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Hawksbill by Rex Resorts

3.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

For the location, you would be hard pressed to find a more beautiful spot. Great beaches, sandy bottom and greenery abounds. The hotel itself feels a bit dates and the rooms, common areas need a facelift. The breakfast and lunches were good, dinner could have been tastier. I found the staff to be courteous and easy going. We came here to get away and lay on the beach and were very happy. -D

Wonderful taste of Antigua. Lovely grounds, terrific beaches, great food and gracious and caring hosts made for a truly special holiday. Don't go if you expect glitz, air conditioning and 24/7 activity, but if you want to meet great people and relax this is your place! We will go back.

GOT BITTEN ALIVE IN BED, CLOGGED SHOWER DRAIN,NO INTERNET AVAILABLE

hawksbill is lowkey with great staff and great people. beautiful beaches but no bells and whistles. then again i don't want bells ans whistles

No in room TV or a/c, but there is bang for the buck if you can get past the older fascility.

hawksbill is all about a beautiful location, friendly staff and interesting guests. it is just sunshine and pleasant conversation. it does not have a bustling night life. it is more intimate than that. beach books and a beverage.

My wife and I just returned from spending a week at Hawksbill. As other reviews have mentioned, the resort is a little dated, but I thought it was very well maintained. We had no problems with things not working and they keep the entire resort very clean. The location is fantastic. It's situated by itself and feels very private. There are no other resorts very close by and the week we where there (Valentines day week), the resort was only about 2/3 full. The beaches were never crowded and there was no problem finding good beach chairs. As far as the beaches go, they are all beautiful, but Eden beach (the 4th beach) is by far the best. It's the biggest and has more shady spots than the others. The only thing I felt that was less than great about Hawksbill was the inconsistency of some of the staff. Many were very friendly and seemed to enjoy what they were doing and really made the effort to insure the guests were happy. However, there were some who seemed to be just slogging through another boring day and really did not appear to be at all interested in whether you were having a good time or whether you needed a drink refill. The lunch staff at the SeaGrapes restaurant/bar seemed to be the least enthusiastic. Most of the guests we met while we were at Hawksbill where from England and seemed to be in the age range of 55-65. Not as many younger people as some of the other resorts we've been to in the past. My wife and I decided we were going to rent a car and drive around the island for a day. If you've never driven on the left side of the road (like in England), Antigua is not the place to try it for the first time. The roads are very narrow, not well marked, and road maintenance is non-existent. If you're driving from Hawksbill to any place else on the Island, you have to go through downtown St. Johns (there's no other way as it's the only road to Hawksbill) The streets in town are some of the worst roads I have ever been on. We ended up blowing out a tire when we hit a pot-hole coming up to a traffic light in St. Johns. We changed the tire and turned around and went back to the resort. Way too stressful for a vacation that was supposed to be relaxing. We ended up doing a full day sightseeing tour of the island with a local jeep tour operator named "Shelley". He was great and my wife and I really enjoyed the day. Overall, if you're looking for a great place to sit by the beach, read a book and relax, I would recommend Hawksbill. Don't go there looking for 4-star accommodations and lots to do.

This was our second visit. While it needs upgrades (bathrooms especially) and the accommodations are simple, yet comfortable, for us needing total peace, quiet, no outside contact, no TV or newspapers, yet wifi, adequate closets and drawers, safe, and lovely porch, it has a certain "I don't know what" that attracts repeat visitors in droves. Not elegant or imposing, yet friendly and welcoming. Not glitzy by any stretch, it also doesn't attract the self-centered, self absorbed types we need to escape.

We really, really enjoyed Hawksbill. It is exactly what we were looking for. It is true, as other reviews have stated, that this is a more laid back resort then some of the others. If that is what you are looking for, then this is the place. It is a 3 star resort, older but very nice. One restaurant for breakfast and dinner and a different one for lunch but the variety of food was excellent as was the food itself. Entertainment every night at dinner. This not a big hotel type place. We stayed in a bungalow on the beach and it was incredible. We walked 10 yards out our front door and we were on a beautiful beach . It is amazing how many people here are repeat visitors. Many, many people from Great Britain. We went on several great side trips. Catamaran, ATV's, swim with Stingrays, shopping and snorkeling. Great beaches, very good food, nice accomodations and very laid back. For us, the perfect vacation. Antigua itself is a very interesting island with very friendly people and an incredibly interesting history. Definitely take some time to get off the beach and see the island. Travel is safe anywhere. Do not miss the Sunday night barbecue at Shirley Heights. We are planning a return trip for next year.

Though Tomas mostly clouded our long weekend, we very much enjoyed our 5 day/4 night getaway. A great place to kick back and relax. Due to threat of Tomas' rain and our short time anyway, we never left the grounds -- but never felt trapped either. There was enough to do, and enjoyed the food and drinks. We did upgrade to the newer honeymoon rooms after the first night, and welcomed that change for the relatively modest cost increase. Certainly could have stayed longer, and if so, we would have done a couple of island excursions.

The request was for two beds - received one bed. Cold water no hot water. Hotel staff did not help with bags at the end of the trip. Food non exciting - sold as choice of all inclusive and menu - menu only offered one night. overall very disappointing trip would not return

The comments listed from other travelers were all pretty accurate. Location beautiful. Rooms, average and you need the AC. Food average, bit of a fight to keep the birds away. Staff most good some not. Beaches rocky Nite life below average. A quiet restful retreat.

this hotel has fab views, four beaches where there is always a lounge chair, fun guests, a staff that treats you family, no tv, and peace. it is low key and relaxing.

A fabulous experience is every way. The high points: our room that overlooked the Caribbean(we heard the waves breaking as we went to sleep), four beautiful beaches, great breakfasts with made to order omelettes, a friendly, hospitable staff that really seemed to care that we were enjoying ourselves.

Things that I liked about Hawksbill: Excellent location Beautiful beaches Simple, relaxed, peaceful atmosphere Things I disliked: The attitudes of most of the staff. Outdated rooms and hotel decor below average customer service ( my opinion )

WE HAVE STAYED AT HAWKSBILL TWICE AND HAVE HAD THE SAME EXPERIENCE BOTH TRIPS: WE LOVED IT. THE PROPERTY IS BEAUTIFUL AND QUITE WITHOUT ALL THE MODERN ELECTRONICS AND GADGETRY(NO CRAZY PARTIES OR DRUNKEN SINGLE MINGLES EITHER). THE STAFF ARE VERY FRIENDLY IN THIER POLITE RESERVED FASHION AND SERVICE IS GENERALLY GOOD UNTIL IT GETS LATE IT FALLS OFF A BIT(WE THINK MAYBE THEY WORK TOO MUCH).AS FOR THE FOOD ...IT IS OK. THERE IS ALWAYS MORE THAN ENOUGH TO EAT WITH A BUFFET OR SERVED COURSES BUT THE QUALITY IS UP AND DOWN. THIS BEING SAID THEY ARNT CHARGING FOR 5 STAR CUISINE SO OVER ALL PEOPLE SEEMED SATISFIED. ALSO I THINK THEY TEND TO CATER TO A BRITISH TASTE SO SOME THINGS ARE BLAND ON PURPOSE.SPECIFICLY THE CHICKEN ROITI WAS THE BEST MEAL OF THE WEEK AND SEVERAL SIDES STOLE THE SHOW SUCH AS EDDO,SCALLOPED POTATOES,AND BOILED GREEN BANANAS

I booked Hawksbill by REX Resorts - all inclusive as a quick getaway from a crazy year and frigid NJ temperatures. I am a single woman, 40's who travelled by herself in January 09. The resort was perfect for me because it was quiet, beautiful, well kept and friendly. I believe I was upgraded to a bungalow by the sea which was a simple room but amazing. Floor-to-ceiling windows just had screens and shutters that were adjustable. What it offered was the ability to listen to the sea crash all day/night. The room was also about 30 steps to the ocean with a convenient grassy area out front where numerous lounge chairs were set up. My neighboring vacationers were older (65+) international couples who stopped for a chat and then went about their business. Breakfast was the highlight of the day....omlettes made to order, pancakes made to order, fried eggs, fruit/yogurt and loads of other stuff. Lunch was OK and dinner was just OK as well. I did find the food suprisingly fresh and well cooked...but just average and not much selection. The only thing I was bothered by were the little lizards that found their way into the room. Eeek. So for me it was perfect, had everything I needed without leaving for 4 days which was my goal. If you're sinlge and looking for nightlife at this resort...definitely not a good choice....carpets pretty much roll up around 9pm. Oh...the other problem were the beds. Mine was as hard as a rock....but you get used to it. Would be truely heaven if they changed them out for more comfortable mattresses. I don't think you can make a bad choice as far as room location. The bungalow of course was a real treat, but the hotel section that faced the ocean had balconies and you really weren't that far away from the sea. There were a few young families but not many. The elders loved the kids...but not much in the way of family activities to keep everyone busy. If your goal is to see the Island, have lots of activities and non-stop fun...you can probably find something better suited. If your goal is to travel to a quiet relaxing place and rejuvenate, then this is a good choice. If I needed another vacation where I wanted to get away from it all...I would rebook this hotel.

My chief complaint about the resort is that for the money we spent, I didn't see where any of that money went. The staff had a somewhat pleasant demeanor about them, but often would turn surly if you asked for something or had a complaint. There were 2 restaurants, but regardless there was only 1 dining option available for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The icing on the cake however was the plentiful amount of goat and pig feces that was spread across the property, that was never cleaned up. Also the feces party did not end once you entered one of the dining establishments, apparently netting is an alien concept for Rex management, so most of the dining room is covered in bird feces as well. Awesome. From what I've heard, if I were to do it again I'd stay at any other resort in Antigua.

Hawksbill Beach St. John's Antigua

Hotel highlights

  • Free hot/cold buffet breakfast
  • Free WiFi in public areas
  • Free parking
  • Onsite dining

Located in Five Islands Village, Hawksbill by Rex Resorts is adjacent to Hawksbill Beaches and within a mile (2 km) of Galley Bay. This 3-star hotel has 104 rooms and welcomes guests with free breakfast, a private beach, and an outdoor pool. On the waterfront, the hotel is also close to Fort James and Fort Barrington.


Dining

Free hot/cold buffet breakfast is served each morning from 7:30 AM to 9:30 AM. Enjoy a leisurely bite to eat at the onsite restaurant, or have a drink at the bar/lounge.


Rooms

Hawksbill by Rex Resorts's 104 rooms provide coffee makers, ceiling fans, and safes. Bathrooms have hair dryers and free toiletries.


Property features

Guests staying at Hawksbill by Rex Resorts enjoy access to a private beach, an outdoor pool, and free WiFi in public areas. Free parking is included with your stay. The front desk is staffed 24 hours a day to help with dry cleaning/laundry and securing valuables. Other amenities at this beach hotel include a computer station, a terrace, and a garden.

Room options

Superior Room, Sea View

Full 2 | King 1 | Sleeps 3

Club Room, Beachfront

Full 2 | King 1 | Sleeps 4

Superior Bungalow, Sea View

Full 2 | King 1 | Sleeps 2

Guest reviews for Hawksbill by Rex Resorts

Couples (11) Family (3) Other (4)
4

great location, decent hotel amenities

Couples

For the location, you would be hard pressed to find a more beautiful spot. Great beaches, sandy bottom and greenery abounds. The hotel itself feels a bit dates and the rooms, common areas need a facelift. The breakfast and lunches were good, dinner could have been tastier. I found the staff to be courteous and easy going. We came here to get away and lay on the beach and were very happy. -D

By on Jun 1, 2014

4

quiet and friendly paradise.

Couples

Wonderful taste of Antigua. Lovely grounds, terrific beaches, great food and gracious and caring hosts made for a truly special holiday. Don't go if you expect glitz, air conditioning and 24/7 activity, but if you want to meet great people and relax this is your place! We will go back.

By on Apr 7, 2014

3

don't do it

Couples

GOT BITTEN ALIVE IN BED, CLOGGED SHOWER DRAIN,NO INTERNET AVAILABLE

By on Feb 24, 2014

5

peace

Singles

hawksbill is lowkey with great staff and great people. beautiful beaches but no bells and whistles. then again i don't want bells ans whistles

By on Feb 23, 2014

3

paradise

Families

No in room TV or a/c, but there is bang for the buck if you can get past the older fascility.

By on Mar 11, 2013

5

perfect for me

Singles

hawksbill is all about a beautiful location, friendly staff and interesting guests. it is just sunshine and pleasant conversation. it does not have a bustling night life. it is more intimate than that. beach books and a beverage.

By on Feb 25, 2013

4

very relaxing.

Couples

My wife and I just returned from spending a week at Hawksbill. As other reviews have mentioned, the resort is a little dated, but I thought it was very well maintained. We had no problems with things not working and they keep the entire resort very clean. The location is fantastic. It's situated by itself and feels very private. There are no other resorts very close by and the week we where there (Valentines day week), the resort was only about 2/3 full. The beaches were never crowded and there was no problem finding good beach chairs. As far as the beaches go, they are all beautiful, but Eden beach (the 4th beach) is by far the best. It's the biggest and has more shady spots than the others. The only thing I felt that was less than great about Hawksbill was the inconsistency of some of the staff. Many were very friendly and seemed to enjoy what they were doing and really made the effort to insure the guests were happy. However, there were some who seemed to be just slogging through another boring day and really did not appear to be at all interested in whether you were having a good time or whether you needed a drink refill. The lunch staff at the SeaGrapes restaurant/bar seemed to be the least enthusiastic. Most of the guests we met while we were at Hawksbill where from England and seemed to be in the age range of 55-65. Not as many younger people as some of the other resorts we've been to in the past. My wife and I decided we were going to rent a car and drive around the island for a day. If you've never driven on the left side of the road (like in England), Antigua is not the place to try it for the first time. The roads are very narrow, not well marked, and road maintenance is non-existent. If you're driving from Hawksbill to any place else on the Island, you have to go through downtown St. Johns (there's no other way as it's the only road to Hawksbill) The streets in town are some of the worst roads I have ever been on. We ended up blowing out a tire when we hit a pot-hole coming up to a traffic light in St. Johns. We changed the tire and turned around and went back to the resort. Way too stressful for a vacation that was supposed to be relaxing. We ended up doing a full day sightseeing tour of the island with a local jeep tour operator named "Shelley". He was great and my wife and I really enjoyed the day. Overall, if you're looking for a great place to sit by the beach, read a book and relax, I would recommend Hawksbill. Don't go there looking for 4-star accommodations and lots to do.

By on Feb 20, 2013

4

perfect quiet relaxation

Couples

This was our second visit. While it needs upgrades (bathrooms especially) and the accommodations are simple, yet comfortable, for us needing total peace, quiet, no outside contact, no TV or newspapers, yet wifi, adequate closets and drawers, safe, and lovely porch, it has a certain "I don't know what" that attracts repeat visitors in droves. Not elegant or imposing, yet friendly and welcoming. Not glitzy by any stretch, it also doesn't attract the self-centered, self absorbed types we need to escape.

By on May 1, 2012

3

what a blast

Families

We really, really enjoyed Hawksbill. It is exactly what we were looking for. It is true, as other reviews have stated, that this is a more laid back resort then some of the others. If that is what you are looking for, then this is the place. It is a 3 star resort, older but very nice. One restaurant for breakfast and dinner and a different one for lunch but the variety of food was excellent as was the food itself. Entertainment every night at dinner. This not a big hotel type place. We stayed in a bungalow on the beach and it was incredible. We walked 10 yards out our front door and we were on a beautiful beach . It is amazing how many people here are repeat visitors. Many, many people from Great Britain. We went on several great side trips. Catamaran, ATV's, swim with Stingrays, shopping and snorkeling. Great beaches, very good food, nice accomodations and very laid back. For us, the perfect vacation. Antigua itself is a very interesting island with very friendly people and an incredibly interesting history. Definitely take some time to get off the beach and see the island. Travel is safe anywhere. Do not miss the Sunday night barbecue at Shirley Heights. We are planning a return trip for next year.

By on Mar 22, 2012

4

short getaway

Couples

Though Tomas mostly clouded our long weekend, we very much enjoyed our 5 day/4 night getaway. A great place to kick back and relax. Due to threat of Tomas' rain and our short time anyway, we never left the grounds -- but never felt trapped either. There was enough to do, and enjoyed the food and drinks. We did upgrade to the newer honeymoon rooms after the first night, and welcomed that change for the relatively modest cost increase. Certainly could have stayed longer, and if so, we would have done a couple of island excursions.

By on Nov 4, 2010