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Which of these 3 hotels would be best?

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Which of these 3 hotels would be best?

We've narrowed our choice down to either Almond Beach, Mango Bay, or Crystal Cove hotels

Yes we know that they are All Inclusive, we prefer this,

We like to go for walks along the beach, snorkel and just generally veg out.

We went to couples last year, in June, when it was an absolute shambles, service / facility wise so have read Almond Beach has recently reopened , is every thing up and running there? we can get a very good deal price wise but don't want to book and find out its a repeat of last years disaster, even though the beach looks big

The photos of the beach around crystal cove make the beach look small, is the site hilly?

How noisy is mango bay! or is it just weekends? we'll go sometime between June and September .

Is the sea clear enough for snorkelling near any of these hotels?

Which of these hotels is the friendliest?

Sorry for loads of questions but have read reviews and narrowed it down to these three.

Thank you for any help.

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1. Re: Which of these 3 hotels would be best?

OK -

Almond Beach Resort in St Peter

Up and running - nice beach - Ok for snorkeling - lots of extras - if it is a good deal - may be the right choice for you - near to Speightstown and short bus distance into Holetown,

Crystal Cove - you are correct the beach is small - you can snorkel - it is nearer to Holetown for nightlife if you want - very short bus distance into downtown Holetown

Mango Bay - beach is now fine - lots of extras - if you choose the standard room, back block it is noisy - (sorry no getting around it - it backs on to the trendy 1st and 2nd st. area with bars, and restaurants etc. and Thurs through Sun. you will get late night noise) - if you choose the minor upgrade you get one of the leased condos at Palm Beach Condos. - we do not get the noise from 1st and 2nd street so there is not a noise issue from them. - Snorkeling is good at Folkestone Marine pk (buoyed to protect snorkelers) a few minutes walk up the beach. Everywhere is quieter in the June to Sept. period.

Since we do not stay in hotels - can't say about "friendliest"? - sorry

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Personally I would choose Crystal Cove over the other two. It is in a lovely setting, the beach is lovely and not small at all, you can walk quite away in both directions. I read that Almond is all buffet meals, whereas CC has two restaurants and it is waiter service in the main one. There are lots of water sports included in the AI package plus low key evening entertainment. The staff are excellent, very friendly and always happy to help. We stay at Tamarind Cove which is part of the same group, you can use the water taxi from CC down to Tamarind or Colony Club, you can exchange dine at either of these hotels for a small supplement. You could also spend the day at Turtle Beach Hotel on the south coast, just let reception know and they arrange it, you do have to make your own way there but you get to use the AI facilities there. CC is right on the bus route to Holetown and Bridgetown should you wish to venture out.

I have not stayed at Mango Bay but have visited the property, it is central to everything in Holetown but it can be noisey on street party nights and a friend who stayed there told me that it is looking a little shabby in places but management are aware of this and are planning to refurbish some rooms.

Edited: 10 May 2014, 07:00
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I agree with Jane, the Beach at Crystal Cove is very good--------------just as good as in front of Mango Bay. The difference is location. Mango Bay is superbly located off the main Highway in Holetown, withing easy walking distance of most of the good restaurants , bars and shops. They offer more "extras" especially sea sports and trips than any other A I Hotel, by virtue of being in the perfect place on the West Coast for snorkelling, especially on the new Reef in calm water right outside the Hotel.. They have nightly entertainment, and the guests I meet daily ( I live next door ) are usually very happy and return year after year. I doubt you will find it noisy during the months you intend to go except on a Sunday, when I'm sure you will take part in the Street Party just as most MB guests do .

Crystal Cove is a bigger Hotel, further south on the main Highway, and does not have anything like the variety of outside places to walk to.

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ps I met some ladies the other day who had come down to our beach from Almond Beach Resort. They said their Hotel was ok, but had obviously been "Done on the cheap " and they were not overly impressed.

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5. Re: Which of these 3 hotels would be best?

Forgot to mention there are two tennis courts and a fitness centre at Crystal Cove plus :

Complimentary water sports including snorkeling, sailing, boogie boarding, kayaking, windsurfing and water skiing.

Organised beach sports like football and volleyball

Three multi-tiered freshwater lagoon swimming pools

Fishing and diving excursions

Aquacise

Beach Walks

Edited: 10 May 2014, 12:45
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Hi

Just another question please:

How rough is the sea near almond? (As the location is further north than MB)

We think we'll probably go for mango bay just waiting to get flights/hotel sorted but the deal we can get for AB is so good it might change our minds...

Thanks again for any input

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7. Re: Which of these 3 hotels would be best?

Well, both are west coast hotels - so normally the sea is calmer as that coast benefits from the influence of the Caribbean Sea - but one can never tell exactly - if there is a storm in the N.Atlantic - maybe thousands of miles away - the wind will start up the waves and they will continue to advance until they hit something -(such as the island of Barbados) - so where the waves will impact - *If* it should happen, is open to conjecture - Mango Bay does have a reef in the bay outside it which normally will protect it - but on the other hand there were a few occasions last winter when we (who live next door) did have red flags as there were heavy swells coming ashore ... one really cannot predict with accuracy where any future heavy swells will impact if they occur.

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8. Re: Which of these 3 hotels would be best?

Thank you, just remember last year at Couples the sea was rough (red flags on 7/10 days we were there ) and was wondering if North was similar to south of the island, with a calmer bit in the middle, we went on the turtle catamaran trip and the sea was much calmer the further north we went but we have no idea how far north the catamaran actually went.

Thanks for your help :-)

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It usually depends on which direction the swells are coming from (being an island they can come from either the north or south) - If the swells are coming in from the south - then we Palm Beach/Mango Bay may well be impacted and see red flags - however if the swells are coming in from the north then they may impact more further north up the west coast - but since we don't know if it would happen at all - hard to predict.

Can say for sure - Couples ( which was located on the south coast at Dover Beach )- advertised as where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Caribbean Sea - would be far more likely to have a multitude of red flag days over anywhere on the west coast.

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