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“Amazing superb luxury” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Coral Reef Club

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Coral Reef Club
Ranked #2 of 4 Hotels in Holetown
Certificate of Excellence
London
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Amazing superb luxury”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 16, 2007

Like other reviewers have commented I don't get the negative reviews on this hotel either.

We've stayed there for a number of years and everytime the hotel exceeds our expectations. The staff are delightful and friendly - they will go out of their way to make you feel welcome and safe. The hotel is spotless - the rooms are SO thoroughly cleaned it is amazing and if you are not careful you can end up with a bathroom that is just full of fresh clean towels - the supply is endless.

The restaurant is second to none - having eaten in many amazing restaurants in London this place has high standards. The food might not be cutting edge by London standards, but then that is not what many of the guests would want.

The rooms are simple but great - don't expect TVs, trouser press etc - but that is all part of the charm. Complete relaxation away from TV, internet etc.

The grounds are lovely. The beach is a little sparse, but one second next door is more and more beach some of which seems constantly empty.

Ignore the negative reviews!!!

  • Stayed October 2007, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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11 Thank LondonJoS
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 bubbles
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London
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5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 8, 2007

Strictly for the discerning! I have been lucky enough to stay at The Coral Reef club twice this year. On both occasions the standards were excellent, staff efficient and friendly and the ambience relaxing. The O'Hara family who own and run this hotel, add their own brand of magic to make this my favourite hotel worldwide. Coral Reef is a rare find, I hope you appreciate it as much as I do.

Stayed October 2007
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9 Thank JoseLondon
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Hertfordshire, UK
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 7, 2007

I really do not get the negative comments on this site for this luxury hotel. I've travelled the world and yes, there is always room for improvement but this is simply world class. Friendly owners take a personal interest in your happiness, the rooms especially the Plantation suites are second to none, the staff are professional yet incredibly genuine and friendly, the food was so good, we felt robbed when we ate elsewhere. Also the clientel was not as stuffy as I imagined it would be but a great mixure of people from all walks of life, some of whom we retained as friends. You can have it all at the Coral Reef. Relaxation, quite or make new friends in excellent surroundings and socialise. A beautiful each is just yards away. The gardens are unsurpassed in beauty. Facilities were excellent not just at the hotel but surrounding it too. I can't recommend it highly enough. I had a gret time. Oh and by the way, I spoke with the owner re some of the negative reviews and there are definately two side to a story it seems for those who write in a malicious way. Stay here if you want a great break, you willnot regret it, or I'll pay for your trip (ok that bit was false but don't be swayed by someof these comments). Its a devine and enchanted place to holiday.

  • Liked — The Design and attention to detail
  • Disliked — Couldn't get my lap top to work ? No big deal really
  • Stayed September 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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18 Thank sjlherts
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London
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 15, 2007

The whole "Coral Reef Club" experience exceeded our expectations. Having visited a large number of "5star" holiday locations around the world. We can assure furture vistors that it will be in their top ten of beach destinations. The hotel has a gracious elegance that runs through the entire estate but what really stands out are the qualities of the staff. The people of the hotel made the holiday memorable. We will return.

  • Liked — the staff
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Stayed July 2006, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 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
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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13 Thank Lionjuice
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UK
Level Contributor
5 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 30, 2007

Just returned from another stay at Coral Reef. Working in the travel industry and mainly the luxury end of the market, offers me an opportunity to travel worldwide. For my personal family holiday we have stayed at Coral Reef quite a few times. I was most surprised to read the recent review of 26 July - these people must have stayed at a different hotel.! Coral Reef is certainly not dirty! It is an elegant hotel set in beautiful gardens., with spacious pretty rooms. The balconies are a great size for enjoying breakfast. Staff at this hotel are incredibly friendly and also very professional. My daughters of 19 and 15 adore this hotel and we meet many families returning each year. Food is excellent and the beach BBQ one of the best! On a professional level I have never experienced the negative remarks voiced in the review previously mentioned. I recommend this hotel with all confidence. Reviews are very useful on the whole but there are
times when I feel they can be quite misleading.

Stayed July 2007
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London
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31 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 25, 2007

I can honestly say I've never been so disappointed with a hotel - ever. We walked in and immediately knew that it wouldn't be for us. Dirty, tired looking and what is going on with that pool?! We didn't want to stay there at all and immediately booked in to the Lone Star hotel which was absolutely fantastic. We disliked the Coral Reef so much that we were willing to pay for 2 nights that we didn't use and pay $400 per night at the Lone Star. I would recommend to anyone considering booking this hotel to seriously reconsider. If you like big, dirty, sprawling hotels full of kids, go for it.

  • Liked — Absolutely nothing
  • Disliked — Dirty rooms, weird pool, generally needs a big makeover
  • Stayed October 2004, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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14 Thank londonlollipop
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Xpu-Ha, Mexico
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10 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 5, 2007

This place is wonderful.
The resort is set in its own wondeful surroundings. The beach is long , maybe not the sand pasted type but whats found just outside of that beach is amazing. The variety of coral is fantastic. The staff were very informaive, telling us of fire coral and different fish , of which there are many. The resort do a variety of snorkling excersions, to real ship wrecks and provide you the opurtunity to swim with turtles, which was truly amazing. On my birthday they provided me with a ride on a small katamaran to sail half the length of the island in the areas of the seas which hold the flying fish , a truly amazing experience. What is always fun is the banna boat and Coral Reef Club will not let you down here.
The real highlight of this resort in my opinion is the food! If you are truley passionate about food then come here. Once a week , an extraordinary event happens, an all out, full blown , buffet full of local fish , meats, vegtables etc in whic you can indugle your senses. Othr nights they still excite your culinary expectations with as many courses of quality food you can imagine. The waiters are so freindly and inviting and that can be said of all the people of Barbados. Breakfast is wonderful too .
The island itself is wonderful. 4 days is all you really need to explore it and those will be 4 wonderful days. Some highlights include Harrisons Cove - full of intricate staligmites and staligtites , Bathsheba beach and surrounding bays - have great fun surfing the waves or simply testing your strength against the power of the sea , such great fun , and many miniture rainforests dotted around the island. Bridgetown is also a good excursion , not all that pritty , but its a good place to shop and to visit either the Malibu Factory(ps you get free cocktails)or Mount Gay Rum Factory.
Going back to the resort, there are other activites as well including wonderful tennis courts and two great swimming pools. One much quiter than the other though.
Enjoy this sip of paradise.

  • Liked — The food and the sea
  • Stayed July 2005, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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14 Thank WorldRanger
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Property: Coral Reef Club
Address: Porters | St. James, Holetown BB24017, Barbados
Location: Caribbean > Barbados > Saint James Parish > Holetown
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) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 4 Hotels in Holetown
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Coral Reef Club 4.5*
Number of rooms: 88
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Set amidst twelve acres of beautifully landscaped gardens on the calm West Coast of Barbados, Coral Reef Club is the epitome of West Indian elegance. This family owned and run luxury resort renowned for its special ambiance and classic island style. A five star hotel, it is one of the finest in the Caribbean. Accommodations are traditionally designed with wooden balustrading, fretwork and shuttered windows. Fine dining and personal service are a high priority at this "Small Luxury Hotel of the World". ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Coral Reef Club Hotel Saint James
Coral Reef Hotel
Coral Reef Saint James
Coral Reef Club Barbados/Holetown

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