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“Romantic getaway weekend”
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Old Bahama Bay
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in West End
Certificate of Excellence
Dallas, Texas
Level 6 Contributor
106 reviews
26 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
“Romantic getaway weekend”
Reviewed February 10, 2007

Beautiful, quiet resort in luxurious setting. Sumptious, spacious rooms, elegant restaurant and casual dining onsite, as well. Lushly landscaped bungalows nestled in a relaxed tropical setting. Beach set in a calm bay. Complimentary movie rentals, bicycles, watersports and board games. Energetic band provides live music at beachside bar. Marina provides great background for contemplating a "get-away-from-it-all" lifestyle on the open seas. Attentive service and surprisingly good food in all restaurants. This upscale resort is 30 minutes away from the hustle and bustle of busy Freeport....it is very relaxing and well suited for the discerning traveller looking to unwind.

  • Liked — beautiful relaxing setting
  • Disliked — it was surprisingly quiet
  • Stayed February 2007, traveled as a couple
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Southfield, Michigan
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6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed January 23, 2007

Just came back from Grand Bahama, were we stayed in West End at the Old Bahama Bay Resort. Quaint with sun, beach, pool, bar, music, restaurants, fishing and very nice people. If you want more, Freeport/Lucaya is only a 30 minute cab ride away.
Absolutely, the most relaxing place. Nothing too extravagant.

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11 Thank DetroitAlicia
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Freeport, Grand Bahama Island
Level 3 Contributor
21 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed January 7, 2007

I spent New Years Eve listening to MANGO 1-MAN ISLAND BAND In the BONE FISH FOLEY BAR, At Old Bahama bay...Overlooking the Marina....Great Island Style Entertainer, Great Resort...!!!

Stayed January 2007
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6 Thank IslandFets
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New Jersey
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed January 3, 2007

My first experience to the Bahamas and unfortunately it will be my last. Overall, OBB is a very nice resort setting wise, but here is the down and dirty. Accomodations are very nice with excellent furnishings. Surrounding landscape very well maintained. Infinity pool also nice. If you want to do nothing on your vacation, this is the place for you. Now the bad part. Execution. The Straw bar (one of the resorts poolside restaurants), continually disappointed with staff inattentiveness and food quality (hour and a half to get a burger?). Guest services couldn't set up a message for my wife. One must sign for beach towels (are they serious?). Be warned, that if you spend more than 3 days here, you will be bored with the food selections. Strongly advise you stop by the Winn-Dixie on the way from the airport to pick up some provisions. Meals can get expensive in a hurry. Last advice: Use the bug spray.

  • Liked — suite
  • Disliked — food/staff
  • Stayed December 2006, traveled as a couple
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Houston, Texas
Level 6 Contributor
190 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
Reviewed December 18, 2006

This was a nice facility, however, you have to want to be away from everything. It was our first trip to the Bahamas. It looked like a great place if you enjoy boating. There was a beautiful marina. The gardens were nice and well maintained. The rooms and housekeeping services were excellent. There are three restaurants on property. Staff friendliness and helpfulness was mixed--some were wonderful; others not so much. (May be due to rumours of the facility being sold to Ginn.) Service at the dockside restaurant was abysmal and we just didn't feel the "love." The other restaurants were good, but not consistent. Considering you are away from the other options, the goal should be to make you not WANT to leave the property. They did offer free use of games, kayaks, sailboats which was fun. We rented a car and drove into town to tour around one day.
Overall, good place for reading and relaxing. Nice pool. Beach looked nice, but the water was just a little cool to get in. There was some sea vegetation at about waist level depth. I would take into consideration what was you want to do and type of experience you expect before booking here. It'll be great for some; a little too low-key for others.

  • Liked — Room view
  • Disliked — Remoteness
  • Tips/Secrets — Rent a car or bring LOTS of books
  • Stayed November 2006, traveled with family
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Naples, Florida
Level 4 Contributor
15 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
Reviewed November 27, 2006

We just returned from a 5 night stay over the Thanksgiving Holiday. I have read a lot about OBB and thought this was the perfect time to try it with our 2 teen daughters. The weather over that time was very windy and was only warm enough to lay on the beach about 3 of the days. The room was lovely (we were upgraded to oceanfront from OV). I had the best nights sleep on the great mattress. The rooms are advertised as having a kitchenette but its really a glorified wet bar. There is only a small bar sink, small frig and a microwave. Not enough to do any serious cooking so chose your groceries accordingly if you are planning to eat in at all. We did ask for a toaster so managed to do some lenders bagels and pop tarts for the kids. We did not have a washer/dryer in the room as well but there are machines at the marina for a reasonable fee if you need them.
We stopped at the Winn Dixie on the way to the resort for breakfast foods and drinks-----remember that they do not sell beer and wine so ask your driver to stop at the liquor store as a first stop from the airport.
The place is very quiet and 45 minutes from "anything". We rented a car one day and drove to Lucaya to look around, shop, have lunch and check out the casino at the Westin. At OBB there are kayaks, hobie cats and I heard great snrkling. There are also bicycles that we enjoyed riding around and checking out the new home construction.Othere than that be prepared to have plenty of books. It was exactly what we were looking for though our daughters were bored.
Food at Aqua was excellent, Bonefish Folleys was good and lunch at the Straw Bar was also good. Over Thanksgiving they had a few "theme" dinners. Thanksgiving buffet at Aqua was very good even though they did not have our reservation.
The staff at the hotel was the warmest and friendliest we have encountered in all our travels. Nothing was a problem and they tried hard to please in all ways and remedy problems ASAP.
In all a lovely resort-----great for families with small children or for those looking for some serious R&R!

  • Liked — large room and good a/c, great bed
  • Disliked — no real kitchen
  • Stayed October 2006, traveled with family
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Boston, MA
Level 1 Contributor
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed November 20, 2006

My husband and I made one final escape to the warm climates before our true winter hits. We manage to get an inexpensive package through ---.com as well as cheap flights on Delta.

When we arrived in Freeport and then whisked away to the resort (about a 35 minute drive), we noticed the extreme damage Frances and Jeanne had done two hurricane seasons ago. However, the island seemed to be kicking back swiftly but as I'll get to, it may take a few years to get fully restored (especially the trees).

In any event, we arrived at the resort with a somewhat unceremonial greeting (didn't they send a car to pick us up?). After finally getting a king-bed room (which we had asked for), we quickly enjoyed the final few hours of sunlight with a walk around the resort.

Unfortunately, this walk took about 5 minutes. As previously mentioned, the hurricanes made a direct hit on the West End and the resort's surrounding area is just rebuilding. This is not a knock on the resort itself (stay in the Phase 2 buildings), the small and coral sand beach, pool, gym, food at Aqua - all were great. But we like to be a little more adventurous and it was tough to see the town of the West End in rough shape. And we were surprised that the resort hasn't undergone better replanting of vegetation in the area. The hard coral rock ground outside the resort is not very romantic.

And it was hard to believe that there really is no beach around the island, besides what was made at the resort. (If you want to sit on the beach and do next to nothing, this is the place for you). The resort, which comprises of a huge marina, is selling ocean lots and putting more of the effort into selling and building homes. In addition, they are building a couple of golf courses next to the resort. Given that, we constantly heard back hoes, earth movers and pounding of nails. (If you have ever been to Dubai recently, you know what I mean). And there is still much to be cleaned up as well. All this work and we're afraid another big storm will wipe it out again.

One final note - beware of the bugs! Use the Off! that is provided. The sand flies are relentless and you will be itchy in a day's time.

Overall, we were extremely pleased with the value of the resort (thanks luxury link). But I'd wait a few years before we go back to pay top dollar.

  • Liked — The rooms, the food at Aqua and the fitness facility.
  • Disliked — The construction noise, the flies, and the breakfast.
  • Stayed November 2006, traveled as a couple
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Property: Old Bahama Bay
Address: Bayshore Road, West End, Grand Bahama Island
Location: Caribbean > Bahamas > Grand Bahama Island > West End
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in West End
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Old Bahama Bay 4*
Number of rooms: 73
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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