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Mango Bay All Inclusive
Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Holetown
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Leeds
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“Fantastic holiday!”
Reviewed February 23, 2013

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.

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 22, 2013

This was our 6th visit to barbardos we love it! we have stayed at 6 different hotels at 6 different points on the island and mango bay has been the best!
Myself,my husband and our two small children stayed at mango bay (brilliant location!)for 10 nights! We stayed in a one bedroom apartment (12) which was very nice modern and clean, however if you do stay in the apartments you do feel alittle bit separated from the main hotel!
We were fortunate enough to be offered a room upgrade in the main hotel which we gratefully accepted and moved into a superior room overlooking the pool which was lovely,again modern and very clean with a huge very comfortable bed! And it was much nicer to be in the main block of the hotel!
The staff are superb at this hotel and were lovely with us and our kids, to say the hotel has a lot of older guests and hardly any children our children were very well looked after and catered for brilliantly!
The pool area is lovely and more then adequate for a hotel of this size as is the beach!
There was a day or two when the sea swelled and so the beach vanished, but that's Mother Nature and can't be helped and its dead easy to hop on a bus and explore a different beach! (And the hotel give you a packed lunch to take with you!)
I'm a very fussy eater and I thought the food was excellent and different every night and on the odd night I didn't like anything on the menu they cooked me something I did like,
Nothing's to much trouble I found!
The hotel is near lots of lovely restaurants all within walking distance if you fancy a change.
The trips out that are included in the all inclusive package are excellent and so is the free use of padellos etc.
All in all we had a great experience at mango bay!

  • Stayed February 2013
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Harrogate, United Kingdom
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Reviewed February 14, 2013

We stayed at Mango Bay recently and wish that we had been served the " good / excellent" food that some other reviewers experienced during this time. This would have meant that we were able to enjoy more than one meal in the seven days we were there. The food was poor overall.

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Exeter, United Kingdom
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Reviewed February 13, 2013

My wife and I have just got back from the Mango Bay Hotel, having stayed there as part of a cruise and stay with Thomsons. We stayed from 3rd to 10th of February. The Hotel was one of the friendliest and best that we have stayed in. The food was of a good standard, and wide ranging, with waiter service most times but twice a week there is a buffet service. My wife says that the house wine was lovely! Our room was in the main block, and we were not troubled with any noise.The hotel is kept very clean as is the beach area, and there are ample sunbeds for everyone. The rooms are of a good size, with enormous beds, and are kept immaculately clean by the staff. The aircon. is very effective and was certainly not too loud. You can adjust the fan speed to whatever suits you. The bars and entertainment were also very good, Some of the acts were of an extremely high standard and were very professional in both sound and appearance. Because it is a smaller hotel you get very good personal service. For example, my wife and I had booked a trip through Thomsons, and we were waiting in reception to be picked up. After we had been there a while the receptionist asked us what time we were meant to be picked up. When she realised that they were 10 minutes late, she tried to contact the Thomson rep., without success, and then arranged for a Taxi to pick us up, take us to where we were going and returned us to the hotel, at no cost to us. I cannot imagine that any other hotel would have taken the initiative and arranged that without any request from us.The whole hotel experience was excellent, and we would certainly go back and we have no hesitation in recommending it.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 12, 2013

We have just got back from staying at mango bay we were there for eight days from the 3rd - 11th feb, we have never been to Barbados before and from the moment we arrived we couldn't have been made more welcome it is like being there with one big family. It is only a small hotel it is all inclusive but if you couldn't find anything to eat on the menu they would cook you something else, there was know problem with reserving sun beds while we were there so we didn't have to get up early to get a bed.if you do go on the beach you will get asked to buy things but all you have to say is no and they walk away it was not a problem, the rooms are very big and have the biggest bed I have seen. Would we go back the answer is yes we are hoping to go back next year, well done mango bay don't change a thing.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed February 11, 2013

We stayed for a week and were very disappointed with the hotel. The food ranges from average to poor. Some items were unedible. Thankfully there are restaurants nearby where one can find excellent options for dining. The air conditioning units in the room are old and make quite a lot of noise through the night as they hum and click on and off. The room and furnishings were worn out. Website photos make the place look better than it is in reality. The beach area of the hotel is not clean. We were quite disgusted by the condition of the chair cushions / covers. Get extra towels to sheild yourself from whatever has been left by previous loungers. The beach sand is also not cleaned up - found glass and cigarette butts at every turn. Tried to find another hotel but rooms were fully booked.

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
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Toronto, Ontario
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Reviewed February 8, 2013

We spent two weeks at Mango Bay in an ocean front room at the same time as a recently posted highly critical review. It was our fourth visit and we came away with a somewhat more positive perspective. In no way does the hotel market itself as a five star hotel and the website photos are a relatively accurate portrayal of the property. Mango Bay is categorized as a 4 star hotel. I would classify it as an excellent 3.5 to 4 star hotel. I tend not to exaggerate these things. Unfortunately, marketing people often do.

We know from past experience that mosquito and sandflies can be a problem in Barbados but only experienced very few bites this year. We are not big users of the bar, but over the years have not been aware of others having problems, and this year there was special emphasis on taking orders from those sitting around the pool and on the beach. Special thanks to Peter and others who provided this service. The furniture in the dining room may appear a bit tired to some, but it needs to be pointed out that at dinner the tables are covered with elegant white cloths, accompanied by cloth serviettes and candle centre-pieces. As has been mentioned several times the hotel has a booking policy for lunch and dinner for a reason. It is a relatively small hotel and not everyone can eat at the same time, just like the best cruise boats. We have always found the staff to be accommodating if we really had trouble finding a time that worked for us.

The few recent negative reviews of the food at Mango Bay are where we take most issue. We are not gourmet diners, but characterizing the food as “tasteless cheap muck” is insulting to Chef Peter and his staff. The hotel is always trying to provide a variety of options and an acceptable mix between buffets and full service. We have never had a problem finding something we were happy with on the menu, but they are always willing to try and accommodate special requests.

Sometimes things do run out at breakfast but often if you ask it can be provided. We would like to specifically mention Mary who makes eggs anyway you wish . . . what a joy to have someone like that greet you in the morning with a cheery welcome while you are still half asleep.

As has been stated many times before the staff really makes Mango Bay such a wonderful hotel. This includes Shireene, the manager, all the assistant managers, and the reception, restaurant and housekeeping staff. They are efficient, helpful, courteous, and always pleasant. Even when the hotel is filled to capacity, as it was in the second week we were there, the staff manages to cope with grace and good humor. Sure, you may have to wait a little longer for your food to arrive but who cares, you are on vacation. It is still the same excellent food, tasty and carefully prepared.

Go to Mango Bay with an open mind and reasonable expectations and you will have a wonderful time. The staff will make sure of that.

Room Tip: As has been said by others and upgrade to a deluxe or ocean view room is well worth the extra expend...
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Mango Bay All Inclusive
Address: 2nd Street, 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
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Ranked #1 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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