Small Hope Bay Lodge Information & Policies
The Prime Minister of The Bahamas has announced that commercial travel to and from The Bahamas will resume on July 1st. We plan to open this summer with a limited amount of cabins- to help us ensure that the Small Hope experience is even more intimate then before.
UPDATE JUNE 11TH: We are reopening on July 11th! We are currently taking reservations by phone or by email! The Ministry of Tourism has recently released their Clean & Pristine certification programme for hotels, attractions and airports. We will be working closely with this programme to make sure we open as safely as possible.
Cancellation & Deposit policy
We know this is an uncertain time in the world, with fast changing circumstances, and so we have made our cancellation and deposit policy even more relaxed.
For reservations made between May 20th 2020 - December 15th 2020 we will require only a one night stay deposit. Your deposit is refundable for any reason up to 30 days before your stay and after 30 days it can be applied to a new date of stay. If your reservation is cancelled for a Covid-19 related reason we will refund that deposit up to 14 days before your stay. After 14 days we will transfer that deposit onto a new travel date- valid forever!
A Covid-19 reason is defined as:
Border closure, either in The Bahamas or your country of origin.
Compulsory quarantine in The Bahamas or your country of origin.
For more information about our cancellation policy please email us.
We are staying all inclusive. Our rates will continue to cover a full, open bar and our generous Small Hope spread. All food and beverages will be served by dedicated staff members wearing masks and other sanitary gear. We are also switching to individual condiments and limiting shared items.
Luckily we eat outside for the majority of the year! We will be making sure all outside and inside dining areas have adequate distance between tables. Private dining tables will be available.
Rooms & Property
We have decided to reopen with reduced cabins to ensure that our cabins will have a mandatory 3 day time period between reservations. And it means our beaches and boats are even more uncrowded than before. Our housekeeping staff will wear disposable gloves and masks while servicing the rooms. You also have the option to decline housekeeping if you would like.
We have increased the cleaning schedule of the common spaces of our property. And you will find both spray disinfectant & hand sanitiser throughout the property.
We are monitoring all industry partners for the best practices for our Fishing, Diving and Nature tours. But here is what we plan so far:
If you would like to bring your own diving/snorkeling equipment or would like ship it to Small Hope Bay Lodge please let us know and we can assist you. If you plan to use our equipment here are the precautions we are taking:- Our ambassadors will help you to choose your equipment, disinfect it and it will be kept in a dedicated cubby and container for your exclusive use during your stay. There will be disinfectant on the dock and boats available for your use whenever you would like.
Please note: if you plan to use our regulators you will be required to provide your own mouthpiece- you can bring your own or they will be available for purchase at the Lodge.
All of our nature tours are private and only your party and the guide will be present. The vehicle will be cleaned between each tour.
Information about The Bahamas
For more information on the current regulations, communication from our government and updates on the situation in The Bahamas please check out The Bahamas' official Covid-19 resource page.
UPDATE June 23: The Bahamas has released their general guidelines for Tourist travel after July 1st. Here are some relevant and important details:-
- Travellers are required to have a negative PCR Swab test taken within 10 days of your flight (not applicable for children under 2.) Your temperature will also be taken on arrival.
- There is no quarantine on arrival in The Bahamas.
- Masks need to be worn in the airports, taxis and other applicable areas.
- Taxis will have new maximum passengers.
UPDATE: August 13:
The Bahamas has released new guidelines for travel to and from The Bahamas. Please contact us for more information but the important details are:
- All travellers are still required to have a negative PCR swab test taken within 10 days of your flight. You will upload your results and receive a travel visa before entering The Bahamas.
- Travellers are required to stay at the same hotel or destination for 14 days after entry. You can leave the country within those 14 days- but for travel between islands within those days you will need a negative PCR test
Traveling to and from the Lodge
If you would like to get to Andros on a smaller flight directly from Fort Lauderdale here are the following options:
Maker’s Air is a private, scheduled airline and private charter company that leaves from a private hangar at Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport and flies directly to Andros.
Tropic Ocean Air is a private charter company that leaves from a small private terminal at Fort Lauderdale International Airport and lands in nearby Fresh Creek Airport.
Air Flight is a private charter company that leaves from a small private terminal at Fort Lauderdale International Airport and lands in nearby Fresh Creek Airport.
We would love to help you book your travel so don't hesitate to contact us!
We at Small Hope Bay Lodge know how difficult these times have been for you and your families, and we look forward to welcoming you back to rest, relax, and rejuvenate with us again.