About Cobblers Cove

Cobblers Cove was originally a private house. Joss Haynes, a sugar cane planter and politician built a weekend beach retreat where the family could escape the island's windy and rugged east coast - they chose Cobblers Cove. Read more about the history of Cobblers Cove.

The Weather

Barbados benefits from year-round sunshine, warm temperatures (28-29 degrees centigrade / 82-84 degrees fahrenheit is typical) and mild seasons, meaning there is never a bad time to visit. Days are sunny and fair with light breezes and balmy evenings. The most amount of rainfall occurs between July and October, however rain spells tend to be brief and are quickly followed by sunshine and blue skies. Tropical rainstorms sometimes occur over the summer, but fortunately hurricanes usually avoid Barbados. The last occasion when Barbados suffered a direct hit from a major hurricane was in 1955.

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Will Oakley – General Manager

Will Oakley joined Cobblers Cove as the hotel’s General Manager in April 2014. As a graduate of the Savoy Group Hotel Management Programme and with a well-established career in the luxury hotel industry, Will brought a wealth of experience to the role.

Having previously worked with the Firmdale Group, The Halcyon Hotel and Bespoke Hotels, Will was most recently the General Manager at the five-star Cadogan Hotel in London which he ran for three years.

A true foodie, Will spent part of his career running his own delicatessens and judging for The Great Taste Awards. Now at Cobblers Cove, he couldn’t be happier learning about new local flavours and ingredients with Head Chef Jason Joseph.

Will isn’t the only one enjoying island life, his family has settled in well too, including their Labrador Tarka who has a new passion for chasing the local monkeys!

 

The Team

The Cobblers Cove team gives the hotel its unique personality. Many members of staff have worked for the hotel for many years and have built up close relationships with our guests, knowing them by name and remembering their preferred restaurant table, favourite cocktail and chosen suite. It is this insight that ensures our guests receive the warmest of Caribbean welcomes.

 

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How to get here

Cobblers Cove is located just outside of Speightstown on the platinum west coast of Barbados. Flying to Barbados is straightforward with a good number of flights to the island. Find us on our map and arrange a private transfer in from the airport.

 
 

Flight information

Grantley Adams International Airport is located in the south of the island, approximately 30 kilometres from Cobblers Cove, just a 45 minute drive.

Take a look at the flight services and connections to Barbados in order to plan your trip. Scheduled and charter services are also available to many of the neighbouring islands.

London - Daily flights with British Airways and Virgin Atlantic - 8 hour flight

Manchester - Seasonal flights with Virgin Atlantic - 8½ hour flight

New York JFK - Daily flights with JetBlue - 5 hour flight
JetBlue's Premium Mint service will operate on flights from November 2015

Atlanta - Twice weekly flights with Delta Air Lines - 4 hour flight

Miami - Daily flights with American Airlines - 3½ hour flight

Charlotte - Saturday flight with US Airways - 5 hour flight

Toronto - Daily flights with Air Canada and WestJet - 5½ hour flight

Frankfurt - Monday flights via Tobago with Condor - 9 hour flight

The drive from the airport to Cobblers Cove takes only 45 minutes. 

 

Airport transfers

Airport transfers can be arranged by the hotel’s Concierge at the time of booking your stay – a typical luxury transfer will cost approximately US$75 and your driver will meet you at the airport.  

For those who prefer to arrange their own transportation there are taxis at the airport and prices vary depending on the number of passengers and type of vehicle. Barbados taxis can be easily identified by the letter “Z” on their license plates. It is advisable to settle on the fare and currency (US$1 = BDS$2) before beginning your journey.  

To book a transfer in advance of your stay or any help in planning your journey, please contact the Cobblers Cove Concierge at info@cobblerscove.com.

 

A Garden Paradise

Cobblers Cove has been a much-loved Caribbean hideaway since the 1960s and there's no doubt its charm and popularity owe much to its magical island setting and tropical, jungle-like gardens. 

This spectacular garden haven is renowned throughout Barbados for its vibrant colours and exotic fragrances, as well as the sheer diversity of plant and flower life. Familiar trees and plants abound, such as palms, torch lilies, hibiscus, bougainvillea and pretty orchids trailing from trees around the grounds.

The Cobblers Cove gardens are lovingly cared for by the hotel’s own staff, led by the talented Niki Farmer, whose horticultural knowledge is much coveted by estate owners on the island.  Take a walk round the gardens with Niki and she’s likely to point out some of the more unusual exotic flowers only found now in the old gardens of Barbados. 

One tree everyone remembers is the huge fig near the beach which is home to all manner of birds, a family of green monkeys and the odd mongoose.  And from the tropical birds at sunrise to the frogs at sundown, a musical chorus of garden sounds is played out against the soothing backdrop of soft waves against the shore. 

Green fingered guests would enjoy one of our garden tours. Take a car for the day and explore some of the other exotic gardens on the island.

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Our Guests

Cobblers Cove enjoys an enviable reputation as one of the finest luxury hotels in Barbados and throughout the Caribbean. It was even the preferred holiday destination for Ronald Reagan during his presidency. We are always striving to ensure our guests enjoy their stay and with this in mind we would warmly welcome your feedback. 

 

Our Environment

At Cobblers Cove we are conscious of our privileged position on a tropical island and are keen to preserve the incredible environment we are so lucky to inhabit. The lush tropical gardens, the diverse wildlife with whom we share the resort and the marine life that is just off the shore are all precious and worthy of the utmost respect, as is our local community.

As a sign of this respect the hotel is named after the Cobbler bird, also known as the Frigate bird. These magnificent birds can still be seen circling the bay today.

Practical actions include a comprehensive recycling programme, working with a local food cooperative in St. George to support 254 farmers from the parish and a focus on reducing energy usage. The hotel is also proud to support a local school - Roland Edwards Primary School. 

We are dedicated to treading lightly to ensure that our environmental impact is minimal. And keep in mind that Cobblers Cove should remain a tropical retreat for generations to come.