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“So Wonderful to Return to Our "Second Home"”

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Shannas Cove Resort
Ranked #2 of 10 Hotels in Cat Island
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed March 2, 2014

We just returned from our second visit with Gabi, Frank and the Shannas family - we truly feel like it is our second home. All of the accolades stated here are true - it IS a hidden slice of paradise; one you want to keep a private secret, but that would be unfair to all involved. A couple we met last year, whom we've stayed in touch with but couldn't make it this year, and one we met this past week, are coming back with us next year - lasting friendships are quickly fostered in such a relaxed and carefree atmosphere, with only ten adults in residence at a time, in a fairly isolated spot. Actually, during this year's visit, we were able to catch up with a couple we met last year who just happened to return at the same time we were there. What a terrific surprise it was, when they walked in at cocktail hour one evening! This is just another illustration of how special Shannas Cove is. However, if you want to have quiet, more private visit, there is plenty of room in the restaurant to stay off to yourself. In conclusion, if you're looking for a place to relax, unplug, unwind and escape from the real world with some very special people in a tropical paradise, Shannas Cove is for you!

Stayed: February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 26, 2014

Visited Shannas Cove with my wife to celebrate Valentine's day. Been to beaches around the world, and this has to be one of the most beautiful one. Powder white sand to go with clear turquoise water. Most of the times we were the only ones on the beach. Breakfast starts with a beautiful plate of cut fruits, followed by a plate of slices of different cheeses, ham, turkey, and sausage. Together with a basket of baked goods, bagels, toast, and English muffins. A caraf of juice, your choice of course, then they take your order. Fried eggs, bacon, pan cakes. Coffee or tea. All this for about $35, wow. After a day of swimming and relaxing on the beach, we would go up for dinner around 7pm. First we had drinks and did a little socializing with the other guest, and of course with Frank and Gaby. Dinner is gourmet dining every night. One night dinner started with a large pan fried scallop on a bed of asparagus, followed by a lobster tail with melted butter. Desert was a large slice of tiramisu. All this for about $80.00 for 2. One night dinner was a fresh piece of Grouper, which was Delicious, however my wife does not like fish, so Gaby made her a beef tenderloin. They also have lunch, however we just had breakfast and dinner. Frank and Gaby go out of their way to make you happy. The room was clean and roomy, the one we stayed in was the Dolphin and this cottage has two double sliding doors that overlook the beautiful landscape and the ocean. The room has a fully stocked mini bar, with reasonably priced water, beer, drinks, and snacks. One last thing that I found amazing, the plane from Miami to Nassau, was delayed for two hours so we missed our plane from Nassau to Cat Island, and there was not another flight till the next day, so we had to spend the night and Nassau. We could not check in to Shannas Cove till the next day. I expected to be charged for that day since we had reserved. Upon checking out I noticed that we were not charged for that day. I ask Frank and he told us it wasn't our fault that we could not make that day, so he would not charge us for that day! By the way all the staff was great. We had a truly great time. Thank you Frank and Gaby.

Stayed: February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 25, 2014

WOW, how do I begin. We returned to this wonderful place after two years and it just seems to get better and better. The rooms are still small but totaly roomy and very comfortable with a beautiful terrace overlooking the ocean. There are only five cabins but they are completely sold out through August. The food is exceptional and the beach is wide, white and deserted. Once again I have to state that as good as everything is, the primary cause for its success are Gabi and Frank Wolf the owners who are totally involved in every aspect of Shanna's Cove. We look forward to our next visit.

Stayed: February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 12, 2014

I could easily echo all of the accolades of the 150+ reviews on this site. As I read the other reviews, I am hard-pressed to provide new adjectives or additional tributes not previously addressed by others at length. In our case, my wife and I were looking for a quiet place to retreat from the cold climate and hectic pace of our jobs and traffic in Washington, DC. My wife picked Shanna’s Cove from the recommendations on Trip Advisor and we had never been to Cat Island. Shanna’s Cove suited our needs perfectly.
We were picked up at the airport by Gabi who, on the short five mile trip to Shanna’s Cove, provided us a lot of information about the island and the resort. When we arrived at Shanna’s Cove we were struck by the well-maintained grounds, the cleanliness of the restaurant/bar and our room, and the magnificent views of the ocean. Almost instantly we found ourselves mentally and physically slowing to the pace of the waves breaking on the beach.
Over the next five days we took long walks along two miles of white sand beach and calm clear/turquoise water. We swam in the shallow waters that even in early February were warm and inviting; for those with tender feet, a sandy bottom extends well off shore. We had the entire beach to ourselves and made use of the kayaks provided by the resort to explore the shoreline. On another day we took an easy 30-minute walk to a spectacular beach called Man-O-War that has miles of white/rose sand and remarkably blue water. In addition to our beach walks, my wife and I spent hours relaxing in the warm sunshine, talking, reading and napping, all in complete privacy.
In the evenings we walked up to the restaurant/bar where we spent wonderful evenings socializing with the other eight guests and the owners Frank and Gabi. Each evening begins with cocktails and then dinner at 7:30. The atmosphere is warm and friendly with people you will come to call friends by the end your stay. After dinner you have the options of revisiting the bar or retreating to the privacy of your room. With our particular group, everyone opted to stay and share in the camaraderie. Frank is the perfect neighborhood bartender. He manages the conversation and music to suit the guests. His good nature, sense of humor and sincere desire to see his guests have an enjoyable stay make him the mainstay of the evening.
As many reviewers have previously mentioned, the food is quite remarkable. The three-course evening meals are exquisite. Everything prepared fresh daily from recipes Gabi has refined over time to be truly incredible. We are not strangers to fine dining, and we can attest that Gabi’s attention to food quality, meticulous preparation and artful plating holds its own with some of the finest restaurants around the world. Breakfast and lunch are prized as well. The standard fare for breakfast includes fresh vegetables, fruit, meats and cheeses, orange juice, coffee (classic French served in a press), breads, and then eggs/omelets prepared any way you wish or pancakes and bacon. The only downside to this marvelous fare is that you are too satiated to enjoy their wonderful lunch menu, although I can highly recommend the white shrimp and pineapple pizza. Moreover, the breakfast and lunch meals are served on your schedule, whenever that might be, and not at specific times.
Frank and Gabi are truly amazing people. They are selfless people whose entire focus are on the comfort and needs of their guests; a philosophy shared by their long-time staff, Tara, Mally, Rado, Andrea and others, who are all remarkably friendly and accommodating. Frank and Gabi have traveled extensively in their lives and over the years have developed an acute sense of what travelers seek. This insight is displayed in all aspects of the personal service, outstanding food, comfort of the rooms, and attention to detail they provide to each guest. Their business model is elegantly simple; provide outstanding service, great food, clean comfortable accommodations and charge reasonable prices, and customers will return repeatedly and provide glowing recommendations to others.
Shanna’s Cove is a magnificent escape that you will want to return to repeatedly. At the end of our short stay we hugged Frank and Gabi as old friends, and booked our return reservation before we left. We highly recommend Shanna’s Cove for a memorable romantic vacation.

Room Tip: There are only five private bungalows, and all have a private deck with a magnificent ocean view. A...
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5  Thank wayfarer33
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Reviewed February 9, 2014

Let me start by saying, I am regretfully posting this review, because I am concerned the resort calendar will be filled after more people find out how great Shanna's Cove is. Nevertheless, I must say that our honeymoon on Cat Island was spectacular.

Frank and Gabi were excellent hosts; they were relaxed, informative, and they met the needs/requests of their guests. They were easy to talk to and were always in for a good time. Frank was quick to respond to e-mails and they were very straightforward with their pricing.

The service was top notch. The employees at Shanna's Cove were the most friendly, fun, and helpful people I have ever encountered at a resort. They were so relaxed and genuine, just like the other residents we met on the island. The island was safe, lots of fun activities (if you so desire), and the scenery was beautiful.

The atmosphere at Shanna's Cove was a nice mix of seclusion and socializing. We were able to spend time alone and walk on miles of uninhabited beaches, however, at night we had lots of fun meeting new people and spending time with new friends. We even rented a car and toured the whole island with our new friends from Michigan!!

The food was better than any other resort we have stayed at. The food options were healthy, fresh, and flavorful. Unlike other vacation resorts, we did not leave feeling guilty for eating junk food for several days.

Bottom line is, if you are looking for a vacation with no strings attached, no gimmicks, friendly hosts and local residents, relaxation with the option of activities, then you will be pleasantly surprised with Shanna's Cove.

  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 6, 2014

Thank you trip advisor (and of course all the guests who have posted their experiences) for bringing to light what a true gem Shanna's Cove really is. We just arrived home from a 5 night stay and couldn't have asked for a more secluded/romantic time in the Bahamas. Thank you Frank and Gabi for everything, a return trip is a definite must!


We enjoyed making new friendships with everyone during our stay, especially our new Canadian and Minnesota friends :) We wish all of you the best and hope to stay in touch!

We now understand why Shanna's has so many excellent reviews!!!

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2  Thank Dani022378
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Reviewed January 22, 2014

Four days are not enough and five stars are not enough! We have traveled many places, including many Caribbean Islands. Shanna’s Cove is a unique private little slice of paradise and is a must go place. If you are looking to be alone and away from it all, this is the place. Limited to 10 guests, privacy is easy to find on the miles of many secluded and unspoiled beaches, and your accommodations are private, isolated detached chalets. From the time I made our reservation Frank could not do enough for us. Frank and Gabi are exceptional hosts and made us feel right at home from the moment we were picked up from the airport. They employ a great and hospitable staff that takes Gabi’s lead and formulates unprecedented food, which is freshly prepared daily.

The chalets, the main house and all the accompaniments are of high quality with no expense spared, an island getaway with Ritz Carlton quality with out all the hustle and bustle. This is the perfect place to just unplug. Limited TV and Internet, but good cell service, just in case! We cannot wait to get back; in fact we booked a week next year and asked to be first on the list for any cancellations. If you would like to visit this place, do not hesitate since it is booked 6-8 months out.

Although we flew ourselves into the island it is easily accessible through Nassau with two flights a day. For those private pilots, I was a little concerned with runway conditions and the fact that there are no Instrument approaches into the island, it’s an easy trip over from the US. Plan your trip with a stop in North Eleuthera (MYEH) clear customs, if its IFR they have a good GPS approach. You can always stop in Nassau where there are several precision approaches. The runway at Authors Town Airport (MYCA) is plenty wide and long, Bahamas Air lands Beechcraft 1900’s twice a day from Nassau in Authors Town.

Room Tip: All Chalets have equal views, privacy and accomadations.
  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Shannas Cove Resort

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 Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Best Value Hotel in Cat Island
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Cat Island
Price Range: $170 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Shannas Cove Resort 3*
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.Free high speed WiFi in the restaurant. Kayaks, stand up boards, snorkel gear is free of charge for our guests. We have a fully equipped dive center and offer also fishing trips, bone fishing in the nearby creek, Turtle watch tours in the creek and snorkel trips ... more   less 
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