Review of Bluff House Beach Resort & Marina
One never knows what they will find when they venture into the unknown and my first trip to the Bahamas took me to Green Turtle Cay and Bluff House. I had read much online about this resort but still wondered if it would be the key to paradise. When I arrived by small boat and was greeted by a resort staff and taken to my little golf cart I suddenly felt like I truly was going somewhere special. A simple check in and then I was taken to my apartment overlooking the ocean and what a place. Fantastic room and facilities and a whispers breath away from turquoise sea, palm trees and a secluded beach and bar to enjoy myself.
I stepped out of my apartment and headed to the pier and there appeared a large bonefish just lazily basking in the shade. I had rental of the golf cart for a week and it was fabulous. 2o minutes and I was in New Plymouth and the settlement where there were shops and beautiful views and some special places to eat. The Liquour store and Miss Emilys were my favourites while Sundowners and Pineapple were great entertainment and late evening stops.
Bluff House was a beautiful place to stay, staff were amazing and one of the Bahamas hidden gems. One thing for certain is that you will simply drift into the island way and pace of life. Tranquility and beauty guaranteed.
We cannot say enough good things about our stay at the Bluff House!
I was the first of our party of six to arrive. I flew direct to Marsh Harbour from West Palm Beach. Cab to Treasure Cay with ‘Marjorie’ was $85. About a 45 minute drive. Ferry ‘terminal’ at Treasure Cay has a little bar area where you can sit in the shade while waiting for the next ferry. My entertainment was watching some local gentleman having a friendly game of backgammon. The ferry ride to Bluff House was $15.
Our room was not quite ready, Miles drove me down to the Tranquil Turtle Bar on a golf cart, so I could have some lunch while I waited. I was given a warm welcome by Thia, What a personality! The Tranquil Turtle beach bar is right on the beach. you can either dine in the shade under ceiling fans, or out on the deck where there are picnic tables and umbrellas.
The beach is beautiful. We found a couple of sand dollars there. From this side of the property, you can watch the sunset. Our cottage, faced the East where we took a beautiful time lapse of the sunrise over the Marina.
The food is incredible, both at the Tranquil Turtle Bar and the Ballyhoo Restaurant. We were pleased with the wine available at dinner. Renee was our server when we ate at the Ballyhoo restaurant. She was friendly and funny.
Chamon and The other bar staff were always friendly and chatty. Everybody always had smiles on their faces.
If you are coming by boat, the marina staff were friendly and accommodating. Don’t let Fernando make fun of your conch shelling abilities! ???? . They give you a $300 fuel credit if you come by boat.
Molly, the manager, made sure that we had everything we needed and every time she saw us, she made sure to ask how our stay was going. Our cottage was short on wine glasses, and she gave us some from the restaurant. Oops! We forgot to return them to her! Sorry, Molly!
We stayed in one of the privately owned cottages “Coral Haven”. It had everything 3 couples needed. The kitchen is equipped with everything you need. We brought our own spices, coffee, etc. The outdoor grill (which we didn’t expect) was amazing! The upstairs bedroom, where my husband and I slept, had a large sitting area and a private balcony. All three bedrooms had their own bath. The cottage provided privacy for all three couples. We had trouble figuring out the TV, which runs on a fire stick. Miles quickly came over and showed us how to work it. Turned out, we didn’t watch any TV all week! We preferred to sit outside in the evenings and take in the bright stars while discussing our day.
The wifi throughout the property worked fine. The A/C in our cottage worked great. There is a full size washer/dryer in the closet. Bring your own detergent.
They had excellent entertainment at the Ballyhoo a couple of the nights we were there.
We were very sad to leave our new friends at the Bluff House. We can’t wait to return next summer! Heck, maybe even sooner! Thank you so much to everybody that made us feel so welcome.
Kevin H, 5 Out of 5 Stars
My wife and I went to the Bluff House on Green Turtle Cay 23 years ago on the occasion of our first anniversary. We felt a return trip for our 24th anniversary would be a good idea. We were not disappointed!
As others have noted, we arrived at Marsh Harbor airport and arranged for a taxi ride with Lucky Rolle to the Treasure Cay ferry dock. It’s about a 40 min. ride and was $85. Lucky is full of local knowledge and made us comfortable right away. The water taxi to Green Turtle runs frequently, cost was $15/each and service is efficient. We were delivered directly to the Bluff House dock (as were others at their lodgings).
The Bluff House staff, Chamon, met us at the dock, transported us and our bags to the office and then onward to the room via a golf cart. Check in was a breeze (no pun intended) with Tina and Molly. The resort covers both sides of a hill: one side has the office, the evening bar and restaurant, and the marina and the other side has the beach area, a bar and daytime restaurant with a deck and suites. Our room was quiet, clean, well appointed, and recently renovated. And in the room, we found a beautiful flower arrangement made by Vanessa from 24 local blooms! Outstanding attention to detail.
Molly hooked us up with a golf cart right away. We strongly suggest you make this a part of your pre-arrival arrangements as it really helps get around the resort and the entire island. A few Tranquil Turtles from the beach bar and we were ready to start a great vacation.
Our lowlight would be a few days with sporadic high winds and rain. Our highlight would be the beaches and their outstanding beauty. But above it all, it was the full staff that made us feel like family over our entire stay. All our requests were either anticipated or quickly met. We were treated to special cakes and serenaded by Kevin as we danced on our anniversary and enjoyed a lively chorus of happy birthday from the full restaurant staff a few days later. If you go, engage with them and hopefully you too will see the heart of the Bluff House and why we will not wait 23 years to return.
– The resort, as well as the overall island, is still recovering from storm-related damage. You will see construction,
both repairs and new building.
– The beaches are not only beautiful; they are also almost alway uninhabited, We often had the feeling it was all there just for us.
– We missed a day trip on the water with Lincoln. He took us 23 years ago, but had another appointment. Strongly suggest his trip or one through Brendals Dive shop. They are a blast.
– There are several churches in New Plymouth to accommodate Sunday worship. Other than a few small convenience stores and a few gift shops, we did not find too much of additional interest in New Plymouth. Exceptions are Harvey’s Restauant (excellent lunch and themed dinner nights), the Plymouth Rock (a liquor store that serves breakfast!) and Miss Emily’s Blue Bee Bar, where the Goombay Smash is a smash!
– We also mis-timed coordinating the weather with a boat rental for a day. Local navigation is easy and next time we will just trust that the weather changes quickly – even several times each day.
– Dining at the Bluff House was really good. We ate at the Ballyhoo almost exclusively and found the nightly specials to be excellent. The beach bar for breakfast and lunch was also excellent.
– Molly gave us a big hug as we departed. Priceless!
My wife and I stayed at Bluff House Beach Resort for our one year anniversary and could not have made a better choice! For starters, Green Turtle Cay is a beautiful escape that offers plenty of great experiences all within the boundaries of the 3 mile long, relatively remote island. I can’t say enough about the beautiful landscapes and waters the island has to offer.
But without the friendly and helpful staff at Bluff House our trip would not have been possible. Upon arrival, Molly recommended a great golf cart rental company that had us a cart lined up immediately. A golf cart is a must have for the full island experience. Our room was perfect with an amazing view overlooking the water with a private deck for a nice relaxing setting after a beautiful day at private beach before having dinner at the on-site Ballyhoo restaurant. Early in the week I mentioned that Lobster Thermidor was my favorite Caribbean dish and they surprised us with the dish as a special on the night of our anniversary dinner. Chamon, Renee, and Vanessa made our anniversary dinner extra special. The entire staff is AMAZING and they take excellent care of their guests. We felt like part of the family!
The experience at the resort provides exactly what anyone looking for an island get away would be looking for. The entire island and all it has to offer is just icing on the cake. We were fortunate enough to meet several locals early on in our trip and we were fortunate enough to make lifelong friendships with them.
We are already looking forward to our next trip to the island and recommend anyone who is looking for a remote island getaway to visit Bluff House Resort and Marina for their next vacation.
We stayed here for 3 days at the end of March 2018. We got there by flying from Fort Lauderdale to Treasure Cay(1hr flight) and then cab($10 5min drive) to the ferry from Treasure Cay to Bluff house(ferry $15 per person & was 20mins). Check in was really easy and we were transported to our room via golf cart(the main mode of transport on the island). Our room was amazing, really big, nice bathroom but the best part was the balcony overlooking the ocean and it was perfectly placed to watch the sunset in the evening. There is a beach bar, where we had breakfast every morning and this is right by the beach, which is small but beautiful. We also ate at the Ballyhoo restaurant two nights good food and ample portions! Some may say the prices here are high, however considering the remoteness of the place we thought them reasonable. All the staff we encountered were helpful and friendly. We did try out the Green Turtle Club for a meal one night and we had considered staying here prior to booking, however having seen both. We made the right choice Bluff house is alot more tranquil, the beach is better and the style of the rooms is right up our street.
I had tried to hire a boat about a week before we arrived but nothing was available, a boat would have enabled us to explore other islands ourselves. Instead the reception helped us organise a trip to pigville which cost $110 (excl tax) for 2, and was only – short trip. We could have hired a boat for a little more and had more autonomy(had we been better planners)!! We did hire golf cart for our stay, reception helped us with this too. It is a great way to see the island.
The top floor rooms facing West – have the most stunning sunset views. After a hard days’ beach life, bombing around on a golf cart, swimming with turtles and relaxing, there was nothing better than sundowners on our own balcony watching the sun set in impossible colours.
The beaches on Green Turtle Cay are all public and all pristine, with the water seeming magically clear and the sand picture perfect. Each one seemed to be better than the next.
Bluff House is worth going to for the location on the West side of the island, it has a good beach, and the rooms are well appointed. There’s plenty to see and do on the island (and surrounding ones) and the staff are happy to help organise adventures. An idyllic island escape for a reasonable price.
My brother and his wife had their wedding at the Bluff House over Memorial Weekend and I cannot say enough about what a wonderful experience it was. Leading up to the trip, myself and many other guests had to book our rooms and organize our travel. Molly was always so helpful and patient, and I had a lot of questions ;p Once we landed on the island, we felt so welcome by everyone at the resort. The staff at the Bluff House was always very helpful and welcoming.
Then came the wedding day. Molly and her team set up the beach area where the ceremony took place and they made sure guests knew where to sit and made the entire event very seamless. The reception was beautiful as well! The bride is vegan so they took the time to bake a vegan wedding cake, which was absolutely delicious. The food was great, the centerpieces beautiful, and the magical event went off without a hitch.
Thank you to Molly and everyone at the Bluff House for helping make our trip so memorable. I really cannot wait to go back!!
We will make a return visit to the Abacos in the near future!
Bit late writing this, but as I am currently looking at the Bluff House again for another holiday this summer, this reminded me to write a review! We spent 5 delightful nights here in July last year, combined with 5 nights on Abaco at Treasure Cay beach. The Bluff House wins hands down. From the moment we arrived on the ferry we felt that this was our sort of place. Moorings on one side and the most beautiful (small but perfect) beach on the other side, with a beautiful club house, restaurant and small swimming pool in the middle and a terrific waterfront bar and chilled out restaurant overlooking the beach. We had an Oceanfront room – views to die for and had arranged for them to have a rental golf buggy waiting for us, plus we rented our own small boat from a local agency, which we docked for free at Bluff House.
Wi-Fi works great which is unusual for the Out Islands, service was very nice (not perfect) but more than anything we loved the chilled, totally relaxing environment. We made some great friends, snorkelled every day around their pier and saw turtles, stingray, angel fish, and barracuda, and ate good food and drank good wine. We packed a picnic breakfast from the local shop each morning, went off on our boat to totally deserted little cays where we literally saw no one for hours.
Our room was very nicely furnished with lots of space, water pressure was great, air conditioning excellent, and the view from our balcony of the ocean and small boats passing by was mesmerising. As I said, we are planning a return visit as we both keep dreaming about being back at Bluff House. Just don’t book when we are going please!
Nous avons séjourné 3 nuits dans cet hôtel ravissant, situé dans un cadre à couper le souffle. Nous étions comme à la maison, (en octobre donc basse saison), notre fille de 8 ans jouait même avec la fille et le chien des patrons. Chambre hyper spacieuse, très claire, décoration sobre et blanche (pas comme dans certains hôtels bahaméens au style très clinquant) à 3 mètres de la mer.
Le personnel était à notre écoute, nous préparait ce que nous voulions, nous n’étions que 3 familles et donc servis comme des rois.
Le cadre est paradisiaque, nous avons beaucoup voyagé mais cet endroit restera l’un de nos plus beaux souvenirs. La plage est magnifique et la mer calme, très adaptée même avec des enfants.
L’ile de Green tuttle cay n’est pas facile d’accès depuis Nassau (avion + 45 minutes de taxi + 20 minutes de ferry) mais vaut vraiment le détour. Louez une voiturette de golf pour faire le tour de l’ile. Vous aurez peut-être la chance si vous cherchez bien, de tomber sur l’une des plus belles plages des Bahamas, la plage du bout du monde, comme elle est nommée!!!
Molly and the staff were super and very accommodating. They arranged our golf cart (you must have one to get around the Island no cars or taxis etc.) Also scheduling the ferry trip that you take to and from the Island from Marsh Harbour or Treasure. They just hired a new Chef that is going to really bring the options and quality way up, not that it was bad before, but there are some limitations on the menu and he will prepare to your needs. We were in luck as this time of the year it is off season until march so we pretty much had the Island to our self and enjoyed the many different beaches to just hang out and relax, snorkel or watch the world go by. The beach bar is run by Molly’s son and they have great lunches and a special Happy Hour you don’t want to miss. We are already planning a return trip as soon as possible.
We love the Bluff House!
We spent nearly a full month here earlier in the year. Actually heading back for another weeks stay, for the upcoming holiday.
Absolutely gorgeous setting. Beautiful views of the Sea of Abaco and the Sound.
The food is presented with care, fresh and delicious.
Every staff member we had an opportunity to deal with was courteous, helpful and friendly.
The group of four of us, all stayed within the complex of the Bluff House Resort and Marina for a week in June. This area was great and we had access to both the marina and the beach. We also rented a golf cart in which to get around the island. Even though it was far from New Plymouth and the roads on our end were not good….we still loved the area. We rented a boat for the week and kept it at the marina, which was incredibly convenient. The Tranquil Turtle Bar and Grill was also great and we did spend quite a bit of time there. Upon our arrival, we enjoyed the Sunday Fish Fry (which was really great) and of course we enjoyed the specialty rum drink….the Tranquil Turtle. ???? Macayla was our waitress and oh what a sweetheart! We had her on several occasions during our stay…at both the Tranquil Turtle and the Ballyhoo (formally the Jolly Roger)….as she waitress-ed at both restaurants on different days.
After checking out the other resort on the island, we determined that we did in fact pick the right resort to stay at . We much preferred the Bluff House! Can’t say enough about all the folks working here. If we return to Green Turtle…we will definitely stay at the Bluff House Resort again!
Our first night at GTC, renting a house on the north end. We went for dinner at Bluff House……they had a pig roast and it was well worth it. Great location, good drinks and nice atmosphere.
Good music by live DJ, and just a lovely evening. Nice start to our weekend.
My husband and I stayed 4 nights in a lower waterfront room early May as part of our Abaco sampler vacation. Bluff House is a perfect getaway for couples seeking a quiet getaway with balconies over the water and an amazing view.
The ferry dropped us off at the resort dock and the rooms are over a steep hill so I suggest assistance with luggage. The room was beautifully decorated and very spacious. The room above was only occupied 1 night but if you are a light sleeper, I suggest an upper room as the footstep noise carries. The only negative was that road dust must have got tracked in by previous guests and the floor kept turning our feet black so really needed to be damp mopped.
The private beach was short but spectacular with perfect sand, warm, clear water for swimming and very quiet — plenty of loungers. We were not planning on renting a golf cart as we are runners but glad we did as the roads are twisty and distances deceiving. Fiona at the front desk was exceptionally helpful with our boat rental, golf cart rental and answering our many questions. The 17 ft whaler from Donnie’s was great for a day of island hopping to Munjack and No Name Cays and very reasonable at $90 plus gas, with delivery and pickup at the resort. The golf cart from T & A was also delivered to the resort, making it very convenient and fun to drive. Everyone on Green Turtle Cay was friendly and would wave as you passed by.
Tranquil Turtle beach bar had great appetizers and very reasonable drinks, especially at happy hour. The food and service at Ballyhoo overlooking the marina were excellent and especially recommend lobster omelette, banana pancakes, conch fritters and grouper sandwich.
It was about a 15 minute ride to Green Turtle Club over an extremely bumpy “road”. There is a road running parallel to the ocean beaches with spots to park your cart and explore the many amazing beaches, some of which you will have to yourself. This was one of the highlights and not to be missed, especially Gillam Bay with its pristine sand and shallow warm water. We also explored New Plymouth which is quaint but not a lot to see.
Bluff House was more relaxing and peaceful than any other resort I have been to and I highly recommend it for couples who want to get away from it all but in comfort.
We found this spot just by searching the web and are so excited that we did. I’d never been to the Bahamas and there are so many choices. If you head to the Bluff House you will have made the right one. We were there just last week (early March) and it was off season. That was perfect for us. We were looking for quiet, beauty, peacefulness and found every one.
Note: This is not a top of the line “hoity toity” spot. If that is what you need, head to some big Hyatt. This spot is warm, friendly, slow paced and just lovely. We heard it does get busy come June, but we didn’t want to be there for parties and loud.
Yes, everything – and I mean everything moves slower here. Your meals may take a while, the drinks may not be filled immediately, but you just need to slow down and enjoy it.
Our room was excellent (22) and the views are incredible. The beach bar (only serves lunch) is a fun little stop and the main restaurant (food at 6:00) is a wonderful spot. The food is not spectacular, but you have to remember, every single thing has to be imported, so I think they do a great job considering. The conch fritters are A+ for sure.
Just before we arrived, the beloved Chef Dom passed suddenly. Although you could tell every person has been impacted they still treated us like family, welcomed us daily, took excellent care of us and were very helpful. We again extend our condolences.
Highly recommended. A piece of paradise for sure.
We took a girls’ trip to The Bluff House and had a wonderful time. We went in the off-season, so the cay was pretty quiet all around. Definitely watch out for the biting gnats in the sand — the bartenders have bug spray you can use! Our room had a beautiful view, and the food choices at the Tranquil Turtle were reasonably priced and good variety. We had cheeseburgers and fries as well as local specialties.
Our room was on the top floor, so we did have to climb wooden stairs that might not be doable for older people or small children.