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.
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Good hotel overall. Maintenance slightly better than some other island hotels I've stayed in, but not perfect. Some attention to repairing and updating the vanity faucet and the shower hardware would go a long way. The main reason I gave 4 out of 5 was due to the poor Wi-Fi service. I could only get it to work properly in the pool area and the front desk area. There was no data service in room, and barely one bar good enough for texting on the balcony.
We stayed at the Resort for 2-nights pre-sailing adventure. Everyone we talked to that worked at the resort was very nice and helpful.
The location was very good, we lazed at the beach quite a bit and enjoyed walks in the marina and area. We really enjoyed using the paddle boards. A bit of a walk to the pool bar for towels and drinks as the beach bar had neither.
The food at the restaurant was very good but expect breakfast or lunch to take over an hour and a half. Highly recommend walking down the street for food - lots of great choices within walking distance.
Our room was ok, not $320+ a night ok though. We did have issues when all of the towels were taken out by housekeeping and not returned until we tracked someone down hours later.
Our biggest issue though was on Sunday night, after the restaurant closed we had no way to get any drinks of any kind. Our schedule was way off from traveling and we missed dinner and nothing on the island was open. Could not even get a bottle of water or any food - - I hope they consider water in the rooms or a vending machine.
Consider stocking up before you get there.
I wouldn’t be as harsh as other negative reviews though there is truth to some. I was lucky enough to have been given a refurbished room (153) which was very nice. My colleagues were in the other building in older style rooms and they concurred with some elements of related reviews, especially the spotty WiFi.
A few things about the room: housekeeping must have repeatedly slammed the sofa against the cable port on the wall to the extent the wire was separated from the end, resulting in TV reception that was grainy. I had housekeeping once during my stay and yep—they moved the couch against the port and separated it again. Speaking of TV, the batteries in my remote were dead. There was a lightbulb missing from a nightstand lamp. Both of the latter issues were resolved 24hrs later after I brought it to their attention. I didn’t bother reporting the cable connection if housekeeping was just going to eventually thwart efforts anyhow. Besides, I didn’t watch much tv. The rest of the room functioned as it should and there was a mini-fridge available and coffee maker. My WiFi worked quite well.
As far as the resort goes, it’s good. Not great. Just good. The staff was very very courteous and pleasant. There are 2 pools, but only 1 pool had towels for pool/beach and even at 11am they weren’t available from the laundry on at least 1 occasion. The fitness room is sad. 2 treadmills with very unusually “warped” belts (one broke while there), some handweights (only 1 of each 10 & 8 lb), a bench and a perpetually empty water dispenser. No mats, no towels. An activities hut on the beach was staffed 1 day out of 9, but when there she took food and drink orders from the beach-goers (in fairness, it was quiet many days and prob not worth having someone there, but perhaps that’s “cause & effect” why the beach wasn’t occupied). There were plenty of beach chairs, some paddle boards that had once been wind surfing boards & a few kayaks. That was really nice. There was some roached-out snorkeling gear, but NO sanitizing wipes to use between guests. This was all self-serve at the hut.
We had many a breakfast at the restaurant and always found it consistent and very good. Service is on island time, but still very friendly. One dinner proved very good as well and staff seemed more polished. A glass of Mondavi wine was $12 where other places the same wine was $7. The resort is within walking distance to many good restaurants (we checked out 7 of them). Value for the money?? Eye of the beholder I suppose, and I’m sure you’re paying for the location and each room looks out to the ocean. I suppose it it proportionate to how expensive everything else is on the island.
The resort did put forth a nice New Years Eve celebration with fireworks and live music.
Please don’t stay here. This is one of the biggest rip offs in the Bahamas. As a person who lives here most of the year this upsets me as it does not portray the real Bahamas to a visitor. This resort is beyond dated with popcorn ceilings and moldy ac units. The furniture is substandard. I wish they had complimentary slippers as I don’t want my feet on the floors. Yet they charged me over $400 for one nights stay. This was not a planned stay. I had to leave my idyllic cottage rental over in Hopetown a day early due to weather and a cancelled ferry the next morning. A cottage on the water that was 10 times nicer than this place and half the price. I would have been better off flying to Nassau and staying at Baja Mar which is lovely and new and immaculate. This resort should be ashamed of itself. There was construction in the next room over (note the bathtub and tools in hallway on photos) and outside the entrance the lawnmower was a nice touch! Never stay here!!!
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.