We had never been to the Bahamas and were unprepared for the more simple apartments in Governor' Harbour. After fleeing from one very dirty and insect infested hotel room that we booked months in advance we found The Laughing Bird with the help of the extremely kind local citizens.
It was cleaner, less expensive, and the hostess (known to all as Nurse Jean) was very friendly and went out of her way to make the remainder of our stay on Eleuthra as enjoyable as possible. However, as prior reviews read, the interior suites could use a make-over. The mattress springs on my bed poked into my back and I tried to remedy this with towels between the sheets and my spine. The apartment in general was clean yet looked dingy due to stains on the tile flooring, counter, and sinks. The towels were very worn and could use replacing but compared to our initially booked suite this bathroom looked like a palace. Hot water was always available. We never had to try out the air conditioning unit. Regular room service is nonexistent and fresh linens/towels were available on request. The surrounding gardens were peaceful, well maintained and just off the main road/drag. The view of the caribbean water (not the beach) on the small ground patio made one forget you were in the middle of a small town and within walking distance to grocery stores, banks, bakeries, and local restaurants. A collection of chickens wandered around the property and caused no problems except on a few early mornings when the roosters made their presence known!
The best part of the stay was the local people who were the most gracious I have ever met on my numerous travels. The Atlantic beaches were fantastic with the pink sand and if you yearned for more trendy bars/restaurants they were not far away. Rent a car as there are few places to hike other than the beaches. Roads are narrow but when you choose to tread on them you will receive countless offers for a free ride from the locals. We took a taxi tour of the island with a driver recommendation by Nurse Jean and received an excellent review of the islands history.
If you don't want to spend loads of money and don't expect The Sands Resort- like amenities then the Laughing Bird will accommodate you.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- LAUGHING BIRD APARTMENTSGet away from it all !! and enjoy the serenity of the Laughing Bird Apartments and Gardens located in Historical Governor's Harbour.It is a good spot from which to set off to explore Eleuthera.It is your home away from home where Tropical Dreams Do Come True!!The laughing Bird Apartments are 15 minutes from the Governor's Harbour Airport. 3-7 minutes from Grocery Stores,Banks,Churches,libraryGift Shops,and Anchor Bay Beach for the famous Friday night Fish Fry. The Laughing Bird Beach is well known as place to collect shells.The following facilities can be arranged rental cars, Scuba Diving Fishing ect. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Laughing Bird Apartments Hotel Eleuthera
- Laughing Bird Apartments Eleuthera, Out Islands