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Mango Tree Lodge
West Harptree, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
278 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 278 helpful votes
“We left several days early.”
Reviewed February 28, 2013

We said we were going to stay 7 to 10 days so Rajen offered us a substantial discount on food, rooms and beer to get us to move from the guesthouse we were staying in.

When we arrived we were given a warm welcome and shown to our great room although the beds are hard. It was a semi luxury cottage and the price was 1000NPR net. We were told 24/7 hot water.

The communal areas are excellent, however if you don’t like dogs the puppy is a pain and does have a nasty streak. Remember rabies does exist in Nepal and, as we have since heard, there was a case in the village recently.

Dinner on the first night was OK but nothing special.

Breakfast next day was omelette and 4 tiny pieces of dry toast. Cost 250NPR. When we paid our bill we found out it did not include any tea or coffee. We consider this very poor value for a set breakfast compared to the other two guesthouses that we have stayed in here in Bardia.

Next evening we returned from our long walk. It was a cool dull day but we were told no hot water and were not offered and apology, explanation or even a hot bucket to clean up.

Dinner that evening was appalling. This time no soup or desert, and the main course was 3 tiny portions of vegetable, dal and rice that was lumpy, dry and hard. We assumed that this had been cooked earlier in the day. The popadoms were swimming in oil and were totally inedible.

When we complained to Rajen his answer was ‘no one has ever complained about the food’. At this point my wife put a lump of dry rice in his hand and he went away without saying anything. We were reluctantly offered alternatives but by then the damage had been done. At no point was he apologetic.

He tried to charge 200NPR for a can of tonic water. We questioned this and he said that he had to pay 120NPR per tin so said we could have it for 150NPR. We paid 90NPR and 100NPR in two other guesthouses for the same tin. You make your own mind up.

Mango Tree does not have a published menu so you do not know what you are getting for your NPR. I suggest you ask first to avoid any nasty surprises.

We left next morning and went to Bardia Eco Lodge which has steaming hot water 24/7 even on the rainy days, and an amazing restaurant/communal area overlooking the river and the park. It is the best location in this area. Rajen was around when we left but chose to make himself scarce.

We are totally bemused why Rajen worked so hard to get us to stay, knowing we were long stay, and then treated us so badly. We had also agreed to a half day safari walk and half day jeep ride so he threw away a lot of revenue. It doesn’t make sense.

Mango published rates for rooms, food and activities are overpriced. Yes his rooms are good and the communal areas really nice but this place is not worth his published prices. You can negotiate hard especially when it’s empty as it was with us. We took 2 safaris elsewhere and paid much less and still saw tigers each time.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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MangoTreeLodge, Owner at Mango Tree Lodge, responded to this review, March 3, 2013
I'm very sorry to hear you had a unpleasant experience with us, this has not been the case with our previous guests . Your comments have been taken on board, including of the hard beds and lack of hot water both of which we are currently addressing.
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Sarasota, FL
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Reviewed February 25, 2013

After a long trip in India and countless hours in a car, Mango Tree Lodge was a sight for sore eyes. Set in the most beautiful farmland right outside Bardia National Park, Mango Tree epitomize relaxation and rejuvenation (and adventure, if you so desire!) Rajen & his family are accommodating, interesting and interested. No one knows safaris like Rajen & his crew (like Dev and Mahindra)...and NO ONE knows cooking like his wonderful wife & her crew! WOW. I know this sounds silly to say (I should be talking about tigers and rhinos) but the food was heavenly. A set dinner every night, I relished every bite. The fresh vegetables come from their own organic garden, rich with collards and salad greens and fennel and corn and cabbage and and and... Some of the best mashed potatoes ever (!) and wonderful green tea... My stomach truly misses Mango Tree, and I look forward to going back some year during mango season!

The rooms were quaint & authentic, the bigger ones being extraordinarily spacious and I can imagine being very cool during the hot months. The central socializing area has many tables and cushions and a fire pit, and pretty fast wi-fi, too. Oh, and you can't help but love Sufi & her rascally puppy, Tigger. They were a big part of our stay, too!

You're in good hands with Rajen and the Mango Tree Lodge. I look forward to returning in October!

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Sarasota, Florida
Level 6 Contributor
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Reviewed February 21, 2013

I have been traveling throughout Asia for nearly 20 years. I have stayed in countless lodges, hotels, resorts, etc. This place is top-notch! The cottages are VERY nice (though the beds are a bit hard--easily remedied by putting a duvet under us). There is wi-fi in the main lodge even when there isn't power. The location is extraordinarily quiet and you can walk through a beautiful bucolic village. Rajen (owner and main guide) has a great safari vehicle and thorough knowledge of the park and animals. He's worked for a million years in the field of wildlife conservation and guiding. He's really amazing (as are his family members that also take people on walking safaris). The best part of staying here, however, might be the food. UNBELIEVABLE set meals (probably the best mashed potatoes I've ever eaten). Most of the vegatables are taken right from their organic garden (on-site). We look forward to each/every meal and can't wait to come back again for the food alone. Bardia is pretty out-of-the-way but if you're coming here, you couldn't find a better place no matter what you spend!

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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manchester
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52 reviews
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Reviewed January 2, 2013

We would definitely recommend staying at Mango tree lodge if going to Bardiya.The area is so beautiful .The rooms are rustic and really well done and are comfortable with good bathroom but it is the whole atmosphere and environment that we loved and the hospitality. We liked sitting round the fire at night with good company. The food is really good too. We can't wait to go back.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Neerpelt, Belgium
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Reviewed November 21, 2012

Mango Tree Lodge is a very nice place to stay when you are going to Bardia National Park!
The rooms are nice and spacious, the shower is good and the common area is really nice as well. They even made a 'camp fire' in the common area!

Also the food is very good, you can choose from veg. or non veg and all tasted very good! We did a walking safari and also a jeepsafari, both very nice. We saw wild elephants, rhino, deers, crocodile and we were very lucky to see the TIGER!

We really recommend this place, our plan was to spent 2 or 3 day at Bardia but we stayed almost 6 days here!! The manager is also a really friendly man who can help you with travel questions.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Prague
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed October 19, 2012

When we arrived to Mango tree lodge we couldn't believe this place exist, it was like a paradise and especially after journey in the bus at the back seats :) The rooms are like from fairytale and people are so nice. We loved these local houses, build of mud and bamboo, beds are so comfortable and they have HOT water! Food is amazing, you could have dal bhat and fried chicken with vegetable (almost european style),too. Which is so nice after 3 weeks in the mountains eating just dal bhat :) Village around is pleasant place to be and everyone is smily. Guide Dev was professional and we saw elephants, rhino, deers... and he always explained us about foot prints we saw. I have to say, if I could I would live here! We loved that so much and I hope I will come back one day.
One advice at the end: if you come here by bus, book your seats in the front!!!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed September 21, 2012

I was there 5 years ago and have been back every year since. The transformation is mental. An untouched, living and breathing sustainable resort catering for all; the 'relaxers', the 'safari'ists', the 'doing your bit for the planet'ists'.... You get my point... Go down there and see the gang with an open mind and you'll come away with something tangible that you can use to change small things back home and really understand that environmental, and personal, change starts from great experiences. See you guys 'again' in November!

Room Tip: They all have mosquito nets - but that doesn't stop the elephants! ;-)
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with friends
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Property: Mango Tree Lodge
Address: Thakurdwara, Bethani | Bardiya, Nepal, Bardia National Park 44000, Nepal (Formerly Nature's Way Bardia Lodge)
Location: Nepal > Mid-Western Region > Bheri Zone > Bardia National Park
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 of 19 Specialty Lodging in Bardia National Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located 5 minutes from Bardiya National Park Headquarters, Mango Tree Lodge is an Agritourism destination that combines cultural encounters and safari adventures to create a unique traveling experience, whilst providing the comforts and facilities needed to make your visit to Bardiya an exciting and memorable time. ... more   less 

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