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Romora Bay Resort & Marina
Ranked #8 of 9 Hotels in Harbour Island
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“Amazing, Amazing, Amazing!!!”
Reviewed 5 March 2009

I have been coming to Harbour Island for years. I have seen the island change, some for the good and some for bad, over the years. I recently stayed at Romora Bay, after having stayed in rental homes, but this year we only needed a couple rooms, as opposed to an entire house. Wow, what a grandios new marina. I was amazed at the improvements to the property. The little bar at the seaside has evolved into a hip, chic spot on Harbour Island. Watching the native band the Brilanders perform on Sunday night was fantastic. The food was outstanding and while there we met the managers and the new Chef, Matthew. What a superb team running the joint. Our most memorable aspect of this trip was interacting with the staff of Romora Bay. Pat at the coffee shop was truly the nicest Bahamian person we have ever encountered. Stephan in the lobby assisted us with dining reservations and a golf cart. Antoine and the staff at the Sunsets Restaurant made us feel like old friends every time. We were also able to eat at the newly opened Vue restaurant and Chef Matthew prepared the best food we have had. No wonder he has trained in places like The French Laundry! Absolutely outstanding. My husband and I and our friends were so impressed with Romora Bay, its staff, its management, and the entire experience. Upon going back to Harbour Island next year, we will be staying with our dear friends at Romora Bay.

  • Stayed February 2009, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 6 February 2007

We had our wedding at Romora Bay the week of January 21-28, 2007. It was the most wonderful experience! We had previously stayed in the hotel two times (in July and in October) and both times were fantastic. We have stayed in all room types and love it!
The rooms are all decorated differenly, but they are all very comfortable with fantastic beds and beautiful artwork...and all are steps from the warm infinity pool. The bay-side bar is so gorgeous, and the sunset cocktails are unlike any other place on Harbour Island.

As for the wedding, the hotel grounds were supremely manicured and the staff was beyond excellent. They went ot every effort to make the wedding perfect...and it was!

The wedding party took over the whole place (all 15 rooms for a week) with family and friends, and it really felt like the staff was there to help us enjoy our time together. They arranged for golf carts, they fed us and they took care of every detail we needed without even being asked. Patty is a fantastic manager and Louis is a superb chef. Our wedding was approximately 60 people (and many difficult-to-please New Yorkers) and it was held around the pool at sunset. Michele took care of all the details (the tables were gorgeous!) and was a fantastic wedding planner. We had a rehearal party on the beach-side with amazing food and the bar staff was so much fun!

I can't say enough good things about this hotel. The grounds are beautiful and the sunset view is unsurpassed. They are of the highest quality, and I highly recommend this place.

The vibe is friendly, the place is quaint, un-stuffy and quiet and it's a real gem!!

Sylvia
(New York City)

Stayed January 2007
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Reviewed 1 January 2007

Let me start by explaining that we stayed at the Romora Bay 6 yrs ago when it was still owned by Lionel, the Frenchman referenced in many of the reviews here and it is true that the hotel has changed hands and is now managed by an American couple.

Let's start with the positives. RB is stiuated on a hilltop with a wonderful view of the calm crystal clear bay. The casual bar on the bay is very good for bar food and sandwiches. Most of the staff is very pleasant and made us feel welcome. The beds are very comfortable with featherbeds and duvets and good quality sheets. There is also a very pretty long dock which stretches into the bar with adirondack chairs for sunset gazing. Unfortunately the restaurant was closed the entire time we were on the island.

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We were shown to 2 different rooms (1st one by mistake) and they were both similiar. The rooms are stark white with very little decor and overall felt very shoddy and uncared for. There is very little in terms of decorations - and any decor they did have didn't do anything to help. This is a big difference from the first time we visiting RB years ago and the rooms were decorated in funky colors and eclectic artwork. Mirrors were lacking and lighting was poor. The bathroom was very very disappointing - stark white, old shower/sink, a broken towel rack and a toilet which barely flushed (and I'm not exaggerating here). The one plus was that the bed has a feathertop and it was very comfortable (although it was odd to us that they had used featherbeds when everything else was so run down). The AC barely worked and was jammed into a spot to large for it and they had used haphazard pieces of wood to fill in the gaps. The one lounge chair on our small patio was old and the cushion was dirty and lumpy and left out in the rain on multiple nights. While most of the staff is very pleasant, a high level of service is lacking. Our first day we had 2 bath towels in the room and I asked for additional towels to be delivered. After breakfast we returned to our room and found only 1 (!) bath towel. I followed up with the receptionist twice and by 6pm we still only 1 towel. I called the front desk again and was told that we would have to go to the desk to get our own towels b/c they were unable to leave.

Overall we were disappointed, and at 250+/night, it's not a bargain either. After the 2nd night we cut our stay very short and checked into the Rock House which was a world apart and made our vacation amazing. Romora isn't terrible but you should know what you're getting into before you go.

  • Liked — The view of the bay
  • Disliked — Accomodation felt run down and there is no real style to speak of
  • Stayed December 2006, travelled as a couple
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RomoraBay, General Manager at Romora Bay Resort & Marina, responded to this review, 8 June 2015
Dear Guest,

We want to thank you for taking the time to share your experience from 2006 with us. Your feedback is very important and useful to our staff. We have high standards at Romora Bay Resort and Marina, and we are disappointed that we failed to meet your expectations. Romora Bay did indeed change ownership in November 2004, and with new ownership and management in place, we have worked diligently to address the issues you mentioned in your review.

The good news is, last year we completed a full renovation and restoration of all our rooms, and we are sure you would be pleasantly surprised by the improvements we have made since 2006. In addition, we installed a brand new Reversed Osmosis (RO) system which produces over 17,000 of fresh water a day, the largest RO system on Harbour Island, and we rewired our internet to provide free high-speed wireless internet in all the rooms and common areas.

Today, Romora Bay Resort and Marina is home to two of the finest restaurants on the island, which are open 7 days a week: ‘Sunsets Restaurant and Bar’ and ‘Hilltop Restaurant & Pizzeria’. Our restaurants features seasonal menus by Chef Paolo Di Chiara with the best home-made pastas, steak, seafood, and fresh produce available on Harbour Island.

Our guests are important to us, and if you find yourself back on Harbour Island, we hope that you will consider giving us another chance to rectify your impression of us.

Sincerely,

Joseph A. Dargavage – General Manager
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Reviewed 11 October 2006

We had a small wedding (35 guests) at Romora in July and had the most lovely time. Patty and Luis put a lot of effort into all the details, and even threw in a few surprises. We found our room charming, and the staff at Romora some of the best on the island. And the location of Romora can't be beat. You are within easy walking distance of the beach and Tingum Village (great, cheap breakfast!), Red Apple B&B, and Avery's (great local restaurant). We and our guests spent a lot of late afternoons by the Romora pool, drinking some of Jiggy's awesome rum mixers, and enjoying the sun go down on the bay. The grilled grouper sandwich at Romora's sunset bar is the best we had on the island. I would highly recommend Romora for any sort of traveler. I just honestly have no complaints, with the exception of them (and lots of other stuff on the island) being closed on Monday. I think Romora should at least keep its sunset bar and grill open. But that's the American in me I guess. Our wedding group would have spent another afternoon drinking and lounging by their pool had we been able to get some of those great drinks . Head over to Hammerheads when you visit the island as well....they are always open, have great reasonable food and drink, and it was one of our favorite places to hang out.

  • Liked — The whole laid back feel, great staff
  • Disliked — Bar closed on Mondays
  • Stayed July 2006, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 4 January 2006

I must say the Romora is the most romantic and peaceful hotel I have ever stayed at. The service was excellent and the food was awesome. The new resident manager, Mr. Louie Alicea is running the place like a champ along with his wife, Patty. Not only that, he is the chef and has brought to the menu some incredible, delicious recipes! You have to try their French Toast!!! The Christmas Dinner was magnificent and very sophisticated. Too bad, we were gone for the New Year's Eve dinner.
It was a delight to stay there and I must say my husband and I are more in love than ever today because of the Romora!!

Maria and Rafael

  • Stayed December 2005
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Reviewed 7 December 2005

This is a wonderful little property, and has been under new management, with new owners since last year. We just recently returned from a 7 night stay, and I must say that since the only real 'negatives' on tripadvisor specifically refer to the previous owner and what sound like crazy, rude antics by "someone named Lionel" who is NO LONGER there; it really is unfair to judge the property based on those older, out-dated reviews --- they simply just no longer apply to this wonderful place. In addition to new (sane) professional management, Romora Bay Club has been recently updated, with fresh coats of paint inside and out, making an array of hillside buildings and cottages that is a colorful feast for the eyes --- and exactly what one would hope to see in the Bahamas. Bright blue, yellow, and even a pink and purple building, terrace the hillside along with the colorful flowering plants, tall palm trees, and lush verdant foliage. The gardeners and landscapers work hard to keep this place looking beautiful. It is very lush-- and set on a gentle slope down to the dock. There are stairs, concrete pathways, and paths to maneuver --- a consideration for elderly, or disabled patrons, perhaps. For us, it was an easy walk up and down, and fun little pathways, etc. Pretty lighting at night gives Romora Bay club a romantic and festive overall feeling, with tiny white lights on the trees, and railings, etc... Our experience was truly wonderful, with an amazing staff, great room (clean with bright white floor tiles, a fresh coat of white paint, and expensive, cozy, tasteful, and luxurious linens and best of all a pillow top bed -- this was the true "heavenly bed".) Our room was equipped with a good strong A/C and also a nice ceiling fan, which was great, as we used mostly JUST the ceiling fan, and this is quieter and more pleasant. We had cable tv -- with all the major U.S. channels (plus BBC, etc), a very cool small CD player, with speakers, a nice daybed/sofa for lounging and a charming wood and leather chair, in the room. Beautiful concrete style front porch with 2 small chairs, a table, and a comfy wooden lounger. Great water pressure in the walk-in style shower, -- nice hot showers! The room was always sparkling clean! There are 20 some rooms total, with our favorites the 9 rooms in a small cluster of buildings towards the front of the property -- 3 rooms to a building. We did not see the larger, condo style rooms towards the back of the property. One note: These rooms are NOT soundproof -- thin walls it seemed -- however, with the CD player, ceiling fan, or AC running, this wasn't really an issue. We found we just LOVED the harbor side of Harbour Island --- more so than the beach side, truly, as it has a more 'charming' and 'quaint' waterside view -- one can always "go" to the beach, anytime, but being on the harbor side really added to our vacation. THIS is the side of the island for the amazing nightly sunsets, and Romora Bay has a wonderful new waterside bar & restaurant, right down by the water. We spent many evenings in this casual and open air bar & restaurant, with a less expensive and lighter fare menu than the fine dining (outdoor patio) restaurant, and elegant dark wood bar in the main lobby. The small infinity edge pool is cozy -- with luxurious wooden loungers and soft full chair pads (18 of these striped in blue and lime green -- around the pool). As we were there off season, this was never crowded. There are many little 'nooks and crannies' where pink painted palm tree "adirondack" style chairs have been placed, and all rooms had a small porch or patio with furniture -- so, it would seem that even in the busier season, there are plenty of private spaces to relax with a book, or get some sun. We liked that there was shade as well --- a gazebo, a few palm thatched tiki covers, and 5 pretty & bright pink Cabanas, that face the dock. These have been placed on a very small concrete terrace to which sand has been added. This is quite small -- but, we found this soooo charming, and relaxing to sit and feel the sand between your toes, even when not on the beach side of the island. Plus, with the cabana, you had both privacy, and shade. The pool was perfectly adequate for our needs, nicely heated, and had a small 2 foot deep area for children, though be aware that this pool is not 'big' or splashy as far as luxury pools go -- by any means. I would imagine if you are the type looking for a "swim up bar" and a 10 acre pool complex in which you can play volleyball and cavort, you would not be considering sleepy and quiet Harbour Island anyway~! Romora Bay is an older property, and as such, has a few very minor character flaws, but, these only add to the character and charm of this place. For example, a couple of spots of concrete around the pool are chipped/faded, some of the light pink painted decking is peeling (just a bit -- not as much as in some previous photos I had seen) and some of the pathways around the property are a tiny bit rough -- things like this.. or a few cracked tiles in the shower --- but, this is NOT significant. Still, it is not fully polished and doesn't have the sheen of a 'brand-new' property. If you like charm and TRUE character more than 100% spit and polish -- you will LOVE Romora Bay Club. The people of Harbour Island are amazing, with a welcoming, festive spirit -- and the staff at Romora Bay reflects this! We were treated like old friends, from the first day and were very impressed with the professional and friendly staff and management! Just a couple of tips on travel to Harbour Island: 1. Like many places in the Bahamas or Caribbean, there can be occasional island wide power outs -- Our cottage DID have a generator -- but, the managers need to manually turn it on -- so there may be a short time lag -- where it might be pitch dark for a few (10-15 minutes or so) so, a good idea to bring a flashlight. 2. The Pink Sand beach is AMAZING -- stunning -- though be aware that here are not a lot of "beach services" -- so when going to the beach -- you have to plan to bring what it is you need. You can lunch or get drinks at one of the high end resorts (Pink, Coral Sands, Or a place we liked best was Sip Sip -- they had nice stairs down to the beach, cart parking, and there was a bit of shade near the hillside). There was not much else right there though, so bring your own towel, drinks, etc.. We didn't spend much time ON the beach because of this -- no shade or cabanas unless you are a guest at a resort that has their own. A few entrepreneurs had some older plastic chairs to rent, but, we didn't see any umbrellas... 3. Be sure to visit the local restaurants in addition to the big, expensive ones at the resorts -- we liked Angela's Starfish, Avery's, and Ma Ruby's. 4. We felt that we did indeed need a golf cart rental for the duration of our stay -- we're in our early 40's and can walk a good distance, but, the town itself is fairly spread out, and though a few places are technically walking distance -- it's a looong walk. When it's very hot, or at night, you'll be glad you have your cart. We would have felt very isolated without it. About $50 a day, with one day free if you get a 7 day rental. This was brought right to the resort, and when we checked out just left the keys at the desk -- easy! You probably will want to factor this in to costs though, as it didn't seem all that feasible to haul things to the beach, or go into town twice a day, walking. 4. Costs are expensive for food on the island. Romora Bay dinners were about $30-40 for an entree -- sounds steep, though in line, or less than other places like Rock House or the Landing. The local establishments are much, much less -- simple fare, and modest local places, that we liked a lot. The food everywhere on the island was excellent -- fresh conch salad, grouper, etc... Romora Bay does have somewhat less expensive options at the "Sunsets on the dock" waterside restaurant, like $8 for (large sized, grilled) hotdog with fries, $15 cheeseburger, or a caesar salad with grilled chicken or salmon for $16. Margaritas and tropical drinks were $8, a Kalik beer $5. Food, & Drinks were absolutely delicious both at Romora Bay and elswhere. 5. The bath linens and towels are luxurious and nice fluffy clean white, however, the swim towels, were just average small swim towels -- check these out at the desk. You might want to bring a large beach towel of your own to take to the beach, as the ones provided by RBC were small pool swim towels, not large beach towels. Overall, do your research on Harbour Island and Eleuthera, and if you decide that a very small, quiet island is what you are looking for, then Romora Bay Club is probably the best kept secret, and best deal, on the island!! Thanks to all the staff who made our stay great -- Kendra, Michele, Jonathin, Sandra, Juanita, Matthew and everyone else!! And, YES, this is the kind of place where you will get to know almost everyone by name! (As well as Rosie and Goldie -- the 35, and 55 year old parrots -- who we are happy to hear are being included in upcoming renovations, and will be getting their own new, large spacious digs!

  • Stayed December 2005
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Reviewed 25 February 2005

We went back to Romora Bay recently and were so pleasantly surprised by the changes. The hotel has recently changed hands and the new owners really seem to be putting a lot of time and money into the property. The property is as beautiful as ever with great views of the bay and the sunsets. The buildings have all been painted with gorgeous Island colors and there is even a new beach down in front of the pool - which is a great option when it is too windy on the other side of the island.

The room we had was terrific, new towels, linens and furniture - it also appeared to be freshly painted. In speaking with one of the owners I learned that they are also planning to put a full kitchen down at the bar on the waterfront. That is really a great idea, it is already the best place on the island to enjoy a drink and watch the sunset but you could never get anything to eat.

We definetely will go back to Romora Bay and highly recommend it.

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Property: Romora Bay Resort & Marina
Address: Colebrooke Street South, 27146, Harbour Island
Region: Caribbean > Bahamas > Out Islands > Harbour Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #8 of 9 Hotels in Harbour Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Romora Bay Resort & Marina 3.5*
Number of rooms: 18
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Romora Bay Resort and Marina blends timeless Bahamian ambience, international service standards, and Harbour Island’s own rich architecture to create a resort and marina destination unlike any other in the Bahamas. Discover an all-encompassing resort and marina with 14 unique, boutique style rooms, a spacious marina with over 40 slips catering to vessels up to 160 feet, and two of Harbour Island’s best restaurants featuring seasonal menus with the best home-made pasta, meat, fish and fresh produce by Chef Paolo Di Chiara. ... more   less 
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