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“Two beautiful weeks in Exuma”

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Hideaways at Palm Bay
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in George Town
Reviewed 16 May 2013

The Hideaways at Palm Bay is a nice resort. I wouldn't rate it 5 star, but a great place to spend a couple of weeks. The condo we were in was rented through Vacation Rental By Owner and was a nice 2 bedroom, 2 bath with full kitchen and living area. From the top floor there is a lovely view of the water and the beach is accessible right out the front door. There is also a beautiful beach, Jolly Hall, about a 5 minute walk from the resort that is secluded and has gorgeous water. The restaurant on the property, Splashes, is okay, but there is a lovely restaurant/bar right down the beach called Latitudes that is top drawer with excellent food, a great bar, and music several nights a week. We spent a lot of time there, so much so, my husband bought a t-shirt and we spent so much money on drinks, I think we own stock! The pool at the Hideaways is okay. It is clean, but a lot of the local children play there on the weekends, which is a nice thing, but not so pleasant for guests. They do offer a shuttle service into George Town every two hours which is nice for going into the store or getting to the water taxi. I felt there was quite a bit of "nickeling and diming" at the resort - to have use of the internet in your room, using the copier machine, etc. We had a wonderful time and the place is nice and it is clean and I would return again. There are not a whole lot of choices on Exuma - it's pretty small which is one of it's big pluses and this was one of the nicer resorts on the island if you are not looking for a Sandals or Four Seasons. If you are looking for a quiet water and beach vacation spot, this is a good one.

Room Tip: I would choose a water front room over the hillside rooms. The hillside rooms are across the street...
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  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 7 May 2013

If I could give it 4-1/2, I would. Everything about the stay was as great as the reviews say except that the Wi-Fi was both expensive and not very good. I found out that since our trip, they have upgraded the Wi-Fi, so I've upgraded my review :-).

The place was just fabulous, the bungalow was beautifully decorated, the staff was great and the kayaking from in front of the hotel was wonderful. Just be sure to bring or buy a pair of water shoes, because the bottom of the bay in front of the hotel is very hard and rough.

  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled as a couple
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HideawaysPalmBay, Manager at Hideaways at Palm Bay, responded to this reviewResponded 8 May 2013

Thank you for taking the time to upgrade your review :-). Yes we have upgraded our Wi-Fi system and it is now FREE to all Hideaways register guests.

We look forward to seeing you back again VERY soon!

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Reviewed 5 May 2013

We loved it. Everywhere on Exuma are spectacular and uncrowded beaches. Hideaways is on a beautiful small bay. The hotel is run by a hospitable British couple and is very family friendly. The staff is very friendly and helpful. It is well-maintained and comfortable, with pastel colored cottages. We felt at home. There are games and ping-pong tables and boats available. We also appreciated that it attracts the local community: during our stay there was a kids birthday party in the restaurant (we learned how to sing Happy Birthday in Bahamian style), and the girls high school held an all-afternoon talent show around the pool as a benefit for their reading program. Things move more slowly and informally than in the US--which is hopefully one reason you want to go there. So don't expect fast service in any eating place. There is one two-lane road that runs the length of the island, passing towns that are sometimes just a handful of houses. Our rental car was waiting at the airport with our name on the dashboard and the keys under the mat. Georgetown is just a few miles away, and has a couple of restaurants, grocery store, bank, laundry, clinic and a few shops. We took the day-long boat tour of the islands that stretch out to the northwest and it was an unforgettable experience. Shallow clear water and white beaches everywhere. We snorkeled in the grotto featured in an old James Bond film, swam with the swimming pigs, later swam with the sharks, and stopped on the island inhabited by iguanas (all for real!). Prices are high (as everything must come in by boat) but it's worth it by far. Bring your sunscreen and (in some seasons) bug repellant.

Room Tip: We had room 10, "Windmill Pond," right on the beach. It was 15 steps from our front door...
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  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled with family
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HideawaysPalmBay, Manager at Hideaways at Palm Bay, responded to this reviewResponded 8 May 2013

Thank you for taking the time to review us on Trip Advisor. It was such a pleasure meeting you and your family. We are so glad you were able to experience some of the Bahamian culture with the birthday party and the High School Fashion Show. The Exuma Cays Tour is sure a hit, a must do while visiting Exuma...

Have a wonderful summer...we can't wait to see you all back again!

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Hideaways Exuma, Bahamas

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Reviewed 4 May 2013

This is a great place to come and experience solitude on a Caribbean island. The hotel is basic, comfortable, clean, and beach-side; really makes for a lovely get-away-from-it-all vacation. A car can help to see remote areas of the island, literally leaving you alone on a beautiful Caribbean beach.

  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled as a couple
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HideawaysPalmBay, Manager at Hideaways at Palm Bay, responded to this reviewResponded 8 May 2013

Thank you so much for taking time to review Hideaways Exuma, we are happy you enjoyed the peace and solitude that Exuma and Hideaways has to offer. We hope to see you back for a return visit soon.

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Reviewed 3 May 2013

This was my third stay at Palm Bay, so needless to say I love the relaxed atmosphere, the friendly staff and it's location. Near enough to town but peaceful with still enough action close by. The rooms are a great size, it's clean and well maintained with a great big comfy bed. Would recommend to couples and families.

Stayed: April 2013, travelled solo
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HideawaysPalmBay, Manager at Hideaways at Palm Bay, responded to this reviewResponded 8 May 2013

Thank you for your review, we are always please to see you each year for your annual Hideaways visit. Until next year.... :)

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Reviewed 27 April 2013

I recently travelled to Exuma and stayed at the beautiful Palm Bay. For Business. The stay was very good; however I did not get the opportunity to fully explore the resort and what it has to offer.
I very much want to return to explore as a local tourist; based on what I have seen I think I will have a great time there!

  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled on business
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Reviewed 26 April 2013

Great Exuma is beautiful island! My parents and three daughters stayed in #19 (Nancy Palm) mid-April. They had a fantastic time! Nancy Palm was large enough to accommodate three children (ages 11,9, & 8) and 2 grandparents (mid-60's). The bedrooms were spacious enough with a bathroom in each. There was also a nice sized kitchen. This particular location at the Hideaways had a excellent ocean view with also several pool options. There was also a nice screened in porch to relax in, dry beach towels or eat dinner when you wanted to keep any bugs away while viewing the ocean. The staff was very helpful in helping to arrange airport pick up to recommending local excursions. Would highly recommend and would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled with family
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Address: Jolly Hall Bay at Queens Highway, George Town 00000, Great Exuma
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Region: Caribbean > Bahamas > Out Islands > Great Exuma > George Town
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in George Town
Price Range: £177 - £242 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Hideaways at Palm Bay 3*
Number of rooms: 50
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
If you are planning a trip to the Exumas, look no further than Hideaways at Palm Bay. Our beachfront resort offers you a variety of accommodations, ranging from studio, one & two bedroom cottages to one, two and three bedroom villas. We have it all for you here at Hideaways. Our casual, friendly, and peaceful resort offers you the opportunity to play in the sand on our private beach, or lounge by the pool with a drink in your hand from Splash!, the on site bar and grill. Hideaways was made for you, and our amenities and facilities were designed with you in mind. Offering in suite massage for pampering, complimentary water toys for entertainment, and gorgeous views for enjoying the sunset on our private patio, you will find Hideaways is filled ample opportunity for couples, families, and friends, all to have a great time away from home. ... more   less 
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