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 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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Image of the Tripadvisor rating Welcome home.

Mar 21, 2020 Shelagh354

“Welcome home “ were the first words we heard on our return to Halcyon Cove for our ninth visit. This sentiment was repeated by many of the staff whom we have met over the years. As already commented by several reviewers, this hotel is closing for a major renovation, but I hope that the developers can still keep the charm of this small hotel. The… Read more
“Welcome home “ were the first words we heard on our return to Halcyon Cove for our ninth visit. This sentiment was repeated by many of the staff whom we have met over the years. As already commented by several reviewers, this hotel is closing for a major renovation, but I hope that the developers can still keep the charm of this small hotel. The staff are absolutely amazing! I would like to give a special mention to Julian, Roxanne, Ken, Dalston, Fenton, Dave, Errol and Debbie. I know that you are all going through some difficult times ahead, but I also know that you will all be successful, whichever road life takes you down. I am keeping in touch with some of you and I hope to hear how the rest of you are doing. Maybe we will meet again in the future. My thoughts and good wishes go to you all. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating My first trip to the Caribbean

Mar 20, 2020 ravenspur Toronto, Canada

Although this resort was dated in its furnishings and could do with some upgrades, we had a fantastic time here. Most of the staff made us feel like family (a special shout out to Malachi, Dalston, Margaretta & Roxanne ... I hope my spelling is ok); the food was excellent; the beach is the best in that area .... drinks and… Read more
Although this resort was dated in its furnishings and could do with some upgrades, we had a fantastic time here. Most of the staff made us feel like family (a special shout out to Malachi, Dalston, Margaretta & Roxanne ... I hope my spelling is ok); the food was excellent; the beach is the best in that area .... drinks and entertainment/activities were great! Everything was so clean (my #1 priority in travelling). Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Wonderful holiday

Mar 19, 2020 Sunshine814563 Llantwit Major, United Kingdom

Great location. Good beach (when the cruise ships are gone). Staff great. Food ok. Quiet location. Entertainment ok. Good walks. Close to airport. Close to St John's. Rooms good size (pool view). Very clean. Hot water, no problem. No problem getting a seat in the restaurant. Soup great and the desserts. Main diiner hit and miss but… Read more
Great location. Good beach (when the cruise ships are gone). Staff great. Food ok. Quiet location. Entertainment ok. Good walks. Close to airport. Close to St John's. Rooms good size (pool view). Very clean. Hot water, no problem. No problem getting a seat in the restaurant. Soup great and the desserts. Main diiner hit and miss but mostly ok. Drinks no problem. Safe to walk out. Very friendly. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Calm, Comfortable and Convenient

Mar 11, 2020 marcbrochu Ottawa, Canada

This is my second time in Antigua, second time staying with the Starfish (previously Rex branded resort) but first time at the Halcyon Cove. Rumored to be the oldest resort on the island our previous stay was at the Starfish Jolly Beach, much of what I will be doing is comparing between both properties. LOCATION As for the location of this… Read more
This is my second time in Antigua, second time staying with the Starfish (previously Rex branded resort) but first time at the Halcyon Cove. Rumored to be the oldest resort on the island our previous stay was at the Starfish Jolly Beach, much of what I will be doing is comparing between both properties. LOCATION As for the location of this resort, it’s plenty close to St John’s and the airport. However this isn’t a very large island but still, the 15 min taxi ride to St John’s is very convenient as there are always a few taxis waiting by the hotel should you decide to just up and go ($24 USD return or $12 USD one way). The airport is a 25 min drive at most and you pretty much avoid the most congested parts of Antigua to get to this resort. Public transportation (Bus) isn’t quite as convenient as its location isn’t one of the island’s busy or populated areas and therefore the bus doesn’t come by frequently however if you decide to take the bus from St John’s to (Dickenson’s Bay – Halcyon Cove) it’ll cost you $1-$2USD per person and they typically only leave the bus station once bus is full. FOOD/DINNING This is definitely where the resort won lots of points with me. Despite rumors of this resort closing/undergoing a massive renovation the food did not disappoint, in fact I would say it well surpassed that of my stay at the Jolly Beach which is easily 3 times the size and have 3 a la carte restaurants. I’ve never been one for buffets however the dinner buffet may not have had many options, the ones that they did have were fantastic. Dinner at the a la carte Warri Pier restaurant was exquisite! You can only dine there twice during your week’s stay so definitely take advantage and make reservations immediately upon arrival as there were only 3 different seating times and 4-5 tables per seating time as it is a staff limitation not tables. The breakfast was the only one that fell short with limited option especially fruit. I only saw fresh pineapple once during my stay which is something grown on the island. STAFF/ACTIVITIES/SHOWS As for the staff, it was hit or miss but for the most part I can say the Warri Pier and dinner buffet staff were always kind, attentive and pleasant. Front desk were a bit cold and disinterested but after overhearing a few complaints by some of the guests and how upset they were I can maybe empathize with them and what they had to endure what seemed to always be complaints about the rooms. You will undoubtedly read a few reviews about Dave aka Uncle Dave to us. He is part of the entertainment staff and does an excellent job of speaking with all guests, asking if they are enjoying their stay. Given this is a small property and clearly not at capacity the shows and events were minimal however there was always something which was nice but again don’t expect large scale shows. ROOM I think this is where this resort needs to come to terms that this is the real issue with this property. Yes it is a dated hotel, first one built on the island from what the locals say. Our first room was truly horrific, it was on the ground floor of the hotel and located furthest from the beach. Our room was is in the 400 block and it had that musty smell, likely due to the AC unit not in perfect working order. I did speak with the guest services and they said that there are no other rooms available and would have to check following day. We heard this numerous times throughout our stay and it was quite obvious that the hotel was definitely not at capacity, I would guess it was half full at most. We were to have a King bed however we were given a room with two double beds pushed together in front of a king bed headboard. Normally I wouldn’t have had a big issue with this had it not been for the simple fact that the two beds were of different length and height, at least 3 inches. Luckily we spoke with our rep with AC Vacations the very next morning, she was absolutely excellent. There was a total of three other couples there to speak to her and all had issues with the rooms but Liz (AC Rep) assured us to check with the hotel at 3pm to check into our new room. This room did not disappoint. King bed, working AC Unit, clean, fresh smelling, bright, this room well surpassed the room that I had at Jolly Beach. This room was in the 600 block on 3rd floor. BEACH/POOL/AMENITIES Again, being one of the first resorts in Antigua, you can be sure they chose this location because of the beach. The beach is a good 2 kms long and is a pleasant walk. All sand and free of rocks and coral other than a few spots. Once past the first 10 feet in the water it is all soft sand in the water. The water is a very lovely color however if you are expecting to snorkel, there is a great deal of silt which makes visibility less than 2 feet. The pool was clean and temperature was ideal, compared to that of Jolly Beach which was cold. Beach chairs were in great shape, and always some available. MY OWN RATINGS (after our room change) Beach 4 / 5 Staff 2.5 / 5 Room 4 / 5 Activities 2 / 5 Food 4 / 5 If you are looking for a lively resort, this is def not the one. If you are looking for calm, relaxation, nice beach, good food on a budget I would def recommend provided you don't stay in the 400 block rooms. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Great Trip

Mar 9, 2020 Sharimyny Mount Hope, Canada

We just returned from Antigua. Trip was wonderful. Had a couple issues with the resort. We realize it’s old and closing for renovations, but little bit of help was needed. We upgraded to a Gardenview Room about a month before we went. Well after paying for the upgrade, we still had the standard room. Our room had a septic smell that we… Read more
We just returned from Antigua. Trip was wonderful. Had a couple issues with the resort. We realize it’s old and closing for renovations, but little bit of help was needed. We upgraded to a Gardenview Room about a month before we went. Well after paying for the upgrade, we still had the standard room. Our room had a septic smell that we had told the reception desk several times and nothing was ever done. I carry moth balls on trips so we put a couple out in bathroom and it helped. Our Sunwing Representative really did not seem to care either. If you got a fridge in your room, it’s not restocked so be prepared to purchase water or drinks. The grounds are fabulous, the beach is breathtaking and the staff are all around amazing. Dave the pool Guy and the Entertainment Co-ordinator was fantastic. If you need anything, ask for Dave. We meet wonderful people and would definitely go back. Great trip.❣️❣️ Read less