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 '20–2 Jan '21. 

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

  • Booking bonus: book by 31 Jan '20 and save up to 35% off the accommodation cost for travel between 5 Jan '20-2 Jan '21, 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

  • Excellent (1402)
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Jan 17, 2020 DRKM12

Can't believe how many good reviews this has. I should have taken more notice of the bad ones, as they are spot on. Bedrooms needing major refurbishment. Sheets didn't fit. Sofa bed noisy and not fit to sleep on. Bathroom outdated, not fit for purpose and dirty. Bath tiny. Food very disappointing. Room service - burger inedible. Miserable… Read more
Can't believe how many good reviews this has. I should have taken more notice of the bad ones, as they are spot on. Bedrooms needing major refurbishment. Sheets didn't fit. Sofa bed noisy and not fit to sleep on. Bathroom outdated, not fit for purpose and dirty. Bath tiny. Food very disappointing. Room service - burger inedible. Miserable staff. Will never go back. Could go on...... Beach ok. Pools quite quirky Read less
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Jan 16, 2020 grahamhowes

Amazing location staff and location very personable holiday loved it we came for Christmas just what we all needed nothing at all was to much problem we will definitely be going back tried two other sister hotels this was the best
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Jan 15, 2020 snobbikins New York City, New York

I stayed here Jan. 9-11. Never again. This place needs a major renovation. Old, run-down, dingy. Same lunch menu each day. Food was boring. Breakfast was sad. Limited options. If you want scallops, lobster, etc. you have to pay extra...at an ALL-INCLUSIVE!! No nighttime entertainment. Place is deserted by 10 pm. See pics of the room below. Area… Read more
I stayed here Jan. 9-11. Never again. This place needs a major renovation. Old, run-down, dingy. Same lunch menu each day. Food was boring. Breakfast was sad. Limited options. If you want scallops, lobster, etc. you have to pay extra...at an ALL-INCLUSIVE!! No nighttime entertainment. Place is deserted by 10 pm. See pics of the room below. Area rug was ratty & dirty. State-of-the-art security system (insert sarcasm here). Empty fridge (did I mention this was an all inclusive?). The tub. Oh the disgusting tub that wouldn’t drain while we showered, even after I asked the front desk to send someone to check it. Exchange rate at the hotel is less than it should be. If you have them call you a taxi, they charge more than the taxis from the airport. Just a disappointing experience all around. Never again. Splurge on a nicer hotel. Waste of money. Read less
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Jan 13, 2020 tonyhelen1986 Chwilog, United Kingdom

The warm and generous welcome set the tone for our fabulous stay. This was our third time at this resort. Sophia Babb, the general manager has an amazing team whose goal is to make your stay memorable.
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Jan 9, 2020 Royrobertsthomas Hill Ridware, United Kingdom

There are two things that will make your holiday, 1. the intimacy, location and size of the hotel and 2. the staff. They are the nicest people and it is of no suprise that guests go back year on year for Christmas at Crystal Cove. May time though to eat out. There are some lovely restaurants and hotels close by to try.