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Tennis

Water Skiing

Wind Surfing

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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.

At a glance

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

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 Sleep Quality
    • 4.5 Location
    • 4.0 Rooms
    • 4.5 Service
    • 4.0 Value
    • 4.5 Cleanliness
  • Traveller Rating:
    • Excellent (661)
    • Very Good (340)
    • Average (82)
    • Poor (55)
    • Terrible (39)

We were a large diverse group of 13 family members ranging from 15-90 years old. The rooms are a good size, clean and well maintained but a little dated. I loved the feel of the room for its coziness...

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5 of 5 stars
Jan 24, 2015 - biriczfamily - Toronto

We were a large diverse group of 13 family members ranging from 15-90 years old. The rooms are a good size, clean and well maintained but a little dated. I loved the feel of the room for its coziness... Read more and well proportioned balcony. The beach is gorgeous with plenty of beach chairs with built-in sun shades. The 3 pools are on the small size but were never crowded, and we were there over New Years. The numerous staff are very accommodating and friendly, with special thanks to Olivia and Lisa. The food was very good and although there are only two restaurants there was always room to sit and the food variety, and quality, was top notch. The beach staff brought drinks, and jello, twice a day. The banana rides and Hobie were a blast to use. The Jammin' boat we went on was a salubrious fun time-thank you. Everyone had a great time thanks to the beautifully maintained resort, happy staff, charming rooms, good amenities including excellent bar staff with a good sense of humour and management that went out of their way to make every guest feel like a visiting friend. I've been to other all-incl resorts but I would only return to Crystal Cove and beautiful, charming Barbados. Read less

5 of 5 stars
Jan 24, 2015 - geoffpFerndown - ferndown

My wife and I have just returned from a fabulous ten day holiday at Crystal Cove. The ocean front location is superb, right on a wonderful sandy beach, and the real bonus for us was that although... Read more the hotel was pretty much full throughout our stay there was plenty of space on the beach and sun loungers were available at all times. The hotel facilities were all superb with an excellent sea view room, good choice and quality of food and most of all wonderful service from the excellent friendly staff. We would definitely choose Crystal Cove again for our next Barbados visit. Read less

5 of 5 stars
Jan 19, 2015 - Mary D - London

I hate all inclusive holidays. Or I did. Until I went to Crystal Cove. This is not the run of the mill, all day burgers, drunken holidaymakers and gloopy buffet bonanza that I loathe and detest... Read more . Crystal Cove is a brilliantly managed, tranquil haven away from the stresses of everyday life. I went with my 19 year old daughter - both in need of a complete rest after a difficult year. From the moment we arrived, the incredible staff made us feel welcome and at home. Nothing was too much trouble. Our room was not huge but perfect for us with comfortable beds and loads of storage (far more important in my view than floor space) as well as tea and coffee making facilities, a proper fridge, bottle opener, a ceiling fan as well as air conditioning, two hairdryers and mirrors galore. We had a standard garden room with a gorgeous patio overlooking the lush undergrowth all the way down to the sea. Others have commented on the standard of decor but ours was perfect, absolutely no complaints. Spotlessly clean too. Despite the night time singing of the crickets and tree frogs - I can honestly say that I haven't slept so well in years. In fact I came to find their chirruping rather relaxing. Excellent free wifi throughout the hotel which was much appreciated. The food was fresh and tasty with a good selection each day - from a mixture of a la carte and buffet menus. I found the freshness, variety and portion sizes meant that we always had more than enough. On our last night, we requested flying fish - which wasn't on the menu - but they made it for us anyway. Fresh soups, salads and vegetables were standard alongside a range of meat and fish - much of which was local. We are not big drinkers although we had a few cocktails which were available all day. My only small gripe was about the quality of the wine list. I'd have like to see a few non entry level wines - perhaps a small selection from boutique growers offering clean, well made flavours to complement the excellent meals. I imagine though that the wines are purchased through the group and not a particular feature of Crystal Cove and understand that Barbados is more about rum than fine wines! We tried the banana boat, the sailing and the snorkelling - all of which were excellent. We also used the gym which was extremely well equipped. As we were only there for a week we did little in terms of sightseeing but swimming with the turtles was a highlight and we enjoyed the short bus trip on the yellow van to Hometown for a bit of shopping. There was little incentive to move as the hotel's beach ambassadors delivered mini jellies, ice creams and drinks to our sun loungers. Bottles of cold water were freely available as well as really good tea and coffee. Although it was only a week, we came back feeling happy and relaxed and desperate to go back to the really charming Crystal Cove. Read less

3 of 5 stars
Jan 18, 2015 - NWOCanadaSunseeker - NWO Canada

My husband and I visited beautiful Barbados Jan 7-15. I'll tell you about the resort first..it is an older resort, small/compact (88 rooms). I found it cozy, my husband thought it too small... Read more My husband and I visited beautiful Barbados Jan 7-15. I'll tell you about the resort first.....it is an older resort, small/compact (88 rooms). I found it cozy, my husband thought it too small & quiet. There are 2 restaurants-reservations required. We both thought the food was good to excellent. We did however eat off the resort 5 times which is a lot for us. Only because we wanted to have more local experience. There was a range of ages/nationalities during our stay but we did feel a little young lol. We had a sea "view" room which overlooked part garden part Drifters bar (ok for us-short walk for drinks) and partial sea. The rooms are small, clean but definitely in need of a re-do and not just paint. I thought our room was cozy. We had a rotted door that would not have lasted the week with us in/out BUT before we even asked maintenance they were there to fix it (replaced door). We also had trouble with our in room safe (mechanism malfunctioned) they worked on it for 1 1/2 days and eventually had to drill it open! BUT again, very accommodating to our needs....we went on water taxi to sister resort (a must do)and lunch, management arranged to have our lunch and drinks charged back to our room (since all our money was unaccessible). Thank You, Sophia and the other manager that helped us. There are 3 small pools; clean, warm and look like little lagoons. The Cave bar is great and had various good bartenders-Delores, Victor to name a couple! Stephan the beach waitor is out every am at 10! He's sweet. You see, the resort being small the staff always remember you and what you like to drink.....they are ALL very very friendly and make you feel at home. The beach is beautiful and we snorkelled everyday, water sports excellent (TC "Takin Care" he's cool) are included except jet ski. Meet Duane, he is a friendly dude and will set you up with whatever you want to do outside resort. He is on the beach everyday....and none too pushy. Actually found this island to be the least we've ever been to. Patanelle (sp) a beach fender, is a lovely kind woman-visit her, you'll make her day and even more if you buy one of her trinkets. Things to do: visit Holetown-short bus ride (safe), Oinstins Fish Fry Friday night, Daphne's-delicious food (went twice), Harbour Lights, visit the East coast Atlantic side, various beautiful beaches. There is lots to see and do in Barbados, the island is small, safe and expensive!!! But worth the trip My individual ratings: Staff/Service: ***** Beach/Activities: ***** Food/Restaurants/Bars: *** (only because resort had no Canadian Rye/whiskey and poor choice for red wine Resort: *** (rooms need update and little things attended to that would def make it worth the money you pay to stay) Overall: ***1/2 (didn't let the cosmetic things interfere with our great vacay) Read less

4 of 5 stars
Jan 17, 2015 - mlmh1978 - Hitchin, United Kingdom

We stayed here in August 2014 and renewed our wedding vows, we had an amazing time, the staff were very nice. The food was out of this world!! The resort was clean and tidy and well maintained. The... Read more children's club was great my 6 year old loved it! Tips-take lots of mosquito repellent if you're going in August as the bites are horrendous and take paracetamol as you can only buy panadol there. At night we couldn't believe how loud the crickets were, but you soon get used to it! We renewed our vows here on 23rd it was lovely, the reverend Darlington was lovely and it was very romantic We came home very relaxed! Read less

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