6 Best Hotels in Cat Island, The Southern Out Islands

Fernandez Bay Village

$$ | New Bight, Bahamas Fodor's Choice

This owner-run resort is one of The Bahamas' most famous and successful—and one of the best kick-back retreats anywhere. It boasts rustic but charming villas (two), houses (three), cottages (eight), and suites (two) spread along a dazzling, crescent-shape white-sand beach shaded by casuarinas and coconut palms. Friendliness and enthusiasm to please is evident everywhere. Villas and houses have full kitchens, private gardens, and accommodations for four to six people. Cottages are for two people and have private stone patios and fresh-air garden baths. All but one feature cool air-conditioning and refrigerators, and most are right on the beach. Complimentary bikes, paddleboards, Sunfish sailboats, kayaks, and snorkeling equipment add to the fun. The staff are expert at hiring boats and guides to take you fishing, snorkeling, and on ecoexpeditions. Tropical charm and ambience exudes within the large beachfront lodge, its dining room, beach patio, and honor Tiki Bar. FBV serves three delicious meals daily at set times: tasty international and island dishes, including lobster, fresh fish, conch, and prime meats. You can opt for meals-inclusive packages.

Pros

  • Private, spacious accommodations
  • Crescent-shape white-sand beach in shade
  • Lots of water sports on-site and activities off-site

Cons

  • No TV
  • Wi-Fi in the main clubhouse only
  • Insect repellent needed outside in the evening
New Bight, Bahamas
242-824–3043
hotel Details
17 rooms
Rate Includes: No Meals

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Greenwood Beach Resort

$ | Port Howe, Bahamas

Set on an 8-mile stretch of pink shell-strewn sand, this remote resort is about 35 minutes from the Bight airport, but the peaceful solitude is what brings regulars back. The large clubhouse, with its yellow-and-white walls and vivid tropical paintings, is the center of activity, and you can relax at the attractive stonework honor bar or on the veranda, where you can decorate your own piece of driftwood for display. The on-site restaurant serves three meals a day, and many guests praise the food. Greenwood is a dive center noted for its dives and research with oceanic white-tip sharks. When dive clubs descend (mid-March–late April), there's no room for others. Dive equipment and guided dives are available on request, or divers can go out right from shore (snorkelers will also enjoy the coral heads just in front of the resort).

Pros

  • Gorgeous, private Atlantic beach location
  • Swimming pool in beautiful setting
  • Lots of ocean breeze

Cons

  • Long drive to explore other parts of the island
  • Must reserve air-conditioned rooms in advance
  • Rooms have charm but are dated
Port Howe, Bahamas
242-464-6816
hotel Details
16 rooms
Rate Includes: No Meals

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Hawk's Nest Resort & Marina

$ | Devil's Point, Bahamas

Catering to private pilots, yachties, and serious fishers, this small laid-back resort at Cat Island's southwestern tip has its own 3,100-foot runway and a 28-slip full-service marina with a dive shop for guests. The marina is the best in the area for deep-sea sportfishing, and visitors can see sharks, rays, and other marine life regularly swimming around the marina docks. The rooms are standard but clean and well-maintained seaside cabanas. A nice pool by the clubhouse, surrounded by umbrellas and lounges, makes up for the lack of good swimming near the club, though there's a nice swimming beach a few steps away. They also rent bicycles, paddleboards, and snorkeling equipment. Usually quiet, this resort is booked and bustling during major fishing tournaments that take place every two months or so. At those times, the partying fishing crowd have a dining room and bar at the marina, leaving the rest of the resort in relative peace.

Pros

  • Three meals served daily
  • Fully stocked honor bar
  • Great dive spots and shallow walls

Cons

  • Long drive from other places on the island
  • Good swimming beach a few yards from main clubhouse
  • Afternoon shark feeding can interrupt swimming at the dock
Devil's Point, Bahamas
242-342–7050-resort
hotel Details
10 rooms
Rate Includes: Clubhouse and hotel closed Sept. and Oct.

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Pigeon Cay Beach Club

$$ | Bahamas

In a wide bay a half mile off the main road just south of Alligator Point, this resort, owned and operated by an American family, has seven deluxe cottages and a "big house" with several rooms, which are all colorfully decorated and perched steps away from a secluded 3-mile stretch of pristine sugary white beach. The island stone and stucco cottages have wood and tile floors, colorful island furniture, fully equipped kitchens, and air-conditioning. The cottages have a lovely, homey feel, and the patios are perfect for having morning coffee and evening tea. Staff will stock your cottage before your arrival if you send your grocery list, and laundry service and childcare are available. Snorkel, kayak, fish, swim, bike, or relax on the beach.

Pros

  • Fully equipped kitchens in rooms
  • Bicycles, kayaks, and snorkel gear available
  • Cars available for a small fee

Cons

  • Not wheelchair-accessible
  • Surcharge for airport transfers
  • Meals are served only a few times a week
Bahamas
242-354–5084
hotel Details
11 rooms
Rate Includes: No Meals

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Shannas Cove Resort

$$ | Arthur's Town, Bahamas

This quiet and secluded owner-run beach resort is perched high on the hill on the northern tip of Cat Island, granting sweeping views of the beautiful beach at Shannas Cove and the north of the island. There are five brightly decorated cottages, each with private balconies with ocean views and designed with different imported Italian tiles. The excellent restaurant serves three meals a day, with a delicious and creative European-style cuisine. Shannas is a fully equipped scuba center with a 22-foot catamaran dive boat to take you to north Cat Island's smorgasbord of superb dives. They also offer beach chairs, umbrellas, bikes, kayaks, and snorkeling gear. Enjoy nature trails leading to fabulous deserted beaches. You'll be delighted by friendly conversation with the staff about life on Cat Island.

Pros

  • Stunning private beach
  • Excellent on-site restaurant
  • Nicely designed, roomy cottages with air-conditioning

Cons

  • No TVs
  • Isolated from the rest of the island
  • No children
Arthur's Town, Bahamas
242-354–4249
hotel Details
5 villas
Rate Includes: Closed Sept., No Meals

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Spirit House

$$$ | Devil's Point, Bahamas

This Bahamian-owned 3,000-square-foot, five-bedroom house is completely off the grid, solar powered with a generator as backup. It boasts a large living and dining room space, full kitchen, wrap-around veranda, and three large decks for sunbathing, moon-gazing, and enjoying an almost 360-degree view of the ocean. The house is surrounded by gardens of fruit-bearing trees and flowering plants, and it's just a five-minute walk from a pristine beach. It sits on a 70-foot elevation and is at the end of a 3-mile unpaved road, so ask for 4WD at the car rental company. All that's needed for a time of supreme relaxation is grocery for self-catering, or ask Andrew, the owner, for help with ordering full meals prepared by an excellent cook. There is hot water, air-conditioning, laundry facilities, a hot tub, Wi-Fi, ceiling fans, and a collection of games. If you need anything else, Andrew lives on-property and is available to answer questions and make connections.

Pros

  • Large indoor and outdoor spaces
  • Beach access
  • Ecofriendly

Cons

  • Fairly remote
  • Need a car
  • Can't rent single rooms
Devil's Point, Bahamas
242-810–7104
hotel Details
Rate Includes: 1 house, No Meals

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