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.
- Also Known As:
- Fowl Cay Hotel Great Exuma
- Fowl Cay Resort Great Exuma, Bahamas