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“Our week long wedding vacation extravaganza!” 5 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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Ranked #1 of 2 Little Bay B&B and Inns
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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“Our week long wedding vacation extravaganza!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2013

We booked our 42 person wedding at Coral Cove based on the many positive reviews found here. We weren't disappointed. In fact pretty much every aspect of our week long wedding/vacation exceeded our expectations. Coral Cove is a gem. Considering there are so many western style all inclusive resorts around the island, this place totally stands out. The laid back rustic Jamaican vibe, amazing fresh local Jamaican cooking, super friendly staff/villagers and beautiful tranquil location all combine to make this place very unique. Our guests had an amazing time. The weather was excellent. It all blurred into one big lovely tropical relax-a-thon! And right in the middle somewhere we got married on the beach at sunset. Looking back, we wouldn't change a thing. Most of the other reviews cover all the details, but here are a few things we wanted to note:
-go out and explore the village of Little Bay. The locals are super fun. The beaches are nice. The Blue Hole and Bob Marley's place are worth the short walk. Kids, dogs, goats... all adorable.
-stick to the local Jamaican cuisine. It's delicious! You're in Jamaica after all.
-bring cash. The closest bank machine is in Negril. 30 mins away.
-water shoes are a must. Lots of coral in the cove.
-we brought additional decorations for the wedding and welcome bags for our guests.
-we left our doors unlocked and open the whole week. Safety is not an issue here.

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Room Tip: We stayed in Starlight both trips to Coral Cove. Huge private patio with views of the whole property...
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 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 May 31, 2013

Beautiful grounds, AMAZING rooms, Sean - the best chef in Jamaica!, smiling, accommodating staff, a level of serenity not found in Negril but not far by boat if you miss the crowds. Everyone there is fantastic. Couldn't ask for better.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013 via mobile

The owner & staff at this 15-room resort pulled out all of the stops to make our stay one of the best vacations of my life! Coral Cove in Little Bay, Jamaica provided total relaxation & rejuvenation by offering a location that is off-the-grid (although the 2-hour jeep ride from MoBay was a bit jostling) & genuine. However, there is always a staff member available who is willing to take you anywhere that you want to go.

  • Stayed September 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Clayton, nj
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2013

The pictures speak without words. But I must say this was one of our best island vacations ever. Went for our sons wedding,and had a vacation. Intimate is a good description. Small hotel but not small on service. Food is simple but fabulous. We ate fish caught by us and other guests. Be sure to bring swim shoes. Want to make jewelry, Celeste will show you. Want fresh coconut, or chew sugar cane it will appear. You can make your own cocktails,or do nothing at all.

If you want bright lights and late nights this is not your choice,(although Negril is a taxi ride away) but if you want to be treated to a relaxing, intimate vacation GO HERE.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Renovo, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2013

My wife and I have been to the resort two times, and we cant wait till April next year to visit again. We are planning to visit every year, and the people that work there have really made us feel welcome and more like family than just tourists. It is a very quiet, yet exciting, place to go. We have seen a lot of Jamaica, and it is definitely the best we have seen. There are so many different things that you can do there. It really is just a beautiful place to vacation! Very highly recommended.

  • Stayed April 2013, 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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Baltimore, Maryland, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2013

We were married at Coral Cove on March 16, 2013. I can’t imagine a more-perfect wedding or honeymoon.

We had a number of dietary restrictions, all of which were impeccably handled by the staff. We brought our own flours, which they used to make dishes (and a special wedding cake!) for our GF/paleo guests. We were so impressed that we took photos of most of our meals. Hindiana consistently explained what substitutions she had made, and all 3 cooks were able to make delicious meals with and without these new ingredients. The staff dined us in special places throughout our honeymoon, with torches, candlelight, on the beach, in the coral heart, and on the hurricane wall. It was better than dining at a high-end restaurant at home.

We had a variety of drinks while at Coral Cove, many with fresh fruit. The staff accommodated our requests, such as getting us Myers dark rum for our Dark and Stormies. Donald, Ying, and JC were all accommodating (learned how to make sangria when requested) and proactive (bringing us our favorite drinks on beach). Our room fridge was stocked upon request.

The entire staff was gracious and like a family. (Even though Coral Cove is non-inclusive and tips are not required, we ended up giving many tips away, as all of the staff went well above our high expectations.) Every staff member knew us by name from day one. The room staff made us beautiful towel art with fresh flowers daily. The rooms were kept very clean and Bunny raked the grounds and sand (zen-like) daily. When we showed interest, Yuke showed us how to open almonds and harvested sea beef for our dinner. Ying motorcycled out to pick up “cool jelly” coconut water. Staff even served us in their off time, if they thought we could use anything. When they saw us in Little Bay (off grounds; most staff live locally), they greeted us and checked to see if there was anything they could do for us. Donald and others have a long history with Coral Cove, even helping to build it with Steve, the owner. Steve called us during our stay to ensure all met our expectations, and Maxine, the manager, ensured daily that we were in good care. Despite our long stay and being the only two guests for a while at the resort, we did not see a drop in service whatsoever.And, of course, there is Marla the guard dog, who won our hearts with her in-water fish watching and “guarding” us on our walks!

Coral Cove has beautiful grounds, with many flowers, trees, and hummingbirds. It boasts a coral reef, protected lagoon, beautiful fish, and squid, and guests can borrow snorkel gear, beach shoes, and kayaks. While the island had a few power outages during our 2.5 week stay, the generator was on within a few minutes. We appreciated that Coral Cove is off the beaten path (we were there during Spring Break). It is quiet, has a local flavor, and is part of a community. There are many interesting things within walking distance (Bob Marley’s house, mineral springs to swim in, an amazing bat cave). We always felt safe and were greeted by villagers while on walks. The wifi worked well and helped us stay in touch with those at home. Each room at Coral Cove is different, fascinating, and none are square. Michael worked diligently to improve our A/C, which worked but not as well as it should (he did fix it, by going through our amazing open-air shower to the roof).

Our wedding was gorgeous and well-executed. We were worried a bit with limit knowledge of the wedding day plan. Staff just took care of it all seamlessly (they’ve obvious done this many times). Cynthia made us an awesome arch from property flowers that she had us select. Hope did my elaborately-braided hair on the first try, just from a photo. We had massages and mani-pedis with drinks seaside. Our MC was good and worked from our iPod music. We had the steel drum band for our rehearsal dinner, and they were excellent. In hindsight, though, we would have opted for Michael's reggae band (we ended up buying a CD – love the Hurricane Wall song!) Coral Cove found a local pig and roasted it for us at our rehearsal dinner (at additional cost); it was a big hit with our wedding guests! For the reception, we selected lobster, curried goat, and jerk chicken, all of which were awesome and made to our diets. The beach bonfire was awesome; we had couples dancing on beach to romantic music by firelight. We asked the staff to join our reception dancing and had a blast! Coral Cove staff made the local veggies well – we miss our ackee and saltfish, chocho, and popchoy! Ritchie and Captain Georgie took guests on boat/snorkeling outings, which were a highlight of the trip, and we took a group excursion to Negril with the excellent drivers (Ritchie, Ticia) that the hotel arranged. Georgie was the fisherman who caught our reception lobster. The Coral Cove photographers were great (we were glad that we didn’t opt for an outside choice). We had them back a second day where they took creative, post-wedding shots with the bride and groom. Our one lesson learned from the wedding: Double check all transfers in advance; the hotel switched incoming days/times of two of our parties for inbound transfers.

The bottom line: Our wedding guests didn't want to leave, and neither did we! We look forward to returning to warm, beautiful paradise at Coral Cove each March for our anniversary. Thank you, Coral Cove, for a perfect wedding and honeymoon!

Room Tip: Our guests preferred the A/C'd rooms, although each room is unique and with its own cool feature...
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  • Stayed March 2013, 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2013

Hubs and I came here for a wedding in September 2012 and stayed for a long weekend. We slept in the Marlin room, but this was not the room we booked. The resort staff told us the room we booked was not available when we arrived, and they refunded the difference in price. We purchased an all-inclusive package for the duration of our stay.

GETTING THERE: We paid an additional fee to have the resort pick us up at the airport. The bus driver was late, but it turned out to be a good thing because other members of our party that arrived on later flights were able to ride with us. You have to be an aggressive driver on narrow, unimproved roads and an orienteering champion to get to the resort, so I am glad we paid extra for the shuttle service. The shuttle driver stopped at a local hole-in-the-wall so that we could get an afternoon snack, and the food was pretty tasty. There is no need for a rental car once you get to the resort because there is no place to go. The resort is remote and secluded.

ACCOMMODATIONS: Our room was not anything fancy. Only a few of the rooms had air conditioning, and ours did not. There were plenty of windows with sheer curtains and a ceiling fan, and the breeze off the water kept things cool enough. The front portion of the room was the bedroom and the back portion was the bathroom. The wall between these two areas did not extend fully to the ceiling, and the door between these two rooms was a set of saloon doors. The bathroom windows did not have screens and were open to the outdoors, but we did not have an issue with insects. You could take a shower anytime, but strong water flow and hot showers were not guaranteed. It is not a room for modest people. Hubs and I were just fine.

There was no Wi-Fi in the rooms, and everyone had to sit on the patio by the main office if they wanted to get online. There were routers installed outside the rooms, but the wires were rusted and broken. The desk staff said they had replacement units but did not install them during our stay despite a few inquiries. However, I found it easy to entertain myself offline. I spent hours reading in the hammocks, swam in the bay, and sunbathed on the beach.

FOOD: Do not expect a five-star dining experience, but you will not go hungry. Breakfast and lunch were served buffet-style, and dinner was served at tables on the patio. Food included a mix of common American food (e.g. scrambled eggs, toast, and bacon at breakfast; hamburgers and hot dogs at lunch; grilled chicken and fish at dinner) and some local Jamaican cuisine (e.g. porridge, pea soup, and fresh papaya). The bartender brought drinks to the bay when we swam. I drank Red Stripe, Rum and Ting, or one of the many frozen fruit concoctions made with local fresh fruit and rum.

BOTTOM LINE: If you are the type of traveler that cannot live without all the mod cons, then this is not the place for you. If you are looking for a slow-paced, rustic, secluded getaway, then try this little slice of paradise.

Room Tip: Be sure to select a room with air conditioning if this is a must-have for you!
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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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*
Number of rooms: 17
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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