Hotel Mango Bay Hotel 4 star
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2nd Street, Holetown, St James, Barbados Holetown, Barbados -
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This fun and friendly four star all inclusive resort enjoys a central location in Holetown. Built in 1994 and last renovated in 2005, this hotel of 76 rooms is a decent choice for holidaymakers who wish to be at the centre of the action or close to nightlife. It may be a smallish resort, but there is a range of leisure activities on offer for guests of all ages. Those who are looking for a quiet hideaway in a secluded spot look away now...

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    Location 10.0 /10

    In the heart of Holetown and only a stone's throw away from its famed nightlife, Mango Bay is located at the end of 2nd Street, overlooking the Caribbean Sea. Allow 25 minutes to reach Bridgetown, and about 45 minutes to get to the Grantley Adams International Airport.

    Accommodation 7.70 /10

    The 76 rooms at Mango Bay range from those in the standard and standard one bedroom categories, through to superior and deluxe rooms, and finally the ocean view rooms and penthouse.

    The deluxe rooms are the latest rooms to be added to the hotel, built on the top level of the existing structure in 2005. The rooms on the Holetown side of the property can suffer from noise (there are many nightclubs nearby) so their doors and windows have been triple-glazed to fight this problem.

    Our biggest problem with the accommodation is that most rooms do not have elevator access. There is an elevator in the tallest block for rooms on the upper floors only. Standard and standard one bedroom apartments do not have elevator access and this could be a problem for guests who find themselves on the second or third floors.

    Overall, accommodation at Mango Bay is clean, spacious and well-lit; however some rooms have cramped bathrooms. Most rooms overlook the pool and gardens, only the ocean front category boasts uninterrupted sea views. No matter the category, we found the rooms' décor quite simple, with clean lines and classic, contemporary furnishings. In the pursuit of minimal chic, some rooms look somewhat bare and lack charm. More than anything, rooms are comfortable and functional rather than luxurious.

    Overview 8.45 /10

    Mango Bay consists of a cluster of modern white buildings with green balconies that face a large, central pool. The free-form swimming pool features a bridge and adjoining kids' pool and is neatly lined with wooden sun loungers covered with thick green mattresses.

    Nearby, a spacious lounge with wooden deck floors, high ceilings and modern light fittings is the place to be whenever there's a football match on. With cool, curved couches in sandy shades, it's quite a cosy place to hang out; there's free Internet, a selection of board games, a flat screen television and a book exchange. Just next door guests will find the Elements mini spa which is small but adequate considering the hotel's size. Right by the lobby, athletic holidaymakers can keep up their fitness routines in the small but well-lit and well-equipped gym.

    At the far end of the swimming pool, a boardwalk brings guests to the hotel's restaurant and bar which is located on the waterfront. Live entertainment takes place here on a nightly basis. The outdoor deck area is scattered with outdoor dining settings, sun loungers, and is next to the resort's water sports facility.

    Despite being a small property, there are many activities to keep guests occupied should the pool and the beach get a bit repetitive. Apart from the complimentary rum punch parties (Wednesday nights), the hotel also organises limbo dancing competitions, scuba lessons in the pool, shopping trips to Bridgetown, catamaran snorkelling trips and glass bottom boat excursions (free but maximum numbers and reservations required). There are also regular trips organised to Hunte's Gardens, the Mount Gay rum refinery, St Nicholas Abbey, Harrison's Cave and Oistin's Fish Fry at an extra cost to guests.

    While there is no kids' club on-site, the resort has a children's pool, children's dining menu and board games.

    Food and drink 7.95 /10

    There is one bar and restaurant at Mango Bay, situated by the beach. The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner (no all-day dining) in a breezy, open-air setting with water views. Afternoon tea is served daily between 4:00pm and 5:30pm whereas the bar is open from 10:00am until 11:00pm. Breakfast is always a buffet, while lunch and dinner vary between buffet and à la carte (the menus are posted in the bar during the day). Friday dinner time is reserved for BBQ night.

    With rattan furnishings and floor to ceiling windows that allow for lots of daylight, the restaurant is the place for pleasant, informal dining. The cuisine is mostly international fare with a few Bajan accents but the menu would benefit from the inclusion of a few more local specialties...

    Due to it being an all inclusive resort, Mango Bay does not offer room service.

    Perched on the water's edge is a raised deck where guests may enjoy drinks (no meals are served here), and is a popular place at sunset. Most nights there is live music.

    Beach 8.45 /10

    The resort does not boast the most stunning beach in Barbados but it is well shaded with groups of almond trees along the waterfront. There is a natural watercourse right next to the hotel which is home to fish and other wildlife. In the event of heavy rain the stronger flow of the watercourse can close the beach. Mango Bay arranges transport to an alternative bathing spot should this be the case.

    There are plenty of sun loungers and parasols lined up on the beach and on the adjacent deck. There is no beach service (for food and drink) but staff from the water sports facility are able to assist with beach chairs and parasols. Beach towels are provided in the guest rooms (one per guest per day). The water sports hut is located right next to the watercourse and offers complimentary waterskiing, sailing, snorkelling, kayaking, paddle boats, plus (on certain days) glass bottom boat and catamaran trips.

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    To know

    Mango Bay is an all inclusive resort. Brand name alcoholic drinks, soft drinks, juices and house wines are includes. Champagne, sparkling wine, wine by the bottle and bottled water may be purchased.

    Equipment

    • Car park
    • Restaurant
    • Internet access
    • Air conditioning
    • Spa

      massage, spa

    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

      tennis, water skiing, gym, beach volley, golf, sailing, kayak, paddle boats, dance, water-polo, fitness

    • Whirlpool bath
    • Safe
    • Non-smoking rooms

    advantage

    • All inclusive
    • In the centre of Holetown

    disadvantages

    • The beach is disappointing
    • No elevator access for most rooms
    • Noise from the nearby nightclubs in Holetown

    Traveller Reviews

    • Overall Score nc/10