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Chez Pierre Bahamas
Ranked #4 of 5 Hotels in Long Island
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Reviewed March 7, 2008

Long Island and Chez Pierre's were unforgettable. best food on the island (except fresh cracked conch) and one of the best locations (leeward side about halfway up). the road to the resort leaves a lot to be desired, but it makes the place that much more memorable. take insect repellant because if it rains you will have no-see-ums biting you all night. they're too small for the window screens to stop! the only negative about the entire trip!

  • Stayed: May 2007, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 1, 2008

Fab! you have to go!! No need to say anymore...

  • Stayed: April 2005, traveled with friends
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1  Thank Branston2
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Reviewed February 23, 2008

My husband and I enjoy exploring different islands. There are so many out there, we’ve never been to the same one twice. Until we found Chez Pierre. Our second trip, just 13 months later, was as good as the first. We are not high maintenance people. We look for small islands with secluded, economical accommodations. If you are looking to sit by the pool and raise a flag when you want a drink, this place is not for you. We enjoyed driving around the island during the day, then came back to have a cocktail on the beach or our porch to watch the sunset before going to dinner.

I enjoyed Pierre’s sarcastic sense of humor. Having the same sense of humor myself, we would joke back and forth and laugh. Having several requests between the breakfast and dinner hours (ice, cocktails, pillows, etc.), he never made me feel as if he was put out, or I was bothering him. One night we ordered a bottle of champagne from the wine shelf with our lobster, and it was the last bottle he had. He quickly chilled it in an ice bath for us, and opened it a few minutes later, and poured us only a small amount in our glass, so that it could have more time to chill. Then came back to fill our glasses when it had more time to get cold. I felt like he went out of his way on several occasions to make us enjoy ourselves.

Consider renting a car. It doesn’t cost much more than your transportation from and to the airport, minus the gas. The island is worth exploring. There are so many beautiful, deserted beaches, and a trip to Max’s Conch Shack is mandatory. Don’t worry if you’re not used to driving on the left. There are few cars on the road, and even fewer turns to make. However, if you’re only staying for a few days, and are just looking for complete relaxation, I think you could easily pass the time taking walks on the long beach, sunbathing, taking out one of Pierre’s boats, reading, playing cards or games, etc.

I love that Pierre’s is so casual. No need to dress up for dinner. No doting staff asking if you need anything every 15 minutes. It is so peaceful. You make your own fun. I can’t wait to go back. We’ll continue to visit other islands, but we’ll also return to Chez Pierre.

  • Stayed: January 2008, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank NK918
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Reviewed January 23, 2008

This resort is a rustic gem. If you want to completely unplug and relax away from everything in an eco-friendly, natural beach setting, not pay a lot of money, AND indulge in five star cuisine every night then try Chez Pierre's. Your accommodations are simple, clean, screened in cabins that overlook a beautiful beach with turquoise water. At night you are lulled to sleep by the sound of the waves and can sit on your porch and look at millions of stars. Pierre is an amazing chef and cooks up beautifully presented fresh seafood dishes, sumptuous salads and tasty pasta. He makes an amazing risotto. This place attracts adventure seekers, artists, scuba divers, writers, and other interesting people who are seeking an unconventional vacation experience and know how to go with the flow. This dynamic mix of people make the evening meals fun and engaging. However, Chez Pierre's is not for everyone (which is clear based on some of the reviews here). It is not a full service resort. You will not be waited on hand and foot and you will not be pampered. They use brackish water for the showers (which is clearly advertised on the website). When you arrive Pierre will give you instructions on how things work...breakfast time, dinner time, how the showers work. He gives you a jug of fresh water to use for brushing your teeth and drinking which you have to refill yourself. It is remote and so unless you rent a car or hire a guide you might feel stranded. We have done both and had a blast exploring the island, snorkeling, sight seeing, and taking pictures. The location is great because it is near the center of the island which allows you to go north or south. Or you can just sit on your porch in peace and read (which I did for four days). Perfect place for finishing a novel.

My husband, son and I have stayed at Pierre's at three different times of the year. Once in April 06, then again in July 06 and recently Jan 08. Each time of year presents different weather and degree of insects. We found that April was the least buggy and most temperate. This is an island so there are mosquitos, but the screened in cabins keep them out.

I am amazed at some of the comments on this review about Pierre. We think he is great. He does however run the whole place mostly by himself which means he stays pretty busy and therefore stays out of his guests' way, but we found that if we needed something he always provided it. He was always helpful and informative, but be prepared to ask. He has a sense of humor if you have one, but if you expect a concierge then stay at Stella Maris where all the help wear matching uniforms. Pierre's true gift is his cooking. That is what you are buying. It just happens to come with an amazing view in your cabin by the sea.

We think that Chez Pierre's is the perfect getaway. And we love Long Island. We will be back again and again.

  • Stayed: January 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 10, 2008

The problem with Chez Pierre is Pierre. He may think that it's authentically French to be rude, arrogant and indifferent to the needs of his guests. He may believe that belligerence is endearing. He may even believe that his location mitigates his personality flaws - but he's wrong.

I was brought up (for a while) in the UK and Pierre reminded me of a gallic Rigsby - the grasping, miserable, penny pinching landlord of a run down guest house. Except that Rigsby had some redeeming humanity and a sense of humor.

So if you want your calls to be put through to you. If you want to be treated with respect. If you want civility to go with your tranquility then you'd be better looking beyond Chez Pierre.

It's a shame, but this is a little piece of paradise poisoned by a toxic personality

  • Stayed: November 2007, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 7, 2008

Pros: Good food, decent beach, decent (though spartan) cottages, nice views of sunrise/sunsets, natural setting.

Cons: Poor attitude of host (Pierre), lack of fresh water (not potable, have to use spring water), terrible access road, lack of amenities/assistance promised (water sports, tours, boats, etc.)

Chez Pierre is a nice, cozy, "natural" set of beach cottages set on the Carribean side of Long Island with a central lodge where meals are served. The food is good by Island standards. The atmosphere is not. Pierre is over-worked (apparently by his own choice), ornery, in a hurry for guests to eat and leave, and doesn't seem to understand hospitality is critical to a good experience. He needs to hire help - and stay in the kitchen - even if it requires him to increase his prices a bit. Right now he even changes the sheets - no wonder he is in a bad mood! It was also disappointing that despite what his web site says, many of the activities he lists aren't available or he isn't very helpful in arranging for them (e.g., fishing).

Fixing the road (which trust me is one of the worst on the island) and water situation would be huge improvements along with at least one other full-time staff person.

We managed to enjoy ourselves, but expected better and wouldn't return.

Stayed: December 2007
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Reviewed January 6, 2008

My husband has posted a review of our wedding weekend below, but I wanted to voice my thoughts as well.

We had stayed with Pierre for the first time in 2006 and we had a fabulous stay. Since day one we knew that Pierre is a grump, but we loved the lonely beaches by his cabins and we generally love low maintenance, down to earth type of vacations. This was the reason we chose to get married at Chez Pierre.

Tropical storm Noel complicated things which is nobody's fault. However, one gets to know people very well when stuck on a island in one house for three days. On a positive note, we were very lucky with our fellow cast aways, who were a fantastic crew. Also, I must say Pierre was more than fair to us in terms of payments and he cooks very well come wind or water.

However, I also expected to be treated with the minimum of courtesy, after all we were guests and not stray dogs. Pierre yelled at us for anything from sitting around doing nothing to trying to help him around the house, he yelled at our friends on the phone when they called distressed about not being able to get to the island, refused to answer the phone at times, calling us names, refused to let us use the phone to communicate with our stranded friends and finally treated those friends of ours that did brave the storm and made it to Pierre's with extreme discourtesy, thoroughly disgruntled about having to make up the cabins.

His attitude has a way of ruining the amazing beach, the fantastic solitude and the best rum and coke soaked sunset. I was thoroughly embarrassed having made my friends come all this way to be treated like dirt. It's ok if your uncle Bob yells at you when you are crashing on his couch and then ask him to answer the phone for you, but not a guy who runs a "resort".

The final insult has been a month and more worth of communications with friends who were unable to retrieve their deposits and absolute unwillingness to communicate by Pierre and Ann with either us or our friends. This is unprofessional and illegal given the cottages were rented to other people during the storm.

I am just glad our parents did not make it to Chez Pierre because it would have been even worse to see Pierre treat them the same way he treated us. I certainly don't recommend you take your Mom here.

  • Stayed: November 2007, traveled as a couple
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Address: Millers Bay, 00000, Long Island
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Location: Caribbean > Bahamas > Out Islands > Long Island
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Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free Parking Restaurant
Hotel Style:
#1 Green Hotel in Long Island
#4 On the Beach Hotel in Long Island
#4 Top resorts Hotel in Long Island
Price Range: $35 - $60 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 6
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Chez Pierre Bahamas Long Island

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