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Small Hope Bay Lodge

#2 of 13 Hotels in Andros
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Fresh Creek, 00000, Andros
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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New York City, New York
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 hotel reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Hi we actually did not stay at the lodge but we've dived with them three times and definitely plan to go again. We dived with Frederico -- strict, confident and well-versed in his divemaster craft -- Denny, great guy with admirable strength and agility -- Teva, a young learner yet very confident in the water as my guide when I... More 

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Arlington, Virginia
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45 reviews 45 reviews
13 hotel reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and I just got home today from a week’s stay at Small Hope, and it’s an unfortunate and sad thing when we’re actually glad to have a vacation end, and to be home again. We went back to the website and the TripAdvisor reviews to figure out what we missed originally, and where the disconnect is between the... More 

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Erin S, Marketing Team at Small Hope Bay Lodge, responded to this review

Jeff Birch here, "family resident manager". We have been going strong for 55 years. I had a feeling that you might send a strong review because you did not say a single word to myself or any of our staff about anything mentioned in this review.The clue for me was the a table for two at all meals. The fact... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was the most relaxing vacation I have ever been on in my life. I loved our rustic rooms, the excellent food served and all the people (employees and guests) that I met. This is truly a diamond in the middle of the ocean.

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Erin S, Marketing Team at Small Hope Bay Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you so much for the nice review. I am so happy you enjoyed your stay here, and were able to really relax! We look forward to seeing you again soon! More 

Frisco, Colorado
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48 reviews 48 reviews
10 hotel reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This review is dated! So take it with some sea salt. There is no 1990 on the "When did you travel", so ignore that piece of bad info. Our family stayed at SHB in 1990 & 1991. Then, Dick Birch, owned and managed and flew his small airplane from Nassau with guests periodically. We met Peter, Jeff, and all of... More 

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Erin S, Marketing Team at Small Hope Bay Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you for that review. Small Hope is now in its 55th year and the reason is because of our wonderful and loyal guests. Although the tank valves have changed, not much else has around here. We are still diving the Blue Hole, and going Over the Wall! They are still some of our favorites dives. Our food is still... More 

Ramat Hasharon, Israel
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

The atmosphere is very laid back even by island standards. (A good thing) Rooms comfortable and nicely decorated with local batik. We did not even need AC, comfortable with ceiling fans. Food home style and delicious. Diving was excellent with the highlight being the shark dive. Possibly the most special thing here is the staff who are uniformly friendly, outgoing... More 

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Erin S, Marketing Team at Small Hope Bay Lodge, responded to this review

Thanks for that great review! It was a pleasure to get to know you and your family. I am so happy you all had such a great family vacation. You are definitely all part of the Small Hope family now! Glad you loved the shark dive, it is an amazing experience! Hope to see you all again soon. More 

Duxbury, Massachusetts
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

All of the dives were great although I skipped going to 185 feet on the "Over the Wall" bounce dive...first dive here and I knew nothing about the place really. About half the dives were guided, the rest were on your own. No worries about getting lost as the wall is a great landmark. Boat was easy on and off.... More 

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Erin S, Marketing Team at Small Hope Bay Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you for that lovely review! We take great pride in our diving - not just the beautiful variety of dives so close to our dock, but also the level of attention and safety of our dive staff! It is wonderful to know you enjoyed your experience and we look forward to the next dives with you! More 

2 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

First, let's look at the service. The morale of this resort is so high, that the happiness spreads throughout—and touches you. From the owner Jeff, to the management and office assistants, to the humble gardener raking the beach—all have a ready smile and eagerness to please. There's not a hint of attitude or laziness; quite the reverse. You're not going... More 

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Erin S, Marketing Team at Small Hope Bay Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you for that wonderful review! I am so pleased you had such a great vacation. The atmosphere here is truly unique - the laid back attitude, the staff, the food, and activities (or inactivities!) - and we love to to share it all! We are looking forward to your next visit already. More 

Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

My family and I (wife and three boys) joined the staff at the lodge on a dive with reef sharks. We all snorkeled, and had an amazing experience, with 10 - 12 sharks (5 - 6') showing up and circling on the surface with us until the chum ball went overboard to the bottom 30' down. Our two older boys... More 

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Erin S, Marketing Team at Small Hope Bay Lodge, responded to this review

Thanks so much for the review. I am so happy you and your family were able to have this experience. It is truly an amazing, once-in-a-lifetime kind of snorkel/dive. Hope to see you all again on your next trip to Andros Island! More 

Nassau Bay, Texas
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3 reviews 3 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

Small Hope Bay Lodge is where you want to be. This rustic and incredibly beautiful resort allowed us to leave everyday expectations at home. Jeff, the owner, commented to my husband that he knows that their guests work all year just to come to Small Hope for one week. You will realize this the moment you arrive. Meals are fresh... More 

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Erin S, Marketing Team at Small Hope Bay Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you for that great review! I am so happy you enjoyed your stay with us. We love our home here and love to share it with others. I agree, our diving is fantastic, not to mention so close to our dock! There's nothing like waking up in a beachfront cabin, having a great breakfast, and going for a spectacular... More 

Flower Mound
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49 reviews 49 reviews
11 hotel reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015 via mobile

We booked our spring break stay based on the great reviews on T.A., and we enjoyed every minute. Others have stated what a wonderful time they had, and we concur. Met so many interesting people, ate and drank way too much, but everything that was served was top notch. Tours are conducted by the staff-they drive you, conduct the tour,... More 

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Erin S, Marketing Team at Small Hope Bay Lodge, responded to this review

Thanks for that great review! I am so happy you and your family enjoyed a great vacation. It sounds like you tried a little bit of everything - diving, beach relaxing, nature tours, and fishing! Our chefs are wonderful, and grilling up freshly-caught fish by our guests is always a treat. We hope to see you all back again soon! More 

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