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Bluff House Beach Resort & Marina
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Reviewed 22 June 2006

After nearly thirty years travelling around the world's tropical and sub-tropical islands, I can honestly say that Green Turtle Cay (and Bluff House especially) is at the top of the list of our favourite places, bar none.

The balance is perfect for us...tranquil, peaceful, out-island experience, with stunning beaches, excellent food, glorious clear turquoise sea, superb fishing, excellent scuba diving friendly charming local people and staff, yet still civilised enough to enjoy a luxurious holiday without being at all snobby. Most importantly, the beaches...Oh My God! Even at the busiest times of year, yours are the only footprints on the best beaches you could possibly find, anywhere.

We love the fact that we can use a golf cart to travel around the island and also hire a good Boston Whaler boat to self-drive for snorkelling and beach picnics whenever we want. This latter point with boat hire is extremely unusual worldwide and really worth considering. Last time out, we were surrounded by a pod of about 20 dolphins, with at least one little baby in tow. You can also expect to see turtles, rays, sharks (not dangerous here), and a multitude of other marine and bird life.

Another very important factor is that Green Turtle Cay has virtually no crime, so you can feel perfectly safe not locking your hotel room door, or letting your kids roam around at will.

The island is not cheap though, which means that self-catering (which you can do at Bluff House) is a good idea, mixed in with the occasional lunch or night out at one of the two restaurants on site, or travel by golf buggy to a sweet little local bar or restaurant nearby. Don't get the wrong impression though...there are only a few bars and they are very 'out-island', which means simple, fun and charming.

If you want some local music, then there is a cool local band that plays once a week at Bluff House, but this isn't a destination for lovers of bright lights and nightlife...

Think in terms of a veeerrrryyy relaxed atmosphere, mon, and you have it about right.

We once saw the main headline in the local newspaper, which read: "Garbage Truck Nearly Has Accident". That just about says it all.

  • Stayed: January 2006
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Reviewed 12 June 2006

Spent a week at the Bluff House in May and loved it. I've been to over 20 Caribbean Islands and I'd put Green Turtle Cay up there with the best. Very quiet restful island, gorgeous beaches, very friendly people. Don't come here for a rowdy time.

You get around the island on a golf cart! Really fun and perfect for driving down those dirt beach roads. There are quite a few little places to get tropical drinks such as Pineapples, and dont' miss Miss Emily's Blue Bee.

The Bluff House was a great place to stay, our room was terrific. We had an upper level deluxe room, king size bed, couch, table with 2 chairs and french doors out to a big balcony overlooking the ocean. There's a coffee maker and small fridge. The balcony had nice padded outdoor chairs, although I saw some units had chaise lounges. Everything is clean and neat, housekeepers do a great job everyday.

The beach needed to be maintained a little better, not very inviting. Pool area is great.
The Jolly Roger has incredible drinks, food is pretty good. Bar-b-q night is fabulous!!!
Chicken, ribs, lobster tails, beef, salads and dessert. The main restaurant is too expensive for what you get.

Tracy is the manager there and works herself to the bone to keep the guests happy. The staff will remember your name and anyone is more than willing to help you in any way they can.

Bring cash to this island, no ATM and the bank is only open 4 hours a week. A lot of small shops and restaurants don't take credit cards. You don't need anything dressy unless you're eating in the main restaurant at the Bluff House or at the Green Turtle Club, and even then, slacks and a clean jersey will do.

We had a great time here and we'd definitely return.

  • Stayed: May 2006
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9  Thank SunJamaica6
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Reviewed 30 May 2006

Just got back from a week's stay in one of the Marina Villas. We enjoyed ourselves thoroughly. I understand that the Marina Villas are privately owned, but managed through the Bluff House. Therefore, it may be that some of the variety of reviews is a result of individual owners. Our villa, right above the pool, was beautifully taken care of and stocked with everything you can imagine, including two TVs and lots of DVDs and videos, even though the Bluff House website says the rooms do not have TVs. It was very spacious, with a large, wrap-around screened porch - perfect for evenings. The Yachtsman's Cottages are just being built; it appears some are already done and are owned privately and others are still under construction. Those do not have screened porches, only large decks. I didn't get a chance to see any of the rooms at the Bluff House, so I can't speak for their upkeep. Those rooms are on the Sea of Abaco side, facing the sunset, whereas the Marina Villas face east to the White Sound and the Marina.
If you come here, you need to understand that there is nothing much going on - this is a place for relaxation. The resort is small, the pool is small, but adequate. The main restaurant is good, but pricey. The Jolly Roger bar and bistro has good food, but it is expensive, as is most food on GTC because it all has to be shipped in. Most restaurants serve basically the same menu. They have a B-B-Q once a week with a band playing and that is the extent of the excitement. The ocean beaches are beautiful, but can be rough at high tide. The beach at the Bluff House is really nice, however, it is not for swimming. You can walk out forever and it is not up to your knees. It is good for shelling and we saw lots of animals.
We did two days of snorkeling with Brendal's Dive Center and it was fantastic, plus a day of deep sea fishing, where my husband caught quite a lot of fish, which we gave to Bluff House to cook for everyone.
All in all, we loved it and had a great, leisurely time.

  • Stayed: May 2006
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8  Thank jleung
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Reviewed 22 April 2006

I loved staying at the Bluff House and would recommend it to friends and family. The rooms were beautiful, clean, well kept, and with amazing views. The staff was friendly and helpful and Molly was particularly great! The resturant was good, but not great - slow at times, not enough staff. I have heard it is in the process of being sold, so things may change in the future.

  • Stayed: April 2006
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Reviewed 12 April 2006

My husband and I recently returned from a stay at the Bluff House. I would not recommend this resort to anyone at this time. We heard that it is currently in the process of being sold. The facility is old and tired, the staff is indifferent, and the chef has not been particularly well trained in the culinary arts. The only thing special about Bluff House is the wonderful sunset views from some of the rooms.

8  Thank arabella5
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