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Small Hope Bay Lodge
Ranked #1 of 9 Hotels in Andros
Certificate of Excellence
Niagara-on-the-Lake, Canada
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“OH WOW - it won't ever be better than this”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 15, 2011

The beaches, the water, the people, the food, the drinks, the place, the rooms - it was all OMG. I sorta don't want to say how good it was, fearing there will be a mad dash to this heavensent place. We are not very good with Ritz Carltons, Fairmonts and other lovely luxury places. AC and gorgeous flowers in a lobby are not "enough" (I guess they should be). It was really like dreams come true - the dreams of a tropical paradise holiday from when you were 10 years old. Oh, and there are just lovely folks and great characters, and just enough real socialbility so that you wonder what Mel and Joe and Jeff and Dennis are doing tonight, and how the wedding on the beach on Saturday went. Yeah. I loved it.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 14, 2011

I came for three nights to check out the diving and discovered a great place on a sleepy Bahamian island. Run by the Birch family since it was created in 1960, Small Hope has whte sand beaches gently lapped by the azure sea. You can walk 12 miles down the beach and not encounter a soul, or run along the road and have passing drivers wave and say helllo. The food is wholesome and hearty, the staff attentive and lots of fun, and there are plenty of sharks, barracudas and turtles to see whilst diving.

The fish life can be a bit quiet at times, but the coral here, on the world's third largest barrier reef system is in excellent condition too. As a diving destination Small Hope's unique selling point must be the number of blue holes on the island, Some 168, of which 50 are in the ocean, and many are connected and have been explored and mapped by the Birch family over the years. Deep air dives are also a speiciality here, with the 185-foot dive over the wall into the 6500-foot chasm of the Tongue of the Ocean being the most popular.

Shark seekers won't be disappointed either - as well as regular sitings on normal dives, baited dives with a "chumsicle" of frozen fish bits brings divers into contact with a lot of sharks in one go.

The dive centre is very well run and organised, and the atmosphere is perfect. After a day it feels like staying with friends, friends with a awesome view and no neighbours.

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 13, 2011

I thoroughly enjoyed my stay at Small Hope Bay Lodge. I came to learn to dive and dive I did. Being underwater and seeing the tropical aquatic life was like entering another beautiful universe. The dive staff put me at ease and got my confidence up. Aidan in particular! If you're wanting a tropical vacation without the commercialism this is definitely the place to do it.

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Wichita, Kansas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 9, 2011

Fantastic adventure for someone who wants to experience the culture and beauty of the Bahamas without the commercialism. You'll make friends with people from many different countries who come for the diving, to get married, or just to relax and enjoy the solitude.

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Miami, FL
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 30, 2011

We loved Small Hope so much when we visited in 2008, we knew we'd have to come back. We just got back from 5 nights there where we celebrated my birthday - and we miss it already!! Small Hope Bay Lodge is a great B&B and SO much more (... as in lunch, dinner, conch fritters at 6 every evening, and all the Kaliks & cocktails you can handle!!) Staying with them is like staying with good friends. From the moment you arrive, Jeff and the crew look after you like you're part of the family!! The All-Inclusive package makes the whole stay so relaxing and a great value... They handle every detail so all you have to do is show up - from the 3 daily dives to lining up great fishing guides. We went for the diving and fly-fishing for bonefish. Wow, we were so impressed with the quantity of the fish and the natural beauty of Andros Island. Some of our fellow guests had fun kayaking, snorkeling, bird watching, and bike riding over to a nearby inland blue hole. One night, a couple was happily talking about their relaxing day reading in the hammocks, swimming in the beach, and taking a dip in the hot tub. It seems like whatever mode you're into, you'll love this magical place!! Thanks Jeff, Melanie, Joe, Antonio, Aidan, Dennis, Renaldo, and the whole wonderful crew... See you again soon :)

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aarhus
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 25, 2011

Very friendly place, with good food and a laidback atmosphere. Located right on the beach. As a diver i found the staff very competent and the diving was excellent with some exceedingly cool special dives. The night dive alone was worth the trip.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 24, 2011

Small Hope Bay was perfect vacation -- with a mix of great Bahamas bonefishing, scuba diving, and lounging on the beach at an inclusive resort. Site fishing for bonefish off the Andros keys was truly amazing. During the days we went diving, the water was extremely clear and the coral reef beautiful. Definitely plan on going again! Extraordinary staff.

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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
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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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