Coral Reef Club

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Overview

All accommodations come with private balconies or patios
Restaurant's meals are expensive
Much like its sister property, The Sandpiper, Coral Reef Club sits surrounded by lush foliage on Barbados' western coast (near Holetown). Occupying 12 acres, Coral Reef Club's 88 rooms, cottages, suites and villas all feature furnished balconies or patios, separate showers and tubs, work desks and feather beds. If you don't opt for a cottage or suite with a private plunge pool, Coral Reef Club boasts two tree-lined pools, not to mention complimentary access to water sports equipment like kayaks and snorkel gear. Prefer to stay landlocked? The resort also touts two tennis courts, a fitness center and a set of garden pathways that snake throughout the bougainvillea-shaded grounds. Navigate the labyrinth on your own, or sign up for a complimentary garden tour, which are available every Wednesday. If a stroll through the foliage isn't relaxing enough for you, venture to the spa for a massage or some meditation. Coral Reef Club also offers alfresco dining at its restaurant, which recent guests enjoyed despite their meals' high prices. To offset this added expense, Small Luxury Hotels of the World patrons with INVITED loyalty program memberships can use accrued reward night vouchers to pay for rooms.
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Location
St. James
Hotel Class
4.5-star
Property Type
Boutique hotel, 88 rooms
Primary View
Bay, Ocean
Style
Traditional
Best For
Couples, Families

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Scorecard
  • 4.5Hotel Class
  • GOODCritic Rating

Rankings

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Critic Reviews

Other Awards

  • Frommer's Exceptional
  • Fodor's Choice

Fodor's

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This delightful upscale resort, with pristine coral-stone cottages scattered over 12 acres of flower-filled gardens, offers "casual elegance" in a welcoming, informal atmosphere. Pathways meander past groups of cottages, through lush gardens, and along the waterfront.

Travel + Leisure

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The classic hotel hosts Bajan green monkeys in their lush gardens. In December 2008 the hotel launched a spa, a project overseen by Neil Howard, who worked on the Armani hotels in Dubai and Milan.

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With 12 acres and 88 rooms, the upscale Coral Reef Club is larger than its sister property, The Sandpiper, and has a few more amenities. It has a lot to offer on the competitive and ritzy west coast, including two pools, a scenic beachfront with plenty of lounges, a huge open restaurant/bar serving all meals, a stylish and contemporary lobby, and spacious rooms.

Other Awards

  • Frommer's Exceptional
  • Fodor's Choice

Guest Reviews

A hotel's guest rating is calculated using data provided under license by TripAdvisor. A total of 520 have reviewed the Coral Reef Club, giving it a rating of 4.5, on a scale of 1-5.

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TripAdvisor Travel Rating: TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 520 reviews 4.5 (based on 520 reviews)

Guest Rooms

Coral Reef Club's standard garden rooms and cottages feature white color palettes with colorful accents throughout, including vibrant Caribbean artwork. Each accommodation features a private balcony or patio overlooking the grounds or ocean, plus amenities like a sitting area, a work desk, a minifridge and a marble bathroom with a separate shower and tub.
  • Select villas, cottages and suites have TVs
  • Free Wi-Fi access
  • Resort closes annually from May 25 to July 13 and between Aug. 24 and Sept. 28

Standard room size605 square feet

  • Premium channels
  • Workspace/desk
  • Minifridge
  • Bathrobes/slippers
  • Minibar
  • Shower/tub combo
  • Separate shower
  • Separate tub
  • Internet
  • Wireless internet
  • Free internet
  • Fee for internet usage
  • Guest rooms with patios and balconies
  • Adjoining rooms available

Location & Parking

The family-owned Coral Reef Club is set on 12 acres of lush gardens on the western coast of Barbados. The property overlooks Heron Bay and sits within walking distance of downtown Holetown and its sister property, The Sandpiper. Free shuttle service between the properties is available.
  • About 10 miles north of Carlisle Bay
  • Less than 17 miles northwest of Grantley Adams International Airport
  • 24-hour valet parking
  • 24-hour self-parking (free)
  • Airport shuttle
  • Car service (free)

Within walking distance of:

  • Bus stop
  • Restaurants
  • Movie theater
  • Train station
  • Beach
  • Theater
  • Subway/metro stop
  • Grocery store
  • Shopping

Dining

Coral Reef Club's restaurant overlooks the sea and offers elegant alfresco dining with a menu that features predominately Caribbean ingredients and flavors. The dining venue hosts themed buffets that serve everything from West Indian cuisine to barbecue. It also hosts live entertainment nightly during the winter season and five evenings per week every summer.
  • Dress code enforced at restaurant
  • Room service available during restaurant hours
  • Dining restrictions for kids

Number of restaurants1

Cuisine TypesBuffet, American

  • Fine dining
  • Casual dining
  • Quick service cafe/coffee shop/marketplace
  • Bar/lounge
  • Room service
  • 24-hour room service
  • free breakfast

Pool

Coral Reef Club features two mosaic-tiled swimming pools. Guests also have access to a small stretch of sand equipped with comfortable chaise lounges and umbrellas. Plus, the property offers a scuba diving school with courses (for a fee).
  • Some upgraded accommodations have private plunge pools
  • Free water sports equipment rentals include kayaks, snorkel gear, paddleboards and Hobie Cat, Laser and Sunfish sailboats
  • Deep-sea fishing charters can be arranged for a fee
  • Lap pool
  • Wading pool
  • Lazy river
  • Family pool
  • Infinity pool
  • Whirlpool/hot tub
  • Adults-only pool
  • Lifeguard on duty
  • Poolside service
  • Waterslide
  • Deck chairs or cabanas
  • Pool bar

Spa

The on-site spa features four treatment rooms and an outdoor couples pavilion. Each treatment suite has a private patio and garden, and facilities like a steam room, an experience shower and a relaxation lounge are available. Signature treatments include a lemongrass and ginger body scrub and a Caribbean calming massage.
  • Manicures and pedicures
  • Treatments use Natura Bissé products

Services offered:

  • Massage
  • Facial
  • Body Treatments (i.e. scrubs, wraps)
  • Salon services
  • Outdoor treatment area
  • Steam room
  • Sauna

Kids

Coral Reef Club offers several amenities for children, including a playground and a supervised playhouse for kids ages 2 to 8, which is available on weekdays between 2:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. There's also a family program for children ages 2 to 12 that features select outdoor recreational activities, such as free sailing and swimming lessons, in July and August. Cribs, high chairs, play pens, bottle sterilizers, baby monitors and other accessories are available upon request.
  • Resort does not permit children younger than 12 from Jan. 20 to Feb. 28
  • Babysitting services can be provided for additional fee
  • Children's room service dinner available between 5:30 and 7:00 p.m.
  • Children younger than 5 are not allowed in the restaurant or lounge after 7 p.m.
  • Complimentary water sports equipment like kayaks and snorkel gear for teens
  • Kids Club
  • Free Kids Club
  • Fee for Kids Club
  • Cribs
  • High Chairs

Fitness

The property's fitness center features a weight-training machine, treadmills, a recumbent bike, a rowing machine and a variety of free weights. The resort also offers two tennis courts and complimentary coaching for adults and children. Plus, guests receive access to free water sports equipment like kayaks, paddleboards and Hobie Cat sailboats.
  • Tennis instruction available from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday
  • Weight equipment
  • Cardio equipment
  • Yoga mats
  • Free fitness classes
  • Premium fitness classes (with fee)

Wedding

    Maximum wedding guest capacity10

    • Hotel hosts weddings
    • Outdoor space for weddings
    • Wedding planners available

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