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“Harbour Island is WAY over priced” 2 of 5 stars
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Dunmore Town, Harbour Island   |  
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“Harbour Island is WAY over priced”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2011

Little Arches is not bad. Not great but not bad. Poor to fair furniture, NO INTERNET as she claims, (it just doesn't work so plan accordingly). It's an average fair home, no thrills, not fancy but clean and its main attraction is it is literally a 2 min walk to a gorgeous beach. It is very moldy and smells like mildew though so beware if you have allergies. One thing I HIGHLY recommend if renting at Little Arches is to BARGAIN the price down. EVERYTHING here is horrifically over priced, Im talking 5 star prices but 1 to 2 star food and 1 to 2 star accommodations. And I am from LA and NYC so I am used to paying a lot, but here we have been paying more then we would pay in Los Angeles for crap food. (Tonight we went to a local bar and had two tapas and one glass of wine, our bill was $50 US dollars and the tapas were literally store bought pita chips and hummus and tomatoes). At Little Arches we rented the studio villa for $1200 for a week from December 17 to December 26th after doing some bargaining. It is very strange though because I called around to a lot of the other hotels and they all claimed to be fully fully booked and either had no accommidations or did for astronomical amounts, yet the island is completely a ghost town. There are very few other people around, which makes for a lovely secluded vacation if that what you are looking for that, but a super boring if you are not. Harbour Island restaurant's are very very pricy so unless you don't mind or plan to not eat at them I would recommend going else where or bringing your own food. The average price point is $30-50 per plate. My boyfriend and I average meals are about $100 a night and we are vegetarians and light eaters and not big drinkers so $100 a meal for two is on the lower end due to the way we eat. The people here are very friendly and approachable. They are very nice to tourist. It is kind of sad though because there is very little info-structure here and the locals are very poor. The grocery stores have no produce and only out dated boxed or canned foods so if you plan to eat in it will be tuff if you like fresh non expired food. My over all assessment of Harbour Island it that it is just too expensive for what you get. Though the people are lovely and the beach is gorgeous but for the money they charge tourist here there are many other places you can go to and get way more for your buck. I assume its a ghost town because tourist have found out and refuse to pay these prices for what they are getting. Anyway rethink coming here.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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annapolis maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2010

Little Arches, our home away from home, was fine and financially friendly! Our quarters was an efficiency within a three apartment building. There was a wall seperating our sleeping area from the living room. That's great when you don't want to bother your snoozing spouse.

The living room, kitchen and bedroom were comfortable. The furniture could be better and clothing storage needed improvement. The lawn was great. Chairs for comfort and a grill for fresh fish. Air conditioning was more then adequate.

We did take a tour of the one bedroom positioned above our efficiency. The apt. is beautiful, spacious and very nicely furnished. The living room is large and comfortable. The bedroom was large,with a king size bed. Bathrooms are drop dead gorgeous and the kitchen is very large and well stocked for cooking . Many windows keep all sections of the house light and airy , and air conditioning has been installed. There's a large, private , comfortable porch. We would rate the apartment an A+. I can't begin to imagine how lovely the very spacious 3 bedroom (?) must be.

How close to the water? About one block . What a nice location. The path led us to a rocky shore line. We took a left turn, walked about 100 feet where the rocks fed onto a magnificent pink powered beach. It's really pink powder! This vantage point is perfect for long beach walks, swimming, fishing or watching the ocean pound against the reefs several hundred yards offshore. On a windy or stormy day watch the waves spray a hundred feet into the air along the southern cliffs. Imagine the site during a full moon. We didn't have to. It's a site we'll never forget.

Thomasa took care of our efficiency during our stay. She also fielded a whole bunch of questions about the history of Harbour Island and offered a lot more information on the side. This hard working lady also runs a business. So don't forget Harry O on the main drag for fine carry out local cuisine.

You MUST visit the home of " Cheeseburger in paradise " fame. It's for real. Great burgers ( and other fine meals ) cooked by Mike. There's a story behind the makings and Jimmy Buffet may be involved.
Ma Ruby will regale you with stories of her visits with royalty. Again, true stories backed with photographs. Ma Ruby and her beautifully stylish hats will make you want to run to a store and be fitted for a covering that will make you look like this grand dame. Ma Ruby's family is a hat from the same tree. Juanita has her share of beauty contests and not a member of the family is without personality, business expertise or environmental activities. You will feel welcome!
Ma Ruby's restaurant is located just shy of the intersection of Colebrook St. and Alicia St. at Ting-um Village. Breakfast, lunch and dinner. A must visit!

If you like dinner overlooking the water then Acquapazza will take your fancy. This fine outdoor restaurant overlooks the waters surrounding Eleuthera. The servers are friendly and ready to take time in answering questions or otherwise just being personable. There's nothing more romantic and comforting then watching the sun go down to meet the ocean! The sunset is magnificent!
Acquapazza is less then one mile from Little Arches.

One more place of interest. Mr. Johnson's grocery. At some point you will need to buy something at the store. This impeccably kept shop is owned by Mr. Johnson. A kind, gracious and good man worth meeting. He and all of the folks I've mentioned ,and too many I havn't mentioned , embody the spirit of Harbour Island residents.
A cab driver on Nassau described Harbour Island admirably when he stated " Ah, you've been to the real Bahamas ".

We visited Harbour Island from Sept. 18 to the 25. Wow, was it off season. when we visit the island again we'll go in the middle of October. We found many restaurants and businesses closed. A number of establishments were getting ready to open on the day we left. No matter. We were their to relax.

Travel to Harbour Island is not as difficult as it may seem. From the east coast you fly into Nasssau and take a fifteen minute flight to Eleuthera. Grab your bag and take a five minute cab ride to one of many oats that will get you to Harbour Island in ten minutes. There was no waiting between Eleuthera and Harbour Island.
If you're leaving from Florida you can take a direct flight to Eleuthera. I bet you could be on harbour Island by noon.
We rented a golf cart for transportation. I was worried about driving on the left, but the slow speed of the cart made the lane change effortless. You MUST take your time with driving around cars and trucks on the island.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2010

Overall we found Little Arches to be a 3-4.5 star type accommodation. We had the privilege of staying in the honeymoon suite for the last three nights as an upgrade provided by the owner to make way for another group needing the studio suite. The honeymoon suite is a 4.5 star and the studio a solid 3.

The service provided by the owner, Kim, is excellent. She provides accurate and timely information, easy reserving and contracting, checkpoints during the stay, and follow-up on our return. Although Kim does not live on the island, the local staffs provide very good cleaning with politeness and professionalism.

The studio suite (5 nights) came across a bit rustic and I would say it is just fine other than the every so slight odour in the tap water and the hot water taking a little long to come through, but when it does come through it is fine. I think the odour is faintly salty. With a fresh coat of paint I think the unit will surpass a 3 star rating. A nice perk would be access to the upstairs balcony, but in reality that would take away from the opulence and privacy of the honeymoon suite. Because this is our first HI trip and because we did not check out other accommodations – it is hard to judge value for money but we feel good about choosing Little Arches. Another close by vacation rental, Sugar Apple, just does not compare – I would not stay there.

The honeymoon suite (3 nights) is truly opulent, and for the going rates on Harbour Island it is value for money – it’s a huge suite, very contemporary, and absolutely romantic. The second level is bright and the white window coverings give you the island paradise feeling. We did not experience the same hot water or salt odour in the honeymoon suite.

In both cases the units are well supplied, clean, comfortable, and made to feel very much like home with décor, art, books. Everything works well – like a well oiled machine. We cooked in the kitchen and used the gas BBQ several times.

Little Arches is located on the ocean-side towards the south end of the island; as a result it is secluded, quiet, and peaceful. This however does mean that you will need a golf cart to get around – no doubt about it. It just makes things easier; i.e., beer run, market stops for grocery, late night dancing, and lazy cruising on the island. We thought we did not need one and avoided booking one due to the cost ($55 a day), but by day two we rented a two-seater for $40/day. We did jog a few times from the house to the town – an easy 10-15 minutes bout. The beach is less than a one-minute walk away, and on most days there were may 2-3 other couples in the vicinity. It’s a gorgeous beach true to the write-ups you find about the famous Pink Sands Beach. You can watch the moon rise on one side, and the sun set on the other!

The location of Little Arches is perfect for couple or families with young or grown children. The privacy, ample room in the yard and beach is second to none in our experience.

The high speed wireless internet and free IP phone is a nice amenity – we used it a lot.

Bottom line message: we recommend Little Arches to a friend and we would return. This is our first vacation rental experience – two thumbs up!

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Lockport, New York
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2010

Our family went on a paradise vacation to Harbour Island from Feb. 20 thru March 1,2010. We rented the most fantastic home-Little Arches- who's owner Kim has provided everything you could want!(including maid service) The house was complete with wonderful amenities. The beach is so close & so beautiful. We went every day! Kim makes sure to call when you arrive & make sure everything is ok. We enjoyed Little Arches as one of the best vacation we have been on & will be back ! Jay & Lisa Ridgeway

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Address: Dunmore Town, Harbour Island
Location: Caribbean > Bahamas > Out Islands > Harbour Island
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Ranked #2 of 4 B&Bs / Inns in Harbour Island
Number of rooms: 9
Also Known As:
Little Arches Bahamas/Harbour Island

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