We are devoted all-inclusive vacationers. We have stayed at many of the large "chain" resorts....love them.
The not so good first...Noise from the street side bars...We were not in the units across from the bar, but got our "fair-share" of boom-boom, thru the night. We were in the condo units and to my surprise, they didn't have enclosed windows, they were lourvered and could not block out the noise. We tried using pillows stuffed in the openings with little success. The room was large and nice but only the bedroom is airconditioned. We had to keep the bedroom door shut just to cool it enough for sleeping. The restaurant service at lunch was slow, please remember, we are use to the large resorts where things move at a little faster pace. Lunch would take over an hour. Dinner we liked the slower pace. This is a little much for lunch when we go to enjoy the beach, water and sun. We did have an issue one evening with the wait staff and it appeared to us that the members of this particular team were a little slack. The meal selection this evening didn't thrill my wife or I and we didn't eat very much of the main course. We waited for the dessert menu to be brought but they kept avoiding us. I finally ask for the menu and the lady was reluctant in bringing it. We ordered and waited and waited. They finally brought the ice cream but then turned around and went back into the kitchen for something else, we just sat there with no ice cream and we decided to just leave. The next day at lunch this same team was working and made our lunch miserable..we had been there for over an hour and many others had sat, been served and left before we were even offered the dessert menu. It was very obvious that this team didn't care if we got served or not.
The catamaran trip lasted only an hour, was suppose to have been two. My wife is not a strong swimmer and I requested a life jacket for her and got a bunch of lip from one of the crew members. We have been a catamaran trips in Barbados before and they required life jackets for everyone. This crew member made an announcement before we got in the water that if you couldn't swim, don't get in the water. Well duh huh, why do you go to swim with turtles if you don't get in the water. Pass out life jackets...dummy.
Being the easy-going people we are, we didn't report any of this and the restaurant service was very good with the other teams. We opted to go snorkeling up the beach instead of the glass bottom boat.
Food....breakfast...typical buffet...limited selection
lunch...good menu selection...just took too long
dinner...very good selection....very good food
Drinks...very good...Banks beer..very good
The good.....everything else...great snorkeling 100 yds up the beach at the platform. Snorkel Ok right off the beach. We didn't even get in the pool...looked nice but when the ocean is like a pool..who needs chlorine? This is a small resort and can not offer all the amentities of the larger chain resort and we knew that going in.
Would we go back....not before next weekend (yes). Would we get the same room...no...ocean front or close to it...stay away from the standard rooms. FYI...there were no children there during our stay.
This resort caters to our friends from Great Britain and Ireland... very nice folks..talk a little funny....the afternoon tea was nice, even though I had a beer and my wife had a fancy drink. Sandwiches were great.
Would we do some things different...probably
Would we recommend Mango Bay...yes..
The greater part of the staff were very helpful and friendly.
- 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