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At a glance

  • Kids’ club
  • 2 restaurants and bars
  • Tennis and gym
  • Free water-skiing
  • All-inclusive resort

Hotel facilities

Bar

Fitness Centre

Internet Access

Sailing

Swimming Pool

Tennis

Water Skiing

Wind Surfing

All Inclusive

Beach Holiday

Honeymoon

Kids Eat Free

Non Driving

Wedding

TripAdvisor Traveller Rating

4.5

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Crystal Cove by Elegant Hotels

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This is a beautiful resort, with its lush gardens and impressive 3-tiered pool, complete with waterfall and swim-up cave bar. Flowers cascade over walls and balconies, and everything leads down to a glorious beach with a generous array of water sports, including water-skiing, all free for guests. There is a fabulous kids' club which runs all day to keep the little ones out of your hair, allowing you to relax and enjoy the full range of facilities.

Where is it?

In St James, on a delightful West Coast beach. 15 min to Bridgetown. Transfer time from airport: 45 min.

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Room information

88 rooms on 2 floors in various buildings with no lifts. All with balcony/terrace, air-conditioning, satellite TV, fridge (unstocked), complimentary WiFi, safety deposit box and hairdryer. Pool Garden View Rooms with 1 king-size bed or 2 twin beds, sleep max 2 adults and 1 infant (upto age 2 years). All rooms are non-smoking.

Room Upgrade

Oceanview Rooms - with beautiful sea views and 1 king-size bed or 2 twin beds, sleeping max 2 adults.

Junior Suite Pool/Garden View - with a separate sitting area and sofa bed, lovely views of the pool or garden, and 1 king-size bed, sleeping max 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 child.

Junior Suite Oceanview - as Junior Suite Pool/Garden View but with beautiful sea view, sleeping max 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 child.

1-Bedroom Suite Pool/Garden View - bedroom with separate living room or loft suite with upstairs bedroom overlooking living room, living room includes sofa bed and second full bathroom, 1 king-size bed, sleeping max 2 adults and 2 children and 1 infant (upto age 2 years).

1-Bedroom Suite Oceanview - bedroom with separate living room or loft suite with upstairs bedroom overlooking living room, living room includes sofa bed and second full bathroom. 1 king-size bed, sleeping max 2 adults and 2 children and 1 infant (upto age 2 years).

Eats and drinks

Reflections Restaurant (non-smoking) is situated poolside for elegant dining for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and you'll find the Cave Bar (non-smoking) cleverly situated under a waterfall - but you won't get wet! Drifters Restaurant and Bar, is available for a more informal buffet lunch and à la carte dinner.

Fun and games

3-tiered swimming pool, 2 floodlit tennis courts, state-of-the-art fitness centre, kids' club (9.00am-4.30 and 5.30pm-9.00pm, 3-12 years). Free water sports: kayaking, boogie boarding, sailing, water-skiing, windsurfing and snorkelling.

Entertainment

Regular evening entertainment and weekly manager's cocktail party.

Handy stuff

Room service (meal times only). Iron and board on request. Complimentary WiFi available throughout the resort. Laundry service*. Water taxi (subject to availability) to sister hotels on West Coast. Babysitting available*.

Additional information

*Denotes local charge.

Child ages are up to and including 16 years.

Drifters restaurant and bar is open subject to occupancy numbers.

Dress code: Dining is elegantly casual after 6.00pm

All Inclusive of

All meals including afternoon tea and snacks. Local and premium-brand drinks and house wine (fine wine, Champagne and bottled water at extra charge). Exchange dining at sister hotel Turtle Beach by Elegant Hotels (transfer extra). All activities and entertainment above unless otherwise stated.

Minimum stay

5 nights: 1-28 Feb '15. 7 nights: 19 Dec '14-06 Jan '15.

Accessibility

This property may be unsuitable for some guests due to there being 22 steps to Reflections Restaurant, 18 steps to Cave Bar, pool and beach. The Virgin Holidays Special Assistance Team can be contacted by e-mail at special.assistance@virginholidays.com or call us on 0844 557 3998, Monday-Friday 9.00am-5.30pm.

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Crystal Cove by Elegant Hotels

  • What to Expect:
    • 4.5 Location
    • 4.5 Sleep Quality
    • 4.0 Rooms
    • 4.5 Service
    • 4.0 Value
    • 4.5 Cleanliness
  • Traveller Rating:
    • Excellent (631)
    • Very Good (321)
    • Average (79)
    • Poor (51)
    • Terrible (38)

My husband and I returned from a wonderful, relaxing stay at the Crystal Cove. We knew we wanted to go to Barbados and spent a lot of time researching and reviewing different properties and different...

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5 of 5 stars
Oct 20, 2014 - TheF1 - Toronto, Ontario

My husband and I returned from a wonderful, relaxing stay at the Crystal Cove. We knew we wanted to go to Barbados and spent a lot of time researching and reviewing different properties and different... Read more areas. I think we hit the jackpot with Crystal Cove. We were there for just 5 days and found it to be just what we hoped it would be. First off, the west coast of the island is beautiful. We didn't venture anywhere else, but the beach at Crystal Cove was stunning. There were always plenty of loungers on the beach. The pools (there are 3) are small, but perfect and refreshing. The one pool has a swim up (Cave Bar) which was great to sit at and enjoy a drink. Our hotel room, which was a garden view, was on the small side and could use a little TLC, but we spent very little time in the room. We inquired about an upgrade, but it seemed quite expensive to do so and plus we'd already settled in. There is a mini bar in the room, which is empty! It would be wonderful if the hotel could stock it with some drinks as it is an all inclusive property. The two dining options are Reflections and Drifters. We found both places to have wonderful food. Always a chicken, fish, pork and vegetarian option. The portions are a lovely size and the staff made mention on multiple occasion that substitutions would be made no problem. They were extremely accommodating in this regard. The evening entertainment was enjoyable and ended at a reasonable hour, which we appreciated. Drinks and snacks were served daily on the beach as well as afternoon tea at Drifters. A very nice touch. We were celebrating an anniversary and the hotel went the extra mile to recognize this and we were touched by the thoughtfulness. The manager, Olivia, was very approachable and I feel that under her leadership this property will continue to thrive. Overall Barbados was a wonderful escape for us! One that I would highly recommend. Thank you Crystal Cove! Read less

5 of 5 stars
Oct 19, 2014 - Alicia O - Catskill, New York

Crystal Cove went above and beyond to make our honeymoon extra special! The resort if SPOTLESS and the staff are wonderful! Not one staff member passed by without a smile or a "how are you today... Read more ? Can I get you anything?"...I have to admit that I am a very picky traveller and there's not one single thing I'd have changed about this resort...They've truly made our honeymoon perfect! Read less

3 of 5 stars
Oct 19, 2014 - Cheryl138 - Mauritius

if you are expecting 4.5 stars or luxury then you need to search again, I'm really surprised and disappointed that Virgin put there name against this hotel ! We are just on our way home from spending... Read more a week in crystal cove , the hotel is tired , lacks luxury, you don't even get a mini bar unless you pay extra...... Not sure how that works in a 4.5 star hotel ! Food is basic with only 2 places to eat, the cave bar is the only real bar so if it rains there is nowhere to go,the staff didn't even wipe the seats when it stopped raining ! The seating outside is falling apart so not a comfy place anyway, The spa is only open 2 mornings a week so no pampering either.Our room had tiles falling off,the taps were coming off the wall and the air con unit was dripping and made a constant noise ! We wanted to change hotels after just 2 nights, we felt that we were in butlins with some of the clients ! We are no snobs but we wanted a luxury holiday with good food and drink , what we got was a 3 star basic hotel ! Most of the staff were friendly and the manager Sophia moved us to a better room however she couldn't change the fact this is not a 4.5 star hotel ! Would we go back to Barbados - yes we would but we would have to look for a better class of hotel ! The hotel needs a serious upgrade its in a fantastic location and could do so much more for their clients ! This is not a dig at the management team in the hotel as this is out of their control! Read less

5 of 5 stars
Oct 17, 2014 - Ruth H - Bristol, United Kingdom

We have just got back after spending 10 nights at this lovely hotel. Our room was very nice clean and comfortable. We had a garden view. The grounds were kept really neat and tidy by all of the hard... Read more working staff. We had concerns about there being only two restaurants, but we found ourselves alternating between Reflections and Drifters for both lunch and our evening meals. The menus at both always changed and gave an excellent choice. Breakfast was also good but we would like to give some constructive feedback. There should be more toasters available as there always seemed to be a long queue. We would especially like to thank Stephen who brings drinks and snacks to the beach at just the right time. All of the staff work extremely hard and made our stay very enjoyable and memorable. Thank you to everyone at Crystal Cove we will definitely be coming back to stay in the future. Ruth & Simon Read less

4 of 5 stars
Oct 13, 2014 - vincec - shropshire

This is a very good hotel that could be a great one. Olivia the manager might just be the person to make that transformation. The location is great with a lovely beach that is not full of hawkers and... Read more where there is no need to fight over loungers as there are plenty. The staff in general are friendly and helpfull. Dorothy the garden, anton the young chef and Dolorus and Sheldon on the bar team show how customer care should be done. A few others particularly at breakfast have yet to complete their charm training The food is good, sometimes very good but never great. The Reflections restaurant is a sauna and is the hotel biggest Achilles heel. Please air conditioning it as soon as possible. Breakfast needs a bit of an excitement injection. Those staying two weeks like me may well find it monotonous . The rooms are fine but not over large by American standards. Ours was well decorated but some in need of refurbishment. We had a sea view which was nice but be warned not all sea views are equally good. We visited a few attractions. Would certainly highly recommend Hunte Gardens and enjoyed St. Nicholas Abbeyand Sundbury Plantations. Think long and hard about Oistins. A friend described it as noises poor quality fish and chips. Would we come back. Probably if we got a good deal but only for a week or ten days at the most. Read less

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