I have visited Old Bahama Bay twice this year and look forward to my next visit. I was there in late March and again in late October - four days each stay. Both time, the staff was helpful but unobtrusive. I got exactly the degree of assitance I sought out, and everyone was always pleasant.
ROOMS - The first time I stayed in an oceanview, and the second time in an oceanfront room. Each room was clean and well appointed. The king beds were extremely comfortable and the furnishings are comfortable and on the newer side, so in very good condition. Both of the rooms I stayed in had washer dryers which allowed me to do both of my trips with carry on luggage only. The bathrooms were very nice and had great water pressure and plenty of hot water. Lots of bath towels, plus an extra two beach towels per room. You can also get towels at the beach hut.
I would pick the oceanfront room again, just because I liked the lanai/terrace better than the oceanview balcony. The photos on the OBB website are accurate - the buildings are adorable and the rooms very nice.
ACTIVITIES - The beach cruiser bikes are in good condition and riding was safe in the area. The kayaks were great and I loved kayaking up and down the beachfront. Snorkel excursions to nearby shallow reefs were excellent - good variety of marine life, corals, sponges and other underwater wonders. The visibility is excellent. Snorkeling off the beach was not ideal, mostly because the water is so shallow over the sea grass areas. I recommend aqua shoes because there are some little urchins living in the seagrass areas and you do NOT want to step on one of those fellas (like I did my first trip! live and learn!).
NIGHTLIFE AND DINING - OBB is at the Western most tip of the island, and is wonderfully private and reomte. This is great if, like me, you are trying to get away from it all. To say it's not a late night party place is understaement to the extreme, but that has its own appeal. I used room service and Bonefish Folleys, but never made it to the lovely looking Aqua. Eating is not a rush - it is not fast food, but it is freash and very good.
PROPERTY - The landscaping was beautiful and well manicured. In fact, the Monday morning I was there I was sure the landscapers working on the property outnumber guests two to one!
RESORT STORE - I found the resort store very well stocked with a wide variety of necessities from gifts, clothes, hats, to water, soda, snacks lots of different kinds of sunscreen to choose from, which was nice.
I went both times by myself for quick recharge get-aways. It is safe and secure and it is my place of choice for such a trip.
Was the place perfect? No. The construction areas adjacent to the newest building is understandably dusty and on some days a bit noisy due to activity. But there is plenty of beach available so you can easily move to a more placid area. Sand gnats are an issue ONLY on days when then is no breeze, which is not terribly common, and at dusk. Use the OFF provided in the room and you'll be A-OK. To their credit, they are using enviro-friendly mosquito and sand gnat treatments. For that, a few little nibbles was not a big deal for me.
I really hope that if the new behemoth of a resort Ginn Sur Mer doesn't swlaoow OBB, which Ginn has purchased and is currently operating. I hope they leave it as Old Bahama Bay rather than folding it in the new high rise. The peace and quiet and mellow feel of the resort is so nice.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Old Bahama Bay Resort & Yacht Harbour is the ultimate getaway for tranquility and relaxation - set on the westernmost tip of Grand Bahama Island. Combining Bahamian charm and barefoot elegance, the resort features 73 spacious beachfront suites, full-service marina, fishing, snorkeling, eco-tours and other excursions. Resort amenities include 2 restaurants and bars, tennis courts, paddleboards, kayaks, snorkel equipment and much more. West End Airport is open for private planes and charters. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Old Bahama Bay Hotel Grand Bahama Island
- Old Bahama Bay Resort