An enchanting blend of vitality and Caribbean charm, the all-inclusive Crystal Cove is nestled on a lovely beachfront cliff spanning one of the most idyllic locations on Barbados' renowned Platinum West Coast. Crystal Cove appeals to sophisticated romantics, family with children and those simply seeking laid back, quality family time.
Enjoy access to Waves Hotel & Spa. Water taxi service is complimentary and operates daily weather permitting.
(Iver Heath, United Kingdom)
Jul 01, 2022
So we finally returned to Crystal Cove after trying for 3 years because of Covid, We went with an open mind as Covid could have changed things but I'm glad to say it didn't. I wasn't overly pleased with my room due to its position and the position of the snack cart but the niggle I had was rectified as soon as I reported it and the room has the most amazing view from the balcony. Always keep immaculate by the cleaners.
The staff do an amazing job, anyone who can wear a mask in that heat all day deserves a medal, from reception to cleaners. Everything is done with good cheer and to ensure you enjoy your stay. Big shout out to Celeste, Raheem, Mya, Alison, Sheriann, Kathy and anyone else I have missed. I hope Marriott realise their biggest assets are their staff!
Food - excellent, Al a carte was fabulous and if you can't find something you like I can only assume you are a picky eater. The wraps and caesar salads at lunch were to die for
Drinks - excellent wine choices/cocktails/beers though my husband did miss not having a banks
Vista bar - the gem of the hotel.
We also used the dine around program - we visited Waves (Kyria) for lunch and dinner (Shiso), Tamarind for lunch and Treasure Beach for lunch and dinner. All fabulous - give them a try if you have time
Watersports - the sailing and rings were all good fun. We did snorkel but took our own equipment
Water taxi - this is a free taxi which runs from Waves up the West Coast to Colony Club. We used this a lot! Worth it to get to the sister hotels and also just for a trip to see the shoreline of the West Coast
We absolutely loved our stay and will be returning
It’s good - staff could be friendlier
Jun 30, 2022
Beautiful small resort on a stunning strip of coastline - and a much nicer beach than Waves, with pools much more suited to families with young children. We have stayed in many Caribbean resorts across several islands and felt the food in Crystal Cove was above average - good variety and always tasty. Children’s options limited to the usual burgers, pizza, chicken nuggets etc but that’s true of anywhere. Would be nice if a bit more thought went into children’s food, in general.
We had a beach front room and it really was just that - the beautiful Caribbean Sea was literally about 20 feet from our balcony and just stunning. We couldn’t agree with some reviews that the rooms need updated. Perhaps we just got lucky, but our room was clean, modernly decorated and with what appeared to be a newly refurbished wet room. Even a coffee machine and LG flat screen TV!
Downsides: the resort is very quiet, and lacks in atmosphere. Perhaps this is down to covid or perhaps the real peak summer holiday season is still to come, but not even music plays during the day or even during most meal times. Evening entertainment is at best limited, and the only way to access entertainment for children is to put them in the kids club (which we didn’t use, but we viewed the facilities and were impressed). Perhaps the biggest disappointment for us was the attitude of the staff. Certainly not overtly rude, but definitely more aloof and disinterested than anywhere else we have stayed in the Caribbean, including previous visits to Barbados. Serving time is tediously slow. Adult mains came 20mins after children had finished theirs - by which time patience was running thin. Again, perhaps due to covid but it is sad to see…and doesn’t help the guest feel ‘special’ (which, let’s be honest, given the price of holidays these days it would be nice!)
All in all - I would visit Crystal Cove again as the main elements of a great Caribbean holiday are there. Boost staff morale and create a bit more of a holiday atmosphere on the resort, and it would be hard to beat.