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Rochester, New York

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5.0 of 5 bubblesReviewed Apr 5, 2024via mobile
Outstanding service— one of the best experiences because of the team. Shout out to Karell and Nolan who made our stay so very special. We were upgraded to the two bedroom villa — full kitchen, laundry, patio with beautiful views. Hard to walk into town bc no sidewalks. Cabs can re preordered but be sure to have lots of cash— they don’t take credit cards. Not a lot around the hotel but perfect for lots of rest and relaxation!
Date of stay: February 2024
Room Tip: Not a lot near the hotel but the team will arrange taxis. Over an hour from airport. Bring cash!
Trip type: Travelled with family
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Wayland Adderley, General Manager at French Leave Resort, Autograph Collection, responded to this review
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On behalf of the entire hotel team, I want to thank you for sharing about your experience at our resort.

It is always encouraging to hear positive feedback, particularly when it comes from those who matter the most – you! Your feedback has been shared with our entire team as a way of celebrating the great guest experiences we delivered. Once again, I appreciate you taking the time to share your feedback.

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Reviewed March 27, 2024

Husband and I just returned from a combo honeymoon/birthday trip. First time to Eleuthera and French Leave. Echo-ing all the positive reviews here -- hotel is fantastic! Beautifully appointed, large modern villas, breathtaking location on the Caribbean Sea with golf carts to drive to the unreal pink sand French Leave beach on the Atlantic. You pay a premium for service, and FL delivers in spades. From the front desk to the hotel manager, to the pool and beach staff, and housekeeping, the service is truly what makes this place magical. We traveled alone and thought it was perfect for couples. Food is excellent and fresh, we ate at 1648 several times for BLD - welcome drink is excellent! Do what others recommend -- hit the local grocery and load up on drinks/snacks, pack the beach cooler and enjoy. Eleuthera is a gorgeous, remote, safe island and we are looking forward to returning and staying again in FL. Thank you for such wonderful memories!

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Restaurants: 1648, Tippy's (so fun!), Buccaneer, Friday Night Fish Fry in Governor's Harbor
Excursions: We did a kayaking tour in the south which was awesome with Eleuthera Outdoor Center - highly recommend
Other: Bring cash, taxis and some places only accept. Not a lot of places accept Amex. Food is expensive (like, really expensive) for tourists and locals alike so just be prepared for that. Would recommend renting a car, preferably an SUV. Main highway is paved, but many other roads to beaches are not.

Date of stay: March 2024
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Wayland Adderley, General Manager at French Leave Resort, Autograph Collection, responded to this reviewResponded April 3, 2024

On behalf of the entire hotel team, I want to thank you for sharing about your experience at our resort.

It is always encouraging to hear positive feedback, particularly when it comes from those who matter the most – you! Your feedback has been shared with our entire team as a way of celebrating the great guest experiences we delivered. Once again, I appreciate you taking the time to share your feedback.

We hope to welcome you again soon

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Reviewed March 24, 2024

We travel quite a bit as a family — this was the most remarkable welcome and overall service. The team truly make the experience— shout out to Karell and Nolan. Beautiful location and views. Walking into town is not as easy because there are no sidewalks but we managed. Not too many restaurants in the area but the team helped set up taxis etc. Bring cash as the cabs don’t take CC. Overall, a great stay!

Date of stay: February 2024
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Wayland Adderley, General Manager at French Leave Resort, Autograph Collection, responded to this reviewResponded April 3, 2024

On behalf of the entire hotel team, I want to thank you for sharing about your experience at our resort.

It is always encouraging to hear positive feedback, particularly when it comes from those who matter the most – you! Your feedback has been shared with our entire team as a way of celebrating the great guest experiences we delivered. Once again, I appreciate you taking the time to share your feedback.

We hope to welcome you again soon

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Reviewed March 9, 2024

Ahhhh is exactly how we feel when we first step foot on to the French Leave property. This was our sixth year/visit and we're already planning for another in 2025. We prefer the slower pace, peace and quiet of the Bahamas Out Islands. We also love the warm and personable people. After six years, we feel we know them well -- Wayland, Karell, Kizzy, Torez, Jaced, Melissa, Kelly, Kendall and Keio are absolutely wonderful people, and impeccable service providers.

It would be easy to have all meals at 1648 -- the food is very good for breakfast, lunch or dinner. We do, however, like to explore off property, too, and there are several local restaurants on the island to try. You need a car to explore -- even just in Governor's Harbour. I don't recommend walking along the highway. We use Stanton Cooper for rentals. Karell and Kizzy can help with all rentals (car, boat) and suggest day trips and boat captains and adventures (well worth the effort).

The perfectly kept waterfront villa we enjoy provides a kitchen where we can keep and prepare snacks or wine, a charming and comfortable living area and large en suite bedroom. It's nice to arrive, unpack and comfortably enjoy time there. Some of the waterfront villas also have washer/dryer units which, after coming from a different island, is quite handy. We spend time on the front porch every afternoon admiring the view. Almost every sunset is perfect. We've stayed there when boats are at the dock and when the dock is empty ... it always feels private. We appreciate the opportunities to see the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic each day! Both are beautiful vistas. We laughingly (sarcastically) say it's just another crowded day on the beach -- most days there are just a few people.

Date of stay: February 2024
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Wayland Adderley, General Manager at French Leave Resort, Autograph Collection, responded to this reviewResponded April 3, 2024

On behalf of the entire hotel team, I want to thank you for sharing about your experience at our resort.

It is always encouraging to hear positive feedback, particularly when it comes from those who matter the most – you! Your feedback has been shared with our entire team as a way of celebrating the great guest experiences we delivered. Once again, I appreciate you taking the time to share your feedback.

We hope to welcome you again soon

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Reviewed March 2, 2024

We are Marriott Titanium Elite members, so we travel a lot and, honestly, this was one of the best resorts we’ve ever stayed at! I’m so glad we found this place and can’t wait to return again.

The setting was incredibly quiet and tranquil. The villas were comfortable, well-appointed and we had an amazing view of the ocean from our villa #22. The French Leave Beach was stunning with only a handful of people on the huge stretch of beach on even the “busiest” of days. The close proximity to Governor’s Harbour airport made getting there easy. The food at 1648 was delicious, especially the fish tacos!

But, more than anything, the people were so warm, and the service was impeccable. Everyone went out of their way to make us feel welcomed and at home. What blew us away was when, one night, we were talking to Sheera, our server, at 1648 we got on the subject of how much we love rum cake. She said her aunt owns a bakery (Cravings in GH, check it out!) and that she would bring us some. Of course, we didn’t think she would and certainly didn’t expect it. Sure enough, at 8am the next morning (on her day off, mind you!), she was at our villa with two huge slices of the most delicious rum cake we’ve ever had. We were so blown away by her kindness and generosity!

Will definitely be returning to French Leave soon!

Date of stay: February 2024
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Wayland Adderley, General Manager at French Leave Resort, Autograph Collection, responded to this reviewResponded April 3, 2024

On behalf of the entire hotel team, I want to thank you for sharing about your experience at our resort.

It is always encouraging to hear positive feedback, particularly when it comes from those who matter the most – you! Your feedback has been shared with our entire team as a way of celebrating the great guest experiences we delivered. Once again, I appreciate you taking the time to share your feedback.

We hope to welcome you again soon

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Reviewed February 19, 2024

This hotel is nice, clean, perched high so you have great views from the ocean view rooms. As a resort it is isolated with a small town a 10 minute walk but not much to do. Not a family style resort by any stretch. The staff was friendly, helpful and the food while limited was good

Date of stay: February 2024
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Wayland Adderley, General Manager at French Leave Resort, Autograph Collection, responded to this reviewResponded February 23, 2024

On behalf of the entire hotel team, I want to thank you for sharing your recent experience at our prestigious resort.

I'm sorry to hear activities was a bit limited in the area for you to explore but I'm happy to know our staff took great care of you while on property.

Once again, I appreciate you taking the time to share your feedback.

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