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ReefView Apartments
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Reviewed 13 June 2017

This was our 2nd visit to Reefview and we had another excellent time

We stayed in the large Penthouse apartment which is equipped with everything you need and has good Wi-Fi. There is a cooling breeze and from the balcony you can choose whether to watch the great views of the sea or the hummingbirds as they flit around Karolls lovely garden

Karoll and Nick are great hosts who go out of their way to ensure you get the most out of your holiday. They will introduce you to the local community - Henrietta's the local bakery and Chappy's the local restaurant are within easy walking distance and both great - as well as recommending the best beaches (Darkwood and Turners are fab and within 5 mins drive or bus) plus places to visit and eat - we did the the Creole Cruise and a visit to StingRay City which we loved

We had a couple of nights out with Karoll and Nick which were an excellent laugh and made the holiday even more enjoyable

We would definitely return and stay with Karoll and Nick at Reefview apartments

Room Tip: The Penthouse apartment is large, airy, very well equipped and has great views
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  • Stayed: May 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 10 June 2017

Jessica and I stayed with Karoll and Nick (aka Captain Nick) for a week in May. It was a pleasure to stay in their company and to be able to have their assistance in feeling like a true local to the area. From the moment we arrived and experienced their mouthwatering gourmet welcome BBQ meal, to the day we left and snuck in a final snorkeling session, we were pinching ourselves to make sure we weren't dreaming. We enjoyed the cottage and it's amenities as well as the beautiful garden that Karoll has obviously spent a lot of time keeping looking so healthy. The atmosphere is wonderful and the location is sublime. Minutes walk from Cades Bay with breathtaking snorkeling and a nice little cabana to yourself. Picturesque local beaches are no more than a 5 minute drive in either direction. There is no shortage of things to do on the island, and Karoll will be your one stop shop for information! We absolutely will recommend this location to others and will definitely be back again.!!! <3 <3 <3

  • Stayed: May 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 17 April 2017

We stayed at Reefview Apartments for almost three weeks in March- April. The service provided by Nick and Karroll prior to our visit was excellent. We knew what to expect from the accommodations and the surrounding area. The good service continued during our stay and we are happy to give a big thumbs up to our hosts.

We stayed in the ground floor apartment and it was lovely - the second floor is a better choice, as it has two balconies, a lovely ocean view and a cross breeze. For those of us who are not tropic dwellers, a cross breeze is a welcome thing! However, we had fans and open windows in our accommodations and they did the trick. Our apartment had everything we needed to enjoy our stay - pots and pans, dishes, TV, Wifi, beach towels and chairs, and a library of local information as well as a good selection of beach reads.

We loved living in the local community. We were close to the school, so saw the kids everyday, we walked to the local bakery and had roti and fresh fish and baked goods at Henrietts's which were delicious. We also ate at the local restaurant, Chappy's, about 5 minutes down the road. The restaurant is by the marina and specializes in local food and fish and jerk pork and chicken. It was all good and a great local experience that we could not have had living elsewhere.

Karoll kindly introduced us to the local markets, taking me on on an introductory shopping expedition and pointing out all the hot spots. She and I also did some shopping and exploring in St.John's while our husbands were fishing. Captain Nick was an equally excellent host. By all accounts the fishing for tarpon was a great experience and fish were caught!

One of things we liked best was that Karroll had our fridge filled with the basics before we arrived and cooked a welcome barbecue for us on our first evening. That cleared the path for an easy first day. We chose the menu and the grocery items we needed to startup so that was very helpful.

Karroll also recommended places to go and things to see on this, our first visit to Antigua. We did a Creole Cruise around the island, visited English Harbour and did a lot of exploring. All her recommendations were helpful.

We would definitely return and stay at Reefview apartments. Thanks Karroll and Captain Nick!

Room Tip: Second floor apartment has the better view.
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  • Stayed: March 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 17 April 2017

We just had the pleasure of eight wonderful days at the Reefview Apartments. Two things made the stay so special: our hostess Karoll; and her lovely cottage accommodation. From the moment she met us at the airport to when she dropped us off there again at the end of our stay, Karoll was a warm, lovely and entertaining hostess who immediately made us feel at home. Her menagerie of dogs, cats and parrot greeted us on arrival and kept our 12 year old hugely entertained. From the best snorkeling excursion to the local food spots, Karoll made sure we had the inside scoop on how to maximize our enjoyment of Antigua. The cottage was equally nice. As a family of three, we had enough room to cook, shower and sleep with equal parts of togetherness and privacy. The outdoor shower was a special treat, and was well used by us. Karoll's place is not an isolated resort type of property. You are definitely part of the community, and will hear dogs, goats, people (and mosquitoes!) going about their lives. We found that embracing it and taking full advantage of local life (a pick up soccer game, a Sunday cricket game, and Chappy's restaurant) made for a more meaningful trip.

Room Tip: Two of the accommodations have ocean views
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  • Stayed: April 2017, travelled with family
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REEFVIEW, Owner at ReefView Apartments, responded to this reviewResponded 22 November 2017

Thankyou so much for your lovely review so happy that you enjoyed the local vibe and our quirky unique cottage. All 3 of our holiday accommodations have seaviews and 2 have outside covered patios. We hope you come back and see us soon. We were very fortunate to have escaped the awful hurricanes in Sept and even our picnic table coconut thatched cabana survived the 185mph winds and are still there next to the waters edge.

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Reviewed 18 March 2017

Karoll was an excellent host and resource on our trip to Antigua. She was our second host on the island from March 4-8. She welcomed us heartily with a rum punch and lots of know-how on Antigua. We already had researched the island beforehand and wanted to see as much as possible during a weeklong visit and Karoll provided insider information for example we had already booked 2 excursions (one of which was Karoll's suggestion via e-mail before the trip) and she talked about a day-long excursion to "Bird island" which she had herself attended various times. Or when she recommended a local restaurant and reserved us a spot so we could be serenaded by a local, Antiguan band. She backed all her knowledge up with maps and brochures. The security deposit really does make sense if you are planning to book with her but you don't know what it's for. She's had damages before that didn't get paid for and when you do find yourself booking an extra excursion or something similar she can take it off from the security deposit. She also advises her guests to use a filtered water fountain she supplies for Antigua does not recycle and that can also be taken from the security deposit.
We stayed in the "Unique Seaview beach loft cottage". The english cottage style, on an island, in the middle of self-built jungle, appealed to us immediately. The detail in decorations such as island themed artwork made the stay comfortable. She also supplied sun screen, bug spray and toiletries. We didn't use them because we brought our own but that just shows what kind of considerate and foresightful host Karoll is. What really impressed us also was the water hose and bucket outside that served as a feet cleaning service to not carry sand into the houses. We had come from another airbnb before our stay with Karoll and noticed quickly that the sand was soon everywhere so this was a neat feature of the airbnb. The roofed, outdoor shower (aka "Loveshack"), the tiny house-feel, and the comfortable accommodations really made us fall in love with the cottage.
We had the pleasure to get to know Karoll personally a bit due to her outgoing nature. She has a clothes line on her property and hanging up wet clothes together can spark up a conversation. On the second night we also got to meet other guests that had stayed with Karoll several times over the years and Karol and Nick invited us to join in, enjoy drinks&each other's company.
We hope we have eliminated any doubt about staying with Karoll&Nick at St.Mary's. Really we couldn't have asked for a better host. And if we return to Antigua we'd love to stay with them again.

  • Stayed: March 2017, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about ReefView Apartments

Address: | Damzells, Cades Bay, Antigua
Region: Caribbean > Antigua and Barbuda > Antigua > Saint Mary Parish > Cades Bay
Amenities:
Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 Speciality Lodging in Cades Bay
Price Range: ₹ 10,140 - ₹ 14,605 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
ReefView Apartments consist of three unique and fully equipped self catering holiday/vacation homes - each with full bathroom and kitchen - set in lush tropical gardens affording spectacular panoramic views of Antigua's famous Cades Reef just 1 mile offshore as well as neighbouring islands of Montserrat, Guadeloupe and Redonda. ReefView Apartments is located on the shores of the Cades Bay Marine Reserve in a quiet residential hamlet - just 100m from a long deserted sandy beach, fringed with coconut palms, with walk in snorkeling available right off the beach. The shallows flats which front the apartments for miles in each direction are also a haven for sports fishermen - offering shots at hard fighting game species such as tarpon, permit, snook, snapper and barracuda - to name but a few.... Ideal for independent travelers, who enjoy long beach walks in beautiful natural surroundings, exploring the many interesting facets of Antigua's history and geography and immersing themselves in the local culture to provide an experience far removed from the generic experience offered by most other resorts. Owned and operated by long time Antigua residents - Karoll and Nick Williams - we are always on hand to help you get orientated and to know THE REAL ANTIGUA!!! We very much look forward to welcoming you to our little piece of paradise - down by the sea..... ... more   less 
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