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“Another Fantastic All Inclusive Bahamas Diving Vacation” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Small Hope Bay Lodge
Ranked #1 of 9 Hotels in Andros
Certificate of Excellence
Gloucester, Massachusetts
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6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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“Another Fantastic All Inclusive Bahamas Diving Vacation”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 23, 2011

Our group of six enjoyed Small Hope's people and weather along with diving and relaxing for a week. The ambiance was restful and the warmth intoxicating after late fall in Gloucester, MA. We'd had a big snowfall on Halloween and were in the mood for some of Andros' 80 degree water to dive into.

We weren't disappointed. My thin summer wetsuit was perfectly fine in the early morning dives. I wasn't a bit cold in the 81 degree ocean.

Our cabin was #2. It was roomier than we'd remembered. I especially appreciated the piece of driftwood that was the clothes hook in the bathroom.

The best part of the trip, as always, was the friendly staff. From Terrence to Nicky to Jahdi to Brunha, Michelle and Renauldo - how many of your other vacations included folks on the staff helping you every day whose names you remember? It's one of Small Hope's most valuable and memorable components.

Room Tip: All rooms in the resort are equidistant from the beach. The only distinguishing characteristic is h...
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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with friends
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shbmkt, Public Relations Manager at Small Hope Bay Lodge, responded to this review, December 13, 2011
Thank you for taking the time to write us a review Chris, it's always great to receive feedback and it is lovely to know that you continue to enjoy your time here with us at Small Hope. I know the dive staff love doing the early morning dives just as much as your group do, so it is always a pleasure to have you here. We look forward to seeing you again soon!
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Nashville, Tennessee
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 21, 2011

The lodge has nice rooms and great food. You have to try their "conk fritters". The drinks were great and we truly enjoyed our stay. Even though this is a dive shop; we went fly fishing for bonefish.

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled on business
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 21, 2011

Having been in the Hospitality industry for over 30 years, I was impressed by the staff of the Lodge...they were very helpful and displayed an excellent attitude. The food, open bar and the accomodations were above average. The bonefishing as well as the atmosphere of the Lodge was great. I would highly recommend this venue and perhaps when I return next year I will try diving or snorkeling

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with friends
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 4, 2011

I loved being here - the water is beautiful, the dives were amazing, the open bar was exactly what I needed! But I always tell everyone I loved it so much because of the people! The people who visit and the staff made the trip fantastic. Everyone is easy going and FUN. I'll let the picture of Sassy and Scuba speak as my recommendation of Small Hope Bay Lodge :)

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with friends
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 29, 2011

I can't recommend this highly enough. It is beautiful here, the classic island getaway. There are trips that leave the island every day to go snorkeling or scuba diving. They can set you up with a guide to go bone fishing, or give you bikes to go to the Blue Hole with. The Blue Hole is a very deep crater that was left over from the glaciers. You can dive in, or use the steps. There are more advanced scuba dives, (including my favorite, a shark dive) and lessons for beginners. They have all the equipment. And of course, you can just walk along the beach. At dinner, arrive early to grab some conch fritters. As unappetizing as fried sea snail sounds, it is delicious.

Stayed February 2011, traveled with family
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Artesia, New Mexico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 17, 2011

Our family vacation at Small Hope was exactly what we were looking for. Relaxation. Getting away from the hurry of everyday life. We aren't divers, but 2 of us tried it. We snorkeled and swam, went for a bike ride and spent time together! Since it is all-inclusive, we didn't have the stress of figuring out where/what to eat..just showed up at meal time (and the food was wonderful!! ) I would recommend SHB to everyone and hope to return someday.

Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
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Falls Church, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 5, 2011

Great diving adventures and total relaxation. From diving the famous Blue Holes of Andros Island to the spectacular shark feeding dive, this was the perfect place for divers to find those unusual dives and experiences that you cannot find anywhere else.

Room Tip: All rooms are ocean views and all you need are shorts, swimsuit, and sandals.
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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Property: Small Hope Bay Lodge
Address: Fresh Creek, 00000, Andros
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Location: Caribbean > Bahamas > Out Islands > Andros
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 9 Hotels in Andros
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:3 star — Small Hope Bay Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 21
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We have been catering to scuba divers, snorkelers, fishermen, eco-tourists, and relaxers since 1960. Third largest barrier reef in the world and bonefish heaven. There are 21 all-inclusive rooms in cottages right on the beach. Come experience our unique ambience, friendly staff, and natural safe environment. Our dock and dive shop are right on property and fishing trips are easily arranged. Of course, if grabbing a drink, a book, and a hammock are more your style, go right ahead. We have 2 beaches and plenty of hammocks. Rest, Relaxation, and Rediscovery ... ... more   less 
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