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“Best Hotel Value on Harbour Island”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Runaway Hill Club

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Runaway Hill Club
Ranked #4 of 9 Hotels in Harbour Island
Certificate of Excellence
Boston, Massachusetts
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5 reviews
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“Best Hotel Value on Harbour Island”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 March 2013

This hotel is great and the owner, Jen even better. The environment is ultra casual and relaxing. There are fancier hotels on the island that charge much higher prices but for our money, Runaway Hill was a great choice for our family. The food is very good, the rooms a touch dated but perfectly fine and comfortable and the service is exceptional. They know how to make their guests feel right at home. It's location on the beach is amazing and makes for a delightful stay. We highly recommend!!

Room Tip: The rooms that border the driveway can be noisy due to the gas powered golf carts driving by.
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  • Stayed March 2013, travelled with family
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Vero Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 March 2013

We had a wonderfully relaxing and quiet 5 day at Runaway Hill, Harbour Island Bahamas. Harbour Island is the home of truly beautiful pink sand beach. We had been at Runaway Hill 16 yrs ago and it's still a wonderful place to unwind, and the current owner/mgrs (since 2004) have upgraded the amenities and added a great chef. This is a great place for those that love the beach yet want a laid back and restful stay. We had wonderful food at Runaway and a few other places on the island. Harbour Island is not full of loud music bars so if you're looking for the big party scene this is not your place, the primary mode of transportation is by foot or golf cart, everything is within short walking distance. There are taxi's too!

Many thanks to Jennifer (Runaway Mgr) and all the people of Runaway, for helping my husband make it a very special birthday for me.

Room Tip: pick a room with an adjacent outside sitting area ... great to sunbathe privately or to read on a qu...
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  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Anaconda, Montana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 February 2013 via mobile

We ate at all of the fine dining options on HI and the meal we had at Runaway Hill was the best. Beautiful beachside location, attentive and knowledgeable staff, and wonderful food. Specifically, the Lobster Mac & Cheese, Stone Crab Dip, and Lobster Spring Rolls were out of this world. We also had a lunch here that was outstanding. Again, go for the lobster salad. Thank you to Jen and all the folks at Runaway, we will definitely be back.

Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2013

Our trip to Harbour Island and our stay at Runaway Hill just before Christmas 2012 was one of the best vacations we have ever taken. In this boutique hotel we were treated to stunning ocean views from our room, a five-star restaurant, a wonderfully heated pool, and a gorgeous location on one of the top rated beaches in the world. Jenny Messier ipitomized hospitality bar none. We were made to feel like guests in a close friend's home and we were guided in experiencing the island to it's fullest. We had all the ease and comforts of home with the added luxury of a top rated hotel. The food was fabulous and we highly recommend the restaurant and it's chef Luc. The service was friendly and professional. The rooms were spotless and welcoming and speaking as seasoned travellers, the beds were most comfortable. Runaway Hill is perfect for a couple's getaway or a family vacation as the owners anticipate and are willing to accomodate their clientele's wants and needs. As such, we highly recommend Runaway Hill for your next vacation destination! Patrick and Lamise- Calgary AB

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2013

We stayed at Runaway Hill over the Christmas holidays and had a great time. The property is directly on the amazing beach with wonderful views from most of the rooms. The staff is extremely friendly (as in fact are virtually everyone on the island) and the food, with the addition of a new chef, is excellent. As with any hotel of this size (eleven rooms) that is family run, the personalities of the owners-the Messier family-is dominant. The Messiers are lovely people and this is evident in virtually every aspect of the hotel. If you are looking for the most hip and happening hotel on Harbour Island the Rock House may be a better choice and the recently renovated Dunmore is absolutely lovely but if you are looking for a nice, family oriented property where almost no request is too much for the owners and staff Runaway Hill is a great choice.

Room Tip: the ground floor, beachfront rooms are best
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  • Stayed January 2013, travelled with family
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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 December 2012

I've been lucky to stay here several times. There is nothing quite like walking in the door and seeing the view of turquoise and pink of the beach below. It becomes a home away from home and hotel is small enough that i've met life long friends who were also guests. Small casual atmosphere around so much beauty makes it easy to deflate and relax. Really nice people. Best Caesar salad and fish always fresh local and yummy. Also breakfast is addictive.

Room Tip: All pretty good, have been lucky to stay here around 4 times. Favorite room is upstairs one, but not...
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  • Stayed December 2012, travelled as a couple
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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2012

If you want to stay in the best place in Harbour Island, go and stay at the Runaway Hill Club. You will feel like family in the quaint restaurant in side the hotel. The staff is wondeful, friendly and helpful. Paul and Jen Messier are amazing owners and take time to talk with all of their guests to make sure they are enjoying their experiences. The hotel sits directly on the most beautiful beach in the Bahamas- or in the world. We rented the Infinity House adjacent to the hotel for a week, and could not have been happier. The home was cleaned every day, the sand was swept out. The views were amazing, and we could not have had a better trip with our family. We were all SO sad to leave. We have stayed in Harbour Island before, and rented a home and stayed at another pricer hotel on the island. The pricer hotel was not worth the price compared to this gem of a hotel on the island. It has a great pool in front of the hotel, and our children enjoyed swimming when they were tired of swimming in the ocean. There are always fun volleyball games going on, fishing excusions, and more that the Messiers are helpful to set you up with.
We are unable to go this year, but when we return to Harbour Island, we will definitely stay at Runaway Hill.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with family
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Messierjen, Manager at Runaway Hill Club, responded to this review, 24 December 2012
The best part of Runaway Hill Inn is the guests. It makes our job so much fun.
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Property: Runaway Hill Club
Address: 27031 Box EL | Dunmore Town, Harbour Island
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Region: Caribbean > Bahamas > Out Islands > Harbour Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 9 Hotels in Harbour Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Beach front 11 room Inn and four bedroom beach house located on the pink sand beach of Harbour Island. Beachside pool and restaurant nestled on 13 tropical acres. A variety of rooms including a one bedroom owners cottage makes this the perfect location for intimate weddings, birthday celebrations or family reunions. Our Chef, Krishna Higgs, has a wonderful menu which features daily local fresh fish options. The Four Bedroom Infinity House has sliding glass doors in each bedroom and endless deck. Newly renovated it offers everything you could wish for in a rental home and offers all the amenities of a hotel. ... more   less 
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Runaway Hill Club Hotel Harbour Island
Runaway Hill Club Harbour Island, Bahamas

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