Abaco Beach Resort and Boat Harbour Marina
What We Love
- An iconic Bahamian beach resort in the beautiful Out IslandsSnorkeling over the live coral reef at nearby Hope Town Public Beach
- The option of arriving at the hotel via boat, thanks to the full-service marina, one of the largest in the Bahamas
- Relaxing in a beach cabana on the resort’s private stretch of sand
What To Know
- Located in the Out Islands on 40-beachfront acres
- All 72 guestrooms have ocean views
- Onsite you'll find two outdoor pools, a fitness center, and tennis and volleyball courts
- Enjoy complimentary access to all non-motorized water sport equipment, including: kayaks, boogie boards, and snorkeling sets
You’re on island time the minute you set foot on Abaco Beach Resort and Boat Harbour Marina – a Bahamian institution since 1955. Situated on the eastern shore of Great Abaco island, this iconic retreat is also flanked by one of the largest full-service marinas and yacht slips in the area, making it easily accessible via sea and air, thanks also to an international commercial and private airport less than ten minutes away.
But it’s not just the location that has guests coming back time and time again for their tropical fix. This laid-back property leaves a lasting impression thanks to its waterfront surroundings – think 40 acres of lush tropical landscape, private beach access (with beach cabanas), fitness center, and a plethora of activities on offer, including diving and deep-sea fishing. Throw an upscale, locally inspired restaurant into the mix, and a swim-up pool bar with frozen drinks at the ready, and you have all the makings of a perfect island getaway.
The property includes 89 beach-chic rooms and suites, all awash in a clean, neutral palette. Located in the quiet southwestern corner of the property, one floors one through four, Oceanfront and Superior Oceanfront rooms measure 410 square feet. The former has a sitting area with a desk, while the latter has a sitting area with a sofa. Deluxe Oceanfront rooms, meanwhile, are found on the first and second floors in the eastern wing of the main building, with a sofa.
Would you like an umbrella with that frozen cocktail? The swim-up Pool Bar has refreshing drinks on hand, not to mention live entertainment. For a more upscale affair, head to Angler’s, where fresh seafood and local flavors rule the menu. Look for the likes of Abaco grouper and lobster, served in an elegant atmosphere, accompanied nightly by the music of a local vocalist.
The hotel is within five minutes of Marsh Harbour International Airport – a 50-minute flight from Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, and Miami. Situated on the eastern shore of Great Abaco Island, it’s also just a hop, skip and a jump via ferry to nearby islands and cays, including Hope Town and Man-O-War Cay. Downtown Marsh Harbour and the ferry dock are just one mile away.
How to Get There
My wife and I stopped by to check out the property and marina. We were staying close by at a different marina and the restaurant was recommended - we didn't have time to have dinner so we had some snacks and drinks at the pool bar. The property is big (as others have mentioned). The marina looks to be larger (more slips) than the other nearby marinas but it appears rather empty (early November) compared to the others. The pool bar staff was friendly, drinks were good and reasonably priced. The food was good. Checked out the restaurant menu and the selection and prices looked good and less expensive than other restaurants in the area. We will definitely come back and try the restaurant.
Rooms are a nice size with comfortable beds and a great view overlooking the beach and harbour from the balcony. The hotel is dated and there is a musty smell from the ac. We had it turned off because if it. I could not get the hot water to work with the wobbly shower faucet.
The password protected wifi in the room did not work. There is an open wifi in the pool and beach area that was ok but did not reach the rooms.
We had to wait to check in until 3pm; apparently there were just a few rooms available because of construction or renovation. Standard check in is 3pm but it would have been nice if we had been told it would take over 2 hours and we should have been given a key to the pool area.
Overall for the rather high price you don’t really get much of a resort experience.
We stayed one night on Abaco and chose here at short notice. Positives - location is stunning with a lovely setting just minutes from Marsh Harbour airport. Resort is spacious and friendly staff. The downsides were1) that the room we were in felt like it needed a bit of a refurb- it was ok but had a faint dampness to it and 2) just felt overpriced at £350 for the night. I’m not sure it has much competition in the upmarket stakes ( certainly not nearby) so can get away with it but it just left us feeling we’d paid a lot for the room. Overall it was fine- just could be amazing with some modern touches
As with most of the hotel properties that I have visited in The Bahamas, The staff were friendly and helpful and the rooms were fairly modern and there was free wifi. The price seems above average for the room, but the environment was tranquil and the beds were relaxing. There is also a fridge and coffee machine, all that you would need on a short business trip.
I fell in love with the property when I checked because it is on the water and was able to go fishing. The loft were in was able to hold 5 of us as we were there for a relatives wedding. The beach opposite the resort has a type of blue that look like paint it was too gorgeous. Avis, checked us in and made our stay spectacular and she was eager daily to ensure that were comfortable. The rooms were clean and nicely decorated.