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Shangri-La on Cat Island

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Space 1,400 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights

Overview

About the property

2BR Oceanfront Vacation Rental Bennett's Harbour, Bahamas

You'll fall in love with this beautiful 1,400 sq ft. five-room stone house, located directly on the leeward side of a gorgeous, secluded beach. Ourtwo-bedroom home is positioned among many palm trees, just steps from one of the prettiest pristine beaches you'll ever see. The beach gradually extends -- coral free -- into the blue water. Further offshore are reefs that are perfect for fishing, scuba diving or snorkeling.

This home sleeps four, and has two bedrooms with king-size beds and one bath. Linens and towels are provided.

The fully-equipped kitchen has a microwave, blender, toaster, coffee maker. and washing machine. The living room has a fireplace, radio, CD. TV and VCR, and a large selection of movies. The 42 x 17-foot patio has a gas BBQ and lounge chairs, and is perfect for sunbathing. Included with the house are 2 kayaks, perfect to take into our creek for bone fishing, sea turtle watching and snorkeling.

One of the things which Cat Island is known for is it's bone fishing. Don't Miss It!!

Our 2006 Ford Escape is available for rent to explore the island's blue holes, sea glass exploring and historic structures.

We have a large cabana located on the beach for those times when you want to escape the heat. A perfect spot for watching the children or watching the setting sun.

This is an ideal holiday destination for couples or families.

More Details

Owner
Kim
Member since: 1998
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
90%
Calendar last updated:
November 18, 2017

About Kim

When we came to this island for a vacation in 1970 and immediately feel in love with the beauty of both the island and the people. Over a 15 year period, we built this house ourselves, with the help of some local Cat Islanders. We were lucky enough to be able to collect the beautiful stone indigenous to the island and use it as the structure of our home. We've tried to think of every little detail and have proudly maintained our home in excellent condition. We are happy to share it with others who also appreciate the beauty of the island and its people. Ginny and Richie Henn

What makes this house unique

The house offer a unique balance of privacy, yet only step from the water's edge.

Map

Nearest Airport
5 Miles
Arthur's Town Airport
Car: recommended

Beautiful House on Secluded Beach...

Amenities

Cat Island House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1400 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront
  • Waterfront
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
General:
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Telephone
  • Thermos Bottle
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king
  • Both Bedrooms have king size beds with sliding doors to the patio. Overhead ceiling fans make the room cool and comfortable.
Entertainment:
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles
  • Inflatable Boat
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Small Cooler
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • 1 bicycles
  • 17 beach chairs
Suitability:
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Car Available
Attractions:
  • caves
  • churches
  • reefs
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • horseshoes
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • hiking
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
Notes:
Internet access is available at certain locations on the island, approximately a 10 minute drive from the house.

Reviews

Exceptional! 5/5 -
(11 traveler reviews)

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average rating of 5.0 based on 11 reviews
Michigan, USA
5

Best vacation ever!

  • 5 of 5

I'll make this short and sweet. The house is awesome and has everything you could want for a relaxing self-sufficient vacation. Definitely rent the car. Travel is easy and it gives you so much freedom. The island itself is great. The people are even better. The friendliest place we've ever been. There is plenty to do if you want, or do nothing at all. Groceries are easy to get and plentiful. There are a few close restaurants and Yardie's (highly recommended) is an easy walk. Bring lots of bug spray and tanning lotion. It's not a bad idea to pack some frozen meat in a thermal tote with some ice packs. It was so nice to cook on the grill and enjoy a nice meal on the patio. We hesitated to give such high marks to this place because we want to keep it all to ourselves! We will definitely be back!

  • Submitted: Sep 1, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Like having your own private resort on a perfect secluded beach!

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I stayed at Shangri-La on 6/20/17 for a week. Booking was simple. Our caretaker met us at the tiny airport upon our arrival on a quick and smooth flight from Nassau. The house would be described as a rustic resort! It was very clean and had everything we needed. There is a grill, a hammock, 2 kayaks and a small cooler. There is no AC but it was actually cool at night except for the last two where it was warm but not uncomfortable. The beach was calm, deserted and amazing! Some boats came in the last few days and anchored out in front of the house. We joked that they were invading our private beach but all was fine. We had a couple of great bon fires under amazing stars. The car that's available with the rental had no problems except for a dead battery on a couple of trips down the island but we discovered the battery cable was just a little loose. No big deal. The Pink Chicken and fishing with Reynold were some of the hi lights. Hard to beat the amazing beaches, peacefulness and tranquility on Cat Island but I think the best feature are the people! The nicest I've ever met anywhere! Even the few tourists we met were a cut above. It's like we all realized we discovered a little known secret and were bonded by it. We did a lot of exploring and still didn't see everything. Definitely liked our beach the best! We've been all over the Bahamas, Virgin Islands (US and British) and many other Caribbean islands. Cat Island is now among the top. We will definitely be back. And soon!

  • Submitted: Jun 20, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Raleigh, NC
5

as advertised

  • 5 of 5

We loved this place. It was as advertised and we were not disappointed. It was private and the right size house. Beach out back was clean with good sand. Not rocky. Really a nice beach. We used the kayaks extensively. I took the kayak up a ways to the left and found several small isolated beaches that were very nice. There are floaties in the small shed. Fun to float around on the beach. Nice private cabana at the beach too.

The car was an adventure, but it didn't leave us stranded. There are some tricks to it so have the caretaker show you how to use the wipers. Cat island was just what we were looking for. If we come back to Cat we will certainly consider this house again.

  • Submitted: Aug 29, 2016
  • Stayed: November 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

L'authenticité au paradis

  • 5 of 5

Nous connaissions déjà très bien Cat Island mais avons été enchantés par cette agréable maison. Elle possède une âme, bien entretenue et propre. Une situation de rêve sur la plage mais protégée par de magnifiques cocotiers.

Trevor le caretaker est quelqu'un de sérieux, très aimable et dévoué.

La voiture fournie est un exceptionnel bonus car elle permet de faire les courses et de tout visiter. Nous en avons pris soin !

Nous pensons avoir trouvé notre "pied à terre" sur Cat Island et tous nos remerciements vont aux propriétaires.

  • Submitted: Aug 21, 2013
  • Stayed: August 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Finding Shangri-la

  • 5 of 5

I have hesitated writing a review because i don't want this place over run with people. The house was better than expected, it has everything one needs. It is set back from the beach just far enough for privacy but it is an easy walk to the beach. The deck is very large and only has a few steps to the sand. The owners are great and the caretaker Trevor will come if you need something but will never bother you. The people of Cat Island are the most engaging and kind people i have met since growing up on a farm in Iowa. They will help you find what you need, and in the 2 weeks we were on Cat no one asked us to buy anything or heckled us like other islands. I have been to 26 islands in the Carribean and the beach rates at the top. You can be on the beach all day and never see another person. Places like Shangri-la are rare in these times. This was the most relaxed and at ease i have been for years. If you come to Cat you need to understand it does not have the big night life casinos and 4 star hotels, it will rejvenate your soul if you just slow down and take it all in. Also it does have the basic supplies, but it is a good idea to bring some meat and a few supplies yourself. When you go exploring you will want to get back to Shangri-La because it is the best spot. Five of us stayed in the house the first week with no problem. If you come looking for treasure you will find it in the people of Cat Island!

  • Submitted: Apr 22, 2013
  • Stayed: February 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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San Diego, CA
5

Our Favorite Beach Vacation

  • 5 of 5

We have visited beaches from Australia to the Seychelles and many points in between, but Shangri-La on Cat Island remains our absolute favorite beach vacation in the world. Once again, we had this beautiful and pristine beach to ourselves for our entire two week stay. We have stayed at Shangri-La at least sixteen times over the past sixteen years, and we've been the only two people on the beach on all but two of our visits. To say we love this place is an understatement. The house is always very clean, in perfect condition and is extremely comfortable. The people on Cat Island are the most friendly, helpful and happy people we have ever met. This is a true escape from the world, and when you must leave the island, you will be very relaxed and rejuvenated. (Although we're also very sad because we don't want to leave!) Ginny and Richie are such wonderful people to deal with, and we cannot recommend this very special place highly enough.

  • Submitted: Jan 5, 2012
  • Stayed: October 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

$200 per person per week for more than 2 people.
We also have a vehicle for rent for $375 per week.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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