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Mango Bay All Inclusive
Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Holetown
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 6 January 2009

We stayed for 10 days at the Mango Bay Hotel until just before Christmas and, in general, this hotel offers very good value for money with very friendly and helpful staff in very comfortable rooms.

Let's start with the positives. Mango Bay Hotel is locally owned and situated towards the north of Holetown. The hotel is well designed and is at sea level which meant that frail and wheelchair bound people are able to enjoy a holiday here. The facilities are very good, the staff, especially in the restaurant, are extremely friendly and helpful where the service is excellent. The menu has to strike a balance between wanting to offer local food whilst not alienating conservative eaters from Britain and North America, children and vegetarians. Banks beer, the local brew, is delightful and ideal for the climate and of the house wines the white is a very nice, light Californian and better than the red; the rose is the poorest.

Rooms are very comfortable and well serviced but do not book the lowest level standard room (see below). I saw the more luxurious rooms and they are very fine.

Food through the day grows with formality: breakfast is a general wander around, lunch and dinner (both of which must be booked) grow in formality and for dinner one is expected to wear casual/smart, which is perfectly reasonable.

There are plenty of loungers on the beach and the sea is wonderful. One can pop to the bar at any time for a drink and afternoon tea is available from around 4pm (although the little sandwiches are a little strange).

So, why it is 4 star and not 5 star?

We originally booked the basic room which is in a separate block and found that the piano bar on First Street had had heavily amplified 60s and 70s music going until well after 2am and was matched by the reggae bar on Second Street (the two streets are no wider apart than the width of the hotel). We found this level of noise intolerable and were moved to an apartment in a separate block where we had a lounge as well as a bedroom and balcony. We were offered a further upgrade to a room overlooking the pool but refused, prefering to be in the quietest part of the complex.

For me, there were two disappointments with the food. Most of the food really is very nice and excellent value for money but the desserts are very poor; they taste as though they are bought in and are sickly over-sweet and sticky as if they are full of some sort of cheap corn starch and sweetener. My other disappointment was breakfast; I like to eat a healthy breakfast and there was only a healthy option every other day when porridge was available to which I could add maple syrup, yum! - the rest of the time the buffet always offered a "full English" with particularly nasty streaky bacon and sausages and the sort of Kellogg's cereals where it is healthier to eat the cardboard box with sugar and raisins added than the cereal inside. On the other hand, fruit was always available but I was disappointed that there was no unsweetened/unsalted muesli when porridge was not available.

There is live music each night and it is pretty mediocre. 6 of the 7 acts use a rhythm machine, which has to be death to music. In fact, the one act that did use a drummer also had a lead guitarist playing an Epiphone Les Paul which made a very nice sound. In their second set the bassist did a few punchier vocals and started to hit his bass licks harder, the drummer upped his energy and suddenly the rhythm section was moving and the music came alive for 15 minutes. The rest of the time it was pretty deadly, although generally in tune. I don't find have mediocre music live to be classy, I would prefer no music. I take my music seriously having sung in many musicals and operas professionally. But this is a relatively minor criticism.

In conclusion: if you are looking for 5 star quality then you will have to pay 5 star prices but Mango Bay Hotel offers perfectly adequate facilities, is comfortable, friendly, well staffed, well run and the food is good. It is very good value for money and we would happily return although we will never stay in the basic accommodation again.

  • Stayed: December 2008, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 2 January 2009

Its been two years since I visited and I have been meaning to praise the Mango Bay resort since we returned. Stunning location, excellent staff, clean rooms and pool area.

Advice - dont go all inclusive, there are several excellent restaurants within a 5 minute walk of the hotel, we only ate at the hotel the night we arrived. (My fiance is a fussy eater and the A La Carte style menu was not to his taste)

Anyway.... book this hotel!!!!

  • Stayed: November 2006, travelled as a couple
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5  Thank FunLovinLynz
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Reviewed 12 December 2008

Mango Bay Hotel is truly special. My husband and I stayed there from Dec 3- Dec 10 and we were thrilled with our experience. Luckily, we were blessed with perfect weather for the entire week of our vacation in Barbados. Temperature was around 30 degrees celcius every day, with a moderate breeze and clear blue skies.
The Caribbean Sea on the west side of the island is so tranquil and clear, and the beach & water at Mango Bay was among the best we have ever seen. The water is ideal for swimming if you are inclined, or simply frolicking in the gentle waves. The beach itself is small but very clean and it is not overcrowded.
We found the staff at Mango Bay delightful. Very polite, friendly and willing to please.
Our room was lovely. The king-size bed was comfortable with lots of pillows. It was immaculately clean. The bathroom appeared to be renovated, with marble tiles and a wonderful shower. Our room (106) faced the pool. Not too many guests actually used the pool and it was very quiet for the duration of our stay.
The food at Mango Bay was delicious. With the exception of breakfast which was buffet-style, most of the meals were a la carte. We were impressed with the quality and selection of food at Mango Bay. Most of the time we ordered from menus at lunch and dinner. It was pleasant to enjoy our meals in the open-air restaurant, steps away from the water. If you wanted something extra from the menu i.e. an additional side order to go along with your meal, staff was always willing to accomodate. Drinks were poured generously.
Mango Bay really left an impression on us. It has an intimate, laid back feel and we really felt relaxed and stress-free during our time there. Of course, Mango Bay is not in the same league as Sandy Lane or the Fairmont Royal Pavillon in Barbados, but it is charming, cozy, well-managed,clean, well-priced and overall it delivers superior value. Mango Bay is first rate, all the way!

  • Stayed: December 2008, travelled as a couple
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7  Thank J_M_S_Toronto
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Reviewed 10 December 2008

This was our 2nd year running at Mango Bay, and once again were not left disappointed.

From the bar staff offering any cocktail we could think of, to the waitresses (Teresa and Tanya deserve a special mention). Smiling faces, a clean an friendly hotel.

Mango Bay does not disappoint. The food is excellent and plentiful,boat trips great to do. Try out the scuba diving trial in the pool and then get Phillp and Co at Reefers and Wreckers to take you on a dive, a memorable experience.

If i had to make one negative comment, it would be what seemed a slight relaxation on the evening dress code, with scruffy jeans worn by one couple, and shorts seen on a few men and a lady (not BBQ night). Last year one of our party was politely asked to change her very smart tailored shorts as they were not permitted for dinner. It may be that as our party were slightly younger, this was spotted last year. However this year a 'blind eye' seems to have been turned. Please keep the same rules for all!

Other than that, the only fault i can say is that we were not there long enough.

We WILL be back next year if you have availability (don't get too popular!!!).

Thank you Mango Bay for a great stay.

  • Stayed: December 2008, travelled with family
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8  Thank Nic-cafc-travels
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Reviewed 7 December 2008

Stayed at the Mango Bay from Nov. 14-21st and had the best time. Met some wonderful people and plan on staying in touch. Resort itself is in the best location, on the west coast, staff are very friendly and efficient, from the bar staff (hi Michael & Alvin) to the restaurant staff and even the cleaners, such wonderful, friendly people.

Big thank yous to Jenna & Ken, Martin & Cassandra, Ron and Marion and James & Juliet, for making it the best 40th Anniversary celebration. Hope to do it all again with you all some day soon.

  • Stayed: November 2008, travelled as a couple
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6  Thank Maxie43
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Reviewed 5 December 2008

Stayed at mango bay from 14th - 30th November, has the best holiday ever, the hotel made the holiday.. Food was fantastic, was a little worried as never been all inclusive before but there was no problems, we had some of the nicest food we've ever tasted. Waitress service was excellent always a smiling face. You must try the cocktails "Barbados pleasure" was my favorite!
Room was spotless, had everything we needed the nightly turn down service was a nice touch.

I read every review about this hotel and i cant understand how people can grumble... the "swamp" even broke in to the sea during our visit but didn't cause us any problems.

  • Stayed: November 2008, travelled as a couple
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5  Thank BellebooUk
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Reviewed 21 November 2008

Like the other reviewers of this hotel, I have no complaints about Mango Bay. We honeymooned there, and everything was perfect. The whole place is very clean and well-organized. The staff are very friendly and the service was great. We were only there for five nights, so we missed out on the Sunday street party. Bartenders Michael and Rondell were always there for us. The service and food at the restaurant were impeccable. We're from Nebraska, so getting dressed up for a three-course meal every night was a treat and made us feel really classy. Afternoon tea by the beach with a book can't be beat. The surf was a bit rough and it rained off and on throughout the whole trip, but we got plenty of sun and we were having such a great time that we didn't mind. A trip to Bridgetown for some shopping is a must, as is a catamaran cruise aboard the Stiletto. I miss the sound of the frogs at night, I miss the beach and the food, I miss the best bartenders on the island, and I miss being in the right place at the right time every day all day. We will definitely go back to Mango Bay as often as our finances will allow.

  • Stayed: October 2008, travelled as a couple
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9  Thank TPM0110
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Additional Information about 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: £253 - £505 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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
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