We absolutely loved Galley Bay and the beachfront rooms. Stayed for tens days and still did not want to leave. We thought the food was very good and fell in love with their signature Galley Bay special drink. Was perfect setting for honeymoon as we wanted quiet romantic setting. The bugs on the beach were very annoying. We used an entire bottle of bug spray! It was just gnats but I would think fogging the areas would help.
The staff was courteous and friendly. The hotel stall assisted me with all my concerns. This hotel is located on one the best scenery on the island. I will stay at the hotel in the future. To the owner of the Grand Royal Antigua Hotel, the hotel needs an upgrade, the activities and usage of the beach needs a facelift. The landscape needs constant pruning.
We stayed more recently than other reviewers; things have changed! For an all inclusive, you expect that you might be able to eat or drink from more than one location at a time; not so. They say they have 2 restaurants, 1 is poolside for lunch only. You eat from 7-9AM, noon-2PM, and 7-9PM. 7PM is too late for many. The food was limited in choice and terrible. The birds are distracting and all over you during the meals; ants everywhere. You have to go outside to the bathroom if you are in the dining room or lobby. At one point, I was sitting in the lobby area; just getting over a cold and began coughing. I asked for a glass of water from the lady behind the lobby bar and was told no, it was not open and that we had to go down the steps, down the hill to the pool area to get a drink. It was raining and the walkways are VERY slippery and dangerous. We were taken to our room expecting to arrive at a luxury resort from the website descriptions. Instead we thought we were going camping. No T...
I decided to stay there after a friend referred my wife and I. We enjoyed ourselves daily. My only 2 issues were that our rooms were a bit of a walk from our cars and I wish there were more local dishes on the menu during our stay. Because I'm from Antigua after being gone for nearly 25 years I would have liked to have a taste. Overall it was a good experience. I met a lady at the front desk who said I looked like a man she knew from 30 years ago. The man happened to be my uncle. That was pretty cool. I also enjoyed liberating myself at the clothing optional hidden beach. My wife on the other hand didn't like that part lol I do wish my room had internet access. I was also told not every room had AC so be sure to ask about having AC if you MUST have to have it. I DO NOT do that well in the heat so I had a great room.
Nice place, nice staff and all inclusive, what else do you need. Great place to chill
If you are looking for a place to get away from it all, and I mean ALL this is the place for you. Hawksbill Antigua is situated on four beautiful beaches and the small but quaint resort is terraced in the hillsides. The view is FABULOUS. The resort is geared toward anyone who wants to relax and enjoy the peace and quiet. There is no all day activities staff that blairs music too loud and tries to get you to do things you do not want to do. This you wiil find at the larger chain type all-inclusives. Athough there are few dining options, the food is far superior than what we have experienced at larger resorts. The accomodations are very simple and most rooms do not have a/c, tv, clocks, or radios. So the birds and the ocean are the sounds that you will hear. Taxis are expensive and the roads terrible, so going off the resort can be an issue. The Rainforest Canopy Tour was a blast. Don't miss Shirley Heights, Sunday is the big party day, otherwise go for the awesome view! Don't forget to ...
Beautiful location where they upgraded us to a beachfront cottage with A/C (this was helpful). We visited with 3 other couples and had a great time at dinner. They had a table ready for us each meal.
Hawksbill is a relaxed resort without a lot of hoopla or pressure located in a very beautiful setting on the beach in Antigua. They are not the classic white sand beaches, but very nice. The accommodations are comfortable, the food is good and plentiful as are the drinks. If you want a relaxed time with friendly folks around and are not looking for gourmet fare and 5-star accommodations, Hawksbill is a great choice.
So you know we like Hawksbill - Many of their customers are repeat visitors - some as many as 20 - 25 times. We were welcomed with a cool towel and a cold drink. Check in was easy and quick and we were soon our way to our room. We were upgraded to an airconditioned room on Honeymoon Beach with no extra charge. Hawksbill still has some features of when Antigua was a province of England. There is afternoon Tea and long pants are required for Supper. Sometimes (usually Sunday) there is a Cricket game on the largest beach. The atmosphere is pretty laid back and quiet, probably not a good fit for teenagers. The meals are very good with enough variety at each meal to satisfy all tastes. There is some entertainment most evenings, during or right after supper. We have found the staff personnel to be friendly and knowledgeable, many of them working at Hawksbill longer then we have been going there. The internet is available for a small fee. There are no phones or television in the rooms - a plu...
Staff is friendly and cares about taking care of you. Older resort that has not lost its charm. Some staff members have been there over 20 years. Food is good, wine selection was most excellent for an all inculsive. Beaches are the best we have visitied in Antigua.
Overall a very satisfactory resort.Food was very good and service was better than I have experienced in a dozen trips to the Islands.Rooms were OK.No A/C and it took them 2 days to fix a ceiling fan.Grounds and facilities were very good and well maintained.
I have traveled to most of the islands and St. Johns has the most beautiful beaches. I could do without the sandflies....bring bug spray. The staff was very attentive and very warm. Would go again in a heartbeat.
The resort is very outdated, but it has a lot of potential. It's a quiet, scenic setting away from the center with beautiful beaches, and the layout is spread out. All-inclusive including alcoholic drinks also a plus. But the food certainly isn't anything to write home about, and serving hours are very limited... on their time, not yours. And there's no A/C, at least not in the garden bungalows ($40 addl. charge per night we were told). The mattresses are hard. The service is average. Not good or bad, it's definitely an older clientale.
Our family spent our March Break at Hawksbill form Friday March 12 to Friday March 19th, 2010. My review is written from a family’s perspective. (children ages 15,12, 10) We chose this resort because it offered good value, potential snorkeling, and had a breathtaking setting away from crowds and noise. It was definitely one of the most beautiful locations on the island, and we did rent a car for 2 days and drove around the island to explore and compare. If you love quietness, space, not a lot of people and a gorgeous setting, then this is the resort for you. We were often the only ones on the beach when we did our morning and early evening beach walks. HOW TO OCCUPY YOURSELF We found the guests to be mainly seniors at about 60% British, 20% Italian and 20 % American and Canadians . There were a few nights with some good entertainment such as a fantastic Steel Drum band called A.M.P Halcyon Steel Orchestra. The only slightly disappointing thing was that everything packed up by 11pm or ...
It's a very nice place, silent, not so far away from the Town, wonderfull sea view ( we had an apartament with the kitchen), huge terace and restaurant serving breakfast, lunch. The owner is very friendly, helpfull and knows a lot about the island. This place is perfect for families, there is enough place for ca 30 persons. Around the Inn La Galleria are beautiful Five Islands beaches, we recomennd this place. Best- Marcin.