We were guests at Coral Cove for our fiends wedding in March for 5 days. Honestly, it was fantastic. I am not into all inclusive resorts in general, as I feel they are typically void of any local culture and the food and drink are junk. Truthfully and thankfully, Coral Cove is NONE of these. Its the perfect all inclusive for people who hate all inclusives.
The food is absolutely delicious; Totally Jamaican with enough variety to suite all pallets. The staff are quite simply the most genuine, friendly and personable staff I have every met. It is unusual to go to a resort for 5 days and leave, knowing all the staff by name and giving them big hugs on the way out! They were absolutely top notch in every way; grounded in authentic Jamaican hospitality.... It was more like staying with a great group of friends than the usual feeling you get when staying at a resort.
Ok- about the hotel:
Coral Cove is a small collection of rooms and cabins placed around a coral cove (I know, but it needs to be said ;). The Cove is delightful for snorkeling and bathing and provides a really nice breakwater from the coastal waves. WATER SHOES are a MUST though as the coral is sharp. The snorkeling was great and the hotel provides gear, which is really nice, a well as kayaks free of charge. There is a little beach area as well with loungers and umbrellas as well as hammocks everywhere. the atmosphere is laid back, comfortable and feels like home; yet a really nice home in a tropical paradise.
Our room was simple yet comfortable, and very clean. We had a walk in shower with a hole in the ceiling that allowed you to look at the stars if you were taking a night shower; cool! The room was well screened and had excellent cross ventilation so we didn't need an air conditioner. The bed was SO comfortable. I have never slept so well. The only thing I can find room for improvement in was the shower, which did not have the best pressure and was not always hot, so this could be improved.
Food and Drinks were top notch; lots of great blended cocktails with tons of fresh local fruit; no substitute syrups and just the right amount of booze. As Ive already said the meals were absolutely delicious; local and international flavors.
This is a great place to go with a group of friends, especially if you want the convenience of an all inclusive, but the true atmosphere of Jamaica and a relaxed comfortable stay. If you are looking for a cookie-cutter hotel with standard American fare and the amenity of Vegas- DO NOT come to Coral Cove; you will be disappointed! If you love to watch the stars out under your private beach, make friends with the locals, try some new food, kick back and read all day, snorkel and swim and enjoy the finer things in life like no TV, slow internet, and countless hours of relaxation, this is the place for you!!
PS- the photos on the website absolutely do not do the hotel justice. its much nicer and the cove is simply divine.