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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

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Kids Eat Free

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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 based on 855 reviews Location
    • 4 based on 910 reviews Rooms
    • 4.5 based on 954 reviews Service
    • 4 based on 934 reviews Value
    • 4.5 based on 943 reviews Cleanliness
  • Traveller Rating:
    • Excellent (596)
    • Very Good (312)
    • Average (72)
    • Poor (51)
    • Terrible (38)

As a travel agent I take reviews very seriously, this hotel and it's staff deserve all the credit they get. I stayed here with my family (including my 2 year old nephew) in July 2014 and then...

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5 of 5 stars
Aug 12, 2014 - rebecca h - Sheffield, United Kingdom

As a travel agent I take reviews very seriously, this hotel and it's staff deserve all the credit they get. I stayed here with my family (including my 2 year old nephew) in July 2014 and then... Read more returned for the second week of my stay with just my partner (instead of a planned stay in another hotel). The a la carte and buffet food- some of the best I've had on my travels, great menu for children also! Cocktails and selections of alcohol - amazing, no small plastic cups like a lot of hotels! The cleanliness and quality of the rooms- Perfect. The pool area is so unique with rocky, natural looking pools and waterfalls on a few levels meaning something a little different (and in my opinion more beautiful) than very modern hotels with sunbeds lined up along a huge square pool. If you have children who want to jump in and out of the pool/play a lot maybe choose somewhere different but otherwise the pools where definitely big enough! In my opinion, why go to Barbados with such stunning beaches to sit around a pool, but yes there aren't many sunbeds going spare on the upper levels (something I definitely wouldn't change by the way!) Watersports staff were fab!! Finally the staff... We moved (as planned) over to Almond Beach village, we stayed for a little over an hour before checking back out (a different story for another time, put simply doesn't even compare to c.cove). As travel agents we then proceeded to drive around a large majority of neighboring hotels on the west coast, it is surprising what a difference friendly and helpful staff make to the whole holiday experience, none of the hotels we visited were as cheerful or willing to help as the staff here who moved things around just to fit us back in. Colony club- undergoing some maintenance/cleaning but beach area very shaded/cramped plus reception staff unhelpful. Turtle beach-South side where the sea is very wavey and hotel larger not as quaint. Sugar cane club- quiet not as pleasant an atmosphere This hotel doesn't claim to be a big hotel or a five star hotel so please note that all the reviews reflect value for money, atmosphere and helpfulness of staff. Barbados tips- hire a car and explore the rugged east side, swim with turtles, stay away from Machineel trees (big red stripe around base) but also don't touch anything it could have rained on..i burnt my whole stomach. Read less

4 of 5 stars
Aug 11, 2014 - Carly C -

This is a beautiful intimate hotel. The grounds are very attractive. The food was good with a la carte dinning options most nights. The rooms are nice, I had a one bed suite which was huge. They... Read more offer a lot of free water sports which is a nice touch. Snorkeling was pretty good here with the chance to see turtles. The only negatives I would say is that the pool area is very small, they need more sunbeds around the pool with morr shadr options. If you get to the pool after about 8am there will only be sunbeds on the beach left. Also the drinks service with dinner was very slow, they need more bar staff in the evenings. Other than that I enjoyed the hotel and am planning on returning Read less

5 of 5 stars
Aug 8, 2014 - Anita L - London, England, United Kingdom

We have just returned ( family of 9 aged from 12 years to 77 years!) from a 2 week holiday to Barbados and for our 2nd week we stayed here at Crystal Cove. We had the most amazing time - all the... Read more staff are so friendly and helpful. The food was fab - we loved both restaurants and enjoyed the combination of al a carte and buffet. Our ocean view junior suite was perfect with amazing views. The hotel is right on the beach. We enjoyed all the water sports, drank many cocktails and ate lots of lovely food! The pools are perfectly big enough and the beach we found much less corally than some other beaches. Best holiday we have had and cant wait to return! much thanks from the Ladd/Lucas/Sargeant family. Read less

4 of 5 stars
Aug 6, 2014 - Finlay H -

I have been going for 6 years to barbados and it's the most friendly Island I have ever know. But crystal cove makes it better with its stunning beach and lovely rooms. Don't bother paying for... Read more drinks because they are free and so is the food for crystal cove is all inclusive.The people on the beech can nag you but once you get to know them they are good friends.water sports is free but you have to book and get up at 7:00 to get your sunbeds because their are people who get up early to get the best so be aware.but food can be slow. Read less

5 of 5 stars
Aug 5, 2014 - Sonny206 - East Midlands

Written on behalf of my Mum and Dad, Mr & Mrs Shah We stayed at the Crystal Cove from 15th July 2014 – 25th July 2014. Out of the three hotels by Elegant Hotels; Tamarind, Turtle Beach Resort and... Read more Crystal Cove, we opted for Crystal Cove as it was the smallest of the resorts, but it was not small on hospitality, service and the choice of food. The Crystal Cove had a weekly activities sheet which was a great feature to know about what was happening within the resort. We were also impressed with the information left in the room each day to keep us updated. All the staff within the Crystal Cove were very friendly, courteous and could not do enough for us; we could not fault the service. We particularly would like to thank a member of staff, Suzanne the Chef. She made us a Bajan Fish Curry and Rice which was delicious and we were very touched by this kind gesture. The Buffet Restaurant and A la Carte had a wide array of food choices and it was different each day. Normally on holiday we miss our home food after a few days but at Crystal Cove we never missed it. The A la Carte dishes were well presented, mouth-watering and tasty! We looked forward to the afternoon tea/coffee with cakes, biscuits and mini sandwiches at the Drifters Bar facing the beach. It was wonderful listening to the sounds of the birds, sea and rustle of the palm trees in the sea breeze. The beach was calm with crystal clear waters. There was a good choice of water sports for all ages and the beach ambassadors attended to all of our needs. We were mesmerised by the dazzling Sunsets each day. We also indulged ourselves by having body massages and treatments in the open under a gazebo on the beach front. That was an experience not to be forgotten and would recommend to anyone visiting. The hotel had beautiful tropical gardens and an impressive arrangement of three lagoon style swimming pools uniting to a swim up Cave Bar which was carved into the rock face behind a waterfall; a picturesque setting to enjoy drinks. The choice of cocktails on offer was impressive and everyday there was a special cocktail of the day. We were entertained every evening by different bands and singing groups. Our favourite was the “Champagne Band”. We could have listened to them all night and we left Barbados loving the Bajan music! Anybody looking to go to Barbados; do not waste your time looking at other hotels/ resorts. Go to Crystal Cove and you will not be disappointed. Believe me, we are very fussy people and we were impressed! Last but not least, we would like to thank all the staff for their kind hospitality and particularly thank Olivia Skeete-Baptiste, the General Manager at Crystal Cove for managing such a beautiful place to stay on holiday and enjoy the best of Barbados. This was one of the best holiday experiences we have had and we miss it so much since being back in the UK. We would love to visit again with the rest of the family in the near future! Read less

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