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Pigeon Cay Beach Club
Ranked #6 of 10 Hotels in Cat Island
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 5 June 2014

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.

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 4 May 2014

5 days in this beautiful place and the rest of the world melted away. We felt at home immediately, thanks to the genuine kindness of our hosts and the incredible location. I don't know how they do it, but they manage to make you feel pampered while giving you a lot of privacy. The house we stayed in was great, very spacious and nicely decorated. Of course you are in a tropical area, so beware of bugs if you leave food outside, but it has to be said the cleaning ladies do a great job. Speaking of bugs, sand flies (or "no-see-em" as they call them) are a nuisance at sunset, but a good tip I was given is baby oil. Yup, works better than chemicals, and your skin will feel so soft too ;)
The location: 15 minutes from Arthur's Town, 30 from New Bight, both tiny little towns. You can rent a car, but honestly the beach at the club is so beautiful we never felt like going anywhere else. We had to push ourselves to go out or we would never have seen the rest of the island. You can rent the owner's car by the hour, which is great for grocery trips. They do cook breakfast and dinner, but not everyday, you have to ask. Don't miss the dinners, not only is it delicious, but it's right on the beach, and it's a great way to meet the rest of the guests. And did I mention the honour bar? What a great concept.
As I said, the beach is beautiful, quite big too. The hotel only has a few cabanas so you're basically alone. The water is pristine, completely transparent with that turquoise tone that I still dream about. I don't know if I'll be able to swim anywhere else now ;)
There are bikes and kayaks at your disposal. It's apparently a good spot for bonefishing (I actually saw a bonefish on the beach one day, interesting beast). And there is snorkelling nearby, as well as other areas of the island, with turtles, rays, etc.
Which brings me to the treasure hunt: on our way to the snorkel spot, I had a little incident (damn you, sea sickness!) and lost my waterproof camera. Next time I know to attach a buoy to it. Anyway, now it's at the bottom of the sea, and as it was our last day we never found it again. The water is so transparent I have no doubt it would be easy to find (it's red). Shouldn't be too deep either, about 3 metres I'd say. So, if you're in search of an adventure while you're there, take a kayak out towards the old church (Leslie will tell you), and about 100 metres out from the rock point before the snorkel beach, it should be there (not far from 2 big underwater rock formations). If you find it the camera is yours, it should still be functional. It's more the photos inside I would like to get back. Please contact me if you get lucky.
In conclusion: it is one of the best places I've ever stayed in. It's like you step in a time bubble, where worries and stress just disappear. It's the ideal place to find yourself, alone, as a couple or as a family. Or just to enjoy the sun and the beach. And I guarantee you will enjoy it :)

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled with friends
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5  Thank Florence A
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Reviewed 12 April 2014

I didn't realize how stressed and over-busy I was until I spent a week at Pigeon Cay. Between the lulling sound of the sea and wind through the trees and the relaxed attitudes of the hosts, the place was as soothing as a constant massage. In my week's stay, I read 6 books, took 6 naps, and never once wore shoes. I never heard a tv or a radio and never saw a newspaper. Now, that's my idea of a restful vacation.

Room Tip: The bungalows are each unique and amazingly cute. Don't worry at all about that.
  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled with friends
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2  Thank sfrarymt
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Reviewed 7 April 2014

The warmth found at Pigeon Cay is not only from the beautiful weather, but also from all the people you meet, staff, guests and islanders. No matter where you are coming from, your body, mind and spirit will be renewed by the beauty you can see from your cottage windows, walking the beach, and exploring the island. If you are looking for night life or a resort that pampers your every whim, this beach club is not for you. If you are looking to be welcomed into pure and simple island life, you can't find a more genuine experience. A delightful gathering place each afternoon is the well stocked tiki bar and the food served at the evening meal is excellent. All this accompanied by breathtaking sunsets. We flew into New Bight airport (slightly farther away than Arthur's Town) however, it afforded us the ability to stop at the local convenience store to pick up breakfast and lunch foods to have in our own kitchen. If you don't have this opportunity coming in, Ned or Leslie will see that you get there the next day. Keep in mind all items for purchase must be shipped in, consequently prices are much higher than in the US. There is minimal shopping on the island but needs are few while there. Pack light, you will not need anything beyond very casual clothing. A couple staying there with their three boys renewed their wedding vows at an abandoned church Ned restored. All the guests were invited to be their witnesses, informal but a joyful occasion. It is within walking distance and a great place for meditation and photos. The Hermitage at Mount Alvernia is also a must to visit, but renting a car is needed to visit there on the south end of the island. We definitely would return.

Room Tip: There are two rooms which do no have ocean view.
  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank JoAnne A
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Reviewed 5 April 2014

Upon arrival to Cat Island, all of your senses are heightened, in a way that is unnervingly unnatural. In the years you have spent in the city, you have dulled... Pigeon Cay is now here to wake you up.

All of your senses are awakened. Sight, touch, taste, smell, sound.

Sight: The ocean before you is indescribable. From the furthest horizon you see a deep nearly-black blue line showing the natural curve of the earth. The deep purple extends closer to you, turning a sapphire blue into aquamarine and finally, a light pale green, just before the waves start - the tops of them crashing down white onto the tan powdery sand, ending in soapy traces. These waters are visible for as far as the eye can see.


Touch: From the powder soft sand between your toes - so soft, you sink into it ankle deep, like powdered sugar on crisp French toast. Moving up your body, the warm sun caresses your skin, browning it as time passes, slowly like a dying fire. Before your skin becomes too hot, the wind blows across it, cooling it to comfort. You pass quickly over the soft sand and cannot wait until your suffocated shoe-stuffed feet can be baptized by the crystalline waters of the deep sea. At first you are hesitant, frightened by the thought of freezing waters and goose-bumped skin. Your hesitancy is unfounded, as the wet is comfortable, serene, and smile-enducing.


Taste: After slipping your feet in, you cannot help but go deeper, wanting the caress of the water over your slightly damp, sweaty skin. With the water before you, suddenly the humidity is too unbearable - it will cure your ailment. Your enthusiasm almost gets the best of you, as the water swallows you in. Your body becomes alive, arms moving in the water in what should be a natural swim. Unfortunately, years of meetings and sitting in front of a computer have created a creaky form, but with the beauty you have surrounding you, it does not matter. The ocean is forgiving. The sand beneath you, waving and billowing as the waves push forth and recede, allows you to feel firm in your lesson...your body will become knowledgeable again. Just before you envelop yourself in the cool crispness, you lick your lips, tasting the salty brine and the smile cannot escape your lips.


Smell: Much like that dying fire from the sun on your skin, your sense of smell is awakened by smoke. While at first it feels uncomfortable, you realize it is only because your sense of smell has dulled in bland conference rooms, over air conditioned offices and stale manufactured existence. Suddenly here, your nose is awakened with the smoldering brush that the locals use as natural bug deterrent.


Sound: Most jarring of all, is the sound. The crashing waves against the beach feels louder than jet-planes. Almost unbearable, it doesn't stop, doesn't allow for a moment of reprieve...until you realize - this is the constant of the world, of Mother Nature, of the Earth. Long before you found this slice of paradise, long after you leave it's bosom, it will remain. The ebb and flow of the water will continue. It will not stop for you, but it will always wait for you to return. As suddenly as you found it, you think to yourself, "How can I stay longer?" You know that no amount of time that you stay will be enough.


After your body returns to itself, you look behind you. The oasis that is Pigeon Cay is ready for exploration. Your everyday worries rear their ugly heads again - where will I sleep? What will I eat? What is this place?

The closest to the ocean is a round bar and giant table. The bar hosts alcohol, soft drinks, and various sunscreens, all on a honor system. What you take, you write down. A simplistic quaint system that reminds you - this isn't home. It works, and that is what matters. The island is a place of getting by. The giant table, you will later find out, is where delicious meals will greet you, along with new friends. Everyone meets one another at dinners, bonding over the secret locale you have discovered together. While you can share your deepest thoughts of this paradise, you know these are only the people who will truly understand. Your friends at home will not believe, will not be able to understand...these strangers are suddenly closer to you than your oldest comrades. They have experienced Pigeon Cay.

You stumble across your bungalow, where your luggage waits to be dealt with. Suddenly, where once you would unpack your clothes, and stack your toiletries by the sink, this mundane task is completely unimportant. You know now, the next day, week, these items don't matter. The only thing you will need is a bathing suit and a smile.

The bungalow meets every need that you have. The couches are comfortable, the kitchen is fully equipped (is that a dishwasher?), and the beds are inviting. In the corner you spy a small flatscreen tv, but it just brings a smirk to your face. That thing will never see power. Off the bedroom, there is a cozy bathroom. The tiles that pepper the vanity are beautiful, and have been laid by hand, you find out, by Ned, one of the owners of this slice of heaven.

Speaking of the owners, once you return outside, Leslie greets you with a warm smile, and a soft handshake. She has allowed you to become one with the facilities, knowing that it takes time for someone to fully comprehend the place that she simply calls home. While you are not sure you will ever be fully appreciative of its existence, you appreciate her kindness. You will discover that Leslie is nothing but kind. Soft-spoken, she always has an open ear and a smile. If you need anything, she is willing to help, from offering drinks, food, or even some suggestions of the island that she loves with appreciation. The first thing you ask: "Can I stay longer" is met with a smile, gentle laugh, and a nod. She will do whatever she can to make her customers happy, even if it means finding another place on the island - knowing that the happiness is most important, both for the betterment of her resort, and for the island as a whole.

Pigeon Cay is like a dream. The cover of travel magazines boast vast deep blue oceans, with white sanded beaches - but no cover story could touch the magnificence that is here. Anyone who is lucky enough to land at Pigeon Cay will only want to return as fast as possible.

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled with friends
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4  Thank Heather P
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Reviewed 5 April 2014

What an amazing trip back to Pigeon Cay beach club. My all time favorite place to relax and recharge my batteries. We are always treated like family here and everyone else at the resort says the same thing. I have always loved the service and amenities here and this trip was no exception. Beautiful, clean spacious rooms, the food is great and you can't get better service anywhere else. I traveled with my service dog and the owners Ned & Leslie helped me with the process from start to finish. They have two dogs there as well & they all got along so well, they played and swam together and that actually was the best part of my trip this time.
I give this resort a ten!! Thanks for making my vacation the best ever!

Room Tip: I have stayed in many different rooms and they have all been great.
  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled with friends
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1  Thank Berkley H
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Reviewed 28 March 2014

We just returned from a wonderful stay at the Beach Club. It always amazes me at how soft the sand is on that beautiful stretch of beach. And the color is this light tan with a wash of pink. The color of the water is a blend of blues that astounds your comprehension of what water should look like. And the constant rhythmic pulsing of the waves, lapping on the shore, lulls you into some dreamy never never land. Wow, its awesome.

  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank IPLAYGOLF
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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
Amenities:
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: £129 - £236 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Pigeon Cay Beach Club 3*
Number of rooms: 11
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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