My husband and I recently returned from annual (7th!!) trip to Pelican Bay Hotel, Freeport-Lucaya, Bahamas. We spent 10 wonderful days at what has become our "Bahamian home away from home". Each year we enjoy ourselves even more than the last!
The "Staterooms" (suites) are large and comfortable with a separate bedroom. Our favorite rooms are on the 3rd or 4th floor ...best views of Bell Channel Bay from your balcony! There are elevators in all the buildings and ice machines are located next to them on two floors. There is a very comfortable king bed and tv in the bedroom (also a safe for your valuables). The bathroom is large with 2 sinks and a "rainfall" shower head-love that!! We highly suggest you stay in a suite! Fridge, coffee maker, Nespresso machine, sink, and microwave are located in the "kitchen" with plates, glasses and mugs provided. I ask for a couple of wine glasses and utensils to be placed there also. The living room has a sofa and chair, large coffee table and Bahamian artwork on the walls. WiFi is available for an extra charge. Each private balcony has 2 Adirondack chairs with an impressive view of Bell Channel Bay and stunning sunrises! Early each morning a basket with some danish/ sweet rolls/ fresh fruit, etc. is delivered to the box in your door, as well as a condensed version of that mornings' New York Times. You should check to see if the breakfast buffet in the Canal House is included. Typical hot breakfast items, as well as pastries, cereals, fresh fruits, etc. are offered. As it is included in the "Bonefishing Package" (contact H20bonefishing.com for info.), we took advantage of it every morning. Keva took good care of us as our server most mornings. We always left a few dollars extra tip. :) Note that there are quite a few places in the Marketplace that serve full breakfast.
After the always pleasant check in (shout out to the Front Desk staff--especially Adrian, Norma & Salario), we take a wander over to the Marketplace (a couple of minutes walk) and get wine, beer, water, snacks and of course, stop at the Conch Man for fresh- made conch salad!
If my husband was fishing for the day...I would decide if I wanted to take the 5 minute ferry (no charge to PB guests) to Taino Beach Resort (guests of Pelican Bay have use of the beautiful beach, chairs, fabulous pool with swim up bar...etc.) Yes, you can walk across the street to the beach at Grand Lucayan but, you have to pay to use a chair or the pool. There is no shade whatsoever on that beach so...why go there? Some days I would just grab a chaise by the "main" pool (overlooking the marina) and spend the whole day there! There are 3 pools, each with a different view.
With the Marketplace so close, I might first wander over to the shops (clothing, jewelry, gifts-- duty-free) or to the stalls with handmade Bahamian goods and gifts before hitting the beach or pool.
There are many restaurants in the Marketplace offering everything from Bahamian to Irish to Latin-fusion to Italian. We have a good time walking through and deciding where to have dinner each night. We celebrated our wedding anniversary at Luciano's, sitting outside on the 2nd floor overlooking the marina and watched the beautiful sunset! Some places do prefer a reservation....the front desk staff will be happy to make them for you. Onsite at Pelican Bay, right at the main pool area is one of our favorites, Sabor. Open-air, great food, friendly staff--we had dinner there at least 4 nights this visit. The bar is open all day, and they have a happy hour from 5 to 7. LOVE the Bahama Mama's!!! Also, "Flying Fish" (the #1 rated restaurant on Grand Bahama Island) is located on the property right on Bell Channel Bay. Somehow, we ran out of nights and did not have dinner there. But everyone raves about it. We will definitely get there next year!! One important note: 18% gratuity is added to every check at all restaurants and/or bars. If service is extra good, we leave a bit more.
With a break in the middle from fishing, my husband and I took a day trip with our go-to taxi guy, Adrian Martin (email@example.com), to the East End. We stopped at Lucayan National Park (Gold Rocks Beach is gorgeous), and the Caves, saw the settlements (villages) scattered along the way, and had a great Bahamian lunch at Doris'. It was nice to see that part of Grand Bahama. Next year we'll head to the West End!
All in all, we had a wonderful time. My husband caught fish and the weather was the best ever! We could not ask for a better place to go and relax! So much so that.... no sooner did we get home...we wanted to turn around and go back. We hope to return in the late fall for a short stay...then plan for our "annual" May visit in '14.
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