Hawksbill by Rex Resorts

Antigua, Caribbean

Virgin rating

The hotel

In a beautiful and secluded shoreline location, the adult-only Hawksbill resort boasts no less than four soft white sandy beaches to explore, including Antigua's only clothing optional beach. Accommodation is low rise and simple but clean and spacious, clustered behind the beaches and stretching into the resort's 37 acres of lawned gardens. There are daytime and evening dining options on-site or take a taxi into town for more choice. Facilities include a beachside swimming pool and tennis court. Simple, charming and traditional, the Hawksbill is value at its best!

Amenities

  • Kayaking
  • Sailing
  • Snorkelling
  • Tennis
  • Honeymoon
  • Bar
  • Evening Entertainment
  • Restaurant
  • Spa
  • Beachfront location

Where is it

Just 15 minutes from the capital of St John's. Transfer time from airport: 25 minutes.

Hotel information

105 rooms. All with ceiling fans, mini-fridge, shower and safe. Garden Bungalows are semi-detached on Sea Grapes Beach (2nd row position), with garden views, with 1 king-size bed or 2 twin beds, sleeping maximum 2 adults.

All Inclusive of: full buffet breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and buffet dinner. Unlimited local drinks, soft drinks and house wine by the glass with dinner.

Please note: bottled water, Champagne, premium drinks and à la carte dining not included. 

Superior Sea View Rooms in a 2-storey main building on Sea Grapes Beach with balcony or terrace and partial sea views and have 2 double beds, sleeping maximum 3 adults.

Superior Beachfront Bungalows are located on the front of Sea Grapes Beach, with terrace and 1 king-size bed or 2 single beds, sleeping maximum 2 adults.

Beach Club Rooms all have air-conditioning and terraces with sea views and feature a bath as well as a shower. They are located on the headland between Sea Grape Beach and Honeymoon Cove, with 2 double beds, sleeping maximum 3 adults.

Please note: there are no TVs in any of the rooms, however, there is a TV lounge for guests to use.

  • Booking bonus: book by 20 May '22 and save up to 45% on stays until 20 Dec '22. Any applicable offers have been calculated into the prices shown. Offers may not be combinable.

The Tamarind Tree Restaurant is open for buffet breakfast and nightly for dinner serving a combination of buffet and table d'hote meals. The Sea Grapes Bar and Grill is only steps from the sea and offers drinks and lunch, open daily, serving lunch (times may vary). Please note: dress codes apply (please see additional information). The Tamarind Tree Bar is open nightly. Restaurants may alternate. Room service*.

Weekly barbecue. TV Lounge. Weekly managers cocktail party, a weekly repeat guests cocktail party and regular low-key evening entertainment.

Small swimming pool, Gym, Complimentary tennis. Table tennis. Non-motorised water sports including Hobie Cats, pedalos, snorkelling. Water sport lessons*.

Please note: a room levy of $5 per guest, per night applies to guests aged 6 years and above (payable locally, subject to change).

This resort may be unsuitable for guests with mobility restrictions as this is a hilly resort with steps throughout.

3 nights minimum stay at all times.

* Denotes local charge.

Please note: this property is an adult-only (age 12 and above) resort.

Restaurant dress code: breakfast and lunch – casual T-shirts and regular shorts for men, modest wraps for ladies. Dinner – smart casual with long trousers or Bermuda style shorts and collared shirts for men. Swimwear not permitted.

Please note: this hotel operates a non-smoking policy except in designated areas.

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Traveller rating

  • Excellent (572)
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Image of the Tripadvisor rating 7-day holiday break

May 2, 2022 110ladyv

I have stayed in other resorts on the island of Antigua before but this was the worst in my opinion. Some room do not have TV, beds are made up every day but not changed with clean linen. Clean towels are not replaced daily. See (pic below) I was served up corn beef tin key cooked in my breakfast.
Image of the Tripadvisor rating little shabby but very chic.

May 1, 2022 Webelly Dorset, United Kingdom

Our fifth stay here! We cant keep away.Although the infrastructure is definitely showing its age the ambiance remains the same. We have learnt it is worth paying a little extra for a better room although this time there was a problem with water pressure.Sometimes a very slow drip from the shower and at other times we hit the jackpot and could… Read more
Our fifth stay here! We cant keep away.Although the infrastructure is definitely showing its age the ambiance remains the same. We have learnt it is worth paying a little extra for a better room although this time there was a problem with water pressure.Sometimes a very slow drip from the shower and at other times we hit the jackpot and could rinse the shampoo out properly. Bed comfortable and great housekeeping service. We were there during a very quiet period.The food was plentiful and hot and has improved since our last stay. Also hygiene was a lot better. Evening entertainment was very limited probably due to lack of guests but we met some great people and had good fun. A bonus on the beach this year was watching the pigs having a dip in the sea. Unfortunately the beach boys on Eden beach were a real nuisance and we had to beg them to leave us alone several times. We do love this hotel for its uniqueness and will return. It's value for money especially in Antigua. No frills but comfortable friendly and has all you need for a really relaxing holiday. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating The Hawksbill, great staff, great location, accomodation should be better

Apr 23, 2022 426henryw Wivenhoe, United Kingdom

After a long flight and long queues at the airport to complete covid documentation and customs forms we arrived at the Hawkbill. We were shown our room after navigating a puddle but found that it was dark and dusty. The towels on the bed were a nice touch. We rejected this one, we also rejected the second room as the mosquito screens did not fit,… Read more
After a long flight and long queues at the airport to complete covid documentation and customs forms we arrived at the Hawkbill. We were shown our room after navigating a puddle but found that it was dark and dusty. The towels on the bed were a nice touch. We rejected this one, we also rejected the second room as the mosquito screens did not fit, the smoke alarm needed a battery and the handle of the drawer fell off. The third room also in the same block was larger and on the second floor so we didn't need to negotiate around the puddle with our cases. At this point we were too tired to argue so accepted it. After a terrible start, we enjoyed the hotel, the staff were very helpful, the meals were good, the local beer was good. Our room cleaned each day. We made use of the kayaks and paddled around the Hawksbill. The beach looked just like a picture from the travel agents. Final gripe make use of the ATM in town as the hotel charged me 33% comission. Hotel rates are usually high but not extortionate. The walk to the Five Islands, the local village is longer than it looks on the map. On our return we asked the local bus driver to take us to the hotel which he obliged for a small fee. Overall, I would recommend the Hawksbill if you can book 1 year on advance to stay in a bungalow with a seaview. They were repairing the gutters in the main block we stayed in so hopefull this we stop the flooding. I am writing this to manage your expectations as the staff and location are great. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Quirky but in a wonderful location

Apr 23, 2022 Bob O Southampton, United Kingdom

We were looking for a budget Caribbean holiday this year and read the reviews very carefully. If you need infinity pools, butler service and a huge choice of food then go elsewhere now; Hawksbill is definitely not for you. But if you want a fabulous location with four beautiful beaches and don't mind small issues like window blinds being seized… Read more
We were looking for a budget Caribbean holiday this year and read the reviews very carefully. If you need infinity pools, butler service and a huge choice of food then go elsewhere now; Hawksbill is definitely not for you. But if you want a fabulous location with four beautiful beaches and don't mind small issues like window blinds being seized shut and the water supply failing briefly from time to time, then this is the place for you. The staff are lovely and helpful, and the atmosphere is very laid back. We found the food to be pretty decent for the price, but the service could be somewhat slow, and I suspect queuing might be an issue if the hotel was full. We went in early April, and it was only about 1/3 full so there were no queues, and the food was always fresh and hot. Most of the free loan gear (snorkels, kayaks etc.) is very old and needs replacing but just about still works OK. However note that there are very few sunbeds and umbrellas for shade on the beach. The swimming pool is tiny - we never saw it being used at all, but then why bother when the beach and sea is so glorious? You can safely walk from the hotel but there is very little to see in the vicinity. So we hired a tiny Toyota car on site for US$100 for two days and explored the island ourselves - which is very safe. Just watch for large bumps and holes in the roads. You don't need a 4 wheel drive but you do need to take care! Google Maps on your phone is your friend as local maps are not great and many roads are not signposted. The main issue with the resort is that the maintenance budget appears to be about $10 per annum. Lots of things are on their last legs and there are some inexplicable broken remains here and there which are a bit of eyesore and could easily be removed, like the remains of a boat boarding ladder on the jetty and old plastic pipes on show here and there. I would not be surprised in future to see it sold, bulldozed, and replaced by an ugly skyscraper hotel at 3 times the price - because the location is worth it. We met lots of repeat visitors (mainly Brits & Americans) who love the broken-down charm and laid-back vibe, so that tells its own story. We loved it too and had a wonderful holiday. The beach bungalows are worth the small extra price - it's a joy to jump into the sea 10m from your bed on an empty beach first thing in the morning. Search YouTube for "Bob Osola" to see our holiday video which has lots of shots of the hotel and beaches and our trips out around the island. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Two weeks of calm and relaxation

Apr 23, 2022 guypettigrew Dorset, United Kingdom

This place is amazing. Yes, I've read all the negative reviews, and I'm very sorry some people didn't enjoy their stay at Hawksbill. For me it's an oasis of calm, a place to let your everyday stresses drift away for however long you are there. No, it won't sort your life out; no, it won't magically resolve any of life's troubles. What… Read more
This place is amazing. Yes, I've read all the negative reviews, and I'm very sorry some people didn't enjoy their stay at Hawksbill. For me it's an oasis of calm, a place to let your everyday stresses drift away for however long you are there. No, it won't sort your life out; no, it won't magically resolve any of life's troubles. What Hawksbill can do, though, is re-energise you to enable you to enjoy life. Hawksbill hotel is quiet, calm, undemanding. No need to dress up for meals; no overly attentive waiting staff. Just lovely people who really want you to have a great time. Smiles all round, lots of laughter. The beaches are beautiful. The sea is always warm. Some people have complained about the mosquitos. Horrid little things. If you ask at reception before your evening meal someone will spray your room while you are eating and kill the little beggars. I didn't need to use my plug in mosquito killers for the whole two weeks I was there. Yes, the place is a little run down. But it's slowly getting better. Over the last couple of years a lot of the rooms have been decorated. One was being painted while I was there. But Hawksbill is all about the location, not the rooms. I just sleep and shower in mine. And I sleep very well. The beds are amazingly comfortable. Thank you, Hawksbill. Looking forward to seeing you all again in December. Guy Read less