Greenwood is a little gem of a resort on an idyllic island. It offers great value for anyone who wants peace and quiet in a beautiful setting. The resort is small, friendly, and on one of the most beautiful and secluded beach I have seen. . . and I have seen a lot of beaches.
The rooms are comfortable, including the bed, very livable, and basic. In the rooms there is no TV, no mini-bar, and no internet. (There is internet access in the main areas). My room was cleaned daily, including washing the floors and making the bed. During the warm months, ask for an air conditioned room. These also have an ocean view. About half the rooms have a/c, and all of them have a ceiling fan. Greenwood is the only resort on Cat Island situated on the Atlantic side, and an ocean breeze blows most days and nights.
The food and service are also excellent. The food is very good, but not varied. Virtually all guests take one version of the meal plan. You can choose breakfast, lunch, dinner, or any combination, and you can decide daily. Just tell the owner the day before. Each day one evening meal is prepared. It includes an appetizer, soup, salad, a main course, and dessert. You will not go hungry. You will know during the day or the day before what the main dish will be, and if you want something else the staff can accomodate you. At dinner, you can eat alone, or with any number of guests, or with the owners and sometimes the staff.
The bar is on the honour system. Prices are a little high, but it is very convenient. There were two red wines, one white wine, lots of hard liquor and beer. (Kalik is the local brand).
Service is personal and attentive. I felt like a part of a large family that included guests, the owners, and staff people. I made many friends while I was there.
Cat Island has lots of history dating back to cotton plantations and slave labour. I rented a car for two days and visited all I wanted to see from North to South, plus I discovered places and people who provided a good sense of life on the island. The owner invited me to join him with another fellow on a visit to the Hunter Plantation ruins. After a short walk through the bush, the site was a mind expanding experience. The Hermitage, built by a priest on the Bahamas' highest point, (206 feet), is also worth a visit. I suggest you read about it first at the resort.
I stopped and met several local folks who had stories and suggestions for visiting. I met Robina, a great-grandmother who was weeding her garden with a machete. She was full of stories. Fascinating lady.
I summary. I originally booked 10 days at Greenwood, but after 9 days I called the airlines and stayed an extra week. It was well worth it. Don't go to Greenwood looking for a big all-inclusive resort with lots of meal choices, never-ending food and alcohol, and entertainment daily. If you want comfortable lodging, good food, and time to get away from your daily grind, you will not find a better spot. I plan to be back at Greenwood for a longer time next year.
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- Also Known As:
- Greenwood Beach Hotel Cat Island
- Greenwood Beach Cat Island
- Greenwood Beach Resort Cat Island, Bahamas