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Sunset at The Cays
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Location of The Cays on Great Exuma, Bahamas
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3 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Sleeps 6
George Town, Great Exuma, Out Islands, Bahamas

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lumpysgir...
Toronto
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10 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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“Look no further!”
Reviewed 4 April 2015 for a stay in March 2015
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Like most people, we spent hours online looking for the perfect villa in Exuma which can be a daunting task. I mean, how can you choose the place for your ideal vacation from a few photos and good reviews? Well, every time we looked elsewhere, The Cays property kept popping up in front of us so we decided to give it a try. I can honestly say I am so happy we did - this place was just what we wanted and more! It's located in a very quiet, somewhat secluded spot a couple of minutes walk from Catch A Fire restaurant and as such is one of the few properties offering gorgeous sunsets.
We stayed at Airwood Villa, which was right on the water, and the house was spacious, clean, and had everything we needed. There was a very large living room, laundry facilities, master bedroom with a king size bed, ensuite and walk in closet and had a beautiful view of the ocean through the palm trees beautifuuly placed for privacy. The second bedroom at the opposite end of the house had a queen bed and also had a beautiful ocean view with an ensuite (with jacuzzi tub!) and walk in closet. At the back of the house were an additional 2 bright and clean bedrooms and bathroom.
There is a pool area overlooking the ocean, as well as a sand area that is great for kids when the tide is in; when the tide is out there is a small beach area to explore. There are a couple of dock areas for boats and a few lovely spots to sit and enjoy the sunset. The property overlooks the bonefishing flats so don't be surprised if you see bonefish swimming by...there were also quite a few blue-claw crabs hanging out. The colour of the water was just stunning, and we spent a few nights sitting in the huge screened-in porch watching the sun set.
The Cays is made up of 13 houses all built by Norman, who lives on the property with his wife Julie. They manage all the properties and are readily available to help with anything you might need - from pre-arrival shopping to arranging rental cars and bonefishing tours.
Even small details were looked after right away - the can opener in our villa was broken, so that afternoon Norman had gone and bought a new one for us.
We really enjoyed the community atmosphere of having the homes sharing a common pool & bar area. Every day around 4:30 Norman would be down at the communal bar (not stocked - bring your own!) and we would sit and socialize with the other owners or guests.
The location of the Cays was perfect - about a 10-minute drive from the airport and from Georgetown. There is a butcher shop close by (Prime Island Meats and Deli) who have both frozen and fresh meats as well as deli items such as cheese, ham and freshly baked breads. They also have prepared cooked chickens which were perfect for those nights we didn't feel like eating out.
Beaches close by were breathtaking - there was one barely a 2-minute drive and it was deserted every time we went.
We will definitely return to The Cays - it was the perfect spot for us. Quiet and peaceful, yet still a lovely community without the busy resort feel. We feel blessed to have found this spot and a huge thank you to Norman and Julie for their hospitality. They have really created a home-away-from-home feel and we can't wait to go back.

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J H
Stockholm
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“What a place!”
Reviewed 23 January 2015 for a stay in January 2015
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It is not easy to Google around for the best spot for your vacation months in advance and on the other side of the planet! But man am i happy that i picked Norman and Julies The Cays! Me and my family simply loved the place! Great location, think quiet and a magic sunset every night, think close to everything since it's pretty much in the middle of everything, needless to say you do need to rent a car to get around anyway.
Great Exumas was pure magic, pricey yes for food but The Cays was simply amazing and the standard superb. Norman hooked us up with the right folks for all excursions and i will miss the afternoon chat over a beer in the bar ( Yup, bring your own), such a cool spot.
We will all miss the dogs too, Haggis,Rascal and Cricket, they will love u too though they dont seem to listen to Norman's calls for "dinnertime":-)
All in all, we just loved The Cays and we hope you do to.

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beachjunk...
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45 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Perfect home away from home”
Reviewed 17 December 2014 for a stay in December 2014
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We couldn't ask for a better community to stay in while vacationing. Norman & Julie are perfect neighbors/host. It felt like being in our own little hometown.

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Darek007
Montreal, Canada
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14 reviews
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“Excellent place in a small paradise”
Reviewed 20 November 2014 for a stay in August 2014
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We stayed at The Cays for 2 weeks. Upon our arrival we were greeted to our villa by Norman and Julie. We were delighted to see the quality of the accomodations and the grounds around the developpement. We felt like we had a resort to ourselves. The pool side and the beach bar are well located of the beach front. Perfect for a late afternoon dip and cold beer while contemplating the sunset. During the whole stay, Norman and Julie were readily accesible for any request. They arranged a car delivery for us in no moment and were always near by to help us out when needed. Well situated in a secluded area but close enough to the city center and the famous fish fry. I recommend this to anyone and you won't be dissapointed. We will definitly return to The Cays!

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Management Response
25 Nov 2014
Thank you so much for this review.
We hope you will return to visit us soon.
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RinkratNe...
Calgary, Canada
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10 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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“Competes with the best Resorts”
Reviewed 24 July 2014 for a stay in July 2014

We did our due diligence and looked into many places to stay before making a decision. We made an excellent choice staying at The Cays, ‘Coconut Cottage’. The owner Joanna has a beautiful place. The house is clean and appointed with furnishings that would rival a 5-star resort. Spacious rooms with king/queen beds, granite countertops throughout, livingroom and dining area. This property is great value for dollar as compared to others on the island.

This ‘home away from home’ is supported by property managers Norman and Julie, and it situated in The Cays complex of houses. Norman and Julie are fantastic managers, they were very accommodating and helpful in providing information about Exuma and area. They also provided shopping service so we had some basic necessities when we arrived. They are constantly busy maintaining the property’s pool, poolside social area and of course, their clients.., us travellers. Pictures of The Cays property are fantastic and is exactly what you get, no trick photography here.

Thanks for Joanna, Norman and Julie for providing a wonderful place to stay. Visit Exuma! Skip the resorts, keep it real and stay at The Cays.

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