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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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  • Jose C : Toronto, Canada
Charming and pleasant...

...those are two words that come to my mind after staying one whole week at the Discovery Bay by Rex Resorts in Barbados during our stay in April 2017 Easter week.Let´s start by talking about the infrastructure. This beautiful property takes you to the old days of Créole-style architecture. The main buildings are elegant. Our room was located in the North side of the property. To get to our rooms, we had to walk literally over a bridge that serves as a hallway. During daylight, pastel colours, accentuated by dark wood and white gave the property are cozy and welcoming ambiance. At night time, it was mysterious and enigmatic. One might think that Agatha Christie might have inspired herself to write A Caribbean Mystery at the Discovery. We decided to go for the full package, which is the all-inclusive deal. Definitely it was a good decision. Aquatic sports are included, except for the motorized vehicles. We enjoyed kayaking and snorkeling. The beach is pleasant with crystalline and pristine waters.What can we say about food? Well, delicious! We got spoiled by Celeste, our cook, and all the kitchen staff. Breakfasts were delicious, with good variety that included tropical fruits. The omelets were amazing. Thanks to the kitchen staff for introducing us to the Bajan Spicy Hot Sauce. We brought home a good supply with us. Every day we went for the “catch of the day” sometimes marlin, other times tuna, always marinated in delicious and aromatic Bajan spices. Dinners were a nice treat. Some nights we had a menu “à la carte”. Caroline, Coraline and especially Steffi, and all the servers and bar staff treated us so nicely. Did you know that meals taste even better when you are happy? That joyous customer service made our meals taste even better. All the “buffet” meals were also excellent, with a variety of choices. We were never disappointed. Live music is performed almost every night. "Morado" made excellent performances with reggae, soca and R & B.The rooms are neat, kept clean and cozy. Thank you to Mildred, Norma and Doriel who were so nice. When Mildred found out that it was our first time in Barbados (my first time as an adult), she left valuable information close to our door to plan our days. Mildred also taught us the difference between the blue buses and the yellow buses. It was really fun to ride public transit from Holetown to Bridgetown. Thank you, Mildred!During our stay, our bathroom light had a problem, so we notified the Front-of-House, and within twenty-four hours the problem was fixed. For us, that’s what really matters, that problems are resolved. Wifi is excellent in the pool, main building, beach, and overall public areas. An improvement suggestion is wifi connectivity in the building where room 77 is located, especially for those that need to be in touch with emails and online communications, that's an easy fix with a wireless range extender.We don’t want to end this review without thanking the Front-of-House staff. They were very welcoming and kind. Our first impression is that we were given friendly smiles, valuable information with respect to the hotel’s services and facilities and nice customer care. What really makes a place stand out is the combination of nice infrastructure and the human talent that runs it. Definitely, we are going back to Discovery Bay by Rex Resorts in Barbados.Cheers,josé g.

  • CathHelena :
England Cricket tour

We stayed at Discovery Bay whilst attending England Cricket. Everything about the hotel was wondetful. The food was very nice with lots of choice. The staff was kind and helpful. The rooms were very clean and well furnished. Would definately come back.

  • kaygee2017 : London, United Kingdom
Excellent destination

We have just returned from our third visit to Discovery Bay and were delighted to find that, despite what some reviewers claim, it has not lost it's charm, comfort and excellent levels of service. The rooms are a little dated but comfortable and functional (they are due to be upgraded over the next few months). The food available for breakfast lunch and dinner is not 'Jamie Oliver' but is of good quality and with plenty of choice. We particularly liked the introduction of 'a la carte' evenings. The gardens, pool and beach are idyllic. As for the staff you will not find a more friendlier and helpful team anywhere else. We were sorry when the time came to leave but will certainly be returning.

  • GailJB64 : London, United Kingdom
Fantastic location

We also read the negative reviews but were pleasantly surprised. The hotel is an old colonial style hotel and has a very relaxed atmosphere, not a modern 5 star hotel. The food was plentiful and flavorsome, good home cooking. The pool is lovely with the outside bar and plenty of comfortable sun loungers. The beach is great and we saw a lot of fish snorkeling. We also walked up to the Folkestone Marine Reserve and the snorkeling was very good with plenty of sea life and living coral, great to see. The staff are lovely and were only too pleased to help wherever they could. Thank you for a lovely holiday, we hope to return.

  • MissyTravellor : California
Terrible resort

I heard Barbados is a very nice place to visit and i saw this 4.5 star resort on Tripadvisor and booked it online. I called the resort the night before I arrived to see if there was any shuttle bus going there from the airport but their voicemail was full and no one was answering. So I took a taxi from the airport and it clearly said that it was 58BDS on the price chart but they charged me 68BDS. Anyways, my friend and I arrived the resort and we were very disappointed that the resort is very old and the beach is small surrounding with rocks. Food was bad and there were only few choices of food at the so-called buffet. The room was very old and i found little black dots on the bed sheet and later i found so much more under my pillow and it happened to be bed bug poops. The bath tub drain was clogged and bathroom was very old and dirty. I asked for a room change when i saw the bed bug poops and my back was bitten and itchy. They switched us to another room right away but that room had no AC. So we had to moved to another room again but the AC in this room was dripping water whole night and next morning the floor and our suitcases were all wet. We decided that we had to leave and find another hotel so next day when we checked out, the lady from the conceirge did not even bother to ask why we were leaving earlier while we already paid for the rest of the trip. Resort was old with bad services and their website is misleading because those pictures were super nice. I moved to Radisson Hotel after and it felt like hell to heaven.

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

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