Small Hope Bay Lodge
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It was high time for Vera and I to get away from reality for 72 hours. We needed it.
It had been several months since we had a solo getaway, and this year it just so happened that our fourth of July weekend we would be without our kids. So we searched and booked a last minute special deal we were able to get on NCL.
We visited Nassau and Great Stirrup Cay again. Nassau was not of great interest, however we were very ...
... our car was waiting with the trunk open. What service.....
It has been a really, really, fun trip - - - - Now we can look forward to next year, wherever that might be. Date and Place TBA.
Since we have not had breakfast, we stopped at the Cracker Barrel before dropping Tricia and Trey at the Orlando Airport.
See you next ...
... They did not have Tricia. Guess there were not enough people to play. I had planned to go back at 11:30 for the Logo Trivia and I missed that one. Oh well, better luck next time. I went to the Make A Wish silent auction and there was nothing I wanted to bid on, so decided to just make a donation. That is a really good cause. Next stop was the photo gallery and they were just putting the pictures out, but could not find ours, so will go back later. Time ...
... am so a bread person, so I think I can survive this trip.
Back to the room for a bit and then we headed off to the pool to watch Patrick and Nathan swim. I walked out on our balcony and can see Nassau in the distance. It is a gorgeous day, the sun is shinning and it is going to be a scorcher. Can't wait to get to land and do some sightseeing.
We went up to the pool deck to watch the ship come into Nassau. We finally found Alice and Bob ...
... Overnight we were sailing continuously until 8 am the next morning when we would arrive in Nassau. We were woken by bright sunshine through our porthole, with palm trees and a beach in sight, we had arrived! A quick breakfast and we were on our way off the ship. We walked up Bay Street, the main shopping road there, with diamond and watch shops a plenty. Finishing there pretty sharply, we did what you do in Bahamas, head to the beach. We jumped in a cab and ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Small Hope Bay Lodge Andros
God must have spent a little extra time on this part of earth that we call Small Hope. I went to small hope for my honeymoon. The room was great. It was really close to the water, you could sit in your room at night and look out the window to a perfect view of the ocean and stars. But we never did that. Because, after dinner everyone sat around and shared stories and just had fun. There were people from all around the world. This included the dive masters and Jeff (the owner). Jeff and his staff were unbelievable. They are the best. You could not ask for better service!
My husband, ten-year old daughter and I had the extreme pleasure of being part of Small Hope's family the last week of June. I say family, as that's just how you're treated. The atmosphere is warm and easy-going. You truly have no worries, other than "Should I have the lobster or the curry lamb...the carrot cake or sugar cookies?"
We just got back from Small Hope and are spending the night in Florida before we head home. I could not wait to write this review. The trip was so great and could not have been more relaxing. I was at Small Hope with some buddies about 10 years ago to do some fishing and it was great then. I just came back with my wife and 2 kids and it was better than ever. We did some great dives (the blue hole was mind blowing) and went snorkeling with the kids. I went out bonefishing one day and caught 3 which was amazing for me. They had a surprise wedding while we were there which they pulled off beautifully, the bride couldn't stop crying and there was champagne and hors d'oeuvres for all of the resort guests. My wife loved it and especially enjoyed her tour of the Androsia Batik Factory (she got to make her own piece). There were some other kids around and my kids really had great fun snorkeling, chasing lizards and hermit crabs, searching for shells, and playing in the games room. They did not mind the lack of TV at all. Small Hope is really a perfect spot and we will definately be back.
I have travelled all over the Caribbean, Hawaii, Europe, and Australia and I believe that this was the first "real" vacation that I have ever had! From the moment that I arrived at the resort and was checked in at the outside bar overlooking the clearest water I have ever seen, I was in love with the place. I was travelling with my friend who was out diving every day and I just read my book, helped myself to drinks from the bar, made some new friends, and chilled right out. My friend would come back from diving at lunch time and again late in the afternoon and rave about her dives and show us pictures from her digital camera. Too bad that I am not a diver because the pictures looked great (maybe I will learn on my next trip). I was there during Easter which was great fun. The owner's girlfriend, teenage son, nieces, and nephews put on an easter egg hunt for the younger guest kids and dinner was an absolute feast with lobster, ham, turkey, and about 15 different desserts including mousses, cheesecakes, pies, and bahamian specialties. The lodge was full while we were there, but with 2 beaches, a dock, solarium, hot tub, outdoor bar/patio, lounge, inside bar, games room for kids, and glass room for reading I never felt crowded. This is a very special place and I cannot wait to go back, maybe I'll bring my kids next time (they are all scuba divers).
Jeff and Peter Run a great lodge to get away from the rat race. The bonefishing is superb and the food is great too. I recommend this place to everyone who wants to get a taste of the "out islands".
Honeymooned at SHBL over new years and had a blast. This is the place to go if you want to get away from it all. Very nice staff. Jeff, the owner, is great. Food is great. Very casual place. Very interesting people. Bed and breakfast style meals where you sit with everyone. If you have to be entertained and have to have TV this is not the place for you. It was so renewing to just sleep late and read a book in a hammock and dive at our leisure. No pressure to go anywhere because SHBL is about the only place on the island. Very unique place, the staff is very tight and you will socialize with them at meals. Felt more like we were staying with friends at a beach house than at an impersonal resort. Felt like the staff genuinely cared about our stay and about getting to know us. Very fun. Will go back!
SHL is a very low key resort that offers fantasitc diving. While there in early November the vis wasn't fantastic on top of the reef, but down the walls and in the blue holes improved quite a bit. This shop does some pretty aggressive diving which I like - a necessity because of the depth of some of the geology. Blue Hole Level II is perhaps one of the coolest dives I've ever done. Inland Blue Holes are also a must for unique diving that you can experience few other places. Have to see them to believe them. Very professional dive masters - for the most part extremely experienced and will help you do things you've never done before in a safe environment. The lodge itself is very basic - rooms could use some updating but you're not there to hang in the room are you? Meals good - and the open bar very convenient! All in all a must for the experienced diver.
Learned to Dive There
My husband and I have been to Small Hope Bay Lodge for the past three years. We both learned to dive there. Diving is wonderful. The place is fantastic, the staff are wonderful, and the food is awesome. Even if you don't dive, you can snorkel, kayak, sail or just lay around.
Can't Wait to go Back WONDERFUL
Was there 4 years ago and it is one of the best places to go..that is if you want a secluded, relaxing place and LOVE to dive or Bonefish. Staff was great..we arrived around 2pm and lunch had already been served, but they went to the kitchen and made up sandwiches. Private Beach was beautiful and the stars at night were fabulous. DID NOT want to leave this little hidden Paradise.
No fancy shops or any other touristy stuff so if that is your cup of tea you won't like this place which is why I love it!! Batik factory and store was fun..cool and comfy fashions!! Loved not having a phone, tv or even AC!! Didn't need it with the ocean breeze blowing in your window at night with the fans above.Food was also very good and the open bar was nice.
Charming and wonderfully run dive operation
Recently stayed at Small Hope looking for a unique, quiet place with good diving and service. It had it all! Even after the devestating hurrincane in Nov. all seemed well (although they have yet to rebuild the on-site center--temporarily located 5 minutes away).
Diving was very diverse and service was impeccible. I would return again just to dive with the staff! Keep in mind that the owner often works as "dive staff"-he could learn some service and diving tips from his employees!!!
The custom dives are well worth the price!