This ultra-luxurious "lifestyle" resort on the northwest tip of the island surrounds an impressive, manmade waterway and marina. Residents dock their yachts at the back door—the berths accommodate yachts from 50 to 90 feet in length. Only some of the 46 units are part of the rental pool available to short-stay visitors.
You may not have a mega-yacht, but be prepared to spend mega-bucks!
The one-, two-, and three-bedroom units are breathtaking and huge, ranging from 2,000 to nearly 4,200 square feet in size. Each unit has designer furnishings, wall-to-wall windows to take in the view, open-plan kitchens, laundry areas, en-suite bathrooms, and lots of space for relaxing and entertaining. Each unit also has a designated berth and storage area at the dock.
Parents need to be mindful of their kids, given the high-end furnishings in the units and easy dock access. Kids can work off excess energy at The Buccaneer Hideout, an outdoor playground, and The Pirates Den, an indoor play center.
Like the rest of the rooms in each unit, the en-suite bathrooms are stunning and enormous, with free-standing soaking tubs, granite-top vanities with dual sinks, glass-walled rain showers, lots of storage and closet space, and charming French doors that open to a balcony with a view.
The lobby looks and feels like entering the lobby of an upscale, high-rise apartment building, which is what the building really is. There’s elevator access from the lobby to upper floors and the dock level, below.
A swimming pool, Quarterdeck Bar & Pizzeria, and the water taxi dock are all at Pool Island in the center of the marina. Guests may take the water taxi to St. Peter’s Bay and swim in the sister property’s lagoon pool.
The Sandbox Tree Spa offers a selection of massages, facials, and special treatments for the body, hands, and feet. Beachfront spa services can be arranged, as well.
For added relaxation, an adult recreation lounge has darts, board games, a pool table, cards, and dominoes—and a beverage center and ice machine.
The 24-hour fitness center has state-of-the-art cardio and circuit training equipment, strength and core exercise machines, free weights, and high-tech training aids. Some machines have personal flat-screen TVs. Individual yoga, Pilates, and zumba sessions can be arranged in a private training room, poolside, on the beach at St. Peter’s Bay, or in your own unit.
Golfers will get a kick out of the golf simulator, where you can pick a course and try your best. And kids age 6 and up will enjoy “Fitness Fun,” a virtual training program specifically designed to build strength and cardio capacity—and have fun doing it.
The casual Quarterdeck Bar & Pizzeria, at the marina, serves late breakfast and lunch by the pool and light meals at dinner on Monday evenings; 13°/59°, the fine-dining restaurant named for the resort’s latitude/longitude, serves Caribbean-French fusion cuisine at dinner and Sunday brunch. The units, of course, have full kitchens and dining areas; pre-arrival grocery stocking can be arranged.
YOU SHOULD KNOW 13°/59° is closed Mondays.
The poolside Quarterdeck Bar is open every day from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.; happy hour is from 5 to 6 p.m.
Guests who want to go to the beach take the complimentary water taxi to St. Peter's Bay. There’s no beach at Port Ferdinand, but there’s plenty of water—and water sports. Paddleboards, kayaks, and snorkeling are complimentary. Waterskiing, wakeboarding, wave runners, reef fishing, and sailing are available for a fee. Scuba diving, deep-sea fishing, and surfing can be arranged, as well.
Turtle tours, where you swim and snorkel with sea turtles, can be arranged with the concierge.
The complimentary water taxi takes guests to and from nearby restaurants, beaches, shopping, and St. Peter’s Bay, a sister property. The water taxi operates each day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and special trips can be arranged. A rental car is suggested if you plan to explore the island on your own. Taxis are always available.
Just north of Port Ferdinand, The Fish Pot (2-minute drive) is a great spot for lunch when heading out for a tour of the east coast or dinner anytime—fresh seafood, of course. And on the beachfront in Speightstown, The Lobster Pot (5-minute drive) serves lobster in many styles, along with Caribbean specialties. Nearby, Juma’s Restaurant (5-minute drive) specializes in French and Thai cuisine—with a Caribbean flair. Both serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner—and host a Sunday afternoon beach BBQ with live music. Kids are always welcome.
Farther south, The Gazebo Bar & Grill (10-minute drive or 15-minute boat ride) at St. Peter’s Bay offers all-day dining. And right near by, Camelot Restaurant (10-minute drive) at Cobblers Cove has a lovely atmosphere and cuisine that attracts connoisseurs from around the island.
Lime (relax, chat, chill) with the locals. Sip some Mount Gay Rum or hoist a Banks beer on the waterfront deck of Fisherman’s Pub (5-minute drive) in Speightstown. They may be fishermen and start early, but you can hang around all afternoon if you wish—and talk “boats.”
WHY WE LIKE IT
While the “lifestyle” here is focused on boats and the marina, there’s plenty for a landlubber to enjoy, as well. The units are absolutely beautiful, Pool Island is a treat, and amusements abound inside, outside, or on the water.