Discovery Bay by rex resorts
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Tired rooms, surly waitstaff, mediocre food and an eagerness to extract more revenue from guests despite a $300+ per night room charge. Barbados is a lovely island and there are far better places to enjoy your time here.
We stayed here for two nights in January with family - husband and teenage son. Very mixed. The grounds are pretty - nice big open lawn (looks like croquet is possible) with a pool leading out to the beach. We had two rooms - one suite with a kitchen and one double. There was faded charm - painted wooden breezeways connecting the rooms and nice grounds. The room was clean, but spare and faded - no niceties in the room or the hotel in general - and the kitchen was totally non-equipped - no dishes, glasses, cutlery, nothing - not even a bottle opener. When we asked, we were told to go to the bar. At the bar, we were told we could use it but needed to bring it back right away. They only had one. At breakfast, we arrived towards the end and it felt like we were a burden. Could we please have coffee? please? Some water ? How many? Do you have hot pepper sauce? No. In the back? No. As someone in our party said, they count the napkins there. And we were charged 5 dollars to make a local phone call. There were strict warning signs about the beach towels - you'd be charged $30 USD for not returning one. We also had to wear wrist bands indicating the meals we are entitled to. Lots of rules. That said, some of the staff were lovely and it is in a nice spot in Barbados. For half the price it's worth a visit.
My wife and I stayed at Discovery Bay for a couple of weeks over Christmas and New Years. By and large this is a well ran small resort. Being an older place has its advantages. Best beach of any resort in the area. There is a good number of staff that has been there for a while. Reaps rewards as they are good at their duties. Bartenders, cooks, maids and other support staff are pros. The food is done very well. Sure there is not a huge selection every night but who cares when it is cooked to close perfection. True the drinks are served in worn plastic glasses. It is what in them that counts. Well done! Yes the rooms are tired and are showing their age. The bed was a bit lumpy, the patio door needs a two handed approach etc. On net when the room is spotlessly cleaned every day it makes up for the ills.The front lobby staff did an excellent job. When our Air Canada rep dropped the ball they picked it up and handled all of our tour requests and questions easily. Made it easy to discover the rest of the island.The atmosphere of the place is one of family and relaxation. Smiles come from staff and vacationers alike. Whether you are a repeat person or a first timer like we were people are treated extremely well. Discovery Bay is a very good place is if you are looking for a resort to go that covers the main basics of a resort well. The all inclusive option is excellent. Food and drink at this place is quite good. Barbados is an expensive destination if you are going to eat out or depend on the local supermarkets to cover your needs. Best of all is the staff of the resort. Is this a perfect resort? Nope. Very few are. What is perfect is the effort that the staff put in every day to make sure your stay is a good one. Thanks for the memories!
Got lucky with a great deal for this hotel with British Airways back in September. It was part of a sale and as I had been looking for somewhere a bit further afield for a week in the sun to take in the new year I was well pleased with the end result when we arrived at about 9.00 in the evening on Hogmanay. Our room was as requested, on the second floor(actually, looking at it from the beach it's only one up !) overlooking the beautiful golden beach with the crystal clear waters lapping gently just yards away underneath our verandah. As we had a few hours to spare, we had a bite to eat and a change of clothes and later we went out onto the beach as the festivities began as the new year was heralded in with a firework display originating far out to sea resulting in a spectacular display which lasted about half an hour. Impressive stuff and a great start to a great week in the sun. The hotel is a throwback to colonial times with many palm trees in the well maintained gardens and the building itself a low rise structure with low wooden ceilings giving a taste of what life was like back in the day. Our room, as mentioned, had a magnificent sea view with the sun present on our balcony all day from about 1.00pm until sunset. Other rooms look out onto the garden area, also a more than acceptable view. A word of warning though admittedly I may be in a minority of one here when I say that the gardens are frequented by small lizards and while they remain unseen after nightfall, the din they make is incessant and unrelenting from dusk until dawn the next morning though speaking to other guests who had rooms in this area, it didn't seem to bother them so perhaps I am making something out of nothing, but worth mentioning nevertheless. The hotel is probably an average one by Barbados standards but suited our needs. The restaurant operated a buffet style service for lunch and also for dinner though it alternated with an A La Carte service each night which had to be booked in advance. The food was average, no more no less. Nothing stood out but equally nothing was particularly poor and it was no better or worse than you would find in a three or four star hotel in say, the likes of Spain, that offered the same restaurant arrangements. We were all inclusive which I would recommend. Unlike some other all inclusive packages I have experienced elsewhere, the drinks from the two operating bars came from well known brands and the wine came from the bottle unlike previous experiences when you didn't know what you were getting as it was poured into your glass from a plastic jug. Our bedroom was pretty basic but perfectly acceptable with all the usual items you would expect to see. Hairdryer, kettle with tea and coffee, tv with many English speaking channels including movie and news ones, and of course, as mentioned earlier, views to die for. The Wi Fi was a bit of a bonus. Enter the hotel password and it was apparently available in public areas but I found it worked perfectly well in every part of the hotel, inside and out and the signal strength was also excellent. Staff were excellent particularly on reception and in the restaurants and bars and room maids too.Everyone was so nice and every thankyou was met with a smiling your welcome, Even the gardeners would acknowledge you as you walked past which was so lovely but I did feel some of the kitchen staff were a bit surly on occasions but they were most definitely in the minority. We didn't venture away at all from Holetown but transport to Speightstown just along the coast was freely available from just outside the hotel and Bridgetown which is a bit further afield can also be reached fairly easily too. As for Holetown itself, it is about a 7 minute walk to the centre such as it is. There is the Limegrove shopping centre but don't expect to find M and S or Primark etc ! It is all jewellers and designer shops and nothing else. Even the surrounding shops are designer and normality is returned only when a KFC catches the eye a few yards along the road ! There are a few restaurants in the area, We ventured out and frequented two of them but neither were cheap. The second one in particular took my breath away, "Spago's" an Italian, that charged us over 100 pounds for two pizzas, a bottle of wine and a bottle of water ! It didn't help that I was unaware of a ten per cent service charge that still had to be added on so just beware of that should you wish to eat out as it is common place in all the restaurants. We just got taxis to and from the airport and the fare seems to be a standard 80 Barbados dollars or 40 US Dollars which is about 35 pounds or so. Journey time is about 35 minutes. All in all I would recommend this hotel. As someone who has never ventured out of Europe for their holiday in the sun it was perfect and everything I hoped it would be, particularly at this time of the year when the weather over the new year period back home was so poor. No such problems here. Temperatures were in the high 80s throughout and we only had one bad day when a steady drizzle from lunchtime until about 5.00pm drove everyone off the beach and in to the nearest bar! Other than that it was wall to wall sunshine the rest of the week which was all we could hope for.
A pleasant stay, good value for money. Great location, nice staff, decent breakfast. Lovely beach and fun using the kayaks and paddles boards provided by the hotel. The pool is a nice area and the rooms are spacious. I’d recommend it for sure.
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Discovery Bay by rex resortsBridgetown,Barbados
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St. James Beach, Holetown Barbados
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