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... list. By the way this includes buying some fish - back up plan if they come back empty handed from their trip!
After a couple of hours at Lime Bar and another useful meeting its time to shop. This could take a while....and it does. Just as we're about to finish Henry calls to say they're back for their trip. I excitedly ask what they caught ..... Oh dear not a thing. So much for the "catch of the day" for,our party menu.
... the fish. One of the local popular catches was flying fish. One vendor was happy to show Harriet the wings that make the flying fish appear to actually fly across the water. This fish is found in abundance off the shore of the island. Large and small cuts of fish were expertly being prepared for the local restaurants and homes of the cities. Just a few blocks from the fish market we would again change our walkway from concrete sidewalk to a wooden boardwalk that would take us around ...
... we decided to explore independently and spent the grand total of $20 between the 3 of us, which Sheila converted into Barbados dollars in the bank.
We caught a local bus down the south coast to Dover Beach which was lovely- white sand, turquoise sea with some healthy surf today. There seem to be lots of resorts along the beach ...
... beautiful jewelry and even tried on a few pieces. I had to show Tony how well I wore diamonds in case it slipped his mind! Actually, we were on the hunt for a new watch for Tony and some souveniers for Sydney and Kaden. Barbados likes to shut things down early or completely on Sundays, so we had to plan time in Monday’s schedule to resume some more shopping.
Back at the hotel, we went for a swim at the beach to ...
... the last of our drink, one of many staff were promptly there to serve our needs. I love service like that! Being bread lovers, Tony and I dove into the bread basket after deciding on what we would share for our 2 course meal. He started with the GRILLED PORTOBELLO MUSHROOM SALAD WITH MESCLUN GREENS, ASPARAGUS, PARMESAN AND TRUFFLE VINAIGRETTE. I had the mouth watering OPEN RAVIOLI OF CHARGRILLED SHRIMP WITH ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Coral Reef Club St. James
We have just returned from two weeks at the Coral Reef Club. I have to say this is such a beautiful hotel, the rooms, restaurant, gardens are all immaculately kept. We took advantage of the free tennis coaching and water sports which were great fun, good way of meeting new people.
I just got back from honeymooning at the Coral Reef Club, and it was better than I had imagined. The hotel and gardens are beautiful and impeccably maintained. Our suite was large and well appointed. We enjoyed the clubby feel of the hotel. The food and drinks were all excellent, as was the service. We loved the beach, and snorkled in the reef every day. If you are looking for wild nightlife, this is not the spot for you, but if you are looking for supreme service and relaxation, this is the ideal place!
The best hotel in Barbados
An excellent hotel. I wouldn't even bother considering the other hotels on offer - this is the one. We have stayed in several places in Barbados and the Caribbean and none can match the Coral Reef. To get such a combination of top quality accommodation, food, service, setting and general ambiance all under one roof is very rare.
My husband and I picked Coral Reef Club as the sight of our May, 1st 2004 wedding and honeymoon after reading lots of positive reviews and tour books. We could not have been more pleased with our decision! When we arrive at the resort I was so happy at how lovely the property was. The gardens were beautiful and the hotel was well maintained and spotless. (The pictures on the website were helpful, but did not really do it justice.) We stayed in a Luxury Junior Suite which I would highly recommend. The room was beautiful, the bathroom was very spacious (large shower and seperate soaking tub)and I was impressed with the quality of everything. Plus , we had a large veranda that overlooked a private garden area. We especially loved eating our breakfast there on the veranda every morning and watching the birds. (This room service is included in the meal plan.)
Spent a week at this gorgeous resort late April. If the weather had cooperated, it would have been almost perfect. We were met by one of the owners when we checked in and personally escorted to our fabulous room. After showing us around he then had 2 rum punches sent up to our room, which was a really nice touch. We ordered a room service lunch which was served on our terrace, which overlooked the very pretty gardens. Room service is great at this resort, as there is no difference in price between eating in the restaurant and ordering room service. The grounds and the beach are beautiful, and the sea warm and inviting. The restaurant is 5 star and the service at this resort is superb . I would have liked it to have less of an English Country Club feel though and more of a Caribbean atmosphere . The food was great though, and despite having many top class restaurants on our door step, we chose to eat at the resort on several nights.
Have just returned from another great holiday at this hotel. It is hard to fault very much here at all. Friendly staff, beautiful rooms and a great atmosphere. Very welcome new additions at the hotel include a new internet room where one can online 24 hours a day and at no charge! This can be very useful if wanting to catch up with business and friends at home.
My wife and I visited the Coral Reef Club for 7 nights in late April. We had a wonderful time. The staff was extremely courteous and attentive, except for maybe 1 or 2 workers. The beach was clean, there was no problem getting beach chairs or umbrellas. It was also not a hassle to utilize the included water sports, including skiing, tubing and snorkeling.
World class, five star food, rooms, service. Great beach, walk for hours, great swimming, reef right in front, turtles not far. Plantation suites are unbelieveable, like you have stepped back in time to colonial England. Bar and pool in room. Coral Reef Club is rather formal however, staff all in white. Very old school, blue blood feel which you may love or find a bit much. Best resort for food, rooms, service, snookering. Expect high level of formality which I found made it a tiny bit harder to relax. Waters sports are included but timed to the minute, food is great but dining room is dead quiet, just the clicking of the china. I would not change a thing but if you want a more relaxed, fun atmosphere with kids and music, etc go to Crystal Cove. They each have their personalities. Coral Reef's is perfection and formality. Will definitely return. Many rooms are far from ocean. Get the MAP, the food is wonderful, esp the Monday night Bajan buffet. Very few kids. Bar never included and pricey. We split our vacation between Crystal Cove and Coral Reef, both are great for what they offer and are very different. Drink, dance, and jet ski at Crystal Cove, then get out your white shirt and dress shoes for Coral Reef. A great combination. Coral Reef's exchange with Sandpiper is nothing to speak of. Cheers.
Its been a few years now, but we had a wonderful honeymoon at the Coral Reef Club. The grounds were beautiful; the staff was friendly and helpful, and the atmosphere was perfectly soothing. From drinks on the beach to great dinners and flying fish breakfasts in the room after a cooling morning swim, everything was just as we wanted. There were quite a few repeat guests present during our stay, which spoke highly of the place. All in all, it was just about perfect.
Five days of perfection, both with the first class accomodations, superb service, world class cuisine, plus the rarely found family owned personal attention. We believe that Coral Reef is both Five Stars and Five Diamonds.