Mango Bay

Beachfront Charm, Personal Touches

Nestled on a small idyllic beach just a short walk from the best restaurants, bars and shops of Holetown on the western coast of Barbados, Mango Bay is a boutique-style all-inclusive hotel with a friendly and tropical ambience. Ranging from modern rooms through to wonderfully-appointed penthouses, its accommodation is sophisticated, with the latter even featuring a Jacuzzi® for two and balcony plunge pool. The restaurant welcomes you with a fusion of Caribbean and international cuisine in buffets and table d'hote options, and the bar is open through to midnight with superb drinks choices and live entertainment nightly. Spend your days lounging by the free-form pool, setting off on kayaks from the beach, or head to the spa for a luxurious and indulgent treatment. 

Hayes & Jarvis Rating
Hotel Category
Deluxe
Location Type
Beach
TripAdvisor Review
Tripadvisor rating 1925 Reviews
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Hotel highlights

  • Intimate boutique-style hotel
  • Live nightly entertainment
  • Walking distance to Holetown's best attractions
  • Certificate of Excellence 2014 from TripAdvisor

Hotel Features

General Information

  • Check-in Time:
    15:00
  • Check-out Time:
    12:00
  • 76 rooms
  • Transfer duration: approx. 40 minutes from Barbados Airport
  • Floors have lift access: Some

Main Facilities

  • Diving
  • Fitness facilities
  • Outdoor pool
  • Spa facilities
  • Watersports
  • Wifi

Accommodation Type

  • Boutique

Board Basis Options

  • All Inclusive

For Families

  • Babysitting

Hotel Location

Location Highlights

Mango Bay

  • Beach
  • approx. 40 minutes from Barbados Airport
1925 Reviews 88% of travellers recommended this hotel

Traveller ratings

  • Excellent 1154
  • Very Good 507
  • Average 161
  • Poor 58
  • Terrible 45

What to Expect

  • Location
  • Sleep Quality
  • Rooms
  • Service
  • Value
  • Cleanliness

Reviews

Jan 21, 2020

Good first visit

The Resort is beautifully situated with an outstanding view of the ocean and a pristine beach. Our room was comfortable with a good size balcony and unobstructed sea view. All the staff were personable and very professional. The grounds were immaculate with attractive flora. The meals were of good quality but our stay (2 nights) was not long enough to really review the available menu choices. Our 40th wedding anniversary which was in December was recognized as a surprise to us with a nice card and a bottle of Champagne in our room.
Jan 12, 2020

Hit & Miss

Bridgend

We have travelled extensively throughout the Caribbean over the last 20 years and this was our first time at Mango Bay. While some aspects were fine others left much to be desired. Facilities Although not a large resort (76 rooms and approximately 150 guests) the restaurant and bar facilities are hopelessly inadequate for the number of guests. Lunch and dinner were each split into five sittings which had to be booked at breakfast and our preferred times were not always available. The reason is that there is room on the restaurant terrace for only 30 or so guests although there was some overflow into the drab interior dining area. The bar area is also small and at times in the evening was often taken over by one or two large groups. We never managed to have a pre-dinner drink during our stay as at least one large group had already commandeered most of the chairs early on and invariably had dinner at the last sitting. At times even after our dinner we simply couldn’t get into the bar and had to sit by the beach until seats became available. Food The breakfast buffet was good and Jethro did a sterling job with eggs and omelettes. Lunch and dinner were very much hit and miss. Sometimes it was very good and other times poor. They couldn’t even get a simple item like boiled rice consistently right. Sometimes it was fine and other times it was simply a dollop of wet sludge. The ‘catch of the day’ was nothing of the sort. The first night it was tuna and the last night swordfish. In between, every lunch and dinner, it was marlin which suggests that it wasn’t freshly caught at all but that they had a chunk of marlin in the freezer and cut pieces off it for days on end. No sign of grouper, snapper, mahi mahi, wahoo, etc. which have been on the menu at other Caribbean resorts we’ve stayed at. Dishes described as spicy or hot were completely bland. The barbecue night was a particular disappointment. All that was on offer were ribs, chicken drumsticks and small pieces of fish (yep, you guessed it, marlin). No sign of the steaks, chops, prawns, etc. we’ve had at every other Caribbean barbecue. Interestingly, returning guests told us that the quality of the food had declined even from 12 months previously. Beverages The choice of drinks was very limited. Unbelievably for the Caribbean there was only one type of dark rum available. On our second night my wife asked for an amaretto and was told that it was out of stock but that it would be available the following day. Unsurprisingly it wasn’t available during our entire stay. When I asked on our first evening what wines they had the reply was simply “Red, white or rose” which was of course not what I meant. Staff The restaurant staff were generally communicative and efficient but a few were disinterested and inefficient, mixing up drinks orders and taking a long time to serve food. 20 minutes for an ice cream must be some sort of record. The bar staff were generally very good. The housekeeping staff were excellent, invariably being efficient, pleasant and polite. The front desk staff were polite but they managed to lose our departure pick up details left in good time by the tour rep who had to leave another set the day before we travelled back. Health & Safety The first thing guests have to do on arrival is sign a health and safety waiver absolving the resort from any liability from injuries sustained there irrespective of the cause. This was a first for us. The biggest breach of H&S occurred one afternoon when a female guest who was completely drunk wanted to go on a jet ski. Unbelievably the water sports guy saw no problem in kitting her out with a life jacket ready to take a ride. It was only when her friend raced down the beach and dragged her away that a potentially catastrophic situation was avoided. Sun Beds At check in all guests are given a notice requesting them not to reserve sun beds, especially on the beach and by the pool at the same time. Any sun beds left unoccupied for more than 30 minutes (an hour over lunchtime) would have the towels and other belongings removed and stored at reception. Fair enough. However, from our room we heard and saw guests reserving sun beds before 6 am and not once were the towels and belongings on any sun beds left unoccupied for many hours removed as stated. One large group routinely reserved sun beds both on the beach and by the pool, moving between the two, and nothing was done about it. The first two mornings we went to the beach after breakfast and ended up having to settle for the last two sun beds by the pool which were in permanent shade. We didn’t go to a 4 star Caribbean resort to have to get up at the crack of dawn to bag sun beds, a practice more associated with low end establishments in places like Benidorm and Tenerife. After that, however, we had no choice but to get to the beach by 7 am to make sure we got two sun beds for the day. The first time we got the last two sun beds on a row of 12 and, apart from breakfast and lunch, occupied them all day. The other 10 sun beds remained unoccupied until the selfish guests returned in the late afternoon having been out all day. The sun bed situation is totally unacceptable especially as it's contrary to the resort’s policy. The resort staff turned a blind eye to it and the stated remedial action was never taken. While not a total disaster our stay at Mango Bay was by some distance the most disappointing holiday we have ever had in the Caribbean. We will not be returning and would not recommend the resort to anyone else.
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Mango Bay

Facilities

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Beach

An idyllic beach sits right in front of the hotel and makes the perfect setting for a quintessentially Caribbean holiday. Beach chairs and umbrellas are placed on the sand courtesy of the hotel so you can sit back and unwind with views of the turquoise sea.

Scuba Diving

A complimentary scuba diving lesson is offered in the pool on Tuesdays and Fridays, and from there you can choose to embark on further instruction in the sea. The dive centre offers PADI certification and tours to some of Barbados' best reefs, leaving you wanting more and more. Restrictions: Charges apply, payable locally.

Evening Entertainment

The weekly entertainment schedule features a number of live bands from around the island playing music through the evening as well as a Friday limbo competition and manager's cocktail party on Wednesdays.

a living room filled with furniture and a large window

Guest Lounge

The Guest Lounge is home to plush sofas and a computer with complimentary internet access, as well as a library, games, and a shower and changing facilities for guests with flights departing later in the day.

a living room filled with furniture and a mirror

Elements Spa

You are invited to leave your worries behind and become your best possible self at the hotel spa, with a selection of treatments including massages, facials, pedicures, manicures, and pampering beauty services that will rejuvenate your mind, soothe your muscles, and invigorate your skin. Restrictions: Open six days a week.

a large pool of water

Swimming Pool

Fringed by tropical palms, the hotel's free-form swimming pool is an attractive focal point to your holiday experience.

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Water Sports

Complimentary water sports include waterskiing, kayaking, and sailing, as well as pedal boats, and incredible snorkelling.

a wooden boat in a body of water

Weddings

Have a care free wedding in the lush tropical setting of Mango Bay and personalise it just to your liking with the help of the hotel's own wedding planner. Take home cherished memories with photo albums available and videos, and enjoy other additional extras like Champagne, live music, and beauty treatments.Please call for more details. Restrictions: Subject to availability, extras payable locally. Terms and conditions apply.

Fitness Centre

The fitness centre is located by the lobby and features a range of cardio machines and weight equipment to help you towards your goals. It is also open 24-hours for your convenience.

Mango Bay

Food & Drink

Bar

Open throughout the day serving a delightful selection of beverages including tropical cocktails and mixed spirits as well as non-alcoholic options.

Restaurant

The hotel's restaurant sits on the beach front and features an al fresco terrace and air-conditioned dining room, and offers a range of Caribbean and international dishes with table d'hote or buffet selections. Breakfast: 06:30to 10:00 Lunch: 12:00to 14:30 Afternoon Tea: 16:00to 17:30 Dinner: 19:00to 21:30 Restrictions: Reservations required for lunch and dinner daily. Dress code: Daytime - Casual: covered bathing suits for breakfast and lunch, footwear required.Evening - Smart Casual: full length trousers and sleeved shirts for men. No jeans, shorts, trainers, flip-flops, hats or t-shirts allowed.

Board Basis Options

All Inclusive

FOOD: Full breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner daily. Meals are a mixture of buffet andà la carte and include a fusion of Caribbean and international cuisine as well as BBQ's on Fridays. Reservations are required for lunch and dinner and dress codes apply for dinner. DRINK: Unlimited alcoholic and soft drinks including house wine with meals. Speciality wines, Champagne and bottled water denote an extra charge. The bar stays open until midnight. ACTIVITIES: Watersports include water skiing, kayaking, hobie cat sailing and snorkelling.Guests can enjoy a free catamaran cruise to snorkel with turtles and a glass bottom boat ride.Evening entertainment includes live music nightly.

Mango Bay

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