"Laidback beach hideaway on a delightfully private turquoise cove with unforgettable sunsets."

Need to know

    • 7 rooms and 5 villas
    • There is no wifi or TV in the rooms. Free wifi is available in the club house.
    • Check-in and check-out times are generally set with the arrival of daily flights which only come twice a day.
    • Hotel closes between mid-August and October 31.

We love

  • You barely need shoes as you are always on the beach
  • Captivating sunsets perfectly timed with dinner
  • Social atmosphere at the beach bar where you meet interesting people
  • Exploring Cat Island. Rent a car for a day: hang out on Old Bight Beach and enjoy a pre-ordered Bahamian lunch at Rollezz Villas. Also visit a pink sand beach and meet Bahamians at the local Fish Fry.

An extra little something

Book with us today and we'll give you:

A complimentary boat excursion to a private shelling beach or a complimentary bottle of champagne with a fruit and cheese platter in your room.

Top Secret

The creek next to Fernandez Bay is a labyrinth of shallow sandbars and salt water channels. They resemble rivers. Most people kayak down the beach to explore, but, you can also hop on a bike and ride on the dirt road to the last villa on the Bay. Walk around the property and you’ll end up inside the creek.

Origins

Tony Armbrister, a descendent of the British Loyalists and plantation owners who settled in Cat Island, operates the family-run business with his wife, daughter and son-in-law. When he built the resort, the cottages were the first structures on this exclusive cove. The 18th century Armbrister Great House is still a historical site although it was left in ruins after enslaved Africans burnt it during a revolt.

The Review

The feeling of nature – its wildness and beauty – is ever present at Fernandez Bay. The property quietly nestles itself into the natural vegetation bordering the beach.  Grains of sand carpet every surface, whether by chance or choice. The sea is always in view. From each cottage doorstep, the turquoise water peers through pathways of coconut and seagrape trees. The bathrooms are uniquely designed to create an indoor-outdoor effect. The walls tower but the ceiling opens to the sky. Overhanging trees provide added privacy and shade, but expose the bathroom to the outdoors.

From the moment you step inside this laid back resort, the ocean steals your attention. Its striking closeness is definitely one of the resort’s most loveable features, along with the family atmosphere that makes it feel like a home away from home, particularly for repeat guests. This is reinforced by the trust system. There aren’t any room keys, and the bar and boutique use an honour system. You make your own drinks and write up your own tabs.

The casual style of the resort is only interrupted by the regimented buffet dinner served promptly at 7.30 pm. Arrive promptly to enjoy the pre-set menu as there is only one sitting; if you miss it by mistake finding food elsewhere will be inconvenient and costly given how isolated the resort is.

A reminder of dinner time is the captivating sunset that retires below the watery horizon, making each night feel golden and glorious. After dinner the beach bar turns into a social hub, where you meet interesting people from around the world and interact with the resident owners and managers.

The resort provides paddle boards, kayaks, floats and snorkeling gear to explore the nearby cays and creeks. The water toys are really enjoyable to create your own adventure.

The sea will beacon you on the day you leave; you will wrestle with the idea of getting sandy and salty again, but you will likely succumb, because the beach is always calling at Fernandez Bay.

Location

Fernandez Bay Village

  • Address: Fernandez Village, New Bight, Cat Island, The Bahamas
  • Travel info: On arrival, a $5 hotel taxi takes guest on a 5 minute drive from New Bight Airport (TBI) to the hotel. At the time of check out a hotel shuttle transfers guests to the airport.

Key Features

  • Stunning Views

  • Weddings

  • Airport Shuttle

  • Beach

  • Car Parking

  • Pet Friendly

  • Bar

  • Restaurant