I don't really know where to start, everything with our stay at the Tail Winds Resort was just fantastic.
We arrived on the sky bahamas afternoon flight (be sure to fly into Arthurs Town, New Bight is a one hour car ride) and Richard, the owner, had already organized a taxi to get us to the hotel. Good start. When we arrived we first saw Richards famous Willys Army Jeep and the beautiful houses. RIchard awaited us in restaurant, or as he calls it "captains lounge", with his heartwarming smile. After he showed us our room (we were in the "happy landings" villa) and around the resort the first thing we did was to jump into the ocean. Oh that beautiful beach, love at first sight.
The next surprise was how great, spacious and perfectly clean the rooms were. Debbie and Daisy, the cleaning ladies, did a awesome job during our whole stay. The kingsize bed is super comfortable, the ac does a good job (and is very quiet in sleep mode) and nothing is missing. TV, fridge, microwave, coffee machine and a small safe. But by far the best about the rooms is the shower. At first we were a bit confused when we entered the bathroom a did not see a shower, but then Rich opened the glass door outside and showed us the outdoor shower. Guarded by room high walls you can shower under the sun or the stars which is a great feeling. Just perfect. And you never run out of hot water and the water pressure is very good and the water from Tail Winds own well is sweet and tasty.
So back to the resort. It's build on a wooden deck about 5feet above the ground. There are four villas, two of them on the waterfront. But you have a ocean view from all of the villas (and, of course from the bed). The Restaurant is located behind in the back and in between the two inland villas there are some couches and chairs under a sunroof. Between the waterfront houses there is a 7 on 14 foot whirlpool with a great back massage fountain. The massage is a must try. My back never felt better afterwards.
There are some lounge chairs around the pool. Those zero gravity chairs are very very comfortable and perfect to spend the whole day just lying there doing nothing.
But why would you want to stay on deck when you got ocean just 50 feet away? The beach is great. Fine grained, white sand just like on the postcards. Clear warm turquoise water, and some small reefs not far away. If you want to snorkeling Richard will give you state of the art gear to enjoy your experience. But even without gear you can see deep down on den reefs from above the waterline.
And it's lonely on the beach. Very very lonely. On a crowded day you could meet five other people going on a walk there.
The Tiki Bar is between the deck and the beach and there is a fridge full of cold drinks and also some loungers you can take down to the beach. The Tiki Bar and restaurant drinks are payed with a honor system. Just fix yourself the drink you want and write it down. No need to deal with a barkeeper or something like that. This really helps to feel at home and you don't need to worry about carrying around cash all time.
Speaking of cash, Richard accepts credit card payments while most of the other stores and restaurants on the island don't any kind of electronic payment so you have to make sure you have enough cash with you.
Tail Winds offers a huge variety of caribbean and american food. The food is very tasty (try the rib eye steak, lobster and the fish tempura) and reasonably priced and Richard will prepare it whenever you want, just tell him a while before.
Richard also has some bicycles you can just take to ride around the island. Arthurs Town, the next village with a grocery store is a 20 minute ride away.
All in all this was a great vacation, we've had a wonderful time and will definitely come back here. Never felt so at home at a hotel or anywhere. We really enjoyed sitting out at night with Richard. He is a warm and funny guy with lots of stories to tell. Richard built this place as his retirement and in everything he does you can see how much he loves this place. The only thing he wants is to make his visitors happy and be sure they have the time of their life. Tail Winds is a great place but Richard makes it perfect.
And a special advise: take some time in the whirlpool at night when all the lights are out and watch the stars.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Let the winds take you to beautiful Cat Island, where the sandy, pink, unpopulated beaches stretches for miles and you can swim in the crystal clear turquoise water and gentle breezes caress you in the evening under the starry sky. Come and stay with us, and let us show you the real, unspoiled Bahamas. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Tail Winds Resort Cat Island, Bahamas