"We stayed for about 10 days and the cottage was clean and comfortable. You see the surf right from the livingroom door, and the cluster of cottages nearby are not so crowded that you feel surrounded, but not so empty that you feel abandoned. We loved living right off the beach, feeling the ebb and flow of the tides and the weather. The first few days the sea was calm and *v*e*r*y buggy! But then, the wind kicked up, the bugs disappeared.
We had a large screen TV with cable, WIFI, comfortable sectional couch, air conditioning in the bedrooms and our own washer/dryer. There was no housekeeping service, blender, or BBQ grill. The kitchen was very barebones basic, which was fine with us, there was a coffee maker, gas stove, microwave and an electric can opener. We rented the truck which came with the house that got us around very well in the terrain.
We actually did go crabbing and Mario very kindly supplied us with a crab bin to use for the fattening up period before we made crab-and-dough with them, which meant that we had crab "pets" for a week. The dogs were a great team going up and own the beach doing security, and never entered the house unless invited.
We loved the cottage, it was perfect for us. It is about a 5 minute dive from Small Hope Bay Lodge where we did a lot of diving. There was some snorkeling a bit from this cottage, in sporadic clumps of coral. It's about a half an hour's drive to Captain Bill's Blue Hole and also Rainbow Blue Hole Trail -- great to take a dip on hot days when the sea is unpleasantly stormy.
Finding groceries was a challenge for us, as we are programmed to look for a big supermarket -- like it or not here on Andros you can't go to one place to buy everything you need. But you get to know people in the process and it all adds to the experience. FYI Mabel's grocery gets fresh supplies (like vegetables) on Fridays, try there after 1pm. Also, plan on going to the ATM at the bank rather than trying to cash a check there. And gas is currently about $6 a gallon.
Inside the cottage, a local cellphone is supplied to make local calls, along with some local phone numbers. There are also detailed maps of the area showing local restuarants and stores. A new restaurant and several cottages were building built during our visit, which are much finer. But for me, this was a great buy!"
Date of Stay: May 2015
Review Submitted: June 1, 2015