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Bluff House Beach Resort & Marina
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Reviewed 8 November 2006

In fall of 2003, we stayed at the Bluff House during off-season and were upgraded to a Deluxe suite for the same price as the split-level suite we originally booked. Wow. . . the views of the Sea of Abaco through our french doors were simply incredible (see the photos in some of the other reviews) -- it was like being on a cruise ship. We did have some problems with the electricity being off for a few hours one day (on the out-islands this is not unusual), but it was no problem. There are no phones or TV, so be sure to bring your own reading material.

There are a lot of stairs climbing down and up to the main building from the ocean view rooms but it is very good exercise! Steps from our room we could climb down the rocks into the water for excellent snorkeling. I swam all the way along the shore and under the docks there were a lot of fish -- including 2 small nurse sharks! The only problem was that towards the end of our weekend the jellyfish became very numerous and swimming through them became a slalom course. The resort (and the entire island, for that matter) was practically deserted, so it was extremely quiet. Although we explored the island by golf cart, we found that the nicest part of it was right there on the resort. The restaurant by the pool was the only one open, and although the selection was limited because of the off-season, it was very good.

We also rented a small boat one day to explore the nearby deserted cays -- we found some beautiful powder-sand beaches and more conch shells than we could possibly bring home with us. A local houseboat resident gave us a ride on his sportfish boat back to Treasure Cay to catch our plane so we didn't have to take the local ferry. All in all a quiet and beautiful place with the best views you can find anywhere. I do not know if the management has changed since we have been there. However, checking out their website I see that their prices have not gone up that much. And you can't beat the price for these kind of amazing views.

  • Stayed: September 2003, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 17 October 2006

Just returned from an all-too-brief stay at the Bluff House on Green Turtle Cay, and I can not say enough about how wonderful it was. My husband and I have visited many resorts in the Caribbean/Mexico/Central America, and the Bluff House has moved right to the top of my list.

They have the perfect combination of a gorgeous location, terrific staff, and relaxing atmosphere. No phones. No televisions. No e-mail. No crowds (granted, we were there in the off-season, but we had the place to ourselves). For a very stressed-out couple taking a much-needed break from kids and work, it was paradise! We lay in a hammock with our books.... we walked the (empty) beach...we spent the day fishing in secluded coves with a great local guide (Rick Sawyer, from Abaco Flyfishing)...and we watched the sun set from our deck overlooking the Sea of Abaco.

I agree with some of the comments that others have made. The food is fine, but pricey. There's no nightlife (which was fine with us). And the island is VERY quiet. But I definitely disagree with the comments made about Tracy, the operations manager. She (and her staff) bent over backwards to make us happy. Having stayed at other resorts in the islands where service is hard to come by, I was VERY impressed by the staff at the Bluff House. They are true hospitality professionals and if -- as someone noted below -- Tracy "rules with an iron fist", I like the result!

We will be back soon!

  • Stayed: October 2006, travelled as a couple
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5  Thank anniesescapes
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Reviewed 15 September 2006

We stayed at the Bluff House the last week in August. There was a problem with the water with our initial room, but Molly was quick to upgrade us to a cottage, which was amazing. Molly works very hard to ensure her guests are satisfied. Unbeknownst to us, the last two weeks in August are considered the "slow season" in GTC, and for the first few days we were practically the only guests staying at the Bluff House. This worked to our favor, as we had the beautiful beach all to ourselves. There is a small reef formation right off the beach at the Bluff House, more like a very large rock; however, when snorkeling, you are sure to find a nice selection of fish, star fish etc. Travel is done by golf cart, but be aware, the road leading from the Bluff House to the main road to town is very bumpy, but made the trip to town all the more interesting. The island is still largely undeveloped. On your way to town, there are plenty of areas to just pull off of the road and check out the "ocean beach" or just go for an adventure. You must go to Gillum Bay, the water there is absolutely beautiful!. It should be said that the island is VERY quiet. I had read that the Bluff House offers live entertainment one night a week. We did not have it during out stay, but probably since the place was mostly vacant. Renee and Whitney are the best! Their service is top notch and they are extremely lovely ladies. The pool are is small but adequate and kept very clean. Overall, I would definitely suggest staying at the Bluff House if you ever find your way to Green Turtle Cay.

  • Stayed: August 2006, travelled as a couple
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5  Thank milzey99
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Reviewed 5 August 2006

I loved my stay at the Bluff House. The room was beautiful, spacious, neat, and nicely decorated.The Bluff House offers breathtaking views right on crystal blue waters. It was a little bit deserted but that just added to the feeling that we had a the island all to ourselves. It was unbelievable fun to tool around the island on a golf cart (no cars) which was convieniently located right at the bluff house.

Like the other reviews, restuarant/food was just okay and for such a small island and isolated location, there were not many other easy options. We too have heard this place is being sold.

  • Stayed: April 2006, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 12 July 2006

We absolutley loved the Bluff House hotel. Not everything was perfect (some of the rooms were in need of renovating) but everything else was fabulous and the staff were first class. I would heartily recommend the bluff house to anyone wanting a particularly quiet holiday away from everyone else. GTC, is the one of the nicest places we have ever been and the best place we have been in the Caribbean and we are looking forward to returning again next year when we will also stay at the Bluff House.

  • Stayed: March 2006
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6  Thank Tony A
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Reviewed 5 July 2006

The location was great.

We had a few roaches in out room, but it looked pretty clean. The food was just OK and the chef seemed to like to check out my wife as she was walking away. The staff was very friendly. The only problem we had was with the manager Tracy. SHe was very rude and ran the place with an iron fist. I think she fired three people while we were there.

We asked if she could book us a fishing trip and she was very rude to us. She also informed us that we were on the bottom of her list because she has several others people that were staying for more that ust 3 nighs. WOw!! I can't believe she said that.

Other that her the place is beautiful.

  • Stayed: June 2006
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8  Thank oubeta
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Christopher P, Manager at Bluff House Beach Resort & Marina, responded to this reviewResponded 7 September 2012

We have new owners and a new team with new guest rooms, renovated restaurants and great service. Please come back and give us an opportunity to wow you.

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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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Address: Between the Sea of Abaco and White Sound, Green Turtle Cay (Formerly Bluff House Beach Hotel)
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Region: Caribbean > Bahamas > Out Islands > Abaco Islands > Green Turtle Cay
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Green Turtle Cay
Price Range: £162 - £257 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Bluff House Beach Resort & Marina 3.5*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Perched on the highest point of Green Turtle Cay, this 12 acre tropical Bahamian paradise stretches from White Sound to the Sea of Abaco. Bluff House Beach Resort & Marina has been described as the "most special piece of property in the Abaco islands." Our spacious and luxurious hotel suites are bright and cheery with overwater balconies. Each room offer direct ocean front views, king size beds, a sofa that pulls out to a queen size bed, dining table, flat screen TV, mini refrigerator, coffee maker, cable TV and free Wi-Fi. Our private white sand beach is just steps away from your room. The Tranquil Turtle Beach Bar is located on our private beach overlooking the Sea of Abaco where guests can swim and lounge. The Tranquil Turtle serves lunch and snacks. Enjoy great island food and tropical drinks on the patio deck. Tie up at our dock or dinghy in to enjoy the stunning sunsets and unsurpassed hospitality. The Ballyhoo Bar & Grill serves delicious breakfast, lunch, and dinner seven days a week. Dine outside on the harbour side deck or inside in our air-conditioned dining room with great views of the water. Lounge by our outdoor swimming pool located adjacent to Ballyhoo. The Low Tide Gift Shop offers a variety of island goodies, resort wear, resort logoed tees, hats & shirts, as well as basic personal care items. Our Front Desk Staff can arrange golf cart rentals, fishing trips, diving excursions and give you tips for the best spots to explore on Green Turtle and the surrounding cays. Inquire about our ever special events and our popular wedding and honeymoon packages Bluff House Beach Resort also offers a 46 slip, full-service Marina that can accommodate vessels up to 120' as well as 6 large catamaran slips. Fuel, gas, ice and bait are available from our docks on White Sound. Complimentary Cable TV and WiFi. Six luxury marble restrooms and 4 luxury showers are available to guests. ... more   less 
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