I'll start with the reason why the resort gets 3 stars. It was clean and the people were very nice. The resort was not very busy, 1-3 villas rented per night in January 2013, but the staff was still attentive and made you feel like home. If it were not for the bonefishing trip, they would get 5 stars based on Bahamas standards... it's no Four Season's nor should that be expected.
Prior to making our reservations, we were clear we wanted to Bone Fish with spinning rods instead of Fly Fishing. We're not avid Fly Fisherman and did not want to bother with the equipment etc. We then re-confirmed spinning reels that we brought with us when we arrived at the resort, at dinner the night before the fishing trip, and finally when we got on Randy's boat.
Randy proceeded to take us out to the flats, then told us he had not procured any bait and that we would be throwing dry flies with spinning rods in a 20 knot wind. Needless to say, it was a total waste of time and really infuriating. To make matters worse, when we returned to the resort and one of the other guides asked about the trip, and we told him about the dry flies with spinning rods, he laughed heartily and both he and the resort staff found it incredulous that Randy did not get out of the boat and grab a conch or a crab to use as bait, as it appears Conch is the primary bait they use since shrimp need to be shipped in from Nassau. When we questioned Randy about it, he directly claimed it was Swain's Cay's responsibility to provide bait and that if we had stayed at the Mangrove Cay resort they would have provided it. Not what I expected from someone hired and booked through Swain's Cay. Not sure where the problem really lies, but in the end we went for my wife to catch her first bone fish and that part of the trip was a total disappointment.
To end on a good note, we had a nice half day off shore with Reel Tight charters and caught a dolphin and yahoo trolling that fed most of the resort all week, and also enjoyed fishing off the beach in front of the resort where you can catch bonefish on an in-coming tide, so some at the resort were doing that vs. paying hundreds of dollars to Randy and friends.
In the end, we'd recommend the resort to couples and fisherman who know what to expect in the bahamas and don't need a pool for small children, but we will never be back based on the experience with Randy... which is too bad since the others were nice and helpful.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Swain`s Cay Hotel Andros
- Swain's Cay Lodge Andros, Bahamas