Just got back from a week at Mango Bay. This was our third stay on Barbados ; stayed at Crystal Cove and the Amaryllis previously. Mango Bay was so much better. Now before I start you must know I am fussy and I was a bit worried when I read a couple of reviews just before we came here. When we booked last Autumn all reviews were good, then some posts started to be quite critical. So here is a review from a fuss-pot:
The location is absolutely perfect; west coast and right in the centre of things at Holetown so you can mooch out round shops, bars and restaurants - new shopping mall bang opposite with LV, RL, AIX etc. I adore 'beach life' and if that's your thing this is the perfect spot on the beach - there is so much going on and the beach walks and snorkelling are fantastic! The catarmaran cruise to swim with the turtles was incredible! Water-skiing is completely free of charge and Peter, the water-ski instructor is so patient and knowledgeable - I sometimes had 2 skis per day (if your legs can stand it!) this made my holiday even more perfect. Thank you Peter - hope I am mono-skiing next year when we come back!
Try the horse riding either on the beach here or ask Keesha to organise for you go to 'Jahworks' - a stable in Scotland where they take you on to Morgan Lewis beach on the east coast, where the Atlantic rolls in.
Since we were last on the west coast 8 years ago, we noticed the beach has 'shrunk' - parts of the coastline have already had work carried out to stop this happening, and the manager explained eventually some of the beach would be reclaimed. Some reviewers had complained about the beach being small, but honestly it wasn't a problem. We like to 'walk' the beach anyway... It's a beautiful beach. Come on, holidays are what you make them - you have the sun, view, a lovely spot - BE HAPPY!
Our room(s), balcony and views were amazing (Penthouse suite) and we were very comfortable. We had an enormous bed and plunge pool on the balcony and spent time just admiring sunsets with the fab cocktails from the bar.. bliss!
The hotel itself, although not as good as some we have stayed in elsewhere in the world, is just charming, quaint and typically bajun with a wonderful atmosphere; fantastic staff and the other guests were also so friendly and added to our holiday. The staff are the friendliest hotel staff I have every experienced and in many ways they make the place what it is - Keesha and Erica on reception are delightful! All the guys at the bar who make fab cocktails - one of the best margaritas I have had (and I am fussy with my margaritas!)
The restaurant has lovely views (as good as any of the top-notch restaurants along this coastline - we have tried The Cliff, Daphnes, Sandy lane and Tides) OK, the food is not as good as these places, but you are not paying those prices! We didn't expect the food to be as good - it was simple but well cooked. I had fresh fish everyday cooked with spices or marinaded, along with choice of rice, potatoes, etc. If I was to make a complaint it would be to have more vegetables and more tomatoes and salads available. BBQ nite was lovely, with a more casual feel and the fish straight off the grill was fab! What we had was plenty, especially when you have 3 courses for lunch and dinner and afternoon tea inbetween! Booking a table was not a problem, as some have stated - we booked a whole week in advance.
If you want top notch 5 star AI with lots of choices available go to Mexico for your 9 restaurants, bars etc...in Barbados the hotels are just not like that - it's different here - more colonial and simplified. Even Sandy Lane doesn't have that kind of choice! You do, however, have some lovely restaurants to to choose from if you fancy a change. If you want a typically Bajun hotel with the perfect location, fab views, and a wonderful charm about it, that I just can't explain - it was just there - then here is the place.
- 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