Crystal Cove by Elegant Hotels

Barbados, Caribbean

Virgin rating

The hotel

Crystal Cove is an all-inclusive hotel located right on the beachfront on the platinum west coast of Barbados. This beautiful resort features 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 of course! 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 and entertainment (of which there are plenty!).

Amenities

  • Kayaking
  • Sailing
  • Snorkelling
  • Tennis
  • Water Skiing
  • Windsurfing
  • Babysitting service
  • Kids Club
  • Families
  • Honeymoon
  • Wedding
  • Bar

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, mini fridge, complimentary WiFi access, safe, bathrobe, slippers, 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: 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 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 people.

Junior Suite Oceanview - as Junior Suite Pool/Garden View but with beautiful sea views, sleeping maximum 3 people.

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).

Reflections (all day dining with buffet breakfast and a la carte dinner, as well as international buffet evening on Wednesdays). Drifters Restaurant and Bar (beachfront Caribbean restaurant, serving casual buffet lunch, afternoon tea, and a la carte dinner, as well as beach BBQ on Saturdays). Cave Bar (swim-up pool bar). Vista Coffee & Wine Bar (serving drinks and light bites). The Beach Bar. 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*. Fitness centre. Wellness classes including yoga, pilates, and water aerobics. 2 floodlit tennis courts. Complimentary motorised and non-motorised water sports including snorkelling, stand up paddle boarding, banana boats, tubing, sailing, kayaking, and water-skiing. Beach Olympics. Freddie's Island & Adventure tour*. 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.

A Tourism Fee will be charged per bedroom, per night and will be collected at check out. The rate is subject to change by the Government, and varies by hotel room. Fees currently range from 8.75 Barbadian dollar (approximately £3.90) to 35 Barbadian dollar (approximately £16.00) per bedroom, per night.  

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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Image of the Tripadvisor rating Fabulous holiday

Apr 12, 2024 Y12BLcarolw

A fabulous hotel in a great location - we chose a sea view room which was wonderful. Mini bar filled every day with soft drinks. Towels changed daily & room kept very clean. Hotel facilities are great which include a cave bar, coffee shop & water sports. It was great the coffee shop opened at 6am due to my jet lag. Great restaurants with a… Read more
A fabulous hotel in a great location - we chose a sea view room which was wonderful. Mini bar filled every day with soft drinks. Towels changed daily & room kept very clean. Hotel facilities are great which include a cave bar, coffee shop & water sports. It was great the coffee shop opened at 6am due to my jet lag. Great restaurants with a lovely variety which we all enjoyed - Sophia & Sasha (to name just two) were wonderful. A big thank you to Richard & Lisa for making our family holiday celebrating my husband’s retirement & my birthday so special. Hotel due to be refurbished in 2025 & we will definitely be back. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Nice Hotel, but expensive for what was on offer

Apr 11, 2024 book_keeper60 Stourbridge, United Kingdom

Nice small hotel, on the expensive side. The first few days were absolutely wonderful with british, Italian and guests from other islands, but then the piece was shattered with the arrival of guests from USA and Canada. Constant moaning and shouting, this was NOT a high end hotel with only one restaurant and occasional buffet at lunch time on the… Read more
Nice small hotel, on the expensive side. The first few days were absolutely wonderful with british, Italian and guests from other islands, but then the piece was shattered with the arrival of guests from USA and Canada. Constant moaning and shouting, this was NOT a high end hotel with only one restaurant and occasional buffet at lunch time on the beach and lack of burgers and fries which was not what they expected. A lot of moaning that evenings were mainly A La Carte and you had to book in the morning. This all suited us fine, we found the food to be of a very good standard. There were a lot of issues with drinks running out during our stay and management were not overly quick to rectify this which led to some heated arguments. Our room was at the back by the road which at times was noisy but acceptable, the nightly frogs were more irritating, the room had supposedly been updated but was very basic and the bathroom was of a very low standard. The room was on the ground floor and overlooked the colourful gardens, sitting on the balcony we watched humming birds and butterflies visiting the fragrant flowers. We did have a storm whilst we were there and realised that there is very limited inside areas (except your room) to be in during the heavy downpours. The site is mainly on 3 levels with a waterfall and bathing pool on each level before the beach area, together with a cave bar. Lots of steps so not good for guests with mobility issues. Do book a day trip round the island, well worth it. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Top class resort where everyone smiles

Apr 10, 2024 DaleG131 Bristol, United Kingdom

This is truly a great 5 star resort, everything about the place is top notch. The food was varied so never got boring, private beach was clean and powder white sand you can see why celebrities have places on this stretch of coast. The rooms were always kept immaculate by the staff and if you can get an ocean view it's definitely a wise choice… Read more
This is truly a great 5 star resort, everything about the place is top notch. The food was varied so never got boring, private beach was clean and powder white sand you can see why celebrities have places on this stretch of coast. The rooms were always kept immaculate by the staff and if you can get an ocean view it's definitely a wise choice especially if you enjoy a sundowner to yourselves. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Totally disappointed!

Apr 8, 2024 Pamela O Southport, United Kingdom

Hotel sadly in need of refurb. Birds all over the tables in both restaurants, bird poo on the chairs. Hotel wasn’t clean, staff couldn’t care less. Beach beds broken, dirty sunloungers, we had been assured last year by the Manager, that new beds were on the way. Barman totally ignored us carried on his conversation with a girl collecting glasses.… Read more
Hotel sadly in need of refurb. Birds all over the tables in both restaurants, bird poo on the chairs. Hotel wasn’t clean, staff couldn’t care less. Beach beds broken, dirty sunloungers, we had been assured last year by the Manager, that new beds were on the way. Barman totally ignored us carried on his conversation with a girl collecting glasses. Final straw was birds taking left over food off the tables and eating off the floor alongside our breakfast table. This was probably our 6/7th visit and we won’t be returning. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating What a fab place

Apr 6, 2024 Lee R North Wales, United Kingdom

Having just returned from an amazing trip to Crystal cove I struggle to see why everyone doesn't give this place a 5 star review. It's styled in a traditional way and if you're expecting a huge Marriott with sliding doors and large marble floors then maybe you'll be disappointed. But what you get is a friendly, well appointed all-inclusive. Our… Read more
Having just returned from an amazing trip to Crystal cove I struggle to see why everyone doesn't give this place a 5 star review. It's styled in a traditional way and if you're expecting a huge Marriott with sliding doors and large marble floors then maybe you'll be disappointed. But what you get is a friendly, well appointed all-inclusive. Our apartment was lovely on 2 levels with a kids bed set up downstairs with a sofa, little bar, mini fridge and bathroom with a bath. Upstairs is a huge bed and hugeTV (which we didn't turn on as there was too much to do) and nice bathroom. The beach was a few steps from our room and lovely. Well kept, lots of beds, lots of space, beautiful clear water where you could see the fish and crabs from the shallows. There was reasonable snorkeling from the beach. The 3 pools linked by trickling water were wonderful. Each fairly small but with beds round each one plenty of space. The cave bar was a great novelty with the waterfall pouring over. We never had to wait long and the kids loved the milkshakes. Kids club was super. Open 9 till 5ish with an hour for lunch. Staff were great and knew our kids within 30mins or arriving. There was a different activity each day - lots of craft too. Watersports were free, easy to book. Our 6 year old did banana boating and the rings which she loved. Didn't have time to try the kayaks or sail boats +++ - next time! Food was good. Not as much choice as some all inclusive but what there was, was good quality. Both restaurants vary between al-a-carte and buffet and there's always a kids buffet available so they can eat quickly! There's so much included at this resort. We loved the coffee shop/wine bar where you can get a coffee, glass of wine, crisps, nuts and cake all at the same time and all included. There's also afternoon tea and cocktails and canapés each night - all free! On top of all this the resort has 3 sister resorts all linked by the free water taxi. And 2 of them are included in the all inclusive. We just hooped on the boat and 5 mins later you're at the other resort for a swim and a cocktail. Almost every member of staff were friendly and welcoming. The only bad thing here was having to leave. Read less