Hawksbill: From lodging to dining, kids rule

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ST. JOHN'S, Antigua -- The 111-room Hawksbill Beach Resort's three-night family club package, available through Nov. 30, is priced from $450 per room, double, with a maximum of four per room.

Commission is 10%; the agent rate is $50 per room, per night, year round.

One child under age 12 stays free in the same room with adults; a second child under 12 is $30 per night; kids age 12 to 16 are $60 per night; and an adjoining room for two children is $225 for the entire stay.

The rate includes breakfast and nonmotorized water sports. Baby-sitting is $5 per hour for up to two children.

Meals are served buffet-style, and children are charged $12 per meal from the regular menu or the kids' menu.

Standard rooms in the Great House do not have air conditioning, but fans and cooling trade winds do the trick.

Guests can purchase a room upgrade for $30 per night, if available, for an air-conditioned beach bungalow with a separate but connecting room. Each room comes equipped with a coffeemaker and a mini-refrigerator.

Hawksbill's organized activities for children are mostly seasonal, such as Santa Claus arriving on water skis during the Christmas holidays and egg hunts at Easter.

However, the presence of 10 or more youngsters at the resort at any one time triggers a more formal program of activities, according to Ramratan.

Hawksbill provides free lessons in sailing, waterskiing and windsurfing until the guest has mastered the sport, and then the rate is $10 an hour.

"It makes no sense to charge families while they are learning these sports," Ramratan said.

Commissionable island activities, such as jeep safaris and eco-adventures, can be arranged by the social desk at the resort.

Saturday cricket games often take place, with guests from Germany, the U.K. and the U.S. taking on the Hawksbill staff.

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