This accommodation is a 2-minute walk from the beach. This adults-only resort is set in 14 hectares of tropical gardens and offers all-inclusive leisure options including sailing and snorkeling. Five Islands, Antigua resort offers on-site dining, 4 beaches and an outdoor pool.
Hawksbill Beach, Five Islands St. John's Antigua Antigua and Barbuda
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If you are seeking a quaint and quiet hotel, with a great beach, I recommend Hawksbills. Overall, it was a great stay. The beach and views made it made it memorable. The rooms were extremely outdated and unclean. The hotel does not provide any free water for your room. Water cost $3 per bottle, and can only be purchased during specific hours and locations. That part was extremely frustrating. For a caribbean hotel, the food was very basic and bland, and you must make reservations to eat at the buffet. They do not have any restaurants on the property. Staff are not over friendly or helpful, with the exception of a few bar servers.
This for us , was probably a once only ( bucket list ) trip to the West Indies / Caribbean .. so Hawksbill was chosen with cost in mind . Given we our seasoned "self- caterers " , normally frequenting the Greek isles .. my trepidation for this trip was not helped by "SOME" previous peeps reports on Hawksbill .. coupled with our only other " ALL IN " experience in Rhodes being a complete disaster . Thankfully , i'm glad to report "OUR" Hawksbill memories will be only of wildlife wonderment ( Butterflies by the millions , amazing Fish , breathtaking Pelican air displays , the Goats , the odd pilfering Pig & .. who could forget Daffy .. the residential Duck ) . All this in tandem with smiley , helpful staff .. very reasonable food ( you gets what you pay for ) .. meant we had a trip to remember . Yes , there were issues .. at times a lack of cups etc at the beach bar .. during morning /afternoon tea times . My main gripe though , would be that i had to resort to a tactic i've "NEVER" used any where else in the world . Due to a total lack of Sunbeds , you've guessed it .. i shamefully rose at the crack of dawn .. to strategically place towels to acquire somewhere to sit . Quite baffling why there isn't enough , & very annoying that i had to stoop so low with my actions . I had a senior moment too , managing to lock my hand baggage with the key inside , so a massive thank you to Gardener Harrison .. who alerted Maintenance man Patrick .. to sort that matter out .. eternally grateful chaps . Harrison being a smiley ray of sunshine every day , & a persona that summed up Antigua in general for me . In fact other staff that deserve a mention too were , Dalston , Shemary ( our cleaner ) , Shanise / Robert ( reception ) , Fenton , Myra , Julia ( not tonight Mush ) , & the lovely bubbly lass on the beach bar .. who had the same name as a famous female singer ( which has escaped me - it may have been Shakira ? ) .. apologies too for any other misspellings on staff names . Moreover "ALL" the staff are worth a mention , as they all help to create that vibe that you expect to find in the Caribbean .. our grateful thanks goes to all of you ! . Hopefully , all the staff members will retain their jobs .. after the upcoming much needed refurbishment . On that subject , given the amount of steps from beach level .. to the reception / restaurant / bar area .. would it not be beyond the realms of possibility .. to install a curving walkway .incorporating a gradual incline to reach the top . Rather then struggling , as we did .. with two Samsonite cases .. up a multitude of steps .. after walking already from the Honeymoon cove area . Both in our mid 60's , we're in pretty good shape .. but felt the amount of steps could be an issue that could be eased .. with a curved concrete ramp of sorts . One last thing for non swimmers like my Wife , the lovely beach is not shallow shelving .. nor like stepping off a cliff .. but somewhere in between . The current though makes troughs in the sand , coupled with the sea moment .. a bit dicey for those like my Wife .. hence i had to keep her steady during her dips . Not dangerous , but something to keep in mind .. for any non swimmers . Our thanks to everyone at Hawksbill , for making our first Caribbean holiday .. one that we'll never forget !! .. stayed from 10th-19th November .. room 134 .
Had a gret stay at Hawksbill at the beginning of November. We went with our two adult kids (22 & 25) for 6 nights. The resort is a bit dated but has great Carribean feel to it. Apparently its being updated at the end of April 2023. 4 good beaches to choose from make up for the small pool. We spent most of out time whilst at the resort just in front of the beach grill area, handy for the bar and lunchtime food! Was a bit disapointed the Hobie Cat wasnt available until the day we left but not a problem as did plenty of snorkelling and canoeing. The food was always good. Breakfast has a wide range to choose from and evening meals were changed daily to offer a good choice again. The evening entertainment was minimal(finished arounf 10pm) but the bar staff were very friendly and always happy to make coctails etc. The rooms were a decent size (Superior Delux) but in need of some attention. Again its the carribean and wasnt a problem! There was air con in these which worked great. We had 2 ground floor rooms (30 &31) next to ea other. Balcony had a great view of the gardens and sea. Every evening our rooms were sprayed with mossie spray which was a nice touch. Have to mention Dalston who is a lovely bloke. Made our stay very enjoyable with his chats and service. Rakeem too, hes a young lad who was especially friendly and always had a chat in the morning! Trips out wise, we went to Shirley Heights on the Sunday. Great music and a fab atmosphere. Aslo we did the Round the Island Wadadli Cat boat trip. Well worth doing as Antigua is a beautiful Island. All in all its a good place to go for a holiday and very spacious with well maintained grounds good food and drinks.