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“A Little Bit Of Paradise” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Coral Cove Resort

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Coral Cove Resort
Ranked #1 of 3 Little Bay B&B and Inns
florida
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“A Little Bit Of Paradise”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 13, 2007

Our son was married in Coral Cove this past weekend, and what an incredible experience we all had. The owner, Steve and his son Tyler, were dedicated to good service for their guests and fulfilled every request with a smile. We spent our days snorkeling, swimming and reading in one of the many hammocks. The setting is amazing and the staff eager to make sure our every need was met. I only had to think that I was thirsty and someone was at my side with a fresh fruit smoothie! The meals were prepared with fresh ingredients and I loved the homemade flavor and presentation. The rooms are spacious and amazing. A real island experience. We will be back!

Stayed November 2007
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6 Thank edcggold
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 bubbles
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Hammond, Louisiana
Level Contributor
103 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 1, 2007

My stepson and his new wife chose Coral Cove for the wedding spot, so we just went with the flow. As this was our first trip to Jamaica our only knowledge of the area is what we had read on Trip Advisor. The roads were about as bad or worse than we expected. Getting to the resort was a real chore. Once there the staff was excellent. They had food waiting for us when we got there and the room had a great view. I found the food to be average to a little below average, though there was always more than enough. The bar was great, and they will make you anything you can think up. All the staff and especially the bartenders and drivers were very personable and friendly. The beach was very pretty, but like much of the island, rocky and hard to get into. The water was very rough the whole time we were there. As others had stated, Coral Cove is in a small village with little to do. If you want to go out be ready for a long drive. At the time of our visit there were only a few air conditioned rooms. Though it was pleasent at night it was qutie warm during the early evening and during the day. We did have an airconditioned room, but the air went out and that was that.
I would like to add that the wedding was wonderful and the staff did a great job with the reception. The resort also helped him get a local band for the music.

  • Liked — View, staff and service
  • Disliked — Isolated
  • Stayed June 2007, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
Helpful?
5 Thank Docsports
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New York City
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 14, 2007

The Jamaican cooks: Ms. Jean, Annette, Sonia, Elaine and their host of young Jamaican girls are the main attraction for this trip. The ladies made you feel like children coming home for the holidays. They scolded me for not eating enough - that's how much care they put into looking after their guests. They are fiery, comical culinary mistresses of Coral Cove. They knew everybody and every single piece of the country. I regret not learning their recipes. The beauty of the resort, the people, the landscape, particularly, the cove, left me little time to spend with Ms. Jean and the ladies, but they knew when to call me in for dinner and they knew to have a guide posted at my door, after I casually asked about nearby attractions, like Bob Marley's house and his mineral bath. There is absolutely NO restaurant in New York that could touch their personable, "no problem" service and their addiction to treating you like family. It was so hard to say goodbye! We made a vow to return to their Jamaican comfort. They made a vow to be there. All other accommodations, which were SUPERIOR, is still but a backdrop to Ms. Jean, her ladies and their Jamaican home.

  • Liked — The cooks - the food, the hospitality of food service
  • Disliked — Not enough bicyles for guests
  • Stayed October 2007, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
Helpful?
4 Thank youmecoral
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Raleigh NC
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 13, 2007

When we decided that we needed to get married in a place that was naturally beautiful and away from all of the mess of corporate vacation resorts, we were lucky enough to find Coral Cove. From the first contact we had with the management of Coral Cove, everything was handled perfectly and in a timely manner. They really do have a slice of heaven for people who want to truly relax and see the real Jamaica. The food was wonderful, and frequent. The staff took great care of our every need. Ritchie is most certainly the man, and while in his care a weary traveler will not want for anything. Be sure to go see Uncle Sam in "town" and take a day trip to Negril... The details of our wedding were handled perfectly, and although it was only the two of us I felt throughout the process the same professionalism and attention was given to us as would have been given to a larger party. Overall a great place and we will certainly be making a return trip for an anniversary celebration.

  • Liked — location and natural beauty
  • Disliked — incidentals could be hard to come by
  • Stayed June 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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3 Thank uncleraffy
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akron, oh
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 14, 2007

This is absolutely the place to get away from it all. I think the toughest decision we faced all week was deciding if we wanted another rum drink. The staff certainly takes care of you, and the food was divine!

We shared the resort with 2 or 3 other couples - depending upon the day. We stayed for 8 nights in the Bonita, which was one of the smaller rooms (but had AC). The room was very clean and there were always enough towels. It was our 6th trip to Jamaica & we've stayed at a different resort each time, but this one may be the first we decide to plan for a repeat visit.

A couple of things to note:
-This resort may not be for everyone. It is very small and quiet, with no real nightlife. There are no major attractions close by & the road is a challenge in and of itself. Those qualities were great for us, but might not work for those seeking a more lively atmosphere.
-DO use the drivers arranged through the hotel. There is no way to find this place if you don't already know where you're going, and the cost is in line when compared to the cab fare from Montego Bay to Negril.
- The snorkeling is OK. The reef has not recovered from Hurricane Ivan, but there are several varieties of reef fish, along with the occasional eel. And we did see dolphins jumping a couple of days, which was great.
- DO wear watershoes when swimming - there's an abundance of sea urchins, sharp coral, and lavarock.
-Bug spray is suggested, particularly for after dark on calm nights.

  • Liked — Impeccable personal service and tasty Jamaican food
  • Disliked — Having to leave
  • Stayed June 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
Helpful?
4 Thank xlcr
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florida
Level Contributor
9 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 24, 2007

We knew from their website that this was THE place to get away from it all. Litlle did we know at the time how wonderful everything would be!!! Dawn and Terry did a fabulous job with our wedding. Everything was taken care of down to the last detail. This was certainly a worry-free affair with all the people very involved in the process. The photographer that Dawn recommended was the best ever---people are still commenting that these are the BEST wedding pictures they have ever seen. (And that says a lot since we're both thirty-somethings!!!) The haridresser was friendly and took great care in making sure i looked my best.
Coral Cove is definitely out of the way --- just what we wanted. Our room (#11 Starlight) has its own private verandah and the best ocean breezes. We thought we'd miss having air conditioning, but using the fan and breezes worked out just fine. (Beware --- if you are looking for ice-cold, air conditioned rooms, don't book this one. I think they do have a few that are air-conditioned.)
The people make the place --- Richie is THE MAN and the one to see if you need anything. The ladies preparing and serving the meals are some of the friendliest, caring individuals you will ever meet --- not to mention the best cooks!!! Yum-yum!!!
We had the place to ourselves for a few days, too, so that made things even better. No more than 3 couples there at one time, so what else could you ask for?
When it's not busy, the bar is really "help yourself,' but you need to make sure you try Richie's 'Welcome to Jamiaca, Mon" specilaty drinks. The best!!!
We will be back!!!!
(Just so you know --- bring water shoes with you. Hurricane Hugo brought in many rocks and while they plan to clear out a better beach and swimming area, right now this is not a place where you can walk straight out into the water and sink your toes in the sand. Also, their snorkle gear and bicylces need major updating and repair.)

  • Liked — Away from everything!!! Very quiet. Great people. Great food. Great service.
  • Disliked — Beach.
  • Stayed May 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
Helpful?
1 Thank barbarajean718
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St Louis, Missouri
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 20, 2007

My husband and I got married at Coral Cove in April of 2006. We had an amazing time there. They handled everything for us, all we had to do was show up. It was the most peaceful week we've had in a long time. The food was incredible and the staff really catered to us and our needs! We plan on going again, we loved it so much!

Stayed April 2006
Helpful?
Thank LadyI3ug
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Property: Coral Cove Resort
Address: 2 Old Hope Rd, Little Bay, Jamaica
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 3 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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