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Welcome messageThe hotel’s 136 rooms are available in a range of basic categories:

  • Superior rooms with garden view
  • Deluxe rooms with sea view
  • Junior Garden View Suites
  • One Bedroom Suites with sea view
  • Two Bedroom Villas in the gardens

There are also three VIP suites. These include the hugely expensive Sunset Villa. This small detached villa sits on a private promontory overlooking Store Bay. It is no surprise that the resort has attracted celebrities as diverse as Michael Caine, Sylvester Stallone, Luciano Pavarotti, Sting and Stevie Wonder.

Over the course of our various stays at the Coco Reef Resort, we have enjoyed Deluxe rooms and, more recently, a One Bedroom Suite.

During our 2006 visit, our Deluxe room offered 40m2 (435ft2) of accommodation, including the en suite bathroom and 10m2 balcony. Some Deluxe rooms on the upper floor of the south wing are marginally smaller, but compensate for this with the best sea views. The Deluxe rooms are fitted with either a king-size bed, or two large double beds.

Our bedroomWhilst the Deluxe rooms are spacious enough for normal purposes, the amount of camera and computer equipment we carry during our review trips, and the fact that all reviews are written in situ while in the accommodation, meant that a One Bedroom Suite is a far more practical and comfortable choice for our needs.

We enjoyed the same suite on both of our last two visits. It offers a total gross floor area of 62m2 (675ft2) including bathrooms and balconies. The suites are essentially two standard rooms with an interconnecting door; one room furnished as a bedroom and the other as a sitting room. Our description and illustrations of the bedroom should represent a truthful and honest guide to the vast majority of rooms in the hotel. 

Peach is the Coco Reef Resort’s signature colour. Every internal and external wall is painted a gentle peachy-pink, highlighted by white balustrades, doors and other woodwork. The walls are relieved by attractive stencils. The limed wooden ceilings and doors blend beautifully with the highly polished terracotta floor tiles, cane furniture and pink and green fabrics and soft furnishing. It is so nice to visit a holiday resort where the décor has some local character.

Welcome packOn checking-in to the hotel, the bedspread of our king-size bed had been turned down and palm leaf segments arranged to spell out a welcome message on the pristine white linen. Little touches like this – not to mention the fruit bowl and bottle of wine – are the things that make a stay at the Coco Reef Resort special.

The bed was flanked by nightstands with large lamps. Furnishings include a circular glass-topped table with two padded chairs and matching dresser. In most rooms, the dresser has a discretely concealed mini-bar. However, in our case, the refrigerated mini-bar was in the sitting-room whilst the unit in the bedroom housed a small Philips CD-player/tuner audio unit.

The suite sitting roomA 31-inch Sharp LCD television was mounted grandly on the bedroom dresser, providing access to some 24 regional and North American digital cable channels. So, lots of choice but little to watch! Thank heavens for the BBC World Service. The sitting room had a large conventional CRT television.

The built-in wardrobe provided more than a metre of full-length hanging space and several storage shelves. Small digital safes have been installed in all rooms. Additional deposit box facilities are available at the front desk to guests who need more room to store valuables.

Each half of our suite had its own bathroom. The bathrooms are relatively small, but fit for purpose. It would be wrong to describe them as pristine, but they were certainly as good as we’ve seen at any hotel on the island. The salt laden tropical air takes a terrible toll. Water pressure was reasonable and we did not experience any shortages of hot water. We would have preferred a separate shower stall, rather than the shower-in-bathtub arrangement, but at least this latter arrangement gives guests a choice.

The bathroomThe bathroom vanity unit was attractively laid out with a basket of complimentary toiletries, face cloths and large box of soft tissues. However, it became somewhat cluttered by the time we had added our own bits and pieces. Thank heavens for two bathrooms! Shaver sockets and a hairdryer were provided, as were a pair of soft towelling bath robes. Naturally all linen is of the highest quality and changed as necessary. Beach towels are provided, as one would expect at a hotel of this type.

Every room has its own remotely-controlled air-conditioner. Some suites also have ceiling fans. Every room has a balcony or patio. With the air-conditioning off and the balcony doors open, our rooms remained light and cool throughout the day. Each balcony is furnished with a pair of comfortable armchairs and a table. Our bedroom balcony also had a sun lounger.

Our suite sitting room was furnished with a comfortable padded cane three-seat settee and matching armchairs laid out around a long low glass-topped table. A large television was mounted on a large cane dresser, which also contained a refrigerated mini-bar. Coffee and tea making facilities are provided on request.

View from the balconyThe view from the balconies was as good as it gets. Being located in the southern wing of the hotel, our view was due north, across the lagoon and beach and towards Pigeon Point.

We have stayed in rooms in both wings of the hotel over the year and have always enjoyed the view from every room. Those on the upper floors of the building clearly have the best sea views. Ground floor rooms enjoy the beautiful gardens more than the sea.

 

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