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Staniel Cay Yacht Club
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Staniel Cay
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“incredible resort”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2013

I stayed here for only 2 nights, definately not long enough. There is so much to do from snorkelling in Thunderball grotto to swimming pigs! The rooms were awesome. The view from my balcony was of the ocean and docks. The food was better than the rooms, hard to believe, but true. Even harder to believe, this review is coming from someone with celiac disease. Let them know you have a wheat/flour allergy and they will make you great gluten free food. Only problem with Staniel Cay is that you won't want to leave.

  • Stayed October 2013
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Miami Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2013

If August was a wonderful experience , this time was even better.
Knowing a bit more about accommodations , surrounding islands and some other tips , made this vacation memorable.
Get the All-Inclusive package and forget about the rest : you'll enjoy it!
We'll go back soon!

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Peoria, AZ
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2013

We stayed at the SCYC for 3 nights in the Buttonwood Cottage and it was one of the coolest things I have done in 57 years. There is not a day that goes by that I don't think about the Staniel Cay Yacht Club and this trip. The Buttonwood was a great cottage with everything that you would need on the island. The all inclusive is the only way to go. Getting the boat, bikes and 3 meals a day was awesome! They will even pack your lunch in a cooler to take with you on the boat. All of the staff and the owners were very helpful and accommodating. The location couldn't be better for everything to do in the area. The pigs, the grotto, Compass Cay are all within easy boat ride. I would highly recommend a stay at SCYC. Thanks to all there that made our stay special.

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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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Cudjoe Key, Florida, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2013

It started with a charter plane on Watermaker Air from Ft. Lauderdale Executive Airport to San Andros to clear customs, that was a painless experience and soon we were back on board to Staniel Cay a small key in Exuma. We were greated at the airstrip by Yacht Club personel and taken to the resort. Check in was quick and soon we were enjoying a cocktail by the pool. We had the all inclusive package that included three meals/day, a 13' skiff, snorkel gear, use of bikes and kayaks and paddleboards. They give you maps of the nearby islands marked with spots good for snorkeling, beaching or bonefishing. We visited them all. The Thunderball grotto was a magnificent place to snorkel and see a variety of fish, we swam with the nurse sharks at Compass Cay, visited Rachel's bubble bath and their beach. Saw and fed the swimming pigs, although they were a bit scarier than the cute videos you see on utube, visited the islands with the iguanas, drank beer at Scorpios and Lorraines in Blackpoint (don't miss the driftwood sculptures), fished for bones, and saw lots of beautiful beaches. The Yacht club itself had a great and attentive staff. The food was delicious and although not "all you can eat" like most all inclusives-was plenty of food! It also did not include alcoholic beverages-so we spent a fair amount of money at the bar.You can eat lunch in, or they box you up a lunch to take on the boat. You make your dinner order in the morning (or by 5 if you are hanging around the island) and everyone eats at 7:30. It is a four course meal, and everything I tried was great! I would return here in a heartbeat. I highly recommend using Watermaker's Air, quick flights, quick trips through customs, very professional and friendly!

Room Tip: Most rooms have a view of the ocean, so pick your room to suit your party size.
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2013

I am actually having trouble deciding where to start. We stayed in the Ocean Blue. Its the 2 story cottage closest to the dock. It offered a great view of the dock and an even better view of the rays and nurse sharks swimming around the dock. The room was clean and the air conditioner worked great. The 2nd floor balcony is by far the selling point for this cottage. Meals were excellent and I would definitely recommend "the catch of the day" for dinner. The staff was excellent and most memorable were David, Carl, Liz and especially Santos who got our whaler ready each day. Now onto the best part. The best part was our 13 foot Whaler that came with all inclusive package. The whaler took us to the Thunderball Grotto, the famous swimming pigs, the nurse sharks at Compass Cay, and most importantly the Land and Sea Park. Looking for the best beach? The best beach is the one that magically appears in the middle of the ocean as the tide is going out. Imagine long strips of white sand with water on both sides. Taking the whaler on a spin through the bright blue channels from island to island is not to be missed either. If you enjoy your privacy, you can go the whole day without seeing another person. Definitely do not miss the Land and Sea Park. There are friendly and helpful people working at the Ranger's station there also.

The All-Inclusive: I am not normally an "All-Inclusive" traveler. The "All inclusive" at SCYC is highly recommended. The SCYC restaurant appeared to be the only open restaurant on the island while we were there. The food quality and service were still excellent. The "All-inclusive" also comes with your Whaler. You will have either the 13 foot or the 17 foot depending on your cottage. This whaler will be the core experience of your vacation. The savings of the All-Inclusive is very significant over an "A la carte" option.

The only Con is booking. Plan on booking earlier as the cottages fill up fast. One couple I met had been coming for 10+ years.

The last thing I want to recommend is before you book that vacation on Paradise Island at the Atlantis Resort, check with SCYC for an amazing Out Island vacation. Resorts will come and go, but there are few unspoiled places like this left in the world.

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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Houma, Louisiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 September 2013

I could have stayed here forever. Sigh. We came here for lunch on our Thunderball 007 tour and it brought my husband and I back to our earliest days as a couple living on St. Thomas. I really could have stayed and drank myself silly. Food wasn't too bad either, but the atmosphere is the star of the show!!

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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Brooklyn, NY
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2013

The SCYC offers a remote, untouched escape with unique adventures found only in this special chain of islands. We swam with pigs, snorkeled with manta rays, pet friendly nurse sharks, and fed iguanas on an island that looked like the set of jurassic park. When we weren't interacting with the unique wild (and not-so-wild) life, we spent the days island-hopping discovering our own "private" beaches with no one else in sight. Words cannot describe how great the Exumas are, but it suffices to say that it was heaven on earth.

My boyfriend and I stayed in the Pink cottage at the SCYC. It was a small, but beautiful cottage on the water with beautiful views of the harbor and nurse sharks (they are totally friendly we snorkeled with them) swimming by.

The staff was friendly and helpful - very welcoming. Carl the bartender was great, as were the boat-staff who helped us with our boats every morning. The food was excellent and certainly exceeded my expectations for an island this size. Make sure you order your dinner by 5pm for the 7:30 seating; otherwise, you may find yourself with more limited options for dinner. Rhonda was by far our favorite server. Her smile was contagious and she made us feel welcomed.

I would highly recommend SCYC to anyone with a sense of adventure and a need to escape and relax.

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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Staniel Cay Yacht Club
Address: Staniel Cay | Exuma Cays, Bahamas, 00001, Staniel Cay
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Region: Caribbean > Bahamas > Out Islands > Staniel Cay
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Bar / Lounge Beach Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Staniel Cay
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Soothe your body, mind and soul with small island charm. Let one of our beautifully decorated cottages be your relaxing home while in the Exumas. Your balcony will literally overhang the clearest waters in the world. Secluded beaches. Incredible SCUBA, snorkeling, fishing and kayaking. Delicious cuisine. Inviting pool and sundeck. Friendly island bar. Full-service marina and 3,000’ airstrip. "Watermakers Air" provides convenient flights to Staniel Cay. ... more   less 
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