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Reviewed 13 January 2012

Fernandez Bay is truly Paradise found. I have travelled a great deal because we are a diplomatic family. Over the yeras, I have spent a great deal of time researching the most remote and beautiful destinations that best match my idea of a desert island fantasy. I searched no more the first time we visited Fernandez Bay Village. There are few places left in the world that are untouched, yet offer amenities that are comfortable without being intrusive or too 'posh'. Personally, I prefer oceans to pools and empty beaches to organized activities. Fernandez Bay offers me easy chats with staff who take the time and trouble to show me how to make local bush tea, and I can always raid the afternoon plate of homemade cookies which are delicious and free. For our family, Fernandez Bay Village will always be "Paradise Found" - we love it and highly recommend it for people who love nature, privacy during the day and friendly chats with a glass of wine by a bonfire at night.

Room Tip: The website has a good description of the rooms and their locations. Some are great for families and some are best for couples.
  • Stayed: March 2011, travelled with family
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3  Thank NickandNatsMum
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Reviewed 7 January 2012

We first visited Fernandez Bay Village on the recommendation of a friend in 2001 and immediately fell in love with it. We have been very blessed to experience a large portion of this planet and Fernandez Bay Village remains our #1 favorite vacation location.

Granted you'll be hard pressed to find a more beautiful sugar white sand beach with calm surf and tropic temperatures, lots of water activities and great fishing. But, the thing that we so look forward to is the atmosphere. The resort owners and long time staff provide a family environment second to none. On arrival, we are greeted on a first name basis with a hug! How many resorts have you been to where that happens?

Whether you are a returning guest or a first timer, you cannot escape the warm, friendly, relaxing environment. We have met so many wonderful people over the years at Fernandez! People from all parts of the globe. In most resorts today you are lucky to exchange more than a hello with another guest. The happy hour around the honor system tiki bar provides a wonderful opportunity for so much more than "hello". It's a rich and rewarding experience we have not found any place else.

In our book, a vacation is supposed to be relaxing. Down time from the hubbub of our hectic lives. Relax with a book from the library or lay on the beach under an umbrella or in tree swing with your own book and absorb the sound of the surf, warm gentle breeze and great aromas coming from the kitchen! Need more? Take a bicycle and go exploring. You can't get lost. It's an island. If you are a die hard, Internet is available in the main building. Cell service is also readily available. However, we recommend taking advantage of your "off" switch!

Weather permitting, you can dine on the patio only a few steps (like 6) from the beach! After dinner visit with other guests around the beach camp fire. Later, stroll down the beach to marvel at the sky. The absence of light pollution makes for a stunning sight!

In some ways I hesitate to write this review because it might make it more difficult to get our next reservation. But then again, we wouldn't have enjoyed so many wonderful trips had it not been for our friend. And yes, I don't normally write reviews. This is a well deserved first.

Getting there is easy. Our entire family, children, spouses and grand children made our Thanksgiving week at Fernandez very special. Commercial flights are readily available. If by chance you are a pilot, you'll not find a more rewarding flight. Get a copy of the Bahamas & Caribbean Pilot's Guide and go enjoy!

Room Tip: Our favorites are Shane Shack or CareTakers but all are wonderful.
  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled with family
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5  Thank Robert S
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Reviewed 1 January 2012

This Christmas we gathered our blended families 4 grandchildren (ages 7month to 13 years),4 married children with their spouses and us on our boat at Fernandez Bay Village. We have been visiting the Bay for over 20 years and have always wanted our children to experience this special and magical place. Each family had their own stone villa and we met each morning for breakfast at the resort and sort of planned the day...kayaking, beaching,fishing, tagging turtles and snorkeling. Christmas Eve we all ate the Resort and danced to Junkanoo and ate fabulous food. Thank you Tony, Pam, Shane, Tamarin, Mark and Donna for our best Christmas ever.

Room Tip: Royal Palm or The Point House for quiet
  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled with family
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Thank Lonetagger
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Reviewed 18 December 2011

Our all time favorite vacation spot! It's absolutely beautiful - white sand, crystal blue water - you couldn't dream up a more perfect beach. But the gorgeous setting is only part of the appeal. What we love most is the laid back atmosphere. The accommodations are low key and lovely- stone walls, thatched roofs, garden bathrooms. The Tiki bar and gift shop run on the honor system, kayaks, paddle boards, snorkels and fins are out on the beach, bicycles are out front, books and games are in the club house, there's even a basket full of sun screen on the window sill! Everything says, "relax, make yourself at home." The resort is small, so by day two, you'll have met everyone and made friends. This is part of what we love, but if you crave privacy, that's easy to find too. There are no phones, no TV's and internet is available only in the club house, but somehow, we're never bored. We snorkel and kayak, take long walks on the beach, play dominos and board games and rediscover the art of conversation. Want to explore the island? Just ask! The staff will help arrange whatever you need! The food is awesome. We always say we're going to buy some groceries and cook a few meals in the villa, but we never do, the food is just too good, and it's too much fun sharing meals with friends old and new. Breakfast and lunch are wonderful, but dinner is the real treat. Appetizers are served at the Tiki just after dark, followed by a dinner buffet that always includes an "island entree" and a landlubbers choice - fresh lobster tails and filet or maybe an island curry and grilled chicken. Folks linger long after the meal is over, admiring the spectacular starry sky from the patio or hanging out at the nightly beach bonfire. If you're looking for excitement, nightlife, shopping, etc., this is not your best bet. If you're looking for a casual, relaxing, picture perfect vacation... welcome to paradise - no shoes required!

Room Tip: Families should opt for Beach House, Hibiscus, Seagrape, Sand Dollar or Point House. Check the map and stay further from the club house if you want more privacy.
  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled with family
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2  Thank jamie m
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Reviewed 10 December 2011

I have been going to Fernandez Bay for the past 30+ years and while I have had the privilege of enjoying many other vacation destinations, FBV is by far my favorite. From the moment that I step off of the plane (they have commercial service from Nassau and FLL) at the small airport, I immediately know that I will not have a care in the world for the next x days until I have to re-enter society when I leave.

The 1/4 mile crescent beach wraps extends around the main clubhouse area, and even at full capacity, it is not unusual to be on the beach and not see another soul. The water on the bay is the most calm water you have ever seen outside of a pool. However, adventurous types can trek to the north shore by bike (long ride) or car to check out the high-waved ocean side. There you may find some lost treasure as the north shore picks up a number of items that are accidentally set at sea.

Your afternoon will likely consist of either some snorkeling, kayaking, paddleboarding, sleeping, biking, reading or just simply lounging around. Appetizers of conch fritter or lobster salad are served nightly about and hour after sunset as folks congregate around the tiki (honor) bar. Island music is played by Eckerd, the one man band, and all of the guests as well as the owners either meet new friends or catch-up on the day's accomplishments with old friends. Dinner is served buffet style and it is island-gourmet... the best ribs, tenderloin, lobster, grouper, pork, you will ever have. Your choice to eat inside or under the stars. After dinner, you have the choice of either heading to bed at 9PM or hanging out around the bar a bit later.... there's always someone going to bed early and staying up a bit late, so you won't be alone in what you choose.

Another must-do for any first-time visit to Cat Island is to grab a bike and head south to the Hermitage. As the highest point in the Bahamas, the Hermitage is the remains of a monastery built by a monk many, many years ago. It also has some of the best photo ops in the entire Bahamas archipelago.

I must warn that FBV is highly addictive and anyone who visits FBV will feel compelled to return asap. I just left there less than month ago and am already plotting how I can get back this winter!

Room Tip: There are a number of options, so pass your wish list to reservations and they'll take great care of you.
  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled with family
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Thank Sean Y
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