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.
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- 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