Chef Neff's Getaway & Heron's Nest on Harbour Island, Bahamas
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- Pets considered:No
- Wheel chair accessible:Yes
Romora Bay studio description
Frommer's 2011 Guide to the Bahamas lists Chef Neff's properties as a 'Find' with an excellent review. Harbour Island is a gem in the Caribbean recently discovered by discriminating travelers. Our Island has been named the NUMBER ONE Island destination by Travel and Leisure Magazine. The pink sand beach is one of the ten most beautiful in the world (Conde Nast).
Chef Neff's suites are a three-minute walk to the beach and a two minute walk to the Bay. The two separate suites are on private grounds with woods,song birds and flowers. There is a Crow's Nest for your morning coffee while you watch the sunrise or to climb for an evening drink.
The suites' private entrances and lovely private patios make them a very special place for just you. The rate is far below any local hotel rooms, and with a kitchen included there is no reason to eat every meal out. And a day away by boat at the near-by secluded Man Island (with a picnic and snorkeling) is always a wonderful experience.
If you have a shopping bent there are boutiques to rival any place in the world -- as well as Native shops for local treasures.
Most visitors rent a golf cart to get around while here. The Bahamian $ is on a par with the USD and there is an ATM at the local bank. Credit Cards are accepted almost everywhere.
I have provided small Brink's safes in each suite for your passports or other valuables.
It just plain doesn't get any better than Harbour Island. Want to know more? Just ask Chef Neff!
Keywords: Two seperate one bedroom suites
- Vacation Rental
- Wheelchair Accessible:
- Children Welcome:
- Limited Accessibility
Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2, Beds for 1-2
Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom
Kitchen & Dining
- Cooking Utensils
- Air Conditioning
- Linens Provided
- Parking Off Street
- Satellite / Cable
- Deck / Patio
- Outdoor Grill
- Fly Fishing
- Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
- Deepsea Fishing
- Sound/Bay Fishing
- Jet Skiing
- Water Skiing
- Health/Beauty Spa
- Sight Seeing
- Duty Free Shops
- Medical Services
- Paddle Boating
- Fitness Center
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A Week Away From It All
A Week Away From It All
We just returned from one week on Harbour Island, staying with another couple at Chef Neff's "Hideaway." This is the perfect location on a perfect tropical island to escape reality for a few days. Harbour Island is a tranquil place away from hustle and bustle-- a kind of tropical parallel of Nantucket compared to the Cape Cod mainland. But it also offers excellent restaurants, a fantastic beach, uniformly friendly people, and unbelievably great weather (at least for a good part of the year). Chef Neff's property is an ideal match-up with these surroundings. The grounds are beautiful, the facility is very comfortable and well-maintained and the location is ideal: a short walk from one of the world's best (and most unspoiled and unpopulated!) beaches and a 10-minute golf cart ride to town. And the price is more reasonable than the fancy hotels now that they have been discovered by The Beautiful People. One of the advantages of Chef Neff's hideaway is, in fact, Chef Neff herself. She is a gracious and attentive host who knows everything (and everyone) there is to know about the Island, and is more than willing to share recommendations on sightseeing, shopping-- and most especially, restaurants (she happens to be a Cordon Bleu professional chef in her spare time). If you like glitz, casinos, late-night partying and tourist shops this is not the place for you. If you are looking for a great location in an idyllic part of the world, we heartily recommend Chef Neff's Suites. The photos shown on this web site are for real. In fact, it's even better to be there!
- Guest Relaxed (Silver Spring MD)
- Date of stay 02/19/13
- Review Submitted 02/27/13
Recommended for: Tourists without a car, families with teenagers, age 55+, romantic getaway, girls getaway, sightseeing.
My husband and I had a wonderful 6 night vacation at Chef Neff's Getaway & Heron's Nest. The accommodations suited us perfectly and having access to a kitchen was certainly convenient. The property is a block to the beach and an even shorter distance to the bay. We appreciate the kindness of Chef Neff and all of the local knowledge she provided. Although we experienced 3 days of tropical storms during our stay, that simply allowed for more time for reading, sightseeing and taking naps. We look forward to returning again soon!
- Guest Cathy G.
- Date of stay 04/26/12
- Review Submitted 05/08/12
Recommended for: Tourists without a car, adventure seekers, age 55+, romantic getaway, girls getaway, sightseeing.
Everything you need
Everything you need
My husband and I stayed in a combination of the Chef Neff's getaway and Heron's Nest apartments for 8 days over the new year period. Both apartments include a kitchen or kitchenette, full bathroom and bedroom equipped with many amenities for a relaxing and comfortable stay. The apartments are very centrally located. It is a 3 minute walk to the beach and 5-10 minutes to the center of town. We did not rent a golf cart for most of our stay and most places we went were within walking distance. Susan is an excellent host and willing to provide tips on restaurants to eat, places to go and tourist activities such as snorkelling. If we needed anything, we just had to ask. The apartments are excellent value for money as accommodation on the island are expensive and you can cater meals if you wish. Overall we thoroughly enjoyed our stay here and would recommend to couples of all ages.
- Guest Traveller (New York, NY)
- Date of stay 12/31/10
- Review Submitted 02/04/11
Recommended for: Tourists without a car, adventure seekers, age 55+, romantic getaway.
Friendly and Affordable
Friendly and Affordable
My husband and I have been visiting Harbor Island for the past six years. Fortunately, we discovered Chef Neff's suites five years ago, and have never thought of staying anywhere else. The suites are charming, comfortable, private and quiet. The grounds our beautifully maintained, and the beach is a five minute walk. These suites are a bargain compared to other accommodations on the island. Best of all is the owner, Susan, who will make you feel welcome the moment you check in--and you may even get home made cookies during your stay.
- Guest Jackie (Santa Cruz, CA)
- Date of stay 12/19/09
- Review Submitted 07/05/10
Recommended for: Age 55+, romantic getaway.
Chef Neff's rental suites are a lovely relaxing vacation destination, particularly for people working in today's stress filled business world. I have stayed in both suites; Chef Neff's Get-a-way and Heron's Nest. Both suites are spacious, with kictchens, and private patios: one has privacy when desired. Sue Neff is a gracious host and more than willing to provide directions, delicious recipes, and introductions to the local community. Sue is known by "Chef" with the local Bahamians. Her wonderful cats will wander in to keep you company. And going to sleep with the sound of the ocean is peace that is hard to find stateside. All in all, this is the best vacation value for a true "paradise found"!
- Guest Candace in Ohio (Dayton, OH)
- Date of stay 01/23/10
- Review Submitted 05/25/10
Recommended for: Tourists without a car, age 55+, romantic getaway, girls getaway, sightseeing.
We have stayed at Chef Neff's for a number of years now and are always satisfied. By now, we feel like we're coming home. The property is very cute and well-maintained. Susan, herself, is lovely and very helpful. This is the best bargain on the island! Clean, comfortable and friendly. We also really like having the mini kitchen so we can do a little bit of our own heating and cooking without going out for every single meal.
- Guest kliving (Guilford, CT USA)
- Date of stay 12/20/09
- Review Submitted 05/02/10
Recommended for: Romantic getaway, sightseeing.
For anyone looking for a quiet restful vacation and a little piece of Paradise may we suggest Chef Ness's Heron Nest in Harbour Island. We consider it one of our luckiest finds and a truly delightful home away from home. Whether you are enjoying a Golf Cart ride, shopping in quaint Dunmore town or walking one of the worlds most beautiful beaches each day is a true delight. The two suites , each totally separate with its own private patio are comfortable clean and cozy with all of the amenities to enjoy your own meals if you so desire. There are many delightful places to eat out. The Bahamian residents are warm friendly and helpful and as for our Susan, she makes each visit a joy, We can't wait to go back again!
- Guest Kay & Doug (Dunsford on. Canada)
- Date of stay 01/30/10
- Review Submitted 04/23/10
Recommended for: Age 55+, romantic getaway, families with young children.
A fabulous find for an island vacation.
A fabulous find for an island vacation.
My husband and I have been returning to Heron's Nest for one or two weeks every New Year's holiday since 2007. I initially discovered Chef Neff's (Susan) listing on VRBO and from our first trip there, we never considered another location. Because I enjoy cooking even on vacation, we chose Heron's Nest for the larger kitchen. The apartment is precisely as advertised: charming, spacious, well appointed and maintained, and a very cozy "home away from home" for us. The beautifully landscaped grounds of tropical flowers and trees, our private patio covered in bougainvilla, the lofty Crow's Nest perfect for a pre--dinner cocktail or after dinner coffee, the soothing sounds of ocean surf at night, all make for an idyllic vacation. An added delight for us, being animal lovers, is the trio of cats who rule the domain and often come by for a visit, pretending to chase the geckos that laze on the flower bedecked patio. We highly recommend either Heron's Nest or the smaller, Chef Neff's Getaway, for a very restful, relaxing and low-key vacation on this tiny "treasure" island. Most certainly, the weekly price is a tremendous value when compared to the other rentals and hotels on Harbour Island. Susan is extremely helpful, with her vast knowledge of (all) the islands, in arranging or assisting with island activities, eating establishments and side trips.
- Guest Brenda & Joe (St. Louis, Missouri )
- Date of stay 01/02/10
- Review Submitted 04/19/10
Recommended for: Age 55+, romantic getaway, girls getaway, people with disabilities.
Chef Neff Getaway: $925/week-$135 extra nights Less than a week's stay $155 P/N Heron's Nest: $1025/week- $145 extra nights Less than a week's stay $165 P/N No credit cards accepted. 1/4 deposit. Additional 10% Bahamian govt.tax Bottled water provided. Trusted golf cart rental agents information upon request.
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- Nearest Airport: North Eleuthera airport at 3 Miles
- Nearest Ferry: Bahamas Fast Ferry at 0.5 Miles
- Nearest Beach: Pink Sand Beach at 0.1 Miles
- Nearest Barpub: Romora Bay Club at 0.1 Miles
- Nearest Restaurant: Acqua Pazza at 0.1 Miles
Year Purchased: 2000
About the owner: Chef Susan Neff, owner and manager of the two suites, came to Harbour Island as the Executive Chef of the Coral Sands Hotel. Susan purchased the property in 2000 and spent the last nine years renovating the home and adding to it. When she left Coral Sands Hotel in 2004 she began renting two suites that she had added for guests. The gardens are especially lovely and are enjoyed by all of the guests, as is the Crow's Nest and the view from it.
Why the Owner Chose Romora Bay:
Very beautiful, private and extremely safe for all.
The Unique Benefits at this Studio:
Owner on property to assist 24/7. Lovely gardens to walk in and view of the ocean from Crow's Nest.
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View of the Ocean from the Crow's Nest
Stairs to the Crow's Nest from lawn
Heron Nest bedroom
Patio and entrance to Chef Neff Getaway (right)
Chef Neff Getaway efficiency kitchen
Path through lawn from Heron Nest
Front view of home -- suites attached on either side of house
Private patio of Heron Nest
Heron Nest kitchen
Chef Neff Getaway bedroom -- optional king or two twin beds
Property's lawn and garden from Crow's Nest
Heron Nest patio top with bouganvilla
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