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Coral Sands Beach Resort WONDERFUL!
My husband and I spent a week at the Coral Sands and we couldn't have been happier with the accommodations. It is very clean, very quite and has a wonderful island feel and is tastefully decorated. We stayed there from Feb. 23 thru March 2nd and even though they were mostly full, we had the feeling some days that we were the only guests there! The staff is warm and friendly & extremely helpful.
We did have a chance to chat with other guests at the pool bar and everyone was so down-to-earth and friendly!
We will definitely stay at the Coral Sands again upon return to Barbados!
Chuck & Linda
Great rooms, good location, small beds
We, too, liked the Coral Sands a lot (we chose it on the basis of previous reviews.) It is very clean, very well maintained, the staff is competent, the rooms are quite large and the views--unless you're on the first floor--are wonderful (we were on the second.) The location is terrific: a block off the main street, near a really nice Starbucks/Subway imitator (the Cafe Blue), a supermarket, a (pretty grungy) fitness center, and lots of other stuff. It's also a very short walk from both St. Lawrence Gap and Rockley Beach, which have much fancier restaurants than Worthing does. A couple of caveats: despite the "quietness" others have mentioned, when we were there in late February there were a number of families with children who were decidedly not quiet; the hotel has limited amenities (virtually no one ever used the restaurant; the pool is small; there's no fitness center; and the hotel didn't provide any beach chairs for guests, although there was ample seating around the pool); and every room has two double beds (not even queen-size), which are kind of small, especially--I guess--for Americans. They ought to offer some rooms with the option of a king bed, which we would have loved to have had. Still, we had a great week, and would certainly return.
Perfect Vacation Spot
My husband and I just returned from our first visit to Barbados and have already marked our calendar for a return visit. Although we would have loved to have stayed at Sandy Lane, it just wasn't in the budget. We stayed at Coral Sands on the suggestion of a forum expert, as I would call her, because she was right on with her advice! Rooms were lovely and so very clean you could eat off the floor! All rooms are ocean front. We were on the 1st floor which is actually one above ground floor. Had a lovely view of pool and beach but stay on the 2nd or 3rd level if you want a total ocean view. Families seemed to love the ground floor as their rooms opened right onto the pool area but were still somewhat private due to various plantings. Beach was excellent and we felt no need to explore the island other than what was within walking distance or the occasional trip to Oistins for fish right off the boats and local festivities. Grocery market is a couple blocks away and St. Lawrence Gap is a short walk. The Restaurant at SouthSea is not to be missed. Unbelievable experience. Coral Sands staff is wonderful! They are professionals at making you feel welcome and we will not forget them and their kindness. My only problem with the room was the beds. They were a bit hard for my taste and the pillows were extremely flat. That's such a small gripe if one at all. I would recommend Coral Sands for total relaxation, as you can easily be social or just be by yourself.
Pretty hotel, immaculately kept, amazing ocean view
This hotel completely met my high expectations...it's a gorgeous white building with a pretty entrance and lobby. The staff was very curteous and there was always someone standing at the front desk ready to assist...the pool area was intimate with comfy padded loungers and umbrellas (note: you don't have to get up at dawn and put your book on a chair, there are plenty to go around)...the bar was a cute octagonal area where they served drinks and meals too---it seemed they were there from 10am-8pm ish. We had lunch one day and it was good bar-food. Our room was just like the photos on the website....very clean and comfortable. And my favorite feature of Coral Sands Resort was the view and private balcony. We sat on our balcony numerous times and enjoyed the view of the sea (we were on 4th floor). Don't tell anyone, but I even sunned topless on our balcony! That's how private it was...The beach is amazing...the soft white sand seemed larger than other beaches with plenty of room to spread out. It was public, but that did not deter from it. The activity was fun to watch and it never seemed too busy. Also, the entire time we were there, I only noticed 4-5 airplanes. I'm sure there were more and they did fly pretty close, but not a nuisance at all. Not one vendor approached me while on the beach.
Barbados itself was okay. Like others have written, it was neat to see and experience, but I will not go back. I wish I could transplant the CSResort and pluck it down in Mexico. My major complaint was how expensive everything was. Most taxi rides were at least $15 even to the Gap area (7 minute walk) Even casual restaurants seemed pricey. It was also hard to walk anywhere as sidewalks would suddenly end. You'd be balancing on the lip of the curb as cars zoomed past...We'd have dinner in the Gap and get a cab home after dark just to be safe.
Summed up, Coral Sands was a hit! If you're looking to relax in a quiet, clean environment, go for CSR!
Loved the Coral Sands
We just returned from a 5 night stay at the Coral Sands Beach Resort. We had a fabulous time. The hotel is beautiful and every room is ocean front with a large private balcony.
I would however suggest when making a reservation that you request a room on the 3rd or 4th floor on the far right side of the hotel. Room 308 or 408. When we arrived we were on the second floor and we had an obstructed view-the top of the pool bar was right in front of us. We requested a room change and they accomodated us 2 days later with the best room in the hotel. Room 308.
The hotel is very quiet-we always felt like we were the only ones staying there. The staff was very friendly and the rooms are so clean. Every room has a kitchen so one night we had a romantic dinner on the balcony watching the sun set. If we wanted night life we could walk 5 minutes into St Lawrence Gap and have dinner. Perfect location on the most beautiful stretch of beach. The Coral Sands made our trip!
Other hotels cannot guarantee ocean front. You know at the Coral Sands your room willl be ocean front with gorgous views of the Caribbean.
Spacious, comfortable beach hotel
We stayed at Coral Sands Beach Resort Hotel for 14 nights 13-27 Dec 2004, on the suggestion of a Barbadian colleague.
Set back from the main road means that it is quiet but bus stops for Bridgetown in one direction and Oistins/Airport in the other are within 100 metres.
The hotel was constructed in last 5 years and still has a "new" feel about it. All rooms have a balcony or patio facing the sea. We were on ground floor and could walk out past the small (8 metre) pool directly onto the white sandy beach and gently sloping waters. Excellent for swimming, especially when tide was out. Our room was huge, with two large comfortable beds. The self-catering facilities comprised fridge/freezer, 4 ring electric cooker, microwave and ample crockery / glasses / cutlery for 4 persons. We chose to use this to make breakfasts. There were 2 large hanging cupboards and plenty of drawer space. Iron and ironing board were in the room. Shower was of walk-in variety and the WC shared the same room. Vanitory unit and two basins were outside. All very spacious. The air-conditioning unit was effective but took some understanding - and there were no printed instructions.
This hotel warrants 5 star for location, spaciousness and comfort. But this is not a full-service hotel. There is just a token dining room, hardly used in our stay. The hotel lacks high speed internet access (try Global Links about 10 mins walk away towards Bridgetown) and usual business centre facilities. We would have liked to have found a clothes washing machine on the premises, as the Laundromat was 15 minutes walk. The absence of these facilities is why I feel it does not warrant the 5 stars given by some other reviewers.
For restaurants, we liked in St Lawrence Gap (10 mins walk): Josefs, Pisces, Sweet Potato, Davids and Bellini [in that order] and Champers and OPA walking 20 mins in opposite direction past the tacky Accra Beach
All in all, a very enjoyable stay. If we come back to Barbados, we would stay at Coral Sands Beach Resort.
Best Hotel in the Caribbean
Our friends joke with us because we travel so much. We can tell you about places all over the world. But pay special attention about this one. We had prior reservations at the Southern Palms. If you have ever been to a short stay motel in NJ, that is about a 5 star compared to that dump. We bounced around to a few other hotels and then accidentally "Thanks to trip advisor" stumbled on this one. We feel that this was definitely a diamond in the rough. The location is perfect (5 minute walk to St. Lawrence Gap) impecabley clean, all rooms have a huge balcony, lots of closets & storage, kitchens and a beautiful view of the sunset. This place is quiet, quante and right on one of the largest beaches on the south coast. Also, we did not see one bug.
There is easy access to EVERYTHING, including a great massuese named Shelly Gellineau who works at Theraputic Hands located right in front of the hotel (246) 230-9877. Absolutely the best massage. Also we suggest instead of doing group tours, hire your own driver to take you around the island. They usually charge about $25 per hour (US) and it is worth it. Gail Yearwood (at the front desk) is very helpful with helping with any information you made need. Ask for Peter the driver, he was very nice and informative on our tour. Also, ask Gail (246) 435-6617 to have him pick you up at the airport when you arrive.
The best restaurant that was second to none was The Restaurant at South Seas (st. lawrence gap). I will be seen in Bon a patit magazine. the service was the best ever, food outstanding and the atmosphere beautiful. Other great places were Pisces (st. lawrence gap), Champers. Jimey jams in the gap was good for dinner upstairs and great for entertainment downstairs. Bellini's was way overrated. Stopped for lunch on the west coast at cocomo's, right on the beach and was pretty decent food. If you like to get your own food or wine, go to Big B's food store (just a short walk away). For wine, Wine World would have a better selection. Keep in mind that Barbados dollars are 2 to 1 US dollar, so as per NY standards, we found the food to be quite reasonable. With food, drinks, appetizer & dessert dinner never exceeded $150 US.
An important side note, the owner of this hotel Malcolm Worme's office is located right above the guest lobby. He is a serious man that warrants respect. It is because of his hands on relationships with his guests that the hotel is run smoothly and perfect. Also this hotel is only 4 years old. Remember that we stopped at 5 other hotels in the area and they were horrible. This was the ONLY nice hotel. Don't be fooled, this hotel is for a relaxing, tranquil, stress free environment, where you will not be solicited on the beach for drugs, purchases, hair beading, etc., when trying to relax.
Don't stay anywhere else, for this is the "Best" on the South Coast.
Quiet, Clean and Comfortable
My new wife and I have just returned from our honeymoon in Barbados and spent a few days at the Coral Sands Beach Resort after moving from our previous hotel. The hotel is situated in a great location on the south west coast and has direct access to a great stretch of beach. The beach is surrounded by a coral reef so the water is very calm and enjoyable for lounging. We also found that there are a number of great beach bars along the beach where you can enjoy a cold beer or good lunch.
The rooms at the hotel are quite large and feature a full kitchen and large private balcony overlooking the ocean. The hotel is very quiet but the staff were friendly. The hotel has a tiny restaurant and an outside bar but during our stay, it didn't seem as though either were used very much. That is not a big deal however, as you are withing walking distance of plenty of places to get food and drink and can even walk to the nightlife center known as St. Lawrence Gap.
I would recommend this hotel as it is clean, quiet and comfortable and features a nice pool, great beach and walking distance to anything else you could need.
If you're looking for a clean, quiet, nicely furnished hotel with a view of the Caribbean to die for, look no further. The Coral Sands Beach Resort was everything we'd hoped for and then some.
The lobby is charming and staffed by the nicest, most accommodating people. Whatever we wanted -- a taxi, a rental car for the day, money-changing services, a pass to the Internet kiosk upstairs, or a wake-up call -- they produced, effortlessly and efficiently.
The rooms are large, tastefully but not ostentatiously decorated, and clean to a fault (as are the corrdors and the outdoor areas).
Everything, including the bathroom and the appliances in the full kitchen, was clean and in good working order. There are two full closets and plenty of drawer space as well. Each room has a working safe as well. We used it, of course, but we never felt insecure or unsafe while we were on the premises.
All 31 rooms have private (and I do mean private) balconies overlooking the pool, the ocean, and a beautiful, uncrowded beach. We spent hours sitting on ours, watching the clouds, the sea, and the sunset and never got bored. If you're so inclined, the St. Lawrence Gap is within easy walking distance and there's a nightspot right across the street, but we never felt the need of any further entertainment.
The hotel restaurant is small and open on a limited basis (like the bar). This (in our opinion) is not a drawback. There are enough restaurants nearby (including a pizza place just off the hotel driveway) that you won't go hungry. Since we had the kitchen, we made several trips to the local supermarkets. Both are close enough to walk to; the one that's farthest away (and has the larger selection) provides shuttle service back to the hotel if you've bought too much to carry comfortably.
If you're looking for all the amenities conjured up by the word "resort," this hotel probably isn't for you. No watersport equipment rentals, no exercise room, no sauna, but we never missed 'em. What we were looking for (and what we got) was a clean, comfortable, elegant hotel with a friendly, competent staff and an incomparable view of the island's main attraction -- the Caribbean Sea.
We have just returned from five days at the Coral Sands and give it very high marks. The hotel will be four years old in March and it is immaculate. Extremely well kept.This is a quiet hotel on a beautiful beach. There are no major activities at the hotel. The bar is open only for part of each day. On a crowded day, there were 8 people around the pool, the vast majority of whom were British.The rooms are lovely, all look out on the pool and the beach. Sandy Beach is a gem. Easily walkable, swimable with lots of small restaurants and bars close by. We ate at Pisces in the Gap, good food and a beautiful setting. Also the Cliff. Outstanding.Overall we give this hotel and its location an A and will certainly go back.