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Hideaways at Palm Bay
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in George Town
Reviewed 21 July 2013 via mobile

We stayed for a week in the two story, two bedroom villa (unit 38) which we rented directly from the owner via homeaway. We had stayed there twice before and love it. Please see my review from several years ago for details about grocery stores, car rental, etc. The hotel has worked out the details with the privately owned villas so we were welcome to use resort facilities and even maintained a tab at the restaurant that we settled at the end of the stay. The location is perfect and there are moorings in the bay by the hotel, so you can rent a boat at Minns and be at Stocking Island beaches, St Francis for lunch, or Chat n Chill in minutes! We will continue to view Palm Bay as our home away from home in the Exumas!

  • Stayed: July 2013
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Reviewed 14 July 2013

Had a great time at Hideaways this week on a two-day trip to Exuma with some friends. The rooms were bigger than expected and the open concept kitchen and living room area were superb. Not to mention the outside porch where one could sit and have a meal while enjoying the beautiful scenery of flowers and trees on the property was a great option to have. I only take issue with the complimentary wi-fi not being strong enough in the apartment. The wi-fi signal was terribly weak and I could not connect sometimes on my netbook and when I could I still was unable to browse with any real success. To conquer this problem I recommend the hotel getting wi-fi signal boosters that can easily be plugged into the walls. This would eliminate the need for guests to go into the main lobby at the front desk to use the computers away from the convenience of being in their apartment rooms. Other than the wi-fi complaint everything else was great and I HIGHLY recommend Hideaways as the hotel truly went out of its way to make our stay enjoyable.

Room Tip: Ask if you can get a ground apartment if you don't like walking upstairs
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  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 9 July 2013

We have just returned from a week long stay at Hideaways! What a lovely place, The owners and the staff were all very friendly, informative and helpful. We have stayed in Oceanside 2 bedroom villa and had enjoyed it very much. Very clean, spacious, with 2 full bathrooms and the powder room, full kitchen, dining room and the living room. The balcony overlooking the ocean was wonderful place to be and relax listening to the waves.
The location is the best. Close to Georgetown and also not far from the airport, around 10 min drive. The hotel beach is nice, but we have discovered, just around the corner, wonderful Jolly Hall Beach, about a km long, and with hardly ever anyone there. The water was calm and the sand very soft. Shuttle service to town was a great feature, It goes a few times a day. Good way to get to the grocery store or even to the taxi boat that goes to Stocking island. The hotel has many accommodation categories and they are all wonderful> We have stayed on the ocean side and while you are close to the water and the beach, hill side is just across the street and has as comfortable accommodation but also spectacular views. So whatever fits your budget and the group you will enjoy it.
It is not an all inclusive so you have to prepare your food or visit some of the local restaurants. Splash is a great place to grab local specialty, drink, and pizza. But since we had a full kitchen we have cooked most of our meals. Some fresh food you can get from Exuma Market, but some of the dry food we brought from home. We loved Exuma, as the holiday destination since we love beaches, low key places and we enjoy meeting local people vs staying in big resorts.
Hideaway was such a great place to spend that long waited week of our family vacation and we will be back!

Room Tip: It is a good idea to rent a car and explore the island. We loved Little Exuma and enjoyed visiting M...
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  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with family
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5  Thank DandKMontreal
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Reviewed 17 June 2013

I rented an oceanfront cottage at the beginning of June 2013. These cottages are lovely, spacious and have GREAT views. I also took advantage of the hotel's free shuttle to town, which is great if you don't wish to rent a car or take expensive taxis. Another plus of the location: In addition to the onsite restaurant, there are two bars and restaurants just next door. Hit Frankie Bananas' happy hour on Friday night for the free appetizers and discounted beers! Most of the staff at Hideaways are very nice, but the one exception is the front desk receptionist. She is abrupt, bordering rude. She knows her job, but needs to be friendlier and more helpful. Loved the slow island vibe of Exuma!

Room Tip: I stayed in the #10 cottage and #14. Both were lovely and spacious.
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  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled solo
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2  Thank kaiwahini
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Reviewed 15 June 2013

I was just at Hideaways at Palm Bay First week in June .Right from arriving all the staff were pleasant very helpful, polite and go the extra to help out and provide anything you need or if it isnt right the owners will make it right which was nice because I locked myself out of my room at some unusual times but service came right away to let me in. Even when I could not open my room safe on my departure day I was told not to panic one phone call to the mangers had it taken care of within an hour told me dont worry about my misfortunes. The staff get to know you by your name, where your from and a good morning. Your just not a room number. My hillside room was more than I asked for or expected a nice view, clean one bedroom suite with full kitchen, living room and cold AC. Shuttle convieniant to Georgetown for groceries, meals,or dock to meet the water taxi. Tried some local flavor foods at different places were all good and at the Fish Shacks down the road great on a Sunday. Splash Bar N Restaurant was good food $20 bucket of cold beer nice. Pool tournament great way meet who is staying there also.Diving was all arranged thru Exuma Dive they have a nice big modern boat and was well run.If want all the benefits of all inclusive high end resort go to Sandals. If you a family run atmosphere, personal service and a great location with lots to see and do they will arrange it for you.Or just relax its that easy. Car rental nice if you want go Island exploring. Its was quiet there and so many nice beaches everywhere.Thanks to everyone at Palm Bay for making my first trip Exuma a pleasant one. Will return again.

Room Tip: Hillside nice views, or take a beach side villa if you want be close to water n Splash Bar
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  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled solo
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Reviewed 13 June 2013 via mobile

We rented an oceanfront villa which is not technically the hotel. So I can't comment on the hotel rooms. Our villa, which is owned and maintained by private owners, was awesome. We were supposed to be able to share the community amenities with Hideaway. We asked at the front desk about a free shuttle to Georgetown and the front desk lady said we weren't allowed to use it. I went in a few times to ask about other things, and she was not the friendliest. She would stare at the desk when we walked in.

  • Stayed: June 2013
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2  Thank akaye2013
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Reviewed 7 June 2013

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.

  • Stayed: May 2013
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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: £183 - £287 (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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