My hubby and I both have hospitality background in the US, but are currently stationed in Nassau, Bahamas. We were celebrating our 15th anniversary, and needed to get off the Island. We knew we wanted to explore other islands while living down here, and SCYC came highly recommended by a couple of his colleagues. They also encouraged us to take advantage of the all-inclusive package, which included 3 meals/day, plus the daily use of a Boston Whaler, snorkel equipment and bicycles.
We took an early flight in on Friday morning, and touched down around 9:30ish. It was too early to check into our room (the resort was entirely booked), but they were SO gracious, sat us down for breakfast, then gave us access to a boat to use while our room was being readied. We got into our swimsuits and off we went!
The islands are beautiful! There are SO many places where you can just park your boat and go shelling, or scuba diving or just hanging on the beautiful and plentiful beaches! We only were there for 3 nights, but every single day, we went to a different beach - found beautiful shells of all varieties, and a bunch of small conch shells, a couple of sand dollars...The iguanas on Bitter Guana Cay were very curious and intrepid little creatures, VERY attracted to our bright colored towels and lunch cooler. At one point, we had 2 dozen of them (I counted!) surrounding our little area. Crazy, but cool!
At breakfast time, when you order your breakfast, if you're going out on your boat, you should also order your "box lunch," which consists of a sandwich, chips, fruit cup and beverage, and is put into a cooler on ice. If you have capacity, bring your alcohol with you (esp liquor). It'll save you a coupla pennies, as liquor bottles there are about double what we pay in Nassau (which are double what we pay in the States, jus' sayin').
Dinners are a really fun "community" experience! It's a single-seating affair, so everyone staying at the resort generally congregates around the bar about 45 minutes prior to dinner being served, enjoys a cocktail or three, then are all seated at the same time. For dinner, we received a soup, salad, entree and dessert. The soups are DIVINE!! The salads are -- salads. I LOVED the lobster and lamb entrees, and my hubby had a really good steak! The desserts are all made-from-scratch, and are OMG AMAZING!!!
The bungalows (cottages) are octagonal shaped, and are really efficiently laid out! We stayed in Sea Glass, and it had a king bed in front, which was backed against a long divider wall, with openings both on the left and right. The right opening had a small walk-in closet and counter area. The left opening had a double sink, long shower and toilet area. It had no wasted space, but didn't feel cramped at all! LOVED it!! Housekeeping gave us fresh towels and linens every day. Y'can't even find that in the States, anymore. Sunsets at SCYC are breathtaking!!
The staff become your family, as you become theirs. Every single bit of the resort has a non-pretentious charm about it. If you're looking to pay tons of money for spa days and high-maintenance pampering, this place isn't for you. If you want down-home hospitality with a lot of Love, Joy and sense of "coming home on vacation," then SCYC is your spot!
We WILL be back - and will be bringing friends!!
- 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