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Almost there! I'm still wearing my North East USA Weather clothes! Jeans and a sweatshirt. Time to change... in the only place I can: the airplane bathroom. Have you ever changed your clothes in a plane bathroom? IT is a monumental task. Put on Capris, and sleeveless dress shirt, put my contacts in, and I'm ready to go!
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Ahhh, the Exuma islands are absolutely beautiful! Even our flight there was fantastic as we got to see all those small islands, cays and turquoise water from up above. Yes, finally the sun was out again in full force ;-))!
We checked into a nice bungalow on the beach and headed out to explore this gem of an island. George Town is the biggest settlement on the island and barely counts a couple of houses. We ...
... to do was go home, back to London Ontario. They were rescued by a cruiser anchored in Black Point who heard their distress call from their dingy three miles south of the cut they were going to go through. This cruiser left the Black Point anchorage and went to their rescue and they were then taken back to Black Point to file a police report etc.The woman told us that her biggest fear had come true and now she doesn't think she can be afraid of anything. ...
Hi everyone. As of right now it looks like we and 3/4 of the over 300 boats anchored here are leaving tomorrow. We are headed for Black Point about 50 miles to the north. We'll keep ya posted once we get another chance at the internet. All our love.
We didn't do much today, just chilled. In the afternoon we took our dingies to the St. Francis Resort for a late lunch. What a beautiful anchorage. Georgetown is one of the greatest cruising destinations in the Bahamas, hosting between 400-700 boats at Regatta times. Some ...
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Myself & husband had a great time - except for both of us getting conjunctivitis (pink eye) which the nurse at the resort called it pollen!! We would recommend it if you want a really, really laid back place to go. There are more restaurants opening up there soon - there is not much to see on the island but you must visit Catch a Fire (a restaurant not more than 20 mins. from resort. The food was fantastic!!
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If it weren't for the magnificent beach and crystal clear waters, this hotel would not garner much attention. We were there for five nights this month and our experience was mediocre at best. Having stayed at a number of Four Seasons around the world, this one is not up to par. It started with our $800/night Oceanfront room. We were on the ground level and because the floors are tile, we could hear the people's booming footsteps in the room above us all the time. It was like the bass boost coming from a car. On our third night, the power kept going in and out on the island, causing the clocks, phone and A/C in the room to all beep very loudly and reset in the middle of the night. The Concierge is very poor ( I agree with other posts). We tried to go on 1/2 day sail each day, only to be told they didn't have enough people to fill the trip! We had to go to the desk to find this out. I second a lot of the other opinions - food is fair - very limited and expensive.
We were really looking forward to a wonderful 6 days in a new remote location. I have to say that the beach and the location are magnificent. When we went to have our first meal, that's when we should of gotten a clue. It was so unpredictable that we did not know what to say. We are avid vacationners and love the Four Seasons. We were shocked that the food was cold, overcooked and then some. The second day we thought well it was just a one time thing. No, again very inconsistent. At this point we were struggling with what to do as we have never really had to say anything at any other property, everything is always wonderful. The food did not improve much but we did notice some new personel and they were trying their best to ensure that the food was at least hot and served as it should be. It was safe for a couple of meals then everything brokedown when we again tried to eat yet another meal and yet again the same inconsistencies. It seems that no one is accountable for any table. As for the resort it is truly very pretty, however there needs to be some serious upgrades to match any of the other resorts. Four Seasons have set high standard for themselves which we love and will gladly pay for however this resort does not even come close to earning it's namesake.
This hotel was a disappointment. It has no character, no soul. The architecture is the first thing we noticed - looks like a glorified shopping center or Disney complex. We booked an ocean view executive suite - expecting to be near the ocean. Although we did face the ocean, and you could see it over the other buildings and palm trees, it was much further away from the beach than we were expecting. I agree with the previous review - the staff was inconsistent. Either extremely friendly and helpful when you needed a drink, or irritated and almost absent when you were trying to order dinner. The meals were mediocre at best, and the prices were close to infuriating. One detail that should be pointed out : for dinner at the Sea Breeze Grill (the casual restaurant), they offer a mixed grill as a meal option - meat, starch and vegetable. But in italics at the bottom of the menu, they inform you that the price listed only includes the meat and the starch. The vegetable is $5 extra. So we paid $36 for a tenderloin and potatoes, then had to cough up another $5 for the asparagus. And though the Italian restaurant is fine, the menu is small and eating there becomes very monotonous. The spa is nice, but inconsistent as well. We had one excellent treatment, and one terrible treatment. The kayaking adventure we had with Starfish was nice, probably the highlight of the trip, but it was hard to book and the conceirge couldn't really explain the excursion to us, nor did she ever call to confirm our booking. The beach is lovely but the view is compromised by buildings going up in the distance. the water is an incredible aqua and sand is nice. We did have some nice moments, but we will not be returning.
The Great Exuma resort is not what I would expect from a Four Seasons.
Have stayed at some wonderful resorts, many of them being Four Seasons' properties. We were so looking forward to this new one, thought it must be even better than Nevis and Punta Mita as each new property gets better and better. What a disappointment! We booked a "deluxe ocean front villa", the room was large, but sparsely furnished. Asked for a plant, anything - nothing ever arrived. The balcony is small, but there was room for a lounge chair which I had to request. The restaurants are mediocre, at best. Met quite a few guests, who like us, were cutting their trips short. I have a term for this hotel - "Four Seasons Lite".
While the airport arrival and transportation in local shabby vans is dreadful, upon arrival at te resort all changes instantaneously. The lobby interiors are gorgeous and thoughtfully designed to evoke the Bahamas with an easy elegance unlike anything else in the islands..it's better than the Four Seasons Nevis. The staff is gracious and charming although young and learning. The rooms are enormous and beautifully detailed with total consideration given to the fact that this is a beach resort; they are the bst rooms we've seen at any beach resort of its kind anywhere and well worth the rate. The restaurant is wonderful to sit in as is the lounge which we enjoyed nightly, but an Italian Menu seemed out-of-place for the Bahamas and the buffet presentations by the staff do not live up to the sophistication of the interior decorating. The spa services were great, but it's a lost opportunity to not have had the spa near the beach, we felt like we could have been back in Beverly Hills. The cabanas and pool grounds are gorgeous, we loved them even more than Maui's Four Seasons. This property is going to gain fast recognition for it's five star service and amenities, and six star design..we admired every inch of the place and it's beautiful interiors although the outside is not as memorable but is still in good taste. We want the inside of our beach home in the hamptons to look like this!!!
The Four Seasons Great Exuma promises to be an excellent choice in the future, if what you want is a big golf resort.
When we decided to stay at this just-opened resort, we expected immature landscaping and a staff that was still learning the ropes.
We just returned from Four Seasons Great Exuma. This island is the most beautiful island and the hotel is absolutely spectacular! We spent 6 nights at the Four Seasons. The food was great, the bahamian people treated us as if we were family and the climate was perfect. Not to hot or too cold. Not too humid, no bugs. Hotel service was excellent. Not a lot of people around which made it quiet and relaxing.We signed up with the hotel for a Castaway Getaway which took us out to our own island for a day with food and beverages, snorkel gear, chairs, towel, umbrella. We also tried the balineese massage. The massage was given by two women who were actually from Bali, working there for the next year.
It just opened but you could never tell. The property is beautiful. The service is outstanding. The food is to DIE for.Four Seasons Exuma is destined to be the number one resort in the region.