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 17 Apr '20 and save up to 35% off the accommodation cost for travel between 15 Feb '20–2 Jan '21, blackout 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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Image of the Tripadvisor rating Our best visit even through difficult times

Apr 3, 2020 jeannieBournemouth Bournemouth, United Kingdom

We have stayed at this lovely hotel many times since it opened. Yes it’s getting a little frayed around the edges but the refurbished rooms are lovely and it wouldn’t take too much to return it to tip top condition. We stayed this year for a special anniversary celebration so chose to stay for 3 weeks instead of 2 and loved every minute. Even the… Read more
We have stayed at this lovely hotel many times since it opened. Yes it’s getting a little frayed around the edges but the refurbished rooms are lovely and it wouldn’t take too much to return it to tip top condition. We stayed this year for a special anniversary celebration so chose to stay for 3 weeks instead of 2 and loved every minute. Even the last week when the hotel started to prepare for its closure (very sad) the staff were professional, friendly and efficient right until the very last minute when there was just our table and 2 chairs in the restaurant. Last men standing! Food was great, cocktails amazing, beach beautiful, room perfect.... but as has been said many times it’s the staff that make this place they are truly in a league of their own. Sophie is a brilliant manager and has made such a great team spirit and they all seem to work so well together. It’s great to see the same friendly faces every visit. Hazel, Joan, Kathy, Delores, Michael, Andrea, Dawna, Tanya, Pamela, Lisa, Celeste, Shane, Kevin, Crystal, Sasha, Joanna...I could carry on all day there’s just so many top class staff. Sorry to those I haven’t had space to mention. Monica and her assistant on the beach/garden were greeting us every morning with big sunshine smiles. The dine around is a great idea we managed to get to Tamarind and to Waves before the lock down started. The entertainment was good, karaoke is especially good fun. Please Marriott don’t change this lovely hotel and it’s staff you really have bought a little jewel in the whole of the Caribbean. Stay safe everyone and we hope to see you all next year. Thank you all so much for your professionalism and for keeping up your spirits in what must have been a worrying time for you. You are truly the best. Read less
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Mar 31, 2020 juliadh London, United Kingdom

Recently returned from a week at the Crystal Cove to celebrate my birthday. Really enjoyed it. Nice ocean view room right on the beach, days spent lazing by the beach/pool under an ingenious shaded sunlounger, often brought drinks by staff to keep refreshed. Liked the Cave Bar for cocktails and alternated between Reflections and Drifters for food.… Read more
Recently returned from a week at the Crystal Cove to celebrate my birthday. Really enjoyed it. Nice ocean view room right on the beach, days spent lazing by the beach/pool under an ingenious shaded sunlounger, often brought drinks by staff to keep refreshed. Liked the Cave Bar for cocktails and alternated between Reflections and Drifters for food. One evening at Drifters had a fab seafood salad and gorgeous steak. Enjoyed the steel drums one night as entertainment but other than that the evening bands/entertainment were not great. Didnt spoil our hol though as we were there to relax. Also loved my happy birthday message in the pool. The Cliff is nearby and really lovely as a treat but beware it's very expensive! Overall 4/5 Read less
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Mar 30, 2020 Gazza_wil Corfe Mullen, United Kingdom

Our first visit to Crystal Cove did not disappoint, the setting is really lovely, we visited the sister hotels by water taxi which was nice to do. We felt that Crystal Cove was the best, it has lovely gardens and the beach are is really nice and well maintained. Plenty of sunbeds around the pool areas and beach areas, the pools are not good for… Read more
Our first visit to Crystal Cove did not disappoint, the setting is really lovely, we visited the sister hotels by water taxi which was nice to do. We felt that Crystal Cove was the best, it has lovely gardens and the beach are is really nice and well maintained. Plenty of sunbeds around the pool areas and beach areas, the pools are not good for any serious swimming but the sea makes up for that, they are however ideal for cooling off. The hotel is well placed, with a sports bar(Wendy's) 5 mins walk away and a bus stop right outside the gates. The food was a very good standard and the staff were absolute superb, especially if you take the trouble to interact with them. Read less
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Mar 29, 2020 Sue031259 York, United Kingdom

I found myself alone on holiday at Crystal Cove, as my friend was unable to travel with me. Although nervous initially, everyone made me feel extremely welcome and part of the family. Perfectly placed on the seashore, it was everything I'd hoped it would be, and more. Thank you to everyone.
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Wonderful holiday - we will be back

Mar 25, 2020 A9811TWsarahd

We visited the Caribbean last year and loved it so this had a lot to live up to... and it did in bucket loads . Yes some areas are a little tired but the general feeling was one of complete relaxation. The food was great, the staff just wonderful - too many to thank. All so helpful and friendly Loved the beach, swam with turtle organised by… Read more
We visited the Caribbean last year and loved it so this had a lot to live up to... and it did in bucket loads . Yes some areas are a little tired but the general feeling was one of complete relaxation. The food was great, the staff just wonderful - too many to thank. All so helpful and friendly Loved the beach, swam with turtle organised by Dwayne. Snorkelling was great and the cocktails just fabulous. We made some really lovely friends while here . 🌴☀️🥂🍹 We were staying as the Coronavirus outbreak was just gathering momentum, it was nice to be protected from it slightly . I do hope Barbados isn’t scared from it. We will be back 👍 Read less