My wife, our 2-year old son and I stayed at Mango Bay for 2 weeks this March 2009 and had once again a fantastic holiday thanks to the fabulous staff. This is the second consecutive year we come to this all inclusive 3 star hotel on beautiful Barbados and will surely be back again like many returning guests.
We stayed on the ground floor of the standard rooms building in room 419 (last year 420, same floor) which offers significantly more living space than the rooms on the upper floors of the block. There was room for a king size bed, a single bed and a 3-seat sofa and still ample floor space for our son to run around and play. The 3 bigger standard bedrooms on the ground floor also offer appreciable shelter from the noisy back street pubs and clubs. The hotel is comfortable without been too pretencious and its facilities are good (apart from the poor satellite TV reception-instead walk to the beach pub nearby showing all the big rugby/footy games).
The beach is a hit or a miss depending on the sea condition at the time. The hotel seems to be very concerned about the safety of its guests and will put the red flag up on the beach to advise them if the sea is rough (trust them even if there is no warning at the hotel next door, they know the West Coast and liaise daily with the local weather center). There seems to be less sand in the bay than in the past, before they build the marina further north. Snorkeling at nearby Folkestone national park is affected (water visibility) but still worth the 10 minutes walk on the good days. The beach there is also better for kids to play (safer than the one at the hotel, shallower, supervised).
The hotel swimming pool is nice, with a 2.5 feet shallow end where our son spent 50% of his stay. It is cleaned frequently. It is not so big (enough to do a few lengths) but never seems crowded.
Mango Bay hotel is in Holetown, very well located for shopping and also to start exploring the island without being caught into too much traffic if you rent a car. We went north-east to the Scotland district via Cherry Tree hill (good viewpoint), down to Bathsheba, to the Flower Forest, the Ocean Park (fun splash zone for kids-bring a towel and a swimming costume) and Harrison's Caves (all worth the visit). With the swamp right next to the hotel (some people don't like it), you have a chance to see a bit of the local wildlife at your doorstep: egrets, herons, crabs, green monkeys, mangouses, bats, many birds and fish... There are many hotel activities and organised tours to the local events (cricket, racing, polo, Oistin fish fest, music...).
What makes this place so special and attractive is the excellent quality of its food and the genuine friendliness and professionalism of all its staff. The food is a nice mix of barbadian and western food, of buffets and a-la-carte (the fish choice is always excellent). The hotel operates a 2-week rota of their menu which garantees enough variety. The staff can't do enough to help you. The fact many members of staff have been employed at Mango for many years is a testimony that they really appreciate working there. The staff can be very proud of their hotel and the fact that many like us are returning again and again!
Finally we went to visit Almond Beach Village while we were passing because it was an option in the same price range we had considered for our son and were really disappointed by the place. Although it does cater more for families and kids, it does not suffer the comparison with Mango Bay: much bigger hotel, impersonal, horrible tower buildings, dirty, run-down, looking crowded (even when only at 60% capacity!), small room...
- 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