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“Christmas Perfection at Cobblers” 5 of 5 stars
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Cobblers Cove
4.5 of 5 Resort   |   , Speightstown, Barbados   |  
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Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Speightstown
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“Christmas Perfection at Cobblers”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2013

I've had the good fortune to travel fairly extensively, but until now have never been compelled to write a review.

For context, we travelled as a family group of 12 (8 adults with 2 grandparents and 6 adults 25-35 along with 4 kids under 5). Our group seemed fairly typical of the demographic here, which mainly seems to consist of families and some couples, many of whom were returning to Cobblers. We visited for 2 weeks in total from December 23rd to Jan 4th (leaving today).

I'm not going to spend too much time commenting on the setting. Suffice it to say that it is postcard perfect.

What makes Cobblers really stand out are the team of people working at the hotel and the effect that their attitude and the intimate setting has on the overall atmosphere.

Cobblers is a place where everyone working at the hotel knows your name, smiles and says hello, wishes you a great day, and is prepared to go above and beyond to make your stay perfect. And I would point out that this is at every level, from Alistair the GM and his mgmt team of Scarlette, Patrick, Philip and Michael the Exec Chef to the team on the ground. For families visiting, we found the babysitting services excellent, and used Lisa every night that we were here. You often see the true colours of a place when there is a problem, and we had everything from a sick baby at midnight on Christmas Eve for whom the entire staff on duty mobilised and brought in a doctor (Dr. Gregory Critchlow is excellent as well) to room changes which were managed flawlessly.

It was our first time visiting, but somehow you feel as if you've been coming forever and it makes you want to come back again (and we have already booked for next year).

This friendly environment extends to the guests. Everyone talks around the pool, shares their toys, offer tips, has drinks at the bar etc...
We met several people whom we hope to stay in touch with.

Overall, I think that Cobblers is a great place if you want a beautiful, relaxing, intimate setting with very friendly people. It is very kid friendly at this time of year, so couples should take that into consideration, and the night life at the hotel is relaxed so those looking for buzz onsite should also take that into consideration (though Holetown is just down the road).

A big thank you to the team, and see you next year.

Tim,
London.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 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
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  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2012

What a wonderful week we've had here. Yes the rooms may seem quaint but they are clean, tidy and comfortable and it is all part of the charm. Food was wonderful and all staff from all departments are professional and polite. Maybe there is new management but as long as change is justifiable then the hotel will continue to move forward. We have done a comparison with other hotels we've visited but Cobblers rates better for us.

Room Tip: Sea views are lovely
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2012

Have stayed there before and found Cobblers Cove to be out of this world. We sincerely hope the new management leave well alone with the staff who - as always were so attentive, polite, fun and friendly. Brian the chef has gone to the Maldives, and the new chef, Michael, does things foodwise in his own unique way. We found the variety of the dishes good, but all lacking in vegetables, and a constant diet of Tuna in the fish department - must be the wrong season. But nothing was too much trouble for him and you only had to ask for something and he went out of his way to provide it it with a glorious smile. An absolute delight of a place to stay, old fashioned English-style hotel, with afternoon tea and little sandwiches and cakes - oh divine!! Can't wait to go back. If only Virgin upped their game it would be even better. Mervyn & Jo

Room Tip: All rooms divine, but they do have the special suites too which we have viewed with open mouths.
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2012

A fantastic time at cobblers cove with children. The position of the hotel is incredible, with a wide frontage onto a private beach, so that you can watch the sunsets from the bar or the pool with waves lapping on the stones below. The staff were unfailingly, charming and efficient and the food delicious (as you might expect from a relais et chateaux). The rooms are comfortable, spotless and with killer air conditioning. The perfect Caribbean break. Far better than the blingtastic sandy lane or other alternatives on the island. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2012

We spent the October half term week at Cobblers Cove with our 3 sons and could not have had a better time. The staff were unfailingly helpful, smiling and polite. The food was outstandingly good, the water sports were excellent and the atmosphere there was as warm as the weather. We could not recommend this hotel more highly and loved every minute. Do check out the very good and tiny shop filled with great products, especially the jewellery.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2012

Just back from Cobblers Cove where once again, we enjoyed the fantastic personal touches of all staff. The food was marvellous. With waters like that the new chef supplied us with copious choices every day. Can breakfast be any better than flying fish and plantain?
The highlight was being zipped off in their speedboat to a empty beach where on arrival we discovered a band playing beneath the mango's and a BBQ being prepared. A full beach party picnic with toes in the sand. I shall never forget it. Heaven.

Room Tip: All rooms seemed pretty great but some have views of the sea whilst others overlook the beautiful ga...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 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 November 10, 2012

I went to Cobblers with my wife and two children aged 12 and 10 for half term. We had a really fantastic time: food was delicious, the staff were really friendly, service was great, and both children waterskied every day for free. It is in a beautiful position and we came home feeling as though we had been away for a fortnight instead of a week. I cannot recommend it more highly.

Room Tip: Rooms with a sea view are great but less private during the day than rooms in the garden.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: , Speightstown, Barbados
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Location: Caribbean > Barbados > Saint Peter Parish > Speightstown
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Speightstown
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Cobblers Cove 4.5*
Number of rooms: 40
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This luxury boutique resort combines Caribbean style and beauty with gracious English country living. Set amongst beautifully landscaped gardens with breathtaking coastal views, the beachside hotel has 40 suites, each individually decorated and open to the ocean and tropical garden surroundings. As a member of the prestigious Relais & Chateaux group, Cobblers Cove prides itself on its impeccable service and elegant Caribbean charm. The hotel's restaurant, The Camelot, serves island-inspired gourmet dishes made with the finest local produce. Lead by Executive Chef Michael Harrison, who has previously trained under Michel Roux Jr. At Le Gavroche in London, The Camelot was recently awarded the highly-coveted BHTA Restaurant of the Year award. Popular with couples and families alike, the resort offers a whole repertoire of activities and facilities. Thrill-seeking children and adults can enjoy complimentary watersports each day, including water skiing, sailing, kayaking and windsurfing. For golfers, Cobblers Cove has a privilege system in place at the Royal Westmoreland Golf and Country Club. For those seeking serenity and relaxation, the Sea Moon Spa offers an extensive treatment list from skincare specialists REN and Sothys, providing the perfect setting for a touch of holiday pampering. ... more   less 
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