My husband and I are just back from our honeymoon a week in Mango Bay, Barbados. Still feel a bit of jet lag at work. ^^
As it is our first time in Barbados, we booked everything through VirginHolidays. Arrival time and airport transfer went on smoothly with no problem at all and Virgin made it so convenient for travellers, for example, there is someone holds Virgin sign on arrival and directs you to the Virgin desk outside of the airport where some other Virgin people wait for and give you bottle of frozen water as well as the welcome pack about Barbados tour with the meeting time with Virgin representative on the front of the pack. In the meanwhile you are also allocated to the one of the Suntour taxis to head to the hotel. It took between 35-45 min from Bridgetown airport to Mango Bay hotel depends on who you are arranged to travel with. You may share the taxi with people from different hotel and they will be dropped by on the way. You can do a bit of sightseeing in the car and the driver gives brief introduction of the city and some place of interests on the way. We were full of curiosity as we are first time in Barbados in Caribbean.
On the arrival in Mango Bay, we were welcomed with rum punch by the receptionist and he was very nice and friendly. After having filled in couple of forms quickly, we had a little hotel tour with him and he booked us in for the dinner when passing by the restaurant. (if you fly with Virgin Atlantic, the arrival time is almost the same to us and it is late for the lunch, but around the time of afternoon tea). Although the lunch and dinner need to be booked in for the time slot, we found that no hassle at all, since you can simply give your preferred time slot on the way to your breakfast in the restaurant.
After that, we were taken to the room (the hotel staff would put your luggages in the room on your behalf as well which was very nice of them), and we booked standard one bedroom apartment, and we supposed to upgrade the room if the room is not good as we read the reviews that standard rooms are very noisy and not nice. But it was beyond our expectation, which was very clean and spacious. It has a bit of ocean view from the balcony with two beach chairs to relax on.
We met Virgin rep and he basically introduced us with a bit of Barbados, but more about activities and tours that we can do while in Barbados. You can ask any questions and he is very energetic ManU fan and will be more than happy to help you out. We booked Virgin Ahoy, Submarine and Jeep Safari with him, all of which were good. He will also arrange returning airport transport for you once you let him know your departure time. Do please make sure you are arranged at least 24 hours before and get the confirmation sheet from the reception that the rep has left for you.
Virgin Ahoy is highly recommended, and it is really worth it. You will have this Tiami cruise and you will spend around 5 hours on that. You will have chance to stop some places to snorkel and to swim with turtles and to feed them and to touch them. You will also be given unlimited drinks on the cruise and very yummy home-barbequed lunch as well. The crew and captain are all very nice and friendly. If you are swimmer, it is really worth it. Even if we are not swimmers, we enjoyed a lot the cruise.
Well ,Submarine, we bought VIP for that, which is not worth as it has no difference to the normal ones and all you get at the end of the day, you will have priority ahead of the people and you board submarine first and get front seat basically just behind the captain. What I personally believe, wherever you sit in submarine, the views you get are the similar. It was a good experience, but no need to go for the VIP. We spent money on VIP as this was our honeymoon. However, if we have known that it has almost no difference to normal ones, we would not go for VIP. It was waste of money. It was more than BBD100 difference per person.
The Jeep Safari was worth too. It will give you better knowledge about the island and it gives you different experience which you never have here in the UK. Basically, you will get the one of the 10 seats at the back of the jeep car and the driver just talks to you through speaker while travelling around. He gives you detailed introduction about the Island and the tour covers almost all the parishes in the Island. You will be taken to the places, parks where you would never go if you travel on your own and he explains everything on what you might be curious. You will be stopped in Sugar Cane hotel to have lunch. After that you will be prepared for the return journey.
Okay, let’s go back to hotel, Mango Bay to talk more about the hotel itself. It is lovely hotel and all the people work for the hotel, such as receptionist, bar tender, waitress and waiters are all superb and friendly. The hotel manager looks so professional and comes to you to greet you and to welcome you at one of lunch times. The swimming pool is in good size and never packed. The beach chairs are also reasonably available when needed. Bars are also not so crowed so you can be served after for a short while even if you are in the queue. The food is so nice and delicious. Some days you may have buffet lunch or dinner, even though the food is limited by variety, you can always order some food from the kitchen depends on the availability of the food and chef. We are not fussy on food, so we were just happy to have buffet. Drinks are provided unlimitedly except for bottle of champagne, bottle of wines and bottle of water. All the cocktails and glasses of wines are all inclusive. Sometimes bar tenders come to you at the swimming pool to take order which is so impressive.
What else? You will be kept awake by the tree frogs and the sound of current at night, but you will soon be used to that after couple of days. Mosquitoes are the most annoying stuff for me, I had to buy cream to apply on the bits, as my feet was swollen by the mosquito bit. But the hotel staff will spray the insecticide after you go out for dinner.
Overall we are very happy with the honeymoon and I want to say thank you Mango Bay which made this through.
Good luck to those travelling to Barbados and you will not regret to stay in Mango Bay. We had a chance to talk to the people who did not book via VirginHolidays, and we have been told it is a bit cheaper to book it yourselves, but we were already satisfied and are happy with the service provided by Virgin.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Mango Bay Hotel Holetown
- Mango Bay Barbados
- Mango Bay Saint James
- Barbados Bay Mango
- Mango Bay Hotel Barbados
- Mango Bay All Inclusive Barbados/Holetown