Coral Reef Club
What We Love
- The pair of camera-ready, mosaic-tiled swimming pools
- A single expat British family (who make regular appearances) has run the resort for over half a century
- Private terraces for each of the spa's four treatment rooms
- Free coaching from the property’s resident tennis pro each evening
What To Know
- No children are allowed on the property from mid-January to the end of February
- Guided tours of the resort’s garden are offered every Wednesday
- The resort provides complimentary equipment for some water sports such as kayaking and paddle boarding
- The property shares amenities with its neighboring sister hotel, The Sandpiper
- Free WiFi
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
Amid the sweet-smelling shades of frangipani and bougainvillea trees, this easygoing, family-run resort is the epitome of barefoot luxury. Wooden balustrading, fretwork, and shuttered windows in its assortment of cottages and suites confirm you’re in the Caribbean, as does the adjacent white coral sand beach. Thrill-seekers can try their hand at a full menu of aquatic adventures (in addition to complimentary non-motorized choices, for a fee, the resort can arrange for a deep sea fishing charter). For sybarites, there are lemongrass and ginger massages at the impeccably designed spa. When in doubt, grab a book and a rum punch from the bar, park yourself under a Casuarina tree, and take in the soothing sound of the sea.
Even if you don’t splurge on one of the luxury Plantation Suites, which come with a spa-like bathroom, sundeck, and private plunge pool, you’ll find all sorts of agreeable mod cons in your sweet Garden Room: Egyptian cotton linens, feather beds, and an airy patio, for starters.
The resort’s alfresco gem comes especially alive on Thursday evenings, when diners devour a full-fledged barbecue featuring fresh salmon burgers and jumbo prawns against the backdrop of an energetic floor show. The breakfast buffet here is also legendary—as is their very flexible cook-to-order philosophy.
Called the “Platinum Coast,” Barbados’s heavenly west side is renowned for its golden sands and warm and clear waters. At this resort, you’ll have plenty of uninterrupted access to both.
How to Get There
Stayed at the coral reef clubs for 3.5 days in May with my boyfriend. We were looking to get out of the city for a few days ahead of the summer and we came across this property on trip advisor and after reading the reviews and got a price, we decided to book it. All in we paid roughly $1500 USD for 3 nights and $1200 USD for 3.5 days of food and beverage, both of which were consumed in large amounts.
The room itself was beautiful and spacious. No TVs but vacation is all about disconnecting from technology, right? Our room had a porch with a view of the interior gardens which was beautiful and a great place to sit out and read at the end of the day. The grounds are beautiful. Impeccably groomed and exactly what you want for a premium distraction from life back home. We booked a garden room which was the least expensive option (it can be very pricey and I’m sure more so during the high season). The beach is very well kept and there’s always more than enough chairs so you don’t have to worry about competing with anyone for prime real estate on the water. You can take snorkel equipment and swim around the reefs which I’d highly recommend. The fish there are amazing. The pools are great but pale in comparison to the ocean.
The staff is very pleasant and accommodating. There wasn’t a time when they weren’t willing to help and did so with smiles on their faces. The family who runs the property, the O’Hara’s, threw a cocktail party at their residence one evening we were there. They were very friendly and welcoming to their home (tho I wish they hadn’t segregated all of the Americans from the rest of the guests who were British. As someone who considers themselves relatively social and culturally adept, the divide was a bit off putting). The guests were generally a bit older which is completely fine. We’re both in our early 30s and we often felt like the youngest people there so don’t expect to be surrounded by young partiers. Also I didn’t see any kids around (which I’ll admit was a welcome relief).
Food is very good. The menu rotated between an a la carte menu and a buffet during both lunch and dinner. The buffet was a bit expensive and caught me off guard ($60 and $100 respectively give or take, excluding the price of alcohol/wine which is very reasonable). If you’re looking to not leave the property and have your entire stay in one spot, this place is perfect. We originally had aspirations to get out and see Barbados but coral reef club does an excellent job of making you feel perfectly at home and never want to leave.
Overall, coral reef club was a phenomenal place to visit and I’d highly recommend it. While yes, a bit expensive, it was worth it in the long run to treat yourself to a piece of paradise. If I ever get to return to Barbados, I’d stay here in a second.
- getting to the hotel is roughly $50 usd from the airport. Only take authorizes cabs tho. Trip is about 40 mins
- Plugs/outlets are the same as in the US
- The drinks aren’t super strong so if you get yourself a frozen drink, ask for a rum floater!
- The seersucker robes are amazing and for sale in the hotel shop. Don’t leave the country without one!
Spent 7 days here and what a delight it was - the staff is warm and welcoming and the ambiance is lovely - everyone was super helpful. The gardens and the grounds are beautiful and the beach is lovely. Lovely Breakfast spread every morning with lots of options. For those that like a gym work out - the gym is a little small but there are yoga classes which I did not partake in.
Watch the monkeys on property they can get aggressive but overall a delightfully relaxing stay. My room was at the back of the property and the research facility on the other side had two nights of parties that was slightly disturbing but generally a quiet atmosphere
It really is true what has been said many times about The Coral Reef Club. Classy, old world charm and sophistication. Fantastic service with the friendliest and most helpful staff. Perfect position on the beach, first class breakfasts and delightful dinners with lunch or tea served to perfection as required. Dinner by the sea with the sound of soulful Bajan singers and afterwards, a stroll along the sandy beach under the moon and stars will be a cherished memory. All rooms are excellent...some rooms are a bit bigger or have better views than others...we had a garden room which was fantastic, spacious and peaceful. For me, the best hotel on the island. You cannot ask for more from a Barbados beach holiday. We will 100% come to the Coral Reef Club again.
Stayed with my Dad his 85 years old, so slightly worried travelling alone for the first time with him since my Mum passed away. I had absolutely nothing to worry about! The hotel is fantastic, set in beautiful tropical gardens, it's pure luxury! We stayed in Cocunut and Cassia two adjoining cottages close to all the main facilities. Rooms beautifully appointed, fresh flowers in each cottage, turn down service etc. The attention to detail is wonderful, every member of staff was helpful and friendly. The personal approach from the owners makes you feel very special and why the hotel stands out from any other I have stayed at in Barbados before. The cocktail evening at e owners own house within the hotel was lovely. My Dad had forgotten all his medication! The hotel arranged for his prescription to be sent to a local pharmacist and within 2 hours all his medicine had been delivered to reception, only one tablet had to be delivered later, as it had to come from a local hospital! This was priceless and meant we could both get on and enough our stay. I will be returning and cannot recommend this hotel enough! Thank you for a truly perfect stay in my favourite destination in the world!
If you want a truly wonderful holiday this hotel is for you. I stayed with my daughter last week and I cannot begin to tell you how amazing this hotel is. The staff are so helpful, friendly and absolutely nothing is too much trouble. We stayed in a garden room and if you like to be amongst nature then this is the room for you, the walk through the gardens to the beach and hotel is breath taking. I would like to mention the reception staff who were so helpful, but really all the staff were so friendly it really helped make our holiday. The hotel's attention to detail is excellent as is the restaurant with exceptionally good food. Having stayed in a number of hotels over the years in Barbados, this one ticks all boxes and most certainly deserves a visit.