This hotel is set in a great town of Holetown and on the West coast of Barbados which means you get to see some stunning sunsets. It is a small and clean hotel.
There is not much of a beach so space is somewhat limited. If you wanted to get the sun, these loungers were placed in front of the next door condominiums which to the residents of the hotel wasn't a problem but to some of the residents of the condominiums it was. It was upsetting to here these rude residents complaining about us taking up THEIR beach ( let's remember the beaches are public so in effect you can sit where you want).
Regarding the JCB diggers and machinery, it was low level noise and I can understand the need for it, thank fully they stopped before the sunset and then I did realise how I would probably appreciate the beach more if they weren't there. There are definitely more stunning beaches on the west coast- and to be fair the hotel provided transport, drinks, food and staff if you wanted to go to another beach, however I prefer to have the beach on my doorstep when I am on holiday knowing I have the choice to return to my room when I want to.
Regarding my room it was clean and tidy- good storage space in bedroom but not enough shelf space in the bathroom, also there was an absence of a good magnified make-up mirror in the bathroom which I would expect in a 5 star hotel- I loved the robes and the shower was DIVINE, powerful and it always had constant hot water. TV reception was not great ( our aerial kept slipping but that was because the maid was doing such a good job with the cleaning!)
To be honest, I had read the TripAdvisor reviews about the outstanding food so was really looking forward to sampling the menu however personally I felt the food was quite bland, boring and uninspiring- great for the kids though! I thought the portions were a good size enough to fill you but not stuff you. Well done to the kids (parents), I was impressed with how well behaved they were at the hotel!
The staff were friendly,polite and you got to feel you were part of the family. They never let my water glass go empty at meal times! They genuinely seemed interested in what you were doing that day and would go out of their way to make you feel as comfortable as possible.
Really dissappointing, at times painful! I believe it would be better to have better quality rather than quantity-employ some good local talent for 3 days a week rather than every night- I got the impression residents there were not particularly interested in the entertainment and if they were they could literally step outside the hotel and enjoy the night life of Holetown. Personally I would love to hear music coming out from the bar all day long to help liven up the place but I got the impression the majority of the hotel residents prefer it quiet and peaceful.
Favourite moments - watching the sunset from the veranda with a rum punch or Bajan lemonade in hand.
- 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