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Mango Bay All Inclusive
Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Holetown
Certificate of Excellence
London, United Kingdom
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“all you need to know about mango bay”
Reviewed 7 October 2011

Forget the birds - you get them everywhere.

This is a very good 3 star hotel - no question.

The rooms and beds are big and clean and the maids are great. The food is sufficiently varied with a limited menu - we managed to get through nine days. Waiting staff are very variable - some of them are are splendid and try hard but some do not. Front desk staff the same but in both cases it's mainly a cultural thing but it detracts from it's 4 star claim. The manager is a treasure and tries very hard to keep things firmly in place. Pool lovely and warm/clean if a bit shallow in most places and the sea is a real hot tub and clear as crystal. Beach does come and go but that's the nature of the tides - when we were there it changed size and shape three times in nine days - the hotel sits right on its small beach and if you don't like that there are miles and miles of lovely beaches either side of the hotel - walk up to Sandy Lane and pose or the other way to the Colony Club and see the splendid house next door of the chap who owns the JCB firm.

When we were there the first week largely comprised of nice upper working class/lower middle class Brits and then the second with young US couples. Everyone got on fine - and everyone behaved. Evening entertainment - typical for Indian/Carabean Oceans - it's amateur but I suspect it's what you also get in the more expensive places ! The place is dead by c10.30pm which means that most folk are up fairly early. Drinks at bar all fine - have what you want of branded products. If you want a 4 star + then go somewhere else. This says it's 4 star but not by EU standards and I know that some US folk thought the food was a bit of a joke as it's a long way from a Marriott or Hilton offering- but that's part of the charm. It has a great setting as a hotel and grounds very well kept but Holetown is an overstatement - it's a few eating places (not cheap but "cool") and some serious drinking holes with a few gift shops and then a great mall opening up nearby - to what effect I wonder. Who needs Louis Vitton on that kind of holiday - there will be some.

Warnings - it was half full when we were there and that was just fine but when full it will feel too crowded so watch school holidays - we didn't have any kids to contend with but because it is a small place they would be a real pain. Would we go back - yes but watch the timing. Is All Inclusive a good deal - in this case - yes. Do they need to upgrade their water activities offering - yes a little. Otherwise - get booking

If you can afford it get a sea front view - they are great. In every case unless you want people looking into your life ask for a room on floors 2 and above - but some folk there clearly liked the ground floor stuff. If you are not in the main block then take care as the other block does back onto the town but we didn't see inside.

You have been told !

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  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Forfar, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 20 September 2011

This hotel is ideal for couples of all ages.If you have young children I would say stay at a dedicated family hotel as there is not much for kids to do except swim,but they'll love the food!
The staff were very efficient and genuinely pleased to have you as a guest,and the same can be said about the friendly locals.The bus stops and shops are just a short walk away and the local bars are just outside the hotel.One bar has karaoke which a lot of locals attend and lasts till the early hours on Friday and Saturday.the rooms nearer them will hear the noise though.Our room was a deluxe on the third floor overlooking the pool and was quiet and very comfortable.
There are many sightseeing trips available and all are very good value for money.The tours we would recommend are,the Mount Gay distillery,Harrisons Cave,and Ted's Historic Tour.You can book them at the hotel.
The bar has an ample choice of local and branded drinks and loads of cocktails.On a personal basis I found the bar staff brilliant for their sense of humour and chatting with and also sampling their favourite cocktails.The same can be said about the waiting staff who really made every meal enjoyable,you have the choice of red or white wine and will never have to ask for your glass to be refilled!The food was delicious and varied every day and if you are still hungry after eating you must have the appetite of an elephant!There are birds who wait to pounce on your food during daytime meals but on the whole they're no problem.
The beach is right next to the hotel and is small but a big beach is seconds away next door where you also get loungers to place where you want,all you do to get there is wade across the warm water from the hotel.For snorkellers you'll love it as will the watersports people.
If you feel the need to dine out be aware that it is quite expensive and the food may be below the standard you have been accustomed to at the hotel,the same goes for alcohol drinks.
All in all we had the most relaxing,interesting and varied holiday to date and would highly recommend Mango Bay and Barbados for all it offers.

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  • Stayed August 2011, travelled as a couple
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Newcastle UK
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Reviewed 15 September 2011

We have visited this hotel on four occasions the last being in April of this year. My husband and I like this location very much and would say that the manageress (Shireen) and her staff are the friendliest and happiest group you are likely to meet they really make you feel special and welcome.The hotel itself is very good although I would say it is probably ready for redecoration and a general spruce up. The rooms are very clean and indeed the superior and deluxe rooms are worth the extra expenditure as the location is quieter and the views are better.I would certainly go back to this hotel but before visiting again the beach area needs resolving as this is eroding and effectively from our first visit (December 2007)till our last visit (April 2011) the beach area has disappeared.I did speak with the owner (Peter) and he told me that in November this year the Barbados authorities intended to create a breaker that should salvage the beach issue so from our point of view and really liking a beach we need that delivered before we will return. So two downsides the beach or lack of it and a general spruce up/decoration of the hotel.Everything else spot on particularly the food and the staff.

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  • Stayed April 2011, travelled as a couple
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Dublin, Ireland
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Reviewed 12 September 2011

Myself and my husband went here on honeymoon in july for a week, the place was very clean, staff extremely friendly and laid back. The beach is only 10 seconds from the bar and the pool is kept very well. Would def recommend this for a couple just looking for sun and relaxation!

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled as a couple
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Chesterfield, Derbyshire
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 September 2011

We stayed at Mango Bay last year, and as my points on the review from then still stand, I won't repeat it!

We returned this year to get married, and we absolutely have no regrets. The process is made extremely easy and painless by the extremely helpful staff and managers. The ceremony was very special. The provided flowers, cake and champagne were beautiful and there were no corners cut.

Thank you to everyone involved, especially Kavita for all the preparation, and Alison who helped to run the wedding on the day. Thank you too for the guests in the hotel for your lovely comments and support, it made all the difference.

I would highly recommend the wedding package to anyone seeking a special, but hassle free, wedding.

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 7 September 2011

We've Just spent 2 weeks in Barbados at Mango Bay. The hotel is excellent. Excellent Service and the Thursday Night Entertainment was amazing. 3 girls singing. They take request almost the whole night and they sang everything anyone asked for. From Beyonce to the Rolling Stones. Kimberley is very amazing. Woul go back again.

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled as a couple
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Lincoln, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 30 August 2011

Myself and my new wife stayed here for 2 weeks on our honeymoon at the beginning of August 2011. We really enjoyed ourselves on the whole, there were just one or two gripes that could easily be addressed by the hotel management.

The property is quite a small one but in an excellent location by the beautiful beach and lovely warm water. The creek as mentioned by everyone did overflow whilst we were there due to heavy rainfall, but as we tend to stick by the pool this was not a problem.
The pool is quite small and due to the fact there were several families with children there at the same time as us, this could be 'taken over' by them which was annoying if you wanted a quiet relaxing swim! Like others have said I don't know why people bring their kids here as there are not many, if any at all, facilities for them apart from the pool.

One aspect that would have made our stay more enjoyable would be for the bar and restaurant staff to be more friendly. This was unusual because nearly all other Bajan people we encountered were so friendly - including the reception and cleaning staff in the hotel. I dont know if it was just us, but several of them seemed so miserable and almost bored to be working there! It really is not difficult to enquire how your meal was or to say 'how are you' but this rarely happened. This was a shame because the food and drinks were excellent, but without a service with a smile attitude, it takes something away from the experience.

However despite all this we had an excellent time, the room was very spacious with a huge bed and large balcony with nice sunloungers, excellent on a rainy Barbados morning! Barbados is an amazing island with a really relaxed friendly vibe. We took advantage of the free watersports, doing waterskiing several times which was brilliant. We didnt do any of the hotel trips as we did a couple through Virgin and also hired a car for the day and did a circuit of the island, stopping at several scenic locations and lovely beaches. I'd recommend doing this to everyone as it gives you so much more freedom than an organised tour and it really is very safe driving in Barbados (apart from the roads which are terrible so get a 4x4 unlike us who had a Suzuki Swift!).

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled as a couple
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Property: Mango Bay All Inclusive
Address: 2nd Street, Holetown, Barbados
Region: Caribbean > Barbados > Saint James Parish > Holetown
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Centre 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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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

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