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Discovery Bay by Rex Resorts
3.5 of 5 Resort (All-Inclusive)   |   St. James Beach, Holetown, Barbados   |  
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“Fantastic, brilliant, superb, what else can i say?”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2014

Just back from 10 days spent at Discovery Bay Hotel and had such a fantastic time that I really and truly was sad to leave.
Every member of the staff is so helpful, polite and really go out of their way to ensure you're happy and satisfied. The atmosphere is very "cool", bajan style which was just what I was after....
Nothing pretentious!
EVERYONEin their department was a pleasure to meet and talk to: Alycia, Shelley and Shereene at reception, David, Stanley, Dionne and everyone in the dining room, the kitchen staff who suffer very high temperatures in order to provide us with burgers and so on, Damian, Jeremy, Allison at the bar, Malcolm this amazing guy who does heavy carrying to and fro cheerfully, Christopher in the garden, Norma and the rest of the cleaning staff, the maintenance guys who always seem to be around and on call. A big thank you from myself, my daughters Jemma and Ella and my nephew Quentin. We'll be back ASAP!!!!!

Room Tip: we loved the beach front club room, very roomy for 4 people, pleasant to hear the waves rolling at n...
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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with family
    • 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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Brian C, General Manager at Discovery Bay by Rex Resorts, responded to this review, April 30, 2014
Thank you so much for taking the time to post this review.

I am really pleased that you found our staff to be helpful and polite; they certainly do go out of their way to ensure that everyone is satisfied and happy.

Thank you also for your kind compliments, I will ensure that I pass these on to everyone.

We greatly appreciated you choosing Discovery Bay by rex resorts for your holiday and I do hope that we have the pleasure of yourself and your wonderful family soon again.
Sincerely,
Brian Carter
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
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Doncaster, United Kingdom
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2014

Wonderful time at Discovery bay - thank you so much for the wonderful two weeks we spent with you over Easter/Passover 2014. Loved swimming with the tropical fish and wandering round Hunte's Gardens and St Nicholas Abbey. Holetown great as is Speightstown - people wonderful and welcoming.
Food great, everyone friendly especially the gardeners, maids and smiling omelette chef.
Look forward to returning some time
Rod

Room Tip: Either one overlooking the sea or one overlooking the pool
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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Brian C, General Manager at Discovery Bay by Rex Resorts, responded to this review, April 30, 2014
It was a great pleasure to meet you and enjoyed having you stay at Discovery Bay by rex resorts.
We are extremely pleased that you had two wonderful weeks over Easter.

The two seawalls that the Government erected in front of Discovery Bay last year have turned into a mini reef attracting lots of fish and being so close to shore it is ideal for snorkeling.

Two of the most popular sight seeing attractions are Hunte’s Tropical Gardens which can be reached by a local bus just outside of the hotel and St Nicholas Abbey which was restored to its original state by a very well know local architect. The other magnificent attraction is the Harrison’s Under Ground Caves.

I am very pleased that you enjoyed our food, we use the freshest local produce and of course we are spoilt for the variety of daily fresh Caribbean fish.

I will pass on your kind comments on our friendly team who take pride to ensure that our guests are well looked after.

We very much look forward to welcoming you back again is the near future.

Sincerely,
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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2014

This hotel had improved it's garden restaurant and bar since my last visit. Also there is more room around the pool and the beach seems larger. The room we had had not changed and was desperately in need of a bathroom makeover. As we had mentioned this to the manager at the evening cocktail party, we were asked next morning if we would like to change rooms.However everything worked and the room was very comfortable so we refused.
The food varies a bit in quality, but the soups, salads and freshly made chips are always excellent
The location of this hotel could not be better, you are surrounded by top class shops, local shops and a large supermarket. There are also all types of restaurants and bars if you are self catering or half board. If your the type that requires everything has to be perfect, go elsewhere, I you like quick friendly service by both management, waitress and bar staff, you will like this place.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service

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Brian C, General Manager at Discovery Bay by Rex Resorts, responded to this review, April 30, 2014
Last year the hotel upgraded the Beach Bar and added a granite top open kitchen. The pool deck was tiled and new padded sun loungers and day beds were added to the large pool area creating a comfortable “chill out” space.

The beach was refurbished by the Government last year which has resulted in a lovely large beach for long walks or just relaxing in a sun lounger.

I am disappointed that you were not impressed with the room especially the bathroom. Some of the bathrooms have been refurbished with new vanities and bath tubs. Our maintenance team has started to refurbish this room so that it can be brought up to standard.

I am glad that you enjoyed our soups, salads and chips, the kitchen brigade try very hard to ensure the food is tasty with a good variety of dishes. However we will over view what we are serving to see where improvements can be made.

Discovery Bay by rex resorts has one of the prime locations in Holetown. As you mentioned, the hotel is within walking distance to the Limegrove Life Style Centre which houses designer shops, restaurants, bars and a luxury cinema. A large supermarket, a 24 hour convenience shop, banks, and a variety of bars and restaurants are also close by.

Thank you for you kind compliments about our friendly staff who take pleasure in looking after our guests expectations.

We appreciated that you chose Discovery Bay by rex resorts and look forward to welcoming you in the near future.

Sincerely,
Brian Carter
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Woking, United Kingdom
2 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014

We have just returned from our holiday at Discovery Bay after having a wonderful break. The improvements to the pool area and the new garden restaurant are stunning. Mr Brian Carter, the manager goes out of his way to make sure guest's are looked after, and any problems are dealt
with quickly. It was a pleasure meeting Mr Carter, as he is a really nice guy. All of the hotel staff
are extremely polite and pleasent, and treat guest's in a very professional manner, nothing is to much bother. The improvments to the beach are great, a false reef has been created a short distance from the beach which allow people to see fish that have made this thier home while snorkeling in the sea.
Top marks Brian 10 out of 10

Room Tip: Garden rooms are very good as the grounds are stunning
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Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
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Brian C, General Manager at Discovery Bay by Rex Resorts, responded to this review, April 22, 2014
It was our greatest pleasure to ensure that your holiday was wonderful.

The entire team is very focused on delivering professional efficient service to all of our guests.

The pool deck was completely refurbished last year to make it the central comfort zone of the hotel. New tiles were laid, luxury padded loungers and day beds were added and wonderful new umbrellas.

The beach bar now has a new granite top and the floors are finished with Purple Heart wood. There is also a snack kitchen for burgers, fish and light snacks.
During the beach works last year two sea walls were erected and these have now attracted many fish creating a hive of underwater activity.

I was extremely pleased to meet you and look forward to welcoming you back again.

Sincerely,
Brian Carter
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Kenilworth, United Kingdom
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014

We have just returned from a week in this Hotel. My wife and I enjoyed it thoroughly. The hotel is very well placed for all the amenities in Holetown. The beach is clean and magnificent although it does shelve quite steeply at the edge. The food was very good with a fair variety.
The rooms are spacious and clean, although the air-con tends to be noisy.
In all a very good break helped by the hot sunny weather.

Room Tip: The beach rooms are worth the extra.
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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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Brian C, General Manager at Discovery Bay by Rex Resorts, responded to this review, April 22, 2014
Thank you for taking the time to write this review.

We are extremely pleased that you thoroughly enjoyed your stay with us.

Discovery Bay is ideally located in Holetown near to banks, shops, supermarket and many bars and restaurants.

The beach was enhanced last year and is certainly one of the best beaches on the West Coast of Barbados.

We try very hard to keep the food interesting and varied using only the freshest ingredients. At lunch we offer a buffet with salads, rice, potatoes a pasta dish along with burgers, fish and chicken from the grill. Sandwiches are available on request as well.
The dinner buffet offers a roast joint along with the salads and other freshly prepared dishes.

Our rooms are a very good size and our housekeepers work diligently to keep them spotless.

Some of our air-conditioners are a bit noisy which we are changing over to the energy efficient brands.

Thank you so much for choosing Discovery Bay for your holiday and I look forward to welcoming you back in the near future.

Sincerely,
Brian Carter
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

April 2014
We have just returned home from our stay in Discovery Bay to celebrate our Golden Wedding & we would like to record our thanks to Management and their helpful and friendly staff for doing everything possible to make our occasion "special". What the hotel may lack in top star ratings is more than compensated for by the food, hospitality, service & location. We will return and we would recommend it to anyone.
John & Elaine Eddleston

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Brian C, General Manager at Discovery Bay by Rex Resorts, responded to this review, April 19, 2014
It was our greatest pleasure to make your Golden wedding anniversary “special”.
We are extremely pleased that you enjoyed our food, hospitality, service and location.
The team at Discovery Bay ranks customer service as their number one priority and will go out of their way to exceed guest expectations.

Our location is ideal as we are only minutes away from banks, supermarket, shops, and restaurant and bars.

Thank you for taking the time to write this review and I look forward to welcoming you back in the near future.

Sincerely,
Brian Carter
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Chipping Ongar, United Kingdom
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

We have had a fabulous holiday at Discovery Bay, Although not a modern hotel the colonial 'feel' is there. The position situated on the edge of Holetown has been perfect for us, a few hundred yards to the town, where cars stop for you to cross the road, and everyone you pass wishes you well. The beach and swimming pool are always clean kept that way by 'Lanky' and the gardens full of birds and mongooses. The staff are really something special, who want you to have the best holiday possible, nothing seems to be too much trouble for them and everything done with a smile. When there are small problems, maybe a leak or a blown plug they seem to be instantly dealt with by handymen with a smile and impeccable manners. I cannot speak more highly of a superb team. Thankyou, Cleaners, kitchen, waiting, security, barmen, front desk, gardeners,handymen and any others that I may have missed out, To Jeremy and David, who have kept the smile on our faces, and the ever present Brian Carter whose staff do him proud.

Room Tip: Our room, 30, was perfect for us.
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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Brian C, General Manager at Discovery Bay by Rex Resorts, responded to this review, April 15, 2014
Thank you so much for taking the time to write this review.

We are very fortunate to be located in Holetown close to banks, supermarket, shops and many restaurant and bars.

”Lanky”, is our National treasure, he vacuums the pool at the crack of dawn and then moves on to placing the loungers and umbrellas on the beach before breakfast is finished.

The entire team is very focused on customer service and enjoy going the “extra mile”.

I will pass on your kind sentiments to David and Jeremy.

Let me end by saying that it has been our great pleasure to make your holiday an enjoyable and memorable one. We appreciated that you chose Discovery by rex and eagerly await your next visit in the not too distant future.
Sincerely,
Brian Carter
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Address: St. James Beach, Holetown, Barbados
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Location: Caribbean > Barbados > Saint James Parish > Holetown
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 4 Hotels in Holetown
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Discovery Bay by Rex Resorts 3.5*
Number of rooms: 88
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A unique hotel situated on St James Beach, the Discovery Bay consists of charming plantation-style houses set in beautiful landscaped gardens. Located on the fashionable West coast, days at this resort are centred around the beach and the pool, the upscale Limegrove shopping mall and nightlife on Holetown's first street a short walk away. The resort is all-inclusive and family friendly, popular with couples also. ... more   less 
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Discovery Bay By Rex Hotel Saint James
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