Small Hope Bay Lodge All Inclusive3.0 out of 5.0
Recent guest reviews
Staff was extremely accommodating and attentive, views and activities were spectacular. Food and drinks were superb. Enjoyed paddleboarding the mangroves, reading in the hammock and the relaxation afforded by just showing up and letting go. Will definitely revisit!
I keep coming back to Small Hope because of the atmosphere, diving, food, ecology, like pretty much everything about this place. All of the folks are friendly and eager to help. Especially appreciate the dive staff cheerfully helping me with special diving needs.
Staff and owners of Small Hope Bay Lodge go "above and beyond" to make your stay relaxing and easy. They truly treat you like family. The lack of TV's, and the limited wifi actually allows you to step back from the rest of the world during your stay, and enjoy the time there. The food was fantastic!
If you want to experience the adventure and natural beauty (both above and below the ocean) of the Bahamian out islands in an environment with delicious meals, plan your vacation at Small Hope Bay Lodge on Andros. The resort staff welcomes you and makes you feel like part of their family, with the goal of helping guests experience their own unique vacation. At every meal, one or two staff members will join you, sharing stories, experiences and good spirits. In the evenings, before dinner one staff member will help you plan the following day’s activities while enjoying some conch fritters. This atmosphere helps you realize why they call Andros one of the “family” islands. My wife, 13-year old son, 11-year old daughter and I recently spent nine days at the Small Hope Bay Lodge. It was our first visit to Andros, but we have visited Eleuthera, Cat Island, Long Island and Harbor Island (other Bahamian out islands) in the past. We had an incredible experience and did not get to do all that we wanted during the nine days. There is plenty for a family to do, and getting away from the pressures and digital lures of home was relaxing and brought us together. I will describe some of the things we did to give you an idea of some options available. Diving Small Hope Bay Lodge is first and foremost a dive resort. One of the dive instructors, Bree, taught us to dive in a discover scuba diving (DSD) course on our second day. The lead diver, Frederico, spent extra time with my wife as she was anxious about breathing underwater. His patience and good nature helped my wife be more comfortable, both in the DSD course and the next day when we dove. The Lodge runs two dives each morning, usually a deep then shallow dive, and one each afternoon, starting from the iconic dive center at the end of the pier. During our first shallow dive, the resort divers stayed with us to make sure we were safe and pointed out some wonderful sights. I was lucky to capture a good picture of a flamingo tongue. We actually did a shark dive our last full day, thrilling to the view of 10 Caribbean reef sharks feasting on the “chumsickle.” The sharks swam so close we could have touched them. Small Hope Bay Lodge has close to 50 dive sites that they visit, including an ocean blue hole, and talks with the guests to help find the sites that meet their skills and desires. Fishing Jeff Birch, the owner, helped my son and I arrange a half-day bonefishing trip with a great local guide, Glister. My son and I caught more than 30 fish a piece, including at least a dozen bone fish each. Glister said that it was a morning of “catching” not “fishing.” We caught a few mutton snapper and jacks and brought them back to the resort, where the talented cooks prepared them three different ways so the resort guests could enjoy our catch. We used spinning reels and fished in Fresh Creek, but Glister is an accomplished fly fisherman and can guide you into the flats if you are interested. He said that October, November and December are the best times for bonefish. My whole family also tried to reef fish with Glister. The weather didn’t cooperate though, so we spent half the morning fishing the creek, but it was great to watch my wife and daughter reel in their first bonefish. Outdoor adventures and blue holes Andros is a nature lover’s paradise. There are a number of guided nature tours you can take from the Lodge, but we chose to head out on our own. On our wanderings, we saw many kinds of birds, trees and flowers, and saw a few different kinds of orchids, including one that smelled exactly like vanilla. We biked to Captain Bill’s Blue Hole and jumped off the 15-foot platform into the warm fresh water. Another day we biked to the Rainbow Blue Hole, took the medicine trail through the bush and swam in the large blue hole in the middle of the wild. We saw a bunch of birds diving into the hole to catch fish while we swam. The resort provides well maintained bikes, adjusts the seats and pumps the tires so you can travel anywhere you want to go. Our bike ride to the Rainbow blue hole took a while and it was a hot day, so it was nice to have solid bikes to ride and several “Small Hope Bay Lodge” water bottles. The only tough part was dealing with the potcakes, wild dogs along the road whose barks made them seem scary but who left us alone as we sped past. The mosquitos and “no see ums” are around, since it is a tropical island, but the resort has bug spray. Food and drink The meals are incredible, all served buffet style either outside or in, if the weather is bad. Breakfast has fresh fruit and hot meals to order, with yummy bacon. Lunches have a hot choice, cold cuts, salad and deserts. Dinner is introduced dramatically by the chef, and the soups each night are incredible. Drinks are available all day and night, served with a smile by the staff bartender on duty. All else There are plenty of hammocks and chairs, both in the sun and shade, to relax in. There are so many stars in the sky at night you may want to lie in a hammock and search for satellites. There are solid kayaks with plenty of paddles and paddleboards. You can fish with hand lines off the dock; a guest hooked a small nurse shark one night off the dive center pier. (He cut the line.) The main lodge has books on every subject, games galore (we played hours of ping pong) and the wi fi works pretty well if you really need it. But why would you? At Small Hope Bay Lodge, the staff is always available to assist you in planning or accomplishing any adventure, or to help you just relax and enjoy a cold Kalik. We have planned our island vacations with the desire to always try someplace new, but we may need to break our tradition and return to see our friends at Small Hope Bay.
I seldom rate a place a 5, but there were such few things about Small Hope Bay that weren't excellent, it gets a 5 from me! Pros - First, the owner, Jeff, is there all the time, he's personable, helpful, funny, and he leads his staff by example. ALL the staff are SO polite, friendly, and helpful! The rooms are large with great storage space on shelves and a closet with about 12 hangers, the beds are very comfortable, there is a ceiling fan and a floor fan in each room, the rooms are clean, the food is very good, nice variety, and plentiful. The open bar is the best I've ever seen in my travels - name brand liquor, and you could mix your own or someone would do it for you. Even with the open bar, we never saw anyone who over indulged. There were several families there as well as couples. There was always ice for drinks at the bar (I'm addicted to ice), the water and ice was safe to drink (ONLY place I've ever been in the Bahamas that this was TRUE!). All the extras they promise to have are there, and in good working condition - sailboat, kayaks, & bikes. I heard from other guests that the snorkeling right from the property was excellent, but we didn't have time to do it. We did do the 3 dives a day, and were amazed that they took us out even though we were the only 2 divers on the boat on some days (other dive shops often have a minimum of 6 or more divers for the boat to go out), the diving was terrific - we completed our 300th dive while there. The dive masters were very kind, helpful, and safety conscious. The dives could be guided if you chose, or self guided which was very nice to have the options. The staff, dive masters, and owner would often sit down with you at meals and chat, and every evening each guest was asked what they wanted to do the next day, so arrangements could be made to please everyone. Cons - Getting there took us 3 flights, but we did make it in one day. The no see-um bugs were pesky, especially after a rain. Off did deter them, and with Off on in the am and at dusk, we only got a few bites (Bugs love me!). The cottages were not insulated and you could see daylight through many cracks, which didn't help the ac keep the room "American cool", but it did help. The bathroom was pretty tiny, although the shower was OK size, and everything was very clean. We also had an enclosed outside shower which was handy. The dives were a bit deeper than we are used to (many starting at around 60' or so, so bottom times were usually about 45 minutes rather than the hour plus that we like to dive. That's all the cons I can think of, so now you see why I rated Small Hope a 5. It's not the Ritz, but it's comfortable, FRIENDLY, and fun, and we hope to return sometime soon!
Great food, very friendly and accommodating staff. Had a wonderful time and meet some interesting people. Wish we could have stayed longer. We will definitely return again to Small Hope Bay for another family vacation.
We had our third trip to Small Hope this June and we brought along our four and a half year-old and almost two year-old. We stayed in a two room cabin with a shared bathroom, which worked out great and we had plenty of room. We used a crib for the younger one and the crib provided was a great size with nice high rails. The babysitters did a great job with both kids at dinner time (it is a Small Hope tradition that the adults have dinner outside while the kids eat inside), so I hired them to watch the kids a couple of times so I could have an hour or two or relaxation while my husband went scuba diving. There is an outdoor swing set as well as some toys and a kids area inside the game room. The short walk to the beach was very convenient. The staff was super accommodating and very friendly, as usual, and our overall vacation went smoothly, even with the addition of the kids. It was nice to be away from television, etc. and enjoy nature and beautiful Small Hope with our kids. We will be returning!
Small Hope Bay Lodge is a quaint yet personable lodge and lifestyle. The individual rooms are really individual beach bungalows and staying in one is both spacious and comfortable while also providing a sense of having the place all to oneself. Stepping out on the beach which carries you anywhere you wish to walk made me realize I should'nt have packed so many shoes...or any at all for that matter. The dining and diving is served concierge style and shared with the other guests but we were surprised to experience the low guests to staff members ratio ensured a touch above the rest service and conversation. Food is served by ringing the dinner bell while the Chef announces the courses and deserts and the quality of food was quite tasty and fresh and simpler than a menu style restaurant. As a diver, it was hard getting used to looking around at the sea while boating out to the dive destinations and realizing we are the only dive boat in the water, or really the only boat in the water at all. The scuba masters at Small Hope provide a customized and individually cared for experience. This was the safefest diving I've ever felt from any of the sites I've traveled over the past 20 years of diving. Leaving the Small Hope Bay Lodge was the worst part of the whole trip. While there, we met several couples that have repeatedly visited Small Hope over many years. We will be one of those next time as we will most definitely be returning.
This was my 5th or 6th trip to Small Hope Bay Lodge to do some more amazing scuba diving. The diving is always superb and the people at SHBL are even better! Great meals, great company and great diving. It can't get any better.
We'd been looking forward to being back at Small Hope for our fifth trip and wound up with even more than we bargained for! It was great to see Jeff and the staff again and we hadn't realized that they'd been remodeling the cabins. They're marvelous! It's great to see them marrying eco-conciousness with design by using wood from the invasive Casuarina pines they've been clearing as part of the cabin shelves and tables. A double win! And the new sun showers are awesome! The diving was wonderful, as usual. Lots of creatures, big and small. We'd started out just doing the two morning dives, but couldn't resist going back out for the afternoon dive for the rest of the week. Tagging along with the lion fish cull at the Marion was a bonus! We lucked into a wedding on this trip, too! What a blast! If we couldn't be there for Crab Fest, this was the next best junkanoo! They had another big roast (thanks, Mike!) and had a celebrity chef for a different take on Bahamanian night. I wish I could have their conch salad every day! As always, it's the spirit of Small Hope that keeps bringing us back. It's real and meaningful. We're not there for the plastic glitz that you find on Nassau. We're there to spend time barefoot and relaxed.
- Free cooked-to-order breakfast
- Free WiFi in public areas
- Free parking
- Onsite dining
Small Hope Bay Lodge All Inclusive is located within a few miles (5 km) of Androsia Batik Works Factory and Fresh Creek Harbour. This 21-room, 3-star resort has free breakfast along with conveniences like a private beach and free self parking. On the waterfront, the resort is also within a 15-minute drive of Somerset Beach and Kamalame Cay Marina.
Free cooked-to-order breakfast is included with your stay. Enjoy a leisurely bite to eat at Small Hope Restaurant, the resort's onsite restaurant. Order from room service to satisfy your hunger without leaving your room.
All of Small Hope Bay Lodge All Inclusive's 21 rooms are air-conditioned and have an array of amenities, including patios, free bottled water, and ceiling fans. In-room massages are available, and rooms also include safes.
Guests staying at Small Hope Bay Lodge All Inclusive enjoy access to a private beach, a fitness center, and free WiFi in public areas. If you drive, take advantage of free parking. The front desk has multilingual staff that can help with dry cleaning or laundry, and offer advice about sights and eateries nearby. Other amenities at this all-inclusive resort include coffee/tea in a common area, free use of bicycles, and an arcade/game room.
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95% of guests recommend this hotelTotal of 516 reviews