I would give Pigeon Cay 4.5 stars if that was an option, but I can't. Cat Island is not really an island for activities and exploration. If your plan is simply to lay on the beach and unwind, though, then Cat Island and Pigeon Cay may be a great destination.
The owners (Ned and Leslie) have done a wonderful job creating a private retreat separated from everything except a few vacation homes. The beach is lovely and is a great place to swim, but the ocean off of Pigeon Cay does not lend itself to particularly good snorkeling or wave activities. Ned and Leslie are happy to give recommendations of other beaches (Sammy T's has an excellent one), though, and complimentary bikes are available to make the trip. Kayaks, bikes, paddle boards, books, games, drinks (for a fee) are all available to grab throughout the day, which makes Pigeon Cay feel like home. (My only recommendation would be for a few lawn games to play on the sprawling lawn in front of the bungalows.) Check-in took about 60 seconds as Ned escorted us to our bungalow, and otherwise guests are left alone (in a good way; the owners are happy to answer questions if they arise). Everything other reviewers said about Pigeon Cay being a great place to de-stress and get away is completely true, so I won't rehash that too much.
Be aware that Pigeon Cay truly is isolated, so a trip to the supermarket is necessary early in the trip. Ned and Leslie rent out a car by either the hour or the day to drive to one of the stores. I recommend driving to New Bight on the first day because the Hermitage is an interesting little stop a couple minutes from town, and the store in New Bight has the largest selection of food. The owners will recommend a few restaurants, but these are again a bike or car ride away.
The reason for the slightly lower rating is that various costs at Pigeon Cay were occasionally unclear. Ned and Leslie try not to overwhelm their guests with information, and many people may not want to discuss prices much while on vacation, but I would like to know the costs of activities up front. For instance, I was led to a more expensive bungalow than I requested, but I wasn't even aware of this until I saw the bill upon check-out. Ned said he thought we would have preferred the larger one that we stayed in, but I was never given the choice. Ned and Leslie also cooked dinner twice during the week (good dinners), but these were effectively mandatory dinners with unclear prices. I recall now that we also got breakfast one morning and that wasn't on the bill, so I suppose it goes both ways. I learned at check-out that the airfare credit special this summer is also a straight $300 for two people rather than the actual cost of the flights to Cat Island ($330) As a couple on a budget, this was frustrating for us. Overall the value of the stay was good, though.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Pigeon Cay Beach Club Hotel Cat Island
- Pigeon Cay Beach Club Cat Island, Bahamas