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Crystal Cove by Elegant Hotels
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Reviewed April 19, 2014

Spent 10 days at this resort with family. Had a great experience as our 1st time in Barbados.

Hotel was great, water sports team and beach deserve a particular mention. The restaurant team also managed to achieve the right balance of efficiency with a relaxed style. I didn't recognise any of the comments on here around rude staff - although on occasion efficiency meant removing plates of some of our party before we had all finished a course.

The comments in other reviews about the bathrooms and other bits of the campus needing a refurb are fair and prevented me giving a rating of '5', but did not detract from an overall good experience.

The food was of a good quality and never lacking in quantity, although at times a bit 'middle of the road' which I guess is to be expected when trying to cater for a variety of tastes. Personally I would have liked more local dishes - the limited number on the menu were great.

Would we come back to this hotel? Yes.

Room Tip: Some rooms are right by the central 'plaza' and would be best avoided if you wanted to get a...
  • Stayed: April 2014, traveled with family
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Reviewed April 16, 2014

First time to Barbados and could not have chosen a better hotel. Clean and tidy with friendly and welcoming staff in all departments. Food very good with friendly service, especially from Hazel and Giselle who we seemed to be served by most nights. Also, A la Carte predominantly in Reflections which was unexpected but a refreshingly pleasant change from the normal buffet. Booking your time to eat was also a pleasant surprise and very welcome since one did not have to wait for a table. Pools are quite small but the sea was perfect for swimming. Beach excellent with unexpected service of drinks, fresh fruit and ice lollies.
Evening entertainment better than other Caribbean islands we have visited. Overall a great holiday and we will return

  • Stayed: March 2014, traveled as a couple
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oskeete, General Manager at Crystal Cove by Elegant Hotels, responded to this reviewResponded April 18, 2014

Dear Brian S,

Many thanks for your warm review regarding your recent stay with us.

We are so glad you had a wonderful experience at Crystal Cove, and we appreciate you taking the time to highlight all of the great aspects that we offer at our resort. Giselle and Hazel are thrilled to have been mentioned as well, and send their best regards.

We look forward to your return visit!

Sincerely,

Olivia Skeete- Baptiste

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Reviewed April 15, 2014

We went as a party of 4 to Crystal Cove in September of 2013 and had a wonderful holiday, the staff are the best I have ever encountered in any hotel - nothing is too much trouble and always willing to go the extra mile to make your holiday special. Olivia the manager is amazing and even sorted out a prescription for me for migraine tablets. The food was good, and the evening entertainment excellent.
The sunbeds on the beach were amazing - we called them 'pods' and they were very comfortable, and the service on the beach was great.
Only down side to this hotel is that is needs a refurb. particularly the bathrooms, but for what time we spent in them it was not a problem. When you are just steps from the most amazing Sea in the world you dont want to stay indoors :)
Thank you to all the staff for making our holiday such an amazing experience.

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled with friends
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oskeete, General Manager at Crystal Cove by Elegant Hotels, responded to this reviewResponded April 18, 2014

Dear Annette H,

Many, many thanks for your wonderful comments from your recent stay with us.

With the happiness of our guests as our main priority, we are thrilled to read about the lasting impression our dedicated and friendly staff left on you. It is truly encouraging to hear about the superb experiences our guests enjoy while on holiday here at Crystal Cove.

We are delighted to hear your positive remarks regarding our food items, evening entertainment and our beautiful beach.

We appreciate your feedback as it helps us to identify specific areas that we can improve to enhance the overall guest experience.

We can’t wait to welcome you back soon!

Warm regards,

Olivia Skeete-Baptiste

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Reviewed April 8, 2014

Just returned from a very relaxing and enjoyable two week holiday at Crystal Cove.Staff were excellent from the time we arrived to the time we left ,complete with welcoming drinks on arrival .Very friendly and efficient and nothing was too much trouble,they always had a cheerful greeting for you.(This we found all over the island with the locals we met who were all friendly and helpful, including beach vendors, no hassle what so ever ).Hotel in a lovely position right on the beach with plenty of well padded sunbeds with individual shades.Beach service during the day with various drinks,fruit and ice lollies ! A nice touch.Drifters bar easily accessible if you wanted more.Excellent complimentary water sports and water taxi ,no problem with booking.Recommend the water taxi to the sister hotels even if its just for a round trip ride.Hotel gardens well maintained on a daily basis.Nice outside seating areas.Good choice of well presented food in both restaurants ,though in our second week Drifters was not open on a couple of occasions which was disappointing.Excellent selection of good quality drinks and the bar staff were always happy to make any drink you asked for !
Entertainment though on every night with some good acts started too early, if you ate in Drifters you missed the majority of the act due to the early 10-30pm finish. Even though the bar was open till 11-45pm most people left at the end of the entertainment. Personally would have preferred a later finish for the entertainment.( Though talking to guests at other hotels this seems the norm for the island ) Another personal touch was the weekly managers cocktail get together for all guests to chat to the hotel management team and fellow guests.
Highly recommend the Jeep Safari tour of the island( good fun and you see most of it ! ) and the Catamaran along the west coast to swim with the turtles ( magical).
Island easy to get round with good cheap plentiful local bus service,(can get a bit overcrowded !)Locals will always tell you when you need to get off if you ask ! Easier to take Barbados dollars ,though US dollars and pounds accepted even by the local beach vendors.
Highly recommend this hotel.

  • Stayed: March 2014, traveled with friends
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Reviewed April 7, 2014

This was our second visit, almost a year after our first. It is easy to see why people return year after year because Crystal Cove is so good at what it does.

It's both small enough to be intimate and personal but big enough to incorporate all the amenities needed.

I could just repeat my review from last year as it was just as good this time; the staff were just as friendly and sincere and everything from the room to the water sports to the evening entertainment was excellent. We had asked for a room close to where we were last year and they were able to accommodate this. The chilled Brut and food was welcome as we arrived very late on our first night.

If I could be slightly picky on one thing, only to help with making something great even better, it would be the dining options. One of the things we really enjoyed last year was the choice of a la carte most nights in both Reflections and Drifters. In addition (not that we indulged) there was usually an a la carte option for lunch at Reflections.

This year, for 2 of the 7 nights we were there, there was only a buffet choice dinner on those evenings (don't get me wrong it was very nice, but we preferred being waited upon) and only one evening where both restaurants had a la carte options. In addition, an a la carte option wasn't available at lunch time (perhaps because few wanted it given breakfast was so good).

However,

  • Stayed: March 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 4, 2014

Excellent location and layout of the hotel. Small hotel with easy access to rooms.
Beautiful gardens attended daily by staff. Omelettes and fresh fruit at breakfast should be noted. High quality plated dinners. Good quality wine and beer. Colourful cocktails.
Wonderful daily water taxi that covers nearly all the Platinum coast.
Only minus is the rocky sea bed. Limited access to the sea but possible for sea lovers.
Friendly and helpful staff. Coffee available 24-seven.

  • Stayed: March 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 31, 2014

What a fabulous holiday we have just had at Crystal Cove. From the minute we arrived, the staff made us feel so welcome. The accommodation was lovely, clean and comfortable, we had a suite (which we didn't bargain on) The food in both restaurants was delicious, loved the fact you could almost sit on the beach for your meal in Drifters restaurant. We loved everything about this Hotel but the most important was the staff, from the Manager's Olivia and Sophia, the receptionists, Lisa and the other's, Shaunna and all in the restaurant and bars, everyone was there to make sure you had a fantastic holiday! What a high standard you have at Crystal Cove, we shall definitely return.

Room Tip: We had a suite which was perfect, near the beach, not near the road. Number 138.
  • Stayed: March 2014, traveled as a couple
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Address: Appleby, Barbados (Formerly Crystal Cove)
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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:
#4 Top resorts Hotel in Saint James Parish
#5 Luxury Hotel in Saint James Parish
#5 On the Beach Hotel in Saint James Parish
Price Range: $408 - $1,065 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Crystal Cove by Elegant Hotels 4*
Number of rooms: 88
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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