The Pelican Bay at Lucaya
Grand Bahama, Bahamas
Grand Bahama has been known for a long time as one of the central hubs of
Caribbean – at least as far as tourists are concerned. That’s great for the
island’s economy, but not so good for those who want a quiet break on one of
the world’s most famous island paradises. How to escape the crowds in some of
the huge resorts that have sprung up in recent years?
The Pelican Bay at Lucaya is, perhaps, the answer. The Pelican
Bay advertises itself as a ‘boutique’ hotel – the kind of place that prides
itself on individual service and a relaxed, laidback attitude without lots of
noise and fuss.
The extent to which its being successful at promoting this kind
of vacation in this kind of place is evident from how popular the hotel is.
Central to its way of doing things is the promotion of a kind of old-world
philosophy – so that the hotel advertises itself as having the best of both
American and European hospitality. That adds up to a great combination of style
The accommodation is superb in itself. The Pelican Bay at Lucaya
is situated right on the edge of the Caribbean itself, and none of the rooms
and suites are very far from the ocean. One of the many ways that the hotel
stands out from the crowd is that it actually has more suites than rooms –
nearly half as many again – which is based on he fact that many vacationers
seeking the boutique hotel experience like a little room in which to spread
out. The hotel’s standard guest rooms are very impressive, too, none of them
being more than three hundred yards from the sea and many having their own
private balconies for you to laze around on if even that short distance seems
like too much of an effort.
The hotel’s suites are truly impressive – you get a full 750
square feet of space for your money, and the kind of benefits and amenities
that you would expect to go with it. Each suite even has a dataport, so if you
need to check back on what’s going on in the office all you have to do is plug
in your laptop!
There’s an excellent array of activities on offer, including
golf and the usual range of Caribbean watersports that most vacationers look
forward to enjoying. Lucaya beach – world famous for the quality of its sun,
sand and surf – is just moments away. If you feel like a game of golf you’re
within easy reach of several of the island’s best courses. Those who feel like
some gentle walking without the need to swing a five-iron around will be
pleased to find themselves within just a few minutes’ walk of the legendary
Lucaya Market – a great place to look around during a morning’s exploration of
the locale, and one of the first places you should go on the island If you’re
looking for some interesting local souvenirs to pick up.
Dining at the Pelican Bay at Lucaya is also a real pleasure.
Although the hotel doesn’t have the same number and range of dining options as
some other, larger resorts, it does have the distinction of being host to one
of the Bahamas’ best eateries, the Ferry House Restaurant. According to the
Miami Herald, the Ferry House is one of the Bahamas’ ‘best kept secrets’.
Offering an interesting and eclectic mix of modern American and Caribbean
cuisines, it’s certainly an eating experience not to be missed. The combination
of spectacular waterside views, excellent service, superb, innovative cooking
and a warm, ‘buzzing’ atmosphere means that the Ferry House has every right to
its growing reputation as one of the Caribbean’s leading restaurants. If you
want a slightly less formal atmosphere, you can also sample the more down-home
fare on offer at Yellow Tail’s Bar and Grill, which is open all day long and
serves a variety of meals, snacks and alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.
For those who like to have their vacation thoroughly planned for
them, the Pelican Bay at Lucaya offers a number of packages, including
all-inclusive deals and golf, wedding, honeymoon and anniversary specials – as
in everything they do, the staff and management of the hotel do their level
best to make sure that everything works to suit you, no matter which particular
vacation package you’ve signed up for.
If you want the sensation of truly personal service without the
expense of signing up for a hugely expensive VIP vacation package, the boutique
hotel experience offered by the Pelican Bay at Lucaya is probably one of the
best deals around. This is one hotel that isn’t going to stay a well-kept
secret for very long!