Sunday, October 31, 2010

Wedding Day!!

Nathan and Candice, the arc, the piggy
Bring on the flowers, the music, and the champagne! On October 30th, 2010, Small Hope had the pleasure of celebrating the union of Nathan and Candice Madden. They were wed on Small Hope’s southern beach, next to the walkway to the dock, surrounded by family and friends, in front of a beautiful handmade arc decorated with native flowers and palm leafs. The ceremony was performed by Reverend Newton Hamilton whose moving sentiments and rich wisdom cemented the couple’s heart-felt vows to one another. After the rings, pictures, toasts, and dancing, Nathan and Candice cut the cake. For dinner, we had an absolutely delicious roasted pork cooked in a pit on the beach to celebrate the happy couple. The partying commenced into the early morning, as expected. We at Small Hope are grateful that we could host such a magical wedding right on our “front lawn”. Whether it’s a wedding, renewal of vows, or a commitment ceremony, we’ll make it an unforgettable and moving experience, Small Hope style! 
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Friends from the Netherlands

Here at Small Hope we are lucky to meet so many differnet people from all walks of live and from all over the world. Renctly we meet Caterina, Annika & Michael from the Netherlands. Here are a few words from them in both English and in Dutch

Cabins right on the beach

After our first visit to SHB two years ago one thing was clear: we would return here. This time we, Caterina and Annika, also brought son and brother Michael along. On arrival we were truly welcomed as family members by everybody. A lot of the staff was still there and some of the staff was new, even from as far away as the UK and Australia. We settled in our cottage and took of our shoes for the rest of our stay.

We spent the days diving, eating well and socializing with everybody around, guests and staff. The dive staff is wonderful, the guests get to pick the dive site most of the time and everything happens in an extremely relaxed way. Always special are the night dives and the Shark Emporium. But also the shallow reef dives are our favourite because of its coral and lots of little fish. And the temperature of the water is just unbelievable.

Michael and Annika decided to go for their Advanced Open Water certification under the expert guidance of Loren. Caterina was too lazy to go for it but will consider it for the next time. It was our first time to dive Over the Wall and experience some nitrogen narcosis. Fortunately we were watched closely on this deep dive by the dive staff.

The evenings were fun, we got to know everybody in just a few days. The dinners from Denise and Michelle are so good, we will sorely miss them at home.

Michael started out at little tense because of his upcoming first year in college but had completely mellowed out by the time he left for school. Caterina and Annika got to stay another day.

On the last day we were invited to a lovely and intimate wedding on the beach carefully orchestrated by Jeff. We were happy to be part of that wonderful experience.

Back home in the Netherlands now all we can do is to plan our trip back to Small Hope Bay. Annika would actually just like to live there permanently as part of the dive staff!

Caterina Birthday

Dutch Version

Na ons eerste bezoek aan SHB twee jaar geleden was een ding duidelijk: we zouden hier terugkomen. Deze keer namen we, Caterina en Annika, ook zoon en broer Michael mee. Bij aankomst werden we door iedereen binnengehaald als familie. Veel medewerkers waren er nog, sommigen waren nieuw, zelfs vanuit GB en Australië. We betrokken onze cottage and trokken onze schoenen uit voor de rest van ons verblijf.

We brachten de dagen door met duiken, lekker eten en gezellig avonden met de gasten én de medewerkers. De duikinstructeurs zijn geweldig, de gasten mogen meestal de plek uitzoeken war gedoken wordt en alles gebeurt op een heel ontspannen manier. Altijd bijzonder zijn de nachtduiken en de Shark Emproium. Maar ook de ondiepe rifduiken zijn favoriet om het mooie koraal en de vele kleine visjes. En de temperatuur van het water is gewoon ongelooflijk.

Michael en Annika besloten hun Advanced Open Water certificaat te halen onder de deskundige leiding van Loren. Caterina was er te lui voor maar overweegt het voor een volgende keer. Het was onze eerste keer dat we Over the Wall doken en wat van de nitrogen narcosis meekregen. Gelukkig werd er door de duikinstructeurs goed op ons gelet bij deze diepe duik.

De avonden waren leuk. In korte tijd leerden we iedereen kennen. Het eten van Denise en Michelle is zo goed, dat gaan we thuis absoluut missen.

Michael startte de vakantie een beetje gestresst in verband met zijn aankomende eerste jaar in de universiteit maar hij was totaal relaxed tegen de tijd dat hij vertrok voor school. Caterina en Annika mochten nog een dag blijven.

Op de laatste dag werden we uitgenodigd om een kleine, intieme trouwerij op het strand bij te wonen, zorgvuldig geregeld door Jeff. Het was een bijzondere ervaring en waren blij dat we er bij mochten zijn.

Het enige wat we nu terug in Nederland kunnen doen is onze volgende reis naar SHB plannen. Als het aan Annika ligt gaat ze er voor goed wonen als duikinstructeur.

Caterina, Annika & Michael


What a view to wake up to
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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Have your wedding at Small Hope Bay Lodge!!!

Romantic, Intimate, Tropical, All Inclusive,

Weddings right on the beach

These are only some of the words to describe Small Hope Bay Lodge which has been welcoming guests for 50 years. 
A quite moment together

Pronounce your love to one another with the warm sand beneath your feet, sway in a hammock while looking at the starlit sky, dive or snorkel on the Andros Barrier Reef, explore the land and seas in the sea kayaks, windsurf, sailboat or bicycles.

Home made flower arch

Come experience an intimate tropical wedding, romantic honeymoon or combine both for a fantastic weddingmoon!  Being a small resort with only 21 cottages, lets us provide you with the attention and details to ensure your wedding and honeymoon are nothing but unforgettable! 

A cake made just for you

Decorations made just for your special day

Whether it is excitement and adventure you want, or simply relaxation, Small Hope has something to offer for everyone!

Visit for more details
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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

First guest of the new season

We re-open on the 14 of October and our first guest arrive that morning. Dawn and Dirk from Glenwood IA who were here to dive and Dawn to finishes her PADI Open Water Certification. Here are a few words from Dawn and Dirk..............

Dawn and Dirk on the dive boat
Small Hope Bay has exceeded our expectations. The staff have become like family to us. I Dawn completed my PADI Open Water Certification while here and the dive staff made it loads of fun for me. We have enjoyed all our dives but especially the wall dive we did. You couldn't ask for more from the a dive resort it has exceeded any and all of our expectations. Thanks for a great time.

Dirk with the dive staff

Dawn with the dive staff
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Thursday, October 7, 2010

Nature Trails around Small Hope

Here at Small Hope we offer a variety nature walks. They are suitable for every age good.

Davis Creek

The walks offer a variety of different things to see, on the Davis Creek walk you will see The Australian Pine grove which is a little inland from the beach, you can snorkel at Davis Creek and see some of the fish species common among the mangroves and there is a deserted beach which is nice for a stroll and shell finding.

 We also have a Mangrove walk which will take up close and  personal with one of the most important ecosystems in the Bahamas. On this walk you might be able to observe some wading birds such as the Great Blue Heron, Little Blue Heron and you might have the opportunity to see some Mangrove Crabs.

In Land Blue Hole
 Within a nice walk or bike ride there is one of the many Inland Blue Hole's which are good for a refreshing fresh water swim or for a stroll around the edge.

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Saturday, October 2, 2010

Friends from Scotland

We were luckly enough to have a visit from Nick, Tory, John and Lizzie from Scotland this summer and here are a few words from them about there stay here at Small Hope....

We originally came to Small Hope Bay Lodge only to snorkel, because Nick had seen the resort in 1000 Places to see before you die!

To begin with we were not sure if the children would enjoy it, but as it turned out we have all had a wonderful time.

The adults in particular liked the snorkeling, the food and the company. Lizzie (12) loved snorkeling, diving, Captain Bills Blue Hole and Rex Small Hope’s dog.

John (16) thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to learn to dive and the company in the evenings.

Nick, John, Lizzie & Tory Scotland UK Pin It Now!