This is truly a gem! As all the descriptions depict, this house has it all! My wife, teenage daughter and I were very comfortable. We immediately felt at home. This house is in easy walking distance from everything you could possibly need: the beach, pool, vendors, cute Caribbean themed pastel colored boutique stores, a major grocery store called Massy that has EVERYTHING, a 24 hr gas station next to Massy’s (if you rent a car - we didn’t find a need for one) restaurants, a police station and a medical center.
Also note, there are taxis pretty much at every corner, so no need to go searching for those either! If you wanted to venture out even further, you can walk into a busier area where there are more restaurants and bars. This is where you’ll find a beautiful high end outdoor shopping center called Limegrove which has not only shops, but multiple eateries and a little cinema.
This is in THE perfect location. Truly. Walking about, even at night, was completely safe!
As in previous reviews, my wife also had the pleasure of frequent communications with Cath via WhatsApp in preparation for the journey, and during. So, if you don’t already have that downloaded in your phone, do yourself a favor and download it now. You can text and make calls just as you would with your own phone service, BUT it’s FREE.
Very detailed notes were provided about the home and area. And Lucille, the house keeper was a delight. She met us on arrival and gave us a tour of the house. We had her phone number in case we needed to contact her. And, when we did not call, she would periodically check in by calling us to make sure all was well! She also came in to clean twice during our stay. A real pro!
We are experienced travelers and can tell you that is is a great bargain!
Barbados is a beautiful island and the locals are beautiful people. Genuinely friendly and helpful. If a Bajan has said hello to you first, don’t hesitate to initiate a “hello”, as you will surely receive one back!
A perfect example of this is Bean & Bagel. Maybe 50 yards away from the backyard over to the left. We’re sure it hasn’t been listed in the Mills’ binder of things to do and places to eat because of it being a newer establishment. If staying at Mangoes, you cannot have a day without stopping in here. We ate there several times! Besides the great choices in food and beverages, the great service, and very savvy and friendly manager, Jordan. Special note* if you’re Vegetarian or Vegan, this place will be perfect for you as well ;-) Jordan was very sensitive towards this aspect, as both my wife and daughter are Vegan.
Special mention goes to our server: Rashida, who was always smiling, and singing!
Thanks to Cath, Ian, Lucille and William (Lucille’s brother who provided our return ride to the airport).
We had a fantastic vacation. We highly recommend you choose Mangoes as your island vacation home.
Written by both Mike & Kim Barnard from New York, USA