Our trip was pretty good. We visited in July for my birthday and actually stayed at an Airbnb on Rockwell Island, which is on the Hilton property. We had full access to the hotel and all of its amenities. we stayed from a Friday to Wednesday and unfortunately, had to stay an extra day because our pilot got Covid. So we wind up doing the Airbnb from Friday to Wednesday and then the hotel Wednesday to Thursday. Be mindful thr plane and ferry only comes on certain days throughout the week, which will likely dictate how long you will stay on the island. We took silver airways coming in and wind up taking the seaplane leaving out. We ate at all of the restaurants and the food was great; however, sometimes the restaurants weren't open when they should be. I believe it was based on the staff because you can clearly tell the hotel was understaffed. The concierge Renaldo was awesome. I would definitely recommend going to him to book all of your excursions and ask general questions. He really did have everyone on speed dial and was able to help us with excursions, golfcart Issues, and any other general questions about the island.
MThe staff at the Tides was friendly, smiling, and most important clean….especially during Covid. Our favorite waiters were Evan and I believe her name was Ingrid….can’t remember, but she kept us laughing and recommended some good places to eat on the island (and the knockout punch at Stuart’s). The Tides generally had the same menu throughout the week and on the weekend had some dinner and breakfast specials. The breakfast was buffet about $20 per person . On the weekend with the tides I would make reservations for dinner because it does fill up quickly. During the week it’s a little late and it’s easy to get in and out of that restaurant.I also really enjoyed eating at the casino. The lobster grilled cheese was amazing! Justin was our waiter at the casino and he truly took care of us while we were there. The bar in the middle of the guest checj-in area was cool to. They had a good drinks and some bar food that was pretty cool.
As for the excursions there really is only one place to go and that’s the Neal place which is not far from the hotel. We did the shark and shipwreck excursion and had a great time. Swimming with sharks and snorkeling for the first time was an experience but they were awesome with walking us through it. I would definitely do any of the excursions they offer.
While on the island I would definitely recommend getting a golf cart because you will need one. There are many places to rent while on the island; however I would recommend renting from the people that are closest to the liquor store on the Hilton property. The golf cart rental is about $90 day so keep that in mind in terms of budgeting for your trip. If you find something less than $90 a day, it’s a steal and I would definitely book it.
Of course the beaches were amazing on Bimini. Radio beach is cool, but has a lot of seagulls and flies, more than what you see when you go to the beach on the Hilton property. It sounds silly I know however, It’s definitely something that I noticed while I was there. The island is extremely small and tourism from the hotel really does impact the rest of the island. With that being said, if you’re there to fish and dive, then I can see staying there longer than four days. If you are looking for a quick weekend getaway, love the beach, and some excursion activities I would say four days is enough. It’s very possible for you to do everything on the island in about 4 to 5 days. I feel like this is more of a couples destination versus with all the kids; however, if you have a boat or your kids love fishing and the beach , this is the destination for the full family.
I gave our trip four stars simply because the hotel was awesome, but I wasn’t expecting the island to be so small. We stayed longer then four days, so by the end of the trip we were getting bored. The hotel really only has the casino in terms of entertainment and if you aren’t a gambler, it’s really just a great place to have a couple of drinks. They did have a small market area in the front of the property where you could get some snacks, bathing suits, and shirts; however, a lot of it looked close down because there wasn’t enough staff to support it and/or maybe because of Covid and everything closing down. They did have the pools, which was awesome however, both pools weren’t open at the same time. Overall I would give the hotel 4 1/2 stars based on staying there during Covid. It’s clean, the stress masks, and given the Covid restrictions it’s a great weekend getaway for about four days.