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Little gem of a place,Mango Bay
Just returned (14/03/05)from a great week in the Mango Bay. Our room was on the ground floor overlooking the swimming pool. It was of a good size,clean,with wooden sunloungers on the patio. The management team at this resort are of the most professional standard,nothing is too much trouble. The food is superb,my partner is vegetarian,they looked after her every day.The hotel is right on the beach,a swim before breakfast is a must. It is ready for a bit of a paintjob and refurbish which I understand is being completed this year,a swamp exists close by which can cause a few nasty pongs if the wind is blowing the right way but dont let this put you off. A great,relaxing week was what we wanted and thats what we got.
Beach side Hotel
We thought that this beach fronted hotel was superb is every aspect. The rooms were excellent, the food and waterside restaraunt were outstanding. The staff friendy and helpful...difficult to find a fault.
There is a large programme of activities, a wide choice of water sports including a superb catamaran trip. They also have live music most nights and a shopping trip into the islands capital, Bridgetown.
35th Wedding Anniversary
Our group of three couples (all celebrating 35 years of marriage) arrived at Mango Bay on February 24th, 2005. I have been many places in the Caribbean and this hotel has been the best that I have ever stayed at....not overcrowed. The staff was excellent....special thanks to Natasha our server and all the management staff. The rooms were large and very clean. We had a 3rd floor oceanfront room and the balcony had two large Muskoka chairs (as we call them in Canada) with footstools and also a hammock which my husband used frequently for his afternoon naps. The food was excellent...almost like being at the best gourmet restaurant in Toronto. The hotel is going to be closed from May, 2005 for seven months for renovations....adding more rooms etc. The hotel is within walking distance of Duty Free Shops and "Holetown" where there is several quaint shops. Mango Bay also offers free Catamaran cruises and Glass Bottom Boat rides where you get to snorkel and swim with the ocean turtles (highlight of the trip). The six of us rented a private Catamaran "Sin Bad" which was also a really fun time. If you are thinking of a vacation to Barbados, I would definately recommend "Mango Bay"....all six of us would like to return next year. We also witnessed two weddings organized by Marcus the wedding planner and they were amazing.
The Group of Six....Toronto, Ontario, Canada
What Great Hotel!!!! a great view of Bajan life as well
I stayed in the Mango Bay hotel from the 30JUL until 03AUG and i found it to be the most helpful and brilliant hotel I have ever stayed in. The staff were wonderful including Shelly and Nadia the hotel Managers`. The hotel is based in Holetown which is full of nice friendly people. the beach is wonderful including the watersports and trips that you can include yourself in. I would recommend this hotel for any couple or single to day in if they for looking for a relaxed holiday to relax and chill by the beach. The abr is wonderful and the entertainment is good. Food is very very nice an ive heard from that this hotel is better than any on the south west coast (ie Almolnd Beach). Please stay at this hotel, you will enjoy yourself.... enjoy your stay..lee, dont feel hesitant to contact...cheers
A brilliant week
We have just returned from a fantastic week at the Mango Bay Hotel. (27/3/05-3/4/05) I cannot fault this great hotel. It is relatively small, 68 rooms, and very friendly. Nothing was too much trouble for the staff. weather was great and the beach is back!! Previous reports suggested it was small, but only at high tide. Loungers were adequate, both on the beach and by the pool, but if you want a specific place you will need to be up early. This was not a problem for us as we were up at 6am, dawn, to make the most of the glorious morning. A swim before breakfast in the clear waters is a must. The bar opens at 10am, and serves great cocktails, all inclusive. The included catamaran trip was great, swam with turtles, but only one drink included. We had a room at the back of the hotel, not the best, but spotless. The Sunday night karyoke from the local streets added to the Carribean flavour. Food fine, a fair selection, and a nice packed lunch if you were off out. Evening entertainment was good, but not too lively and finished at 10pm, except Friday. Not much else around unless you get a taxi to The Gap, which was buzzing. The nearby"Swamp" was no problem, a haven of wildlife. I only got bitten at the airport! I will certainly be returning, but I think this time of year is the best, as having been in the summer twice before, the humidity is far less now. Full marks to Mango Bay!
I spent a week in Mango Bay from the 2nd of Dec to the 9th Dec, the free trips were great although I missed out on the Glass bottomed boat because it only went on a Thursday, which was the day we arrived and left. I toughly enjoyed the catamaran but got very burnt so make sure you cover up on this trip. Swimming with the turtles was great, so much in fact that we went on another cameramen trip from Bridgetown with went to the turtles, coral reef and to a shipwreck, with a lovely buffet included plus all drinks. We had a great crew Eddy, Orlando and Scott I think the boat was called "rubyann" (can't remember exactly but it was red and had "Mount Gay Rum" sails.)
Back to the hotel the food was great, very varied. The BBQ was lovely.
The staff was all friendly and helpful.
The room was very nice and kept very clean.
The pool and surrounding area was kept immaculate is well.
All in all the entire hotel was very good value for money. I have no complaints and would defiantly go back there and recommend it to friends. I also meet some very nice people out there.
We stayed in a standard room for a week in Feb 2005. The room was simple but clean and had air-con; the bathroom was very small. We overlooked the main entrance to the hotel from our balcony and the other side looked onto one of the small streets in Holetown. We didn't hear any noise from the bars etc. as we were so worn out every night by the time we got to bed!
The biggest advantage of this hotel is its location as you can walk round the bars and restaurants in Holetown if you fancy a change of scene. Although it's all-inclusive it's nice to go somewhere different to eat as breakfast, lunch and dinner are all served in the same place. The cocktails from the bar were fantastic and the restaurant staff were happy to keep topping up your wine glass through to the end of your meal. We were impressed by the offer of a picnic lunch if you were going away for the day, which we did most days.
There is very little beach at Mango Bay so most people sit round the pool. When we were there the hotel was full and there was competition for sunbeds with towels appearing on them from 7am onwards (although the hotel requests that guests don't reserve sunbeds). However if you walk/drive along the coast there are lots of beautiful beaches which are often deserted. The best one that we found for swimming was at Colony Club as there were very few stones and rocks.
Mango Bay is very good value and I would recommend it as a really good base. The only disappointment we had was that on the day we left we had to check-out of our room at 12pm although our airport transfer wasn't until 6pm. Although we asked for a later check-out the staff weren't really interested and were quite offhand. They didn't have anywhere that we could shower and we had to get changed in a toilet at the back of the reception.
All in all Barbados is a wonderful place. This was our second visit and we decided to hire a car for the whole week as we had driven last time and found it easy to get around. There are still loads of things left for us to do on our next visit which will hopefully be soon!
An enjoyable week
We stayed for half-term week in Feb 2005 when Mango Bay was at its busiest and had a great time. This I think is mostly due to Marcus the manager and his senior staff who are well organised and expect the other staff to follow their standards.
The food is good - 3 or 4 courses, none of them large portions but well cooked and plenty of choices. The drinks are fine - we particularly liked the fruit punch and had some of their cocktails. Despite the free bar nobody seemed to be taking advantage of the situation and consuming vast quantities of alcohol.
The location of the West Coast is perhaps the best - a few hundred yards from Sandy Lane - you can walk the beach for miles although when the sea is rough then you have to either walk on the path above the beach or wade into the sea. There isn't a lot of sand on the beach by the hotel - just enough for a game of beach cricket providing the offside fielders are good swimmers.
The room was good too - we had one of the Palm Beach condo's which presumably were obtained as an overflow to the main hotel but had no problem with it - in fact it was pleasantly quiet - except for the crickets at night.
Plenty of inclusive trips - Bridgetown, catamaran, glass bottom boat etc
There were a few niggles during our stay - not the least being over the acquisition of sunbeds which appeared to be "claimed" before breakfast. And some of the more junior staff weren't too helpful on a couple of occasions.
But we enjoyed ourselves thouroughly and are planning to return; assuming the reviews continue to be good.
We have just returned from a week's stay (26 Feb - 5 Mar) at this hotel (after cancelling our stay at another Barbadian resort following negative reviews on Trypadvisor) and can only say well done to the management (Marcus and Sheree) and staff in general for making our stay a thoroughly enjoyable and relaxing one - inspite of a minor hiccup on the first day for which we were compensated for by being upgraded to an ocean view deluxe room!
Accommodation: we cannot vouch for the other grades of rooms in the hotel but can confirm that the ocean view rooms are spacious, clean, pleasantly decorated and well maintained with the usual facilities, air conditioning, satellite TV, safety deposit box etc. There are no tea/coffee making facilities in the room itself but these refreshments are available from the restaurant 24 hours. No fridge but ice bucket provided.
Restaurant/Bar: The hotel has only one restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner and one bar (immediately adjacent to the restaurant). With the exception of breakfast, all meals are on a reservation basis. This proved to be a very good idea and avoided the usual "bun fight" scenarios we have experienced in other all-inclusive resorts. Menus were varied, substantial and on the whole very good: lunch and dinner being mainly a la carte (3 or 4 courses) - we only experienced one "buffet night" during our stay and even that was very good. We are not fussy eaters but having travelled the world and usually staying in 4/5 star hotels we do enjoy good food and can honestly say that the Mango did its utmost to please all palates. Afternoon tea (sandwiches, cakes, coffee/tea) is served daily at 4.00pm. Drinks - again, no complaints here usual fare - beers, spirits etc. We were pleasantly surprised by the quality of the red wine!
Location: great location. Based in Holetown - which has a number of restaurants, banks, and supermarkets literally on the doorstep of the Mango Bay - and approximately 20 minutes from Bridgetown (the capital and main shopping area). The beach by the hotel is tiny by Caribbean standards but all the beaches in Barbados are open to the public so if you are not satisfied with the Mango's strip of sand - simply move along to the neighbouring hotel! That being said, we were always able to find a completely acceptable spot on the beach within the vicinity of the hotel itself. The employees responsible for manning the watersports centre are only too willing to set up parasols, loungers etc wherever you require. There was a complaint in an earlier review about the lack of sunloungers - whilst we did witness towels being put on sunloungers as early 5.00am (!) we soon learned that this was largely due to the fact that some guests had a particular preference for certain places whether it be on the beach, in the gardens or around the pools and not because there was a shortage of sunloungers. We did not have to "fight" for a sunlounger during our stay (the hotel was 100% full). Furthermore, guests are reminded (as evidenced by the numerous notices around the hotel) that towels/belongings would be removed from sunloungers left unoccupied for more than one hour either side of breakfast or lunch!
There is entertainment during the evening but this is mainly "background" music. If you are looking for real live entertainment (singing, shows etc) - you will not get it at the Mango Bay - remember it is having to compete with the bigger and better hotels for its "artistes" so it is highly unlikely that a "class act" will perform there.
Facilities: can't really pass comment on these as we didn't make use of them - too busy relaxing or "discovering" Barbados!
The hotel provides the following complimentary activities: (i) one shopping trip into Bridgetown (ii) one catamaran ride and (iii) glass bottom boat trip. If you find that you need to go to Bridgetown for repeat purchases or just to spend more time there, the major department store (Cave Shepherd) will send their own shuttle to pick you up (gratis) provided that you make a reservation with the hotel's reception. The hotel does not tell you this but will gladly tell you that it costs BD$25 to get in a taxi!
Steer clear of hiring a taxi on an hourly basis - the driver will take you where he wants to go and not necessarily where you want - that is unless he comes with a recommendation! Try and get a fixed rate for the day or half a day and be clear where you want to go. There are lots of maps and general tourist literature at the hotel. We took advantage of the hotels "island tour" which costs BD$70 per person inclusive of a substantial packed lunch and unlimited drinks. This is much cheaper than that offered by the tour rep the only disadvantage is that there has to be a minimum of six people. We were fortunate in that we had a knowledgeable local guide who was prepared to take us wherever we wanted to go whilst not missing the usual tourist attractions. Again, have an idea as to where you want to go beforehand. If you don't want to do this, Barbados is a comparatively small island and perhaps the best way to get around is to hire a car and explore the island yourself!
Service: cannot fault this. Staff were amenable, polite at all times and were neither intrusive nor imposing.
We would not say that this hotel is free of faults but they are so minor that they are not worth mentioning. On the whole, we found the ambience of the hotel to be one of order, calm and relaxation. We would thoroughly recommend it.
Barbados..The Spice Island
"Sailing to Barbados"
Mandy and I began this holiday in January 2001. We needed a place to stay overnight close to London's Gatwick airport and we were Lucky enough to find a delightful place at Wayside Manor Farm.
We flew from Gatwick Airport to Grantley Adams airport in Barbados, from the airport it was just a short drive to the cruise terminal to join our ship the S.S.Emerald
Our first day aboard the "Emerald" was spent at sea, giving us time to relax and to settle in, explore the ship and try and find our way back to the cabin !
In the evening we met the other people who were to share our dining table, Steve and Lyn from Bath and Steve and Jenny from Liverpool. During dinner I announced to our guests that it was Mandy's Birthday and then a waiter brought her a birthday cake, while the other waiters surrounded our table to serenade Mandy with several birthday songs.
After dinner we attended the Captain's cocktail party and were introduced to the rest of the ships officers. Mandy and I then went onto the top deck to celebrate her birthday with a bottle of champagne under the stars.
"Mango Bay, Barbados"
Our base for our stay on the Island was The Mango Bay which is situated in Holetown,Barbados. Its a beautiful resort, right on the beach, has excellent and well kept gardens and the food was superb. .
Paul and I decided to take a trip down to Bridgetown to watch England ‘A’ against Barbabos at the Kensington oval in the Busta cup and have a few cold beers in the "Garfield Sobers" bar and the girls went shopping. We spent a lovely afternoon at Garrison Savannah, the home of horse racing in Barbados. Mandy managed to pick out two winners, "Midnight Thomas" and "Jackdaw"
We took atrip on the local catamaran, which pull right up on the beach outside the hotel, it was a lovely relaxing afternoon with some lovely views of the coastline.
We made a number of friends at Mango bay and after a farewell party we found out that our flight had been delayed for 24 hours...so we had another farewell party.
"The East coast of Barbados"
The East coast is acontrast to the built up area's of the West.
The East coast is wild and rugged with some lovely scenery.
"The Bar Gang"
On our first night we met Norma and Paul who run "The Anchor Inn" in Worcester, UK.
"Tour of the Island"
We decided to explore the Island of Barbados so we hired a Taxi and our driver/guide was Vaughan,a man who knew a great deal about the island, its history, its wildlife, its plants and flora and his favourite subject of all..the local food. Our first stop was the old look out point at Gun Hill, with its breathtaking views down to the coast. Our next stop on the tour was the Rugged East coast of the Island and St John's church, Vaughan seemed to have a story about every grave we passed until we reached the end of the graveyard with its wonderful views of the Atlantic. We then drove down through Bathsheba and Cattlewash and up through an area call Scotland with its impressive views.
"Views of the Island"
"View from Gun Hill"
"View of Cattlewash"
Relaxing at Mango Bay
Right on the Beach
Surfing near Sandy Lane beach