On the west coast of Barbados, right on the beach, sits an exclusive, boutique hotel that makes you feel right at home.
Family-owned and run, the villa’s wooden balustrades and shutters peek through fragrant frangipani trees.
Part of the Small Hotels of the World Club, Coral Reef inexplicably unites homely cosiness with luxurious expansiveness, with gracious staff who make you feel like part of the family.
There are 88 rooms, suites, and cottages to choose from, all with views of the garden, pool, or sea. The Tamarind and Ixora villas feature their own terrace, plus chaise lounges, and a dining area leading to a large private lawn.
Around the hotel, there are 12 acres of beautifully landscaped tropical gardens full of mahogany trees and bougainvillea shrubs. Look out for the Bajan green monkeys, bright hummingbirds, and yellow-black sugarbirds.
Paths wind for your leisurely meanders, the gardens stretching down to the sea.
Enjoy cocktails in the stylish bar and fresh seafood al fresco in the seaview restaurant. Menus change daily — it's exciting dining, fusing classical cuisine with Caribbean twists and tastes.
Every week there’s a barbecue with everything from fillet steaks to salmon burgers — followed by a spirited floor show of limbo dancing and fire eating as the setting sun illuminates a fiery-coloured sea.
Relax in Coral Reef's deluxe spa, its soothing surroundings inspired by the natural landscape — sandy sheers, woven grasscloths, coral stone walls and dark chocolate wood.
There’ll be a welcome drink in your hand as soon as you step through the door. Treatments include a lemongrass and ginger rub, a Caribbean massage in a private garden, the crystal steam room; and a range of Natura Bissé beauty treatments.
After a light lunch, take a refreshing dip in one of the two mosaic-tiled swimming pools.