Coco Reef Resort - Reader Reports & Opinion

Honeymoon At Coco Reef - The Review   

Steve Roughley

We have now come down to earth after spending 2 wonderful weeks at Coco Reef for our honeymoon, ( 10th -24th April ). Everything that has been said about Coco Reef is true, it can be summed up in one word - excellent. From the day we arrived and were collected at the airport by their Rolls Royce - a big surprise that Hilary, my wife, knew nothing about, to when we checked in the room and were greeted by the word

' Welcome ', spelled out in Bougainvillea petals on the bed, they had also left a bottle of bubbly and a basket of fruit for us, until the day we left, all the staff made our stay a memorable one, nothing was too much trouble for them.

We did'nt stay AI and for us that was great as we wanted to get out and about and try the numerous restaurants that were within the vicinity, i will give a full review of those in the appropriate section. We stayed in a deluxe ocean view room of adequate proportions, plus a view from the balcony of the beach and sea beyond, the only small gripe would be about the shower, it was very difficult to control the water temperature, perhaps in the future they may install power showers.

We had to be pretty quick in the morning to get a good shady spot on the beach, as most people took to the task of putting their towels on the loungers to get the best spot !. A couple of times we walked to the beaches nearby at Pigeon Point, Store Bay and Sandy Bay, these were never crowded, but got a bit busier at week-ends. When we stayed on the beach at Coco Reef we had to put up with the constant squawking of the sea- gulls, which after a while you got used to. I had never snorkelled before so it was great that i could perfect my skills in the relative calm of the lagoon before trying my hand at it when we went on the boat trips.

If there are any keen gardeners amongst you then we would recommend a garden tour tour with Delia Figueria, the chief horticulturalist, she will even let you collect seeds and give you cuttings to take home.

The few shops they had at the hotel were expensive, so i would recommend their use sparingly, unless you need something in a hurry.

All in all it was a very relaxing, enjoyable and memorable stay, and we would thoroughley recommend it.

p.s. if you know that you will be on one of the later flights when you leave it is better to enquire about the late check-out availability when you arrive.

Steve & Hilary

Coco Reef Stay April 2004   

Alan Wick

My wife, 12 year old son and I stayed for two weeks beginning of April. We loved it. It is a great family hotel, my son made friends with other children and we met some lovely people. The service was generally excellent, with only one or two lapses into huffiness at the front desk. Kevah, the Social Director, was a star.

We had a reasonably-sized garden room which accomodated the three of us. If - actually when - we go back there we would ask for the same room again and not waste money on a sea view, as we were out of the room most of the time. Breakfast was excellent, lunch and dinner were OK, nothing special. We stayed B&B, we ate out every night at local places within walking distance such as Panach, Kariwak etc - much better value.

The beach - who cares where it came from - was superb and completely safe for kids. We did scuba diving, snorkelling, jet-skiing, and kayaking from the hotel as well as other activities out of the hotel such as deep sea fishing, a tour of the island, and even saw goat and crab racing! Derek and Evelyn at the dive centre were professional and helpful.

We all said it was the best holiday we have ever had, and are already planning our next visit to exactly the same place - and this is from a family that usually does something different each holiday!

Coco Reef Here We Come!   

Kirsten Giles

Yipeeeeeeeeeeeeee

I have finally booked to go back - 2 October for 2 weeks and I can't wait. My daughter has just informed me that it is about 140 sleeps! I think she is a little excitied - just like her mum.

:D :lol: :D :lol:

My Review - May 2004   

Rachel Harries

I feel I have been back sufficiently long enough to write my review of Coco Reef ;O) As the part of our trip that we paid for (thanks Steve etc etc, again), I also think I can be quite objective about it and so write a fair review. I am a journalist and have been fortunate enough to stay in some great hotels in many different countries. And yet, Coco Reef is really quite unique!

Coco Reef is not five star. It's a four star establishment, with a great restaurant (truly incredible food) in Tamaras and some fine points. These include:

* Great maid service. Almost too much, with twice daily visits

* Good remote control air conditioning. Functional and not too noisy

* The true Ocean View rooms do have a great view (we were in room 242, and I'm glad :O))

* Good location near Crown Point - the chances to 'escape' are plentiful

* Courteous staff in the main (say good morning and good afternoon etc instead of hi and you will get a great response!)

* A great 'open air' feel to the place. I loved the balcony overlooking the terrace

* A good beach with safe swimming (matters more to others than it does to me)

* Kevah, Carla and Amos - some of the staff who made our stay really enjoyable

* The gardens

* Shower gel, shampoo and after sun - all provided

* Clock radio by the bed

* Decor and ambience

* Entertainment - mostly good, most evenings

* Breakfasts

* Clean, fresh hotel - almost new-looking in places

* Horrendous noise from the seagulls on that ugly wall. I never really got used to it and heard from many people that it was because it was mating season. I didn't believe them - I fear it's a problem all year round

That stupid 'bag a sun lounger at 6.30am' game. Urgh

* Mosquitos (hardly their fault)

* The fawning over repeat customers. While I appreciate their significance, I feel it's just as important to look after new clients. Newbies are almost brushed aside in favour of old friends. I saw a 'VIP list' sitting on the bar. Lucky you if your name's on it, and there was quite a list - it was about three pages long!

* The fact that the best tables get booked up quickly in the evening, and there are some which you are never likely to be seated at

* The house wine. Yuk!

* Hard, threadbare towels (the bath variety) and ditto for sheets. The bed wasn't the comfiest, either. Beach towels were better

* The extortionate price of drinks from the mini bar

* The shower - a trickle at best and often a bit too cool

* Internet access/computer availablility. This should be addressed

* Some embarrassingly British fellow guests who made my skin crawl with their behaviour. It's a REALLY mixed clientele at CRR

* Thin walls (we were next to a line of newlyweds and honeymooners ;O)). Again, there's not much they can do about that and I guess it was our bad luck! The air con does drown most noise out

Is that more negatives than positives? I didn't mean there to be. I would very happily go back (and be fawned over ;O)), but do need to get out every day so that I'm not all-inclusived out by the end of the holiday, as I got this time. I met some wonderful people, ate some incredible food (although I could do both outside of the Coco Reef) and thought that in the mainpart the customer service was good. Well, it was for us. People we met had problems with overbooking and overcharging on their final bill, but we escaped that.

Thanks for reading... I wonder how many got this far?!

Rachel

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Taking Young Adults With Us   

Sue Widnall

I have just found this site and as we have booked to go tpo Coco Reef in July found the comments useful. We are taking our 19 & 21 year old daughter and son- both Uni students so keen to take any free holiday with us ! They have been to a few Caribbean islands and have loved them all. I was wondering - considering the comments on how peaceful it is/early to bed times - how previous similar families have fared. they are good at adapting and one loves nature - but both do like a bit of activity in the evenings. Any comments/advice would be welcome

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