Stayed here with my parents for a week in February. The location is great-- we alternated fishing out of Middle Bight and South Bight all week depending on the winds and the guide availability. All guides were very skilled and hard-working and the staff at Swain's was extremely friendly. The beach itself was beautiful along with the flat and island right off the lodge. It is a laid-back place with a very pleasant vibe. I highly recommend it!
Great spot to chase bonefish from. Room was spotless, bed comfortable and grounds are well maintained. The Chef did a great job every meal and the lunches were perfect The owner and staff made sure everything went smooth and helped coordinate guides, transportation and Covid requirements
Could not have been better. Cheryl and her staff couldnt have done more for us- very friendly. Even after a 4 night stay they seemed life long friends. Food excellent. Rooms generous size with AC. Beautiful beach.
A friend and I went to bonefish and came back feeling like we left family. Ms. Cheryl, Chef Pam, Ms. Melinda, Miss Kristian, Noel and Ms. Enid took care of us like family. Pam and Kristian went out of their way to accommodate any request, from fruit for lunch to replacing broken rods. Resort is clean, comfortable and tranquil with beautiful sunrises over pristine ocean flats. Rooms and baths were cleaned and changed daily and done better than five star hotels. Our guide, Elvis, was fantastic. Cant wait to get back! Thank you for a wonderful trip.
We have been going to Swain’s several times per year for the past few years. Yes, the rooms are comfortable…a perfect mix of Bahamian style with modern amenities. Yes, the grounds are beautiful with a gorgeous wading flat right in front of the resort. Yes, INCREDIBLE cuisine made lovingly by Chef Pam. Yes, a wonderful network of expert bonefish guides. However, the real reason why Swain’s has become our “go to” home away from home is because of the incredible staff. Ms. Cheryl, Chef Pam, Ms. Melinda, Miss Kristian, Noel and Ms. Enid take care of us like family. They are exemplary models of the love and warmth that is the Bahamas. You’ll leave rested, several pounds heavier, camera roll full of bonefish, and an aching desire to quickly plan your return.
We just got back from Swains Cay in Andros last night. There were three of us who were there for bone fishing on flies and we could not have been happier. We got an independent guide who recommended Swains and he was spot on. They are the friendliest people, answering all my questions in getting it set up, booking our flight from Nassau on Flamingo Air and finding us a promotion that got one of us to fly free. They set up a cab to pick us up and were ready with a home cooked dinner for that night. Kristian who runs the office was just super. Very friendly and helpful. She got us squared away in no time and was always available if we needed her. Pam is the resort chef and she made us delicious meals that were different every day. We had lobster, conch, pasta, chicken and fish. All delicious. She also was there to make sure we got enough to eat (never a problem) and was just a truly warm and enthusiastic person. I was very interested in how the conch is made and she took me in the kitchen to show me the entire process. I’ll never make it myself but her generosity of time and information was extraordinary. The resort made us a continental breakfast each morning before fishing and got us down to the dock for the day. They packed us a great lunch every day that we ate in the boat and we had literally tons of cold bottles of water, which are super important since it’s so hot. We got back from fishing and had cold beers and Pam’s changing hors-d’oeuveres on the beach under the palm trees. Then came dinner and even key lime pie! The other staff at the hotel are all helpful and keep the place very clean. The room we had was large and had excellent air conditioning. We borrowed bikes one day to ride around and there are kayaks right on the front beach. The fishing nearby was great. We booked directly with Alvin Greene and we got fish every day despite being bothered by the edge of hurricane Elsa. We will be back to Swains for sure!!…
My husband and I stayed 5 nights at Swains cay lodge about a week ago and will definitely return. We normally visit a different Bahamian Island every year to experience the real Bahamian way of life. By far it was the best. Hospitality was at its best, Our room was so clean, comfortable and accommodating. The food was so delicious and fresh. WE really enjoyed walking the beach and bicycles.. The resort itself was so clean and quiet. Ms. Bastian and her staff were awesome. we even had fresh coconut water from right off the beach ..Awesome Awesome.
My husband and I stayed for two and a half months in the property adjoining the resort that has recently come under the management of Cheryl Bastian, owner of the Swains Cay Lodge Resort. Our agreement allowed flexibility to be independent tenants in a long term stay rather than “guests” of the next door lodge. We could, and did, take advantage of all the accommodations of the lodge at different times, by choice. We rented a bedroom and the kitchen. We cooked mostly our own meals and did our own cleaning and laundry, but at any time we could have had the housekeeper, Enid, do our chores instead. It’s the best of both worlds! To my knowledge, long term stays are difficult to find or nonexistent on Andros. We were fortunate and grateful to have found such a reasonable and flexible opportunity! Our growing familiarity with Swain’s Cay Lodge created deep respect for the management philosophy and standards of Cheryl Bastian, who lives on site. The property is maintained well and is clean, physically attractive and comfortable. Cheryl Bastian graciously provides a guest-centered first class experience. She has a dedicated team, including Chef Pam’s kitchen crew who creates inspired meals of high quality and carefully prepared food. The caretaker, Noel, has pride in his grounds-keeping aesthetics and over all can-do fix it problem solving. Krissy Taylor’s office manager resource skills helped us immeasurably in negotiating Covid regulations and documentation and above and beyond logistical support when when a family member had a health issue. The team at Swain’s are all kind, helpful, warm and prioritize tailoring your stay to you. They all have a love and enthusiasm for the area and they advocate and educate and facilitate in all aspects of a person’s stay as needed. The seaside location on a wadable white sand flat and swimming beach is stunning. The expansive grass and sand lawn is soft to the barefeet. There are flowers and coconuts and birds. Amazing sponges and coral are washed up by the tides. If you want privacy or the comraderie of others, it’s your choice to make. There are bikes and kayaks if you want to explore the area. People are friendly and it’s a safe place. This is a small family out island. There are mom and pop stores for basics. This is a natural unspoiled island suitable for people who enjoy simple living and a slow easy pace. Swain’s Cay Lodge feels private and the beach isolated, and yet the community is accessible if you want to explore island life. Things to know about Mangrove Cay. The power goes out from time to time. There are no-seeums. Supplies come from far and delivery is subject to factors including weather and high taxation. Do bring what you will need. Do not expect to necessarily find special items or much choice at the little stores. Cheryl maintains a small gift shop that includes flies and bug repellant and Benadryl and really nice shirts and hats and buffs and gloves, etc. Staff will run for items if you are lacking and there are taxis and rental cars. There are native food takeouts staff can bring you to or you can pedal to if you want. Don’t count on signage. People just know where things are. Mangrove Cay is not commercialized. It’s a cash economy. The is one bank on Mangrove Cay and it’s open short hours on a few days. PayPal and credit cards are generally not able to be accepted and internet may not support transactions even if a business accepts cards. Tipping is a way of life. Give a “blessing” of a tip when you are helped. Bring Picardin bug dope. It works better and longer and is more comfortable than Deet. Hydrocortisone ointment works better than Benadryl Cream for bites. Developing relationships with the Swains Cay staff will give you a “family” to rely on in a culture that is unique and totally real. We were grateful for their generously given friendly advice. My husband and I both bonefish and we did mostly do-it-yourself wading on the accessible flats all around Mangrove Cay. Admittedly, we caught more fish by booking several of the world class guides of Andros. The guides are kind and knowledgable and gentle teachers. Go to a different country if you want critical guides who yell at you. That’s not the Bahamas way. Swains Cay Lodge Resort is a really nice and special place. It has its own genuine comfort and style, not fake impersonal luxury. We look forward to returning to Swain’s Cay Lodge.…
Just spent a week here with my Father. This place was everything we hoped for. The food was excellent and the rooms were clean and functional. Now for the important part-This fishing was excellent! The guides that work with this lodge are friendly and local. Got us on fish everyday in different conditions. If you like bone fishing this is the place to go. Defiantly going to return at some point in the future.
We spent a week at Swains Cay Lodge after the holiday and it was the best decision we made in 2020. My husband and 4 kids, ages 14-8 enjoyed every day we had at Swains. Incredible fishery and bone fishing guides, beautiful property, clean comfortable rooms and the food was delicious. Days were filled with fishing, bike rides, kayaking, exploring the island in front of the property and just quality family time. We will be back for sure and would highly recommend it. The Bahamas felt safe during the pandemic and it was the get away we needed.