More about Hawksbill Beach Resort
Not as nice as we expected
The hotel staff were friendly on arrival waiting with a free cocktail.
The rooms were a bit of a disappointment as we were staying in a 2 storey block which didn't do much for the hotel's image.
There are also some beach bungalows which were more private and seemed nicer inside.
Breakfast was ok with loads of choice such as cereals, juices, toast, full hot brekky, and an egg cooking station were they would cook your eggs whichever way you liked.
Lunch could either be taken at the beach bar or in the main restaurant. The beach bar food was nice with a choice of grills, pasta, sandwiches, salad etc.
Dinner was the let down it was usually waiter service but some nights buffet style. It did not look appetising and we often just had the starter.
Drinks were included as we had booked All Inclusive and after a couple of days the staff knew you and gave you the 'good' brands.
The water sports were occasional but no consisent and generally it was very relaxed down by the beach, with everbody soaking up the sun.
The main down side was the flies especially by the beach bar, but I suppose you can't really control those. This hotel has a nudist beach one of the 4. There was never anyone on it and it's worth the walk just to see it. We were not that brave as to go nude though!
Our return visit to Hawksbill
We just returned from our 2nd visit to Hawksbill. We had a wonderful time. Hawksbill is a very especial place to us. The staff is so friendly and helpful. The food was wonderful. It is such a treat to eat outside under the stars. Our first trip we stayed 1 week, the second was 2 weeks and hopefully next year it will be 3 weeks. Can't wait to return!
Better Have Lots of Sunscreen
This is a place for the bold and brave, the confident and carefree, the flirty and forward....or....it is a place for anybody else!!!
The place is Hawksbill Beach, Antigua. Now to begin with, this looks like any beach, but as you walk farther and farther and around a little fence...you arrive at THE Hawksbill Beach, a clothing optional beach...OH MY!!!! So....what did I do??? I leave you to ponder and take a WILD guess... ;-) ;-)
In this photo you see large rocks jutting into the ocean, but you needn't worry.....there is soft white sand too :)...thank goodness!
The small village of Tortuguero lies on the northeastern Caribbean coast of Costa Rica, approximately 50 miles north of the principal Port of Limon. The village is comprised of a variety of cultures: Hispanic, Miskito Indian (Nicaragua), and Afro-Caribbean. Both Spanish and Creole English are spoken. The region surrounding Tortuguero is called the Tortuguero Plain, which is a vast low lying area of little topographic relief still covered by a large expanse of tropical rainforest. Tortuguero beach is the most important nesting site of the endangered green turtle in the Western Hemishpere. Giant leatherback, hawksbill, and loggerhead turtles also nest here. The green turtle population is believed to have come perilously close to extinction in the 1960s when nearly every female turtle arriving to nest in Tortuguero was taken for the export market for turtle soup. The park now includes over 19,000 hectares and protects 22 miles of nesting beach from the mouth of the Tortuguero River south to Parisimina. The park, and the Barra del Colorado Wildlife Refuge to the north, comprise the largest remaining adjoining tract of lowland wet tropical forest on Costa Rica's Atlantic Coast.
A Timeless Place
I have just returned from my 12th visit to the Hawksbill since 1990, when I was 32. I expect to return again next year and so on and on.
I've suggested the Hawksbill to two New York couples, both of whom loved it. It's a place I go to, most times alone for four to seven days, to read, write, swim, think, relax and to socialize with a number of guests who return year after year. For a romantic getaway, it can hardly be beat. The Hawksbill property is beautiful. Only one structure on the property is two stories high. Nature dominates. The Hawksbill has the best beaches on the island (four in all), according to islanders whom I've befriended over the years. Having circled the island a number of times by motorboat, I agree with that assessment. To me the staff is like another family. They are warm, down to earth, unpretentious, real. No "attitudes." There are rooms with air con and rooms without; rooms with phones and rooms without. I have no use for air conditioning: the ceiling fan plus the cross breezes cool the room quite well. The breakfasts are terrific and the lunches very good.
Dinner I usually have elsewhere, reached by my rental car (although the amiable Richard, who's been at the Hawksbill since 1963, and I'm not referring to the new highly regarded manager, will drive you anywhere and back), and only because I like to get outside the resort once and a while. That's just my style of traveling. The new all-inclusive system shouldn't affect anyone who also likes to experience other things outside the resort. As for water activities, one of these days I'll have Terry teach me how to windsurf. You can do that, or there are plenty of great sail boats, paddle wheel boats, snorkeling equipment is all there; if you want tennis, there's Edmund, a former tennis pro to teach you. It's a timeless place. If you want something unique and special, this is it. If you want a place with a disco, casino, etc., this isn't it.
They couldn't have been nicer!!
We just returned from our second visit to Hawksbill, and the new manager (Richard) and his assistants (Arlene and Devon) couldn't have been more accommodating!! It was even more enjoyable than the first time we visited, with added treats such as mimosas upon check in and an all-inclusive atmosphere. The weather and the grounds were beautiful, as always. It is very telling that almost all of the people we met were return visitors.
It gets better and better
We made our 17th trip to the Hawksbill back in January and our 18th comes up in May.The new manager Richard Michelin together with Chris Lee, Nando, Devon, Chris Henry ( who makes marvellous crepes ) and the others have re-vitalised the place and the staff are all smiling again.The hotel going all - inclusive was a bit of a worry which as it turned out was totally unfounded.As other reviewers say the only difference is that we don't get a $400 dollar bill to pay before we leave. All the staff are brilliant. Magretta, Sandy, Bevlyn, Jean, Christabelle, Mary-Ann, Mrs Samuels, David, William and all the others - Thankyou ! .I would recommend anyone, to go to the Hawksbill, check out the prices compared to other all - inclusive hotels on Antigua ans i assure you you won't be dissapointed. Not long to wait now ans we'll be back meeting all our freinds who ( like us ) return time and time again. WARNING :- Go once - and i guarantee you'll go again !.
Hawksbill was paradise. we came home to england today from the excellent views, clear skies and lovely weather.the staff where all really friendly and welcoming, and made you feel at home. the watersports where brilliant. there was a huge choice of what you could do and the watersports staff where also friendly. Jimmy, one of the watersports staff who was a great teacher and also very friendly. the food was brilliant. breakfast was every type of food you could imagine, and the other meals where also great...me and my family all loved it and are definetly going to go back again!
The WOW & the 'R' Factor - What a Wonderful Holiday
Hawksbill is for us the most special place for a holiday!As we returned for our third visit in late November 2003 we were greeted like old friends by most of the staff who remembered us from our last visit two years ago and many from our first visit in 1987 when we celebrated our Silver Wedding Anniversary.THE WOW FACTOROn our first day we once again experienced the WOW factor - this really is a most beautiful and tranquil place with beautiful beaches, magnificent sunsets, friendly staff and comfortable accommodation.Richard the excellent new manager knows that there is work to do as in any hotel to keep at the top of the game. Little has changed at the hotel since 1987 which for us what makes it so special! But naturally there are improvements that need to be made.We are not looking for "flashing lights", casinos, all-night discos and I must say the booze swilling culture of many all-inclusive hotels. Hawksbill will become all-inclusive shortly and Richard knows my views on this - he is very receptive to constructive help and criticism and has assured me that the tranquillity will not change.The most important changes that are necessary to our minds are the introduction of a new pool and a close look at the quality of the food served. On occasions it is excellent but too often only average. For the hotel to continue to succeed it must strive to always be better than average to be consistent with the prices charged.THE "R" FACTOROne of the best selling points of Hawksbill is the number of guests who return year after year. At the excellent Repeaters' Party held each Friday evening during our stay there were over 20 couples many of whom had stayed as many as 20 times!This speaks for itself - it is the heavenly place for people like us who seek a lovely and tranquil place with beautiful beaches, magnificent sunsets, friendly staff and comfortable accommodation.At the end of our holiday we made a commitment to each other that we will return and now eagerly look forward to once again experiencing the WOW factor as R factor guests!We wish Richard and his staff continuing success and good luck with the task of addressing those essential areas of improvements that are always necessary in any hotel. Anne & Les Dymond
365 Beaches for sure!!
"Must See and Do"
(1) Visit the English Harbour and Nelson's Dockyard to see an old Georgian marina
(2) While there, hang around to visit nearby Shirley Heights on a Sunday evening from say 4pm to 9pm for live music, dancing and panoramic views of the ocean
(3) Swim with the sting rays at Sting Ray City
(4) Go Zip lining through the Antigua Rain Forest on Fig Tree Drive
(5) Swim at Half Moon Bay, Long Bay (local flavour), Dickenson Bay, Hawksbill Bay
(6) Walk the dangerous Devil's Bridge, a narrow ledge on the sea
(7) Shopping at Heritage Quay in St. John's
(8) See the Antigua and Barbuda museum at Long Street, St. Johns
(9) St John's Cathedral in St Johns
(10) See St James fort and the nice beach
(11) See the Betty's Hope Sugar Windmills and Potsworks dam
(12) Cricket fans, see the Sir Viv Richards Stadium and if lucky meet the cricketers. Curtly Ambrose plays base guitar with the band Spirited that plays at Rex Halcyon on Dickenson Bay
(13) Walk the Marina at Jolly Harbour
(14) Ferry or power boat across to Barbuda for the day. You can fly as well in the morning and return in the afternoon with Winair
(1) Try black pineapple from roadside vendors on Fig Tree Drive. Other local food to try are fungi (cornmeal) and ducana (sweet potato), souse (pig sauce), saltfish, pepperpot stew
(2) Trinis: eat roti and doubles at Roti King at St Mary's Street, St. Johns
(3) Warri Pier restaurant at Rex Halcyon Dickenson Bay
(4) Millers Restaurant near Fort James gives some local food and a nice breakfast
"Nearby Island Trip"
Rocky, Rugged Hawksbill Beach
Have heard hawksbill has been taken over by Rex chain. ANyone stayed there? and any comments. Have booked in for May/June 2005 and comments on other sites are very contradictory depending on nationality it seems!!
Also are there dolphins to see anywhere? Thanks for help!!