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

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Fitness Centre

Internet Access


Swimming Pool


Water Skiing

Wind Surfing

All Inclusive

Beach Holiday


Kids Eat Free

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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.


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.


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 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 857 reviews Location
    • 4 based on 914 reviews Rooms
    • 4.5 based on 959 reviews Service
    • 4 based on 936 reviews Value
    • 4.5 based on 943 reviews Cleanliness
  • Traveller Rating:
    • Excellent (599)
    • Very Good (315)
    • Average (73)
    • Poor (51)
    • Terrible (38)

We stayed for a week at Crystal Cove back in June and had a fantastic holiday. We stayed in a standard room, close to Drifters with a view of the sea. The room was comfortable with a big bed and...

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5 of 5 stars
Aug 31, 2014 - EW - London

We stayed for a week at Crystal Cove back in June and had a fantastic holiday. We stayed in a standard room, close to Drifters with a view of the sea. The room was comfortable with a big bed and... Read more fresh towels provided every day. Despite being close to Drifters, there was no problem with late-night noise. We made the most of the all-inclusive with meals at Drifters and Reflections. The hotel makes a real effort to spice up the selection with different themed evenings throughout the week and on the whole we thought the food was good quality and tasty and we didn’t get hotel meal fatigue! You have to book into the restaurants on a la carte nights, but this was easy to organise in the morning at breakfast with menus for both restaurants available to view. Cocktails were yum! We drank many a BBC, essentially a banana milkshake with a kick and the mojitos were great too. We would have liked to have tried out Turtle Beach hotel on the South Coast as guests staying at Crystal Cove can eat there for free as part of the AI package, but you need to book a taxi to get there as the free water-taxi goes up the coast to the other west-coast properties rather than south. So, we decided to give it a miss. Watersports on offer were excellent and we kayaked, did the banana boat, and snorkeled. Being taken out on the hobie cat was a fantastic experience and I warn you that the rings look harmless but it’s quite a bumpy ride! There is a handy small computer room with free internet and a book swap. All that’s left to say is that Crystal Cove is an excellent choice for a truly relaxing holiday. Read less

4 of 5 stars
Aug 26, 2014 - Joanne S - London, England, United Kingdom

We returned after 13 years with the addition of two children . Our room was a spacious one bed suite with 2 bathrooms . The rooms were about as good as any 4 star Caribbean hotel and the beds were v... Read more comfy. The room was kept Spick and span by the housekeeping team and the mini bar re stocked daily . It is definitely the staff that make the difference . They simply cannot do enough for you . Especially the reception and front desk staff . It's the little extras like this that make it a memorable stay . The food was better than most all inclusive too which was a pleasant surprise and the restaurant staff (especially Tracy) go out of their way to accommodate you whilst offering a friendly professional service. I would really recommend this hotel to families .the beach is great with calm waters and special areas for snorkelling . If you walk along the beach there is a perfect, deserted beach just by the cliff restaurant . I would definitely go back to this hotel again as it maintains the same high standards as the Tamarind and the Turtle Beach hotels . Read less

3 of 5 stars
Aug 26, 2014 - ajk067 - Northampton, United Kingdom

We just returned from a lovely trip to Crystal Cove. On arrival we were kept waiting over an hour for our room, then we were told we had been upgraded to a suite for the night as our room was... Read more still occupied. A nice touch but we really just wanted to get settled & unpacked in our room & that didn't become available till late the next afternoon. We stayed in a sea view room which was well kept in main but could do with a little updating. The rooms were cleaned each day & new beach towels left daily...a nice touch! The food was superb, we never felt the need to eat out at all. The service could be slow at times but, hey you're on holiday why the rush?! You could eat at Reflections or Drifters most days. The main bar is the cave bar & due to it's set up & location it's not the easiest to get served. However the staff were always incredibly friendly & the cocktails were amazing. Sun beds were quick to go around the pools in the mornings but there was always room on the beach...which is one of the best we've seen in the Carribean...we were served drinks, fruit, jellies & ice lollies on the beach by Stephen, what a service!! There were great watersports facilities. The hotel also offered trips, we went on the Glass Bottomed boat trip & I would highly recommend it. Also if you get the chance take a trip with 'Sam the Man', who will no doubt introduce himself to you on the beach, he can take you on a super day trip round the island, he'll introduce you to the locals & take you on a more traditional experience of the island, he will also offer you a trip to Oistins on a Friday. I really have to point out that our overall holiday experience is a THREE, however, it should be a FOUR but travelling as a couple we didn't have the best experience our first week. The hotel is very family friendly & has a lot of returning guests, who unfortunately became very overbearing our first week. Please Crystal Cove don't let your guests take charge it's YOUR hotel. We've stayed in many family friendly hotels over the years & never had this experience before. That said, we will still miss Crystal Cove after our 16 night stay. Crystal Cove has a lot to offer, great staff, great food, great service, the friendliest staff we've ever met. We would return again but we would avoid the school holidays. Read less

4 of 5 stars
Aug 25, 2014 - Nick H -

Our family of four (children aged 16 and 12) have just returned from 11 nights at Crystal Cove. The hotel is reasonably small - approx 80 rooms, and was running at around 70 - 80% occupancy during... Read more our stay. This was our first visit as a family to Barbados, we go to Mauritius every Easter and thought we'd give Barbados a try this summer, mindful that it is the rainy season in the Caribbean - here's what we thought of it: We flew with Virgin for the first time and were all impressed - the flight to Barbados was only a quarter full, so plenty of room and service, food etc, pretty decent - we think our experience was better than previous flights with BA. On arrival at the hotel, the usual drinks and towels to cool down after the journey, and quick check-in. Our one bedroom garden view suite (143) was well located, although with a hotel this size you are fairly close to restaurants etc wherever you are situated. The suite had a master bedroom with separate bathroom and a living room converted to children's bedroom with another bathroom. The rooms were a little tired, but clean and well air conditioned and had a free mini bar which was restocked everyday with water, soft drinks, beer and nice miniatures of Mount Gay rum and vodka. Food - breakfast served in Reflections the more formal of the two restaurants and was very good with an egg station, a good range of cooked food, daughter loved the bacon. Lunch available in both restaurants, Drifters the open air restaurant was buffet, but we preferred lunch in Reflections from the menu which changed daily. Dinner - each evening one restaurant was a la carte and the other buffet. Again, we preferred Reflections, but for those that want to wear shorts and T shirts the food is equally good at Drifters. Whilst on dress code, Reflections is hardly formal, smart jeans and shirt or polo shirt is absolutely fine. The food was always good and service generally very quick by Caribbean standards, although a couple of lunches including our last day lunch service was very slow, even though the restaurant was virtually empty. Drinks - all the usual soft drinks for the children along with alcohol free cocktails. Banks beer is pretty good, and premium spirits available. We usually drink red wine, but stuck with the white here - only one choice, but it was okay, and whether lunch or dinner they keep topping you up! Cave bar open until 11.45pm. Great range of free water sports and you could usually make a booking at shortish notice. The water sports team were excellent and did their best to teach my son and I to learn to water ski! Sun bed hogging is as prevalent here as everywhere else, even though there are more than enough to go around... We have travelled very extensively, and the sea and the beach are as good as anywhere that we have been! The 3 pools are small, but the temperature perfect. The evening entertainment was exceptionally good, probably the best we have seen. Look out for Virgo if you go, we saw them at Sandy Lane as well when we visited for dinner one night which I will review separately. Being the rainy season expect some rain every day and high humidity at this time of year, but we all enjoyed our holiday, and would probably come back to this hotel, although we had a day at the Colony Club which was a cut above, but equally more expensive. Similarly Sandy Lane is superb, but pound for pound, Crystal Cove is very good value for money. Read less

5 of 5 stars
Aug 23, 2014 - holidaylovercrb -

I stayed at Turtle Beach - the sister hotel - back in June and took a day pass for Crystal Cove. The staff were friendly and helpful offering drinks and snacks on the beach. The beach was beautiful... Read more with calm waters. We had lunch here which was great and had enough variety. The pools were great on different levels. I would definatley stay at this hotel. Read less

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