Coral Reef Club in Saint James, Barbados
Centered on twelve acres of beautifully landscaped gardens on the calm west coast of Barbados, the family-owned and run Coral Reef Club is one of the finest and most tranquil resorts in the Caribbean. Following a major redevelopment that marked the genesis of new cottages with private plunge pools, this Small Luxury Hotels of the World member stands even more ready to receive guests with superlative accommodations, impeccable service, gourmet cuisine and hospitable comforts that are unique in the world today.
Spend your days splashing in the mosaic-tiled freshwater swimming pools, lingering over a Banks Beer in the bar, or working out the tension of daily life with acclaimed masseuse, Mathilde Scherr. Complimentary tennis clinics are available, and the resort is adjacent to the Folkstone Marine Park, which boasts the shipwrecked Stavronikita for experienced divers and an inshore reef of corals and sea lilies for snorkelers. Devotees of the waves can borrow a sunfish or Hobie Cat from the resort's own Water Sport Center, and golfers will enjoy access to the Sandy Lane Golf Course and the Robert Trent Jones Jr.-designed course at Royal Westmoreland.
Location of Coral Reef Club
Nearest Airport: BGI
Reviews for Coral Reef Club
We have rarely been so enchanted. The Coral Reef Club exudes a spirit of excellence that's really impressive. The experience is very uplifting. The atmosphere and the team work together to make you feel entirely at home â€” but better. We loved the spaciousness and design of our suite, and especially relished the small, secluded in-ground pool nearby. Relaxing on the beach was a delight. We took special pleasure in the breakfast â€” it was incredible just how many options were spread out everywhere, with helpful attentive people ensuring that we had an incredible time. The people of the Coral Reef Club deserve special praise. The family who runs it â€” the O'Haras â€” are very present, magnanimous, and altogether charming. The entire team seems to be pleasantly dedicated to their efforts, taking pride in providing an exceptional experience. Consider Coral Reef Club for your bucket list. It's a very special experience.
Curtiss H - Northampton, Massachusetts
We have just completed our 11th stay at the Coral Reef Club, and again we had a wonderful, completely indulgent and relaxing time. From the minute you arrive at the resort, you are made to feel like a welcome and valued guest. You are shown to your room set among the lush tropical greenery, and shortly thereafter your welcome drinks arrive. For me, this is the moment when I feel myself relax into what is going to be a wonderful vacation. The resort is located on a beautiful stretch of beach which is where most people spend the majority of their vacations. There really is no need to go anywhere else unless you are feeling particularly energetic. The beach attendants ensure you are well taken care of in terms of setting up lounges and bringing you drinks and food. At 11am each day, it's "sorbet time" which my kids love. On the beach you can try all sorts of waterspouts - skiing, stand up paddle boarding, kayaking, snorkeling - or you can opt for what the majority do; relax, read a book and dip yourself into the water when it is a bit hot. This tend to be about as strenuous as things get. There are also two pools if you don't like the sand. The resort also has a great restaurant where they make a real effort to change up the menu each day so that there is something different for people staying longer than a few days. I really appreciate that attention to detail. Of course, Barbados also has other dining options which we tried as well, but the restaurant at Coral Reef is up there in terms of quality and choice. Sometimes we opted just to have the meals delivered to our room if we were too tired from all that relaxation to get dressed for dinner. Nothing is too much trouble for the wonderful staff who greet you by name with a big smile and make you feel like you are part of the family. I think it is this aspect of the whole Coral Reef experience which leads us to return each year. You can go to five star resorts in pretty much any country and have lots of lovely things to do and look at, but often the experience can feel very forced or 'sterile'. This is not the case at Coral Reef. Many of the staff have been there for years, and each year when we arrive, it's like meeting up with old friends. For first time visitors it is the same. You are greeted by name and made to feel welcome from the minute you step inside the main building which houses the reception area. I think that this is the Coral Reef Club's major strength. It is the reason we find ourselves returning each year even though it means we are traveling across from California. We have already booked our stay for next year, and are looking forward to it very much. It is one of the highlights of our year.
My wife and I have just returned from Barbados celebrating a belated wedding anniversary over two weeks. We spent one week at Coral Reef and it was wonderful. The whole property has a colonial elegance and is set in lovely tropical gardens. It is priced on the high side but well worth the extravagance especially if you have something special to celebrate. The staff are very friendly and work very hard to please. We certainly enjoyed being pampered and it was great to experience five star service. We felt very comfortable amongst an older clientelle which made it easy to relax and have lots of quiet time which is just what we needed.
GrandandG - Eastbourne, United Kingdom
What do you say about a place you first visited because you won a week's stay there in a raffle nearly fifteen years ago and yet you have come back every year since? What do you say about a place where your sons celebrated their first birthday with a homemade cake... and every year since? What do you say about a place where you meet familiar faces each year, be it fellow guests, welcoming staff, or friendly locals? I'd say that a lot of things in the world change. Not always for the better, not always for the worse. But the Coral Reef remains an oasis of beauty, peace, friendship, warmth. And that's just fine by me. See you next year.
Robert H - San Francisco, California
I stayed at this hotel for 3 nights the staff were very friendly the hotel has a very good atmosphere, We are a group of agents and we each had a room My room was in the grounds near to the swimming pool all the rooms have names which is lovely touch than numbers i was in Jacaranda the room was very clean and spacious with a very nice bathroom, the only thing missing was a TV but who wants to watch TV whilst enjoying this lovely Island. The pool area was quiet but the pool was very welcoming i even saw a monkey up the tree by the pool. The restaurant was amazing and the food The lady whom owned the hotel came and introduced herself and her sons sat and had a meal with us which was a lovely touch their friend David also joined us, we had a great evening with these guys so lovely they told us about there up bringing in Barbados and how the two brothers and their friend met, The staff were all very helpful and friendly as well. The food was the best the beach gardens and every thing was just perfect. Thank you for a wonderful stay
Shirlstravel - Lichfield Staffordshire