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“Excellent get-away!” 5 of 5 stars
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St Francis Resort
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Stocking Island, Great Exuma   |  
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Ranked #2 of 9 Hotels in Great Exuma
Arlington, Virginia
1 review
“Excellent get-away!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2013

We went (husband, wife, 11 & 13 year old boys) this June for the first time and were not disappointed. It was a beautiful island, very private and secluded, and the service, staff and accomodations were great. If you are looking for a relaxing time surrounded by nature's beauty, this is the spot for you. The owners make you feel like one of the family, and the employees are friendly and helpful. The chef came out after each meal to make sure we enjoyed it, which we did. It was a great value compared to other places in the Bahama's. Be sure to try the fresh conch salad at the Chat-n-Chill for lunch one day!

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 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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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Dallas, Texas
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2013 via mobile

This was hands down the best vacation. We stayed in April 2013. Great location and super friendly hosts! The food was excellent. Hearty breakfast delivered to your room every morning, tasty sandwiches @ the restaurant for lunch and lobster tails in the evening!! Never complained about a meal. Service was top motch. It IS desolate- that's what makes it great. You have to rent a boat @ minns and explore the surrounding beaches. Not for folks looking for great night life. If you want quiet, relaxing, good food and good beaches, you have found your next vacation spot. Tip: ask Jillian where the beach chairs are for days you want to sit on the Atlantic side. Also- the waves on that side canbe brutal so be careful.

  • Stayed July 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Mannheim, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
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27 reviews 27 reviews
20 hotel reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2013

Meanwhile it is also known to German people that St.Francis is one of the most beautiful places in the Bahamas to relax in a nice nature and private atmosphere.
So we (family with 13 year old child) visited Stocking Island for one week end of may 2013, and all of the positive descriptions that we fould before became true, that's well known and it's not necessary to repeat in detail -
But what we would like to point out is in what extraordinary supportive way George cared that we could meet our departure flight, as the day before a heavy rain and thunderstorm flooded all the streets, so under normal circumstances we would have missed all our schedules, and we were out of hope.
What he did for us is a long story that he can tell also you better, but have a short look to our attached photo where we want to express our thanks to him.
Will never forget that help, George!

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2013 via mobile

The St. Francis resort is a great place to really relax. Beautiful beaches and water. Best food! No need to go anywhere else to eat lunch & dinner. Only 2 downfalls, would be morning coffee. I don't understand the instant thing??? Also, having to wrap up my evening dining by 7pm. I'm not 70 with a digestion issue. Just a bit later, 7:30 or 8 would be better.

  • Stayed May 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Bahamas
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2013

We went toThe St Francis Resort for two years in a row now. It is a secluded hideaway with the the Atlantic Ocean on one side and the Georgetown Harbor on the other, this resort gives you the best of both worlds. Everything about this place is ideal if you are looking to relax and have fun in the sun. George, Gillian and Greg run the resort and are fantastic. Breakfast is great and delivered to your room every morning. The bar and restaurant is wonderful as well with great food. We loved Kiva and Sandy from the restaurant! . Good value for money and everyone is so friendly. The beach is right at you door and if you are looking for something to do you can explore the many trails on the island and the deserted beaches. The highlight was the Monday night BBQ with an amazing family atmosphere. If you want to do something like go the see the swimming pigs and iguanas, talk to Gillian and she will get you the best deals. This is a special place and you won't be disappointed! We can not wait to go back next year!

  • Stayed March 2013, 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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Rochester, New York
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47 reviews 47 reviews
22 hotel reviews
Reviews in 25 cities Reviews in 25 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2013

We stayed at St. Francis for 4 nights in February. What an absolutely beautiful place! We were picked up at the Exuma Market dock by Greg and whisked across Elizabeth Harbour to St Francis where we were met promptly by Jill. Our room was clean, with a wide open beach view. We didn't spend much time in our room however as there was much to explore.

Stocking Island has a good 5 miles of beach and you can explore various trails that take you to high points where you can view the ocean, harbour, Stocking Island and Exuma, or to the many private/deserted beaches.

I highly recommend you find the Crabzilla trail. We had to do a bit of wading at high tide to get to it from Sand Dollar Beach, but it's excellent and brings you to a lovely beach that gives you a close up view of neighboring cays and has lovely snorkeling.

When we weren't exploring the beaches, we were enjoying drinks and delicious food at the restaurant. Every meal was fantastic, every drink was amazing and the prices were absolutely reasonable. Also, this was the week of the Stocking Island Regatta, so we met loads of "cruisers" who were staying in Elizabeth Harbour. As much, or as little, social as you could want.

I'd also recommend a trip over to the Chat N Chill. KB and his family are wonderful and friendly and they grill a wicked fish. We rented a boat from Minns in Georgetown for one day which was an excellent way to explore more of Elizabeth Harbour.

Again, Jill, Greg and George were so wonderful and helpful. We were 100% relaxed after this vacation. I'd like to highly recommend St. Francis--a real gem.

Room Tip: Every room has an ocean view, but in room 1 you can get a wider view of the whole beach!
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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KILMARNOCK, Virginia, USA
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

St. Francis Resort is exactly what we were looking for.....and dreaming about! From the moment we arrived until the minute that we had to drag ourselves away and go back to reality, it was perfect. Jill, Greg (George was at the boat show!) and the entire staff of Sandy, Keva, Kista, Teresa and Valencia (if I left someone out, I apologize, but you were great too) were very friendly, attentive, and most accomodating. We miss them!!!

The rooms were spacious and clean and had everything you needed; bed, bathroom, mini-fridge, microwave and were void of the things you didn't...tv, phone (you are there for a relaxing time remember.)

The night life consisted of great drinks, awesome food, good conversation, gorgeous sunsets on the deck and quiet walks on the beach. Tuesdays and Thursdays are poker night, which my husband thoroughly enjoyed. Sunday is Trivia Pursuit and Monday is a private cook-out for the guests. You determine the level of your activity.

Although St Francis offers free kayaks, etc. we opted to rent a boat for the week, and embarked on daily explorations of the harbour. We are boat and water people, so this activity kept us entertained for hours as we scouted out starfish, conch and tropical fish. There are many snorkeling spots, but the best is the one at the end of the harbour where there is an actual reef. The beaches on both the harbor and ocean side were beautiful, and empty or nearly empty. You could spend hours just looking at the turquoise watersI Greg is an excellent source of ideas for places to go. I could go on and on, but as I mentioned before, you can be as active or inactive as you choose.

As many reviewers have stated, this is not the place for crowds or nightlife or so many activities you can't decide what to do in the time you have. This is the place for rejuvenation of your soul and cleansing of your mind. We came as strangers and left as friends, with the promise of many more return visits. There is no need to travel anywhere else, we have found our place!

  • Stayed February 2013, 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: Stocking Island, Great Exuma
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Location: Caribbean > Bahamas > Out Islands > Great Exuma
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Restaurant Room Service
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Ranked #2 of 9 Hotels in Great Exuma
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3 star — St Francis Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
St Francis Resort is located in a pristine location on Stocking Island. Enjoy miles of whitesand beaches, diving and watersports, sailing, dining, and much more! ... more   less 
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