Crystal Cove by Elegant Hotels All Inclusive in St Joseph, Barbados

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Crystal Cove by Elegant Hotels is an all-incluive, beachfront resort is located on the west coast of this Caribbean island. It is about 2 miles from Holetown, which has the spot where English colonists had landed in the 1600s. Today, this area is full of tourist-friendly restaurants, bars and boutiques. Some other attractions that are close to this resort include Paynes Bay Beach, Paradise Beach, Mount Gay Rum and National Stadium.

The closest airport to Crystal Cove is Grantley Adams International. It is located about 11 miles away, in Bridgetown.

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Resort Amenities

Crystal Cove by Elegant Hotels is a compact, family-friendly resort set up on a white-sand beach. It is a good place for swimming, as it features a three-level pool with waterfalls and gardens. There are also two on-site restaurants and Cave Bar, which is in a rock grotto beneath a waterfall. There is also an air-conditioned fitness center, and an internet room with complimentary high-speed access. Other resort amenities include 24-hour front help desk, concierge desk, bellhop, security guard, safe-deposit box at front desk, gift shop/newsstand, currency exchange, tour assistance, available medical assistance, dry cleaning/laundry and business services.

There are 88 guestrooms and suites at Crystal Cove, and they are arranged throughout one-, two- and three-story buildings (no elevators). They all feature furnished patios or balconies with ocean or pool/garden views. Their bathrooms contain shower/tub combinations, twin-sink vanities, hair dryers and complimentary toiletries. Additional room amenities include air conditioning, ceiling fan, blackout drapes, desk, iron, ironing board, cable-television service, clock radio, daily housekeeping, in-room safe, refrigerator and wake-up calls. Smoking is permitted, and rollaway beds and cribs can be provided.

What’s included

When guests pay the room rate at Crystal Cove by Elegant Hotels, they will not be charged extra for the majority of meals at the hotel restaurants, afternoon tea or any taxes or gratuities. In addition to the on-site dining, guests may also get complimentary meals and drinks at Turtle Beach, a companion resort (reservations required). If guests wish to dine at Colony Club or Tamarind Cove, they can take advantage of the per-meal adult/child credits ($7.50/$3.25 USD for breakfast, US$10/US$5 for lunch, US$25/US$12.50 for dinner). This only covers food, not drinks; reservations are required, and the credits are subject to change. This hotel offers scheduled water-taxi service to these two West Coast companion hotels from mid-morning to mid-afternoon. Room service is also complimentary during certain hours.

Parents who bring their kids aged 3-11 to this resort can send them to the children’s club for day-and-night supervised activities, such as video games, movies and arts and crafts. During holiday season, guests can go to karaoke or dance lessons. Depending on occupancy, guests can also watch floor shows on the pool deck.

Participation in many watersports is included, such as water skiing/tubing, banana boating, 30-minute snorkeling excursion to sunken barge, 30-minute boat cruise, kayaks, snorkeling gear, sailboats, boogie boards and windsurfers. Guests can also take an introductory scuba diving lesson in the pool. As for land sports, guests can play tennis or work out in the fitness center.

What’s not included

Some features outside of the all-inclusive plan are airport transfers; transportation to Turtle Beach Resort; wine by the bottle and bottled water; gift-shop snacks and beverages; massage, nail care from outside operators; hair braiding; yoga/tai chi classes from outside instructors; optional or outside tours and excursions; personal watercraft, parasailing, and glass-bottom-boat rides; scuba instruction/certification and excursions; incidental purchases; telephone and fax charges; medical services; laundry and dry cleaning; and childcare outside children’s club hours.

Guests must pay extra for use of shuttle vans or private cars. In-room childcare also requires a surcharge.