My wife and I (both of us mid 20's) traveled to SCYC for our 1 year anniversary and a belated honeymoon. I want to be detailed as much as I can with my review so I can provide people with an accurate picture of what SCYC is before you book your trip.
First off if you're thinking about going to SCYC I would strongly recommend using Watermaker's Air out of Fort Lauderdale Executive airport to get to Staniel Cay. Watermaker's and SCYC are owned by the same person so it's a natural fit to use their service. Always check with Watermaker's before you book because more then likely the Bahamas will offer a free companion airfare basically ensuring you get a 2 for 1 if you book and travel by a certain time.
Flying into Staniel Cay you start to get a picture of how clear the water is in the Exumas. Those in the boating community (which isn't us) say that the Exumas offer the clearest water in all the world. Pictures honestly don't really show the colors of the water from deep blue to Aqua to light Blue, it's truly shocking how amazing the water is.
Once you arrive you are picked up by SCYC staff at the airstrip and driven by golf cart to the hotel which is about 5 min away. Once you land you really understand how remote this island is. Upon arrival you check in at the bar which doubles as the clubhouse and the dining room, it really the unofficial hub of SCYC. Check in is was simple and our cottage was ready so we were able to get right in right away.
Our cottage (Pink) was one of 4 cottage, all with the same layout. The cottages are very basic, it's probably about the size of a 20 foot x 20 foot room that divided into a bathroom on one side and the bed on the other. Each cottage has a deck that is literally on the ocean. At high tide our deck got pretty wet because of the waves which are about 5 feet under the deck. Each cottage has an air conditioner as well as a mini fridge which comes in handy. No guest cottage or suite come with TV's or phones. The bar has 2 TV's with access to American channels as well as a computer with internet access for an extra fee.
When you book you have the option of doing the all-inclusive package which provides 3 meals a day, non-alcoholic drinks during meals, use of snorkel gear, bikes, kayaks, use of 13 foot boat w/fuel, all taxes and gratuities. In my opinion that's the only way to go because meals are pretty pricey and they can add up quickly. Golf carts are a great way to explore the island but are an additional fee.
That brings me to the food. Being that SCYC is the only thing on Staniel Cay I was worried that the food was going to been suspect. I couldn't be more wrong! I'd put any meal at SCYC up again any 4 or 5 star restaurant in the states, the food is that good. Breakfast offers mostly American classics likes eggs, omelets, pancakes, french toast (so good!); while Lunch offers burgers, salads, and sandwiches. They also can pack you lunches to take with you when you take the boat out or if you just explore the island with a bike or a golf cart. If you happen to stay around the hotel for lunch they put their burgers and sandwiches on Bahamian bread which is amazing.
Dinner is 4 courses. You place your entree and side order at the bar before 5pm and dinner is served right at 7:30pm with the ringing of a bell. We were there 5 nights and I had steak, lobster, couch, chicken breast, and lamb. All the entrees as well as the soups and salads were awesome.
Don't be surprised if the power goes off at random times during the day. Ours went off in the middle of our 1st night and then again on the 4th night. Previous responses by management say the problem has been fixed with backup generators however it hasn't. It didn't effect my review because it happened at night and it was cool enough outside to not be a big deal having the A/C off for 2 or 3 hours. In the summer that could be different story.
Overall SCYC is unique place that provides you some great insight into Bahamian life as well experience a part of the world that has been relatively untouched. As others have mentioned, this is not a full-service resort, if you can't make your own fun don't go. But if you want clear water, amazing food, a place to relax then I would say this is your kind of place. We will be returning again soon!
If you want more info you can message me and I can give you more tips and places to go on and off the island.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Soothe your body, mind and soul with small island charm. Let one of our beautifully decorated cottages be your relaxing home while in the Exumas. Your balcony will literally overhang the clearest waters in the world. Secluded beaches. Incredible SCUBA, snorkeling, fishing and kayaking. Delicious cuisine. Inviting pool and sundeck. Friendly island bar. Full-service marina and 3,000’ airstrip. "Watermakers Air" provides convenient flights to Staniel Cay. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Staniel Cay Yacht Club Hotel Staniel Cay
- Staniel Cay Yacht Club Bahamas