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Very good
8 reviews
Sunset vista from the Upper Deck
Unrivalled views of Hope Town's candy striped lighthouse
The Atlantic beach, steps from the house
Tahiti Beach - a golf buggy ride away
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3 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Sleeps 6
Hope Town, Elbow Cay, Abaco Islands, Out Islands, Bahamas

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EnRoute8
California
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8 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Spacious, airy, well-appointed home on an island paradise”
Reviewed March 9, 2015 for a stay in December 2014
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person found this review helpful

We spent Christmas and New Years here as a couple with other two friends and would highly recommend it - we plan to go back again this year.

The Great Escape is extremely well located on the island, and you can hear the sea from the bedrooms. It isn't on the beach, but it is a 3 minute walk from the ocean-facing beach (for waves) or 3 minutes to the harbour (for swimming in still water). It's just 5 minutes walking to the excellent social life in Hopetown. There are a lot of beautiful homes on Elbow Cay, but most are a very long walk or a golf-cart ride into town, or located close to just one beach. This house has so many options.

It was very nice to be able to pop out to the coffee shop, grocery store, or Captain Jacks for a drink, but still be in a quiet setting at night. It is about 2 blocks from the ferry dock to the main island, so very easy to find if you are coming from the Marsh Harbour airport via the ferry.

The house has all the amenities - superfast broadband for streaming movies at night, a BBQ, and full kitchen. The high ceilings make it light and airy, and the decor is simple but sophisticated with clean lines. It is 2.5 baths, but with showers only. I understand that all water on the island is either from rainfall or brought over on the ferry, so it makes sense that there are only showers in the house. The sea is as warm as bathwater, so we could just float around in the on the harbour side. The harbour side doesn't have waves, so it's perfect for swimming (and kids, I imagine), but it's nice to be close to the ocean-side beach for long morning walks with coffee.

Elbow Cay is a low-key, friendly island with locals and residents who love to have a good time. The locals and long-term residents on Elbow Cay were very chatty with us, though it was obvious we were just tourists. It's a wonderful community, I can't wait to visit again.

The town is charming, full of clapboard houses painted pastel colours and kept up very nicely. Plenty of restaurants and bars, and a few destination restaurants further out of town. If you call Firefly and Abaco Inn, they will send a golf buggy into town to pick you up.

There is a great deal of history on the island as well. This isn't a typical Caribbean resort destination. It's more of a friendly village on a tiny, narrow island with stunning beaches. What a special place - we are so glad to find out about it.

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Liked best: Location - 100 meters to the beach, the harbour, and the main town
Liked least: The water pressure is a bit low, but we understand that water is kept in tanks so this is quite common on the island
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Your age range 25-34
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Berlin, Germany
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16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Fabulous home away from home, not to be missed out”
Reviewed March 8, 2015 for a stay in September 2014
1
person found this review helpful

We stayed at the Great Escape in September, which was a fairly quiet month for the island. Some businesses are on their annual break but there is still plenty to do and see.
The house is in a perfect location--a short two-minute walk from the ferry that brings you into Hope Town; a leisurely stroll away from most cafes and restaurants, and, most importantly, less than five minutes away from a pristine beach with nary another visitor. The beach offers perfect swimming and nature watching.
The house is spacious, there is a large living room on the ground floor with an open kitchen that is fully furnished with everything you need. There is also a spare bedroom/office and a guest toilet. Big glass doors open to the surrounding porch area, so no problem to have brunch outside on one of the cozy lounge chairs or in a hammock. The porch is partially covered, so it's possible to sit there even during a tropical rain shower. Because of the lush vegetation surrounding the house, everything feels very private and secluded.
The upper floor has two bedrooms and two bathrooms. The master bedroom has access to another porch with a lovely view of the old lighthouse. The perfect spot to have a drink in the evening or watch the stars. The beds are large and comfy. There is air-conditioning in every room, which we didn't use too often because we usually left the bedroom windows open (they have mosquito screens) and enjoyed the breeze. Everything is tastefully furnished. The high-speed internet was extremely reliable. Washer/drier worked fine.
When we arrived, we received our keys from a caretaker who picked us up at the ferry with no hassle. They were very friendly and immediately gave us a number of good recommendations for the island.
In conclusion, the Great Escape is exactly that: the perfect getaway spot. We went as a couple but given the size of the house you can easily go with a family or a few friends. We haven't felt so relaxed in a long time and would go back in a heartbeat!

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Liked best: House location: so close to beach and town yet giving lots of privacy
Liked least: Having to leave at some point.
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Older travelers
Families with young children
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