Perfect position all rooms have a sea view.Sometimes theres an evil smell from the salt water lagoon behind the hotel
Travel operator: Virgin
I checked trip advisor to see other peoples views on this hotel, and boy were they wrong.
The quality of the food is terrible. It was constantly over cooked, cold or just inedible. We requested wine from the wine list only to be told there was no wine available, only the house wine. The nearest town is St Johns which is a 10 minute taxi ride at the cost of $40 return journey, so not only had we paid for our meals on an all inclisive basis, but we were spending extra for taxis and meals.
There were no snacks available during the day, afternoon tea was some cake left on the bar. Breakfast was fine, you can't go wrong with eggs & bacon! Lunch was passable.
The main reason I picked this hotel was because of the good food reputation.
We were not surpised to discover that the chef was not trained.
Entertainment is non existant. The managers cocktail party was cancelled at short notice. Maybe he was too afraid to face his angry residents.
The rooms were very basic, no atmosphere. The air conditioning units were very noisy, and if you switched it off you could still hear the unit in the next room.
The staff at the hotel are the best. Friendly, helpful and attentive.
The age group for this hotel is definitley over 55, although there were 8 of us who didn't fall into that catergory.
Be sure to bring your insect repellant as there are thousands of mosquitos, and I mean THOUSANDS. We used plug ins in our room, insect repellant and a great clicker deice for bites which I purchased from Boots.
Although my comments are not good, we decided to make the best of things and made some really good friends and had a really good time.
The Commisioners Grill and The Big Banana in St Johns are really good places to eat, and also The Big Banana in Dickensons Bay.
Coconut Beach Club is on a beautiful beach with plenty of space for all residents and a place to go to for total relaxation.
I will visit this hotel again if the food has improved.
Travel operator: virgin
The hotel is very small - which is why we chose it. Consequently, there is very little to entertain you and if you don't hire a car and don't enjoy lying in the sun all day, then you will probably be bored. We weren't, we love lying on the beach and chose this hotel for its ethos of relaxation.
The rooms are cleaned daily. Our room was big - or so we thought until we saw most of the others which were like suites. We had a bed which would've slept 5, wardrobe, 3 pce bathroom, dressing table two chairs and balcony with chairs and hammock. We were pleased.
The food is excellent, however, if you have a large appetite, eat more at the buffet style breakfast & lunch because evening meals are VERY SMALL and nobody tells you that you can order main courses for starters etc. What you get is absolutely first class, but there isn't enough on your plate at night.
The staff are fantastic, friendly and genuinely love the guests. There are plenty of sunbeds both around the pool and on the beach but the poolside is totally secluded and gets unbearably hot and the beach is on a very windy cove. We often had to walk the 20 or so steps to change from pool to beach & vice versa. Oh the stress of it!!!
TAKE MOSQUITO REPELLANT BY THE BUCKET FULL. You will get bitten and if (like us) you didn't take enough repellant to cover everywhere (including the room), then you will be bitten alive!!! Common sense prevails I suppose but we were surprised given that on our last two trips to the other side of the island, we didn't use repellant and weren't bitten once. That's the price you pay for the beautiful lush gardens I suppose.
Trips are available most days into St John's and these cost about
Travel operator: Virgin
The staff are friendly and helpful.
A little dissappointed with the food, breakfast excellent choice, but lunch very poor, then evening dinners were good if you enjoy fancy food. Bar service superb, as other comments have said lack of armchairs in lounge area, although a second sofa did appear on our last night.
Would recommend for a getaway chill out holiday, and peace and quiet.
Travel operator: Virgin
Travel operator: Virgin Online
The hotel is small and very very friendly (44 rooms), and run by a lovely woman from Leicester with fantastic staff who work beside her. All rooms face the superb beach.
The beach is almost closed off as there are small headlands on either side, therefore nobody can walk onto it from another beach.
The pool was surrounded by decking with comfy sunbeds, it was quite small, but we found that the busiest time was when there were ourselves (2) plus 6 others. The only down side about the pool and the beach were that shade/parasols were very limited. When this was brought to the attention of the hotel management they explained that their previous ones had been destroyed in the last storm and were on order. Well we all know that in that part of the world that could take forever!!! But we survived!
The room we stayed in was well furnished and clean, towels replaced daily, small bottles of shampoo/conditioner/bars of soap, coffee maker with all that was needed, fridge, ceiling fan and powerful air conditioning. The balcony had 2 wooden, padded chairs and a hammock.
The hotel is quite a distance from St Johns but so are, it seems all the hotels. Cabs will be needed to get around. As petrol is expensive on the island you will find that they are costly. You can get the local bus but we never did seem to find the bus stop!
Breakfast and lunch were served in the beach restaurant and consisted of excellent buffets. Everything you could ask for. Cereal, fresh fruit, fried, muffins etc. At lunch there was usually soup, then salad with other side dishes and at least 3-4 hot options plus desserts. Throughout each of these there were constant drinks being offered either alcoholic or not. The evening meals were in the poolside bar and my goodness, these were fantastic!! There were 2-3 options for each course and each was a la carte. Again the drinks just flowed if you wanted them to.
The staff are all wonderful. They are all so happy. We never saw a frown in the whole 2 weeks we were there. They just can't do enough for you.
Entertainment is 3 times a week and is the same on week 2 as it was on week 1. Nothing great!
The only other downfall was that there was a lack of easy chairs in the lounge/bar area. There were always enough seats, but not of the 'armchair' type.
Shirley Heights on a Sunday night is a must. The views are amazing, with live music and BBQ and drinks if you want them. This is arranged through the hotel. Other than that we didn't do too much, we found that as the hotel seemed almost perfect and relaxing that was just what you had to do. Relax and do nothing.
On the whole if you are considering a holiday in Antigua we would very highly recommend the Coconut Beach Resort. You just won't want to come home.
Travel operator: Virgin
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