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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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  • laydeeqt : Crawley
Lovely hotel on an amazing beach

Where do I start? I have to say, do not read any of the negative reviews about this hotel. I had a perfect stay at Discovery Bay. I was there 5 days as a single traveller. I checked in with ease and was provided a lovely sea view room- I could hear the waves as I slept! The room was large, and adequate. The balcony provided the most glorious views of the beach and sea, breathtaking. Air con was fine and not noisy. Bathroom large and always hot water running. One of the best things about the hotel is the food. Myself and one of the other guests commented how good the food was. At breakfast they have an egg station, and at lunch they did many choices, suitable for vegetarians too- lots of fresh fish, veg and chicken also. Really tasty. At dinner they normally do buffet style but on Tuesday they did a –la carte which was fine but I preferred the choice of the buffet. Always hot and tasty. The staff were good, couldn’t do enough for you, I met the new manager and she seemed lovely. The hotel is set on one of the nicest beaches along that strip, clear waters which I was able to do some snorkelling in and also great location in the middle of Holetown where there are designer shops and nightlife too. The pool area was great, the sun loungers were nice and cosy and the pool always clean. I did not experience any nightlife there or hotel entertainment but think it was low season. Overall I had a lovely time and came away feeling very relaxed. They even let me have a later check out. Would fully recommend this hotel and plan to come back again later this year for sure.

  • alanbell17 : County Durham, United Kingdom
Another fantastic stay

Returned to Discovery Bay for the 3rd time for 7 nights at the end of April. We had 3 rooms as there was 5 of us. New manager really is putting her stamp on the hotel, we had one of the refurbished rooms and it really was tip top, only hope that the hotel can keep its attractive pricing it has had for so long. Other two rooms were also fab and we were allocated all beside each other. Staff as always were wonderful and went out of their way to help. Food again was excellent and now with al a carte menu on a number of evenings. Having visited another hotel a few year back where the new manager use to run then i guess Discovery will be competing with the best in no time. The grounds to hotel are to the highest of standards as is the pool. The beach is second to none and Malcolm proudly carries out a first class service with his new beds and parasols. Having stayed in a few locations on the west coast the hotel is in a premium place which many others cant boast. Thanks again for a most wonderful holiday and stay, will be back soon.

  • PortsmouthUkFairy : portsmouth uk
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Having read lots of reviews before booking we knew it was going to be a reasonably basic place to stay, next to the Caribbean sea with snorkelling, and the odd place to visit.Perfect we thought, ticked all our boxes.We stayed for 10 days at the end of April. Checking in was very smooth and we were shown to room 83, we were lucky that the air-con wasn't working as it is not a great room, small, very tatty and a view over the so called garden. No problem changing rooms this is when you realise how different the rooms are, room 70 larger, nice view over the pool and no peeling paint.As all the rooms seem to vary I can only review this room, The bathroom is adequate, shower with good pressure over a very small shallow bath. washstand with basin and loo. Shaver socket and hairdryer (take your own).The bedroom has a very large bed with hard mattress not great for a comfy nights sleep. Small fridge, dressing table and stool, iron and tiny board. kettle and safe and TV.The room was never really cleaned so I suggest you don't look under or behind anything, also take your own supply of tea and coffee as we were given coffee filter bags but no jug so pointless. Lots of sugar, coffee whitener, and a few tea bags, we did ask for extra instant coffee but never got any.The towels, not really sure if they were that clean as sometimes had an odd smell.Do take insect repellent plugin or room spray as its not supplied and very expensive to buy when you get there. The Beach, if your main aim is to bake in the sun this is definitely the place for you plenty of sun beds and parasols, as the beaches are public be prepared to be pestered all the time, people trying to sell you trips, jewellery,Aloe Vera,massage and the list goes on so not very restful, you don't need to reserve beds but there are some people that do. If like us you are going for the snorkelling you will probably be disopointed there is no reef, only man made sea defence that needs many more years to establish living coral and that will only happen if people stop standing on the rocks. There are some fish to see and it is worth walking to the Folkestone marine reserve to the right of the hotel where there is a larger snorkelling area.Food, No real worries but the restaurant does have an odd set up at times, you will need to book a time for dinner at breakfast on days that they have a la cart and when you order your food from the menu you may just get an alternative as they tend to run out but not bother to tell you. One eve we waited 40mins before our order was taken and even then they forgot our drinks and no one really bothers with the dress code. Breakfast one person cooking eggs on one bottled gas ring in 10 days eggs still weren't cooked thoroughly, one day i had poached eggs these were cracked into a pan of barely boiling water left for 10mins and scooped out onto my toast (picture the soggy mess). Saying all this though we never went hungry but with more staff and a bit of care the whole experience could be so much better.Beauty treatments, I would say don't bother the prices are really expensive and the hygiene is not great, they were running a special offer for a free treatment with massages booked in April so booked hot stone massage $110, therapist was really nice massage okay but no hand washing and no hygiene covers on pillow so not great, when I asked about the offer that was printed in the window and in reception they had no idea so I never did get this instead my final bill was reduced.Before we arrived I arranged with the hotel to supply a birthday cake for my husband at an extortionate price of $60 should have been a lovely surprise unfortunately they forgot to bring the cake out to our table during that evenings dinner, very disappointing. We did receive a phone call later in in the evening to apologize for the error, and an offer to let us have the cake for free at breakfast !But the moment had been and gone, so we politely declined!The hotel is nice in a convenient location,easy bus routes and upmarket designer shopping a short walk away but it lacks care of its clients and attention to detail. Barbados in general is a small island that is very very expensive with shops that are empty because of the prices, nice to look though, so whatever you do don't forget your essentials or you will pay dearly.We did go on a couple of trips Welshmans gully, Huntes gardens and the caves all really good but not long enough so instead of booking the tours go by bus and spend longer.One final thing the maid would have got a tip had she not spent the last couple of days asking when we were leaving and telling us when her days off were.Hope this review helps

  • sheilabickle : Salisbury, United Kingdom
Another great holiday at Discovery Bay

Just returned from another great holiday at Discovery Bay.Since our last stay in April 2016 a new manager Kathy Gaskin has been appointed. Allready kathy has made further improvements to the hotel which is looking good. Location wise it is unbeatable being sited on a sandy beach with calm waters lappinjg the shoreline. Whislst the rooms are basic they are quite adequete and of good size and are kept very clean and tidy by the housekeeping team.If you are looking for a hotel with loud music all day,Bingo and a disco at night Discovery Bay is not for you. If your idea of a holiday is relaxing by the pool or on the beach with a good book during the day and to meeting new friends over a drink in the evening then this is for you. Its not a posh hotel butt he staff are just great and treat you as much as a friend as a guest and nothing is to much trouble Mealwise its mostly buffet but Kathy is introducing a couple of Al a carte evenings The food is good and plentiful and you will never go hungryMany of the guests (as us) are repeaters (regulars) and on our vist this time we met up with three other couples who were there at the same time as us last year. Most seem to come from the U.K and Canada and dare we say tend to be mature allthough we did notice a ferw younger couples this time who obviously wanted a quiet holiday. Its not ideal for children as there are no facilities for them (long may it last)Overall Discovery Bay is a good old fashoined hotel in which to have an enjoyable holiday in Barbados without breaking the Bank and you may catch a glimpse of celebs shopping in Limegrove just down the roadWe are allready planning for our next trip as soon as possible.

  • suemik93 : Chester, United Kingdom
10 nights

Just returned after 10 nights in the discovery bay hotel . We found this hotel excellent extremely pleasant staff who were at all times very helpfull the food was very good and the entertainment was not in your face and of a good standard. For a 3 star this hotel was good value. If we come again to Hole-town we will return to the Discovery bay

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

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