It is hard to find a place that is off the beaten path, but Salt Cay delivers, and Castaway is the perfect place to stay for your visit. The only property on north beach, it is secluded, and you'll likely be the only person on the beach when you go for a stroll. There was another family staying at the other bungalow (in both rooms), but we didn't see them unless it was on purpose. It was quiet, secluded, and the only sound was the surf, aside from the occassional donkey. (Our neighbor learned why there are chains on the porches--they like to come visit!)
The property is exceptionally clean, and it doesn't even have that musty smell you usually come to associate with any tropical property. Kazie (the caretaker) is always behind the scenes and there to fix a buggy flat tire or get you some water. You won't always see him, but if you call, magically whatever needed fixing will be fixed. Porter and Haidee are a delight, and we enjoyed socializing with them and the others we met on the island. You don't even have to close (let alone lock) your doors, and I get the sense it's because Porter's the boss and no one on the island messes with his guests. (He sells them liquor, why would they want to piss him off?) I felt unbelievably safe the whole time I was there.
As others have mentioned, there isn't much on the island, but Haidee can order supplies from Grand Turk if you give her notice, or you can bring stuff with you from Provo. I brought just a few snacks and was fine with dinners/lunches at one of the two restaurants. You can also buy alcohol from Porter's and bring it back to your room with you.
I'll review Porter's Island Thyme (the restaurant owned by the same proprieters as Castaway) separately, but that place is a joy as well. Porter has a story to tell for everything, so it's a lot of fun hanging out and chatting with Haidee, Porter, the local residents, and the other guests.
I loved it so much, I am already planning a girls' getaway in the next few years. We're hoping to go in the winter (probably not this winter but the next) to see the whales. I just hope it Salt Cay can always stay the serene paradise it is now!
- Also Known As:
- Castaway, Salt Cay Turks And Caicos
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The only accommodations on Salt Cay's pristine North Beach!Breezy, beautiful accommodations only steps from the azure seas of Salt Cay. King-sized bed, full kitchen and sitting room with large beach deck overlooking the ocean. Continental breakfast on your porch. 24/7 Concierge Service.Castaway's will not be accepting reservation from August 30, 2013 to November 1, 2013. ... more less