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Discovery Bay by rex resorts

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Situated on St James Beach, Discovery Bay consists of charming plantation-style houses set in beautiful landscaped gardens. Located on the fashionable West coast of the island, Discovery Bay provides an authentic experience that's affordable and has one of the best locations in Barbados.
Location: 2 minutes from Holetown; 45 Minutes from Grantley Adams Airport

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  • daisymb17 : England, United Kingdom
Second visit to paradise!

I am writing this review 2 month after my visit to Discovery Bay. My first visit was in April 2016 with my family and after such a wonderful time we booked to visit again a year later in April 2017. We visited as a family of 5, 3 rooms between us all and amazing they were. Such an incredible time swimming with turtles, snorkelling at the reef on the doorstep and the catamaran cruise. I am already planning my vacation for next year. Beautiful island with such friendly people and the staff are brilliant. Can't wait to be back!

  • BarnsleyBarnsleyboy : Barnsley
Look Beyond the Exterior -- This Place as got a Heart!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

Lets set the record straight this place is in need of a little TLC but I wouldn't have stayed anywhere else because the team there are so fantastic and nothing is too much trouble. It is right on one of the best beaches on the West Coast. We were in a standard room overlooking the side garden and were entertained each morning by the Green Monkeys, Mongoose and the Humming Birds what more could one wish for whilst having a coffee on the balcony. The food was to a high standard with an excellent choice and the A La Carte nights were welcomed with table service. There was always a wine waiter to top up your glass.An excellent selection of cocktails which allowed you to be adventurous served with a very worm smile from Chennette. Indeed the staff really make this place.Reception arranged my return transfers at a very reasonable cost.A BIG THANK YOU to the TEAM at DB for giving use a holiday to remember for a long time to come

  • CanadaMum47 : Canada
Anniversary Trip to Barbados

We spent a week at Discovery Bay Resort in Barbados to celebrate our Anniversary. Cathy Ann checked us in and offered a cocktail while we filled out the registration form. She is a lovely lady, very friendly, efficient and answered any questions we had. The hotel itself is older but very quaint, comfortable and clean. The rooms are a bit dated but very clean and the AC was quiet. Our bed was very comfortable...pillows not so much. We did have a problem with the tub drainage and the hair dryer didn't heat up. We reported it but unfortunately these two issues weren't addressed. Sometimes, it's the small things that make a difference. We had a room with a balcony on the second floor and it overlooked the gardens and pool. There was no noise problem at all from the pool. The dining room staff were again very friendly and efficient. Thanks to Stanley, Coraline (sp) , Caroline and Heidi and everyone else whose names I didn't get for taking care of our dining needs. There is no "specialty" dining room, but every other night they had A La Carte dining instead of the buffet. There was always a good variety including, chicken, fish, meat or vegetarian. The bar staff including Jamal, Shawnette (sp) were also very efficient and made sure our drinks were always top notch. The pool, though only 4ft was nice for a cool down swim... but we spent most of our time swimming and snorkeling in the sea. The beach is one of the best. If you are looking for a 5 star , big , poshy hotel this is not it. But if you're looking for a friendly, family atmosphere then this is the place to come. We'll definitely be back.

  • Mich B : Poole, United Kingdom
Once Again Amazing!!

Once again back to Discovery Bay, This place is truly wonderful... Staff are great, and so helpful and friendly. The hotel has so much charm and is located on the best beach! We are so looking forward to returning. Give this place a go, it really is superb.Mich b

  • OceanLoverLOL : Toronto, Canada
Now I understand why DB gets repeated visitors

What can I say.. We are very glad that after reading mixed reviews it didn’t stop us from booking Discovery Bay: majority of travelers praised beautiful beach and cleanliness and that’s all that mattered to us! I don’t understand comments about “ugly rooms” and “horrible food”.. Have we stayed at the same hotel? Yes, the rooms are basic and far from contemporary style (definitely need updating) but they are spacious, clean and have everything you need! The food was delicious! Not a huge variety comparing to other all-inclusive buffets we had in the past – but in my opinion it was a positive point since it saves you from overeating (when you see an overwhelming variety and want to try everything)! :) I did not find food to be repetitive at all – there was something new every day and it was delicious!Although the hotel is about 40 minutes ride from the airport – the location is fantastic: you have one of the best stretches of West coast beaches with the access to town at your door step. Mall is a few minutes walking distance (we didn’t care for it but it’s a good option to kill time if its raining), RBC and Scotia Bank about 10 minutes’ walk and so is the gas station if you need to pick up something. Bus stop is right in front of the hotel and you can get to Bridgetown in 30 minutes. Check-in was just us – so it took literally a few minutes with welcome rum punch and fantastic news about the complimentary upgrade to ocean view! (It was birthday getaway for both of us as well as anniversary so it was a nice surprise!) I am not sure about the other rooms but we were absolutely pleased and happy with ours .. I am talking about the room in the building which is literally by the ocean with postcard-perfect view! Nevertheless this made our stay even more wonderful: waking up to a gorgeous scenery and falling asleep with the calming sounds of waves... We did not turn TV once *now that is a proper vacation! ;)Staff is amazing and genuinely friendly! End of May is considered low season so it was relaxing, with no crowds, with plenty of room to sit anywhere, to eat, with beach chairs/umbrellas without any “reserved” towels – just perfect (the weather was perfect as well: we felt a few drops of rain just twice and it was at night)! Pool setting is beautiful although I don’t get people that stay by the pool all day long when you have a beach with breathtaking turquoise water, white sand and sounds of waves. But I suppose “pool people” don’t get “beach people” either LOLWe rented a car for a day to drive around the island (I was quite impressed with my husband’s driving skills: on the opposite side and with such narrow roads that I pretty much screamed every time we passed the buses or other cars :)) East coastline is absolutely gorgeous and totally different: rocky, windy and picturesque! It was interesting to see small towns/villages on our way and enjoy the changing scenery and colors.On Sunday we went out for “Karaoke night” (weekly event), a few minutes from the hotel, and it was out of this world experience: outdoor setting with big crowd mixed with locals and tourists, all having a great time! (cheap food and drinks: 4 beers for $10). Snorkeling in front of the hotel was OK but it was much better if you walk along the beach about 10 minutes to the right and come to a large area buoyed off from jet skis and boats in front of Folkestone Marine Park. We brought our snorkeling gear with us but you can get it from the hotel at no cost.We also took 2-hour boat tour to see turtles and snorkel above shipwreck – not a bad mini-trip for the price paid (you can bargain and get “today only!” specials transferrable to another day of the week :))To sum up our wonderful stay @DB = simple but cozy & charming hotel with excellent service, attentive staff, beautiful grounds, gorgeous beach, clean and spacious rooms, delicious food, relaxing atmosphere.. What else do you need? If you need a butler and getting spoiled with fine dining – go to 5*+ and pay TRIPLE if not more.. but personally I would rather come here THREE times and enjoy sun and ocean and friendly atmosphere for that same cost..It is a lovely resort - by the end of our stay we knew staff by name as well as most of the guests. I now see why there are so many repeated visitors: they already know what to expect and that it will be good and don’t get put off by negative reviews!Thank you, Discovery Bay, for our amazing time (and for the complimentary upgrade and unforgettable view, we so appreciated it!) – we will be back!

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Discovery Bay by Rex Resorts
St. James Beach, Holetown Barbados

Some restaurants may be open for certain meals only and limited visits may apply. Reservations required and dress code in effect for a la carte restaurants. Time restrictions may apply for water sports.

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