Crystal Cove by Elegant Hotels 

A family-friendly, boutique-feel resort on Barbados’ West Coast

This premium all-inclusive is perfect for families, with lagoon-style pools and an impressive array of facilities edged by a white-sand beach.

If you’re after personalised service and a boutique feel without sacrificing on great dining and facilities, this resort is for you. Take a dip in one of the multi-tiered pools edged with waterfalls, breathe in the sweet scent of the frangipani trees and watch hummingbirds hover around tropical flowers. Sidle up to the swim-up Cave Bar, kick back on the fine white sands or get active in the ocean – all motorised and non-motorised watersports are included, and there’s tennis, a children’s playground and great kids’ club too. The themed culinary nights draw a crowd, and under the resort’s dine-around programme you can eat at sister properties too.

Why we love Crystal Cove by Elegant Hotels

  • The resort is set right in front of the beach, with beach and pool ambassadors on hand to offer chilled drinks, tasty treats and fresh towels.

  • It’s ideal for families, with three multi-tiered, lagoon-style pools, complimentary watersports and an excellent kids’ club.

  • There are regular themed culinary nights and live music events, with a daily afternoon tea served at casual spot Drifters

  • Under the Taste of Elegance Dine Around Programme, guests can dine at selected sister properties for no extra cost.

4 stars
Dec - Apr
Barbados
9 hours
On a beachfront cliff on the west coast
Approx. 40 minutes from Barbados airport
Beach, All Inclusive, Suitable for children

Rooms

Facilities

  • Restaurants & bars
  • Board
  • Spas & wellness
  • Activities
  • Diving & Watersports
  • Children
  • Good to Know

You’ll find two restaurants and three bars, offering plenty of variety – from local Caribbean fare at Drifters to themed nights at Reflections. If you fancy a change of scenery, you can also eat at nearby sister properties Tamarind, Waves Hotel & Spa and Turtle Beach under the resort’s dine-around programme, offering nearly 20 restaurants and bars to choose from in total.

Reflections
This open-air restaurant serves an a la carte menu and buffet breakfast with a postcard-pretty ocean backdrop. Expect plenty of local seafood, and head here on a Wednesday for the weekly themed buffet night bringing flavours from around the world.

Drifters
This laid-back beach bar serves daytime snacks, buffet lunches and a la carte dinners, with an emphasis on local Caribbean spices. It’s also the place to head for afternoon tea, with sweet and savoury pastries in free flow, and there’s a weekly beach barbecue on Saturday nights.

Cave Bar
Swim under a waterfall to order icy daiquiris at this unique swim-up bar, or enjoy a pre-dinner drink at the dry bar as the sun sets. Stick around for live music several nights a week, from calypso to jazz.

Vista Coffee and Wine Bar
Signature lattes, specialty coffees, international wines and sweet treats and tapas are the order of the day at this casual spot.

There’s something magical about sipping a cocktail in the atmospheric Cave Bar, named one of the top ten swim-up bars in the world and built into a rock formation with a waterfall guarding the entrance.

What's included

All Inclusive • All meals, afternoon tea and selected drinks • Motorised and non-motorised watersports • Exchange dining at sister resorts, Waves Hotel & Spa by Elegant Hotels and Turtle Beach Resort by Elegant Hotels (reservation required; themed buffet dining at a supplement) • Beach Ambassadors Service • Fitness centre and tennis • Kids’ club (3-12 years) • Daytime water taxis to Colony Club by Elegant Hotels, Tamarind by Elegant Hotels and Waves Hotel & Spa by Elegant Hotels (weather permitting) • Evening entertainment (seasonal) • Wi-Fi.

The resort has a 24-hour fitness centre as well as two floodlit tennis courts. A variety of free fitness classes are also available, including yoga and pilates.

Join the activities team for a game of volleyball or learn how to play beach cricket.

Water skiing, kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding, tube rides and banana boats are all complimentary. There’s excellent snorkelling too with sea turtles often spotted, and if you’d rather stay dry, glass-bottom boat trips are also available.

The Flying Fish kids’ club (open 9am-9pm) has activities for children aged 3-12 years, including a playground and interactive pool and beach games. Kids also love the Honorary Bajan Adventurer Programme. Amenities for babies include blankets and night lights – babysitting is available for a charge.

Minimum stay: 5 nights 01-29 Feb 2020; 7 nights 22 Dec-02 Jan 2020 and 21 Dec-02 Jan 2021.

There is a room levy payable locally on departure.

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