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The Landing
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Reviewed January 9, 2007

The casual elegance of The Landing made it seem like the perfect place for us. But, on the whole, I'm not sure we would stay there again.

The plusses: the rooms are beautiful; the location, fine; the food, scrumptious.

The drawbacks: the service was horrendous; the location, just fine; the noise levels, unbearable.

The staff we dealt with was not helpful or friendly AT ALL. Most of the time, we didn't see any staff (besides servers who, it seemed, were pained to be even pleasant). Even our most basic questions (e.g., is there snorkeling at Man Island?) were answered incorrectly. Our room was incredibly noisy because of the restaurant (e.g., ringing, slamming). If you stay here (and there are reasons to do so), then be sure to NOT book in the main house.

If you've been to HI before, then this is a good place to stay. If you'd like some guidance regarding restaurants, things to do, etc., then staying somewhere else may be a good idea.

  • Stayed: January 2007, traveled as a couple
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11  Thank KrisBAtlanta
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Reviewed January 8, 2007

We were so looking forward to staying at The Landing, and although the rooms are beautifully decorated in Caribbean colonial, the hotel is noisy, especially rooms in the main house over the cabaret. We were given a limited menu for each meal (we were told it was because it was the Christmas holiday) and after a few days, it got rather boring. Also very average fare--we get superior meals in the little town where we live. Hotel lacks the most common amenities--shower cap, full-length mirror, bell service, turndown service, minibar or even refrigerator, and when we requested a service, the staff treated us like we were bothering them. The bathroom had rust stains, loose faucets and a weird claustrophobic shower. We cut our stay short by two days and traveled to another hotel on the island. All in all, quite a disappointment.

  • Stayed: December 2006, traveled as a couple
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8  Thank Brumbie
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Reviewed November 16, 2006

We have just come back from our third trip to the Landing and as people who rarely go to the same place twice (too many places, too many fab hotels in the world), I was trying to think why we keep on going back. In part, it is to do with the island (which is to our mind how a Carribean island should be - think "shabby chic Mustique"!) but the major factor is the ambience at the Landing - returning to the Landing and the island is like revisiting old friends.

The owners

Tracy, Toby and Brenda are lovely genial hosts - being a wine nerd I have to confess to spending many a happy hour pouring over the massive top notch wine list with Toby. The list, by the way, could compete with many a major city restaurant and although expensive is not unreasonable considering the 50+% import duty charged in the Bahamas.

The staff

The key staff seem to have been at the Landing for years (surely a sign of a happy camp) and are fantastic (eg Dawn as manager). Special mention must, however, go to the bar staff (TJ and Joe) who make a beautiful bar come alive.

The decor

Perfect! If you like your taps shiny and new, you are missing the point of this place. The rooms are understated and elegant - old furniture, rich wooden floors, high thread count sheets etc make for a very "carribean colonial" experience. As mentioned above, the bar and the restaurant both have that wonderful old world plantation feel.

The food

One of the main attractions of this place is the food. Ken is a star in the kitchen and could easily have a very successful place in London or NY... it is that good (but don't get any ideas Ken - HI needs you!). By far an away the best food on the island with great fusion food turned out time and time again...try the crab cappellini and you will get the idea (all very "Europe meets Asia"...something the Aussies do so well)

The wine

Shouldn't dwell too long here (as I have already mentioned the wine list already) suffice it to say that (i) if you are European, Toby has a fab USA list which is not all "hit you on the head" Napa Cab Sauv (he has those as well should you so desire) but also more restrained, elegant numbers which have opened my eyes to what the US has to offer; and (ii) if you are American, hit the NZ/Aus list hard and see what the rest of the New World has to offer (eg the Leeuwin Riesling is a perfect foil for the fusion cooking). In relation to the Old World, the list is heavily Bordeaux and white burg based.

The Island (lunches, transport and shopping)

A golf cart is a must (although not a necessity) as it is part of the whole "island life" experience... as are lunches at Sip Sip and Dunmore Deli (both way way way better than Blue Bar/ Coral Sands). On shopping, Miss Mae's, Blue Rooster and India Hicks' joint venture "The Sugar Mill" are all expensive but again part of that post beach/pre drink loiter! On travel to the island from the UK, go via Nassau rather than Miami (to avoid US immigration) and you can get to HI in a day. Southern Air charter have the latest flights to and from North Eleuthera (which is 20min away by taxi then speedboat) and therefore connect reasonably well to the BA flights. Note that if you are flying on the Monday Virgin flight, you lose a day's holiday due to the early depart from Nassau back to UK (whereas you don't have to leave the island until 4pm to get the connections in time to catch the BA return flight).

Hope all this helps and enjoy a Happy Landing!

Alex and Jayne

  • Stayed: November 2006, traveled as a couple
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9  Thank Mrfickle
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Reviewed May 16, 2006

While this charming inn was very comfortable and beautifully decorated, the staff was mixed in their attitudes. We found the restaurant waitstaff to be lacking. The owners of this inn seemed to get along with locals well enough, but were a bit standoffish otherwise. There was a bit too much attention to one owner's former status as Miss Bahamas in 1961, as well as an affiliation with someone named India Hicks (whoever that is) that bordered on the cheesy.

Next to the decor, the chef's creations were probably the best reason to visit. Ken prepared a fantastic menu and was a nice guy as well.

Generally, Harbour Island is an incredibly beautiful place. But, if you're accustomed to the high level service and pleasant attitudes of Asia and most of latin america, you might be disappointed with the locals and their level of service.

  • Stayed: May 2006
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7  Thank Robert E
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Reviewed February 1, 2006

The Landing was the best surpise of our trip. We stayed at the Coral Sands and had dinner at The Landing. Drinks in the cozy bar before dinner was fun. The colorful walls are decorated with fun personal pictures. The food was the best of the trip and the wine list was outstanding. The grouper was fabulous. Dinner was so good we went back a second night. The service was attentive without being intrusive.

We went back the following day and the owner showed us the rooms which were charming. The pretty hardwood floors with crisp Ralph Lauren bedding it was simple elegance. Also the sun sets on the bay side of the island and you experience the most beautiful sunsets. A three minute golf cart ride takes you to the beach. This is a special place to stay.

We had dinner at The Pink Sands and The Rock House (both beautiful settings) but for food and wine list The Landing is the best choice.

Stayed: January 2006
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