The story behind this quaint Bahamas resort reflects the service and experience you should expect to find there.
The Hope Town Harbour Lodge began its life in 1948 as the private home of Brigadier Thomas Robbins — a retired British army officer — and his wife. Like many retired people, Robbins wanted beachfront property.
Lewis Albury was the head carpenter. He would sail his dinghy to Hope Town every Monday morning and return home Friday evenings. Albury put all his time into making the house perfect. When the 6-foot-4-inch-tall Robbins told Lewis to make the 36-inch vanity higher, he did. Although Robbins reportedly didn’t get along well with Albury and his Hope Town crew, the home came out beautifully. He and his wife lived there until 1959, when they sold it to Marcel Maury and his wife, Ruth.
That’s where the resort’s story really begins.
First, they turned the private home into a three-room hotel. In 1964, they turned that into twelve rooms. Unfortunately, hurricanes followed in ensuing years, ripping apart the property. But each owner continued to improve the resort. In March 2000, Raymond and Catherine Ketay purchased the tattered lodge after a hurricane had struck a year earlier. They restored the building back to its natural beauty.
As you can see, a lot of work went into the lodge. First, Albury made the trip back and forth on a dinghy, then, even after hurricanes struck, numerious owners put in the necessary time and effort into the maintaining and expanding resort because it was located in such a beautiful spot. Today, that same hard work and attention to quality continues.
Presently, the lodge is the only hotel in Abaco located within 30 feet of a live coral reef. Guests can enjoy snorkeling and scuba, with many choices in boat rentals and tours. There is a relaxing poolside reef bar, delicious resraurants, a two-mile beach complete with swinging hammocks, and a peaceful walk to the candy-striped lighthouse.
Enjoy friendly service and relaxation in a charming colonial town.