I just spent a week in Harbour Island staying at Tingum Village Hotel. I was one of a party of nine: two sets of parents, four children and one grandparent. We rented the cottage and a room. Overall, our stay was delightful and a real bargain, especially given that it was high season.
As other reviewers have emphasized, the place is a local institution, run by the welcoming, capable Juanita, daughter of Ma Ruby (the owner).
The location is excellent - a short walk from downtown in the the midst of a tropical grove that provides nice shade and a lovely setting, and less than a five minute walk from the famed pink sands beach.
There is also a nice bar and restaurant, and we agreed that the cheeseburgers were as good as advertised. We also loved the fish, rice & peas.
The facilities are basic- this is simple, low key living, not a resort. The furnishings are a bit dated and the plumbing is a challenge -- the water pressure was mediocre, at best, and hot water was only intermitently available. That said, it was a comfortable place, and we successfully prepared several lively and lovely family meals, including excellent fresh tuna from the fish market across from the main boat dock.
In short, if you are not too picky about your amenities, Tingum Village offers wonderful hospitality and a memorable stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nestled on four acres of lush garden and steps away from the Pink Sandy Beaches of historic Dunmore Town Harbour Island, Bahamas, is an hidden village that can only be best described as a 'Tropical Paradise" called Tingum Village Hotel. A family owed operated Bare foot elegance offers a one, two or three bed room bungalow. Owned and operated by the Percentie Family lead by legendary Ruby Hanna Percentie, MBE. "Ma Ruby" greets you with her welcoming smile and says "Welcome Home". Tingum Village Hotel offers and open honor bar as your second home. Perfect for the traveler looking for a long term rentals, reading/writing in our swinging hammocks. Backpackers or families who are looking for an authentic Island experience. A Honey monomer's hide out. Ma Ruby's Restaurant has signature Jimmy Buffet " Cheeseburger in Paradise" and serves organic vegetarian and native dishes daily. Your catch of the day can be prepared at for your liking at sunset. Operated by Juanita Ma Ruby's daughter and friendly staff has listened to customers concerns and request and have captured the true essence of an authentic Bahamian experience and renovated in 2013. Tingum Village Hotel is located 50 miles from Florida and 15 minutes away from the capital Nassau, Bahamas ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Tingum Village Hotel Bahamas/Harbour Island