Not the "Luxury" We Expected
Posted 30-Jan-2016 on Hotels
We had expected Crystal Cove, the most expensive resort we visited, to be the highlight of our week in Barbados. We expected elegance and pampering, something really special. And the check-in lived up to our expectations: we were immediately offered comfortable seats in the courtyard and a rum punch. The staff member responsible for check-in brought the paperwork to us. Luxury!
Unfortunately, the rest of our stay was a letdown. The biggest disappointment was the teeny tiny cramped room. We had just come from another resort where we had a huge suite for much less money, so we were kind of shocked. The small room did provide fast free Wi-Fi, good air conditioning, and reasonably nice toiletries in the bathroom (though not enough for two people).
The resort is all-inclusive: meals were decent, though not outstanding; drinks, however, were another disappointment. None of us are big drinkers, but my beverage of choice is sparkling wine (not high-end champagne; cheap sparkling wine is just fine). At Crystal Cove sparkling wine was only available as part of a mixed cocktail; if you wanted a glass by itself, you had to pay extra. That hardly seems “all inclusive” to me. It seems ungracious; cheap.
The atmosphere was restful, quiet; almost like my (fantasy) image of an English colonial club of another century. I can see that Crystal Cove can be a very pleasant seaside retreat for many people … but for us it just wasn’t worth the expense.