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“Old Bahama Bay makes it definitely "Better in the Bahamas"”
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Old Bahama Bay
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in West End
Certificate of Excellence
Guelph, Canada
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“Old Bahama Bay makes it definitely "Better in the Bahamas"”
Reviewed 26 February 2014

We just returned from an extra long weekend at Old Bahama Bay and were extremely pleased with the beautiful setting and wonderful accomodations. The beds were one of the most comfortable we have slept in anywhere and the room was a nice size with a wonderful ocean front view and nicely appointed with a wonderful big comfortable balcony. The staff made it though, Harold the hotel ambassador not only helped us with all our inquiries and needs but set up the most wonderful in room/balcony massage for us which made our weekend. Tanya was an excellent massage therapist and we wish we could have brought her home with us. If you like a beautiful peaceful, tranquil resort then old bahama bay is for you. If back on Grand Bahama it would definitely be our first choice.

Room Tip: All rooms have nice views but Ocean Front is right on the beach.
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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Resort_Team, Manager at Old Bahama Bay, responded to this review, 27 February 2014
Thank you so much for both your visit and for your kind review of Old Bahama Bay. We will certainly pas your compliments onto Harold and Tanya and the rest of the staff. It is their number one goal to make sure each guest has a relaxing and memorable holiday. We do hope you return to Grand Bahama and to Old Bahama Bay.
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Reviewed 25 February 2014

I thought I would provide an update since my last review was somewhat scathing. We did not stay in rooms this time around, just stayed onboard our boats. I was there for 4 nights over the last two weeks, mainly for fishing, but we did use some of the amenities of the resort.

Progress has been slow, but there has definitely been some improvements on the property. The biggest improvement is the opening of the main restaurant once again. The food is mediocre and the service still as slow as you can imagine (I am used to Bahamian travel, but this is really, really slow). The bartender was extremely friendly and while somewhat slow, poured a pretty good drink and (except for the Rumrunners which were not even close to right). She made a spectacular Piña Colada with fudge and boiled sugar.

On two of the nights we chose to eat fresh caught fish so we cooked on the boat and purchased side dishes of vegetables and peas and rice. That turned out to be an excellent choice. It was not only a good value, but very well prepared.

The landscaping and premises have definitely improved from two years ago and the marina bathrooms are now a C+ instead of the F I gave them two years ago. We didn't bother checking out the gym this time around. The last experience left us not looking to chance wasting our limited time their.

One of the friendly dock office staff has been moved into the hotel office and showed great improvement in the staff in their. Perhaps we may be willing to give the rooms another chance one of these days.

It's still expensive, but they do offer travel deals. It's still limited on activities, but the location is fantastic. The pool was excellent and warm, despite cool weather which warmed up later.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with friends
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Resort_Team, Manager at Old Bahama Bay, responded to this review, 27 February 2014
Thank you so much for giving Old Bahama Bay another visit and for recognizing the efforts that are being made across the resort. Please know that a new management company is taking over the Dockside Grille in March with the intention of improving both food quality and consistency as well as service. Our activities roster is expanding all the time and we now have a full time activities director, Harold, who hopefully you had the chance to meet. You are correct that we do offer special travel incentives whenever possible, so please do sign up for our newsletter if you have not already, so you can always be up to date on resort deals and events. We hope you will try the rooms again on your next visit.
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Mequon, WI
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Reviewed 19 February 2014

This was our first trip to the Bahamas. We were looking for clear water, nice beaches and a quiet retreat. We really liked Old Bahama Bay. My husband, our teenage daughter and I all really enjoyed our rooms, the food at the Straw Bar and the staff. My daughter got a massage. The beach is beautiful. The pool is beautiful. The grounds are well kept. We did not rent a car. We used cabs or drivers from the resort instead. This worked out well. We stopped at a store on our way from the airport to get a few snacks. We think we will return.

Room Tip: All the rooms are good as far as I can tell. We had a two bedroom unit which is close to the marina...
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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with family
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Resort_Team, Manager at Old Bahama Bay, responded to this review, 24 February 2014
We are so pleased that you choose Old Bahama Bay for your first Bahamas vacation destination and we appreciate receiving your kind review. It always means a lot to us when the efforts of all our team are appreciated (from the masseuse to the maintenance team)! We do hope to have you and your family back with us again soon.
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Hendersonville, North Carolina
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Reviewed 14 February 2014

Just came back from a week of relaxation. Every morning and evening a different sunrise and sunset. We did go in the off season so not as many activities but it was so peaceful it felt like we were the only ones there. Will positively go again. Every one was so nice and friendly.

Room Tip: Get on close to the ocean. It makes it steps away.
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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with family
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Resort_Team, Manager at Old Bahama Bay, responded to this review, 17 February 2014
Thank you so much for leaving your kind review. We will certainly pass your compliments onto all the staff. Best compliment of all is that you will return for another visit! We look forward to having you with us again.
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Miami, Florida
1 review
Reviewed 12 February 2014

It would have gotten excellent or A+ ratings all around except that the bathroom facilities used by the yachters are dismal. We were there in our boat so room comments are not appropriate but the property is spectacular - spectacular Tiki restaurant (should be open later though), spectacular beach, spectacular marina, spectacular people (even customs authority and that is saying something). They obviously work hard to make it a great place and they succeed. I would return any time.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Resort_Team, Manager at Old Bahama Bay, responded to this review, 13 February 2014
We are truly delighted to know that you enjoyed your marina stay with us. The staff will be so happy to see your kind words. We will go look at those bathrooms right away, as they should never be anything but spotless! We hope to have you back with us very soon – any maybe next time take advantage of our boater specials for room night stays as well…..
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Naples, Florida
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Reviewed 4 February 2014 via mobile

There is nothing like being greeted in the morning by the ocean, lapping in gentle waves, onto a beautiful white sand beach...just steps from your suite. Lots of activities...bicycling, hobie cat sailboats, volleyball on the beach, snorkeling, or just napping on the beach in a hammock..all included in your room cost. The staff at both the restaurants and hotel were outstanding. We had some difficulty accessing wifi from the rooms in the building farthest from the lobby so Dawn graciously moved us to one of the suites in the Oleander building....awesome! There was never a request too difficult and all quickly handled with a smile. The food at both restaurants is excellent! We were looking for some variety and also ate at the Pink Pearl Restaurant...It is also excellent, across from the beach in Bootle Bay on the south side of the island, and 10 minutes from OBB. The Pink Pearl Restaurant will provide complimentary transportation to/from by calling 349-4006.

All in all...Old Bahama Bay is the place we come back to; year after year. It can't be beat for the serenity, beauty, and friendliness of their staff!

Stayed February 2014
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Resort_Team, Manager at Old Bahama Bay, responded to this review, 11 February 2014
Wow – thank you so much for leaving your kind review. We will certainly share with the hotel and restaurant staff. We always love hearing that our guests appreciate the serenity and beauty of West End. We hope it will not be another year before we are able to welcome you back again at Old Bahama Bay.
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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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Reviewed 26 January 2014

Driving to the resort can be a little deceiving. Run down and no restaurant or shops to be found.
Once I pulled in everything changed! The rooms are in separate bungalows throughout the grounds. The staff is very friendly. The rooms are fantastic. Full fridge, washer, stove top, and microwave. A beautiful 4 poster bed and a balcony with big wicker chairs overlooking the ocean. You can borrow bikes to ride around, get something to eat at the tiki hut by the ocean, or just kick back in a hammock on the ocean.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled on business
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Resort_Team, Manager at Old Bahama Bay, responded to this review, 30 January 2014
Wow – thank you so much for leaving your review. This kind of review always gives us a new inspiration to do all of our bests for our guests. We will share with the staff as well. Hopefully you will be able to return again soon and kick back again at Old Bahama Bay.
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Property: Old Bahama Bay
Address: Bayshore Road, West End, Grand Bahama Island
Region: Caribbean > Bahamas > Grand Bahama Island > West End
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in West End
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:4 star — Old Bahama Bay 4*
Number of rooms: 73
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Old Bahama Bay Resort & Yacht Harbour is the ultimate getaway for tranquility and relaxation - set on the westernmost tip of Grand Bahama Island. Combining Bahamian charm and barefoot elegance, the resort features 73 spacious beachfront suites, full-service marina, fishing, snorkeling, eco-tours and other excursions. Resort amenities include 2 restaurants and bars, tennis courts, paddleboards, kayaks, snorkel equipment and much more. West End Airport is open for private planes and charters. ... more   less 
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