I'm a complete beach snob. I'm lucky because I've been to many beautiful tropical beaches around the world (Malaysia, Thailand, Hawaii, Maldives, Australia), so I have high standards. With that, Shannas Cove absolutely wins in its combination of ease in getting there, natural beauty, nice and helpful locals, and first world infrastructure in a still wild place.
Let's start with this - Cat Island has NO crime. Think about the implications of what that means about the society who lives there and the ease in traveling there - feel warm and fuzzy, and get ready for the setting.
Every tropical island fantasy that you wished you could have while sitting in some high rise cement jungle on a supposedly nice beach in Hawaii/Cancun/Grand Bahama etc. is actually true, and it's on Cat Island.
Cat Island has miles and miles of pristine white sand beaches and coral reefs with no one there. From Shannas cove, you can walk through "the bush" (and it is definitely the bush, you have to walk with a stick to protect yourself from spiders and crabs) for about 45 minutes and emerge upon several pristine, untouched white sand beaches. Don't want to hike? Take a free kayak and go along the shore instead.
This water and coral, is equally interesting to that in the Maldives and the Great Barrier Reef, and it's MUCH easier to get to the Bahamas from the US. There are barracudas just swimming around right off shore, and you don't need to take a boat to get to good coral - you can just walk into the water from the shore and snorkel. If you are there for one of shannas cove's bespoke trips (which are FREE), you may be lucky enough, as we were, to have dolphins swimming with the boat.
The inn-keepers are organized germans who took the best of german process and engineering and used it to create a place that meets all of your needs without being overly stuffy and which is absolutely the best value for money of anywhere I've ever stayed (across 35 countries).
This is a perfect romantic getaway - about 100x better than Hawaii and 1000x better than the touristy mess of Grand Bahama.
Book way in advance - people have good reason to be quite addicted to this place!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Shannas Cove Resort is a paradise for people looking for a relaxing beach vacation in the sun, and is the perfect location for diving and fishing. Enjoy the island‘s secluded white sandy beaches and sub-tropical flora and fauna. During tours of the island you will get to know the islanders and will be impressed by their friendliness and hospitality. Our restaurant will pamper you with a diversity of dishes including exotic island specialities. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Shannas Cove Hotel Cat Island
- Shannas Cove Resort Cat Island, Bahamas