10 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Oasis on the South Coast
"What a relief after the surburban squalor of the South Coast of Barbados to arrive at this excellent small, well managed hotel. The rooms are large, spotless, well equipped with kitchens, sitting areas, and large balconies with magnificent sea views. The pool and surrounding lounger area are small but well appointed and very floral. There is a good poolside bar serving light daytime snacks and drinks. Try to get a room on the 3rd floor. We could not fault the hotel and service standards and would recommend it to anybody who is looking for a small quiet hotel. The South coast of Barbados is an unappealing mix of upmarket hotels, mediocre hotels where all the guests seem to have tattoos or be obese (or both), and poor residential sprawl which is extremely unattractive. Frankly the West Coast is much the same although the restaurants and hotels are very considerably more expensive and the beaches, whilst no more attractive than those of the South Coast have calmer water for swimming and snorkelling. The South and West coasts are densely populated and the buildings are very close together. There is no sense of tropical paradise in these areas. The minute you leave the coast it's just like the urban sprawl of home but with a hotter sun and coconut palms. We rented a car and saw much of the island. The interior, East coast and the historic areas of Bridgetown are largely unspoilt and very interesting. Eating out is fine and generally good, we particularly enjoyed Pisces in St Lawrence Gap, and The Cliff on the west coast (spectacular in all respects including price!) We would stay here again without question were we to revisit Barbados, but this is unlikely. Other Caribbean deatinations are just so much more applealing."
- Travel date: 9th May 2006
Wondeful Apartments,Barbados Not So!
"Found the apartments to be clean,spacious and well-equipped overlooking a wonderful beach.The road behind the property is horrendous so be careful walking to The Gap,very busy.The area of Worthing is not particularly pretty and to be honest we were unimpressed with Barbados,not the idyll we expected.Rubbish left everywhere,pavements non existent and some locals not friendly at all,in fact fairly rude at times.Food in general over-priced and not of a great standard(we tried the Lucky Horseshoe,David`s,Sweet Potato and Pisces,Carib Beach Bar the best value) so we made full use of catering facilities,2 supermarkets within walking distance.We had a few visitors on our first night so PLEASE use mosquito repellent,keep the doors closed at all times and plug-ins as they are a problem and saw alot of tourists with awful bites.We used the local buses/mini buses to get around and visited Bridgetown(give it a miss),Silver Sands,Oistens,Bathsheba,Mullins Bay and Holetown.Overall we enjoyed the holiday as it was nice to have some winter sunshine and we saw most of the island,but a very expensive holiday and not as picture postcard perfect as hoped...."
- Travel date: 22nd February 2006
CORAL SANDS OUTSTANDS!
"This hotel was new since our last visit to Barbados, and we were extremely impressed by its design and location. This is a hotel for people who are not concerned about having a wide range of facilities available, but do want excellent accommodation which is good value, comfortable and quiet. The rooms are some of the best we have ever stayed in, and the property is so well constructed that we heard no noise at all from other guests through the walls and floors. Result - a really good night's sleep! Although the restaurant is not open in the evening this is not really an issue because there are so many eating places within a short distance of the hotel. Also, there are two supermarkets close by and the kitchenette in the room is more than adequate for self preparation of meals. With the beach right in front and excellent sea swimming available the fact that the pool is quite small is not a major concern. We had a great time because this modest sized hotel suited our needs perfectly. If you an all-inclusive type this is definitely not for you! The only minor niggle was the occasional interruption of the peaceful environment by the bass line of the music being played at the hotel next door. However, this never went on too late and is an inevitable consequence of life in a holiday resort. The staff were friendly and helpful, and the hotel was beautifully decorated for the festive season. All in all we were very happy with our stay and would return again tomorrow if finances permitted!"
- Travel date: 6th December 2005
What a find!
"We had the pleasure of staying at this hotel during the Labor day holiday. to say we were pleased would be an understatement. with out a doubt, we will stay here again."
- Travel date: 14th November 2005
coral sand thumbs up
"I was pleasantly surprised when my boyfriend booked this hotel. The truth is that the rooms are large, clean, standards similiar to an all inclusive like sandals or even the marriot. the staff was pleasant, the enviornment quiet, peaceful and romantic especially hearing the waves splashing on the shore. This place is really beautiful. The only dissapointment was the lack of beach chairs. But i will be back before the year ends for sure."
- Travel date: 21st September 2005
"I booked this hotel after reading the favourable reviews on tripadvisor and was not disappointed. The hotel is not a typical tourist hotel as there is no entertainment but itÂ´s in vicinity of St. Lawrence Gap and two supermarkets, restaurants, pubs, etc. so itÂ´s located very convenient. The rooms a huge and well equipped with view to the ocean and beautifully decorated. The beautiful white beach is just in front of the hotel but unfortunately not too well kept. Especially at or after the week-ends it was pretty dirty with litter all over the place. Nobody seemed to care. I loved the hotel because itÂ´s quite and well kept. The staff is really nice, especially Gail of reservations and Troy at reception were always very helpful. In any case, I will definitely return!"
- Travel date: 4th July 2005
Our View of the Coral Sands Resort--Barbados
"I was recommend this hotel at my place of employment and from reviews on trip advisor we choose here to stay. We were pleased.Centrally located. Check in was quick and the porter was there to help with the bags. Rooms were huge with a kitchen, bedding area, sitting area, double sinks in bathroom and a lovely balcony overlooking the ocean. Get a room on the third floor. View is spectacular. Great daily service. We never used the pool though it was adequate but probablly busy during peak season. There was a pool bar but this was dissapointing, no service-we had to go to the front desk to ask to get someone to make us a drink. She had no Idea what a Strawberry Margarita was. I was having the beer of the Island--Banks Beer--so I was all set. My friends were not please but they settled with a vodka, soda, cranberry--this was Undrinkable. How can you mess this up. We ask when happy hour was. No such thing. There is not much bar or food business here. We were told by--someone--that this hotel is mostly used for big corporate accounts. That it is not a tourist resort. So that makes sense since the person who reccommended it to me is a ceo of a big corporation. There is no beach service and no beach chairs. The beach in front is beautiful but not well kept. The grounds arounds the resort are beautiful and the chirping of all kinds of bird can be heard any time of day. The birds songs are so soothing and unique. Walk out of the resort on the left of the beach and you find true paradise. Caribe Beach Bar is about 100 feet away with a fun beach bar and chair and umbrella rentals and a beautiful crystal clear beach...funfun. Our only complaint is that on the day of departure our flight was a 630 am and we were leaving the hotel at 4 am and the elevators were broken. We had to lug everything down 3 floors. We only had 4 bags between the 3 of us but we had checked out the night before and we could of been prewarned that we had to lug all the stuff down. I would stay here again for the price we paid in value season..180.00 a night..The price is 320.00 a night in other seasons. I would not pay this at all at any time of the year. Barbados is a wonderful Island. We were there 4 full day and it was not nearly long enough. Everyone needs to visit this Island atleat once in a life time. We had such a great time, the Island people are wonderful and we will return."
- Travel date: 5th June 2005
Coral Sands is Outstanding
"My wife, daughter and myself have just returned from an eight night stay at the Coral Sands Beach Resort. This was our first time staying on Barbados and relied quite heavily on the Trip Advisor comments. I am pleased to say the Coral Sands is a hotel that truly matches the pictures and descriptions located on their web site, as well as the favorable Trip Advisor comments. The rooms were clean, spacious and all had balconies facing the ocean. Housekeeping was very efficient. The pool area, while not large, was sufficient for a hotel this size. Even better, the hotel is located right on Sandy Beach which is very swimmable as it is protected by a reef offshore. Restaurants and night life are close by in the St Lawrence Gap area. I will most definitely return to the Coral Sands."
- Travel date: 24th May 2005
Everything we expected at Coral Sands
"We have recently returned from a stay at the Coral Sands Beach Hotel, and it was everything we expected, after reading the reviews. We, (that is, my daughter, husband & myself) were there from 30 April - 11May. This was our first trip to Barbados, and, I must say, on the drive down, from the airport, when we saw the shabbiness & general run-down appearance of some areas of the Island, we were quite shocked and worried, but when we arrived at the hotel, relief set in! It was exactly like the pictures, on the web site - all the public areas were tastefully decorated and immaculate, as was our room! As has been said before, the rooms are all sea-facing and are of a generous size, and extremely well-presented with a lovely furnished balcony. The bed-linen and towels are changed regularly, and there are towels for use by the pool, which is fairly small, but fine for the size of hotel. The Pool area is laid out very pleasantlly with pretty plants and shrubs and plenty of sunbeds. The actual location, is right on a lovely stretch of beach with beautiful blue sea. All of the Staff were very efficient, helpful and friendly, from the cleaners to the front desk clerks. It was Mothers' Day, when we were there, and the hotel laid on a special lunch buffet with entertainment, for the occasion, which seemed to go down well with both guests and local people who were invited. There wasn't much going on in the hotel in the evenings, (perhaps more use could be made of the dining room?) and it did tend to be very quiet, but, that said, it did make the holiday very restful, and there was always St Lawrence Gap or Bridgtown, if we wanted to see the bright lights and listen to some music!! I think as each day passed and we got to know Barbados better, we became more and more fond of the place, and, if we were to return, we would definately stay at the Coral Sands Beach Hotel!"
- Travel date: 18th May 2005
Excellent, would definitley return
"We booked the coral sands based on the excellent reviews on this site which are definitley well deserved. The rooms are spotlessly clean & spacious, the location is ideal - close to restaurants & bars, staff are friendly & helpful and the beach was perfect. We will definitely return in the future"
- Travel date: 10th May 2005
Coral Sands Beach Resort is also called
- Coral Sands Boutique Hotel
- coral sands beach hotel
- hotel coral sands beach