As someone who works in the industry, I spent alot of time picking my perfect honeymoon destination and hotel.
After speaking to various colleagues we settled on Mango Bay, which came highly recommended and boy were they right.
We had booked an oceanfront room, but to our delight and surprise, we were upgraded to 1 of the 2 penthouses, which was out of this world. Huge 4 poster bed, plasma tv's, lounge, massive balcony with a plunge pool. Absolute heaven.
Food was sensational and the a la carte menu was different every night. Brand name drinks behind the bar. 2 rareities for an all inclusive.
Staff were all friendly, with the exception of 1 or 2 front desk staff who seemed very unapproachable. Restaurant staff were the complete opposite.
Pool was perfect, beach much bigger than it looks although the rule of not being able to reserve sunbeds was rarely enforced and quite annoying. Didnt even notice the so called "swamp stench".
Spoke to lots of repeat guests, which speaks volumes. Some couples had been going there for 15 years.
We wanted a quiet, chilled, relaxing break and Mango Bay fitted the bill. I am used to bigger, chain hotels, but just might go down the small & friendly route, more often in the future and will definitely be re-visiting Mango Bay.
1 word of caution. We went out on the catamaran trip included in the all inclusive package to swim with turtles which was good. So good, we went out and booked another trip through a company in Bridgetown. The 2nd trip was much better, with more knowledgeable crew who told us that lifejackets were compulsory if you wanted to swim with the turtles. This rule or law, was not enforced by the hotel organised cruise.
- 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