My husband, 3 year-old daughter and I are all having withdrawal symptoms......after a one-week stay at Candy's/Pirate's Hideaway in Salt Cay, we're addicted. The island itself is amazing - one of the last places one can go to escape overdevelopment and see some untouched nature and abundant animal life (both in the water and out). The ocean water is stunning, clear and clean. The island is so safe no one locks their doors, and you can leave the keys in the golf cart and your stuff on the beach without worrying about it. And the residents are so welcoming - warm, kind and family friendly.
Candy bent over backwards to make our stay perfect. We booked the smallest room she had - but she upgraded us to a huge island/sea themed cottage with 4 bedrooms, 2 baths, full kitchen, living room, and outdoor screened-in porch. The decorations really made it special - dark wood doors, shutters and beams; fish/aquatic life tiles, colorful walls & underwater painted scenes, and shell/dolls/sea fans - strategically placed to give the place a unique inn-type feel. We stayed there 5 nights - and when a large diving group came in and needed to use the place - she upgraded us again to the cottage at the Frangipanni ocean-front villa. The big deck overlooking the ocean was amazing for sunsets.
Candy did lots of extras too.....it started by her calling and helping us choose dates when we could best see the whales, asking if we need anything that she could pick up, and helping us get our flights in order with the somewhat unreliable (web site is completely wrong on times and prices - and planes are often late) Air Turks and Caicos. She gave us unlimited bottled water, put some fruit in the refrigerator, and gave us some bread and a box of cookies for our daughter. She even filled the gas tank on the golf cart we rented from her before we looked to see if we were on empty. She hooked us up with her neighbor, Philamine, who babysat for us two days while we went out whale watching and snorkeling. Philamine had a daughter a bit older than ours - and they loved playing together.
We chose Salt Cay because we wanted to see the whales, wanted a safe place to take our daughter, didn’t have to rent a car but could golf-cart it, could dress informally every place we went, and we like hearing roosters crow in the morning and evening (starting at 4:30 am while we were there.....sure beats 4:30 am garbage truck noises). The donkeys were entertaining as well - funny to hear them in the morning. We have a thing for donkeys ever since my husband and I went to Morocco together and took a picture of him in a walled city next to a donkey (two "Jack- ***es" in one photo I always tease).
Things we liked the most on the island: Pat's cracked conk and company at dinner; Porter's (Island Thyme Bistro) "wolf" shots and nightly bar entertainment (Porter's island history stories are a kick and patrons provide much entertainments while doing a series of shots....). His food was excellent - especially the coconut French toast, omelets, and tuna.
Also we loved Debbie's (owner of Salt Cay Divers) frozen key lime pie, cold beers with lime while watching whales from the beach bar, and staff that played with and entertained our daughter; Sue's & Jagan's glow worm party and fried fish & chicken wings at their place, Green Flash; a romantic 5-course dinner, impeccable service and Levi singing opera under the stars at the Windmills; and the huge "North Beach" in front of Windmills with perfect powder white sand and enormous reef full of life that we snorkeled just off the beach. It took us 5 minutes from "center town" to get to the beach in our golf cart - not 40 minutes as mentioned by another writer (the island is only 3 sq miles....)
Things we didn’t like: lots of trash on the east side of all the little islands (including Salt Cay) in the area due to cruise ships illegally dumping.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Pirates Hideaway Guest House and accommodations in Salt Cay is a stone's throw from the ocean with a private freshwater swimming pool nestled in a tropical garden. Stroll the historic salt raking villages and see all the donkeys, rustic coastline and white powdery sandy beaches. Excellent diving and snorkeling spots. Pirates Hideaway is comfortable with friendly service, great stories and we will pick you up from Salt Cay airport for short ride to Pirates hideaway. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Pirates Hideaway Hotel
- Pirates Hideaway By The Sea Guest House On Salt Cay Turks And Caicos