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Shannas Cove Resort
Ranked #2 of 10 Hotels in Cat Island
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 30 March 2012

This was the kind of place that you hate to leave, think about often and can't wait to come back to! Very relaxed atmosphere, excellent dining and wine choices and miles of deserted beaches. The bungalows were clean and comfortable. My favourite day was when we hiked to the Man o War beach. It was so isolated and breathtakingly beautiful that it inspired us to renew our vows!

Room Tip: All rooms are good!
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  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 29 March 2012

I sailed into Cat Island (kind of by accident) 25 years ago with an old boyfriend. It was the most magical place I had even been to. We, of course, stayed on the sailboat, but enjoyed several meals on the beach at waters edge and a few drinks at the (then) "honors" bar. We also bought a few groceries from their little shop prior to setting sail. We made the trek to the Hermitage and I remember the awesome views. We did get a quick tour of their bungelows and I remember falling in love with their spacious "outdoor" showers ! I've always wanted one just like it. I dream some day of being able to bring my husband to the oh, so special place. Thank you, Cat Island for the wonderful memories of your magicall island.

  • Stayed: April 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 28 March 2012

Every review you've read is legit! My wife and I visited this gem and couldn't be happier. Great, secluded beaches, great food and scenery. What we enjoyed the most is we did things at our own pace with no disruption. Frank and Gabi are incredible and the staff is just as great. Everything is done with the honor system which is very rare nowadays. There are a few channels but you'll spend most of your time enjoying the view and unwinding. If you're looking to relax and getaway from the pace of the states...this is the place. Jump on the kayaks but beware heading back into the cove if the wind is picking up...it's a workout!

Room Tip: Take OFF spray for sand flies. Take sneakers to hike the Man-O-War trail. Take plenty of books and m...
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  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 27 March 2012

Honestly, before we went we hoped that all of the previous reviews were true. They were. This is the place for people who want natural beauty, simplicity and solitude. If you're into the clubbing and crowds and shopping, don't go to Cat. If you want to be the only one on the beach, this is your place. It's a fabulous combination of being lost in a simpler, friendlier time, with the benefit of modern conveniences! We celebrated our 25th anniversary there and the hosts, the staff, the other guests and the locals were such lovely people. Looking forward to the day when we can join Frank and Gabi at Shanna's Cove again!

Room Tip: There are only 5, very similar, and you're lucky they're not booked when you call!
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  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 11 March 2012

My husband and I visited Shannas Cove Resort on Cat Island in March 2012. Simply put, we had a wonderful time! Cat Island is one of the more remote Out Islands in the Bahamas, so it's the perfect place for a couple to go to unplug, relax, and reconnect with each other. Shannas Cove Resort is located on a beautiful beach on the northern part of the island. Each of the five private bungalows is built into a hill overlooking the beach and the ocean, and it was a pleasure to sit on the deck and look out over the water. The room, the food, the service, the location, and the views were all excellent. The beautifully designed rooms were cleaned every day, usually with minimal (or no) disruption, as they were cleaned while we were at breakfast. We found there was plenty to do during the days, even though we never strayed far from the resort. One day we hiked the Man 'O War trail to a more northern beach. Another day we walked for miles in the other direction (seeing perhaps 4 other people on the way?). We kayaked and snorkeled another day, and spent some time playing ladder ball on the beach. The evenings were spent eating wonderful meals and drinking good wine in the Shannas Cove Resort Restaurant, sharing stories with the other guests and owners Frank and Gabi. It's difficult for us to imagine a better beach vacation! We highly recommend Shannas Cove Resort!

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1. There are two airports on Cat Island, Arthur's Town and New Bight. Remember to get off at Arthur's Town, which is about 5 minutes away from the resort. New Bight is a longer trip (45 minutes or so), which makes for an expensive cab ride.

2. Bring plenty of sunscreen!

3. Relax and enjoy yourselves!

Room Tip: We stayed in Bungalow Dolphin, which is a bit bigger and a bit more expensive than the other rooms...
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  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Shannas Cove Resort

Address: Shanna Bay, Orange Creek, Cat Island
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Region: Caribbean > Bahamas > Out Islands > Cat Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Best Value Hotel in Cat Island
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Cat Island
Price Range: $229 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Shannas Cove Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 5
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.Free high speed WiFi in the restaurant. Kayaks, stand up boards, snorkel gear is free of charge for our guests. We have a fully equipped dive center and offer also fishing trips, bone fishing in the nearby creek, Turtle watch tours in the creek and snorkel trips ... more   less 
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Shannas Cove Hotel Cat Island

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