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Coral Reef Club

Holetown, Barbados


  • Fine Dining
  • Wellness


  • Hydrotherapy
  • Pool
  • Thermal Facilities

To Do

  • Cycling
  • Gymnasium
  • Hiking/walks
  • Personal training
  • Pool – Outdoor
  • Snorkelling
  • Watersports
  • Yoga

Set amidst twelve acres of beautifully landscaped gardens on the calm West Coast of Barbados in historic Holetown, Coral Reef Club is the epitome of West Indian elegance.

A family owned-and-run luxury resort renowned for its special ambiance and classic island style, Coral Reef Club is an award-winning five-star luxury boutique hotel recognized as one of the best hotels in Barbados

The Spa

The Coral Reef Barbados Spa is housed within a beautiful colonial inspired building with clean, modern lines, set within a tropical garden paradise.

Facilities include an outdoor Hydro-pool with shaded cabanas for post treatment leisure, a Thermal Suite with a serene Crystal Steam Room and Experience Shower and a Spa Lounge offering secluded relaxation.

Spa Facilities

  • Hydropool
  • Thermal suite
  • Crystal steam room
  • Experience showers
  • Manicure & pedicure suite
  • Relaxation cabanas
  • Treatment rooms
  • Spa lounge

Spa Products

  • Natura Bissé
  • An exotic range of body treatments created exclusively for The Spa using locally sourced plant life and fruits.

To Stay

88 rooms are traditionally designed with wooden balustrading, fretwork and shutters, Plantation Rooms come with their own private pools.

Style is ‘New England’ with beautiful white shutters, neutral fabrics, and wonderful attention to detail.

To Eat

The elegant Coral Reef restaurant features daily changing a la carte menus, offering choices of fresh seafood and dishes combining classical cuisine with Caribbean ingredients and flavours.

Executive Chef, Hance Bannister, heads a team of professional chefs with experience in some of the finest European and Caribbean restaurants.

Facilities and Activities

  • 2 swimming pools
  • Extensive choice of dive options
  • Tennis courts
  • Fitness centre
  • TV lounge
  • Computer room
  • Hairdressing salon
  • Water skiing
  • Hobbie cat
  • Snorkelling
  • Kayaks
  • Speed boat cruises
  • Wakeboarding
  • Reef fishing
  • Boat rides
  • Paddle boating
  • All non-motorized watersports are complimentary

For the Kids

  • Unsupervised playground available for children up to 10 with swings, a slide and a playhouse
  • Complimentary supervision in the playhouse for 2-8 years between 2.30 and 4.30 Monday to Friday. Booking required
  • Between the 16 July and 29 August there is a special programme for children between the ages of 2 and 12 years.
  • Babysitting available

Getting There

Coral Reef Club, Porters, St. James, BB24017, Barbados

Located on the west coast of Barbados, also known as the gold coast. Approx 45 min taxi ride from Grantley Adams International airport.

Amanda CamilleriBy Amanda Camilleri

As you drive down to the entrance of the Coral Reef Club, the first thing that strikes you is the lush well loved gardens surrounded by beautiful quaint white colonial buildings.

When we arrived we were greeted by Cynthia O’Hara. The hotel has been owned by the O’Hara family for over half a century and it maintains a family atmosphere and a refined and personal service.

The hotel is set in 12 acres of tropical paradise with direct beach front access. The hotel’s owner’s love of nature is reflected in the fact that the rooms have names such as bougainvillea, gerbera and orchid rather than numbers.

Coral Reef has an elegant old school understated luxury and the clientele is accordingly well heeled and discerning rather than flashy. The spa is one of the finest in Barbados and a truly idyllic sanctuary.

As one would expect from a hotel that has earned its place as one of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World, there are little touches which add to the experience: sorbets on the beach, clean towels in the morning and the evening, beautiful fresh flowers in your room on arrival, a selection of books to enjoy and luxurious White Company products in the beautiful bathrooms.

The Spa

The Spa is housed within a distinguished colonial style building and is set within a tropical garden paradise. With waterfalls weaving throughout the spa, the area is very serene. Fine sand sheers, soft creamy linens and woven grasscloths sit with coral stone walls and dark chocolate wood.

The spa has a calm but luxurious feel, and the open walkways emphasise that the exterior and interior are one. The open style of the spa creates an Eastern influence. The facilities include a luxurious ‘open sided’ relaxation room, an outdoor hydro-pool, a thermal suite with a serene crystal steam room and experience shower.

The spa lounge is a great place to enjoy some secluded relaxation – take a good book from your room and order a nutritious and delicious smoothie.

The Treatment

The Caribbean Calm. Each treatment room has a private terrace so my treatment started in the open air. The therapist performed a cleansing foot ritual, using a rich lemongrass soap. This was followed by a classic Swedish massage and eye therapy treatment by Natura Bisse, which felt extremely soothing and my tired eyes seemed to soak up the rich moisture. This is a great treatment for weary travellers as it reduces swelling and soothes tired muscles.

Other Treatments

Pineapple and Coconut Crème Brulee is designed to exfoliate sensitive dehydrated skin and leave it glowing!
The Oxygen Awakening Facial is designed to benefit skin that has been exposed to pollution, congestion and the ravages of flying.

To Stay

We stayed in a one bedroom luxury junior suite with a private terrace and beautiful views of the gardens and sea. Every part of the room exudes exquisite luxury, and the style is very New England with beautiful white doors and shutters, splendid fabrics, and wonderful attention to detail.

To Eat

The elegant Coral Reef restaurant overlooks the tranquil Caribbean sea. The buffet style breakfast offers an excellent choice and for dinner an a la carte menu is served. This changes daily and combines classical cuisine with Caribbean ingredients and flavours.

Every Monday the hotel serves a West Indian/International buffet and Thursday is barbecue night, offering a great selection of meat and fish.

Don’t Miss

  • The complimentary tennis lessons with a visiting tennis pro.
  • The manager’s cocktail party, which is hosted in the owner’s personal villa on Monday evenings.
  • The Lone Star restaurant, a short taxi ride from the hotel, is a great spot to have dinner one evening – Michael Winner deemed this the ‘The Ivy of the Caribbean’.