Every other hotel we stayed at during our trip I gave a 3 star review to. I am not a person who puts 5 stars unless I really mean it.
The houses are huge. Ours had two bedrooms and two living areas (these can be split to separate families but they upgraded us for free since it was not reserved). The quality of the beds and bedding is very, very comfortable, and all the furniture and decorations really make you feel at home. The bathrooms and showers are very comfortable. The water temperature was great throughout our stay.
They have many playthings which are free to use, including kayaks. The Halvorsons have set this place up so that it’s more like you’re a guest in their family home than at a hotel. Dinner is served in the main house. The house itself included a coffee pot with mugs and sugars, and coffee was provided as well. There were plenty of towels. There were inflatable life vests for the kids which made me feel safer about them kayaking. Cat Island is completely desolate and remote. There was nowhere to go and I LOVED it. There is a kids club where guests kids and the Halvorsons' kids mingle and play with plenty of art, dvds, and toys.
The restaurant has a wonderful cook who is from Jamaica and very friendly. The one place that seemed walking distance was a restaurant called Yardie's. I would highly recommend it. Also, the Halvorsons took everyone on a trip to a local restaurant with a live band one night at no extra charge. They have clearly made friends with the locals and worked hard to become involved in their community.
The only down side to visiting the Bahamas in general was sand flies. They’re called sand flies, but they seem more like fleas to me in their size and appearance. Apparently people who live near these become immune to them, but bug spray has no effect on the little fellas and we were getting pretty covered in itchy bites by our fifth day. If I go back I will definitely be looking into what kind of spray might repel them. However we were not really affected until about our third night.
This place was an unbelievable value for the money. If you ate every meal at the main house, food would be about $50 per person per day, room tax was 16% so if you had two people, with all meals it would be under $200 a day for a nice house on the most beautiful remote beach you have ever seen--even half the house we had would have been worth more than that. I would definitely consider going back and recommending to friends.
- Also Known As:
- Halvorson House Villa Resort Cat Island, Bahamas
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- There are alot of changes coming to HHVR in 2014. We are slowly "leaking" information about the exciting changes including "all inclusive," kitchens in the bungalows and even a new name! Our property is 10 acres on 3 secluded beaches, one of which is Bennetts' Harbor - possibly one of the most beautiful white sand and calm water beaches in the Bahamas. Our 6 sea side bungalows are rustic, nothing fancy but beatuifully unique and spacious. As a 2013 and 2014 TripAdvisor Travelers Choice Award Wimmer we are humbled by the honor. We are excited to tell everyone about what is to come for this gem of a propoerty in April 2014 - hint: private resiort rentals for wedding and speical events!! Rent out your own Bahamas resort for a week! All inclusive 5 night/6 day packages for 8 people stating at $13,500 including all wedding legal fees, ceremony, reception daily brunch and open bar!! Extra exclusive 2 bedroom romance bungalow with private beach, private chef and indescribable views (20 feet from the water!) Love is in the air at HHVR property and the new Blue Starfish Beach & Bungalow all inclusive resort! ... more less