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
This is an excellent to place to stay. Wonderful accommodation, wonderful food and the most wonderful staff. The gardens are beautiful and the weekly garden tour is well worth booking. Evening entertainment was also very good. If you stay on site during the day you have the choice of loungers on the beach, by the pool or in the gardens. There are also a variety of water sports to try out and also a tennis court.
The hotel is only a 10/15 min walk from Holetown and Chattell village. St James Parich Church is 5 mins walk away and well worth a visit. We were well impressed and hope to visit again next year.
Another really good stay at Coral Reef. Such a well run hotel with such friendly and well trained staff. The bedrooms are well furnished and a good size. The food very good and a there is an excellent beach.
Best avoid the Coral Reef Hotel if you want a pleasant lunch. Although there was hardly anyone in the bar / terrace area we were served by several waiters all with bad attitude. The food is at best mediocre but the service was appalling. Lunch here is not cheap 140 bds for club sandwich,tomatoes and mosarella salad , bottle still water , glass of processo and a mock tail.
Pity the management haven’t sorted this out . Same thing two years ago .
Ah well spend your dosh elsewhere!!
Coral Reef Club is the place to stay in Barbados! It really is a classy hotel, in gorgeous grounds next to the beach and a perfect location to visit Holetown by a 5 minute walk. From the moment we arrived the staff throughout the hotel provided an outstanding service. Even at our point of departure, the owner Mrs O'Hara came to wish us goodbye and to seek thoughts of our first visit - we confirmed that plans for our return in 2020 was underway!
Each day we played tennis and received coaching from the superb Jim Matthews. His experience was a great help and picked up numerous tips for improvement. His methods and manner was perfect!
I've just got home after spending 10 days at this hotel and I cannot recommend it highly enough. Having stayed at Sandy Lane a few times and wanting to try somewhere a little bit lower-key, we chose to stay at Coral Reef. As soon as we arrived the welcome was so warm. We hadn't been to this hotel before but felt immediately at home. So much to say but the main things are:
so comfy and bright. Amazing beds, lots of storage, and plenty of privacy. All have own terraces and even the garden rooms, where we are, are lovely. White company toiletries in generous amounts in the bathrooms
a credit to the hotel. Everyone we spoke to had a laugh with us, and seemed to remember fun facts about us/ conversations from a few days earlier. makes all the difference to the experience.
Really great restaurant with amazing open bar and views over the sea. Different menu every night and some nights there is a huge BBQ, don't miss that! Extensive breakfasts with food cooked to order. Awesome cocktail menu.
The beach is fantastic. Watersports centre where you can try certain things for free and you can get snorkels too. We didn't use the pool much but that looked nice too. Spa was brilliant, a gorgeous relaxation area which I wish I'd used more! Hotel location is amazing, close to some of the best restaurants on the island and on the west coast so you can watch the sunset every day.
I honestly can't recommend this place highly enough and can't wait to head back really soon. Well worth the 8-hour flight from London!