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Fowl Cay Resort
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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31 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
“Why do we go anywhere else?”
Reviewed August 21, 2012

This was our second trip to Fowl Cay, staying in the Lindon house. Our second stay was even better than the first, if that is even possible (see our review from May of 2011). On our second night, my husband looked at me and said ‘Why do we go anywhere else?’ – this from a person who always wants to try somewhere new. We usually take 3 sun/fun vacations per year and like to try different properties, but Fowl Cay tops them all.

We really felt like we were coming home when we arrived via seaplane on Saturday the 6th (If you are traveling with less than 4 people and a small amount of luggage make sure to check out Safari Seaplanes run by Paul and Suzanne Harding – it is an awesome experience). Hugs and warm greetings all around. The team (feels more like family) on the island is still basically the same, which was good to see, as they are all fantastic.

We were quickly shown to Lindon house, and it was just as we remembered it, with a few nice updates including new cookware and dishes (not that it matters that much, since we were only cooking breakfast).

The views from the patio at Lindon are truly some of the best ocean views ever. You can walk down the stairs to the beach and go directly into the water. The last hurricane eroded some of the North Beach but you can still get into the water pretty easily, and at low tide you have a bit of beach.

A boat is included with your villa, after a checkout ride with Yves, you are pretty much free to go where you want, when you want. Lisa Ann will pack you a marvelous picnic lunch to take on your boat (or you can chose to dine at Hill House on the island for lunch).

Every morning we had leisurely coffee on the patio and watched the sunrise, made breakfast and then headed out for the day. This year we decided to spend a day on the island itself (instead of always racing out on the boat). We enjoyed hanging out at the south beach, trying out the kayaks, paddle boards and the bocce ball.

We also decided to hire a captain for a half day to take us further North than we were comfortable going. It was nice to have someone else who knew the area, the tides, etc. to take us up the aquarium and other areas for snorkeling. Wayland was our captain for the day. He is one of the team at Fowl Cay and a former Sandals butler, so the experience was wonderful. He took us out to the aquarium at just the right time (slack tide) for snorkeling, then we went to see Johnny Depp’s island (not really star-gazers, but it was neat to see how the celebrities live), snorkeled at the coral gardens, then took a dip in Rachel’s bubble bath and finished the day with a picnic on a secluded beach. Wayland joined us for snorkeling and pointed out many fish (and a huge stingray buried in the sand) that we may not have seen had he not been with us. For our lunch at the beach, his butler skills took over and he spread out our picnic, poured our beverages and then quietly stepped away to the boat so that we could have some privacy. We finished with a quick stop to see the swimming pigs (they are so close to Fowl Cay, you can stop every day on the way home). It was a great day!

Every evening at Fowl Cay can be different, depending on the guests on the island and if off-islanders come over for dinner. It is really great to have a cocktail and chat with the other quests (or the dinner guests from the nearby yachts) to hear of everyone’s adventures for the day. You can be as social as you want, or if you want privacy, there are plenty of spots at Hill House where you can just sit quietly and enjoy a cocktail and the sunset. Dinners were always delicious with a choice of two different entrees. You can never go wrong the locally caught fish (in Wisconsin it is difficult to get fresh fish), but the meat entrées are also delicious. One night I had the veal chop (yes I know incredibly politically incorrect), and it was by far and away the best chop I have ever eaten. Chef Tony was filling in while we were there (Chef George was there last year, but he needed to return home and spend some time with his family). He did a great job on all the meals.

We were celebrating my birthday, so of course there was a cake, singing and many hugs. That afternoon, while I was taking a nap in the hammock at Lindon house, my husband quietly went out to the office and booked us for next year for my birthday as well! When we returned home, we decided ‘why go anyplace else’ and also booked for my birthday in 2014.

So we will be having a reunion with our ‘family’ at Fowl Cay (Yves, Marta, Grant, Nicole, Lisa Ann, Wayland and Ruby the wonder dog) in another years time.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 18, 2012

The only problem with writing this review is that Fowl Cay will get even harder to book!!!! But how can I NOT write a review??? This is a magical island where dreams come true and family memories are made. From the minute you arrive, you feel as if you have known everyone for years. The staff are all so welcoming and so eager to make your stay the best that it can be. There isn't a single thing that I can say I didn't like about Fowl Cay. The food is super (thanks so much Ben!). The service is great. The accomodations are great. The sheets and mattress are fantastic. The frig is stocked with everything you could possibly need, even Haagen Daz in the freezer and chocolate bars on the counter!! The boat is perfect for exploring, fishing, snorkeling, hanging out on deserted beaches with your specially packed picnic with all the foodie things your family likes (they know exactly what to put in those coolers somehow!). Thank you so much Nicole, Grant, Wayland, Lisa Anne, Kyle (Kyle, please come back to Fowl Cay after you get your hospitality degree -- my boys miss you!), and to all the rest who work behind the scenes to make this special hideaway the best for family times! I cried when I left. Thanks for all those hearfelt hugs on the dock!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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Upstate NY
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Reviewed August 1, 2012

Where to start? Wow, we have sought out luxury travel for 25 years and we have finally found exactly what we are looking for in Fowl Cay Resort. The setting is unmatched on crystal blue waters, the setup - or how things work day to day provides a perfect rhythm in which to enjoy completely care free fun and the staff is perfectly competent but more importantly, genuinely friendly and helpful. It felt as though we were staying with extended family who truly wanted us to have a great time and would do ANYTHING to be sure that happens every moment of every day. But it's a low key, casual kind of service that makes you feel so comfortable, while experiencing the best of everything. I don't want to ruin all the nice surprises they cooked up for us to celebrate our anniversary so as not to ruin it for future couples, but suffice to say it was the best day we ever could have imagined! All thanks to the personable and fantastic staff. Of course being issued your own golf cart and boat upon arrival, the stocked villa, immaculate beachfront digs and surreal views don't hurt...Can't say enough except to say we WILL be back.
XO Lisa Ann, Nicole, Grant, Marta, Yves, Wayland, Kyle and Ruby.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Ludlow, Kentucky
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Reviewed June 14, 2012

Wow. I can't express enough about how impressed we were with Fowl Cay. We planned our honeymoon at Fowl Cay way in advance of our wedding. We decided last minute to "elope" and get married in the Islands as well. After a few discussions with our rep at Fowl Cay, we decided on nearby Emerald Bay. Incredible wedding and we loved the resort. But it cannot compare to Fowl Cay. People make the difference and they did. We loved everyone at the island. A boat and a butler - what else do you need? We woke every morning to delicious pastries and fresh brewed coffee then off on our adventures. 10-5 we were on the boat exploring and never had so much fun in our lives and we are not youngin's. We snorkeled in cave's, found the sunken airplane, swam in Rachel's bubble, swam with the sharks, took pic's with the Iguana's, had cocktails at the "yacht club's" and fed the starving little piggy's each evening. The food was incredible and the atmosphere so nice. We loved loved loved Fowl Cay. I hesitate to tell everyone about the trip because I don't want everyone to book in advance, but I can't help but being somewhat of a Maven. We loved Fowl Cay and will be back - over and over. Fun!!!!!

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Helsingborg
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Reviewed June 13, 2012

Unforgettable with the privacy we wanted. À one of à kind experience full of family fun, and still with sofisticated dining.

We will be back!

  • Stayed May 2012
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1 Thank Lars M
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Arizona
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166 reviews
46 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
Reviewed May 9, 2012

We booked Fowl Cay and stayed in the Lindon Cottage for our anniversary. By chance, I read a tiny article about Fowl Cay and the Exumas in a travel magazine, which peaked my interest. We were not at all let down. The service from the staff on the island is impeccable! Nicole, Grant, Lisa Ann, and Wayland were all the greatest hosts and met every need. From Lisa Ann having fresh coffee and fresh hot baked goods waiting for us every morning, to the great dinner prepared each evening, this was an over the top experience. We ended our vacation with 3 nights in Miami Beach at the St Regis at Bal Harbour, eating dinner at Mr Chows and The Palm. Fowl Cay and it's staff could teach all of these fine establishments, service and hospitality! We hope to go back very soon to meet our wonderful new friends mentioned above.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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5 Thank Experiencedtrav07
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed April 11, 2012

We just returned from a week at Fowl Cay Resort. We were in the Bird Cage Villa. We came in with very high expectations, and they were exceeded. The staff is so incredibly friendly and helpful, you are immediately welcomed with open arms (literally) and before long you feel like family. The water is remarkable, snorkling is some of the best we have ever seen, and there is an island near by habitated by tame-'ish' wild pigs! They literally swim out to your boat for food....(just ask the chef and they will arm you with scraps). The mornings begin with warm baked snacks delivered silently to your villas kitchen. When you arise, your coffee pot has been turned on, there is a newspaper on your table, and you can watch the sun rise from your private oasis. Then, off to your outdoor shower before jumping in your own private boat to explore the neighboring islands. Don't miss swimming with the Nurse Sharks at neighboring Compass Cay Marina, and the Grotto Cave was indescribable. If you are heading out for the the day they will prepare a lunch for you to enjoy on any of the countless islands in the area.

The evenings often began early in the afternoon with Kalic (local bahamian beer) and a stroll on the beach. Then a fabulous meal served by an excellent chef each night. Lobster, Steak, Lobster and Steak, Rack of Lamb, the works.

On our departing day, we elected to take a sea-plane to Nassau to fly home from there. Paul from Safari Seaplanes landed the aircraft in front of our villa, and parked his plane on our beach. We said our heartfelt goodbyes and flew off, with thoughts of when we could next return to this paradise.

We could not have had a better time. Worth every single penny.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with family
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7 Thank My-Life-I-Sought
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Property: Fowl Cay Resort
Address: Fowl Cay, Great Exuma
Location: Caribbean > Bahamas > Out Islands > Great Exuma
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
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Ranked #2 of 14 Specialty Lodging in Great Exuma
Number of rooms: 6
Also Known As:
Fowl Cay Hotel Great Exuma
Fowl Cay Resort Great Exuma, Bahamas

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