We just got back from our second stay at Hideaways.
If you've never been to the Bahamas because you think it's too expensive and there aren't any all-inclusives this is your place!
It might not be all glossed-up like a big resort in Nassau but that's why you're foing to Exuma Right? it has an authentic feel. The feel that places lose when beach steips get all built up and the attention shifts from the customer to ensuring the pool is bigger and better than the hotel next door.
The rooms and villas at hideaways are impeccable, the service second-to-none and the location excellent.
The villas come with full kitchens and laundry facilities and the studios a kitchenette withiceowave, fridge etc.... This is what makes the vacation affordable - especially if you're a family or group of friends. We bring a suitcase of dry goods and shop just for fresh produce locally. This allows us to save enough to to enjoy a decent local meal each day at a restaurant without breaking the bank. As for drinks, we buy juices/alcohol/ mixers locally and enjoy amazing drinks all week for about 30 bucks! When we're lazy we head down to the hotel restaurant /bar down by the beach. It's a cash bar but well worth it. The drinks are stiff but tasty, and the staff great.
The hotel is on a beach (some villas are across the road-which seems to surprise some people -but they're on a hill and have the best views!). It's ok and has a little island just offshore with a small reef and some sea turtles. But it's best left to the snorkelers. The real jewel of this property is that a short five-minute walk down the hotel beach leads you to jolly-hall beach. Powdery pink/white sand and warm crystal clear turquoise water as far as you can see. Nothing on the bottom and at low tide you can walk right out and you'll only be up to your knees! Best of all, there's never anyone else on the beach!!!! For those who don't like the ocean, there are two small but well maintained pools near The main lobby. The hotel also has a huge range of water sports equipment to use as well.
Another great part of hideaways is that they have a shuttle that offers free trips into town four times a day. While it is technically within walking distance as some rental sites seem to suggest, it would be quite the long sweaty hike. Google maps doesn't tell you this!!!
Across from the hotel is a car rental agency, and the front desk staff and owners are great at explaining what there is to do and making arrangements. As the owner out it to us: There's tons to do on Exuma, it just isn't commercialized like other places are so you need to ask around and find it!
The one thing that's difficult is calling the hotel. We had very bad connections every time we called when reserving which was frustrating for everyone. But from our traveling experience, this is true of many islands and not a reflection of the resort. And with their weekly rates it just might be worth booking flight and hotel separately rather than as a package.
One last thing that we have learned from our trips to Exuma. Island time is different. Your meal might take an hour. Or your cab might be fifteen minutes late. No one is in a rush. If you find yourself irritated by this just remember : you're on a little island in paradise - what's the rush?! You came to relax and unwind. Have a drink and have a chat with the person serving you. It's the best way to learn about the island.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Hideaways At Palm Bay Hotel Great Exuma