This apartment in situated on the main road to the major tourist attraction of Shirley's Heights and thus almost every single one of those hundreds of thousands of tourists will arrive via diesel powered taxi climbing up the hill immediately outside this apartment. The fumes are bad and the noise awful.
Of the 2 settees, one has the stuffing falling out, and the other is made of "leatherette" and is flaking and split. The gas oven is fine, but of it's 4 gas hobs, only one works. We pointed out to the manager that one of the saucepans was rusted through. Both bedrooms are too small for a side table either side, so one of you will have your phone etc. on the floor. Basically, this is student accommodation-with one exception.......no self respecting student would have plastic flowers in every room, including a 4' plastic tree on the decking.
We sadly broke one of the Ikea plates, and our deposit has been charged over £80.
Myself and new wife spent the first half of our trip to Antigua in this apartment, and really wish we'd been able to spend it all there instead of moving on to a hotel. The place is perfectly-located for exploring the English Harbour area on foot, or anywhere else on the island by car.
Our hostess Nicole was patient and accommodating before we even arrived, taking time to answer all our questions and provide advice, and arranged for "Uncle PJ" to pick us up at the airport. He too was very welcoming and, had we not hired a car after a couple of days, we would gladly have taken him up on his offer to take us around during our entire stay on the island. Once we arrived at Mango Cora itself, we were placed into the very capable hands of Lynch, who really bent over backwards to ensure we had everything we needed to have a perfect stay. There were bread, eggs and juice waiting for us so we'd be able to have breakfast the following morning, and a bottle of bubbly on ice for us to start our honeymoon off in style. There was also WiFi throughout the property, as well as TVs and Chromecasts in the main living area and rooms. In addition, Lynch was always on hand to answer any questions, give us advice on where to go and what to do, whether in the morning or late at night. Even after we left he was still amazingly helpful, meeting us at our hotel to bring us some of the items we had mistakenly left behind.
Thanks so much guys, when next we visit Antigua again, we will be returning to Mango Cora without a doubt
This was our first visit to the island, with one week in the apartment and the second week in a hotel. Really enjoyed our stay and easy to walk to many bars and restaurants. Apartment well equipped and Lynch was excellent with the few queries we had. Neighbours friendly and would recommend hiring a car so you can explore the nearby beaches and other areas. Air Con and Wi Fi both worked well, and whilst we sprayed ourselves with Deet, we both still got bitten by sandflies from the beach - so take care. Owner answered our emails quickly prior to the visit. All in all, had a lovely stay and would highly recommend this apartment.
Had a great holiday staying at Mango Cora with my husband and two friends.
There were complications in booking before we left the UK, yet Nicole was always very helpful and easy to deal with. She even asked if we needed meeting at the airport (which we didn't).
This was our second visit to English Harbour, so we were able to grab a rental from Hertz at the airport and drive directly to the property using maps provided by Nicole, where Lynch was there to meet us with a huge smile and some gifts of food and drink.
Mango Cora is a really sweet hide-away with plenty of space inside and out for the four of us. It's beautifully decorated throughout and the kitchen is stocked with everything you need to prepare great meals. Not that we really did that - the local food is so good we ate out in town every night.
Mango Cora remained cool inside even on the hottest of days, a silent ceiling fan in the lounge diner keeps the air moving, so you are always comfortable. Bed nets and screens on all doors and windows ensured the inside remained completely free of mosquitos which meant we could sleep easy at night. If you are staying here, there is no need to bring further nets. But we did use Deet 50 when going out into town at night, and took the further precaution of anti-histimines from 2 days before travelling. (we've had entire holidays wrecked by bites).
The wifi throughout the inside and outside deck is good and strong, if that's something you need.
Sleeping was easy, the bedrooms are air conditioned, and the bedding is just a thin sheet or two, which is perfect. I've been caught out by inappropriate bedding elsewhere in my travels so had bought a silk sleeping bag liner and mozzi net but needed neither.
We all loved the outside deck area, taking it in turns to kick back and chill in the hammock, or soak in the jacuzzi. The gardens around the house are lovely, filled with humming birds and small families of hens and chicks scratching around.
We spent our days driving out to different beaches, our favourite local ones being Rendezvous Beach (you'll need a 4X4 to get there, deserted sand and palm trees), Half Moon Bay (sand with a great shack selling roti and Red Stripe) and the lovely Pigeon Beach (best for snorkelling on the reef, otherwise beautiful sand with a great bistro on the beach). We also ate at Papa Zouk's in St John's and OJ's on the beach, but honestly, these more expensive places did not compare to the local eateries, Flatties, Life on the corner and Trappas where the food and service are brilliant, relaxed and happy. Great breakfasts at the little cafe on the farthest corner of Nelson's Dockyard and from the Sailing Academy.
Other highlights were a trip to Shirley Heights for the sunset party on Sunday night and an amazing day over at the Rain Forest zip-line.
Throughout our stay returning back to lovely Mango Cora, soon began to feel like a second home for us. Honestly if you're reading this and thinking staying around English Harbour, then book Mango Cora before someone beats you to it - it really is an absolute gem.
I thoroughly recommend it and will certainly be staying there again.
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