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 impressive three 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. 

  • Booking bonus: book by 1 Dec '19 to receive up to 35% off the accommodation cost between 5 Jan '20–2 Jan '21. Minimum stay applies. 

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

  • Booking bonus: book by 31 Aug '19 and save up to 35% off the accommodation cost for travel between 1 Jun '19- 4 Jan '20 (minimum stays apply).

    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. 

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

  • Excellent (1356)
  • Very good (548)
  • Average (149)
  • Poor (63)
  • Terrible (52)
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Aug 8, 2019 mlhart71

The staff at Crystal Cove are exceptional. Many took the time to learn our names and daily took the time to see how we were doing and if we needed anything. The property is beautiful and clean. The food was excellent. We had no idea what to expect and we were blown away. Would go back and recommend this resort.
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Aug 8, 2019 jbwjbw8 London, United Kingdom

What an amazing place to spend your holidays, the staff at Crystal Cove are top class and there is nothing that is too much to do for you. For those with children it has a kids clubs where the children are asking to attend not vice vesa which enabled my wife and I to have much more quality time. Will be back in future.
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Aug 6, 2019 Rick H

Our first visit here and hopefully not the last. Small enough for the personal touch but big enough to provide all the great water sports inclusive. Great choices of food, can’t fault the service. Love it
Image of the Tripadvisor rating A beautiful hotel with brilliant staff!

Aug 6, 2019 Matthew M

We've just returned from a fabulous two week family holiday in Barbados, staying at the Crystal Cove Hotel. The hotel is well catered for with good accomodation and facilities ensuring we enjoyed a very relaxing and comfortable stay. The beach is beautiful with a lovely setting including great watersports on offer. The food was superb with a… Read more
We've just returned from a fabulous two week family holiday in Barbados, staying at the Crystal Cove Hotel. The hotel is well catered for with good accomodation and facilities ensuring we enjoyed a very relaxing and comfortable stay. The beach is beautiful with a lovely setting including great watersports on offer. The food was superb with a variety of dishes to choose from. What really made it a very special and a memorable stay were the terrific staff who couldn't have been more friendly, courteous and helpful to us. This reflects on everyone working at the hotel who consistently demonstrated the value of customer service and the lovely personal touch that means so much to guests. Our family would like to say a special mention to the following staff who were so kind and friendly during our stay and helped make it such a wonderful time; Crystal, Shereean, Raheem, Joan, Alica, Rhea, John, Stephen, Robert, Sophia (Manager) and in particular Lisa Ward, who organised such a beautiful and magical wedding! Well done Crystal Cove team and thank you!!! Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Great Location and Lovely Hotel

Aug 4, 2019 Fatworm Braintree, United Kingdom

We've just completed a stay at the Crystal Cove and had a fantastic time. Our room was perfect - right on the beach and with enough space for my wife and I and our daughter. There was nothing that really let down our stay and I'd recommend the hotel for those looking for a good relaxing break but just a few minor points that mean it didn't get a 5… Read more
We've just completed a stay at the Crystal Cove and had a fantastic time. Our room was perfect - right on the beach and with enough space for my wife and I and our daughter. There was nothing that really let down our stay and I'd recommend the hotel for those looking for a good relaxing break but just a few minor points that mean it didn't get a 5 out of 5 for us. These are minor criticisms just to help the hotel push that extra level to get to 5 in our opinion to help with a constructive review and to help future travellers: - The cave bar could be really good but generally smells. (we could only describe it as a bit like a mix between a hospital and vomit). Can't smell it from the swim up side but can from the main side. It seemed to be keeping people away at night. - The service in the restaurants was a little hit and miss. When it was good it was really good, when it was bad you had trouble getting drinks, didn't get water and didn't get bread etc which happened the rest of the time. We tended to find that when the senior lady was working on greeting at the restaurants it went very well. Rest of the time it was hit and miss. - The pools aren't quite the blue on the photo. Well, not until one of them was cleaned half way through our visit. It magically turned from green to blue which was kind of off-putting for entry into the other green pools! - Turn on the nightlife! When there was good entertainment with singers on a couple of the nights it was great fun. Most of the rest of the time it was deserted, - It was easy to get a lounger on the beach and so no issues from us but please address the crazy people who get to the pool at 7am and grab the beds. The signs say you do - please enforce it! - I know the hotel can't help it but the party boat going by very closely at 6-6:30am two mornings during our two week stay was a little alarming (for those of us that couldn't sleep through it!) Some stand-out positives: - The beach sun loungers were great with comfortable cushions and pull over roofs. Perfect. - 95% of the staff were unbelievably friendly and welcoming. It made a real difference. - The location can't be beaten - we travelled to a couple of the other hotels which you can do as part of the all inclusive package and none of them were as good in our opinion. (but worth a visit) - Watersports are great - book a day in advance. We loved the rings. You can also get snorkels free of charge for 230 minute hire at a time so save that space in your suitcase! - Getting regular drinks, fruits etc brought to us even out on the beach was a real treat. So, all in all I'd highly recommend it for an ideal relaxing visit. I wouldn't recommend it if you want some nightlife however. If you're 20-30ish just be aware you'll find it dead at night. The majority of guests seemed to be of the 6am-9pm variety. We hired a car for the whole time we were there but there is a bus stop straight outside and they are on the ball with taxis. Read less