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
This is the second year running that my husband and I have visited this wonderful family run hotel and cannot rate it highly enough! You are felt most welcome as you arrive to be greeted by warm, friendly staff, who take care of your every need throughout your stay and it was great to see Nigel once again - we think he's a bit of a legend at the hotel!
Our room this year was one of two situated overlooking the truly magnificent and well kept gardens and what a thoughtful touch to receive a gift in our room on arrival. Rooms are kept spotless, the ladies work so hard to keep them this way. We enjoyed room service one lunchtime and this was delivered quickly, with food piping hot and ate this sat out on our veranda whilst admiring the view.
The buffet breakfast is a delight and there is so much choice available to please all, with eggs, waffles and pancakes cooked fresh if you prefer these. It is such an experience to be sat overlooking the Caribbean Sea and eating breakfast - so relaxing. Food at the hotel is delicious and we would recommend the barbecue held on a Thursday evening. Unfortunately this year we arrived late evening in time for the barbeque, enjoyed the food which is cooked there and then, but sadly missed the entertainment as we were so tired! It is not to be missed. We heard many guests the following day wax lyrical about what they had seen. There are plenty of loungers on the beach and we were able to get a great spot again by the palm trees. The attendants are so helpful and friendly too.
Really cannot fault anything about the place and of course, you have to meet the matriarch of the family, Mrs O'Hara, who still keeps her hand in running the place. We would definitely recommend this hotel, for both couples and families, and thank our dear friends who introduced us to it, we will be returning again next year!
Fantastic hotel, Great staff, location and beach very good, all the services and attention to detail were there. The offshore reef is there but a victim of climate and tourism. Fight with Virgin was v good, paid the extra for premium economy and so so glad we did.
Our family just spent 6 fabulous days in the large villa on the property.
The setting is beautiful and all the staff went above and beyond to make this a truly magical stay, organising transport, bookings and giving us fabulous suggestions.
Thanks to the front desk staff, we rented a boat for a day and were able to swim with turtles, see shipwrecks and eat lobster on the beach!
We have been in a lot of really nice resorts and hotels, but here the thoughtfulness of execution and attention to detail really set the place apart.
Thanks to everyone for an unforgettable holiday! We will be back!