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“Small Hope Bay Lodge, Andros Island, Bahamas - Come as Stranger...Leave as Family”

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Small Hope Bay Lodge
Ranked #1 of 9 Hotels in Andros
Certificate of Excellence
Frederick, MD
1 review
“Small Hope Bay Lodge, Andros Island, Bahamas - Come as Stranger...Leave as Family”
Reviewed 21 April 2011

Small Hope Bay Lodge on Andros Island, Bahamas is in a perfect location on the largest and least inhabited island. After only one visit we have decided we will return as often as we can to this all-inclusive resort. The staff is attentive and on the ball, well aware of what each guest has planned the next day so if one wants an early breakfast before hours to fill up for a morning fishing trip or trip to the airport, they are standing by. The food was very good and fresh and the open bar nicely stocked. If you want fishing, it has it all - reef, deep and bone fishing. If you snorkel or dive, they have that as well offering the nearby reef as well as blue holes, including one inland that also is a prime spot for bird watching. Guests can borrow bicycles and kayaks, lounge around all day and do nothing in a hammock or on the beach, or go on an excursion in the water or on land. We did not have time for everything in one week but did snorkel by ourselves, and took the deep sea and bone fishing trips. Next time we plan to snorkel the reef with the group and take dive lessons, hoping to obtain certification with one of the lodge's dive masters. The cottages have wonderful views of the water and are well shaded for eco-comfort. There is wireless internet access in the main lodge all day except during social time prior to dinner, which is where we met and made new friends from all over the place. Finally, for my partner and I, finding an LGBT friendly place to call home in the Bahamas was very important. We felt very welcome among the staff and guests at Small Hope Bay and will return. We are two women who are happy and simply love life, the outdoors and its activities. We enjoyed the open-minded people, the intelligent and interesting array of guests and staff and the conversations and discussions. If you want a natural setting and to really get away, this is your final destination, perhaps your only one.

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Arlington, VA
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Reviewed 18 April 2011

My husband and I booked our trip kind of last minute based on other reviews we had red on trip advisor. They were right, it was wonderful! It's truly a hidden gem. Our cabana was basically right on the beach with hammocks strung up between palm trees. Dinner was fresh seafood from what the fishing expeditions caught like Mahi Mahi or grilled tuna steaks. The tiki hut bar was self serve fully stocked and all inclusive. Because they only have a few other lodges, it's very private and you get to know some really interesting people on the dive excursions and at dinner. It can be as private as you want or you can mingle. They had free wireless at the main lodge if you wanted to check emails. We saw several families there as well, so it really fit all types of guests. I would say though that it's not for the person expecting to go shopping at malls, or play at casinos. This was more for those wanting a retreat to visit the island's sites like the Blue Hole or go diving. We couldn't stop raving about it when we got home and would definitely recommend this place to everyone.

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Williams Lake, Canada
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Reviewed 18 April 2011

We started our search looking for exciting world class diving and had the Bahamas on the radar. Then the search got more complicated when we decided to elope!!!! Small Hope Bay advertised they could meet both needs? Well the diving was exceptional. All levels of challenge were available for myself and my partner with the greatest of staff to make our diving the best we have done. We are going back for our anniversary to complete all the dives we wanted to do but did not have enough time for. And the wedding was like a dream come true and more. When it was time to leave it was like leaving family. The rooms were comfortable relaxed and romantic. The wonderful family atmosphere during dinners allowed us to meet friends from Canada that we now keep in contact with and just spent the weekend with and are planning to travel with next year. Check "Bev and Rudys wedding" on You tube. :o)

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Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed 17 April 2011

Lew and I knew we were in paradise as soon as we arrived at Small Hope Bay Lodge. Thanks to friends that recommended the spot, we had a wonderful expierence with the staff on our dive vacation. Everyone was very pleasant and professional. They also took great care to make our wedding very memorable! The whole trip was more than we could have ever imagined! We know why people keep going back. We are sure to join the group and return!

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Gloucester, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 16 April 2011

This all-inclusive resort does an early morning wall dive @ 7am that is the highlight of my numerous trips there.They pick you up in Nassau for free and it makes the trip there easy.The staff is enthusiastic about diving and made every dive fun. The dining room staff served spaghetti to me every nite at my request YAHOO.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Reviewed 13 April 2011

We have been going to Small Hope Bay Lodge on an annual basis for over 10 years, but many of the guests have been returning for decades, so we're relative newcomers. Over the years we have introduced numerous diving and fishing buddies to SHBL, and they too have become regular visitors. In addition, we invariably make new friends while we're there. This year we enjoyed two spectacular weeks of blue skies and balmy weather, which made for great diving, fishing, beach walking, birdwatching, exploring and hammocking. I can't think of a more relaxing, enjoyable place to vacation!

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Gloucester, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 13 April 2011

Small Hope Bay Lodge is unique. It's a great destination for long-time (as opposed to "old") as well as new divers. We're the former and we saw two groups of the latter. Bahamas Scuba diving is close to home, easy to get to, and exciting as well. We'll be back as soon as we can. Thanks for such a fun vacation.

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled with friends
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Property: Small Hope Bay Lodge
Address: Fresh Creek, 00000, Andros
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Region: Caribbean > Bahamas > Out Islands > Andros
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 9 Hotels in Andros
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Hotel Class:3 star — Small Hope Bay Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 21
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We have been catering to scuba divers, snorkelers, fishermen, eco-tourists, and relaxers since 1960. Third largest barrier reef in the world and bonefish heaven. There are 21 all-inclusive rooms in cottages right on the beach. Come experience our unique ambience, friendly staff, and natural safe environment. Our dock and dive shop are right on property and fishing trips are easily arranged. Of course, if grabbing a drink, a book, and a hammock are more your style, go right ahead. We have 2 beaches and plenty of hammocks. Rest, Relaxation, and Rediscovery ... ... more   less 
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