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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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  • Sammysquirt : Brighton, United Kingdom
Lovely stay

If you remember you are at a 3* hotel, then you will have a lovely time. The food is good and there are a few choices. A la carte actually has 6 choices, which is good. Stanley in the restaurant is outstanding as is Jamal at the bar, who is happy to make you his own cocktails if you want! Yes, the bar and restaurant are hot and only have fans, but so do a lot in the Caribbean. The rooms do need updating, but I for one don't go on holiday to sit in my room. Good air con and clean. Beach is beautiful and plenty of sun beds. The beach guys are happy to move them and put up extra umbrellas if you want. Free paddle boards, kayaks and snorkelling gear. Took a bit trip from the beach sellers. Good snorkelling. Would definitely return to this hotel.

  • marilynbarton01 : Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
Excellent Value for money

The location of this hotel is brilliant, right on the West coast. The staff were friendly and helpful and the facilities offered were great. I can't really fault any-thing about this resort for value for money. I've been to Barbados 4 times now staying in different hotels both on the West coast and South West. Last year we stayed at the hotel next door, Mango Bay, also all inc and would probably have booked there again but this year it was a lot more expensive for not a whole lot more facilities.Discovery Bay was very welcoming from the start with great help from the reception staff and a welcoming fruit punch and fast check in. Our cases were taken to the room for us which was great as there is no lift. The food was very tasty, maybe not a massive selection but there was some-thing to suit every taste and it was very good, no complaints at all. We ate far too much which is always a good sign that the food is good! Water is safe to drink too which is always a bonus!Some people say that the overall building is a little tired looking and could do with modernising but I thought it all added to the charm of the place..It's great if you want to do nothing more than relax and not have noisy children running around and screaming! There were no children there and there probably wouldn't be much for them to do if there were. We all love children but it was great just to have a much needed break away from them for once..My only criticism would be that the mattress and pillows were hard and uncomfortable. There were three of us and we all thought the same. With forethought, we should have had a moan at the time but we didn't want to be bothered as were having too good a time but it's definitely worth a mention if you're not used to hard bedding..Sorry if I've missed any-thing out but to sum up, I would definitely go there again and look forward to a possible return trip next year. You can't fault it for an all inclusive value for money holiday in a great location with lovely food and very helpful staff. What more could you want!! Oh, and very clean!! Mustn't forget that...

  • Paul R : Kettering, United Kingdom
If you read the other reviews you'll see mixed results, it's an accurate reflection

Do you know, if you read enough you'll find reasons to dislike anywhere. Me and my girlfriend (2nd time lucky for us! not a young couple) visited on a 10 day break mid September 2017 and we had an awesome time. Granted some of this enjoyment was self made, but to be honest the resort isn't bad at all, as long as you're not looking for 4/5* service and entertainment.The rooms were fine, at the end of the day you're not paying for a hot tub on your balcony. Yes they are tired, but ours was clean and everything worked, the shower was good too which always helps after a tough day on the beach.Talking of the beach, we loved it. Plenty of sunbeds and facilities to use that are all part of an All-Inclusive deal (snorkels, kayaks, paddle boards), yes there are quite a few beach vendors, bu if your polite to them and say 'no thanks, but we know where you are' then they wont pester you. We heard a few complaints about being hassled, but these were the same people that used the "maybe later" tactic and to those guys trying to make a living, later means later, so they come back, later. We stayed on the beach every day and were more than happy their, although the pool does seem to have a good choice of beds, it just isn't our thing. If you pay to visit one of the most beautiful parts of the world with nice beaches, why sit around a pool?The staff are overall ok. I agree the pool barman was top notch and so was Stanley in the restaurant. That said, generally they were pretty quiet and distant, but did the job and were polite so it's hard to complain. If you want someone to bow as you walk past, you'll be disappointed.The food was "fine". It's a 3* resort, but neither of us could really complain. Every other night the evening meal was A la Carte, which was pretty basic and one night my "Chorizo and sausage kebab" starter was a leftover breakfast sausage on a stick, which we're still giggling about. Breakfast was more than nice and lunch the same, we ate fresh fish most days and there was always a good choice at all meal times, providing that again you're not looking for Michelin meals, it's tasty, you have a choice, there's plenty of it, simple, end of story.Yes, there are problems here but all could be fixed, if they wanted to. We had a garden view top floor room and found that to be pleasant, we also spoke to a couple not so lucky where lots of things didn't work, but I suppose that again, it's 3* and you could be unlucky. Entertainment was pretty poor though, one evening's steel drum guy was literally awful, but one singer was pretty good, a bit like the overall experience, some good, some bad.Overall our holiday was literally blissful, but we made it what it was and knew what we'd booked so didn't feel let down one bit. Go on a boat trip as it's fun to see the reef and swim with turtles, but use the beach guys not the travel reps, so the community get the money. The turtles are literally only 200m down the beach from the hotel, but it helps the first time to go on a trip as they will feed them and you'll get a better experience. Once you know where to go then go on your own, we did and it was an experience we'l never forget.Also you MUST visit 'Party in The Street' on Sunday nights, it literally is a party, in the street. Karaoke with a mix of locals and holiday makers great fun, cheap beer and the resulting headache is as strong as the grin on your face.We both said we'd return, depending on budget but we definitely wouldn't say not to go, just read here and don't be expecting a top notch place. Clean and functional are the words here.

  • Dawn F : London, United Kingdom

Very clean,quite hotel. Pretty location. Bit run down, needs more entertainment. Beds too old an hardThis hotel better for older people. Sun beds free. And snorkels extra. Has seller a bit on the beach

  • Andrew M : Banbur
I need a holiday

Having spent a week at Discovery Bay this is how I have found the hotel , although I have marked the hotel as terrible there are some positives. 1) The breakfast is very good. 2) The pool area has great sun beds and additional furniture. 3) The beach area has plenty of sun beds and a nice beach which is great for a morning walk in either direction. 4) The guy at the pool bar, a credit to how to do the job. Now for the downside 1) Birds flying all through the restaurant and leaving deposits everywhere including the back of tee shirts I know twice in 7 days I was hit , the hotel does nothing to discourage them. 2) The attitude of some of the staff and unfortunately it was the female members of staff who were very abrupt made us feel unwelcome. 3) You are constantly asked what your room number is, you wear a wristband to show you are a guest in the hotel and on all inclusive. 4) Went for fresh beach towels and was told they were still in the tumble dryer the first time I have known a hotel to be short of towels and it is only 40% full I dread to think how they get on when they are at full capacity. As you can see the faults are minor but the staff are rude and are more than happy to challenge you if you mention any faults or problems and that includes senior staff.Overall we have had a poor holiday 3 of the 7 night holiday spent away from the hotel mostly going to the beach at Carlisle Bay in Bridgetown, we ate out most nights as the food in the evening was not to our liking and the local taxi drivers will tell you a lot of people say the same if fact one driver claims Discovery Bay is known as the worst hotel on the west coast and I can't disagree, there are some good restaurants in the area so we didn't go hungry but the hotel is all inclusive and we were out more than in for lunch and dinner , we were both happy with the breakfast and the choices available.In summary you get what you pay for please don't think that the price advertised gets you a luxury holiday save money by paying the extra to stay at other hotels as eating out has cost me £300 plus. One place I will recommend and I will go there when I return to the island in January and that is to Oistins fish fry a great night out, so please be warned eating out at night can cost you £100 a night so choose your hotel carefully. Final point the hotel is 3 star and a little tired in decor and the rooms are pretty standard but ok although the beds are lumpy. I for will not return to this hotel but please note you have been warned without me ranting about the place.

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

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