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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
Columbus, Ohio
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14 reviews 14 reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Off the Grid vacation”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

My husband and I vacationed at St.Francis purely by accident. The sailboat we chartered in the Bahamas didn't work out due to technical difficulties, and we made a last minute reservation at St. Francis Resort. Stocking Island is amazing quiet with few inhabitants. There are no cars, plenty of walking and views from the rooms were spectacular from the private balconies. We have traveled to many other islands including Puerto Rico, other islands in the Bahamas, St. Martin, US Virgin. Islands, but the St. Francis Resort is our favorite off the grid spot. You can rent a motor boat, snorkel, scuba, fish, or relax with the sailors at the restaurant and bar in the evening. George, Jill and their son Greg are delightful hosts. We were enchanted by the cab driver - Rudy - cab #9 who brought our room key back to Jill after I got to the airport and realized it was still in my pocket. Enjoy!

  • Stayed July 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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  • 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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Fort Mill, SC
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19 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014 via mobile

My husband, sister and I spent a week here enjoying the the natural beauty of Exuma and Stocking island. If you want to have a quiet vacation to enjoy nature and unplug, then this is the perfect resort for you! The staff of the resort are incredibly nice and helpful and they all want to make sure that you are enjoying your time there. The owners, Jill and George, are fabulous as well! We felt like they were family by the end of the week and I sincerely miss Jill and her sweet smile and hugs. Her breakfast tray in the morning was always a treat. Jill makes a delicious breakfast! I have a shellfish allergy but they took great pains to make sure that my food did not cause me any problems. I know that this is difficult for some kitchens but they were very accommodating. The food in their restaurant was delicious throughout the week and I certainly enjoyed those gin and tonics! George grilled on his BBQ an excellent dinner of either lobster, steak or chicken one night that was yummy. Dinner in their restaurant is before seven but it was not a problem for us and if you want to hang out at the bar it is open late and there is a tv there plus other guests might be around. To us though, sitting on our porch staring at the ocean and taking in a distant lightning show, reading or playing cards was relaxing enough. The amazing gorgeous water is on both sides of the resort and the white sand beach is deserted most of the time so that is nice. The ocean was never too rough so swimming in it was easy. Renting a boat for the week is a must if you enjoy snorkeling and exploring the many beaches dotting the water between the islands. The boat rental company will give you a map to show where the best reefs are to snorkel and there is an amazing cave and blue hole near the resort that is fun to snorkel at. Wherever I travel in the world I am always the happiest when the people I meet make me feel welcome and are happy and kind. The people at the St. Frances and the people we met everywhere on Exuma made me happy! We enjoyed our time there and agree with other guests that the St. Frances is a very special place!

Stayed June 2014, traveled with friends
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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2014

We vacationed at the St. Francis Resort May 6th-13th, 2014. There truly are not words to describe what a wonderful time we had. George and Jill are the most amazing and gracious hosts. The grounds at St. Francis are immaculate and full of gorgeous views! The rooms are very comfortable, and the back terrace opens out to the most breathtaking sight of the ocean. Each meal that Chef keva prepared was superb and delicious with a touch of Bahamian flare. Thanks to Sandy and Kista for great service and endless laughs.
There are numerous activities for the energetic vacationer. Hiking Stocking Island was an adventure. The island is inhabited by an array of birds, non-venomous snakes, lizards, and frogs. Likewise, there is kayaking, sailing and snorkeling. We rented a boat from Minns Water Sports in George Town and had a blast!!! There are so many secluded and magnificent beaches to explore. We saw all types of fish, starfish and stingrays. We will definitely return to St. Francis Resort in the future. It truly is a very unforgettable place.

  • Stayed May 2014, 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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West Islip, New York
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2014

Just got back Saturday. Was almost reluctant to write this review as a I felt like someone who found a great restaurant but wants to keep it a secret so it does not get too crowded!! But George and Jillian are such wonderful people that we could not do right by them by not telling everyone what a wonderful time we had. The entire staff was great, the grounds beautiful, the food delicious, the room clean and we so enjoyed the peacefulness and tranquility. Yes, there is no TV in the room and internet is limited (probably only good for checking e-mail) but that is exactly what we wanted-to totally disconnect from the world. Although there were other guests, we rarely saw them except at dinner. Such a long beach on the ocean side with so many places to explore on both sides of the island kept everyone busy.

We have been to many islands and this is the first one that we truly are committed to returning to. Thanks George and Jillian and to all of your staff for the greatest of times!!

  • Stayed April 2014, 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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Long Island
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014

If you're looking to get away from it all, St. Francis Resort is the place to go. We were accommodated into this resort at a very late booking while joining in some fun of sloop sailing during the 61st annual Exuma Regatta.
The owners, George and Jill were great from the time of our arrival to departure as well as all of the staff who did an excellent job of making us feel welcomed.
From the back terrace of the room on the Atlantic side is a beautiful sandy beach that stretches as far as the eyes can see. The only disappointing thing for us was no TV in the room since we like to catch up on the News while relaxing before sleep neither was I able to utilize the wifi, but for just a few days and our late stay over on the main land of Exuma these were not a miss. Would definitely do it again someday.
With love,
Your neighbouring guest.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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Morristown, New Jersey
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4 reviews 4 reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

St. Francis has nothing but sea, shore and sky and everything one needs to relax and enjoy life. Jillian and George allow their guests to feel comfortable from pick up at the dock on Exuma to drop off to leave. The restaurant offers lovely Bahamian food served in a friendly and helpful manner. A very special place.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Frisco, Texas
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014

There are so many reasons this vacation was great, and it wouldn't have been the same if we had stayed anywhere else. The St.Francis has an unbeatable location that affords its guests a view of the Atlantic from the back terrace of the room, and an amazing view of the harbor and Great Exuma in the distance just a short walk out the front door of the room. The beaches on the Atlantic side are more or less deserted, and great for a long sunrise or sunset walk. The water is a bit rougher on this side, but no less enjoyable.

What really makes St. Francis the jewel of the Exumas are its owners, George and Jill. From the time of our arrival to our reluctant good-byes, they made us feel like we were part of the family, not simply guests. They truly went out of their way to ensure that our stay was one we will remember for many years to come. Amazing Bahamiam sunsets were taken in each day from the patio terrace overlooking the harbor, while interesting stories were recounted by guests and visiting sailors alike over refreshing rum punches.

As this island is only accessible by boat, we opted to rent one from Minn's Watersports across in the bay in Georgetown. It was truly a great way to explore the numerous hidden cays and beaches of the island, and afforded us access to a great number of places we could not otherwise visit.

We cannot wait to return to St. Francis and have already recommended it to friends seeking this type of vacation.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Address: Stocking Island, Great Exuma
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Location: Caribbean > Bahamas > Out Islands > Great Exuma
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
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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