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Coral Reef Club

Porters St. James, Holetown BB24017 Barbados
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#1 of 4 hotels in Holetown
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Set amidst twelve acres of beautifully landscaped gardens on the calm West Coast of Barbados, Coral Reef Club is the epitome of West Indian elegance. This family owned and run luxury resort renowned for its special ambiance and classic island style. A five star hotel, it is one of the finest in the Caribbean. Accommodations are traditionally designed with wooden balustrading, fretwork and shuttered windows. Fine dining and personal service are a high priority at this "Small Luxury Hotel of the World".
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
Free breakfast
Tennis court
Outdoor pool
Heated pool
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Private beach
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PammieAM wrote a review 5 May
61 contributions45 helpful votes
Wow, what a stunning hotel and beautiful grounds, perfectly owned and managed by the O'Hara family since the 50's:- you can feel the love, care and attention to detail that has gone into this special hotel for so many years. And you can definitely see why so many people return year on year, we absolutely loved it. We chose the hotel for a short break to celebrate my husband's birthday after living in Barbados on the welcome stamp. After a few months of lockdown and volcanic ash we thought a break would be a lovely way to celebrate. Sadly for the hotel (not us) we were two of only eleven guests, but the restaurant, spa and swimming pools were open and a full range of staff were on hand to make our stay amazing. A special thank you to Diane in reservations, Nigel on reception and Paulette (?) who did an amazing massage in the lovely spa. We are returning for our anniversary in a few weeks - we loved it that much. Patrick O'Hara went out of his way to make us feel welcome and ensure we enjoyed our stay. Thank you so much. We had a beautiful meal in the restaurant on my husband's birthday, along with a stunning handmade cake. Thank you to the chef! Mrs O'Hara stopped at our table to wish my husband a happy birthday. He even received a beautiful card and gift on his birthday from the family. Our luxury cottage, with private plunge pool was beautiful, large and comfortable. Breakfast on the terrace overlooking the beautiful beach was fantastic every morning and the lobster salad at lunchtime was amazing. There aren't many family run hotels that go above and beyond for their guests and their staff. We could see that so many staff have been kept on despite a huge, catastrophic downturn in tourists due to COVID. I've heard that many staff from their sister hotel the Sandpiper are still being paid despite it being closed. This shows you how much they care. I'm really hoping that bookings pick up really soon for the whole of the hotel, tourism and restaurant industry. We can't wait to come back. Thank you. Highly recommended.
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Date of stay: April 2021
Room Tip: We had a luxury cottage with a plunge pool, huge beautiful room. Highly recommended.
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Ann L wrote a review Apr 2021
Toronto, Canada25 contributions65 helpful votes
When the Soufriere volcano exploded and Barbados was covered in ash, we took refuge at the divine Coral Reef Club and it was a superb experience. I arrived feeling like a chimney sweep after battling ash for days, and the hotel returned my sense of well being within hours. The beds are extraordinary, with magnificent fluffy pillows and feather light duvets, a balm for my soul. I treated myself to the spa, enjoyed a decadent martini in the bar, and had the best filet mignon of my life in the dining room. I extended my stay an extra day to take advantage of the incredible sleeps in my ocean view room. Thank you Coral Reef for the incredible service.
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Date of stay: April 2021
Room Tip: I was lucky enough to get the Feathergrass suite with uninterrupted views of the water. Divine!
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S M wrote a review Jan 2021
London, United Kingdom91 contributions12 helpful votes
We travel all the time and the Coral Reef Club is unlike any other place we've stayed. Its design and gardens are impeccable and really worth seeing. The hotel is owned by the O'Haras and they are constantly on site, making sure everything is running smoothly. We stayed here in the first two weeks of December 2020, just at the end of one of the UK lockdowns. We stayed in the Anthurium room, which directly overlooks the beach and is spectacular. Ask for Anthurium if it’s available. The quarantine and COVID testing procedures were run extremely smoothly. The doctors / nurses come to your room and sort you out and the hotel has thoughtfully reserved parts of the resort for those awaiting their COVID test results. The planning and execution of this was very impressive. During a time when social interactions are few and far between, the O'Haras are still hosting their weekly managers' cocktail where they serve hors d'oeuvres and free-flowing drinks from the bar. The real star of the resort is the beach. The stretch that is immediately in front of the property does have some rocks and coral, for those who like snorkelling. But if you walk a mere 200 yards to the right of the hotel, you will find the most perfect beach imaginable. We could see at least 10 feet down the perfectly white sand and some tropical fish swimming around the jetty. The beach butlers are very attentive and will rush to adjust your umbrella as soon as they notice you are no longer in the shade. The salon is also excellent. The proprietress, Nina, is incredible and a lovely person. She was able to lighten my hair perfectly, when I’d had 3 unsuccessful attempts at a very high-end salon in London. The bar staff was extremely friendly and talented. We call out Kerry, in particular. He is a young guy who has worked here for more than 20 years, climbing his way up the ladder to barman. He is good for a laugh and long conversation. We had many enjoyable breakfasts on our beautiful balcony overlooking the beach. This is a service provided at no extra charge. We especially loved the Bajan flying fish with Bajan hot sauce. Not what we'd normally have as breakfast, but it was excellent. The omelets were also great. We must say that we weren't huge fans of the restaurant for lunch or dinner, because it focuses on European / continental cuisine and we prefer eating the local food. But no worries, there are two great local restaurants only 20 yards from the entrance to the hotel: Seacat and the Horny Ram. However, our stay was perfection and we would rate this a 6 if we could. This is a very elegant, old-style hotel. We appreciate something like this can still exist in the current environment... Signed Beach bum Bonanza
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Date of stay: December 2020
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Rowley A wrote a review Jan 2021
St Ives, United Kingdom5 contributions5 helpful votes
The hotel is very nice but having been locked in our room for a week because of the inability locally to process Covid tests in a timely manner think carefully before you visit Barbados. We are not thx only ones locked in with no idea when we will be cleared.
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Date of stay: January 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Katharine B wrote a review Dec 2020
London, United Kingdom22 contributions7 helpful votes
We had a wonderful week here recently. It was everything a hotel/resort should be, welcoming, beautiful, in a great location (the beach is simply perfect), with good food and good service. It is not cheap but we felt that it was reasonably priced given the immaculately maintained gardens and rooms as well as the high ratio of staff to guests. Mrs O'Hara and her sons were very 'onto it', making everyone feel welcome and establishing high standards all round. Nigel and the reception team were really helpful and a great source of good advice on where to go and what to do.
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Date of stay: December 2020
Room Tip: Vinca is right on the ocean, above the restaurant but this was never a problem in any way.
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Response from Karen Capaldi, Owner at Coral Reef Club
Responded 8 Jan 2021
Thank you for your lovely review, we and our team really appreciate you taking the time to say such complimentary things about the hotel and our family's overview. We look forward to hopefully welcoming you back in the future when life is easier for all.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Coral Reef Club
Which popular attractions are close to Coral Reef Club?
Nearby attractions include Best of Barbados Gift Shop (0.9 km), St. James Parish Church (0.3 km), and Holetown Beach (0.9 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Coral Reef Club?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
What food & drink options are available at Coral Reef Club?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Coral Reef Club?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Coral Reef Club?
Conveniently located restaurants include The Tides, Nishi Restaurant, and Cafe Bar Carizma.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Coral Reef Club?
Yes, guests have access to a pool and a fitness centre during their stay.
Does Coral Reef Club have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Coral Reef Club offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are any cleaning services offered at Coral Reef Club?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Are there any historical sites close to Coral Reef Club?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Andromeda Botanic Gardens (12.8 km), George Washington House (12.8 km), and Garrison Savannah - Barbados Turf Club (13.1 km).
Does Coral Reef Club have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.
Is Coral Reef Club accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access, reduced mobility rooms, and facilities for disabled guests. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.