We chose this place based on the reviews of TripAdvisor along with the seclusion it provided and we were not disappointed. We have stayed at the big box resorts and were looking for something a bit more quiet and secluded. The Seascape Inn fits the quiet peacefulness one likes from a vacation. After our stay, we were not looking for a 'vacation' from our vacation when we arrived back in the States. Our stay was for five nights over the 2013 Memorial Day Weekend. A summary of items is provided below:
Food: Breakfast, lunch and dinner can all be eaten on location. The continental breakfast is included with the price. There is plenty of food provided at the continental breakfast that features fresh baked breads, muffins, pastries, fruit and beverage. I'm a big guy at 6'3" and the portions were enough that we never ate lunch, except once. Dinner was fabulous every evening and good sized portions. Definitely suggest the ribs, pork, chicken and salads. All was fabulous as Mickey and Joan are great in the kitchen. All food is fresh and made from scratch, even the bbq sauce. General prices for the meals are listed on the website and are very reasonable and inline with what they have posted.
Outside Eating: We did eat a very late lunch at the recommended Four Kids Bakery that was absolutely delicious and filling. The meal resulted in a light dinner (huge Chicken Salad) prepared by Joan and Mickey. There are other small eateries which Joan and Mickey will help you locate, make phone calls to see what they are serving, etc... Definitely suggest asking for recommendations.
Beverages: Wide selection of foreign and domestic alcohol (including mix drinks) and non-alcohol are provided.
Equipment: We utilized the kayaks and the bikes. All equipment is in good working condition and Mickey takes pride in taking care of his equipment. Bring your own snorkel gear as it cannot be rented anywhere on the island.
Locals: All friendly and willing to help. One day we were walking along the main road (basically one road on the island) and were offered a ride back to Seascape Inn. The locals are happy that you are visiting the island and it shows. The entire island can easily be biked and would suggest exploring in such manner.
Nightlife: Every night we ate dinner, hung-out in the bar and shared stories with Mickey and Joan well after sunset. It was great, quiet (outside of laughing) and relaxing.
Rooms: clean and well kept. All rooms have an ocean view and are located about 150 yards from the water. No AC which didn't matter as we were grabbing the extra blanket on the first night. No TV which doesn't matter as we were so tired from the day's activities that we did some light reading before turning off the lights. We stayed in the room with the extra sitting area and liked it. It provides a nice separate area for relaxing and storing any gear to keep it away from the beds. Very nice when stuff gets sandy and wet. They also provide a clothesline and each cabin has an outside water spigot with hose for washing and cleaning prior to entering the room. A small deck with sitting chairs provides great views of the ocean for each cabin. The rooms are throughly cleaned every day with a nice touch of fresh flowers being provided. Two beach towels are also provided. We used our own beach towels along with the ones provided.
Blue Holes: There are five nearby blue holes. 3 can be reached by foot in low tide (kayak in high tide) while the other 2 can be reached via kayak. Mickey draws a very accurate map of the locations. We easily found the first three in both high and low tide. We attempted to fine the other 2 but it was during high tide and the water level (6') was starting to get outside our comfort level. It was windy on that day and the ocean was a bit more choppy and felt it was better to be safe than sorry. There is little doubt we would have found both of them on a calmer day. There are some inland blue holes but did not explorer.
Beach: One word, secluded. In high tide, the water is easily managed for those that are not strong swimmers. During low tide, one can walk/wade out to the nearby island (~1/4 mile). There are plenty of chairs, loungers, tables and hammocks to be utilized. If the wind is blowing, strategically placing a lounger behind some natural windbreaks eliminates the wind without blocking the great views. If needed, there is also plenty of shade that still provides great views. We saw one local pass on the beach during our stay. The beach can be walked in miles in any direction and very rare if you encounter more than a few people. The water was warm and comfortable. At one point while relaxing on the beach, it reminded me of the Corona Beer commercials where the couple are sitting on the beach, listening to the ocean without a soul in site. Nobody to bother you, nobody trying to sell you an excursion. Absolute peace.
Dogs: Wonderful and friendly. If you don't like dogs, then this really isn't the place for you. Mickey and Joan will accomodate if you want them 'out of view' during meals. However, we have dogs and requested that they be out. It gives a sense of 'home'. They all have great stories and be sure to ask about them all. Magoo and Dot were more social/out than Bernie and Bebe. All are great dogs with great stories. I will note that not once did the dogs ever beg for food. They are well trained and no the limits.
Wireless: It worked in our room. We used it a few minutes every evening to re-connect with the outside world but far from any center-point of our vacation needs. In my opinion, if you are really worried about wireless and tv, then you probably should not be on vacation.
Airport/Flights: Straightforward. Two airlines fly to Mangrove Cay and are within minutes of each other. Typically on-time but make sure to schedule enough time for arriving and departing flights on Nassau. Also, there is one taxi on the island. They are there when you arrive and Mickey/Joan will call for pick-up on your departure day.
Things To Know: There is a page on the Seascape Inn website called: "Things You Should Know". Highly suggest reading and sending them an email if there are more questions. We did this and there were no surprises.
Cost: There were no surprises with our final bill. The cost is very reasonable when compared to other places in The Bahamas.
Mickey and Joan: Great hosts. They are friendly and warm. They have a lot of pride in the Seascape Inn and want each person to enjoy the stay. If you have questions or issues, then let them know. They are there to help. They also have great stories which really makes for an enjoyable stay. They have provide a great atmosphere that facilitates the sharing, connecting and experiences of other guest, couples and themselves.
Overall: Highly recommend. Everything was great and was exactly what we were looking for in a secluded vacation. If you are looking for sales pitches, noise, party/dance atmosphere, crowded beaches, crowded pools and processed foods and over-pricing, then the Seascape Inn is not for you. If you are looking for ultimate relaxation, fresh baked food, good conversation, free use of equipment, good prices all in a intimate/private environment, then visit the Seascape Inn.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Five beachfront cabanas with decks and private bath. Full service restaurant and bar. Activities include snorkeling, biking and kayaking. Owner managed. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Seascape Inn, Andros Bahamas