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“A Great Week With Family!”

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4 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Sleeps 8
Harbour Island, Out Islands, Bahamas

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Ben P
Iowa City, Iowa
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“A Great Week With Family!”
Reviewed 21 February 2016 for a stay in January 2016

My group, which consisted of 9 people, ranging in ages from 5 to 67, had a wonderful stay at Sunnyside Villa on Harbour Island, from January 23-30, 2016.

Everything associated with the villa was excellent, from the reservation process, to the housekeeping staff, to the villa itself.

Sunnyside is located directly on the southern portion of Pink Sand Beach, and has a gorgeous view from it's hilltop perch. When we were there, the beach was generally deserted, with the occasional beach walker, but minimal other people around. The beach lived up to it's billing as one of the best in the world. The sand was very soft, and depending on the tide, the beach could be 100 feet wide. It was rather wavy while we were there, which made for great body surfing, but made snorkeling a challenge for the young kids and older adults. However, there is excellent snorkeling directly from the beach with large coral heads, sting rays, turtles, grouper, and barracudas spotted on my first trip out. Another perk I noticed is that there seems to be someone that cleans up the beach in front of the villa, taking away washed up seagrass and garbage, which was great.

We found the villa itself to be very clean and plenty spacious for all 9 in our group. We had no complaints with the villa. It was adequately up to date and met all of our needs. The outdoor spaces are great, and there are plenty of beach and bath towels provided. The housekeeping staff was very friendly and helpful. Prior to arriving, we requested an air bed for our children, and it was present upon arrival, which was great. There is also watered delivered in large 5 gallon jugs on a regular basis.

The villa is well located. It is near the south end of the beach, which seems to be a quiet portion of the beach, away from the hotels and restaurants. However, it is a 1 minute golf cart ride to the restaurant at Ramora Bay, and a 5 minute ride into town. So you get both the benefit of seclusion, while being close enough to everything.

Harbour Island itself is a lot of fun! We very much enjoyed exploring the island on golf carts, which was a very relaxing way to travel. The residents of Harbour Island were very kind and helpful. I stopped and asked questions of several people, and everyone was friendly and did their best to guide this lost tourist. I found food on the island to be fine, and expensive, which is true of any island. The island as a whole had a good feel, and we look forward to returning in the future.

The only thing that we found surprising was the temperature. It was very pleasant for our stay, but the first couple of days didn't get over 70 degrees, and it was never warmer than 80. Apparently this is normal for January, but be aware of it, in case you want a guaranteed hot/humid vacation. The weather was really nice, but not "hot".

This was our first trip to Harbour Island, and I am sure that other rentals and hotels are great! However, we couldn't be happier with our stay, and will certainly stay at Sunnyside again when we return.

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Patrick W
Atlanta, Georgia
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“Awesome Place”
Reviewed 2 December 2015 for a stay in November 2015
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Just returned from a fantastic Thanksgiving on Harbour Island and had a wonderful stay at Sunnyside! The house is situated beautifully over the beach and we enjoyed the sound and sight of the surf each morning as we awoke. We spent time relaxing on the patio just outside of the home, on the mid deck partway down to the beach and on the beach itself, all just steps from the convenience of food, drinks, etc. at the house. Awesome chaise lounges, outdoor dining table and comfortable chairs can be found on the patio and the mid deck; several chaise lounges were waiting on the beach. Had a little bit of rain so could easily retreat back to the house and hit the patio or beach as soon as it cleared. If you are looking for a great location to enjoy the beautiful sands of Harbour island, this cannot be beat.

Inside, Sunnyside was very comfortable. Kitchen was well equipped and large enough to handle four of us sharing preparation for Thanksgiving feast. All beds were very comfortable and there were tons of great towels for bath/shower as well as separate towels for the beach. Dining room and living areas were nicely appointed, roomy and comfortable. Patrice the housekeeper was awesome and kept everything nice and tidy and she also cooked an awesome meal for us one night. Cable service was great; internet was mostly great but for some island wide problems due to high winds.

Sunnyside is toward the southern end of the island, but all is close on Harbour Island. While the beach or "downtown" restaurants might be 3-4 minutes away by golf cart, Aquapazza and Romora Bay (awesome views overlooking the Harbour) are each less than 2 minutes away. This was our fourth visit to the island and we have found our new "go to" accommodations for the next visit.

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Liked best: Overlooking the beach
Liked least: End of the week (having to leave)
Travelling group: Extended Family
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