We returned from Mango bay last month after a fab holiday, traveling with a 7 year old and a 9 month old. The staff of mango bay were amazing, really will go to the next level to help where possible. On arrival we were met by candice who took us through to the lounge as reception was pretty busy, we were offered our welcome drinks and because the children were tired with the time difference she ok'd it with the restaurant manager so we could go eat without getting changed as my husband was wearing jeans, in fact she took us to the restaurant before seeing our room, said to enjoy our meal and she would get our hand luggage and cases up there and would come and meet us to take us up after dinner. Candice did just that and told us everything there was to know about the hotel and room. Excellent!
Our room was ok it was a Superior room, had a huge bed plus a single and a cot and there was still plenty of room, you do only get bottled water and biscuits on arrival so they don't replace these in the room but the bar and restaurant are there for that reason so was not a problem, the water in Barbados is fine to drink from the tap anyway. The hotel is a small hotel so was quite different from other all inclusive's we have stayed in so that first couple of days we could not make our mind's up to whether or not we liked it but after we got the feel of the place we loved it here. With it being a small hotel all or most of the guests stop for a chat or you always get a 'hello' so its such a friendly place, we met some lovely people from early 20 up to 60's-70's so this resort is for every age.
The staff always say hi or talk when they pass from house keeping to management, Marcia is the loveliest person you could ever meet, gave the kids a cuddle every time we came into restaurant, We got married their and Marcia was not working that day but still sent a message through another member of staff for us, really lovely! Most of the waitresses are great, have a chat and make a fuss of our 9 month old but there were a few that were there purely to work and you were lucky if you got a smile but the happy waitresses made up for the very few miserable's.
Breakfast- There was something for everyone so there was the egg station where you can ask mary for whatever you fancy, there was the fruit station where there was 4 different fruits which changed daily, always big bowl of banana's, Yogurts. There was 2 juices always available and tea and coffee served at the table, you coffee cup was never empty! Yes you can't leave food at the table because of the birds, they hardly dive bombed but yes they would pinch your food, hardly going to ruin your holiday and kept the baby entertained! The center station at breakfast had your 'daily' sausage, bacon etc.... There was a basket of bread near the toaster and yes there was just one big slab of butter but we never had to Que for anything the whole time we were there. You also had 3 cereals with either full fat milk or 2% milk.
Lunch- 1-2 days a week this was buffet so 3 different salad bowls, maybe couple of different meats, veg's then whatever was being served at the station. When it was from the menu you would get a choice of 4 starters and 4 main and deserts.
Afternoon tea- Choice of sandwiches 'Hmm ok" but the cakes, biscuits and scones made up for those.
Dinner- Again 2 night a week was buffet BBQ style where its a little more casual, men ca wear jeans and t.shirts, Men can actually wear short sleeved shirts and polo shirts any night actually as we looked on the website and said long sleeved shirts only but everyone wore polo shirts and short sleeved shirts just no jeans or t.shirts. Again choice of 4 starters and 4 mains, served with chips, potato's or rice but the potato and rice were different every day. Also don't forget if you do want anything different than whats on the menu you only have to ask earlier that day and the menu's are up on the board at breakfast so you can see whats being served in plenty of time to order something else, Obviously there is a supplement for lobster but you can ask for anything at all and the staff will do their best to help you. The food here is above average for an all inclusive, its was very good actually but you cant go to an all inclusive hotel expecting 7* fine dining, pretty impossible unless You are paying those prices. We did eat out twice at The Tides and once at The Cliff which i would highly recommend!!
I was worried traveling with a 9 month old as he ate at different times to us but we really didt have to worry as we could take his food flask to the chef in the morning and order anything we wanted, perfectly mashed for a 9 month old to be picked up at 11.30, we then took it back when we went for lunch and they would wash it and have it re-filled with whatever we wanted for 4.30. Brilliant!! Also our 7 year old could pre order earlier in the day for our evening meal if she wanted something different but most the time the adult menu was fine, we just asked for smaller size or no sauce or more or less of something!
Wedding- There was only us 4 for the wedding as we wanted simple and simple it was, the flowers were gorgeous, Nicole was easy to organize with and was also a witness with another lovely member of staff which im really sorry cant remember the name of, They both kept the little man happy thrugh out the ceremony along with 2 other couple we met there who came and took photos with our camera as well as the great photographer, Even had a girl knock on our room door as i was getting ready and ask if i has anything borrowed with a beautiful necklace in her hand, she even painted my daughters nails, That's how friendly mango bay is!!
The pool was perfect, a lot of the time there was only us in it, They are having few problems with the beach but this is out of the hotels hands and in hands of mother nature but there are plans for improvement which has already been started up the coast we were told.
Water sports- We all went water skiing several times even our 7 year old was up, peter who was one of guys who organized this was a lovely guy. He also took us to swim with the turtles which was amazing!! this was instead of going on the organized trip because it was bit too long for baby.
We had a fantastic holiday, there are couple little things we could moan about but we can all find negatives if we look for them, cant expect everything to be perfect but the friendliness of the hotel and the service outweighed any gripes :)
- 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