We stayed in the Starfish Cottage for 3 nights and had the best time. Ida picked us up from the airport and took us to her home where we picked up the golf cart, which we used to tour the island during the duration of our stay. A short 5 minute drive through town to the cottages, where Ida pointed out the few restaurants and small grocery in Black Point. Our cottage was stocked with food, as Ida graciously offered to pick up groceries for us (I had emailed her a list about a week before our arrival). Note- We froze some meat while we were in Nassau and checked it in our luggage. Also purchased beer/booze in Nassau, which were checked as luggage. Limited selection of food/booze available to purchase on the island, so come prepared. We did purchase some booze on the island from Zhivago at one of the restaurants/bars. The kitchen in the cottage was stocked with all essential appliances, pots, silverware, and cooking utensils. Propane grill was available for use; however, it was hard to light at night when it was windy.
The views from both entrances of the cottage were stunning; a 30 second walk down to the bay, 2 minute walk down to the Atlantic side. Ida had some great beach umbrellas, lounge chairs, mini volleyball net, and covered seating area down at the beach. We were typically the only people on the beach, with some sailors coming into explore the bay at low tide. We were very active on the island; we recommend a good pair of shoes (we had Keen waterproof hiking sandals) secondary to all the rough coral around the various parts of the island.
Ida couldn’t have been a better host. She was very easy to communicate with by telephone and email prior to our stay and answered plenty of questions for us. She stopped by a few times to check on us, on one visit she brought us a delicious turkey dinner and had made a carrot cake with cream cheese frosting for Dan’s birthday on Sunday! Ida arranged for a tour guide for us to go explore the Exumas by sea and Raynar was a fantastic guide. We were frequently the only people at the various cays and beaches. Bring lots of camera batteries, we ran out about half-way through our sea outing.
Ida’s cottages were bright and beautiful; however, we did not spend much time inside. There was Wi-Fi available with Satellite television. A few of Ida’s cottages had DVD players with some DVD's available.
Our only regret, not staying longer! Thank you Ida and the local residents for making us feel so welcome! We'll be back!!