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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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  • creole : UK
Not the best

The hotel is need of updating.The food was shocking !! and the staff serving it were not friendly at allEverywhere seemed grubby or dirty, especially around the bar near the pool.Would not recommend , there are plenty of nicer places for less money on the West coast

  • M T : Paris, Canada
Relaxation Plus much more....

This was the 'best relaxation holiday' we have ever had, 2 weeks of bliss. We arrived rather burned out and left refreshed, relaxed and renewed ready to face work challenges once again. The staff are so friendly and will do whatever it takes to make your visit wonderful. The new General Manager Kathy Gaskin went way above and beyond the call of duty to make sure our mattresses were super comfortable & is working hard to make sure her guests will be back. The cleaning staff do an amazing job throughout the resort and always with a smile. The chef and kitchen staff prepared excellent home cooked style meals with so much variety it was difficult to know where to start but we enjoyed everything. Waiters and waitresses were always smiling, gracious and kept our wine glasses filled. The beach and ocean were fabulous with lots of room to spread out and no crowding. Tons of beach chairs & umbrellas out every morning thanks to the hard working Malcolm who oversees the area and also cleans the pool til it sparkles. There was a variety of evening musical entertainment throughout our stay plus a lovely outdoor dance area. After dinner & entertainment many guests gathered in the large bar/lounge area where we met so many friendly British and Canadian guests with whom we will continue to keep in touch. The resort is only a 2 minute walk to the local fashion shops plus exclusive Lime Grove shopping mall and the many restaurants on First and Second street . Discovery Bay is truly Bajan in comfort, friendliness, relaxation and just getting away from it all. We most certainly will return and can not wait to sit by the ocean with a book, listening to the waves and doing absolutely nothing.

  • anlep1 : Canterbury, United Kingdom
wonderful stay

Dont panick if you are planning a trip to discovery bay and have read the previous 1* review. We returned today from a wonderful family holiday between 13th- 20th at discovery bay. I have to say we certainly encountered none of the issues mentioned by the previous reviewer? Our rooms were also on the top floor sea view, there were certainly no problems with water or air conditioning beach towels were clean, a couple of times there were no clean towels available to swap , but not a big deal. The gardens are imaculately clean as were the public areas and rooms. Staff without exception were charming. If you are a party animal and like 5* luxury don't stay here, this is a 3* hotel, with 3* food but in a 5* location, we all loved the beach and our teenage daughters loved the designer shops just across the road! We like to snorkle , 5 mins walk along the beach to the right of the hotel is a marine park there are more fish here than the man made reef outside the hotel. The hotel is just a few minutes walk into the resort centre with numerous good restaurants. We loved Barbados its charming poeple and Discovery Bay , we have never returned to the same place but would certainly consider another visit to this chilled resort.

  • Parmindermin : London, United Kingdom
Best ever location

Hotel needed updating from when we last went but the location is best ever we been to , along the platinum coast this hotel is perfectly positioned for breathtaking sunsets has swimming pool and a bar on the grounds , music in the evenings , good food

  • MWJB2605 : Cornwall, United Kingdom
Dramatic Deterioration Since Our Last Visit; Now a 'Boot camp'.

We had stayed here on three previous occasions, 2012, 2013 and 2014, and have previously left balanced and complimentary reviews - so, even thinking we knew what to expect, we were looking forward to being able to return again for an extended stay in mid January 2017.However, far from being maintained at or improved from the position as at our last visit I am very disappointed to report that this hotel has deteriorated significantly in all respects since our last visit.The fabric of the hotel itself has suffered from an obvious lack of even basic maintenance, so there are constant problems with fundamental services such as water supply, water heating, electrics, air-conditioning etc - especially on the top floor of the more expensive beach front/ocean view block where our room was located.In addition, during our stay Housekeeping was in total disarray and even though the Hotel was by no means full it was a constant fight on daily basis to get towels returned as it seems there are not enough to go around; they have to remove towels in the morning to be laundered in order to be able to return them clean later on! As for bed linen, well ours wasn't changed during the first 10 days and might never have been had we not escalated our unheeded complaints from housekeeping and reception to tour company.Apart from the lack of clean sheets and towels the actual cleaning of the rooms wasn't that bad - but that could not be said for elsewhere as hygiene standards in communal areas that could be seen such as the bars and restaurants were woefully inadequate (for example it was common practice for the bars to swill used glasses for reuse rather then clean them and sometimes this was quite disgusting) and there was a lingering smell of 'vomit' around the beach bar throughout our stay, so I dread to think what hidden areas such as kitchens may have been like.I also caught an eye, ear, nose, throat infection from either the pool or poorly laundered beach towels.Then there was the food; to say this was even more basic than on previous trips would be a kind overstatement but even worse than this was the fact that the quantities were often blatantly insufficient resulting in a rush from diners to make their selections before everything ran out!So, in a nutshell I would now say 'Don't do it!', don't take the risk of staying here until there is clear evidence that the long awaited and now supposedly imminent refurbishment has been carried out satisfactorily and the critical reviews have ceased as otherwise whilst Barbados is a high end destination you will feel, like we did, that you have ended up in a 'boot camp' rather than a holiday resort - and you will suffer all sorts of privation, rather than pampering, during your stay!I know others have said guests should not expect 5* quality and need to understand Discovery Bay is a supposed 3* resort; well, that might have been true but, sadly, it is not so any longer; Discovery Bay itself doesn't deserve any more than 1* at this point.As for our trip ? Well after 10 days we voted with our feet and our Tour Company moved us elsewhere for the rest of our trip; it was only then that we felt 'on holiday'.Be warned!

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

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