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“Not your usual all-inclusive” 4 of 5 stars
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Crystal Cove
4.0 of 5 Resort (All-Inclusive)   |   Appleby, Barbados   |  
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Charleston, South Carolina
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30 hotel reviews
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“Not your usual all-inclusive”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is a very quiet, laid back resort. You will not find the late night drunkfest that is usually associated with all-inclusives. The pools were beautiful and clean, which is very important to me. The rooms were huge and always cool and clean. The food was excellent and the staff were very attentive and friendly. The beach was great with plenty of room to swim and snorkel. It is expensive but I guess you are paying for the location. Highly recommend!

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Oxford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile



We would like to thank you and all your staff for making our holiday really special, and also for the concern and additional support from all of you following the diagnosis of my DVT. It was really appreciated.

We had a wonderful time in Crystal Cove, it's an amazing hotel, made extra special by the wonderful staff, who were always friendly, helpful, and who went the extra mile. Your team are a valuable asset.

The rooms are amazing - tip go for sea view suite views are wonderful
The facilities and service exceeded expectation
The food was delicious

Will recommend to friends and family

We will be returning to Crystal Cove next year, and look forward to seeing you all again.

Many thanks

Pam & Steve Jackson
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Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Had an amazing holiday here with my wife , inlaws,and 2 year old son . What stood out for me here were the staff , they are excellent , very attentive and relaxed with you always have time for a laugh and a joke whilst attending to your every need . They are also very good with children which is a relief
when travelling with toddlers !
The food was obviously excellent as I came back half a stone heavier .
Pools and beach are stunning , I didn't really notice the amount of steps mentioned in other reviews , perhaps I was having such a good time that I didn't notice . The beach sellers are basically good guys though they can be a bit pushy , jet skis should be $50 per hour, great fun , we did the boat tour where you swim with turtles and swim out to a ship wreck , this is a must ! Also went to Harrison's caves which was brilliant .
Great holiday would love to go back :)

  • Stayed October 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Salisbury, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We stayed in April for 9 nights to celebrate my 50th birthday and had a fabulous time.
Upgraded on arrival to a beach side apartment that meant my wife and I had our own bedroom and ensuite bathroom from our 13yr old daughter. Perfect.
Lovely views from the balcony and the room had its own bar which was restocked daily!
Gorgeous comfy bed with fan and very efficient aircon.
Delightful staff. Great water sport facilities including free water skiing.
The only down side was sometimes the choice of restaurants was limited to one for dinner and sometimes this proved to be the only one open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Food was pretty good on the whole, all inclusive and not fine dining but we had some delightful meals. Red wine was fine, house White Chardonnay not so.
Very happy to recommend. Did some lovely trips out including swimming with the beautiful turtles on my birthday and having dinner at the recommended and fabulous, Tides restaurant.
Would come back tomorrow!

Room Tip: Get out and explore the area! Car hire easy and a very friendly island.
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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Andover, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

First visit to this hotel but 4th visit to Barbados, staff excellent on the whole, sometimes restaurant staff bit slow but you are on holiday so go with it. Special mention to Jo-ann who helped make our transition from a different hotel go swiftly and easily, thank you. Have already told friends to visit and hopefully going back next year, people have to remember everything is slower pace in Caribbean so just sit back relax and enjoy.

Room Tip: Had a suite and it was lovely and spacious
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Stradbally, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We stayed at crystal cove in June 2014 for our honeymoon words cannot describe how amazing this hotel is!!!! We booked our transfer with the hotel and once we came out through arrivals he was waiting for us! :) about 30 mins later we were at the hotel! check in went absolutely amazing Shane was so helpful! :) and the rum punch is to die for!!!!!! :) we also got a cold towel and after about 10 hours travelling that was so nice! :)

We had an ocean view room which was absolutely huge! when we arrived there was champagne waiting for us!!!!! :) the rooms have everything you need there and are immaculately clean and the bed one of the most comfortable beds I have even slept in!!!! It was so handy to have the pool towels left in your room every day! the rooms were also cleaned to perfection every day!!! the view from the room was fabulous and waking up hearing the waves outside was perfect!!!!

But my favorite part of crystal cove was the food!!!!! there is such a variety there that during our 7 night there was something different every night. The food is presented so well and tastes amazing!!!! Reflections was my favorite for dinner although drifters was a close second!!!! Lunch at both reflections and drifters were super the wraps at drifters are amazing and the crystal club in reflections was super!!!! The pancakes and waffles at breakfast were so tasty but the omelets cooked fresh in front of you with whatever fillings you wanted was the winner for me!!!!!! the house wines are also absolutely lovely esp the white!!!

Lastly the staff.....they make crystal cove!!!!! Everyone there is just so friendly and helpful!!!! :) they make the atmosphere so relaxing!!!!! :) while lying by the pool you get iced lollys fruit and drinks brought directly to you we were absolutely spoilt by each and everyone at crystal cove! thank you to everyone!!!!! :)

You simply just have to go to crystal cove!!!!! :) I cannot thank the staff enough for making our honeymoon the most amazing experience ever!!!!!!! We cant wait to go back!!!!! :)

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I think i'm repeating my last review - this is our 3rd visit and each time it just gets better!!

I'll start with the food. It is definitely more Bajan orientated than before which is great. Shontel the head chef arranged some special local dishes for us - including the Flying Fish and Cou Cou. Brilliant! A big thanks to her for this.

Next is the staff - they can't do enough to please you and are great fun. We have got to know a few quite well over the past 3 holidays there. I wont mention them by name - too many but a big thank you to all of you for making this holiday the best one ever.

Just about to book our return visit to Crystal Cove for next June. See you all next year!!

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Crystal Cove

Address: Appleby, Barbados
Location: Caribbean > Barbados > Saint James Parish
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#2 Top resorts Hotel in Saint James Parish
#6 On the Beach Hotel in Saint James Parish
#7 Luxury Hotel in Saint James Parish
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Crystal Cove 4*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
"An enchanting blend of vitality and Caribbean charm."A colorful and vibrant beachfront all-inclusive property with 88 rooms offering a seductive Caribbean charm that will make you feel at home from the moment you arrive. Crystal Cove's warm, relaxed ambience and friendly service which includes all-inclusive accommodation as well as a Supervised Kids Club (for children aged 3-11) appeals to families and couples of all ages, many of whom return there year after year. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Crystal Cove Saint James
Crystal Cove Barbados/Saint James Parish
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