Crystal Cove by Elegant Hotels

Barbados, Caribbean

The hotel

Crystal Cove is a premium All Inclusive hotel located on the Platinum west coast of Barbados. This is a beautiful resort, with its lush gardens and three impressive freshwater swimming pools, complete with a spectacular 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, sailing and more, all complimentary for guests. There is a fabulous kids’ club to keep the little ones out of your hair, allowing you to relax and enjoy the full range of facilities.

Amenities

  • Bar
  • Swimming Pool
  • Wedding
  • Families
  • Honeymoon
  • Kids Club
  • Kids Eat Free
  • Babysitting service
  • Room Service
  • Safety Deposit Box
  • Evening Entertainment
  • Fitness Centre/Gym

Where is it

In St James, on a delightful West Coast beach. 15-minutes to Bridgetown. Transfer time from airport: 30 minutes.

Hotel information

88 rooms on 2 floors in various buildings with no lifts. All with a balcony or terrace, air-conditioning, satellite TV, fridge (unstocked), complimentary WiFi access, safe and hairdryer. Pool Garden View Rooms with 1 king-size bed or twin beds, sleep maximum 2 adults and 1 infant (up to age 2 years).

Please note: the majority of the Pool Garden View Rooms have a garden view and the pool views are limited. All rooms are non-smoking.

All Inclusive of: premium All Inclusive includes all meals including afternoon tea and all-day dining. Local and premium-brand drinks and house wine (fine wine and Champagne at extra charge. All activities and entertainment above unless otherwise stated. Water taxi to select west coast sister properties. Dine Around Programme with other select Elegant Hotels properties (drink and meal supplements may apply).

Oceanview Rooms - with beautiful sea views and 1 king-size bed or twin beds, sleeping maximum 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 maximum 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children.

Junior Suite Oceanview - as Junior Suite Pool/Garden View but with beautiful sea views, sleeping maximum 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children.

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 maximum 4 adults or 2 adults, 2 children and 1 infant (up to 2 years of age).

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 maximum 4 adults or 2 adults, 2 children and 1 infant (up to 2 years of age).

  • Honeymoon offer: honeymooners receive a bottle of sparkling wine and flower petals in room on day of arrival. Minimum stay applies. 

  • Kids stay and eat free: up to two children (2-5 years) stays and eats free when sharing a room with one or two adults for travel completed between 5 Jan '19–4 Jan '20. 

    Any applicable offers have been calculated into the prices shown. Offers may not be combinable. 

  • Kids stay and eat free: up to two children (2-5 years) stays and eats free when sharing a room with one or two adults for travel completed between 5 Jan '20–2 Jan '21. 

    Any applicable offers have been calculated into the prices shown. Offers may not be combinable. 

  • Booking bonus: book by 4 Jan '20 and save up to 25% off the accommodation cost for travel between 3 Dec '19-4 Jan '20, black out dates and minimum stays apply.

    Any applicable offers have been calculated into the prices shown. Offers may not be combinable.

Why is this a Virgin Holidays Favourite?

Fantastic for honeymooners and families alike to spend some quality time together on their summer holiday

In a perfect location, on the Platinum West Coast, only 15-minutes from Bridgetown with its nightlife and array of restaurants and bars. You will be spoilt for choice finding ways to fill your time!

After a fun day of the complimentary non-motorised water sports, we love chilling at the swim-up pool bar and enjoying the delicious cocktails on offer

The Sunset Terrace Lounge is also the perfect spot to watch the breathtaking sunsets while enjoying a few tropical sundowners

Exclusive Virgin Holidays benefits:

  • Express check-in
  • 15% discount at the spa
  • 15% discount at Daphne’s Restaurant

Reflections Restaurant (non-smoking) is located poolside for elegant dining for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The recently renovated Cave Bar (non-smoking) is a swim-up pool bar cleverly situated under a waterfall — but you won't get wet! There is also a hotel entrance for those who rather enjoy their tropical cocktail whilst dry. Drifters Restaurant and Bar, located by the beach is available for a more informal buffet lunch and à la carte dinner. Vista Coffee & Wine Bar. Vista serves up stunning views of the sea while you sip on signature lattes and teas along with a variety of wines and sweet and savory treats. Taste of Elegance Dine Around Programme offers exchange dining with select sister hotels' restaurants* (meal and drinks supplements may apply).

Regular evening entertainment and weekly manager's cocktail party. Events hosted at Vista Coffee & Wine bar to include wine pairings and tapas nights.

3-tiered freshwater swimming pool. Spa services available*. State-of-the-art fitness centre. 2 floodlit tennis courts. Complimentary motorised and non-motorised water sports including snorkeling, sailing, kayaking, windsurfing and water-skiing. Beach Olympics. Mini-chef competitions. Freddie's Island & Adventure tour*. Preferred tee times at Apes Hill Golf Club*. Complimentary Flying Fish Kids' Club for ages 3-12 years with latest game consoles, pool table, electric race track and more. Swimming with the turtles snorkel tour*. Mixology demos.

Room service* (meal times only). Complimentary WiFi available in the rooms and throughout the resort. Laundry service*. Complimentary daytime water taxi (subject to availability and weather conditions) to select West Coast Elegant Hotels. Gift shop*. Babysitting available*. Green Globe certified. Beach Ambassador service. Concierge services to assist with island excursions.

Please note: a room levy of $9.63 per bedroom, per night applies (payable locally, subject to change).

1 night between 5 Jan—31 Jan, and 1 Mar—21 Dec.

5 nights between 1 Feb—28 Feb.

7 nights between 22 Dec—2 Jan.

* Denotes local charge.

Please note: child ages are up to and including 16 years.

Please note: Drifters restaurant and bar is open subject to occupancy numbers.

Dress code: dining is elegantly casual after 6:00pm.

Please note: the Dine Around Programme is only available at select properties and may be subject to an additional cost dependant on the board basis booked. A complimentary water taxi to select west coast Elegant properties is available during daytime only and subject to availability and weather conditions.

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Traveller rating

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Dec 2, 2019 Hugh D Radlett, United Kingdom

Superb week at Crystal Cove, excellent quality facilities, great beach, great drinks, great meals. Above all, fantastic helpful friendly staff is what makes this such a unique experience: you are soon made part of the family and looked after royally. This was at least my 7th visit in 9 years.
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Nov 30, 2019 KentHazel Kent

We returned to this hotel for the second year running - a first for us! A relaxed friendly hotel, the food was great and the staff are fantastic. We were given a room upgrade to a suite which had been refurbished to a good standard, and directly faced the sea.
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Very enjoyable stay - all inclusive and great value

Nov 29, 2019 rwarri Tetbury, United Kingdom

Our first experience of all inclusive and we weren’t sure whether the food and drink would be of good quality.... we were very pleasantly surprised! Food at all meals was very good - breakfast excellent, lunch options of bbq/buffet by the beach or more formal meal in the main restaurant, then dinner at either Drifters or Reflections - plenty of… Read more
Our first experience of all inclusive and we weren’t sure whether the food and drink would be of good quality.... we were very pleasantly surprised! Food at all meals was very good - breakfast excellent, lunch options of bbq/buffet by the beach or more formal meal in the main restaurant, then dinner at either Drifters or Reflections - plenty of choice. Drinks available throughout the day.... rum punch can be addictive! But plenty of other options. Accommodation very comfortable - some rooms have bathrooms requiring updating but this is being addressed. Staff excellent throughout our stay - efficient, friendly and always happy.... who wouldn’t be in the lovely sunshine! Hotel is not too big so gives the feel of family run ..... although we understand Elegance Hotels has been sold to Marriotts. Hope the culture and feel doesn’t change! Overall a great stay! Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Celebrating our 25th Wedding Anniversary by returning to Barbados

Nov 26, 2019 Deanosonholiday Reigate, United Kingdom

We honeymooned at a small hotel in St James called Coconut Creek and wanted to return. Alas it has been raised to the ground & replaced by condominiums. Whilst there we strolled along the beach to a hotel that was being renovated and just about finished. We went in for a drink and was told the new hotel would be called Crystal Cove. Seemed like a… Read more
We honeymooned at a small hotel in St James called Coconut Creek and wanted to return. Alas it has been raised to the ground & replaced by condominiums. Whilst there we strolled along the beach to a hotel that was being renovated and just about finished. We went in for a drink and was told the new hotel would be called Crystal Cove. Seemed like a good idea to go there! We had a great time & thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Food, when not a buffet was of a good standard and we took advantage to visit other Elegant Hotels to dine at Turtle Beach, Tamarind & Wave. Crystal Cove is a nice size, not too big or too small. Nice quiet beach and super Cave bar to swim to in the pool. Rooms are of a good standard although need new bathrooms. Staff were exceptional and the frequent treats brought to us on our sun loungers were much appreciated. My only criticism would be of the check in staff on reception who tended to favour answering the telephone whilst you are in the middle of a conversation. Would recommend 'Sam the Man' who talked us into hiring him for the day and gave us a good site of the whole island. Special mention to Shane who's help made our mid stay room change so smooth. We appreciated the hotels effort in helping us celebrate our anniversary and I'm sure we will return before another 25 years is up! Read less
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Nov 23, 2019 DENIS S yorkshire

Crystal Cove is a small yet interesting hotel owned by the Elegant Hotels group. It actually purveys the feeling of being a family run hotel as the atmosphere is so warm, welcoming and friendly. The location is ideal, on the beach, close to the capital and the airport. The beach itself is lovely and easily accessible from the rooms. In fact the… Read more
Crystal Cove is a small yet interesting hotel owned by the Elegant Hotels group. It actually purveys the feeling of being a family run hotel as the atmosphere is so warm, welcoming and friendly. The location is ideal, on the beach, close to the capital and the airport. The beach itself is lovely and easily accessible from the rooms. In fact the compactness of the resort is a major attraction.The lay out of the resort is interesting, on different levels and comparison got different shapes and layouts. The lounging or sunbathing areas are many and comfortable, on the beach or around the three small pools with lovely service always on hand. Drinks are brought to you without being requested as are ice creams and all served with that lovely smile endemic to the islanders. It is possible to enjoy the very near perfect holiday at Crystal Cove. It has everything you need in a very comfortable and manageable setting. We will return and continue to introduce our friends to this lovely destination. It just feels so right. Read less