Mango Bay Rating: 4.0 Pearls
Western Barbados, Barbados

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Pros

  • Nice beachfront, and sprawling pool surrounded by palms
  • Within a short walk to historic Holetown
  • All-inclusive resort with a boutique-like ambiance, and water sports and boat trips included
  • Restaurant faces west for beautiful sunsets
  • Rooms have patios, mini-fridges, CD players and flat-screen TVs
  • Full-service spa and airy fitness center

Cons

  • Limiting all-inclusive plan with only one restaurant
  • Bathrooms have a brazen marble motif and lack outlets
  • Not a huge beach area and the pool can get crowded
  • Rooms facing the back road can be noisy at night
  • Free Wi-Fi is only reliable in the lobby

Bottom Line

Mango Bay is a friendly 76-room resort within minutes of shops and restaurants in historic Holetown -- a quick escape for guests when they need a break from their all-inclusive stay. Packages include meals in one indoor/outdoor restaurant (which feels limiting), drinks (bar opens in the morning), nightly entertainment, and activities such as waterskiing and catamaran rides. The beach area can get crowded, but calm waves appeal to swimmers of all ages. Rooms range in size and views, but are spacious and lack the tacky Caribbean decor found in many resorts. Overall, the resort has a casual sophistication that is ideal for groups and romantics looking for an easy vacation.

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 Scene

A smaller, all-inclusive resort with a fun atmosphere

The attractive Spanish-colonial property is located off a side street in Holetown passed the Lexy Piano Bar (a venerable nightclub). With only 76 rooms, the resort feels cozy, especially at night when torches are lit around the entrance and along the beach. The attractive open-air lobby has individual desks where guests are seated and offered a rum punch while they are checking in.

Beyond the lobby, guests will find the pool, beach, and dining area -- this is the crux of the resort, as this one restaurant serves all meals, and the bar stays open from morning until night. Along the small beach area, lounge chairs overlook the calm sea where it isn’t unusual to see horseback riders trotting along the sand.

The grounds aren’t sprawling -- there is just one section of lawn between the front-facing rooms and the ocean, and because it is all-inclusive, you’re likely to get to know your fellow guests. That being said, many guests love the added amenities of this all-inclusive resort that includes free boat rides and daytrips. All in all, the resort manages to appeal to travelers in search of an easy and fun vacation, but if looking for quiet tranquility, this is not your place.

 Location

On the west coast and steps from Holetown -- a hub of gourmet restaurants and high-end shopping

Mango Bay takes up a narrow but nice stretch of beach on the west coast of Barbados. The best part of the location, besides having beautiful sunsets, is the in-town proximity to Holetown; in fact, it is one of the few resorts that is walking distance to the historic and trendy village. The all-inclusive resort includes daytrips and outings in the price, but if looking to explore the island, there are taxis readily available, as well as a bus stop nearby.

  • 33-minute drive to Grantley Adams International Airport
  • 5-minute drive to Royal Westmoreland Golf Course
  • 6-minute drive to Sandy Lane Country Club and golf courses
  • 10-minute drive to Speightstown
  • 11-minute drive to Harrison's Cave
  • 13-minute drive to Flower Forest Botanical Gardens
  • 17-minute drive to Bridgetown
  • 24-minute drive to Soup Bowl surfing area
  • 26-minute drive to St. Lawrence Gap
  • 30-minute drive to Oistins Fish Fry

 Rooms

Rooms vary in size and view and come with patios and king beds (twin beds available upon request)

Rooms are starting to show some age, but are nice enough with quality linens, dark furnishings, and minimalist accents -- except for the bathrooms, which contain a brazen orange marble motif.

  • iPod docks and flat-screen TVs
  • Shower/tub combos
  • Air conditioners
  • Mini-fridges, and hot-water boilers for instant coffee or tea
  • Toiletries come in eco-friendly clay containers
  • Patios or balconies, some with ocean view
  • Some rooms lack outlets in the bathrooms

 Features

For a smaller resort, there is an impressive array of free water sports and daytrips

  • Spacious outdoor pool with ample lounge seating
  • Free non-motorized sports include waterskiing, Hobie-Cat sailing, paddle boat, snorkeling, and kayaking.
  • Free water skiing is available every day in the winter season and five days per week in the summer.
  • One free daytrip to Bridgetown for each guest
  • Free two-hour catamaran cruise, which includes snorkeling, swimming with the turtles, and drinks
  • Free glass-bottom boat rides every Friday
  • Free scuba-diving lessons in the pool twice a week
  • One beach towel is allocated to each guest per day
  • A small spa offers facials, massages, and various skin treatments
  • Airy fitness center with basic equipment
  • Boutique for clothing and souvenirs
  • Weekly manager’s cocktail party
  • Welcome rum punch during check-in
  • Free Wi-Fi, though it is only reliable in the lobby
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 Food

Guests have unlimited access to one bar and restaurant for all meals

Mango Bay has one restaurant that serves breakfast (buffet-style), lunch, and dinner -- quite limiting for an all-inclusive resort.

Seating areas are either open-air facing the ocean, or air-conditioned. Reservations for lunch and dinner are required, and the dress code is resort casual for breakfast and lunch. Long trousers and shirts with sleeves are required for gentlemen for dinner. (Friday is barbecue night, where smart shorts are allowed.)

There is live entertainment in the restaurant nightly, and the bar is open all day. In addition to afternoon tea, servers make frequent rounds at the pool offering refreshments and sorbets.

 Bottom Line

Mango Bay is a friendly 76-room resort within minutes of shops and restaurants in historic Holetown -- a quick escape for guests when they need a break from their all-inclusive stay. Packages include meals in one indoor/outdoor restaurant (which feels limiting), drinks (bar opens in the morning), nightly entertainment, and activities such as waterskiing and catamaran rides. The beach area can get crowded, but calm waves appeal to swimmers of all ages. Rooms range in size and views, but are spacious and lack the tacky Caribbean decor found in many resorts. Overall, the resort has a casual sophistication that is ideal for groups and romantics looking for an easy vacation.

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Address

  • 2nd Street, Holetown, St. James, Barbados 24016

Room Types

  • Deluxe Room
  • Ocean Front Room
  • Penthouse Suite
  • Standard One-Bedroom Apartment
  • Standard Room
  • Superior Room

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Hotel Features

Number of Rooms: 76
Pool: Yes
Fitness Center: Yes
Spa: Yes
Internet Access: Yes
Cribs: Yes
Jacuzzi (in room): Some
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Hotel Information

Location: Western Barbados, Barbados
Address: 2nd Street, Holetown, St. James, Barbados 24016
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