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Swain's Cay Lodge
Ranked #4 of 9 Hotels in Andros
Reviewed 21 May 2012

Just got back from a trip to Swaines Lodge in early May 2012. We were primarliy bonefishing, but we also got a chance to enjoy the local nightlife as it was the Annual Homecoming Celebration. What a great place!
Cheryl and the group at Swaines are great in every way. From the rooms, to the food, to the friendly service, it would have been hard for our group to have had a better time.
Only regret---having to leave!!
Already planning our return trip to Swaines Cay Lodge. Highly recommended!

  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 4 May 2012

We chose Swain's Cay because of the bonefishing. The cabin and grounds were beautiful. We had a great guide, Danzel. My husband caught many bonefish while I enjoyed taking pictures. Out fishing we saw many sharks, barracudas, turtles, porpoise, giant starfish, conch, and even a lone pink flamingo. Our guide took us snorkeling one afternoon and it was beauitful in the crystal clear waters. He also took us to see some blue holes.
The lodge has a new view at night where all the fisherman gathered to talk about their conquests, including the ones that got away. The beer was cold, the rum punch was fantasitc. Try the baby-maker made from fresh coconut. We enjoyed a wonderful dinner each night along with conch fritters.
The beach in front of the lodge was full of coral and sea grasses, but there was a lot to see when the tide rolled out. We were able to walk out quite a distance
If fishing, keep yourself covered as the flies can be relentless. I think the flies were the only bad thing.

  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 19 April 2012

Swains Cay is an awesome escape from the crowds of the big resorts in the Bahamas. If you're looking for kayaking/snorkeling/beach time without crowds, I'd highly recommend it. The price isn't cheap, but comparatively to what else is on the island, I'd say it's a bargain!

The Room - Very nice furniture/decorations. Well done all around. Simple, nice and functional bathroom, good water pressure in the shower. A/C in room worked great but the nice breeze meant we didn't need it all that much. Comfortable bed. No mind blowing luxury in the rooms but certainly nothing to complain about and excellent compared to the other places on the Cay.

The Resort and Restaurant- Bikes/kayaks are available and lots of fun. We used both and would have used them more had we stayed longer. The restaurant is quite good, selection is limited but everything we had was tasty and they were accommodating if we wanted something different. Breakfast was usually fresh fruit, some bread and cereal. Lunch we had sandwiches and chips or fried potatoes. Dinner was usually veggies, a potato or rice, and then meat which was usually fresh seafood but chicken was also an option. The dinners were really excellent. Happy hour is always great and the conch fritters are awesome. Food/drink prices aren't cheap but you're on a secluded island and they do a great job so no complaints there.

The island/beach - There are very few people on the island and it is an awesome escape to relax. The beach at the resort is great, nice sand and nice lounge chairs there. The water depth is pretty shallow a long way off from shore. At low tide you could wade out to the little island and you'd have to go a ways out to swim. Great places to snorkel around the little island and the kayaks are awesome. There are tons of beach access points up and down the island you can bike to as well as some local conch shacks and cafe's but there's not much in the way of other restaurants and stores. The blue holes are cool and there's even a great hike (somewhat difficult) to an inland blue hole you can do from Swains that takes ~3 hours round trip for the 5ish mile hike.

The other 8-10 guests while we were there were awesome company. We were the youngest (in our late 20's) there by a few years and I'd say the average age was 40-50. Dinner and happy hour with all the other guests was lots of fun and everyone was quite friendly. It was a good mix of people fishing, couples where 1 person fished and the other relaxed on the beach, and people just there enjoying the beach/snorkeling/kayaking.

Bring some bug spray with DEET as well as Benedryl pills and cream for bug bites. Others were able to avoid them, but we got hit early in the trip sitting out on the beach and were playing catch up from there. Not bad though and nothing that isn't worth the relaxation.

This resort isn't anywhere close roughing it and they do a great job making you comfortable but if you want a resort where you're waited on all the time and have all the modern comforts, it's not for you. If you want a secluded place to kayak/bike/hike/snorkel/fish/enjoy the beach, this place is AMAZING and you will love it as we did.

Room Tip: Request one of three 3 beachfront rooms, especially either of the 2 away from restaurant (I think ro...
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  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 4 April 2012

My husband and I have recently returned from Swains Cay Lodge - having spent a long weekend there. We cannot recommend it highly enough. Under the excellent leadership of Cheryl, all the staff cannot do enough whilst you are there to ensure you have a wonderful time. The location is beautiful and ideal if you want a quiet getaway to bird watch, fish or just relax on the beach or use the complimentary bikes or kayaks. The staff will organise fishing, snorkelling or walking trips as required and all the guides we met were extremely knowledgeable. The accommodation is lovely and the cooking superb - the best Conch fritters and Guava cheesecake ever! You will be warmly welcomed by the locals and will definitely want to return :)

  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank Judith G
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Reviewed 10 March 2012

I have been fishing Andros island for 25 years, the last four years I have concentrated on Mangrove Cay. The hospitality and effort of Cheryl and her staff makes me feel like I am with my family. The rooms are great, Marie Major is an excellent chef. Darcel , Lindsey and Melinda attend to you with care and consideration. Nole ( maintenance tech, bellhop, Major Domo, conceirge,etc.) takes care of everything else. I had extreme winds my whole week, and still caught large bonefish every day. Marvin, Shine, Patterson, D.j., and Alvin are all truly exceptional guides. There are several other guides who I expect are very good also, I just haven't fished with them yet.Seven blissful days and I am already scheming to go back A.S.A.P

  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled solo
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Reviewed 8 March 2012

Me and my girlfriend just got back from Swains cay, we had a great time ,from A to Z hands down, it was a great experience ,the people , the food , rooms ,the guides were top notch ,and the price was very reasonable.
Overall not one complaint,we are already planning a second trip..
We recomend this beautifull place 100% .....

  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 1 March 2012

We just got home from spending a wonderful week at Swain's Cay Lodge. We chose Swain's Cay as our destination because they offered access to the adventures we were interested in, Bonefishing, Kayaking, Beach Combing and Bike Riding. We also liked the website, it was informative and walked us through the booking process as well as giving us tips on how to get to Andros. We contacted the lodge via email and within minutes received a reply in fact all communication with the lodge was handled this way, we would ask a question and a response would come within minutes. Cheryl, the owner, was very responsive and helped us every step of the way including helping us with flights, taxi's and booking our fishing. The lodge itself is situated on a beautiful beach that leads to a large flat that can be fished. Our room had an ocean view that was gorgeous. The room was nicely decorated with beautiful linens on the beds and plenty of room in dressers and closets for all our gear and clothes. The main lodge has an open feel with large glass sliding doors that lead out to a deck. The food at the lodge was amazing, we dined on grouper, seafood pasta, mutton snapper and the best potatoe salad you have ever eaten as well as seasoned rices, rich soups and of course the world's best conch fritters. The beer was always cold and the rum punches made with cocunut rum and fruit juices tasted like heaven. The staff made you feel like you were family. They are a beautiful group of people that truly take pride in offering great customer service. As for adventures, we fished with a guide named Alvin Greene. We spent four days with him and had an incredible time. We caught lots and lots of large Bonefish including a couple that felt like giants to us, We kayaked to the Blue Holes, road Bikes around the island and combed the beaches for treasures. Truly an amazing trip.

Room Tip: Choose and Oceanview Room, they have one in the middle, the deck juts out past all others, that'...
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  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Address: Mangrove Cay, AN 023802, Andros
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Region: Caribbean > Bahamas > Out Islands > Andros
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Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Airport Transportation
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Ranked #4 of 9 Hotels in Andros
Price Range: £137 - £218 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Swain's Cay Lodge 3.5*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Swain's Cay Lodge is the perfect island retreat on Mangrove Cay, Andros Island, only a a 20 minute flight from Nassau. Newly built in 2009, Swain's Cay is located on the beach. Kayaks and bikes are available for guest use to explore the island, our bonefish flat, reefs and blue-holes. The ideal location for the world's best bonefishing or to escape from it all! ... more   less 
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