ANTONIO'S SECRET? HAVE MORE FUN THAN YOUR CUSTOMERS! Antonio Gilkes – bartender extraordinaire – is a hard man to interview. If he's not cracking jokes or cleaning the bar, he's running up and down the beach delivering ice cold beer and cocktails to hotel guests who are soaking up the sun. Did we mention that he knows everybody’s name?
Awkward? Who, me? Antonio says he was a “shy and awkward” teenager. One night, he visited a friend who was working as a bartender at a local nightclub. As Antonio watched, he quickly realised that his friend knew everybody in the place and they knew him! “He was having the time of his life!” Antonio said. He decided there and then that he wanted to meet people and have fun. No two ways about it that meant becoming a bartender too!
Antonio loves his office! Antonio has been running Captain Charlie’s Beach Bar at Coconut Court Beach Hotel for more than 10 years. He's happily married with a nine year-old-son. Among the things that he say that he loves most about his job are meeting guests and making friends from all over the world, his working hours (the perfect mix - not too early and not too late) and of course, the view from his “office window”. Life’s a beach right? Working at the beach But Antonio takes his job very seriously. “It’s important to anticipate people’s needs," he said. “The secret is to have more fun than your customers – you have to love people to do this job well.” He added: “To be able to do this job and to hang out at the beach all day…who wouldn’t love it?”