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Pigeon Cay Beach Club
Ranked #6 of 10 Hotels in Cat Island
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 12 February 2013

Irene and I had a wonderful time visiting Pigeon Cay this past week. We were looking for an experience as close to local living as possible. The comfort and beauty of what they have created at Pigeon Cay, so spoiled us that we did not leave to see much else of the beautiful Island.

The food was wonderful and creative, Ned definitely has a flair for blending traditional and island preparation that made each dinner an event worth anticipating as well as savoring.

The staff was helpful and engaging, and saw to our needs while imparting a sense of Island pace and attitude. Each personality was engaging and pleasurable to encounter. From the beginning with Danny at the airport to last day departure with him, we enjoyed the interaction with the owners, and the circle of Island Life that they have created for their guests.

In Island wisdom, " if God gives us enough tomorrow's we will be there again."


Thank you for a fantastic experience!


Joe and Irene

Room Tip: No pool, but right on the Caribbean. No fitness center, but paddle boards and kayaks. Little House...
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  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 5 February 2013

I am a little late with this review since we went in October 2012 . We have been to a lot of small out of the way places in the Caribbean. We like small resorts with only a few cabins or rooms. This was our second favorite place e have been to yet (staniel cay is always our first). We stayed at Pigeon Cay for 7 days and were the only guests at the resort for 4 of the 7 days. On friday night thru monday morning, there was one other couple. This was the off season for sure but this was perfect for us. There was a small tropical depression about 20 miles out into the Atlantic side so the atlantic side of the island was very rough. The caribbean side was as still as a pond with barely a ripple. Ned and leslie are really genuine people who will do most anything to help you. If you want massages and to be pampered, go to Nassau. If you dont like your partner, go to Nassau. If you just enjoy being with the person you are going with, go to Cat Island. My wife and I had a blast at Pigeon Cay and Cat Island. There is no TV which is what we prefer.. We hate even going to a place with a TV if we can help it.

CAT ISLAND PEOPLE
Like I said above, we have been to a lot of the Caribbean, USVI, BVI, Barbabdos, Bequia, Bermuda, St Vincent, The Grenadines, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica, Mexico, and just about all of the Out Islands. The people on Cat Island will literally blow you away with how genuinely nice they are. People who have nothing to gain at all from you will do anything to help you. We were lost trying to find this hidden beach on the Atlantic side (which when we found had the most amazing sea glass ever), the man we stopped was an elderly man and he almost insisted to go and show us exactly where it was at. We convinced him we could find it (a side note, his directions included "you will go past the second herd of goats you see and the beach is just beyond that"...pretty sure I will never hear that again in this life..Sure enough, past the second herd of goats we came to the beach. You have to see it for yourself to see how nice they are.

BEACHES
The beach is amazing. The beach is 5 to 6 miles long and we were the only people on the entire beach for almost the entire time. Ned, Leslie, and their boys would come out for a swim in the afternoons and that was about it. Look at the photos, they say more than any description can.

ALLIGATOR CREEK
You can access Alligator creek from the backside of the Pigeon Cay property. This is probably a 3 to 4 mile trip and it was tiring but fun. I saw huge sea turtles and dolphins in Alligator Creek when we got there. Look at some of the creek photos.

FOOD
The only thing some people may want to know about the food is that they dont cook every night at Pigeon Cay. They cook dinner on nights when a new guest arrives only. Its not a big deal because even in the off season there are other restaurants nearby. Halverson House was very good food for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Yardies has a great steamed lobster dish and conch salad, and just about anything she cooks is great. All the food at Pigeon Cay was very good. Leslie would cook a light breakfast with fruit and pastry. They do not serve lunch but we typically ate a late lunch and an early dinner with maybe a sandwich in between. There are 2 grocery stores (more like the size of a convenience store in the states) and a liquor store so we bought snacks and sandwich items on the way in from the airport. The food is not 5 star anywhere on the island but you will not give it a second thought because this is an unbelievable place. (there are a lot of bugs at dusk for about an hour but they go away for the most part after dark)

Room Tip: All of the rooms have a good view and I would stay in any of them. We did stay in the one over the o...
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  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 15 December 2012

This year for my birthday (12-12-12) I wanted to be somewhere unique and special. Through research we chose Pigeon Cay Beach Club. Getting there was not easy from our location in Utah. After 5 flights and hours of layovers we arrived late on Wednesday the 5th. Danny picked us up from the airport and started our visit off on a very positive note. At the resort it was nearly sunset when we arrived. Ned greeted us, took us to our bungalow and gave a short review of the place. He brought us a delicious soup that night. Ned can come off as gruff, but if you treat him with respect and do things for yourself rather than expecting to be waited on hand and foot, you'll get along great with him. Initially his wife Leslie was off the island, we met her later in our visit.
The bungalow was clean, well kept and very comfortable. Our bungalow is named Causarina. The beach is literally steps from the porch. The waves were there to greet us in the morning, cool us by day, and lull us to sleep at night. Speaking of night, we were there during a moonless sky, and the stars were beyond description! I'd sit in the chair on the porch at 1 or 2 in the morning just to gaze at the stars. By the way, after "bug hour" there are almost no bugs to bother you at night.
Speaking of bugs, be sure to bring bug spray and anti-itch lotion. No-see-ums and sun flies can be especially annoying. My wife is still itching several of their bites. The local residents recommended specially OFF (orange bottle) and witch hazel for any bites you do get. Speaking about the Cat Islanders, a more friendly, kind, thoughtful people I've never met. We NEVER felt unsafe during our visit.
If you're one who needs Internet access, hold your breath while you visit because Internet access for us was sketchy at best. With my iPad I successfully connected only once during the week. My wife's Macbook was more successful.
We viewed our visit as if we were camping on the beach. We went to the Orange Creek Inn and Grocery store twice during our visit for groceries. We spent about $120 for meals we prepared in our bungalow. We ate out at Yardie's twice, Club Crystal once, and Da Smoke Pot once. We learned during the slower times for the resorts and restaurants it is advisable to call ahead for your food. Like a full day ahead. We dropped in for dinner at Sammy T's but they weren't serving that night. However a very pleasant young lady told us that if we called ahead (day before) she would be happy to prepare a meal for us. When we ate at Club Crystal, Leslie called the day before to place our order and to give our approximate arrival time. Clearly this is a major plus for the restaurant owner, less food waste. For you the traveler it simply means you must plan ahead.
If you are accustom to a resort where you have a buffet at the ready, or you can call room service for anything any time...this isn't your resort. There are no phones or TVs in the rooms. The showers never lacked hot water. Ned brought us a 5 gal container of water which was placed on a night light water dispenser. Water from the faucet is safe to drink; it is filtered rain water. With that said, you should be conservation-minded with the water since it is collected rain water. Only peace and quiet and relaxation. If however you are willing to be responsible for your activities and meals, you will do great.
This is a resort so full of peace and quiet and seclusion it is amazing. We took morning walks along the beach to a specific place where we relaxed, read books, swam in the cool waters, and enjoyed full tanning opportunities. And we never saw another human being along the beach! It was as if we were the only people on the planet at that moment. Incredible!
We hiked out to Alligator Point, an activity we completely enjoyed, round trip about 8 miles. Have good hiking shoes or trail running shoes. At the Point we met our "neighbors" from the Boat House. They were leaving, having driven out as far as the road allowed. We said goodbye and continued hiking to the Point where the sea flows into the inlet. Further in, there are rays, turtles, and sharks (safe ones). We didn't have a boat so we didn't venture that far back. However at the point the beach was inviting and we dove in.
We brought books to read, in each room there are some books available. Leslie gave us an assortment of DVD's to watch. A monitor with built-in DVD player was in the room, but it wasn't working for us, so we watched movies on the Macbook.
The food should be kept in the refrigerator to keep them away from the sugar ants. We brought snacks with us like Pringles, beef jerky and dried fruit. Sealed containers were safe on the counter top.
We rented a car for some side trips down south and to go to the store. The cars that are available are not your typical rental car. In all honesty I would describe them more as Rent-a-Wreck. But they always got us to our destinations and back home again. I'm not sure the daily rental charge was commensurate with the quality of the vehicle however. There is a business on the island that rents cars, we drove past them several times not knowing why all the white cars were parked at this one place. We learned about their business literally as we were being driven to the airport to leave. So I have no idea how much per day these cars could be rented for. They appear to be new vehicles. By the way, Danny brought us from the airport to the resort and took us from the resort back to the airport. His service is $35 each way. We gave him more than that.
This visit with Ned and Leslie at Pigeon Cay Beach Club resort was the most unique, most pleasurable vacation we've ever had as a couple. If you are considering coming here I strongly urge you to do so. There are other quality resorts on the island, all with kind, caring people; but Pigeon Cay Beach Club stands alone in the areas of beautiful location, seclusion, privacy, activity options, and good old fashioned relaxation.
For us the most important thing was privacy, and we had plenty of that wherever we went along the beach, Alligator Point, Man-O-War Point, the Hermitage; heck you get the point. Plus they've got two great dogs and four cats. Although Momma Cat may not be around much longer.
We are already telling our children to prepare...we have a goal to return here for a full family vacation. Right now that means, well a lot of us. And if that doesn't work out, then we will be back on our.

Room Tip: All rooms are great, we looked in several of the vacant bungalows and regardless of which cottage yo...
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  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 26 October 2012

We have been to Pigeon Cay three (3) times and we will be back as long as Leslie and Ned still own this beautiful resort. There is not enough that can be said about this Resort, the Beach, the individual designed cottages, the residence of Cat Island and especially Leslie and Ned that has not been already recorded in these other great reviews except to say that this is truly the Real Paradise Island not Nassau. Leslie and Ned try so hard to provide everyone with such a great vacation giving everyone their private time for R&R and rekindling romance etc.. Our few pictures attached still do not give this resort, beach real justice you need to be there to take-in all the beauty that Pigeon Cay guest have experiences. I know Leslie and Ned will do everything possible to make your trip as perfect as they can manage on this Island don't forget this is two people with a small staff trying to make a living while giving their guest a holiday experience of a life time plus raising a family 24/7 my hat is off to this couple we like to call our friends. I would like to make a quick comment to a few of the bad reviews, the dogs while can be a pain for barking they are there also for security for all the guest, the famous bug bites which my wife endured for an otherwise perfect holiday (funny the bugs do not seem to like us males only our women must be the sweetness of their skin) and as for Ned not being friendly that is so not true Ned will go out of his way to help out with your request remember your on a Island where not everything is readily available. Leslie and Ned want you to have your private time without feeling they are around all the time as for the food this is a Island and food is usually brought in by boat plus Leslie is a strong promoter to having you sampling the local food flavors which is great idea. Like anything food is each individual person is taste and yes Ned can really cook great meals when he wants to and has the time and yes we have enjoyed some super great meals and some that were so so but we have also experienced the same results in expensive Restaurants back home and other all inclusive Island resorts that don’t really care about you except for the amount of your tips. When you need to rise early to go and fight for a beach chair every morning is not what I consider a true R&R holiday’s I want to thank Leslie and Ned for providing us these great opportunities to experience their small piece of paradise and for true friendship. We can't wait to be back there again. From M&M swimming with the fishes.

Room Tip: all cottages have something special, the only thing plan for the sand bugs read up on what works for...
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  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 7 October 2012

then this is the place for you - it is a non-resort resort at a truly unique and remote destination - such as you would not think to find so close to the US mainland.
Only 25 min from Nassau - but you might as well be at the south pacific. There are very few people here - the beaches are wild and incredibly beautiful.

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 19 July 2012

My wife and I just returned from an amazing Cat Island Vacation with Leslie and Ned at the Pigeon Cay Beach Club. The first thing I have to say is that the pictures you will find of this place do not capture how great this place is. Each room is an individual hut with it's own style, and includes everything you need for a great trip. It's about as laid back as it gets with an honor bar on the beach, unbelievable meals when you are up for it, and two hosts who have been on the island for 18 years and couldn't be more informed, helpful, and totally laid back. You can be as connected or disconnected as you wish (we just told everyone at home we had no phone or internet, but it's all there if you need it). If you do want to socialize, the other guests will probably be more like you than not, and we met some great people. It has all the beach toys you would need, with plenty of lounge chairs on the beach as well. It's on a beautiful stretch of beach in a great location on the island, with easy access to the North and South.

We checked out most of the other resorts and we do believe that we picked the right spot.

Please do your homework on Cat Island as a destination. This isn't Nassau (Thank God), and your entertainment is provided by adventure and not much more, this is a place to truly relax, slow down a little and reconnect with yourself or a spouse. However, the locals are super friendly, the grocery stores are well-stocked with everything you need, and we found nothing missing. It was our first outing to an island like this (Late 30's couple), and we were a little nervous, but we didn't regret it for a minute. (I will never look at a crowded beach in the same way)

You can't go wrong with Pigeon Cay Beach club.

Room Tip: They are all right on the beach and very similar.
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  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 16 June 2012

This is the second time we've been to the Pigeon Cay area and there is a reason we keep coming back. The beach and water are amazing and so very very quiet - truly the most spectacular beach we have ever been too. At times, there may only be one or two people on the beach, and even then it's still like you are the only one around.

Accommodation is warm and inviting - perfect for rest and relaxation. Ned and Leslie are great hosts and give you the freedom and privacy you need to escape it all. If you ever need anything, they are close at hand to help you out.

If you are looking for a party and action, this is not the place. Pigeon Cay is for the independent traveller who is looking to escape it all. It's all about peace, quiet, tranquility and one of the most fabulous beach areas on the planet.

  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Address: Pigeon Cay | General Delivery to Arthurs Town, Cat Island
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Region: Caribbean > Bahamas > Out Islands > Cat Island
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Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites
Hotel Style:
#6 On the Beach Hotel in Cat Island
Price Range: £130 - £245 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Pigeon Cay Beach Club 3*
Number of rooms: 11
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Pigeon Cay Beach Club consists of 8 cottages on a 3 mile white sand beach. We are located in the Northern part of Cat Island, 7 miles South from Arthur's Town Airport (ATC) 20 miles North of New Bight Airport TBI). ... more   less 
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