Crystal Cove Hotel

Hwy. 1, Appleby, St. James, Barbados

This seaside colony of attached duplex cottages, whitewashed and trimmed in perky pastels, appeals to both couples and families. Each room is bright and spacious with a balcony or patio, most have hammocks and a water view, and some are literally inches from the beach. Winding garden paths connect the units, which spill down a hillside to the beach, where you can swim, sail, snorkel, water-ski, windsurf, or kayak to your heart's content—or play tennis, dip in the pool, or luxuriate at the spa. Meals are bountiful and delicious—buffets and snacks at Drifters Beach Bar and a table-d'hôte menu at Reflections Restaurant. Each night there's entertainment in the form of a steel band or other live music. For a change of scene, a free water taxi travels all day long (weather permitting) between sister properties on the west coast.

PROS

  • kids' club with activities all day and nanny service at night
  • exchange dining program with sister resorts on the west coast
  • all water sports, including waterskiing and banana boat or tube rides, are complimentary
  • Green Globe–certified

CONS

  • few activities immediately outside the resort, although it's not far from Bridgetown

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 246-432–2683 | 888-996–9948-in U.S.

HOTEL DETAILS

62 rooms, 26 suites
Rate Includes: All-inclusive

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