4.5
Very Good 517 Reviews
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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

Amenities

  •  Babysitting
  •  Bar
  •  Free WiFi
  •  Gym
  •  Handicap-accessible
  •  Kids Club
  •  Parking On Site
  •  Pool
  •  Restaurant
  •  Spa
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Overview

Refined Barbados resort spread across 12 acres of landscaped gardens where colonial charm and tropical temptations come together

The Lowdown

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.

Rooms

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.

Dining

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.

Location

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

Coral Reef Club
Saint James
Holetown, BB24017 Barbados

Reviews

4.5 Very Good 517 Reviews
Best place on earth !
Reviewed 5 days ago

Returned here for the 4th time and it never fails to give 100 %
Wonderful friendly welcoming staff. Fabulous food including superb buffet breakfast and of course the sumptuous Thursday night BBQ with an entertaining floorshow .
The rooms are large and we had a super large terrace .The most comfortable beds and wonderful shower pressure . The staff make this hotel and are always upbeat and helpful . Love it . I will be returning next year

First class
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Second visit. As good as ever. Staff charming. Food very good and sometimes excellent. Rooms very comfortable. Something goes wrong (aircon leaking) they fix it immediately.
Spacious with an English country house feel. It’s almost like being in your own house but with staff. It’s one of the few places I have been where I really don’t want to go home.
One gripe. The evening entertainment. It’s stuck in the 70’s. I know the clientele is older at this time of year but it doesn’t mean we don’t like new music. Please up the music tempo.
We have already booked for next year. Hopefully with a faster tempo in the evening entertainment!

Excellent! Cant wait to return
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We spent a week at this delightful hotel in the Papaya room. We loved it. The room was a reasonable size and our balcony was great, with two loungers, a table and chairs. Noise travels, but our neighbours were all as conscious as us about the need to be quiet. The service was outstanding and we were massively impressed by the beautiful gardens and proximity to the beach. Everything was splendid though the breakfast did not excite me being pretty much the same every day. The location is good, an easy walk into Holetown and right onto the Folkestone reef - you just snorkel off the beach. However, the hotel really impressed when we faced a 7 hour delay on our return flight (thanks Virginj when they let us retain our room until 9 pm. Fantastic! Thank you Coral Reef.

Rude and unwelcoming
Reviewed 1 month ago

We have visited Barbados several times and stayed in a variety of five star hotels including the house and sandy lane . On this trip we were with our family and had booked a diving trip based at coral reef water sports centre. As I was unable to dive I accompanied my family and intended to have lunch and drinks at the hotel and maybe check it out as a future holiday accommodation.
The diving staff were great and introduced me to one of the beach staff who assured me that there would be no problem accommodating me with a sun bed but I would have to pay cash for lunch and drinks
No sooner had I left my family and settled on a sun bed when I was approached by an elderly lady who identified herself as the owner and told me that I would have to move if any guests needed my spot - I understand that guests staying on the property have priority and as my bed was on the beach said I would be happy to move onto the rear grass area but as I was waiting for my family for several hours would need a parasol - to my amazement she refused saying all the shades were for guests only !
Her manner was rude condescending and in short she made me feel like a tramp who had dared to wander on to the property
The beach staff and diving staff were very apologetic and sympathetic but said they were powerless to help and my husband had to break from the diving introduction to drive me back to our hotel
I have read the reviews about this hotel before posting this and it is very enlightening to read the comments about the elderly owner from other guests who say she frequently interferes and staff quake in their shoes when she walks by !!!!
My family enjoyed their diving but on return commented about the amount of empty sun beds on the property and couldn’t understand why the owner had felt the need to be so interfering and rude
My advice to her is to step back and let the much more friendly and professional staff do the job they are paid to do

Friendly- relaxed and chilled
Reviewed 1 month ago

Fantastic hotel with the most caring staff. Super friendly employees and always the chance to make a joke. Towel service on the beach was fantastic. The cocktails are addicting. Peaceful and quite as can be - many thanks to everyone — we will be back!!