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“Hideaways is a little piece of heaven” 5 of 5 stars
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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
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Raleigh, North Carolina
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
“Hideaways is a little piece of heaven”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

We stayed in No. 4 for five nts. You could hear the ocean at night, and a lovely kitty adopted me for the entire stay. There was a huge blow-out party at a restaurant at the next property on Fri night. I could hear and enjoy the music, and followed a path to get closer to watch the revelry, but when you're in your little cabin, you don't hear anything to keep you from sleeping. We both slept like logs. Please eat at Splah, the restaurant/bar. The staff is wonderful, the conch fritters are the best we've eaten anywhere in the Caribbean, and the fresh fish, both the sandwiches and the plates, is just wonderful. The Ciabatta bread seems to be homemade. The only thing we were surprised at is the Goffen was just average. WiFi works well, and even if the ofc area is not open yet, sit on the porch in the shade on the side adjacent to the pool, and it works fine. By the way, at least a mini kitchen is in each unit, as well as a nice living room and dining room. In our bedroom, a one bedrm unit, was the only tv. They have larger units. Yes, there was cable tv. The hotel will arrange pick up at the airport. We pd the cab driver, but it can be charged to the rm, we were told. Highly recommend the half day tour with Exuma Water sports. Where your bathing suit. It was about 5 hrs, you go several places, including snorkeling and to see swimming pigs. Full, ice cold cooler, including beer. Be sure to order a homemade rum cake from Phillipa, the skipper's wife, for your stay. It's incredible. I'd call ahead and order one. She's a sweet, friendly lady, and her husband is very personable, helpful, and has great stories. Ignore going over to Chat and Chill; the food was terrible. Nowhere to take cover on that little island in a storm. If you're fit and used to walking a lot, you can walk to town, or take the shuttle with Terry.he's wonderful, will drop you where you want to go, the little town is wonderful. The owner/mgr of the Hideaways built it, and his wife runs the only vet clinic on the island. Sit and talk with the owner, Avery interests, nice guy and a boat capt himself. Perfect place for kids, and you have the whole beach to yourself. Nice pool, and the beach is a min or 2 from your rooms. You're on the beach. Very quiet at nt. I'd never choose Sandals over this place. This is the old Caribbean.

Room Tip: Tell them you want to be away from the Fri night parties. No 4 is centrally located, quiet, not oce...
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 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
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Toronto, Canada
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88 reviews 88 reviews
13 hotel reviews
Reviews in 28 cities Reviews in 28 cities
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

My family stayed in #34 last week and it was PERFECT. Right next to the ocean. Steps away from Splash Bar and Grill. A short walk to Jolly beach......one of the most beautiful secluded beaches you will see. It had everything you needed inside, the kitchen was stocked. There was a number of snorkels, fins, water toys, beach chairs, beach towels, DVD's, games to use. It also had it's own laundry room. We will definitely stay at this location again.

Room Tip: Choose #34 or #33. These are furthest away from the bar and they are the quietest.
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Montreal, Quebec
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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

This resort offers a cheap way to visit Great Exuma. It was our second time. We rented the same villa (32) which is in front of the beach and has 2 rooms. It is perfect for a family. Unlike our previous stay which had been booked with Air Canada, we rented directly from the resort's website. We felt that something changed since last year and it relates to a tension you can feel (and read in some reviews here...) between to resort owners and some of the private villa owners who rent directly: fences separating "registered guest only" areas and signs reinforcing what registered guests can do (suggesting what non-registered guests can't...). It is sad to see and feel this. It will likely have a bad impact on everyone's business. This damaging situation aside, we still found it was a good spot from which to boat to the dozens of amazing beaches, sand banks, snorkeling locations, restaurants, etc. We will likely return.

Room Tip: Worth spending a little more for a sea facing villa (32 is probably the best).
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Atlanta, Georgia
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33 reviews 33 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

We stayed here for a week in the town houses with family friends. It was awesome! The boats for day trips pick you up at the dock at the resort which makes getting around very easy. There was also a fish fry near by that you could walk to that had dancing and yummy food. To get to Georgetown, you do have to drive but that was fine with us. We went into town for an afternoon and had dinner in the area. Most of our days were spent going out on boats and exploring the island!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 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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seattle
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34 hotel reviews
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204 helpful votes 204 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

This resort is 10 minutes drive from the airport, $30.00 flat fee by taxi one way and you can ask the driver to stop at the supermarket on the road along the way before arriving. Hideaways is 5 minutes drive to George Town by complimentary shuttle. There are older cottages with ocean or garden view by the beach and newer units across the street. I had originally booked a two bedroom sea-island view with a big balcony #214 across the street but then since my party could not come I switched to a one bedroom ocean view with full kitchen #26 in front of one of the two pools, though they charged me an upgrade fee. I arranged my unit with Beverly on the phone, she was very understanding and helpful. Be aware of mosquitoes late afternoon and evening if you want to sit outside in the patio. Two minutes walking distance on the left facing the water along the beach there is a beautiful beach on a secluded bay, which to me is one of the best in the island. Check in is at 4:00 pm and they are quite strict about that, but if you arrive early you can leave your luggage at the reception and take the shuttle to town or wait by the main pool or at the beach. Check out is at 11:00 am and after that is $25.00 an hour fee. I had a flight at 12:40 pm but I wish I had taken the 5:30 pm flight to stay longer at the beach, especially after the last two days of rain. There is a restaurant on site, but there is also another on the beach to the right with music and some local stands 2 minutes drive to the left. There is a supermarket on the way to George Town past the turn on the right where they do not charge the 5% credit card fee. There is another supermarket in George Town. If you like to explore the island and see different beaches it is good to have a rental car, otherwise Latovia, the manager, can help you figure out what to do. Kindly one afternoon she took me to Little Exuma to see the first beach on the left after the bridge and the big Tropic of Cancer Beach. Another day I took the Exuma Cays boat tour with 4C for $160.00 per person not including lunch at Staniel Cay, seeing lots of private islands and some interesting stops, it was really fun. Another day I took the boat taxi to Stocking island $12.00 round trip from the pier in George Town leaving at every hour starting at 10:00 am, beautiful island to hike on the Atlantic side and then back to swim in sand dollar beach, great conch salad at the stand and grilled hog fish at the restaurant. All together I had a nice, relaxing stay, meeting good local people and international travelers from all over.

Room Tip: A room with a view, either across the street or by the pool and the beach, with full kitchen. Not su...
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Las Vegas, Nevada
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16 reviews 16 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014 via mobile

A great choice for families visiting exuma. Our villa was a 2 bedroom very nice and clean. The grounds are very nice and they have plenty of activities to keep everyone busy. The service I say is a very good instead of an excellent because some of the employees went out of their way to be accommodating and helpful,and couple of others did not.The property also has a nice little restaurant/bar on site and the food was yummy! Me& my family enjoyed our stay at hideaways.

  • Stayed June 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Hobe Sound, Florida
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3 reviews 3 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014 via mobile

Stayed in a very nice 1 bedroom cottage just steps from the beach and one of the pools. Our reservation included free continental breakfast. The cottage had a full kitchen and two full baths along with a pull out sofa. (Unit 22). Complimentary shuttle will take you to Georgetown where there is a grocery store, liquor store, gift shops, bank and a couple restaurants.
The staff is very nice and helpful.
Restaurant serves good "bar" food.
You can rent a car across the street to explore the island.
Excursions can be set up through the office staff or you can just use the resort's kayaks, snorkel gear or Hobie cat. A short walk down the beach takes you to a beautiful, quiet beach where you can enjoy a swim in beautiful water and nap under the shade of a tree. Very quiet and beautiful location to get away from it all!

  • Stayed May 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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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*
Number of rooms: 50
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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