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Bahama Beach Club
Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Treasure Cay
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Boston, Massachusetts
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“Perfect Location”
Reviewed September 4, 2012

Bahama Beach Club sits on what I consider to be one of the best beaches I've ever seen. The sand is like baby powder, the water is clear, warm and wonderful, and we saw stingrays, dolphins and turtles while there. The grounds are kept beautifully. We rented a condo from a private owner, but I think you can rent directly from the club too. There are 2 pools, a beach bar/restaurant that was only open for lunch while we were there, but we were there in late August during the off season. The restaurant does do dinner in the busier months. People at this condo complex are very nice, very helpful. You can get around with a golf cart, but we rented a car to use because we wanted to be able to go to Marsh Harbor if we felt like it (about a 30 minute drive each way on a long, quiet road)
Keep in mind everything here is imported, so food is expensive. Grocery stores were 2-3 times more expensive that what you pay back in the U.S. and so were restaurants. But if you understand that you won't be surprised or unhappy.
This is a place to come if you need to unwind and relax. There is no better place to go than this. Don't come here if you need tons of activities and people to wait on you hand and foot. But if you want relaxation and perfect swimming do come. You can't find a better place.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 22, 2012

We (myself, my husband and teenage son) had an wonderful (but too short) stay at Bahama Beach Club 14-18 August 2012. Our condo (#2040) was very spacious, beautifully decorated, and had a fully stocked kitchen. The AC worked flawlessly (we didn't even have to adjust it) during an unusually hot spell, each room also had a ceiling fan for a breeze (as did the screened patio), the showers were good, dishwasher worked well - all in all luxurious accommodations (all units are condos that are individually owned).

This complex was designed by someone who knew about standards for luxury (and I really mean: North American standards, as spaces were much more generous than you would find in Europe, Asia etc.) - the high ceilings in our 2nd floor unit made it seem especially roomy. Our unit dates back to 2002, and was still in very good repair, just minor scraps and nicks on woodwork and a leaky sink pipe that was fixed immediately upon our request. We chose to have the optional maid service (at $2.50 per person per day, a real bargain) and they did a good job with beds, bathrooms, kitchen & floors. We thought ahead and brought our own laundry detergent and dryer sheets, so were able to wash swim suits and towels as needed (in a full-size washer and dryer).

The manager, Natalie, was charming, as was the other front desk person, Maveisha, and everything regarding logistics was handled very professionally, from phone reservation, to email confirmation, to check-in and check-out. Our flight from Miami left very late, so we missed our connection to Marsh Harbour. I called Natalie to let her know we'd be coming the next morning, and without my requesting it, she refunded the first night's charge. I was stunned - as we had paid in full in advance, and I did not expect any refund. Also, we had rented a 2-bedroom unit but were given a 3-bedroom one, apparently because it was such a slow time, and they were nowhere near full. At $350 per night (including taxes), this was near the higher end of what we'd normally spend for accommodations (preferring to spend $$ on experiences and food), but we thought it was an excellent value. And because it was near the off-season, BBC had a deal going: stay 3 nights, get the 4th night free. However, even without the discount we'd go back in a heartbeat!

The beach is the real treasure here - absolutely gorgeous, powder-fine white sand and warm water with almost no waves. BBC has chairs, umbrellas, restrooms at the lovely pool - all you need to relax and enjoy. You won't see colorful tropical reef fish here, but we spotted a stingray, several needlefish, occasional conchs and also the uncommon palometa. For the colorful fish, take a boat tour to an offshore reef.

We rented a car for $300/week and saved the taxi fare from Marsh Harbour Airport (x3, as my husband flew separately to the Abacos; we all went home together), plus had the ability to explore the island: Marsh Harbour one afternoon; on another day we drove all the way to the southern end of Great Abaco (Sandy Point - where we encountered nasty no-see-ums at sunset - beware!!), tour of the Neem Farm (very interesting), pine forests of Abaco National Park and shelling at Crossing Rocks. One day's enjoyable outing was taking the ferry to Green Turtle Cay (ferry terminal was only 15 minites from BBC) for breakfast at the Green Turtle Club, snorkeling and exploring the quaint town of New Plymouth.

The one downside was cuisine. We shopped the first day for breakfast and lunch food, and did very well cooking for ourselves in the condo. Dinners were the issue. BBC has a restaurant serving dinner daily in season, but it had just closed, as we were there during the very slow end-of-summer/hurricane season. Only the poolside bar & grill was open, and it closed quite early, so we missed dinner the first night. We tried a local's restaurant at the highway, Burners, that had decent (and cheap: $15) lobster, but were not inspired to return. The next day we asked the BBC how late they were open, and were told they'd serve until 6:00 PM, but they went until 7:30 - go figure. Apparently it was busy enough, so they just stayed open. The grilled grouper was decent, salads acceptable - but the menu was rather limited. We also had one dinner at the Spinnaker Restaurant, across the street at the sprawling resort that originally developed the area - we had low expectations that were actually exceeded, and service was quite friendly. Other BBC guests hired a boat and went fishing, then cooked their fresh catch - so that's one way to get a great dinner!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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Houston, Texas
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Reviewed July 12, 2012

This place is really one of the most beautiful locations and one of the best run condo operations in the Out Islands. This was our first stay here although we have been coming to the Bahamas for many years. We had seen BBC from the beach while out walking, but didnt know much about it. For this visit, we planned it a little late, but managed to have a selection of several remaining units available during Christmas and New Year's holiday season. The reservation staff was very friendly and helpful. The on site staff was also friendly and helpful. The unit we stayed in was on the upper floor near the far end and the scenery was really spectacular. It was about 2,100 sq. ft with 3 bedrooms and 3 baths with a screened in balcony. Very upscale design and furnishings. First class kitchen. Right on Treasure Cay beach, one of the most beautiful beaches in the world according to many travel magazines (and me!). Having stayed here now, we are ready to come back. I hope you enjoy staying here as much as we did.

Room Tip: I recommend a second or third floor unit near the far end away from town. Very quiet and the beach...
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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 5, 2012

We just returned from eight nights at the BBC. We traveled with my parents and our two children (4.5 and 19 months). We had a four bedroom/three bathroom ground floor unit. The property is about 20 minutes from the TCB airport and was about $30. The taxi drivers we all very friendly and consistent with their fares. Upon arrival, the condo was ready for us. The front desk staff was very friendly and helpful. We found the condo to be well-stocked, nicely decorated, and very clean. We used a crib provided by BBC, which was not the greatest, but did the trick. I probably would have brought our pack n'play, but we already had so much stuff, that it didn't seem worth the extra baggage. We didn't have any problems with the condo with the exception of a faulty lock on the patio (that was promptly fixed when brought to the management's attention) and ants. You cannot leave any food, crumbs, etc. without a parade of ants attacking. We also had some trouble with them coming into a bathroom, but as soon as it was recaulked, the problem was solved. Luckily, housekeeping was fantastic. They did a great job and were very friendly. We ate most meals in our condo. We brought a lot of dry goods and snacks for the kids from home and then used Golden Harvest (the grocery at the marina) for the fresh items. The selection isn't huge, but there is plenty there for the week and the prices were not cheap, but not outrageous. If you stay for any extended period of time, I can see the value in bringing coolers with frozen meat. The dinner nights at the resort were well done and the food was excellent. We also ate one night at the Treasure Sands Club (without the kids) and it was also very good, though a little pricey. This is a spectacular resort for getting away from it all. The main activities are beach and pool, so this is not the place for you if you are looking for lots of activity and nightlife. The beach is really spectacular - pure white sand, calm water perfect for the kids, etc. During low tide, you can find tons of sand dollars and starfish, which really entertains the kids. We rented a boat at the marina several days and went conching, spearfishing and to nearby Guana Cay. Another day, we took the ferry to Green Turtle. We had in room massages by Felicia that were also fantastic. Mostly everything can be reached with the help of a golf cart - available for rental at the marina, as well. All in all, a fantastic family vacation and we hope to return soon!

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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed May 6, 2012

This was our first trip to Abaco. I choose the BBC for several reasons after doing a lot of research. First, the condos are beautiful. We had a four bedroom place, all on one level with a view of the entire resort, pool, beach, etc. Second, we had three kids under the age of six with us. I wanted both pools and the safe beach. Third, there is very little to do except enjoy the beach, so you can really unwind. This place did not disappoint. As some reviews have said, Treasure Cay is sleepy. There are about three restaurants. None are very good and each is open on a random schedule. There is a little market which has everything you need, but if you're planning to go out to eat each night, Treasure Cay may not be the place for you. You'll need a golf cart to get around. You may need to rent a car if you want to head to March Harbor and catch a ferry over to Nipper's etc. I do reccomend Coco's on the beach. It's open for lunch each day and dinner on Tues. Great beach bar - food is marginal, view is amazing. The beach is spectacular. Sand is like sugar - not rocks. Just sand dollars and starfish.

The BBC does have a pool bar with pool food which is open for lunch and dinner until about 7:30. It's bar food and the drinks are marginal. Three nights a week, the BBC does do a very nice dinner in their pavilion (Sun, Wed, Fri). The food is really good and the view is unbeatable. The BBC is very clean and well kept. The family that runs the resort will know your name and are interested in making sure you're having a good time. Bottom line, if you are looking to unplug - you can't do better. I would go back in a heartbeat. One week was not long enough.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
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Boston, MA
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Reviewed March 27, 2012

If you don't require constant service and want the spaciousness of a great condo on the water in the Bahamas, you would be hard pressed to find a more beautiful spot than this property. Bahama Beach Club rents condos - three and four bedrooms (although you can rent fewer rooms), and has a gorgeous property with two nicely sized pools and a restaurant serving lunch and dinner every night (some dinner nights are theme nights). The condos are well maintained and appointed - we ate in for all breakfasts, some lunches and some dinners with no problem. All the condos have ocean views. I suggest stopping at the grocery store in Treasure Cay on your cab or car ride to the condo to get basics (milk, juice, eggs, bread, etc.). As Ryecapital notes in his review, Treasure Cay (and island food in general) is pricey, but the lunch and non-themed dinner nights at the Beach Club were fine. Regarding the theme dinners - we did go early, so didn't have a wait, and we only did Italian and BBQ night - Italian night was great, BBQ night not so much. The service was fine however, people could not have been kinder. The Spinnaker restaurant is a short walk away (we rented bikes to get around), and has a nice menu (grouper and Mahi Mahi were delicious). Treasure Cay is quiet and gorgeous - really the antithesis of Atlantis (in Nassau) which is exactly what we desired. I agree, if the Beach club sprang for Kayaks to rent, they would easily get rented or used. The water is utterly amazing. We saw a wedding there - I can't think of a more romantic or beautiful spot to host a wedding!

Room Tip: All of the Condos face the beach - we were in the middle of one complex (there are two), and it was...
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed February 27, 2012

I spent several minutes wavering between 5 stars and the 4 stars i gave . I'll go with the bad news first .

Food in general in Treasure Cay continues to be a huge problem . Yes , food on islands is expensive so accept it or stay home and cook . The grocery store in Treasure Cay is very adequate for that purpose quite frankly and if you need to eat on the cheap , you can do so . For those of us willing to pay a fair price and eat out for lunch and dinner , thats where the problems kick in . The options in TC are poor to marginal . Thus when we heard from relatives that Bahama Beach Club was serving good meals for lunch daily and several nightly specials , we opted to go back to Treasure Cay for a second visit since our first back in 2008 since my family of 5 absolutely loves the non-crowds , the absolutely gin-clear water and pristine beaches and the boating to the out islands so to have the meals situation alleviated , we signed on .

First night there was steak night at BBC . My expectations were low so when we wandered into the beautiful pavillion by the pool and sat down to absolutely grilled to perfection filet and NY strip steak along with great salads and beautiful floor to ceiling windows opened and the gorgeous Sea of Abaco just 30 feet away , i truly believed we had found Shangri La . My 3 girls are NOT steak eaters and they devoured every slice on their plates . Next night , relatives ( also 2 adults and 3 kids ) staying at nearby complex came over and we had a very decent ' mixed grill night ' at BBC's open deck by other pool . Service was good ( when you have 6 kids , you MUST be served in reasonable period of time to maintain sanity ) and the extras like the home made cole slaw and egg/potato salads were fabulous and the mix of grilled chicken and meats was quite tasty .

But then we did Italian night back over at the pavillion ( Monday night? ) and it was an utter disaster . we sat down at 6:30 and we ordered meals with drinks as soon as we had a waitress as we always do to get kids fed and we did not see an entree til 8pm and even then , it was a plate or 2 every 5 minutes with some kids / adults finished while others remained unfed . Young ones flopped asleep on table and we did not finish until 2 hours later . Absolutely crap evening but given how well first 2 had gone , i gave it a pass as just 'bad luck' . Surely steak night that Friday would be a fabulous repeat . Lets just say steak night was a bigger disaster . Again , it took 75-90 minutes before steaks showed up and kids were crawling up walls . The 6 kids got their steaks over the next 20 minutes with some getting it as ordered ( well done ) and others getting steak literally cold and purple in middle . Getting it returned took wayyy too long and in some cases , steaks were returned to tables absolutely raw . I finally found the manager and ripped him a new one and while he apologized and bought us some drinks , it was a ruined evening and at $40-50 a head , an expensive lousy dinner .

Bottom line ? show up for dinner early ( at 6pm say ) like we did the first times out and just smile when they look at you strange for arriving too early and order your entrees immediately so you are first served . Letting a few other tables get in after you assures problems .

Lunch time at BBC is far better ! Food good and fairly priced for the islands . The grouper fingers i had on my last day were OUTSTANDING as was a grouper sandwich i had earlier in week .

As for rooms ? My 3BR condo was in great shape and kitchen was perfect for breakfast and some meals for the kids . Our room ( and most at resort ) has fabulous direct ocean views . Good wi-fi service too .

The hot tubs at the 2 pools are absolutely the hottest tubs at any resort i have stayed at before ( i kinda like this as it keeps the kids outta my hair ) .

Beach out front just fabulous . There were always chairs available and umbrellas usually too .

Management should spring for a few kayaks and maybe have a catamaran to rent but kids seemed happy in water and making sand castles .( make sure you bring mask/snorkel for each kid ......... they will be astounded at clarity of water ) .

We observed turtles right up on beach as well as rays swimming by . We bought some fishing rods and caught all sorts of small fish right off beach casting a small silver lure .

Once on beach , there is a small restaurant to your left about 200 yards called CoCo's that is a decent beach dive with OK chow for lunch . Better walk is to your right and about 3/4 mile down beach it ends at a pronounced point that has a massive sand bar at low tide that allows you to walk out a few hundred yards and offers best chance at finding sand dollars . There is a huge expanse of very shallow flats that kids just LOVE and they can find starfish , sand dollars and other shells .

Take away the 2 bad meal experiences and the place gets a 5-Star from me . Just keep in mind you go to Abaco / Treasure Cay / Bahama Beach Club to get away from the crowds and enjoy alot of quiet down time on truly one of the nicest beaches on the planet along with clearest water i have seen anywhere bar none . BBC offers the best of Treasure Cay and is superb value for the money .

Oh , and if you are traveling from USA with a group of 4 or more , allow me to clue you in to making the flight from Florida via http://www.airflightcharters.com/ ............ $3300 for roundtrip service for 5 people made it cheaper than flying Continental or one of the other mainstream airlines and it allows complete flexibility and avoid risk of missing connecting flights . Captain Scott had news papers and cooler of drinks/beers awaiting us and on the return flight , we breezed past an empty customs booth at the private terminal they use and a shuttle bus was literally awaiting us for a quick trip over to main terminal with our luggage brought right to shuttle . You truly feel a bit like a rock star .

Oh , and on Sunday , make sure you reserve a seat on 'Prozac' the ferry boat in Treasure Cay marina for a ride over to Great Guana Cay to vist the infamous Nippers beach bar . Prozac available for private charter and they also rent 21-27 foot center consoles but Sunday the one day a regular ferry runs across . The world's 3rd largest reef runs the length of the Abaco out islands and from Nippers , you can literally walk out and snorkel right over it ! The rum punches at Nippers are positively lethal ! For those looking for a quieter option , Grabbers is to your left off the Guana town dock and offers very good chow . Try their frozen rum punch ....fantastic .

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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with family
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Property: Bahama Beach Club
Address: PO Box 22275, Treasure Cay, Great Abaco Island
Location: Caribbean > Bahamas > Out Islands > Abaco Islands > Great Abaco Island > Treasure Cay
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Treasure Cay
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Bahama Beach Club 4*
Number of rooms: 90
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
New fully equipped Luxury Condos on "the best beach in the Caribbean"! Two great Restaurants on-site, two fresh water pools & two Jacuzzi's! Free internet, Cable TV and Free long distance calls to & from the USA and Canada. Golf, Tennis, Scuba Center, Fishing Charters, a 150 slip marina and shopping nearby. Relax and Enjoy! ... more   less 
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