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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.
In St James, on a delightful West Coast beach. 15 min to Bridgetown. Transfer time from airport: 45 min.Larger Map
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.
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).
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.
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.
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*.
*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 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 0844 557 3998, Monday-Friday 9.00am-5.30pm.Check Prices Back to top
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We stayed here on the last leg of our honeymoon trip and feel that it was the low point of our holiday. We tried to make the most of it due to changeable weather but we found the food to be below... Read more average, the drinks watered down and the staff not very friendly. I hate to leave a bad review but can honestly say that we would not return and would not recommend to anyone who is used to proper 4 star standards. Read less
Our first time to Barbados and, thanks to Crystal Cove, it certainly will not be our last. This hotel is a little gem - I must emphasise that although a gem it is little. First and foremost, the... Read more staff were amazing - I had read lots of reviews that suggested that service in the hotels was mixed but this was definitely not the case at Crystal Cove - where they went out of their way to be very helpful and friendly (but not in an "in your face" way at all). The reception staff are so helpful - whether hiring a car (recommended so that Barbados can be explored and enjoyed to the full) or organising a trip (recommend the hotel-arranged "Swim with Turtles" 2 hour boat trip) - and nothing was too much trouble. Then comes location - on this Crystal Cove cannot be faulted - the hotel is right on the beachfront yet within 15 minutes of Bridgetown, Holetown and Speightstown and plenty of other attractions on the island. The food was so much better than might be expected of an all inclusive resort. From a brilliant breakfast that caters for every possible taste (including British sausages and HP Sauce) to a choice of lunches (full 3 course sit down or a snack beachside) and an a la carte dinner (particularly in Reflections) that offered so much variety with choices of local produce every evening, well cooked and presented. And the drinks were endless with every conceivable cocktail you could name and the wine (served by the glass) was delicious. Only one evening meal was a buffet format! So why not first class in every way? Well, to be truthful, the bedrooms, whilst perfectly adequate are beginning to show their age and could do with some TLC on some of the furniture and a refurbishment of the bathrooms would not go amiss. And Housekeeping could do with a shake up - we never felt as though the room was thoroughly cleaned each day (especially the bathroom floor). The only other fault that can be levelled at Crystal Cove is that it is fair to say that there may just be too many sunloungers around the pool nearest the beach - we often felt as though we were all a bit on-top of one another. By the way, the sunloungers are probably the most comfortable I have ever sat on! But let's put things in context - this really is a great place to unwind, relax, soak up the sun, enjoy all that Barbados has to offer and excellent hospitality. If you do choose to explore the isalnd, the hotel will arrange a picnic lunch for you (booked 24 hours ahead) at no extra cost. A couple of things to note - one: this is a small hotel (and better for it) and consequently is not somewhere to go if partying and loads of evening entertainment is what you are after and two: there may well be wedding parties which can add to congestion around the pools etc (but don't be too put off by this). I actually feel a bit unsure about whether to post this review or not - of course, I want others who choose to go to Barbados to know about Crystal Cove. But not too many! Read less
We moved here from a hotel that was very tired . What a great hotel all the staff were brilliant there aim just to make sure you have a good holiday, the food was excellent in reflections , the rooms... Read more were very nice and very clean , and there were some good groups on in the evening . All in all we had a fabulous 10 days in Barbados and would definately stay at Crystal Cove again . Read less
Went on my honeymoon. Amazing hotel. The photos on here don't really do it justice either. The trip to oistons on the Friday is a must The staff and locals are very welcoming. The food is just... Read more what you would want in the climate and is good quality, a mixture of a la carte or buffet Read less