One of the newest hotels in Exuma, Bahamas, is a hidden gem. Lumina Point Resort is right by Great Exuma and the island the hotel is on, Stocking Island, is known for the famous for Chat’n’Chill Beach Bar and Grill. Before Lumina Point opened in late 2016, there weren’t any eco-friendly, private, high end, boutique hotels on offer to stay at on or near Great Exuma. Lumina Point is a welcome addition to the area and a great option for those looking for something more unique during their visit to the one of the most beautiful places in the world.
- Lumina Point is located near Great Exuma, Bahamas. For more information on how to reach the Exumas, please see my Exuma blog post here.
- Flying in: If you fly to George Town, Great Exuma, you will need to take a taxi to the Government Dock which is located downtown in George Town, about a 20 minute ride from the airport. From this dock, Lumina Point staff and boat will pick you up and bring you to the hotel (this service is included in your stay, but must be pre-arranged).
- Boating in: If you are coming by boat, the hotel is located on Stocking Island and the main dock has access through the bay side (named Turtle Bay). You pass by Chat’n’Chill bar and enter the no wake zone, and then turn right and keep going all the way to the very end.
- Rooms are all separate villas that are built as sets. They feel like you are in a separate villa since they are staggered, but made in twos in case you need two that are attached (for families, etc).
- They are built in a eco-friendly manner, with “boat style” washroom systems, solar energy, and wooden construction.
- The interior design is very nautical theme and even feels like you are on a (nice and comfortable) boat, which I personally love!
- Boating: I would highly recommend renting a boat for at least a portion of your stay! We were originally going to book with Minn’s Watersports, which I thought was the only boat rental company in Great Exuma, but they no longer allow you to keep the boat at the Lumina dock (you have to return the boat everyday at 5pm, which is annoying because you have to get the hotel to pick you up from the other side of the harbour each time, etc). The front desk at Lumina have a good relationship with Dwight Brice (Beach Away Tours, 242-524-3001) who rents out boats and allows you to keep them at the Lumina dock overnight. His boats are also way newer and in way better condition, but they do cost more for the convenience of being able to keep it overnight. You can also do tours with him as well.
- Snorkelling/Diving: The only PADI certified dive centre in Great Exuma is Dive Exuma. They can also do snorkel excursions!
- Bonefishing: For a great bonefishing outing, you must go with “Bonefish Drex”! I went with him during my stay and I will never forget that morning! My first time and I caught a 10+ pound bonefish all on my own! Thanks Drex!
- Chat’n’Chill Beach Bar: The most famous beach bar around Great Exuma. Weekly pig roast event every Sunday. There is a conch salad bar right on the beach also, and you can feed the local wild (and friendly) stingrays right on the beach in front.
- Spa: There is a spa at the hotel, where you can do all the usual spa services and you can even get massages on the beach!
- Exploring: Once you arrive at Lumina, they will give you a drawn out map of Stocking Island with many paths to hike across and explore the island. There is so much to do on the island you don’t even need a boat to see different beaches and beautiful lookouts.
- Lumina Point Resort has one main restaurant for breakfast/dinner, and one outdoor patio area for lunch. The food is great and features most popular Bahamian/American dishes, but the menu doesn’t change. So if you stay for more then a few nights, you may get tired of the menu.
- Nearby restaurants include:
- Chat’n’Chill and St Francis Resort which are both on stocking island
- Rusty Anchor on February Point property on Great Exuma Island is very good, but you need to get across the harbour to get to it. Open for lunch and dinner. Make sure to make a reservation if you plan to come in for dinner!
- Many other restaurants are available on Great Exuma island, just depending how far you want to go. EYC, Driftwood Cafe, Augusta Bay, Latitides at Exuma Beach Resort, Splash Bar & Grill at Hideaways, and the Grand Isle hotel restaurant Palapa Grill (far away) are all decent options if you are looking for variety.
Best Place to Stay in Exuma!
Before staying at Lumina, I was a bit nervous about staying at a hotel that wasn’t on the main island, Great Exuma. Not being able to drive around and being on a much smaller island would be a new experience compared every other time I’ve stayed on Great Exuma (either at Grand Isle or renting different houses). To my surprise it ended up being the best decision and best place to stay by far! There is much more to do on Stocking Island than I thought, and you can walk to almost all of the spots. Around the hotel there is a lot to do, if you just want to stay close and relax. If you need to get to the main island for any reason, the hotel staff can take you on the hotel boat back and forth anytime you need. And of course, if you rent a boat it is the best decision you will make! Being able to dock right at the hotel and go out on the water first thing every morning was an awesome experience. I can’t wait to go back!