The French Leave Resort is a hidden gem. The property is immaculately kept and offers spectacular, untouched, natural beauty. The Villa’s are clean, well laid-out, and offer plenty of amenities. We preferred the Full Ocean View Villa for the most amazing sights and awesome sunsets. Each Villa comes with its own golf-cart, and access to kayaking, snorkeling, and surfboarding equipment whenever you like. There is a large pool on the property as well as a very good restaurant (1648) open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The French Leave beach is a quick golf-cart ride from the Villas. The beach itself is quite large and very secluded with pink soft sand and clear aqua blue waters. Aside from the natural beauty and seclusion at French Leave, another notable and commendable feature is the professional service. The service here is way above par. They go out of their way to make your stay a memorable one. Room service and other requests were handled quickly, if not immediately, and efficiently. Chuck, the General Manager, is an excellent host who makes you feel right at home at his wonderful resort. Chuck is totally in tune with his customers and it shows. Jusaid and Donnoy seemed like they were always there to assist with whatever request we had. Koral was excellent at recommending and booking dinners, coordinating transportation, and handling the check-out process. All amazing people who made our stay as close to perfect as you could possibly get.
Far more in-line with the spirit of the Autograph Collection than many of Marriott's beach-y resorts, this is a go-to if you are looking for a quieter and more secluded beach vacation. Some of that is likely due to the location, and some of that it likely due to the cost of entry, but if you are looking for quiet and private and can get here, it's worth the visit.
If you fly into GHB, it's about a 20-minute ride by car. Don't expect there to be a line of taxis waiting to take you, but there is probably someone there. If you only plan to hang around the property or take an excursion into Governor's Harbour, this is fine; otherwise, you really are going to want a rental car (parking is free at the resort, by the way). Be aware that it can alternate between downpours and sunshine in a matter of minutes, so be prepared if you walk to town on a day with a chance of rain not to get caught in it (or be willing to wait it out). It looks like it's possible to also dock a boat at the property and come aboard, and one day at breakfast I did see a sailboat docked, but don't hold me to it as I don't know the specific policy around that. There are two large wooden piers attached to the property, though.
The property itself is exactly what you're expecting. It's nice, it's clean, and it's private. The pool was never crowded. The restaurant was never crowded. The beach was never crowded. The fitness room was never crowded. You get the idea. There's only 20 villas on the property, so it can never really get too busy, even when full. I actually think there might be more staff working on the property than there are guests on a typical day.
The villas are great. The soundproofing is such that when you close the doors, you won't hear the golf carts drive by, you won't hear the waves crashing, and you won't hear any but the loudest of guests as they walk by. The beds are comfortable and bathroom has a separate toilet room for added privacy. There's enough room in the refrigerator to put in some of your own drinks, and you have in-room ice.
The fitness room (wait, people work out on vacation?) is passable, but not private-spa quality if that's what you want. It has treadmills and elliptical machines and few free weights, but don't expect a full gym here.
The pool is small but still pretty empty. There's also a hot tub nearby which is hot some days and warm others and can be a bit noisy with the machinery and pumps.
The restaurant (1648) is lovely and one of the better restaurants on Eleuthera, but if you're a foodie you need to check your expectations at the door. In a major city, this place would be rather average, but given the dearth of options on the island it rises up near the top. It's also one of the very few places where you can pay with a credit card (though you'll just be charging it to your room). For the elites expecting a free breakfast here: no. As a Titanium, I had the option of points or breakfast vouchers; I took the vouchers which are good for a free continental offering (not a buffet, but yogurt plus either a bagel or guava duff muffin) or $12 off per person on the menu. The typical entree is $20-$30 at breakfast, so this will drop your bill from $50+ for two to around $10-30.
You receive a golf cart with your room to drive over to the Atlantic-side beach (French Leave), making that trek much easier. This also gives you easy access to both Caribbean and Atlantic beaches from the same property, which is very useful as on any given day one side is calm and the other rough.
This was our first visit to Eleuthera so we opted to go for a pricey place connected to Marriott as a safe bet.
There are two things unique about this place. #1The food is absolutely excellent both in variety (they have themed nights such as "Taco Tuesday", live music twice a week, Bahamian specials) and QUALITY. Presentation and flavors are all outstanding Breakfast, lunch and dinner. The servers are ALSO great personalities (some of the younger ones are learning their trade) #2 the fitness center is also outstanding for a relatively small facility.
Other hotels have the beach, the water sports, the sunshine, etc
This is a special place staffed by some great people... with maximum number of guests at 55 the cost per room is high BUT you have the whole place to your self. At the mile long beach you might see three other couples...plus the hotel will bring food and drinks and ice to the beach. The hotel provides lounges and umbrellas on the beach.,,, plus each room has its own golf cart to get to the beach in 5 minutes.
All breakfast options are great and come with fruit garnish. For lunch you can walk into town for the Buccaneer or stay at the hotel for the chicken pesto wrap (fantastic).
Don't walk to town for dinner as it is very dark and narrow road shoulder. Take a cab.(Stanton Cooper is very good).
The mgmt. must be good as all employees are friendly ask if they can help or if you need anything including the daily room cleaners.
Some of the furniture is in need of refinishing as well as doors need to be painted but all very minor points on a well run place.
My husband and I stayed at this resort for New Years week. If you’re looking for a resort where you feel you are on your own private island, this is the place. Fireworks show over the water was beautiful. I want to thank Chuck, General Manager of this resort. I misplaced a very special & sentimental necklace in our room and was unable to find it before we returned to the U.S. Chuck quickly followed up on this and with the help of staff and guests who were staying in our room, found the necklace. Due to the expense of sending this necklace back to the U.S., Chuck is going out of his own way to send the necklace back to me when he visits the U.S. in the next month. This is going above and beyond what we have ever seen in our travels throughout the world. Highly recommend the stay at this resort as views, privacy, cleanliness, safety, food, and staff are wonderful. While I see reviews commented on limited food choices, this is a reality at times when you visit any Caribbean island. Don’t let it stop you from visiting French Leaves Resort!
We spent a lot of time researching the resort prior to booking. It’s fabulous for a relaxing vacation destination. The food is very good but expensive so if you are on a tight budget-it may not be the best selection. On my last night I had the grouper and I wish I had chosen it sooner. It was fantastic. My best meal on the island by far. The staff work very very hard and are wonderful- All of them- We were in villa 22 and yes our wifi was spotty in the room and the iPad didn’t work but we came to disconnect and didn’t care. The French leave beach is gorgeous and it’s great that there are towels chairs umbrellas and food service available. No one mentioned the great snorkeling off the dock. We saw rays star fish etc. Take a day if you have time and do a boat excursion. We enjoyed ours with Goldstar adventure. We also drove to lighthouse beach and while the road to get there is treacherous - go enjoy it before Disney ruins it and it becomes a cruise destination. They are not joking about needing an SUV and the disrepair of the path (I can’t call it a road) to get there. It was fun and scary but makes a great memory. We truly enjoyed the French Leave