I don't want to talk this place up too much so I want to start out this review with the negatives--it's not easy getting to Cat Island with just two flights a day on an airline that follows island time (that is, sometimes they leave early, sometimes they leave late). There's only one main road here and the side roads are rocky and bumpy. The nightlife and spa/casino amenities are almost non-existent. No phones or televisions in your room. No places to get kitchy trinkets for home! Pretty awful eh?
So, if you've gotten this far, you'll know those negatives are actually positives. Fernandez Bay Village is quiet, low-key, relaxed and hardly a "resort". It isn't Breezes, it isn't Sandals. If that's your cup of tea, I wouldn't recommend this place at all. If you're looking for quiet, uncomplicated and off the beaten path, you've found your place. FBV is situated on a pristine, beautiful, clean beach with the best sunset views. The beach is quiet without the pumping music and crowds typical of the Nassua/Paradise resorts.
If you want even more privacy, you can kayak to the beaches at the south end of the bay or into the creek where you will literally find not another soul. The kayaks, paddleboards etc are complimentary to use and the staff will recommend the best places for kayaking, exploring, snorkeling or doing nothing. They have fishing and snorkeling excursions and they know the island and it's surrounding waters intimately.
Speaking of the staff, they are absolutely wonderful. The Armbristers are some of the most wonderful hosts I have ever come across. Completely helpful, accommodating, dead social and kind. They set the tone for this relaxing island haven.
The food is amazing and all the meals we had were great. The grouper finger appetizers are to die for. Seriously.
Words are not enough to explain how great this place is. If you're the Atlantis big resort type person, that's great, but this place isn't for you. If you're looking for a place to truly unwind and do nothing, come here. I know we will again, and again........
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- Also Known As:
- Fernandez Bay Village Hotel Cat Island
- Fernandez Bay Village Cat Island, Bahamas