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Fernandez Bay Village
Ranked #1 of 10 Hotels in Cat Island
Certificate of Excellence
West Hartford, Connecticut
2 reviews
“I keep thinking about how to go back!!”
Reviewed 9 April 2014

Quintessential Bahamas! We have visited several locations in the out islands in the Bahamas, this is the best! Will definitely go back! The setting is just spectacular, secluded bay, gorgeous water, great beach! If you are looking for luxury accommodations, all inclusive resort, fine dining restaurants, this may not be the place for you. But if you are looking for a completely authentic relaxing experience this is the place for you! We stayed in the Sandollar Villa, perfect for a family. Nice living area, separate master bedroom, and sleeping loft upstairs for kids. Open air showers/bathroom, so charming! Comfortable beds! Awesome outdoor patio right on the ocean! Food was great, breakfast is served buffet style, lunch is a la carte, and dinner is also served buffet style, but we were very happy with all of our meals, the lobster was superb!. The bar is outdoors and is an honor bar where you serve yourself, we loved it! The staff are all excellent, very attentive, and treat everyone like family. The resort is family owned and operated for many years and it shows! You must go on a fishing or snorkeling excursion, and try the paddleboarding! I would recommend bringing your own snorkel gear. Just can't say enough great things about this resort, our kids ask us weekly when we are going back!

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South Salem, New York
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Reviewed 6 April 2014

FBV is with out a doubt the best, most relaxing venue in the Bahamas. Family owned and operated for years, FBV just keeps on getting better and better. Oh yes, the food, the service in support of the restsurant and cottages is supreme. Lobster night is beyond description! You must meet Donna.....

Stayed March 2014, travelled with friends
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Stafford
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Reviewed 21 March 2014 via mobile

The suites are picturesque and the setting is perfect. The staff could not be nicer or more attentive. Everyone in our party loved the self service bar. This was our second year in a row at FBV, we will be back!

Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Cape Elizabeth, Maine
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Reviewed 13 March 2014

The location is wonderful. The people are nice. The rooms are overpriced. The food is overpriced. The snorkeling equipment,; I would bring my own. They need a bartender for the bar. They need some good vegetarian options. As far as I am concerned it was not a good value for the money.

Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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tameron13, Owner at Fernandez Bay Village, responded to this review, 15 March 2014
We are so happy you enjoyed the beach and staff at FBV. Our time honored self-help tiki-bar is a favorite among new and returning guest. While it's not a common request we do our best to accommodate all dietary restrictions - food shopping in the out islands can have it's challenges. It is best to bring your own snorkeling gear. Thank you for visiting we do appreciate your business.
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Rochester, New York
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Reviewed 8 March 2014

This was our second trip to FBV. Decided to stay a bit further down the beach for more privacy. The cottage is small, but we were never in it, so it really wasn't relevant.

The best thing about FBV is the privacy. They were fully booked, but we rarely ran into anyone except at the clubhouse around meals. It's busiest at dinner which begins at a set time and everyone is clearly ravenous, but breakfast and certainly lunch, are a bit more casual. I never felt overcrowded....even when it was "crowded".

Beaches are great. The main beach in front of FBV is shared by the Island HopINN, but again, you never really run into anyone. If seeing 1-2 people in a mile stretch is too much for you, kayaking over to the beaches by the creek will pretty much guarantee you 100% privacy or you can cycle (or drive) to the Altantic side beaches. Which are well worth it to be honest. I've not seen blue that color in my lifetime.

A bit of a side note, cycling to the town of Knowles (~3 miles north of FBV) is nice as there is a stretch of rocky beach on the Exuma Sound side that is just lovely. There are picnic tables in Knowles across from the market. Well worth a stop.

The hosts are lovely--Jason is a welcome addition to their team. Heavenly place. Will definitely go back.

Room Tip: cottages/villas away from the clubhouse are more private (coral, conch cottages and the villas)
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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Toronto
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Reviewed 5 March 2014

Stayed there Feb 22-29 and it was literally paradise. Other than 2 windy days, the weather was perfect - calm, sunny, and almost too hot but just probably just right (28 ish by day). The white sand beach and clear turquoise water was ideal for swimming - both splashing around but also distance swimming and snorkeling (at each end of the mile long beach). Not a lot to do or see on Cat Island but that's why we went there. The resort was full but we rarely saw or heard anyone. Very peaceful. We also rented a car and drove to the Atlantic side which was spectacularly undeveloped. The entire island is clean and safe and quiet. Food was good. Honor bar was a bit pricey as are all the taxes and fees on the final bill but Bahamas is not intended as a cheap destination. The tourist board did however have a promo and paid for 2 return flights from Nassau to Cat Island which was worth $320 so that was nice.

Will go back whenever I can afford it again!

Room Tip: Shane Shack is right on the beach but not easy to book
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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Richmond, Virginia
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Reviewed 2 March 2014

We had a fabulous trip to Fernandez Bay Village - had seen an article in Garden and Gun magazine six or more years ago and never forgot it. Had the chance to slip away for a week and chose it -absolutely thrilled - just as described- Went last week in February 2014 and could not have loved it more - perfect way to unwind from a busy life - beautiful setting - steps to the beach - swimming, sunning, kayaking, paddle boarding, bikes - great cottage- loved the meals. Not a place to go if you are looking for lots of shopping, lots of restaurants, golf - to be entertained - need to entertain yourself with all that a beautiful natural setting provides - can get lots of great exercise or just read on the beach. Hosts are lovely and welcoming - we plan to go back with our children to enjoy another great vacation.

Room Tip: stayed at caretakers cottage - very nice- near the main lodge - might prefer to be further away if...
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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Fernandez Bay Village
Address: Fernandez Bay | New Bight, Cat Island
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Region: Caribbean > Bahamas > Out Islands > Cat Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites
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#1 On the Beach Hotel in Cat Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Hotel Class:3 star — Fernandez Bay Village 3*
Number of rooms: 16
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