Coral Reef Club Hotel

, Bridgetown, Barbados
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Coral Reef Club Hotel

, Bridgetown

Rooms: 88

Porters - Bridgetown - BB24017 - Barbados Hotel Website | | 246-422-2372
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Incredible Resort

from TropicalPhillyGuy
Incredible service, incredibile food, clean and absolutely beautiful grounds that are breath-taking! They even give a horticultural tour of their grounds on Wednesdays. Impeccable attention to detail. Most guests are British, somewhat older crowd, and it was amazing how many guests had been there over 15 times! We did the meal plan which included one breakfast and one dinner.

My girlfriend and I stayed for a week the beginning of Dec 04 and we were so sorry to leave. Our room was right on the ocean, or the 'sea' as they like to call it. Our room was called Vinca. It exceeded our expectations. It was absolute perfection if you want pure R & R and wonderful meals. The owners are present all the time and will do everything and anything to make your stay feel very special.

Just some other's not the place if you want many young people (We're a young 50)'s difficult to run/jog around Barbados because the roads are narrow .... the beach, while beautiful, is not large and it's tough to do look walks between resorts on the beach. But it's still incredible. They offer dinner exchanges at a few other resorts; we tried the Sandpiper and we preferred our resort's food. One of the nicest places I've stayed at and one of the best vacations.

Glenn and Carol Wyndmoor PA USA

Loved the Hotel

from Identity1
My husband and I stayed at Coral Reef from Sunday 12th December until Saturday 18th December 2004.

The food is excellent at this hotel, a full English breakfast as well as a massive choice of fruit was available for breakfast. An extensive lunch menu as well as a lovely evening menu.

The gardens and scenery are incredible. All staff at the hotel are friendly, especially Nigel at reception as well as the owners, the bar and restaurant staff, the gardeners and maids.

Our room (a luxury junior suite) was very spacious, with massive bathroom and lovely balcony. Look out for the little monkeys swinging in the trees around the grounds.

Overall the food, drink, staff and service are remarkable at this hotel, it certainly deserves the 5 star status it holds.

During our stay we also ventured out in the evenings to other restaurants, we recommend Cliff restaurant just down the road from Coral Reef which is one of the 50 best restaurants in the world, the scenery at this restaurant is stunning.

We also visited the sister hotel just down the road (also owned by the O’Hara family) called Sandpiper (you can swap your meal at Coral Reef to this hotel for free if you’re on half board). The restaurant, food and staff at this hotel were also marvellous.

We also visited Sandy Lane for a meal, the food was lovely, service impeccable, the only thing I would say against it is that you find a lot of posh rich people who make the atmosphere a little uncomfortable if you’re not stuck up yourself !!

Overall a very relaxing holiday, we will definitely be returning to Coral Reef !

One ward of warning – DO NOT USE THE AIRLINE BWIA for your flights ….. we booked our holiday with Kuoni who use BWIA before, and we will never use them again.

Our flight was due to take off early on Saturday morning so we stayed over at Manchester airport the night before as we live in Birmingham. We arrived at the airport and were told that the flight was cancelled and would not be going until the Sunday afternoon.

Strangely, there were only about 30 people at the airport waiting for the flight, in our opinion the flight had been cancelled because not enough people were booked on it.

We went back to Birmingham and returned the following afternoon for the flight which finally departed on the afternoon but we didn’t arrive at Barbados until Sunday afternoon so we lost a whole day of our holiday.

Imagine our shock on our return journey to Manchester when we waited 2 hours to check in at Barbados airport and were told again that the flight was cancelled and would we have to go on the Heathrow flight. Our car was at Manchester airport, so we spent all day on Sunday getting from Heathrow to Manchester airport, all in all our journey took 20 hours to get back home. To add to our annoyance we discovered that the Manchester flight did actually leave Barbados that night, but was fully booked, which is obviously why we had to go to Heathrow…. Seems a bit strange as we had got the correct tickets for the flight.

Very pleased with the Coral Reef Club

from mariasch
If budget allows, by all means book a Plantation Suite. We had almost no need to leave the room with a top floor wrap around balcony, dining area, plunge pool. When we did stroll down from our perch we enjoyed the menus, the service was fine, the grounds beautiful, room service availability was good. Every now and then a small detail slipped but it was never from lack of care and was always corrected at once. This is a place where you are greeted in the dining room by name, couples dance to the band at dinner, a member of the owner's family introduces himself and inquires about your stay. We enjoyed it and will certainly return.

Awesome, with a few minor bumps!

from StanWashington
My wife and I spent a glorious week at Coral Reef Nov. 7-14. Barbados is a long way from Oregon, but it was worth the trip. As many TripAdvisor reviews have mentioned, the grounds are spectacular, the staff very friendly, and the food excellent. Imagine eating out at a 5 star restaurant every night! It is truly an amazing property.

While not complaining, Coral Reef could improve it's service in a few minor ways. We communicated via e-mail prior to our arrival, and replies were very slow in coming (if answered at all). We asked about bringing our tennis racquets and were told to leave them at home because the Club had racquets! Great, except that the racquets they provided were so overused they no longer had grips. At the prices they charge, a $5 grip should not be too difficult.

On the morning of our last day we reported that there was a small leak in the roof of our room. Promises were made to fix this. We came back to our room to find our bed moved, and muddy footprints all over our floor. We asked to have the floor cleaned up, and upon returning around 6 pm, found 5 staff members carrying our toiletries and dirty laundry out of our room! We were told that we were being moved to another room. While we can appreciate the intention, it would have been appropriate to ask us, or at least tell us, of this! Since we were leaving early the next morning, we would have prefered to not be inconvenienced in this way. We spent the next hour moving into another room.

I understand the up to 75% of Coral Reefs guests are return guests from England. This speaks very well for them. However, I suspect that these customers would have been treated differently than we were. In fact we have brought these issues to Coral Reef's attention....with no response of any kind.

Honestly, we still had a fabulous time, but it would have been nice to be treated a little more respectfully!

Luxurious, heavenly hideaway

from Fussyminx
My Husband and I stayed at the Coral Reef Club from 12 - 21 October 2004 and were absolutely delighted with our choice of hotel. The room we had (Junior Suite) was huge, with a huge bathroom to match. The balcony was equally large with both table/chairs and sun loungers in which to appreciate the beautiful views over the gardens and out to sea. The whole decor of the hotel was superb and tasteful - big sofas and beautiful cushions in the bar area and everything absolutely spotless. The most beautiful flowers in every room and attention to detail in all areas. The restaurant food was also of the highest quality. The service was a little slow in both the bar and restaurant area sometimes (we thought we were invisible on a couple of occasions), but this did not spoil anything for us.
There are plenty of other top quality restaruants to choose from in Holetown which is 10-15 mins walk away so there's plenty of variety.
The diving was excellent and if you get change to go out with Errol, he'll make sure you have a great dive. Chantalle on the other hand forgot how to smile!!
Stay at this hotel and you won't regret it.

THE most wonderful HONEYMOON EVER!

from Karacg
We went to Barbados for our honeymoon Sept. 1-13, 2004. It was so wonderful. We had both been to Jamaica for our "first" marriages, but Barbados is way above and beyond. First of all, it has the highest literacy of all the Caribbean Islands. That means educated, polite, gainfully employed natives. The country has a rich mix of cultures and customs. Everyone is welcome and treated like a special guest. I travel extensively and Barbados was truly a wonderful find. Nobody pesters you to buy anything, there is none of that in-your-face stuff found on many of the Islands. The restaurants are some of the top in the world and there is a great mix of tourism as well.
We stayed at the Coral Reef Resort - we could go snorkeling, waterskiing, diving, etc. right on premise for no extra charge. The beach is surrounded by a coral reef so you don't need to travel to snorkel.
The Coral Reef Resort was absolutely PERFECT. We had a Jr. Luxury Sweet, looking directly out to the Carribean. Our return flight was cancelled because of Hurricane Fances, and the staff and owners were just wonderful about taking care of us and making sure we were safe and comfortable.
The food was AMAZING. Some days they brought breakfast up to our room and set it up on our HUGE balcony. Other days we went downstairs to the buffet, with fresh fruits, juices, ommlette stations, etc.
They have 2 pools and a lovely beach. You can get waiter service on the beach. You have to dress for dinner, which is nice because it keeps out the beer-guzzling wife-beater types out.
The hotel is small enough to be intimate and cater to your every desire, but not so large as to make you feel like just a number.
I can't recommend this place enough. It was just so perfect for what we wanted - some days we spent touring the island, and others just lazing by the pool or the beach. We went for a motor boat ride up and down the coast almost every day, and kyaking, and out on a catamaran tour....We NEVER felt threatened or intimidated even in the towns or city, and this is rare for a Carribean Island.
The staff is wonderful, the rooms beautiful, the setting amazing.....AND they are not snooty at Coral Reef, unlike some of the "other" resorts in the area.
I can't wait to return!!!


from A TripAdvisor Member
My husband and I have just returned from two weeks staying in The Coral Reef Club, and I cant say enough about what a fantastic place it is.

The hotel and gardens are immaculate and the added bonus of a family of monkeys playing around the area made it even more idyllic.

We were visiting for my 40th Birthday and the hotel staff could not do enough for my husband to ensure all his surprise plans were in order (helicopter trips and dinner in 'the cliff' restaurant which I can throughly recommend), I even received a present and card from the family who own the hotel.

All the staff in the hotel were very friendly and helpful and went out of their way to attend to your every need.

I would say this is probably the best hotel and location that my husband and I have ever stayed and we cant wait to return again (as many other gueats seem to have done)


Amazing experience

from A TripAdvisor Member
My wife and I just returned from our October wedding which we had at the Coral Reef Club. The wedding, as well as our entire stay, was exceptional. While every resort/hotel will have their misses, this hotel exceeds in handling any problems that arise.
The property is beautiful and if you are thinking of visiting Coral Reef the pictures just don't do it justice. The gardens are amazing and the scenary is gorgeous. We had a luxury suite, which we highly recommend. The room is decorated well and has no TV which helped to create a very relaxing time.
The food was outstanding although we did not enjoy the Bajan Buffet on Monday nights as much as the regular menu items. The staff is extremely accomodating whether you were at the pool, the beach, in the dining room, or in your room, someone is always there to bring you a drink.
The O'Hara family (the owners) are around often and are extremely friendly and work to create a warm atmosphere. Scarlette Clark, our wedding coordinator, was exceptional. She went out of her way to make sure our special day was special. In fact, even as emergencies arose she went our of her way to take care of them. This was the first hotel we have ever stayed at that made you feel like guests and not just another customer. We were greeted warmly by everyone and even met some new friends that attended our wedding while we were there.
We found that the majority of people at the hotel had been there many times and kept coming back. There is a strong reason for this. This hotel excels at making sure you are completely taken care of and they do everything in their power to meet every need. I highly recommend this hotel as one of the best I have ever stayed at and will look forward to returning as soon as possible.

The Rave Reviews were Right!

from cantbebothered
This was our first trip to Barbados and we stayed at the Coral Reef Club for two weeks in September.We had originaly booked another hotel,but changed to the CRC largely as a result of the very favourable comments we read on this site.

The hotel lived up to it's reputation.From the moment we arrived at reception we entered a world where striving for excellence was the norm.We cannot speak too highly of the staff,the location,the food, the rooms (provided you don't miss your own TV) and the amenities.

The only note of caution we would sound on this glowing report is that September is not the busiest time for the island,and the hotel was not full.We cannot say whether or not the impeccable service,ready access to all amenities, and overall high standards would be maintained in the High season - we were told that they were.

two tickets to paradise...

from DebVerona
Absolutely the best resort that we've ever stayed at in a Carribean location. Somebody was always looking out for you, whether it was the friendly staff ocean-side, or the front desk personnel. We were visiting during the time that Tiger Woods was married and originally we wanted to stay at the Sandy Lane Resort (which was sold out due to the nuptials). We were quite disappointed, but as I look back at it, it was fortunate for us because we found the Coral Reef. Truly a 5-star establishment.

Top Local Tips for Bridgetown

The Cliff is a Must Book a dinner at the Cliff before you arrive. It is by far the best restaurant on the island, but it books up quickly.

Holetown top tips Dec 2008 1. Taxi from airport to coral reef club was BDS$80 one way (booked via hotel). 2. Glass bottom boat and snorkelling with turtles definitely a thing to do. Pay about BDS$100 per couple. Try for less if you're good a haggling. 3. Shops in holetown are pricey, so do your shopping for beachwear before leaving the UK.


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  • Address: Porters - Bridgetown - BB24017 - Barbados
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