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Mango Bay All Inclusive
4.0 of 5 Resort (All-Inclusive)   |   2nd Street | Holetown, Holetown, Barbados   |  
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Ranked #3 of 4 Hotels in Holetown
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“Marvellous Mango Bay!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2012 via mobile

My girlfriend and I stayed at Mango Bay for 2 weeks in mid September and enjoyed an amazing holiday.

When choosing a hotel we looked for somewhere relaxing by day with good food, drink and service with the opportunity to venture out if required. Mango Bay delivered on all fronts!

The pool was large enough not to feel crowded. The beach is seconds away with lovely clear warm water, complimentary water sports and stunning sun sets.

Food was delicious with good service throughout the restaurant, bar and reception.

We took advantage of the complimentary Catamaran and Glass Bottom boat trips which were excellent. We also booked 3 outings through the hotel / rep which we would highly recommend - Ostins, Harbour Lights and a 360 Tour of the island with Cleston (top guy!). In addition, we experienced on the street karaoke just outside the hotel, a night out in St Lawrence Gap, took a Reggae Bus to Bridgetown and stunning meal at Champers. All really good fun and truly Bajan!

A few FYI's - we originally booked a standard room but became clear after checking in this would not be sufficient for a two week stay so we upgraded. Small room with no ceiling fan and a view of the street. A leaking air con unit didn't help matters! However this was handled promptly and we negotiated a good deal for a deluxe room.

September is 'slow season' so many of the bars and restaurants just outside the hotel were closed.

Mango Bay is a small all inclusive resort, so don't expect multiple restaurants or 24/7 food and drink.

All in all a wonderful hotel, country and people which made for a fantastic holiday!

  • Stayed September 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Brentwood, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2012

Mango Bay Hotel – Holetown, Barbados

My wife and I have just returned from Mango Bay Hotel in Barbados, this was our first visit to the island. We arrived at the hotel in the early afternoon and received a warm and cheerful greeting from the receptionist on duty.
A welcoming cocktail helped in the completion of the check-in procedure, a short guided tour of the hotel and its amenities followed - a warm and pleasant introduction to our holiday.

Room:
We had upgraded our room and this proved to be an excellent decision, the room was spacious and comfortable, getting the balance of the air-conditioning proved a little tricky (not sure that the thermostat was working correctly) the room overlooked the beach and sea, with its own verandah housing a couple of reclining chairs.
Fresh beach towels were provided daily on an exchange basis.
The bathroom was adequate housing a, toilet washbasin and a combined bath/shower, the complimentary toiletries being refreshed daily. Toweling provided was adequate but could have been improved with the addition of a couple more towels, also, on a couple of occasions housekeeping failed to clean the room until very late in the afternoon.

Dining:
The hotel had only the one restaurant, however in general the food provided was excellent with a good choice of menu – a couple of minor complaints,
1) You were required to book your dining times for lunch and also for dinner, I would have preferred to have the flexibility of choice.
2) Service was in general slow, and the staff generally (with one or two exceptions) gave the impression of being inconvenienced by your presence.
3) Breakfast menu was disappointing in choices of fresh fruit - for a Caribbean Island I would have expected a greater selection.

Pool/Beach:
The hotel has been built on a very compact site, as a result the surround to the pool is a little limited and the number of sunbed/loungers that can be accommodated is restricted, the beach like all beaches in Barbados is public, and the hotel does well in providing sun loungers/umbrellas for all guests. It would have been improved if they could also have provided small tables – you do need somewhere to park your Rum Punch!
Of course the usual problem of people reserving sun loungers and then disappearing for a number of hours was encountered, the hotel made a lot of noise to discourage this – but no action followed.

Entertainment:
Daytime
Sunday – Glass bottomed boat, a complimentary trip - not great but it passed some time, after a while of seeing nothing it’s amazing how enthralled you can be on seeing a fish go past
On the Tuesday we went on the complimentary catamaran trip, swimming with the turtles, it was excellent a truly fabulous experience, on our return we immediately booked for the same trip on the Thursday, this too lived up to our expectations.
Watersports were complimentary and included water-skiing – an activity often excluded from other resorts, and the usual Hobie Cats.
The pedalos and surf canoes just seemed a little bit too energetic.
Evening,
Cabaret style entertainment is provided on most nights – excellent.

Overall:
On completion of the hotels survey at the end of our week we said that we would not return, on reflection that’s incorrect!
Even though there were very minor irritants, the overall impression of this hotel, staff and facilities was very, very good, if not quite excellent!
We would be very happy to go back again.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2012

We stayed at Mango Bay for 10 days in October. The hotel is in a great location. Food is lovely and well presented. My only complaint is the waiting staff , they seem to be programmed like robots. All they ever say is your welcome without actually listening to what you are asking for. Once more with feeling springs to mind.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Essex
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

I stayed at Mango Bay late October 2012, we just had a week to celebrate my 50th birthday. Being a Brit I shall start with the moan....

1. We didnt get a fresh bottle of mineral water in our room every night.
2. The restaurant was so good we didn't really try the local eateries.

Thats all there was to moan about.

The hotel has around 70 rooms I guess, and about 60 of them were occupied so the hotel was busy ish, but certainly not crowded. Never a long wait at the bar and always a good time for each meal.

Breakfast was as you'd expect a full buffet with everything you can reasonably expect and all of a lovely standard. Lunch was enough, all you really want is a salad or something light after that breakfast and a hard morning by the pool or in the lovely sea. Dinner was fantastic every night, a fine dining experience with managable portions of beautiful food, the fish was to die for.

Things I really liked.
Peter... he comes on to the beach to take your drink orders, very welcome.
The never empty wine glass...... actually this was the girls serving at the restaurant. They were so attentive and cheerful. Never did we see one not smiling and nothing was too much trouble. You could even have a nice but of chat and banter with them. Excellent.
Management.... there all the time, nothing was too much trouble.

I'm not one for returning to a location, but this would really be top of my list. A fantastic hotel, excellent staff and its right on the beach. What more could you want from a holiday.

Room Tip: All rooms are all good with either a pool or beach view, but we only spent sleep and dressing time i...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Toronto, Ontario Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2012

When we first arrived at the hotel we were immediately greeted by Ansley. He offered us a drink and explained the resort and gave us a tour. We were a little hungry from our trip to Barbados and asked if there any snacks, he went above our expectations and asked if we wanted hamburger and fries. He called the kitchen to make us a couple of burgers and fries and we began the tour of the hotel. When our food was ready, we ate and then continued the tour.

We highly recommend a deluxe room on the 4th floor, great views and the noise from the nearby bars is not bad.

As other reviews have mentioned there is a dress code for dinner. Guys, just bring a pair of pants and a shirt! If you don't, you eat in what we and some other visitors dubbed the 'banished area'. It as a table on the boardwalk under a fluorescent light, like a spot light, and brings even more attention to your table.

For an all-inclusive the food was decent, although there were not many Caribbean food options as it seemed they cater to visitors from the UK, for example, one day they had liver as a dinner option and sheppards pie for lunch (was just meat sauce surrounded with mashed potatoes). They even have a tea time and dessert always had the option of cheese and crackers. But if you know what you want, you can plan ahead and the kitchen will cook it for you. For example, I requested jerk chicken and a chicken roti on separate occasions for dinner (both very good). For those with larger appetites, I did not have a problem ordering two meals or having extras on the side. I often ordered the fish fillet on the side. The meats and fish were sometimes overcooked, but everything came with a sauce so it was still an OK meal. Breakfast was good with someone cooking eggs the way you like it, bacon, sausage, waffles etc.

Our best meal was at the fish fry on Friday night in Oisten and a must when in Barbados. Pat's place is the best place to eat and the only place at the fish fry with a constant line-up. Also get the macaroni pie. There are also a lot of vendors to shop at. Great atmosphere.

The front end staff were amazing, Ansley and Erika were by far the best and they were ‘trainees’. They have a passion for the island and always willing to help. The guys at the bar were also exceptional and creative when I asked for something different. It would have been nice if the guys had mint to make mojitos. If you are a big drinker, bring a travel insulated mug since the drinks are given in a small plastic cup. The staff during the meals were hit and miss, sometimes the service was great, and other times we waited long periods to get our dessert. On the last day we were there, it took 30 minutes to get our lunch and we were left scrambling to check out.

The beach was great, small beach but we never had a problem getting a spot on the beach after breakfast. If the resort is full, then make sure you get your spot in the morning. The last couple of days we were there, the beach was washed out so there were no loungers on the beach. There were some locals who often stayed in the beach area or often came by to try to sell you things. When we first came we were not sure if they worked at the resort. Remember nothing is free if someone comes to offer a coconut or bracelet.

The entertainment was OK, a couple of nights were disappointing with a DJ playing ‘elevator’ music or music for an older crowd and a guy playing a piano in the restaurant. This is a quieter resort and we did not expect too much. By 11 pm the bar area was empty and the bar closed early. If you like going to bars, Sunday night seemed like the best night to go to the bars outside the resort.

It is easy getting around by bus and it only cost $1 USD. Just be aware that the buses get pretty packed at rush hour and on Friday nights going to Oisten for the fish fry. Bajans were very friendly and always willing to help to give directions. We always felt safe travelling within Barbados. We took a tour from the hotel to the Harrison's Cave and wildlife reserve, both very good and our private tour guide, Cleston, was amazing!

They also have a great duty free system throughout Barbados. Certain stores will give you a duty free price and send alcohol to the airport for your departure. All you need is your passport and departure flight number.

Overall, we had a great stay in Barbados. Even if the weather is not good or if the beach is washed out, there is lots to do (Holetown, Bridgetown, other attractions).

Room Tip: Get a deluxe room on 4th floor, better view and less noise.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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doncater
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74 reviews 74 reviews
20 hotel reviews
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68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2012

Just spent eight nights in a fourth floor room with a partial sea view. Room was comfortable, clean and reasonably quiet.
Only decisions we had to make were times to have the lovely meals and whether to chill out in the sun or shade.
Staff were all attentive and pleasant, drinks were limited for choice but sufficient. Plenty of activity provided for the adventurous if desired.
Planning to return for a week next year,hopefully to the same room. Good value for money.

Room Tip: Fourth foor with a sea view
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Hartford, Connecticut
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2012

My husband & I spent 6 nights at Mango Bay on our honeymoon in mid-September & absolutely loved it! This was my third trip to Barbados (first to Mango Bay) & my husband's first - September is a quiet month on the island, when most of its larger hotels close down for yearly repairs, but we were happy for it - after all the stress of planning a wedding a week of relaxing at Mango Bay was just what we needed.

Mango Bay is a rather small resort on a beautiful strip of beach on Payne's Bay in Holetown. Within walking distance from the hotel are many restaurants, a new, upscale shopping mall, & a strip mall with a grocery store & souvenir shops. Buses going into Bridgetown run right past the hotel every few minutes, & they are a local experience not to be missed.

We were greeted upon arrival with rum punch, a nice touch, & given a tour of the grounds while our room was being readied. We opted for an upgraded room & were very happy for it - it ended up being a poolside room, very convenient, & kept spotlessly clean during our entire stay. Champagne in a bucket of ice with a congratulatory note awaited our arrival, another nice touch.

All-inclusive meals were great - a full buffet breakfast every morning, plenty of choices at a sit-down lunch every day, & a three-course dinner every night - the menu is posted outside the restaurant every morning so you won't be surprised, & you will find it hard to pick from the many choices. If you have any special dietary requirements & give the staff some notice, they are happy to prepare a special meal for you. All-inclusive drinks are not top-shelf, but not a problem. Evening entertainment is very low-key, but there is something different every night & nice if you don't want to go off-property.

Many activities at the hotel are included - the catamaran trip to swim with the turtles is not to be missed. Take the glass-bottom boat trip if you have a strong stomach - it is definitely not a smooth ride. Not included is the hotel spa - we had a couples massage, my husband's first, & it was outstanding. The pool area is small but well-kept & centrally located right near the restaurant area. The beach is beautiful, arrive early if you want to get choice spots & lounge chairs - a firm "no" to the many vendors hawking everything from massages to aloe vera gel will keep them at bay - they are not allowed on Mango Bay's property.

What made our stay at Mango Bay so special was the staff - they cannot do enough for you. Most notable - Ryan at the Front Desk, Dennis & Francois at the bar, & Maureen at both bar & restaurant, plus Shireene the Manager, who made it a point to remember the names of all those staying for special occasions like honeymoons, anniversaries & birthdays. Our fellow guests, mostly British, were some of the nicest people we've ever met, so friendly & welcoming.

In short, we were very happy we picked both the beautiful island of Barbados, & Mango Bay, for our honeymoon, & look forward to going back again soon.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 2nd Street | Holetown, Holetown, Barbados
Location: Caribbean > Barbados > Saint James Parish > Holetown
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 4 Hotels in Holetown
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Mango Bay All Inclusive 4*
Number of rooms: 76
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Mango Bay Barbados is ideal for those seeking the convenience of an ALL-INCLUSIVE beach vacation combined with the personal and friendly service of a small resort. It enjoys a sought-after beachfront setting in St. James, on the famous west coast of Barbados.There are restaurants, bars, boutiques and cinema just steps away from Mango Bay in lively Holetown, including the brand new, upscale, LIMEGROVE LIFESTYLE CENTRE across the road from the resort. Mango Bay is approximately a 45 minute drive from the airport, and a 25-minute drive south of the hotel takes you to the capital Bridgetown. Mango Bay definitely gives you added value for an all inclusive hotel- included is a complimentary two-hour catamaran cruise to see the turtles, waterskiing & a glass bottom boat ride. ... more   less 
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