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Discovery Bay by Rex Resorts
Ranked #4 of 4 Hotels in Holetown
Reviewed 22 May 2014

The hotel rooms were a good standard. Clean and large. The food was good, and our friend with a real eating allergy had no problem. The Chef made sure he knew what he could eat at all meals. Plenty of choice for him, and most food was ok for him. The staff were friendly, the cocktails first class.
The beds around the pool the best I have experienced, however the beds on the beach were not good.
The extra for a sea view was expensive but in the main we were glad we had gone for it. However I did not hear anyone complain about the rooms. There was one incident of safe theft that was a concern.

Room Tip: Higher floor with sea view was fantastic. Air conditioning in all rooms was good .
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  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled with friends
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Brian C, General Manager at Discovery Bay by Rex Resorts, responded to this reviewResponded 23 May 2014

Thank you for your compliments on our rooms, which our housekeeping department tries very hard to keep clean and comfortable.

We vary our menus as much as possible adding live pasta and stir-fry stations, and a Sixmen’s Fisherman’s night to increase the choices available.
Our Chef is very versatile and takes pleasure in preparing any special diets.

I will pass on you kind sentiments to the staff and bartenders who take pride in preparing refreshing Caribbean cocktails.

The loungers around the pool were part of our refurbishment last year, and they have certainly transformed the pool deck into a very relaxing area.
I am sorry that you didn’t like the beds on the beach. I will inspect them to see what can be done to correct this.

I am pleased that you enjoyed our Beach Front which are steps away from the beach.

Unfortunately we did experience a safe theft and have since upgraded the entrance locks. We contracted an international security firm to conduct a security audit. We have since put their recommendations into place which has increased the efficiency of our security.

Thank you for taking the time to write this review and I look forward to welcoming you back to Discovery Bay by rex resorts.
Sincerely,
Brian Carter

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Reviewed 22 May 2014

The Warwickshire Cricket Club professional squad and management have stayed at the Discovery Bay hotel in Holetown for 4 consecutive years during our pre-season tour and the place keeps getting better and better. The welcome and support we receive from the staff and management at the hotel is outstanding and things have improved year on year. Holetown itself is a great place with some excellent bars and restaurants so it never disappoints. The beach view from the front of Discovery Bay is always stunning and its hard to imagine anywhere else that offers exactly what our team needs as part of its preparations for the season ahead. Highly recommended. The absence of any fitness centre or gym is the only reason not to give the hotel a 5 star rating.

  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled on business
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Brian C, General Manager at Discovery Bay by Rex Resorts, responded to this reviewResponded 23 May 2014

We are very proud that we had the pleasure of your cricket club again this year and look forward to having you stay again next year.

Thank you for your kind words regarding the welcome and support from the management and staff, we enjoyed making your stay comfortable and relaxing.

Our location in Holetown is ideal, very close to banks, supermarket, shops offering duty free prices and souvenirs and lots of bars and restaurants.

The beach was refurbished last year, resulting in a large sandy white beach just outside of our Beach Front rooms.

Thank you for taking the time to write this review, we thoroughly enjoyed having the team and look forward to next year.
Sincerely,
Brian Carter

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Reviewed 21 May 2014

Had read previous reviews but one can only make ones own decision based on actually staying there. We had two wonderful weeks in March '14. The staff were excellent, location and beach perfect for all of us. Small is definitely beautiful. We met people who had been holidaying at the hotel in excess of 10 years so someone somewhere has got something right - as we found out.
There was a good variety of food at all meal times. Early evening cocktails every night before dinner - I think we tried everything on the menu & then some!
The air con in our room was a bit noisy - so we just switched it off at night.. You could see that there has been a lot of upgrading of the facilities and that it is on going which will only make the hotel even better. We were all inclusive but that did not stop us from sampling the local amenities! Look out for the return of the egrets each evening - an amazing sight.
Thank you all for a wonderful holiday - we would love to return sometime.

  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled with friends
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Brian C, General Manager at Discovery Bay by Rex Resorts, responded to this reviewResponded 22 May 2014

Thank you very much for taking the time to write this review.

I am very pleased that you had a wonderful two weeks, we enjoyed looking after you.
I will pass on your kind compliments to the staff.
Our location is very convenient for banks, shops, supermarket, cinema and lots of restaurants & bars.
The beach is one of the largest on the West coast of Barbados since it was refurbished last year.
We have a tremendous repeat following as you quite rightly found out. With some guests returning for 34 consecutive years!
We try and vary our menus as much as possible. At lunch, besides the buffet we grill fish, hamburgers and other light items. Dinner is also a buffet with a carvery some evenings and our famous Sixmen’s Fisherman’s night.

I apologize for the noisy air-conditioner. We are currently servicing all of the units which will rectify this problem.

The hotel was closed last year to upgrade the Beach Bar and pool deck.
A new bar and snack kitchen, along with luxury padded loungers and day beds were added to make the pool deck a central relaxation zone.

Thank you so much for choosing Discovery Bay by rex resorts and I greatly look forward to welcoming you back.
Sincerely,
Brian Carter

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Reviewed 21 May 2014

Had a great time. Lovely hotel, great view from room right on the beach front. Lovely staff. Nothing was too much trouble for them. Good location with bus stops right outside the hotel. Nice beach and pool areas.

Room Tip: Go for beach front third floor room. Terrific views.
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  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Brian C, General Manager at Discovery Bay by Rex Resorts, responded to this reviewResponded 22 May 2014

I am extremely gratified that you had a fantastic time at Discovery Bay by rex resorts.

Our rooms are very close to the beach and are ideal for watching the tranquil sunsets.

We all enjoyed looking after you and appreciate your kind comments.

Fortunately we are located in Holetown where there are shops, supermarkets, banks and lots of bars and restaurants.

Thank you so much for choosing Discovery Bay for your holiday and I look forward to welcoming you back in the near future.
Sincerely,
Brian Carter

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Reviewed 16 May 2014

My wife and I were welcomed and treated throughout our stay as honoured guests. Somehow every member of management and reception teams addressed us by name, even when we had not seen them before; pretty impressive., Room with sea view,lovely. TV: forget it. Ours did not work, but who goes to Barbados to watch television?!! We were all inclusive and surprised at the quality. Without exception the food was varied and excellent. No restriction on wine or spirits; we never abuse this, but good to know its there! There had been work done on the beach and a barrier constructed out at sea, so work ongoing. The beach was not the best on the island, but there was sand, sea and not a mass of powerboats and other distractions which some people like, but some of us can do without. I heard that the hotel was thinking of offering water sports. I urge them to beware of over doing this as many of us prefer a bit of quiet; after all we could go to Sandals for all that strenuous activity. Great advantage that the hotel is in Holetown. Thus an easy walk to the shops including supermarket; buy the water there rather than in the hotel as water is, it seems, the only liquid they charge for, and at a premium. We would love to go again. We met some delightful people, so good to get away from those ghastly tattoos, where do these people get the money to go abroad and spoil it for the rest of us?!! Some guests were on their fourth visit and one couple have been fourteen times; we are not surprised. Admittedly all the frequent visitors to whom we spoke went elsewhere in the year as well. Management attentive and instantly reactive to any approach.

Room Tip: Go for sea view. If offered garden view ensure you look out on the pool.
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  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Brian C, General Manager at Discovery Bay by Rex Resorts, responded to this reviewResponded 20 May 2014

I am extremely pleased that you were treated as honoured guest ,which we try and do for all of our guests. We believe that addressing our guests by name makes them realize how important they are to us.

I am very glad that you liked your sea view room, but apologize that your TV didn’t work. That has since been rectified.

I am glad that you enjoyed our menus, we try and vary them as much as possible so that they don’t become boring. We have recently introduced some live stations at dinner. A Stir-Fry, Live Pasta station and a Bajan Roti station which have all been well received.

As an all inclusive hotel we believe in delivering value for money so we try not to be restrictive with any of our services.

Last year the Government refurbished the beach, which was a huge success. Two sea walls were erected about three meters from the shore which have formed mini reefs that are ideal for snorkeling.
I have certainly taken your advice into consideration regarding the motorized water sports.

Our location is very central; close to supermarkets, banks, shops, cinema and lots of bars and restaurants.

Discovery Bay by rex resorts has a tremendous amount of repeat guests as you have mentioned, some have been coming for fourteen years and others for 34 years. And now I would like to make you a member of that Club by welcoming you back in the near future.

Thank you for your kind comments about our Management staff we believe in adopting a “now culture”.
Sincerely,
Brian Carter

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Reviewed 16 May 2014

We liked the hotel and the setting. The maintenance was very up and down, especially when we arrived. Our room overlooked the beach and was fine for swimming and snorkelling. The food left a lot to be desired, however. It was very repetitive and overcooked, not as much choice as one would have liked either, though the staff were very friendly.

Room Tip: If you like the sound of the sea, a sea front room is good.
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  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Brian C, General Manager at Discovery Bay by Rex Resorts, responded to this reviewResponded 20 May 2014

I am very pleased that you enjoyed your stay with us in January.

The hotel has the ideal setting, close to shops, banks, post office, cinema and many bars and restaurants. To enhance this, our beach is one of the larges on the West coast of Barbados.

The Beach Fronts rooms are a “stones throw” from the azure Caribbean sea.

The menus have changed to offer more variety, using the freshest of local produce.

Thank you for your kind comments on our staff, they enjoy delivering friendly efficient service.

Thank you also for choosing Discovery Bay by rex resorts for you preferred hotel and look forward to welcoming you back in the not too distant future.
Sincerely,
Brian Carter

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Reviewed 11 May 2014 via mobile

Great place lovely beach all good amenities & location great staff you soon...food was reasonable even catered for my wife Karen who has gluten allergy which was difficult but they did overcome this as best they could so yes we will be back next year to sample the delights of Barbados. ..

Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Brian C, General Manager at Discovery Bay by Rex Resorts, responded to this reviewResponded 13 May 2014

I am very pleased that you though that our staff are great. They try their best to deliver friendly, efficient service and have received great compliments.

Buffets are offered for all meals; breakfast also offers a live omelette station, lunch along with the buffet ,grilled snack items are offered and for dinner bar-be-cues and buffets.
We take pride in catering for anyone with special dietary requirements. Once we know in advance we can arrange to have special meals prepared.

It was indeed a pleasure to have you stay at Discovery Bay and I very much look forward to welcoming you back next year.
Sincerely,
Brian Carter

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Address: St. James Beach, Holetown, Barbados
Region: Caribbean > Barbados > Saint James Parish > Holetown
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #4 of 4 Hotels in Holetown
Price Range: £107 - £352 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Discovery Bay by Rex Resorts 3*
Number of rooms: 85
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A unique hotel situated on St James Beach, the Discovery Bay consists of charming plantation-style houses set in beautiful landscaped gardens. Located on the fashionable West coast, days at this resort are centred around the beach and the pool, the upscale Limegrove shopping mall and nightlife on Holetown's first street a short walk away. The resort is all-inclusive and family friendly, popular with couples also. ... more   less 
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Discovery Bay By Rex Hotel Saint James
Discovery Bay Barbados
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