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Crystal Cove Hotel All-Inclusive 04/12/2005
Reviewers Rating: Fair
We booked this hotel as it looked like it would cater well for our children and sounded really good in the various brochures we read. The reality was completely different and we moved out after four days. The kids club is very basic and was only open 10:30 to 7:30, not 9-9 as advertised. There were no activities outside the kids club in the time we were there, (Easter). The accomodations for children was very cramped, the sofa bed was broken and our son had to sleep on a rusty old camper bed. The pool is a joke, totally uninviting and dirty looking. The swim-up bar, which no one used whilst we were there, looks very grimey with stalactites hanging down where the lime scale has gathered. If you have small children you basically have to walk past this pool to get to the beach or resturant and therefore you are having to keep them by your side all the time. The food was generally poor and the service was the same. There was no effort to control the birds getting into the resturant and they where eating directly off of the buffet as well as your table when ever you got up from it. Messed on twice over lunch! Lovely. We had serious hygiene concerns about this restaurant. The Drifters bar was even worse for food quality and service. The tiny beach is scattered with rocks and rubble and burried discarded umbrella stands and there is little effort to clean up the toxic fruit that constantly fall from a very large tree at the end of the beach. We had to listen to the sports guys arguing with the staff about something on the beach. This went on for about 30 minutes and the air was blue with every swear word there is. if our children had not have been in the kids club we would have to had intervened to stop it. Just what you want on holiday. Nobody else looked like they were enjoying themselves and there was no holiday type of atmosphere at all. After we went to another hotel the rest of the holiday was great and the Bajans were probably the friendliest of the Carribean Islands that we have visited so far, (4). So much so that we will be going back next Easter, but not to Crystal Cove or any of its sister hotels. We paid a lot of money for this holiday and expected to get a good standard of hotel. Instead we got ripped off. We were offered alternative accomodations but we simply didn't want to risk it with this hotel chain again.
Mike Smith

Mike Smith

4 stars Crystal Cove Hotel All Inclusive

Crystal Cove Hotel All Inclusive
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Three-tier pool, snorkeling at sunken barge
  • Set on a 75-yard beach, this west-coast hotel offers a three-tier pool and live calypso and jazz music most evenings.
  • Guestrooms and suites feature patios or balconies (most with hammock chairs), bleached-wood ceilings, and ceiling fans.
  • A kids' club provides supervised care. Water sports include waterskiing, banana-boating, and snorkeling at a sunken barge.
  • Rooms are available only in the All Inclusive Plan.

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