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“New Years on the beach!” 4 of 5 stars
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Coral Cove Resort
3.0 of 5 Bed and Breakfast   |   2 Old Hope Rd, Little Bay Jamaica, Little Bay, Jamaica   |  
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Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“New Years on the beach!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2013

Huge thanks to Maxine, Rachelle, Donald, Richie and all the super friendly people at Coral Cove. What a beautiful location! Really looking forward to returning in March with all our guest for our wedding! We're both so excited!!

W&N

Room Tip: Starlight and Starbright both have large patios and amazing views!
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
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  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2012

Coral Cove was the perfect place for our down-to-earth, intimate wedding---they accommodated two small children, allergies and dietary needs, and went out of there way to make sure everyone had an amazing time! As my father said, "It's not like a hotel, it's like we came to visit family." My wedding was perfect in every capacity, and it felt like all the little details were as important to the staff (I'm reluctant to call them staff, as they were SO much more than that!) as they were to me. Our friends and families continue to rave about the trip, and we intend to go back as soon as possible!

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2012 via mobile

Coral cove is beautiful, and real, the workers treat you like apart of their family and make you feel at home. I would never want to take back where I had my wedding it was amazing! They really make your wedding dreams come true, if I was ever to go back to Jamaica coral cove would be my number one choice. I would also like to point out that its not a commercialized place it's all natural beauty so it's pretty much like living the Jamaican way, which is the kind of vacation I love!

  • Stayed May 2012
    • 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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Yonkers, New York
1 review
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2012

We found Coral Cove online when we got married 5 years ago. Steve was a delight to work with from the very start The staff was warm, welcoming, pleasant, caring and just very gracious to us. We were treated as part of the family. There was no requests that were not met. We enjoyed every minute of our stay at Coral Cove. For our anniversary two weeks ago, nothing has changed. We loved everything about the place and the people. The food was excellent and this time we had our 3 year old daughter with us who has a milk allergy. The staff cared for her and her diet restrictions just as we would ourselves. We cannot express our gratitude and appreciation. Thanks to Richie, Keasha, Maxine, Sean, Donald, Yeng just to name a few, for a very enjoyable stay at Coral Cove. We will treasure those memories always!
Love, Rickie, Heather and Olivia

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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SteveZLittleBay, Owner at Coral Cove Resort, responded to this review, October 26, 2012
None of us will ever forget your wedding 5 years ago.. The night culminated under a full moon near midnight, when you invited me to dance with both of you on the beach. It was a celebration of the day, and a show of appreciation for of all 70 of your guests that made it one of the most memorable days and nights ever.
Thank you again, Steve Zindars
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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2012

I found Coral Cove online about a year ago when I got engaged, and having never been to Jamaica, a significant majority of my decision-making was based on Trip Advisor reviews. Therefore I promised myself that once I returned from the trip I would write an honest, no-holds barred review of the resort, Jamaica itself, and our wedding.

I was in no way prepared for what the experience was like. Sure, you can read the reviews online but the experience upon arrival was what made it a 5-star rating for us. Now, Coral Cove is not a Sandals or a Beaches or a Secrets....there are significant differences, but by the first night we realized that for what we wanted in a wedding, Coral Cove had them all beat.

My husband and I did not have guests or a wedding party, so it was truly just the two of us. I know most other weddings include a lot of people there, and many fill all the rooms at the resort, so I was a bit nervous how we would be treated with "just" us. I should never have worried! Rouchelle and Maxine were amazing hostesses from the beginning, and we never felt out of place or "weird" for having such a small wedding.

I will echo others sentiments and say that the ride from Montego Bay airport is long a bumpy, and it was pouring rain that afternoon....so upon arrival at Coral Cove we were a little nervous about what we would encounter. Maxine was there to meet us and checked us in warmly, showing us up to our first room, The Doctor Bird. I will say that that room is not the best room unless you are young and in great shape, as it is up several flights of winding stairs. Maxine offered to move us and we were grateful to spend all but the first night in the Dolphin room. The view was amazing and the open air shower reminded me how different this resort was from "the norm".

The people were truly what made this experience even more magical. Donald was an amazing bartender and is a down to earth and awesome guy. We spent a lot of time with him, walking around the town of Little Bay, hanging out at the bar learning about his life, and on the last night of our stay he came up with a special location for us to have our dinner, since the normal water-side beach location wasn't possible due to wind. Georgie was also a fabulous person to get to know- there were a few nights we stayed up late to listen to his stories of fishing and his life in Little Bay. My husband desparately wanted to go fishing, but it was too windy/rough. Georgie offered to take him out on his boat the last morning we were there, just to help pull up his fish traps, so my H could get a chance to go out on a boat! He said it was the highlight of his trip, besides the wedding.

So speaking of the wedding....it was exactly what we both wanted, down to the letter. We spent the morning together, and then I went to get a pedicure and makeup and hair done with Hope while he hung out with the staff and some new friends we'd met while we were there. It rained a bit, but true to Jamaican form, it stopped in time for us to get married and get photos taken. The ceremony went off without a hitch, and we were thrilled when later that night Michael, who is the electrican/DJ for the resort but also a great musician, did an impromptu beach concert/party with all the guests in attendance. We sand and danced and drank lots of rum- who could ask for more?

We went on two excursions with Ritchie, both of which were awesome. He took us to Negril one day and we went shopping, to the beach, Rick's Cafe, etc. It was great although I was happy to get back to Coral Cove! We also went over to YS Falls and the Appleton Rum estates one day which was a long drive but definitely worth it!

All in all, I would without hesitation recommend Coral Cove- with a few caveats. If you are looking for ice-cold air conditioning, white Sandy beaches, and a plethora of restaurants, I'd move on down to Negril and the cookie cutter resorts there. If you are looking for a quiet, intimate, personal experience with authentic people and food where you feel like you are the only person on earth, book Coral Cove and arrive ready for an unforgettable time.

Room Tip: Dolphin room was awesome, but also check out rooms with A/C
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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SteveZLittleBay, Owner at Coral Cove Resort, responded to this review, October 26, 2012
Thank you for such a descriptive review of not only the hotel, but also in the way you opened up to the greater experience of enjoying the culture. Spending the time to get to know many members of our staff as well as local fishermen and neighbors, it helps to turn a great wedding and honeymoon experience into even more.
A leap of faith brought you to us, your appreciation will bring you back:)
Many thanks, Steve Zindars
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Champaign, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2012

We just got home from Coral Cove and had our wedding on May 19th. We enjoyed every moment from meeting the staff to the food and everything in between. The staff make you feel like family and take the best care of our every needs. It is very quaint and full of culture! Our room always had fresh flowers and the bar was always stocked! They made our wedding dreams come true!!! We def plan on coming back within the next 5 years!!!!!!

Room Tip: All rooms are great!
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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SteveZLittleBay, Owner at Coral Cove Resort, responded to this review, October 26, 2012
My first trip to Little Bay before Coral Cove was even imagined, was life changing as well.
To have been able to create a place where others could come and experience the same feelings I had on that trip many years ago has been rewarding in a very intangible way. It is a labor of love and dedication for so many people. Many of which you were fortunate to meet and they were fortunate to meet you as well.
We are very blessed to have members of our staff that genuinely care, and want our guests to witness and share in the richness of the Jamaican culture.
We look forward to your return for your 5 year anniversary.
All the best, Steve Zindars
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Austin, Texas
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2012

This was the best trip to CC we have ever had, maybe even topping our marriage in '08! Every single member of the staff touched us in such a profound way, always waving, always smiling, always eager to help make any aspect of our trip that much more perfect! We always feel so rejuvenated in our soul after a visit to Coral Cove! This trip was no exception.There are many improvements to the property that have greatly improved the overall aesthetic, like the masonry around "the cliffs" as well the garden beds around the property. And, the gardens themselves have been carefully tended by people like Cynthia and many others. Everyday 'Sarge' rakes the beaches and all the sandy areas until they are free from debris that has washed up in the night. Every morning coffee is waiting on you, and soon after a buffet style breakfast is set up. It always had something that was true Jamaican and also many other items, plus eggs always made to order. Lunch was done in this fashion too with the buffet, which to be honest we thought we would not like but after experiencing it(the buffet) we loved it.Sean is a great cook!!The food was still as awesome as it has ever been, but now you could go and get seconds, thirds, etc. And dinner has always been fantastic but you can definately notice the artistic flair that the new chef has added. David is an up and coming chef, and his skill shows! Elaine, the Clayton sisters, Ivette, Saskia, Poochie, and more, they all work so hard in the kitchen and in housekeeping to make everything so grand! Donald is a top shelf human and a fantastic barkeep, a great and honorable man, and his nephew Yeng has always been so good to us. Of course Ritchie is so kind and has always made me feel like we are true friends. We also appreciate the hard work of the office staff, a personal thanks to Maxine, Rouchelle, and Terri for being so helpful! We also witnessed a wedding there and it was so magical that it made me shed a tear remembering my magical day four years ago, especially when I shook the hand of the minister that married us back then! So would we go back? Yes!!! We will go there as often as we can for as long as we can. And if life permits, you too should get lost in the magic of Coral Cove in Little Bay Jamaica and find yourself! My original review of this place from our wedding in 2008 is titled, "Life Lessons. . ." give it a read.
Thank you CC!!!
Thomas and Katelyn

Room Tip: Ocean facing rooms higher up have better air flow, and superior views! Starbright, Momma Beach, and...
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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SteveZLittleBay, Owner at Coral Cove Resort, responded to this review, October 26, 2012
I can't hardly express the gratitude I feel for your comments. I can remember back to your initial visit and the constructive comments you had after returning home. It is the constructive criticism that is welcomed and acted upon. Your genuine interest has made you like family to the staff at this point.
The introduction of Coral Cove to members of your extended family on your most recent visit spoke volumes. We know you will be back and we appreciate that fact:)
Sincerely, Steve Zindars
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Address: 2 Old Hope Rd, Little Bay Jamaica, Little Bay, Jamaica
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Location: Caribbean > Jamaica > Westmoreland Parish > Little Bay
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in Little Bay
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3 star — Coral Cove Resort 3*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Intimate 17 room boutique All-Inclusive resort with European Plan/Bed & Breakfast option. Custom designed rooms & cottages, located on a private cove with a protected swimming and snorkeling area. The best of both coastal property worlds, 5 acres with 1/4 mile of ocean frontage with private beaches and natural volcanic cliffs. Ideal for vacations, weddings, and honeymoons. We serve fresh, Caribbean and international cuisine daily and provide tours and activities for guests looking for an authentic rich cultural Jamaican experience. ... more   less 
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