Old Bahama Bay
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Friendly people, nice swimming pool, good marina. Enough alcohol in the drinks.
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Watch out for the hype ...
If you are traveling a long way to arrive here ... opt to go a little further. We spent a week's stay at this resort, after being lulled into choosing it based on their excellent website. The hype they proffer doesn't even begin to match the actual resort: A disorganized, dirty patch of buildings (still under construction) manned by a disgruntled, careless team of service workers. I have no reason to offend the efforts of the staffand every reason to blame the management ... they have a long way to go before meeting their own hype.I'd wait at least a year before trying this place out for yourself ... they are mid-expansion, and have a lot of loose ends to nail down.Fly the extra hour or so and land further south of Grand Bahamaeverything, from the weather to the service, will be worth the effort.(In fairness ... Old Bahama Bay seems to have begun its life as a Marina, and it is a lovely one. If you're yachting, it is probably a fine place to dock for a time. The restaurant makes a very good dinner ... as long as you get to return to your bat afterward ...)
Counted the hours
We were bitterly dissapointed by Old Bahama Bay. We spent 7 nigths there and were counting the hours for at least the last four days. I found myself in the bath one night thinking "Oh thank goodness we get to go home tomorrow!" and then my heart sank when I realised that it was the day AFTER tomorrow that we could leave. The service is lousy- apart from the wonderful French man who seems to single handedly run the food service- everything is made to feel like you are asking too much and are just making their lives more difficult by being a guest in the first place. There is an enormous amount of sea grass along the shore so you have only about 15 feet (at HIGH tide) of that classic clear to the bottom water before the bottom becomes dark and murky looking for several hundered feet. If you are a pool person be aware that though they say it is heated you wouldn't know from the temperature and I didn't see anyone in it the whole time we were there.
Hardly anyone was ever in the ocean either come to think of it. The new rooms seemed dark and cramped - go for an old room if you are going to risk going at all. Outside of the first room we were given we found over a pound and a half of shattered mirror and long nails round the edge of the patio and thick dust in the room- part of the kitchen wasn't even finished being built. Also found lots of glass on the beach- maybe 50 pieces- during the week- and we wern't looking for it.
The food is ok and can be brought to you wherever you are- even by battery car on the beach- but it is a sad week if that is the highlight. And it was.
Just returned from a relaxing week
We stayed at Old Bahama Bay from 1/24 -1/31. We purchased the five night romantic getaway package and then added an additional two nights.
Overall, we really liked the resort. The website photos give a very accurate depiction of the grounds. Our room was on the first floor and we enjoyed waking up to a view of the beach and turquoise sea. The resort staff does a good job with service overall, but in some areas they fall short.
We ordered room service for breakfast every morning and our order was delivered within the timeframe they quoted when we placed our order.
The staff will deliver food or drinks to you wherever your location. We observed guests receiving orders from the Dockside grill on the beach and by the pool. The lunch menu left much to be desired, unless you have a preference for bar food. We ordered club sandwiches and the ham and turkey resembled spam quality meat.
Dinner was always very good, but if you eat in Aqua's dining room prepare to spend no less than two hours for a three course meal. We were not able to dine under two hours on any evening, regardless of how full the dining room was. The food quality was great and fresh; however, the service was very slow. The meal plan is a good value if you plan on having breakfast and a three course dinner.
Overall, we enjoyed our room. The wet bar, microwave, and refrigerator were a nice surprise. However, our room was very dusty and large dust bunnies were visible in the corner near the desk. Some of the louvered doors also appeared to be in need of a dusting. On our first night I asked the housekeeper who provided turn down service for another robe.
To make a long story short, the robe finally arrived on our last night at the resort. I had made repeated daily requests to the daytime housekeeping staff and front desk personnel. And lastly, our champagne and strawberries were not in our room upon our arrival. I mentioned this to the front desk and was told that no one was available to deliver them to us until the next day. Granted, these are not by any means catastrophic stortcomings, but I do expect that things to be done on a more timely basis. That is why I have given the resort an above averge rating in lieu of an excellent rating.
A beautiful, quiet get away
We have been to Old Bahama Bay four times now, we try to go yearly.
This resort is so beautiful and quiet, as many attractions are not. The resort is growing and the sights are breath-taking. The sand, sun, palm trees, and warm air are so welcoming to those of us who have to deal with the real version of "winter". There are many things to do, but mostly it is a quiet place to go with family and the people you love.
Old Bahama Bay
Spent 8 days in November '03 at Old Bahama Bay and had a fantastic time...we plan to go back. I strongly recommend this resort; a little piece of heaven on earth!
We spent 6 nights at the Old Bahama Bay over Thanksgiving. What you see on the website is what you get. Beautiful room, steps to the beach, wake up in the morning with a view of the turquoise water, beach, palms and hammock. Best place to relax I've ever seen. If you want action, this is not where you should go. Aqua is a wonderful restaurant with superb food and attentive staff. Very good service throughout the resort, very pleasant. Pool is small but beautiful. There is still construction going on, however mostly inside the new buildings. But you may want to ask about the current status. Take advantage of their packages, because restaurants are expensive. Very good email and phone communication, call for reservation, they are very pleasant and helpful.
Laid Back and totally relaxing
My wife and I spent a week at the end of October at this truly out of the way almost private resort. Beautiful and secluded. Very nice, well appointed large ocean front rooms with private patios and large double vanity marble/tile bathrooms. Very functional wet bar/microwave/fridge.
Stock up on snacks and microwaveables at the Winn Dixie you will pass about halfway between Freeport and the resort. Restuarant on-site overlooking marina has a good menu. Dinner entrees run $20-$30. Not any other places on the West End we would recommend for dinner. Definitely rent a car in Freeport before you arrive. It is a 45 minute drive from Freeport to the West End and there is definitely nothing else there.
The resort has a collection of small sail boats, sea kayaks, wind surfers, and nice bicycles, all of which are free to use. They have fishing gear you can use to catch your own dinner as well as snorkeling gear. If you can entertain yourself, like quiet solitude, hammocks, and beautiful empty beaches, this is the place for you.
Old Bahama Bay
This place is absolutely fantastic. Hopefully it will not become too popular or get too big (they are currently expanding from 24--44 rooms). Setting is beautiful and secluded; beaches are perfect, rooms are great, snorkeling was the best we have had (and we have snorkeled in many locations throughout the Bahamas and Caribbean)., service was solid, food was expensive but very good. Given that this place is a very short and inexpensive flight from the States it is almost too good to be true.
Very Enjoyable Stay
We spent 3 nights here and enjoyed it very much. The resort was pretty empty so it was quiet (almost too quiet!). We had an upstairs suite which was spacious and comfortable and the staff was most friendly and helpful. There was only the one restaurant but the food was better than we expected. I am glad we chose the MAP plan as food was expensive. We were pleasantly surprised that there was no additional charge for use of boats, bicycles, etc. The snorkling was great although the seas were rough so we could only go one day.
Three days was plenty unless you really like just lying around on the beach or at the pool.
Stay at Old Bahama Bay!
We spent 6 days at Old Bahama Bay and loved every minute. What you see on their website is what you get - a beautiful room in a 6-room villa only steps away from the private beach. The staff was friendly, attentive, and caring; they even called us to make sure we got home OK. You have your pick of activities from hammock naps to
myriad watersports. The snorkeling trails are incredible! They arranged a "crawfishing" expedition for us where we helped catch (and bring home) lobster, crab, and conch. The restaurant is good, but expensive (like everything else in the Bahamas) - take advantage of the in-room kitchenette. Freeport is a 40-minute drive; the hotel will rent you a car for $60/day.
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