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.

This hotel has a Tourism Levy fee of $9.63 per room, per day (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.

Rating summary

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Traveller rating

  • Excellent (1315)
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Image of the Tripadvisor rating Amazing Hotel and amazing staff

Jun 15, 2019 IanH-Cheltenham Cheltenham, United Kingdom

My wife and I stayed here for 2 weeks from the 19th May and had the most amazing time. We got married on 27th May and Rhea (wedding coordinator) was brilliant, couldn't ask for anything else. Honestly she did an A1 job, anything we could have wanted sh looked into and was most helpful. We also got to know several staff whilst we were there, Kevin… Read more
My wife and I stayed here for 2 weeks from the 19th May and had the most amazing time. We got married on 27th May and Rhea (wedding coordinator) was brilliant, couldn't ask for anything else. Honestly she did an A1 job, anything we could have wanted sh looked into and was most helpful. We also got to know several staff whilst we were there, Kevin the barman was top draw, amazing chap - even shared the same birthday :-) Robert was another great barman, both served us very well. The restaurant staff were amazing and there are too many to choose from, but ones that sprint to mine are Crystal, Dorna and the restaurant managers were so accommodating and helpful. One chap I cannot forget was John, he worked around the pool and beach area and he was amazing, he hadnt been working there for long but he was great, very chatty a joy to meet and chat to. 2 words..... amazing holiday! Will certainly return. Hotel was fantastic! Read less
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Jun 14, 2019 Sakinah R Ellcott City, United States

This is a comfy, cozy hotel however not so much luxury as advertised. While I enjoyed my stay, great staff, nice beach, the rooms could use some modernization, food was simply okay and the addition of a spa would be great. The Cave Bar was one of the better assets.
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Jun 12, 2019 drchasev Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

This is an isolated hotel, the staff I can’t speak highly enough of. Everyone very friendly and helpful. The front desk staff made my experience by helping me out with any questions. The resort is beautiful, pool and cave bar are on point. And the beach is adequate with plenty of shaded chairs. My only critiques are that all rooms have a huge… Read more
This is an isolated hotel, the staff I can’t speak highly enough of. Everyone very friendly and helpful. The front desk staff made my experience by helping me out with any questions. The resort is beautiful, pool and cave bar are on point. And the beach is adequate with plenty of shaded chairs. My only critiques are that all rooms have a huge front glass window which is great for views but not so much for privacy so always have to shut natural light out unless you want other people to see what you’re doing. The beach has lots of dead coral in some sections. So pick the area closer to the hotel. The food is very high quality and the waitstaff are always on top of getting you new drinks. The bars don’t open till 10am so I found that a bummer when my excursion got moved to a different day I had to wait a bit. Make sure and look at the a la carts menus in reflections restaurant to see which meal fits your tastes better and reserve a time at chosen restaurant in the mornings when you eat breakfast. The first night is defaulted to reflections so don’t waste your time going down to drifters and make sure that you have the appropriate attire no flip flops and slacks/polos for men. Overall I miss our stay and look forward to returning at a later date. I also walked 10 minutes north to a gas station and there are no souvenir shops so make sure and catch a bus to holetown for 3.50 bbds or shop at tourist attractions you may go to, the hotel shop is tiny with a small selection. Read less
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Jun 12, 2019 Chelakm Scarisbrick, United Kingdom

We visited here for our 25th wedding anniversary and we loved every minute. The hotel itself is very rustic with a real Caribbean feel. Our room was a good size with a lovely bathroom and the air conditioning was great and cleaned every day. The main point of our room was our lovely terrace which overlooked the gardens and sea and we spent time… Read more
We visited here for our 25th wedding anniversary and we loved every minute. The hotel itself is very rustic with a real Caribbean feel. Our room was a good size with a lovely bathroom and the air conditioning was great and cleaned every day. The main point of our room was our lovely terrace which overlooked the gardens and sea and we spent time drinking morning coffee and sunset cocktails every day. The food was lovely, plenty of choice and the same with drinks, we particularly loved the espresso martinis in the vista bar after dinner. We spent most of our time on the beach as it was so beautiful and we were served drinks, lollies and grapes. Water sports here are a real bonus, we enjoyed kayaking, banana boat, snorkelling and Paul who was great and took us out sailing on the Hobie boat a few times. The staff here are lovely especially Raheen, Kevin, Crystal, Paul and John who helped make our anniversary special by putting our anniversary message in the pool. Sorry if I’ve missed anyone out but they were all fabulous. I enjoyed the entertainment that was on when we were there but if your looking to stay up late and party then this place isn’t for you but if you want a lovely relaxing laid back time then it’s perfect. Thank you Crystal Cove for a lovely holiday. Read less
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Jun 12, 2019 RichF05 London, United Kingdom

Three of us went for a 5 night relaxing holiday and this was the perfect location for it. Right on a lovely sandy beach with plenty of sun loungers, food and drink available all day and such a friendly fun vibe across the whole hotel. Food was served in either the beach side or pool side restaurant and always plentiful and very tasty. Lots of… Read more
Three of us went for a 5 night relaxing holiday and this was the perfect location for it. Right on a lovely sandy beach with plenty of sun loungers, food and drink available all day and such a friendly fun vibe across the whole hotel. Food was served in either the beach side or pool side restaurant and always plentiful and very tasty. Lots of choices on drinks from one of the three bars. The room was large, clean and well kitted out with everything we needed and cleaned each day. The mini bar was re-stocked each day and they were more then happy to take requests for drinks we wanted in it. All the staff were friendly and helpful, from arrival to departure. The manager, Sofia, made a point of coming over and saying hello on our first day and chatting to us about the hotel. We also had a great laugh with Crystal and Alison who worked both the bars, pool and restaurant. The small touches help make it extra special, drinks and ice cream service on the beach, free watersports, including water sking, banana rides etc. Great fitness room with plenty of equipment and air-conditioning! Decent, fast wifi across the hotel and the beach was great to have as well. Also one of us had a birthday while out there and for meals we had a special table and birthday cake brought out, plus staff wishing them a happy birthday. The hotel is fairly quiet of an evening, with a local musician performing over dinner but everything on site winds down by about 10pm, although are some bars and clubs further down the road if people wanted that. Would highly recommend the hotel for a relaxing holiday in the sun. Read less