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Hideaways at Palm Bay
3.0 of 5 Resort   |   Jolly Hall Bay at Queens Highway, George Town 00000, Great Exuma   |  
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Ranked #1 of 1 hotels in George Town
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“Average facility”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2012

Overall we enjoyed our stay in villa 214 which we purchased as a getaway through Interval International.

Unit was spacious and clean.The owners and Beverly were very friendly and accomodating. We were able to keep our rental boat there overnight for a low fee. Shuttle to georgetown was nice although it ran every 2 hours some when getting groceries had to take a taxi back which cost 9 bucks.


Concerns/Issues with property/villa:
Kitchen was not well equipped and some of the items in the kitchen did not work.
The main bathroom tub plug did not close so you could take a bath.
Internet was spotty and slow.
Pool was dirty and wasn't kept clean enough.
One of the front staff was not very friendly at all.
No maid service. Cost was about 50/day and to get additional garbage bags was 20 cents per bag.
Beach infront of resort is not nice.
Villa was not ocean side so when you sat out on the balcony all you could hear was the traffic.

Food was very expensive and if you didn't get it the day the food arrived there was slim pickings. We brought meat with us which saved alot.

We rented a boat for two days and saw alot of nice beaches and had some awesome snorkeling.

Visited Chat n Chill. Took almost an hour to get a hamberger. Also got the pig roast meal and it was not worth the 20 dollers per plate. It was very crowded there. Would not visit again.

Jolly Hall beach is just a 5 minute walk away and we enjoyed swimming there.

Overall we had a great time but would probably just rent a home privately instead.

Room Tip: Get a room on the ocean side not up on the hill.
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2012

We stayed at Hideaways for 4 days and it really was heaven on earth. We had a two bedroom, 2 story self-catering apartment next to the beach. The rooms were ok, both with good size on suite bathrooms and TVs but living room and open plan kitchen on the 1st floor was really fantastic for us as a family with two teenagers. The balcony looking out to the sea was also great. The Jolly Hall beach is a 5 minute walk along the beach from the hotel and is idyllic, the water is the clearest I have ever seen. We hired a small motor boat to explore the Islands which was incredible, we were able to moor the boat directly outside our room but this does require some caution because of the tide going out. The restaurant is small and friendly although the service was a bit hit and miss, we also ate at the local snack bars just down the road which were very cheap and tasty. The pool is medium sized and clean.The owners were incredibly friendly and helpful. Overall, we were very happy and would certainly return here to beautiful Exuma and to Palm Bay.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2012

My girlfriend and I booked a trip to Hideaways to get away from weather in Central PA the week before Christmas this year. This was our 1st visit to the Bahamas and we had a great time staying there a week. I cannot say enough about their service. Before we arrived, the staff made arrangements to have a taxi pick us up at the airport ($30). Three days before we were to arrive, I found out that a job I had applied for wanted to interview me for a position over the phone. After contacting Hideaways they made arrangments for me to receive a this phone call on a landline in their office and have a secluded place to do the interview!! The owners bent over backwards to help us before we ever got there. When we got there, we were upgraded at no charge from a hillside studio to a hillside 1 bedroom villa with full kitchen which had a fantastic view of the harbor. Simply amazing. The villia was clean with a king bed, and a great porch for breakfast.
The Splash Bar had good food, but like everything in the Bahamas it was slightly expensive. The stuffed cheeseburger was way better than 95% of the restaurant burgers I have had in the US. There is a nice pool area and great beachfront with kayaks available to take out. There is a small reef about 100 yards off into the harbor plus another more secluded beach nearby.
Hideaways is 1.2 mile north of Georgetown (where there is a bank, market, shops, some restaurants), but they provide a shuttle that runs every 2 hours from 9-5pm. A taxi into town will be $10 if you want to go for evening. We walked into town during day, but I would not do so at night. We found fantastic local food located about 1/4 mile south at the Fish Fry, which is a collection of 10 food huts, serving up fantastic dishes, each also has a small bar. We ate at 4 different places (Shirley's, Poor Man Kitchen, Charlies, The Out Deck) which were all fantastic. Walking here is easily do able at night from Hideaways.
One thing if you have the money, is don't rent a car, instead rent a boat for a day or two as everything is much more accessible by boat (Stocking Island, Crab Cay, Fowl Cay, etc.).
If you decide to go to the Exuma Cays trip, and want an different adventerous experience go with Bob at Coastline Adventures, not 4 C's.

Room Tip: Get a 2nd floor room to see the harbor.
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2012 via mobile

This property is not upscale or perfect but I cannot say enough nice things about the management and staff. Many businesses say they will treat you like family but these people really do. The beach is not great but it is a short walk to Jolly Hall beach which is beautiful. Its quicker by the road than by the shore. I wish I could stay

  • Stayed December 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2012

could not believe how clean my villa was when i walked in the door. the smell of cleaners and all the ceramic .. wow
and the staff was great , bar and grill food was very good and portions were big.
Found the owners bent over backwards to help out.

i would stay there again anyday, as i wish most other places i have stayed were as good as this

Room Tip: i had the ocean view one bedroom studio . that i recommend for a couple bucks more a night over just...
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2012

My husband & I were there as part of a kayak adventure to the Cays, and stayed at the Hideaways for 3 1/2 of our 12 days. This is a wonderful, peaceful place to spend vacation time - cottages are clean and roomy, the staff is lovely and accomodating, Splash has great food, and the grounds are beautiful. We walked into town and the hospitality van came to bring us back. We returned home on 11/30 to cold, cold weather...and seriously re-thought our decision to come home. I would return in a heart-beat. Great place to relax, make new friends, and forget the hustle and bustle of our lives.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2012 via mobile

My son and I were there for Mother's Day weekend. I was so surprised by the lovely cottage, just steps away from the ocean. The rooms were clean and comfortable. We kayaked, swam (in both the pool and the blue waters), and my son snorkeled. There was van service into Georgetown every 2 hours. Splash has good pizza and fish, but the prices were a bit high. I was able to relax and enjoy my surroundings better than I have in years. Will definitely return.

  • Stayed May 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Also Known As:
Hideaways At Palm Bay Hotel
Hideaways At Palm Bay Hotel Great Exuma
Hideaways At Palm Bay Bahamas/Great Exuma
Address: Jolly Hall Bay at Queens Highway, George Town 00000, Great Exuma
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Location: Caribbean > Bahamas > Out Islands > Great Exuma > George Town
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 hotels in George Town
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3 star — Hideaways at Palm Bay 3*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Our beachfront villas & cottages are available in either studio, 1 or 2 bedroom plans and offer full kitchens or kitchenettes. Decorated and designed with tropical charm, amenities include air conditioning, ceiling fans, private bathrooms, televisions, wireless internet access, full service business center including guest computers. Hideaways Exuma is the ideal location for your romantic getaway or family vacation. Weekly rates are available in our hillside villas and studio rooms. ... more   less 
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