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. 

  • 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

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Image of the Tripadvisor rating Perfect for multi generational holidays

Oct 18, 2019 SurreySandM Surrey

We have recently returned from this hotel/resort and had an absolutely wonderful experience. The food was fabulous for a family with dietary requirements ie vegan, vegetarian, allergies and, also, some of us without any specific requirements. We had three children with us and they all loved the food which isn't always easy to achieve as anyone… Read more
We have recently returned from this hotel/resort and had an absolutely wonderful experience. The food was fabulous for a family with dietary requirements ie vegan, vegetarian, allergies and, also, some of us without any specific requirements. We had three children with us and they all loved the food which isn't always easy to achieve as anyone with children knows. The only point to mention is that the service was too slow in the Reflections restaurant, but the Drifters restaurant was fine. Our rooms were spotlessly clean and extremely comfortable, though the space was rather limited if you had more than one suitcase. The pools were absolutely beautiful and very clean, as were the surrounding areas. The gardens were pretty and very well maintained, as was the entire resort. The beach was glorious with no shortage of sunbeds. Plenty of drinks, lollies and snacks available if you required. The water sports were good and included within the all inclusive package. There are two small negatives which were that the entertainment was dated and much too loud if you were in Reflections. Forget having a conversation, because it wasn't possible and it seemed that the only people dancing were the staff. As soon as people had finished eating, they made a rapid exit. The other point was that a couple of the staff were quite surly which was a bit disconcerting, but I guess we can't all be happy all of the time! The reason I am giving 4 stars instead of 5 is that we really did think the entertainment was hard to bear, but we all loved Crystal Cove in every other way and had an AMAZING holiday. We would definitely return. Read less
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Oct 14, 2019 David B Norwich, United Kingdom

Just returned from a 10 night stay at this very good beach resort hotel, great service from the enthusiastic friendly staff. Garden view room was in good condition and well cleaned, well maintained grounds. Good entertainment every evening although not many guests boogied on the dance floor. All inclusive deal provided plenty of food and drink… Read more
Just returned from a 10 night stay at this very good beach resort hotel, great service from the enthusiastic friendly staff. Garden view room was in good condition and well cleaned, well maintained grounds. Good entertainment every evening although not many guests boogied on the dance floor. All inclusive deal provided plenty of food and drink with plenty of choice and care of dietary requirements. Regular beach service with drinks, iced lollies, cookies, water sprays. Some sun beds needed a bit of an update, water-sports available included sailing and motorised activities. Overall a good experience and we would return. Read less
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Oct 11, 2019 Heatherxo76

I went to crystal cove with my family and included in there was my 18 month old daughter. Resort was great but restaurant service was awful! IMPORTANT NOTE: I DO NOT RECOMMEND THIS PLACE IF YOU HAVE CHILDREN. Pros: The room, pool, beach, wine bar was great! Room was clean and seemed to be newly renovated. For those with babies still in crib,… Read more
I went to crystal cove with my family and included in there was my 18 month old daughter. Resort was great but restaurant service was awful! IMPORTANT NOTE: I DO NOT RECOMMEND THIS PLACE IF YOU HAVE CHILDREN. Pros: The room, pool, beach, wine bar was great! Room was clean and seemed to be newly renovated. For those with babies still in crib, they have full size cribs that my daughter slept great in. There were three separate pools to lounge in; all felt wonderful. Beach was rocky but was beautiful. Cons: the service in the restaurants were awful! Every time we walked in it seemed like we were a burden on the wait staff. One of the children in our family has celiac disease and was told that if we wanted gluten free we had to tell them in at breakfast (even though a form was filled out stating that when we arrived). Another time we went to the restaurant, one of the kids accidentally spilled water on the floor so we started to wipe it up with napkins that were available so no one would slip. A waitress yelled at us saying that were using napkins people eat with. (Like we should of just kept it there and waited forever for someone to come over a mop). Do not expect fast service and expect service with an attitude. We were never mean, rude or unappreciative yet we were still treating extremely bad! By the last night we were there, the wait staff wouldn’t even take our order. the hostess had to come over and they wouldn’t bring out our food. The head chef brought it out herself and she was flabbergasted that the wait staff would not bring it to us (she was pissed on our behalf). I say do not take children here because expect to wait no less than an hour and a half for food. That’s all fine when it is a table of adults that want to relax but with children there is no way you can do that. Also there are no snacks available and except for breakfast (buffet) it is only sit down style. I’ll Read less
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Oct 11, 2019 Kevin_read Lonodn

Just returned from our second holiday in Barbados returning to the Crystal Cove Hotel. This is a wonderful hotel, the location of perfect and the staff are all very friendly and willing to help you. We stayed in a Garden suite which is ideal as our daughter has her own bedroom and bathroom. The food and drink is very good and the water sports are… Read more
Just returned from our second holiday in Barbados returning to the Crystal Cove Hotel. This is a wonderful hotel, the location of perfect and the staff are all very friendly and willing to help you. We stayed in a Garden suite which is ideal as our daughter has her own bedroom and bathroom. The food and drink is very good and the water sports are included in the all Inclusive package. We will definitely be returning to this hotel and would recommend it to anyone thinking of visiting Barbados. Read less
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Oct 11, 2019 rosbotham1 Southport, United Kingdom

We attended the wedding of our very good friends. Beautiful venue.well organised by the planner and the food at the reception was excellent . Staff really pleasant and attentive. We loved the hotel, the staff were great. The menu’s in the restaurants were different every day and the food was great.