Starfish Halcyon Cove Resort Antigua

Antigua, Caribbean

The hotel

Every Starfish resort is set beside a beach and what a beautiful beach this is, with soft white sand and glistening waters it’s an open invitation to don your bathers and walk right in! This hotel doesn’t break the bank, Halcyon Cove offers simple, value-for-money accommodation in a great location, on the shores of Dickenson Bay. While the rooms here are basic and the resort has maintained the same simple Caribbean charm for many years, it remains an ever popular holiday hotel for repeat guests. Besides splashing about in the sea, there’s plenty of water sports on offer to keep you fit, if you prefer your sports on dry land. Youngsters will also enjoy Rexplorers kids' club, with plenty of fun activities on the agenda. St John’s is only a short taxi ride away should you decide to explore further or simply fancy a wander around the shops and maybe spot a cruise ship or two.

Amenities

  • Bar
  • Swimming Pool
  • No Smoking
  • Kids Club
  • Kids Eat Free
  • Safety Deposit Box
  • Great For A Base
  • Beachfront location
  • Restaurant
  • Kayaking
  • Scuba Diving
  • Snorkelling

Where is it

On Dickenson Bay. 15 minutes to St John's. Transfer time from airport: 20 minutes.

Hotel information

181 rooms on 2 floors in 12 buildings with no lifts. Standard Rooms have restricted garden views with balcony or terrace and have 1 king-size bed and a sofa bed to share, sleeping maximum 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children.

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

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

Garden Rooms have a bath with shower overhead, garden view balcony/terrace, satellite TV, fridge and hairdryer, 1 king-size bed or twin beds, sleeping maximum 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children.

Pool View Rooms with either 1 king-size bed or twin beds, sleeping maximum 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children.

Beachfront Rooms sleep maximum 2 adults and are close to the beach. Ground floor Beachfront Rooms have a patio and upper floors have a balcony.

Mini Suite Rooms are on the beachfront have panoramic windows and no balconies, sleeping maximum 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children.

  • Booking Bonus: Book by 31 Jan '20 to receive up to 40% off the accommodation cost between 19 Dec '19–20 Dec '20.

    Any applicable offers have been calculated into the prices shown. Offers may not be combinable. 

  • Booking Bonus: Book by 30 Apr '20 to receive up to 20% off the accommodation cost between 17 Apr '20–8 Apr '21.

    Any applicable offers have been calculated into the prices shown. Offers may not be combinable.

Arawak Terrace (buffet), Warri Pier (buffet, twice a week), barbecues at the Carib Bar, next to the beach (three times a week). 3 bars available. Bars and restaurants open in rotation. Please note: dress codes apply (please see additional information).

Swimming pool, 4 tennis courts. Aqua aerobics, beach sports, tennis (racquet hire and floodlights*). Non-motorised water sports including kayaking and snorkelling. A variety of motorised water sports available at an additional cost. Kids' club*.

Hairdressers and shops on site.

3 nights minimum stay required at all times.

* Denotes local charge.

Please note: guests on the all-inclusive plan can use the restaurants at the Hawksbill, the hotel's sister property. Transport is not provided and must be booked with the hotel's reception.

Please note: Hawksbill by Rex Resorts is an adults-only hotel so the option to use the facilities at Hawksbill is only available for adults.

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 property may be unsuitable for some guests due to there being 27 steps to the Terrace Restaurant.

Please note: the hotel operates a non-smoking policy.

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Traveller rating

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Image of the Tripadvisor rating Surprisingly Fantastic Stay

Jan 16, 2020 KGregory1963 POINT EDWARD

A few of the reviews had us worried but we are so happy we took the risk and stayed at this resort. Yes, the rooms are dated but you cannot pay 3* prices and expect 5* accommodations! Our check-in was quick and the desk clerk was very pleasant. The beach is amazing and we were always able to find a lounger. The pool is just big enough and again we… Read more
A few of the reviews had us worried but we are so happy we took the risk and stayed at this resort. Yes, the rooms are dated but you cannot pay 3* prices and expect 5* accommodations! Our check-in was quick and the desk clerk was very pleasant. The beach is amazing and we were always able to find a lounger. The pool is just big enough and again we were always able to find a chair. The aqua aerobics at the pool everyday are entertaining to watch even if you don't participate. The food is probably the best we have had at an all inclusive resort and we have stayed at many. I must mention Heather at the lobby bar who always has a big smile and remembers your name as well as your usual drink. The resort is low key, not a lot of loud entertainment but we prefer that. All in all we had a wonderful week and we will return! Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Ehhh.....3 stars is pushing it...

Jan 14, 2020 Laura S Merrillville, Indiana

Well I will give their marketing person more points then my actual stay cuz they convinced us to stay here with the great pics they portrayed! To start off, we got to Antigua later than planned so when we checked in around 11:30pm we filled out a small form, signed a waiver releasing them of ANY liability if things go missing or stolen and then… Read more
Well I will give their marketing person more points then my actual stay cuz they convinced us to stay here with the great pics they portrayed! To start off, we got to Antigua later than planned so when we checked in around 11:30pm we filled out a small form, signed a waiver releasing them of ANY liability if things go missing or stolen and then direct us to our "beachfront room" which actually overlooked the back patio/grill area with no view even during the day of the beach. The room itself was spacious, incredibly outdated like from 50+ years ago, no fans in any room for circulation but they did have tiny little screens so you could hear the Gardner or guests walking past while trying to sleep in the next day. Creepy! Drainage in the shower was the worst I've ever seen, ever! The whole place could use a HUGE makeover. The beach is small but very pretty and relaxing. The wood umbrella things they have are good for shade but those are run down too, plus they echo when you try to talk to the person next to you. Internet is ok at best. The hairdryer they provide is lousy, no iron or board to look halfway decent for dinner or just to look nice. Food....well breakfast was actually much better than any dinner we had their. Not impressed at all with the variety or flavor. Hardly anything to choose from. That is NOT a good buffet! The cute restaurant on the pier is reservation only as we found out when we were turned away when the room was empty!!! There were several things we were NOT told of when we got their, reservations being one of them. And a towel card?? While getting our virgin piña colada the bar manager almost yelled at me for using the bath towel bc that's all we had and proceeded to tell me that I needed to get a towel from the towel hut. Ok so I go to the hut and now I'm supposed to show a punch card that I don't have bc no one gave us one for our brief 4 day stay! It's all just a mess and unnecessary hassle to be here. Not trying to put this place down and be a downer but you would think for the money ppl spend to even get here and be in an all inclusive resort, things just would have been better. Having been to other all inclusive resorts with much better food, service and communication, I would not choose this resort ever again. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Ok visit

Jan 11, 2020 H1396LJclaudiav Greater London, United Kingdom

It’s was our Christmas get away . Our hotel room was seriously dated, terrace room did not close so there was a security issue. Very humid, some sockets out of order but A/C was working well. Reception lacking a lot of information. No explanation about the pear restaurant or generally the info on check in was not sufficient. You have to find out… Read more
It’s was our Christmas get away . Our hotel room was seriously dated, terrace room did not close so there was a security issue. Very humid, some sockets out of order but A/C was working well. Reception lacking a lot of information. No explanation about the pear restaurant or generally the info on check in was not sufficient. You have to find out on your own. Our room had a leak which was probably there for the long time. Having said all that.. the beach is fantastic. Most beautiful sunsets you can get. The bar staff Errol and Dolston are amazing, very customer service driven. Breakfast chef- Orion must have a pay rise! And one of the waitresses who I did not get a chance to interact with, but she worked super hard. I observed her work over a week. Her name badge says that she is a casual but my god! The girl works so hard!! I worked in the industry so please, give Cécilia at least a supervisors role!! CECELIA got my eye as she was such a hard working person. The best!I would employ her anytime. Overall I would go back. The maintenance and housekeeping is very low but the beach is amazing. That’s where you spend your day ! Do not miss the sunset! Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating I would pass on this resort over and over

Jan 11, 2020 Compass543114

We got stuck in Antigua by a local airline. The hotel staff were not warm and welcoming. The room was pretty much at the end of the property in what seem like a room built over 40 years ago that has not been renovated. There was a first gen flat screen tv, old and rusty coffee maker, and a mini fridge. We were greeted by a roach, that didn't say… Read more
We got stuck in Antigua by a local airline. The hotel staff were not warm and welcoming. The room was pretty much at the end of the property in what seem like a room built over 40 years ago that has not been renovated. There was a first gen flat screen tv, old and rusty coffee maker, and a mini fridge. We were greeted by a roach, that didn't say hello. The dinner was buffet style.... limited options, bland don't waste your time if you are used to good food. Antigua is one of the nicer Caribbean islands but this hotel makes you forget you are on this island with 360 beaches. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating VERY OK

Jan 10, 2020 maft20 Virgin Gorda

This resort is generally cheap, so if you are on a budget and really dont mind your surroundings you wont be too disappointed. If you book this hotel expecting the dream Caribbean/Antiguan experience you will be extremely disappointed. The food is very very simple and very little choice. If you are normal eater and dont want to put dead animals… Read more
This resort is generally cheap, so if you are on a budget and really dont mind your surroundings you wont be too disappointed. If you book this hotel expecting the dream Caribbean/Antiguan experience you will be extremely disappointed. The food is very very simple and very little choice. If you are normal eater and dont want to put dead animals in your mouth to increase your risk of almost every health problem, then the choice is extremely bland. Boiled vegetables and rice unfortunately. The beach is nice. Not enough sun chairs so everyone gets up at 6am to get a space. Read less