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Best ever Beach Holiday.
You need look no further than the Coral Reef Club in Barbados if you want an unforgettable holiday in the Caribbean. Beautiful location. The best service. Amazing food and beautiful rooms. We are staying in a Plantation Suite which is really lovely but all the rooms are lovely. The staff are very knowledgeable about the island and have there very own historian, Trevor, to give you a tour of the Island and it’s history. Beautiful beach with Turtles laying there eggs at night. Still here, going home soon but I decided to write it now, just in case there is somebody looking at TripAdvisor wondering where to go. .
We (2 single ladies) stayed at the hotel from the 27th May through to the 10th June 2022. Everything about our stay was wonderful . The hotel maintains an old colonial style and sits in beautiful gardens. We had Salvia, a "basic" room, with twin beds and we were very comfortable. It had a covered outside terrace the same size as the room with sunbeds, table and chairs, seats, a fridge and a standard lamp! The bathroom had a walk in shower but no bath. This didn't present any problem for us. We stayed half board. Breakfast was lovely but I have had better choice. Dinner was marvellous. Basically you could eat fillet steak every night if you wanted to. Everything we had was delicious. All too easy to overeat, especially on BBQ night. The nightly entertainment was very good with some lovely singers. We found the staff to be superb. Kim, our room maid, was very helpful at all times, the beach butlers, Sheldon, Carlos etc. were superb, all of the bar staff and restaurant staff were very friendly and couldn't do enough for you. The reception staff went out of their way to help with any problems including sorting out one of our trips when the driver didn't turn up. I wish I could remember more of their names but all of the staff deserve praise. Overall, we had a fabulous stay.
We are on our way back from 8 days in the Coral Reef. We stayed in a Plantation Suite called High Clere. From the minute we arrived at the property to the minute we left everything was perfect. It was our 30th anniversary while we were there and Mark organised a lovely dinner for us and the staff had very kindly left several gifts in our room as well as a beautiful glass serving plate from the OHara family. We have stayed in some beautiful hotels across the world and normally stay in the Sandylane when we are visiting Barbados, however the service, style and sheer relaxed atmosphere of the Coral Reef is far beyond the other hotels on the island. Our flight was delayed by 6 hours and the manager had no issue with letting us stay in the suite until 8pm without charge or fuss, quite simply unheard of any most other hotels. The food in the hotel is outstanding we booked in on a half board basis and the package included lunch as complimentary. The menu changed every evening. There was also entertainment each evening with quality singers and musicians. All in all we can’t recommend this hotel highly enough. Thank you to Carlos, sherryanne, Katherine, Mark, Akil, Akeem, Kerry, Owen, Stephen,Natasha,Matthew ,Curtis. I’m sure we have left a few out We will be back again hopefully later in the year or new year 2023. Until we return keep on doing exactly what you are doing…. Oh yes and could you fix the lift for our return please lol
Impressive old world charm meets modern style
The Coral Reef is impressive, it has kept its old-world charm whilst being modern and stylish. My wife and I decided to book the Coral Reef Club as the world came out of lockdown, after watching the old 80’s BBC adaptation of Miss Marple’s ‘A Caribbean Mystery’ which was filmed in the hotel and wanting some luxury indulgence. Our impressions of the hotel were impressive from the start, as I asked them to arrange a three day car hire before we arrived which they did efficiently and with no issues with the excellent Holetown firm of Ballantyne’s. All the staff at the hotel whether in the bar, dining room, housekeeping, gardeners or reception are extremely friendly and eager to help. They always delivered what we wanted, from sorting our bill the night before departure to passing messages on to our travel firm. Our check in was smooth and quick, we were shown to our garden view room and offered a complimentary rum punch. Our room was comfortable and large with a fan and air conditioning, a small wall safe, plenty of drawer and wardrobe space, lots of hangers, hairdryer, a large comfortable bed, cold water and a toaster (in case you want breakfast in your room) and an iron and ironing board. We also had a nice veranda with chairs, table, loungers, rack for drying swimwear and a small fridge, which was very good for storing cold drinks. There are no TV’s in the rooms which we were aware of at the time of booking, but there is a TV lounge somewhere on site. The bathroom was also large, with two sinks, shaving/vanity mirror and we thought we were lucky enough to have a shower/bath as few garden view rooms appeared to. This shower/bath was one of the few downsides to our stay as the bath had a large marble surround, around eight inches wide, which made getting in and out of the bath a bit of a hurdle, but it also meant that each time you showered a large amount of water pooled and because the shower screen was too small, and the rubber seal at the bottom of it too short, unless a convoluted system of beach towels and bath mat was rigged by housekeeping and ourselves, a small flood appeared in the bathroom. It became highly tedious to spend every morning and evening after a shower to mop up this flood. The only other downside to the room was the Wi-Fi, which was fine in terms of strength, but I was thrown out of it every time that I put my phone lock screen on, so I had to keep logging in. The property has a large pool which was quiet and fine for swimming during our stay, and an excellent beach front, with plenty of loungers, attentive service, and a very suitable stretch of sea to take a dip in. The breakfast offers plenty of choice, from cereals, fruit, eggs, waffles and pancakes made to order, hot choices and toast. They need to work on the tea, it’s a little weak! You can have as much or as little as you want. The restaurant has a menu that changes daily, we ate there once and found the food well-presented and cooked, and there was a wide choice of dishes, but it was pricey even by Barbados prices and the portions on the smallish side. Service was very good. The bar has a great view of the beach, sea (particularly at sunset) and Holetown in the distance, but be careful of where you sit after a rain shower as they don’t move the chairs and I got very soggy trousers after discovering this the hard way after sitting on a seat that I didn’t realise had been left out. The local town in a 15-minute walk by road or beach, and it offers alternative places to eat, pubs, supermarkets and other shops to suit all tastes and budgets. The Coral Reef Club also has on site parking, a spa, a tennis pro and some water sports. It’s a highly relaxing place to stay and we very much enjoyed our stay. Overall it was the luxury stay we wanted and we had a great time.
The Spa and facial treatment was absolutely amazing. I go to so many spas and this one offered something totally different and serene. I called back to thank the staff who were present and that treated us on the following day. I spent a week perusing the spa menu online and the manager provided excellent suggestions on what would work for us as we wanted to enjoy the gardens and sauna aswell. In the end though our evening was soured by a discrepancy in pricing of the spa menu online vs pricing on their brochures in person. I provided proof of the pricing seen online to the manager. I didnt really want to create an energy shift from the amazing day we had in celebration, so I simply suggested that whoever runs the online platform, look into updating the spa menu/prices to what it should be as this could be an uncomfortable ending for someone else. I wanted to visit again this month, but the situation above did not sit well with me, so I called again to speak to someone else just for their opinion on the matter. Again - proof of the pricing discrepancy was provided in person and acknowledged in the presence of someone else at the end of our treatment. But Spa manager Natalie and front desk held to their stance that the online pricing didn't need to be honored in my case. We were told: - Next time come in person and enquire on pricing before making a reservation [I book spas every where, everytime an online menu was used. It's 2022] - That there is something called Buyer Beware. [I personally believe If I use your spa menu provided on your online webpage to book a service, outside of Vat and Levy taxes there should be not be any issues vs my situation where the price differed by a 43% increase.] - What we booked was outside of the realm of what we were shown (online) . [I no idea how that could be when I had shown the spa menu with the treatment in question with a different price to the spa manager after our treatment - but I guess they would know better than me] - Front desk stated with confidence he knew the menu we were shown, althought not being present on the dates of service or booking. - That we wanted a 30 minute treatment, but due tl us wanting garden access we actually booked was a 50 minutes treatment. [As initially stated, the issue is not the treatment, we got the treatment, it's obvious we should pay for what was recieved. The issue that I presented, was that the price for it online (which is why it was accepted in the first place) was different from the price told to us in the end that is reflected on in-person brochures. I took a brochure, maybe I will collect brochures and come in person first to make a reservation in the future.
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