This casual, palm-shaded oceanfront property—over 50 years strong and the Atlantic/Caribbean's original dive resort—has a devoted following of divers, snorkelers, eco-adventurers, anglers, couples, and families; it's even been listed as one of the official "1000 Things to See Before you Die" within the famous book of the same name. Rooms with Androsia batik prints and straw work are in rustic beachside cottages made of coral rock and Andros pine. Hammocks hang between
trees in plentitude. The homey main lodge—with a dining room, bar–lounge, game room (containing the only guest TV and a Ping-Pong table), reading area, and outdoor bar—is the center of activity. Tasty meals include Bahamian luncheon buffets and dinner buffets with international flair. Guests quickly get to know and bond with one another and the staff, who share meals with them. Children ages two to seven eat dinner separately with a complimentary babysitter. For an additional charge you can select bonefishing and specialty diving packages, such as guided explorations of blue holes, diving instruction and certification, and "over-the-wall" dives. Rates include meals, beverages (alcoholic and non), and taxes.
Small Hope Bay, Fresh Creek, Andros Island, Bahamas
Dec 26, 2007
We spent a week at SHBL in July 2007. The people, the attitude, the atmosphere, etc. were all we'd hoped for. We wanted a very laid back, relaxed, un-glitzy place where we could relax, snorkle and just enjoy the beach and water. Without a single exception the people were great. There wasn't much of a dividing line between staff and guests so everyone got to know one another quickly. If you can accept that the rooms are a bit rustic and only some
have a/c, you should enjoy SHBL. Although we didn't have kids with us, those who did seemed to really enjoy it as well. One of the few places we've been where we'd have no hesitation about going back-probably to stay even longer.
Jun 22, 2007
Small Hope may be a bit rustic, but if you want a beautiful beach, great diving, snorkeling, and fishing, good service and staff and all-inclusive to boot (including help yourself bar) ... then this is the place for you.