Mango Bay All Inclusive
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
With a stay at Mango Bay All Inclusive in Holetown (Parish of St. James), you’ll be minutes from Lime Grove Shopping Centre and Holetown Beach. This 4-star resort is within close proximity of Holetown Monument and Chattel Village.
Make yourself at home in one of the 67 air-conditioned rooms featuring refrigerators and iPod docking stations. Rooms have private balconies or patios. Cable television is provided for your entertainment. Private bathrooms with shower/tub combinations feature complimentary toiletries and hair dryers.
Spa, Wellness & Premium Amenities
Pamper yourself with onsite massages, body treatments, and facials. You’re sure to appreciate the recreational amenities, including an outdoor pool and a 24-hour fitness center. Additional features at this resort include complimentary wireless Internet access, concierge services, and babysitting/childcare (surcharge).
Food & Drink
This resort is all inclusive. Rates include meals and beverages at onsite dining establishments. Charges may be applied for dining at some restaurants, special dinners and dishes, some beverages, and other amenities.
Grab a bite to eat at the resort’s beachfront restaurant, or stay in and take advantage of room service (during limited hours). Mingle with other guests at a complimentary reception, held daily. Thirsty? Quench your thirst at a bar/lounge, a beach bar, or a poolside bar. A complimentary hot/cold buffet breakfast is included.
Business & Travel Amenities
Featured amenities include a computer station, dry cleaning/laundry services, and luggage storage. Free self parking is available onsite.
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MANGO BAY – BARBADOS
We have just returned from a week at the resort. This year we are testing out three resorts on the west coast so we can compare the experiences.
This is a very small resort with a major noise problem, mainly due to its size.
All staff are very pleasant. We have no complaints whatsoever. They were polite and courteous at all times. The service can sometimes be slow but there are ways around it.
There is one restaurant. We always wake early so turn up for breakfast at opening time. Before being seated you can ask to book your lunch and evening meal times. We chose 1pm and 7pm and never had a problem.
The set menu has about three main options and starters. The food was good. Small starter portions and medium/large main course portions. Desserts are lovely and you can have cheese/biscuits which not many resorts offer so we loved all of it.
The buffet was fine for us. Lunch buffet consisted of three types of salad, fried fish and chicken, hot soup and desserts. The evening buffet had some beef stew, rice, fried fish, chicken etc. I saw some pizza there one time also. We found something to eat at all buffet sittings. However, we pretty much love all food and are not fussy eaters.
Breakfast was really good in all ways. All the usual trimmings. Less options than other resorts but plenty. Also they use normal carton milk which tastes fine. Not like the other yukky UHT milk they were serving at Crystal Cove.
They serve a white wine (pluvium), red wine (Spanish, didn’t get the name) and a rose. The white wine is 11.5 ABV and tastes a bit rough but we got used to it (we’ve had worse). The red wine was 12.5 ABV and tastes fruity and smooth – more drinkable.
There is one pool that is a reasonable size. However, it is situated just a couple of feet away from all the garden rooms. Groups of teenagers and small children are playing in the pool in the afternoons and the noise is so loud it can be heard from the beach front. If you want to sleep in the afternoons this is not the resort for you.
SEA AND BEACH
There are just about enough loungers for guests. Some days I noticed a couple of people looking for a lounger late morning but all were taken. The hotel was at maximum occupancy when we were there. We had breakfast first and then went to the beach for the morning.
We were slightly alarmed on the first morning to see all the towels out on the beds with brollies at 6 am. It was ok for us as we didn’t need a brolly. We are fair skinned so need more shade. There is a huge tree on the side of the beach which can fit a good dozen or so beds underneath, so this was best place for us. But then it became a struggle to get under the tree half way through the week as a large party of people tried to get under the entire tree early in the mornings. We are so fair skinned we needed the shade so it became a battle of who was the earliest riser in order to get under the tree. Funny really but stressful! The resort could do with a few more brollies to alleviate the problem. If you want two beds with a brolly in between you will need to be up at 5am to put your towel down.
The beach is excellent. Much better than Crystal Cove. Wide enough across the resort to swim lengths. It does deepen quite quickly though. The water was absolutely flat as the weather was good. The only problem is that the reef area is a few metres outside the safety buoys. And in between the swimming area and the reef is a water traffic lane. You can get to the reef to snorkel but you have to be careful when swimming through the traffic lane…. Jet skis and small boats etc. are coming in and out. Why they don’t section this piece of water off for the swimmers I’m not sure. It would make it much safer.
Mango bay offered free water skiing and catamaran trip from the beach that goes on Tuesdays and Saturdays. My husband and daughter went on the trip and swam with the turtles. They said it was a fantastic experience. It leaves at 0930 and comes back 1130. Book your catamaran trip straight away when you check in to the hotel. Even then you will be put on a waiting list but people tend to drop out so you should be able to go.
Oh dear. Not good. We had booked a beach front room. When we arrived I asked for a quiet room if possible after reading other reviews about noise. The lady said we had been upgraded to the penthouse suite which was room 500 on the corner of beach block, top floor. However, I really wish we had refused. The a/c unit could not cope with the size of room. Even with curtains closed all day, the room was like a furnace. The a/c unit on 17 degrees was working overtime and it was still 30 degrees in the bedroom. It was just too large an area for the unit to cope with. It started to cool down about 4am.
The windows consisted of sliding doors, all round the room. But they didn’t quite fit together properly so there was a tiny gap in between all of them. All the mosquitos came in through the cracks and my daughter got bites every night. We pulled her single bed away from the window to investigate on the second night. That’s when we realised the sliding windows wouldn’t properly close together and there was no solution. We would have pulled her single bed into our room but it wouldn’t fit inside. She had to sleep with the sheet right up and around her neck each night and we covered her face and arms with mozzie spray.
These sliding windows not closing together properly also meant any noise from the beach could be heard late at night. One night, about midnight we were looking at the bar area from the window of the bedroom. There was a group of teenagers sitting on the beach under the brollies, next to the entertainment area. One of them began shouting abuse up at us as we looked out of the window. (You know the line “what are you f……. staring at” kind of stuff). The resort had a real mixture of people staying. There were some little families and couples, who quite frankly seemed shell shocked when the noisy crown turned up. And a few other people that just ruined the whole atmosphere. Just unlucky really.
Most evenings there was live entertainment playing underneath the beach front rooms. It finished at 11pm latest. People continue to drink down there until well after midnight so you can’t really get to sleep until 1 or 2am. I think the garden rooms would be better for sleep than the beach front rooms.
Book your catamaran trip when you check in.
Avoid room 500 like the plague.
Try a garden room as opposed to beach front for less noise overnight. Standard rooms are at the front of the resort and are known to be noisy into the early hours from street music.
If you want a good night’s sleep, try booking during UK term time when you are more likely to have couples staying as opposed to families and groups of teenagers.
Take a drink from the bar into the restaurant as it can take a while to get served from the table.
This resort is too noisy for us but if you’re not bothered about getting sleep then give it a go.
Beautiful hotel, food, people are very friendly would recommend it to everyone
The only thing is there is only one pool and most of the time is full of kids
Adult only pool would be great
Fabulous weather in August
It is fascinating to read that there are some poor experiences here. I guess if you are exceptionally picky and entirely uptight then you’re going to find a limited wine selection or a speck of dirt to be worth of giving the place one star. Remarkably unkind, given how great the place is.
It does exactly what it says on the tin: all inclusive. You get all your food (breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, dinner), all drinks (including alcoholic), watersports (kayaks, snorkelling, pedalos, sailing, stand up paddle boards). You even get a Hershey’s kiss on your pillow every day...
Everyone here is happy to serve you. This is not a place where tipping is expected in order to be served a drink or some food: all waiting staff and bar staff are relentlessly pleased to serve you and talk to you. We were delighted at meal times because you would see the same staff again and again who know your names, room numbers, and remember what you had been doing that day or the previous day is would make the effort to find out how you were. We were especially pleased with Shaneal and Joycelyn who we interacted with often and were the happiest and most fun.
The beach is perfect. Plenty of loungers, with service from the bar at your seats. Loads of great free watersports, as mentioned above, and a tonne of great paid for options from beach vendors. They’re not pushy at all, and many are happy to make polite conversation - especially Herbie (“I’ve been working this beach since 1981...”) I’d recommend some jet skiing and the Great Big Mabel!
The hotel also includes a free catamaran trip, which was excellent and involved us snorkelling with turtles, and a glass bottom boat trip that was similar. Really worth doing.
Will definitely be a returning guest if we come back to Barbados.