Yes, the ocean is gorgeous.
Yes, the views are amazing.
Yes, the service is awesome.
Yes, they give you a boat to use during your stay.
...but for the price you are paying, and for a Sandals resort, there can be a few areas of improvements.
For example, the villa is a little dated (and in need of some maintenance - during our 1 week stay, we had problems with the air conditioning, doors sticking, and a door knob falling off), the food is average at best (definitely not worth the $100 per person price tag for those coming to the resort to dine), and there are aspects of the resort that have been poorly maintained (for example, great Schwinn bikes provided, but they obviously have not been well-taken care of - rust, slimy debris on handlebars, and horrible, squeaky brakes).
That said, there are some good things to say about the place too. I cannot stress how wonderful the staff here have been. Everyone is so friendly and helpful. Our host, Lisa-Ann, was amazing. The boat is great to have and handles nicely. The location of the resort is pretty convenient - 5 min boat ride to Staniel Cay, minutes away from tourist spots like Thunderball Grotto and Major Spot, and tons of sea life nearby. (spotted: starfish, nurse sharks, sting rays, barracudas, and lots of other fish) You have the option of a packed lunch to take out each day if you're going out on your boat. For those that like fishing, fishing equipment and bait are provided. Decent fishing spots are nearby. The villa is pretty well stocked with food and beverages. The beds are extremely comfortable.
Bring mosquito repellent. Even though we had our windows and doors closed, we still had a problem with mosquitoes flying around inside the house.
Resort activities include: bike riding, tennis (rackets and balls provided; there is 1 children's racket), paddle boarding (just 1 - the other is broken), and kayaking. Indoor activities at the Hill House include pool, darts, chess, checkers and other games. There is a small collection of books and DVDs in the Hill House.
There is a small pool located behind the Hill House. (note: pool too small for laps) Inside the Hill House, there is a tiny little gym consisting of a LifeFitness treadmill, elliptical, and a few weights. Bring either reading material or your MP3 player when you go work out. The TV in there was not working for my entire stay.
Free wifi available, although it can be a bit slow. DirecTV available. Full cable provided.
Toiletries provided: Molton Brown brand (never heard of it, but it's quite nice!) shampoo, conditioner, body wash, lotion, bar soap, and shaving kit.
- Also Known As:
- Fowl Cay Hotel Great Exuma
- Fowl Cay Resort Great Exuma, Bahamas