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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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 here for 11 days and have to say its probably one of the best relaxing holidays we've had. Exception service from exceptional and attentive staff. Watersports , fine food, great music each night and, as a family owned run business, the owners really do care. Beach is only a few metres from hotel and breakfast and dinner views are unforgettable. Not cheap but the whole experience is worth every penny ... see you again soon and a huge thank you everyone who made the holiday so good.
We stayed a week in two rooms at Coral Reef and had a lovely stay.
The property is absolutely beautiful, the staff attentive, food wonderful.
We stayed on a half board basis and were pleased to have paid in advance for most food, as this is expensive; one can see why however as it is top quality.
The rooms were both lovely. We had chosen a beach cottage, which was excellent, with its own plunge pool. Ours was the closest to the beach which was fantastic.
We enjoyed the tennis coaching which was included - a great coach the week we were there, Danny.
Why then 4/5?
This is a premium venue, so I am being picky. “Points for development”, as an HR a person might say:
- We had a water outage on two successive days - our of their control perhaps. However, their handling of it could have been better. Provision of a bottle of drinking water was the bare minimum and that’s all they did.
- staff, whilst largely excellent, weren’t always on the ball; one or two were occasionally ‘offish’ with us, mostly they warmed up after a while.
- Some areas of the property need tidying up (back tennis court for example).
-The gym, whilst reasonably equipped, seems a bit of an afterthought.
- we shouldn’t have suffered mosquito bites doing yoga in the spa, but we did.
As I said, I’m being picky. If we return to Barbados, we’d be delighted to stay again at the Coral Reef Club hotel.
We travel a lot and both on business and leisure had the chance to stay in several beautiful hotels in the world. We were at Coral Reef just for a week but would have loved to extend our stay there and enjoy more of the beautiful location and the exceptionally good service offered by their extremely attentive staff. This was simply one of the very best resorts, if not the absolute best, we have ever been to. We will certainly come back. It's not cheap but this level of quality has a price and, for us, it was totally worth it.