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“peaceful, near a beautiful beach” 3 of 5 bubbles
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Hideaways at Palm Bay
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in George Town
Certificate of Excellence
seattle
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324 reviews
46 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 289 helpful votes
“peaceful, near a beautiful beach”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 2014

This resort is 10 minutes drive from the airport, $30.00 flat fee by taxi one way and you can ask the driver to stop at the supermarket on the road along the way before arriving. Hideaways is 5 minutes drive to George Town by complimentary shuttle. There are older cottages with ocean or garden view by the beach and newer units across the street. I had originally booked a two bedroom sea-island view with a big balcony #214 across the street but then since my party could not come I switched to a one bedroom ocean view with full kitchen #26 in front of one of the two pools, though they charged me an upgrade fee. I arranged my unit with Beverly on the phone, she was very understanding and helpful. Be aware of mosquitoes late afternoon and evening if you want to sit outside in the patio. Two minutes walking distance on the left facing the water along the beach there is a beautiful beach on a secluded bay, which to me is one of the best in the island. Check in is at 4:00 pm and they are quite strict about that, but if you arrive early you can leave your luggage at the reception and take the shuttle to town or wait by the main pool or at the beach. Check out is at 11:00 am and after that is $25.00 an hour fee. I had a flight at 12:40 pm but I wish I had taken the 5:30 pm flight to stay longer at the beach, especially after the last two days of rain. There is a restaurant on site, but there is also another on the beach to the right with music and some local stands 2 minutes drive to the left. There is a supermarket on the way to George Town past the turn on the right where they do not charge the 5% credit card fee. There is another supermarket in George Town. If you like to explore the island and see different beaches it is good to have a rental car, otherwise Latovia, the manager, can help you figure out what to do. Kindly one afternoon she took me to Little Exuma to see the first beach on the left after the bridge and the big Tropic of Cancer Beach. Another day I took the Exuma Cays boat tour with 4C for $160.00 per person not including lunch at Staniel Cay, seeing lots of private islands and some interesting stops, it was really fun. Another day I took the boat taxi to Stocking island $12.00 round trip from the pier in George Town leaving at every hour starting at 10:00 am, beautiful island to hike on the Atlantic side and then back to swim in sand dollar beach, great conch salad at the stand and grilled hog fish at the restaurant. All together I had a nice, relaxing stay, meeting good local people and international travelers from all over.

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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled solo
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Las Vegas, Nevada
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6 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 2014 via mobile

A great choice for families visiting exuma. Our villa was a 2 bedroom very nice and clean. The grounds are very nice and they have plenty of activities to keep everyone busy. The service I say is a very good instead of an excellent because some of the employees went out of their way to be accommodating and helpful,and couple of others did not.The property also has a nice little restaurant/bar on site and the food was yummy! Me& my family enjoyed our stay at hideaways.

  • Stayed June 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Hobe Sound, Florida
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 June 2014 via mobile

Stayed in a very nice 1 bedroom cottage just steps from the beach and one of the pools. Our reservation included free continental breakfast. The cottage had a full kitchen and two full baths along with a pull out sofa. (Unit 22). Complimentary shuttle will take you to Georgetown where there is a grocery store, liquor store, gift shops, bank and a couple restaurants.
The staff is very nice and helpful.
Restaurant serves good "bar" food.
You can rent a car across the street to explore the island.
Excursions can be set up through the office staff or you can just use the resort's kayaks, snorkel gear or Hobie cat. A short walk down the beach takes you to a beautiful, quiet beach where you can enjoy a swim in beautiful water and nap under the shade of a tree. Very quiet and beautiful location to get away from it all!

  • Stayed May 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank Bhmarick
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Brooklyn
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15 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 May 2014

We stayed at oceanside cottage #10, the Windmill Palm, and it was perfect. It was nicely decorated and spotlessly clean. We were literally 10 steps from the beach, which had decent snorkeling around the 3 "Goat Islands". We were 50 steps from the pool and 75 steps from the restaurant. It was ideal for us. We didn't even bother with a/c since the ocean breezes were so close. The location is excellent, pretty much in the middle of the island, 7 miles from the airport, and the resort provides a free shuttle to George Town.
The staff is friendly and helpful. Definitely try the house cocktail, called a "Splash" in between the pina coladas and Bahama Mamas at the restaurant. "Splash" was created by one of the waitresses, the charming one who channels Betty Boop. Definitely plan and allocate for the all day tour with 4Cs--they'll pick you up at Hideaways and give you a fantastic overview of the stunning Cays up North--the highlight is a short snorkel in Thunderball Grotto, which is not to be missed.

Room Tip: Our preference was for the oceanside cottages. Literally right on the ocean.
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank kayaak
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8 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2014

My husband and I found this fabulous little hideaway in the Bahamas. It is such a delight to have something like this after having visited the Bahamas before I'm found parts of it being far more commercial than it was years ago. The staff was absolutely wonderful the room was perfect for our needs and there is no nicer water anywhere.

  • Stayed October 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank Swilhelm15
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New York
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25 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 May 2014

How does sitting on a balcony, overlooking the beautiful colors of the sea, watching the palm trees sway and being bathed in warm tropical breezes sound? Add in friendly people, a beautiful condo and you have Hideaways at Palm Bay. We stayed in a 1brm "Ocean View" unit #207,across the road from the office which was only a 1 minute walk away, in May '14.
Pros-
- Beautiful Jolly Hall Beach is only a 5 minute walk away.
- Free shuttle to town and back runs every 2 hours, 9 - 5.
- Fish Fry area, a group of local eateries with great food and authentic local fare is within walking distance (we ate at Charlies).
- Resort allowed us use of kayaks and snorkeling equipment.
- Island residents and resort staff (esp. Latovia) are extremely friendly and helpful.
- Stocking Island is nearby and reachable by water taxi from town and is worth exploring.

Cons-
- Do your research, the Bahamian government has no information locally available for tourists, they could use an information office in town.
- Prices in stores are high due to items being imported, just like other islands.
- We cannot think of anything negative to say about Hideaways, they even loaned us a cribbage board and deck of cards after we forgot ours!

We would definately return to Hideaways for a future vacation.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Teamsja
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Whitby, Canada
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3 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 May 2014

We had a great time at this resort. We flew down with my inlaws and friends of ours to get married last minute. Palm Bay has everything you could want. It is close to everything. Our Villa was 32 I think and right on the Ocean. I rented a cottage for my inlaws and it was great as well. This is our new vacation spot. We plan on returning with a large group of about 25 at the end of February again this year and hope to stay here again.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Madelynn T
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Property: Hideaways at Palm Bay
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 (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:3 star — Hideaways at Palm Bay 3*
Number of rooms: 50
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Our beachfront villas & cottages are available in either studio, 1 or 2 bedroom plans and offer full kitchens or kitchenettes. Decorated and designed with tropical charm, amenities include air conditioning, ceiling fans, private bathrooms, televisions, wireless internet access, full service business center including guest computers. Hideaways Exuma is the ideal location for your romantic getaway or family vacation. Weekly rates are available in our hillside villas and studio rooms. ... more   less 
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