Thank Jullip
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Property: Coconut Beach Club
Address: POB 1427 | Yepton Beach, St. John's, Antigua
Location: Caribbean > Antigua and Barbuda > Antigua > Saint John Parish > St. John's
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#5 Family Hotel in St. John's
#6 Romantic Hotel in St. John's
#7 On the Beach Hotel in St. John's
#9 Top resorts Hotel in St. John's
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Coconut Beach Club 3*
Number of rooms: 38
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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