Sunday, November 9, 2014

Halloween in the Bahamas! (careful . . . it's spooky!)

We celebrated a great Halloween here in the Bahamas once again. We had our awesome guests, delicious treats, and a couple scary tricks. Check out all the fun! 

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Thursday, October 9, 2014

Travel + Leisure: Small Hope Bay Lodge, Bahamas

We recently were mentioned in an article by Travel + Leisure, by Kira Turbull. Kira is a long-time friend of Small Hope Bay Lodge, having grown up on Andros alongside the Birch family children. Congratulations to her on her great article. Have a look for yourself . . .

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Sunday, August 24, 2014

Summer Camp has Come to Small Hope!

It's a lot of fun for the Ancat summer students to spend the day at Small Hope Bay Lodge, going out to the coral reef and experiencing the smooth running of the best dock in the area is a big treat for the youths.  

Every summer Ancat works to expose the island children to the many wonders of Andros and while we're instilling within these children a love of the outdoors and a great appreciation of nature, we're teaching them as well: to swim, snorkel, hike, kayak, to identify birds and fishes, corals too. We're building the youth's self esteem and showing
them that they too can make a difference, as each year they participate in a community project to remove marine debris from the shoreline, beaches and waterways. 

Peter and Gabrielle Douglas, of Small Hope family fame, run the Andros Conservancy and Trust, (Ancat), a local environmental NGO and  have run this camp for six years now, understanding that its only through exposure to all that Andros has that they'll be able to build the baseline environmental knowledge of the Bahamian populace, who will be the future custodians of our island saving its resources for generations yet to come to enjoy. 

We firmly believe that ignorance is not the fault of the ignorant but the fault of those who know, but choose not to pass the knowledge on. It is in all of our hands to conserve the natural resources of Andros, to pass on the baton to the next generation. If you would like to assist in any way be it through a donation of funds, equipment, volunteer or just a prayer at the right time we would be grateful, there is a lot to be done.

Please contact Ancat at or visit their website at to find out about more of the work of the Andros Conservancy and Trust.
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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

More Romance on the beaches of Small Hope

Yet another wedding here at Small Hope. Lauren, daughter of Alec and Margo, and niece of Jeff Birch, got married last week! She and Ray had a picturesque wedding day on our north beach. A ceremony much larger than we have ever done before, we constructed pergolas for shade, and brought in cooks, and extra help to make sure it went off without a hitch. 

It went perfectly and bride, groom, and all the guests, friends, and family had a blast! 

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Sunday, June 15, 2014

Weddings Galore!

We've had three beautiful weddings in the last month! I can't think of a more beautiful location for a destination wedding - white sandy beach, the bluest turquoise waters, and sparkling Bahamas sunshine!

Ashley and Justin . . . 

Destiny and Dave . . . 

And Mike and Wendy . . .

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Saturday, May 10, 2014

A Starry Night in the Bahamas . . .

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. This is one of my favorite pictures here at Small Hope, but it mostly leaves me speechless.

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Thursday, April 24, 2014

Small Hope Says Goodbye to an Old Friend . . .

In the beginning there was Dick and Joan Hanna, all the way from Canada, with some ever-loving support. One of the main persons was this very quiet, strong, kind, unassuming lawyer by the name of William Chapin. He helped Dick Birch through the legal process all the way to helping setting up companies with another icon, Mr. LB Johnson. They helped give hope to Small Hope! 

So we share with all and raise our glasses to Mr. William Chapin - A warrior and great spirit in the world! The following is a video done, we believe in 2005, that was shared with us. This is something to help those of us who want to remember him forever. For us, he will always be here!
From Jeff Birch, and the Small Hope Bay Lodge staff . . . 

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