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“Our new favorite Vacation spot!” 5 of 5 stars
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3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   Shanna Bay, Orange Creek, Cat Island   |  
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Ranked #1 of 13 Hotels in Cat Island
Howell, Michigan
2 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Our new favorite Vacation spot!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2011

We had no idea what to expect when we arrived at Shanna's Cove Resort. We read all the great reviews and had hoped for the best. What we got was a wonderful surprise and our new favorite vacation spot!
Gabby met us at the airport and from the minute we arrived, we were treated as old friends. Frank and Gabby are fantastic hosts, wonderful people and great tour guides.
The accommodations were fantastic, clean and welcoming. You can enjoy your morning coffee overlooking the most beautiful beach in complete serenity. If you are looking to get away from it all, this is the place to do it. You will find beauty and charm around every bend in the road or turn of the beach. Thank You, Frank and Gabby for such a wonderful memory and sharing such a beautiful resort.

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Michigan
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3 hotel reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2011

We visited from Michigan March 23rd for 8 days and did not want to go home....what does that tell you.
Frank and Gabi are superior hosts with wonderful hearts. They are kind and genuine.
We went to the Bat Caves, Fishing with Frank and rented a car to drive down to Hawks Nest. I have included a few pictures. We definitely will be back! All you need to pack are shorts and a swimsuit!
Thanks for the Best vacation!
L and J

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  • Stayed March 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Wyndmoor, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2011

If you've read any of the other reviews for Shanna's Cove, than you already know that Gabi and Frank are amazing hosts...that the meals are delicious...that the rooms are perfectly positioned overlooking the water...that every day, you feel like this paradise belongs only to you...

Shanna's Cove is a gem! Thanks to Gabi, Frank and Honey for a wonderful time!

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Chattanooga, Tennessee
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2011

The reason we picked Shannas Cove was because of the reviews on Trip Advisor. With 100% five star reviews it must be great right? Well, add another five star review. All of the positive remarks are true. The resort is a genuine hidden gem that won't stay hidden long.

You start your stay with Gabi picking you up from the airport. First stop, a quick visit to Grammy's Bar for a cool, island drink then a short, bouncy ride down a washed out dirt road to the resort. At the end of that road is an island paradise.

The quick version is this: The rooms are clean, the food is fantastic and the beaches are some of the best I've ever stepped foot on. From the resort, grab a kayak and head with left or right and you'll find a beach so remote, so private, that the only foot prints you see are your own. The sand is like fine powder and the water is clear and blue (see related photos I uploaded).

There are lots of places to snorkel. Grab a kayak and head out, park at a reef and snorkel. We saw dozens of starfish, a variety of sea life and a sting ray. We ran into to the ray several times as he patrols the beach along Shannas Cove (Gabi calls him Jack). We enjoyed hovering above him in the water, watching him gracefully searching for food.

If you're a diver, there are several great spots but the Haitian Cargo ship is a great wreck dive. It's in shallow water so, if the sun's out, the visibility if fantastic. The reef behind the ship is in 25-45 feet of water and teaming with life. Again, visibility is like being in a swimming pool. Make sure to ask Frank to take you to this dive site.

Back on shore, you can hike to Man-of-War point (or you can kayak), lounge on the beach or visit a local restaurant. We went to the Smoke Pot for some fantastic local food and some local "Rake and Scrape" music (drum, accordion and a screw driving scraping a carpenters saw).

I would highly recommend Shannas Cove Resort if you want private, beautiful beaches, great food and a slow, island paradise pace. If you're looking for something special, something exclusive, something amazing, Shannas Cove is your destination.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Woodstock, Georgia
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2011

Shannas Cove Resort... I can't find the words. The view, hospitality, beach, and food are simply the finest. Frank and Gabi are lovely hosts; we arrived as guests but left as friends. My only regret is my new-found Kalik beer addiction--who am I kidding? No regrets! Go visit Frank, Gabi, the locals, and Cat Island. Have a cold Kalik. You will fall in love.

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  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2011

while we did not stay at Shannas Cove we did dive with them and had several meals there. My wife and I were really impressed with the Frank and Gabbi there were extremely nice and have a wonderful resort there. The food was the best we had on the island. If I were going to stay at a resort this would be the one.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Mercerville, New Jersey
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2011

Where do we begin? The time spent at Shannas Cove Resort was one of the best ever of our trips. It was relaxing, rejuvenating, refreshing and energizing. From the time we were picked up at Arthurs Town airport to the time we left, the hospitality, food, our cabin and the beautiful clear blue ocean was just amazing.

Frank and Gabi Wolff were our hosts and what hosts they were. They almost made you feel like family. The way they handle this beautiful resort was just outstanding. There were only five cabins and each one had a clear view of the clear Blue Ocean. They were clean and neat with a great deck to sit and relax.

The food was prepared fresh for every meal. Breakfast was special, for me anyway. Fresh fruit, tomatoes, homemade breads with cheeses and lunchmeats. And if you wanted eggs, you got it. Also a pot of French Pressed coffee..mmm-mmm-good. Lunch and Dinner were also outstanding, with wonderful selections. You have to try their pizza, you won’t be disappointed.

Both Frank and Gabi are outstanding in their knowledge of the culture and life style of Cat Island. They took us to a local bar/restaurant and we experienced the local food and the “rake and scrape” style music. Most of us got into it and participated in the fun.
Frank took us snorkeling at different parts of the island and how beautiful it was. He also will take you diving if you so desire.

The experience will be remembered for a very long time, so much so that we will be planning another trip next year. So if you are in need of time away from it all with Blue Clear Ocean and with hardly anyone on the beach, this is the place to go.

Frank and Gabi…you are the best and we thank you the being such wonderful host..See you soon.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Shanna Bay, Orange Creek, Cat Island
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Location: Caribbean > Bahamas > Out Islands > Cat Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant
Hotel Style:
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Cat Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Shannas Cove Resort 3.5*
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. ... more   less 
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Shannas Cove Hotel Cat Island
Shannas Cove Resort Cat Island, Bahamas

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