Fowl Cay is a private island with a difference: discover six uniquely beautiful villas spread across a private 50-acre retreat in the secluded chain of the Exumas, Bahamas. No neighboring hotels, no passing ships, no crowds – just you and the excitement of exploring a special kind of wilderness.
Made up of 365 tiny islands and cays, stretching across more than 120 miles of crystal-clear, warm turquoise water – the natural beauty of the Exumas is one of the most extraordinary settings on the planet. It’s time to explore the world of Fowl Cay – no longer just a dream…
All about OUR ISLAND
Sitting at the center of the beautiful Exuma chain made up of little, scattered islands, deserted beaches and sandbars is Fowl Cay Resort. A vacation on Fowl Cay is truly like no other… and there are barely words to describe it–other than this is a getaway you need to experience for yourself.
The best way to describe Fowl Cay Resort is that it is a casual vacation experience that combines the freedom of renting your very own island villa (or the entire island) with all the quality amenities of a full-service resort.
History of FOWL CAY
Once used by the local community as an island where they kept their chickens for food – hence the name Fowl Cay – Fowl Cay first became a vacation destination in the 50’s when a French couple bought the island and built their home away from home on the spot where the current Lindon Villa stands (again hence the name!).
Over the years the island passed through two other families who established their home-away-from-home on Fowl Cay and subsequently enjoyed the beauty of the central Exumas with their families.
Fowl Cay Resort was established as the first high-end luxury resort in the Exumas in March 2002. The current owners, The Stewarts, purchased Fowl Cay in 2007 and have been sharing this unique and special getaway with others ever since.
Steeped in history, the Exumas was originally home to the native Lucayan Indians until the 1700’s when American Revolutionary war Loyalists settled and attempted to establish cotton plantations in the area.
To this day, Staniel Cay is one of the few permanent Bahamian Settlements in the entire Exuma Chain and one of the most popular spots for tourists and vacation homes.
Local residents are known for their sailing prowess and the Patriarch of Staniel Cay – Rolle Grey, won the first ever National Family Island Regatta on his boat Tida Wave. Even more remarkable, he was at the finish line 50 years later and saw his resurrected boat go on to win the 50th Anniversary of the Regatta in 2004.
The Exumas is also home to the Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park, the first park of its kind established in the world. It has been designated a No Take Zone in order to protect a safe breeding ground for the marine wildlife and fish that provides the local economy with its jobs and food.
Getting to the ISLAND
There are many options for travel to our Exumas private resort. Scheduled flights, as well as private chartered flights, are available direct from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida (1h 30 minutes) or Nassau, Bahamas (40 minutes) into Staniel Cay Airstrip.
Once on the ground at Staniel Cay Airstrip (a mere 1.25 miles from Fowl Cay), a member of our resort team will meet you personally, take care of your luggage and bring you to the dock, where you will be transferred by a breathtaking 7-minute boat ride to the Cay.
Airport transfers for guests arriving from Staniel Cay Airstrip to Fowl Cay Resort are complimentary. You are also welcome to travel to Fowl Cay with your boat. Private planes may land at Staniel Cay’s 3,030 ft.-paved airstrip. You may also charter a seaplane to land near our resort.
The Villas at
FOWL CAY RESORT
Dotted around the Eastern perimeter of Fowl Cay are six gorgeous villas for you to use as your home away from home in the Exumas.
Our one, two and three-bedroom villas all have fully equipped kitchens that are stocked with breakfast, lunch and snack items before your arrival (all included in the price). All have ocean views and are lined with French or sliding glass doors that open to beautiful patios overlooking the breathtaking water below.
In addition to your fully stocked kitchen, each villa includes your own personal motorboat (gas, too!), a golf cart and use of all the equipment on the island. The boat allows you get out and explore the beautiful central Exumas, while Fowl Cay provides the ultimate home base to return to at the end of the day.
You make your own breakfast, our chef makes you a picnic lunch to take on your boat, your villa host packs a cooler and brings you fresh clean towels, and you’re off for a day on the water!
When you return, jump in your luxurious shower and head up to the Hill House for cocktail hour and a gourmet dinner of local seafood and delicious desserts. It’s all there for you to enjoy and we are there to make it as relaxing and enjoyable as possible.
Moon-gazing with family or friends doesn’t get any better than from the terrace of this stunning and spacious three-bedroom en-suite villa. Located on the small ridge overlooking the eastern end of the North Beach, Blue Moon boasts striking views from your open-plan kitchen and living area.
Have breakfast on your covered veranda surrounded by flowering Bouganvilla, or enjoy your lunch in the warm sun on your spacious patio overlooking the beautiful white sands of North Beach.
A separate family room den with comfortable seating is the perfect chill-out zone after a busy day exploring the surrounding islands. Two of the king-sized bedrooms have ocean views and apart from distinguishing furnishings, Bluemoon is identical in design to Sweetwater Villa.
Designed for honeymooners or as a romantic retreat for two, Lindon is spacious and located ideally on a low ridge above North Beach. Open-plan, bright, breezy and framed with large windows and glass doors, Lindon is a breath of fresh air.
The kitchen area features a welcoming breakfast bar, and the living-dining area is well-furnished with all the home creature comforts you’d expect.
The large back terrace overlooks spectacular powder-white sands, the sand bars of Gaulin Cay and an unusual chain of limestone-coral cliffs across the bay. Tied to the trees, a hammock, will rock you to sleep or follow the wooden steps which lead down to your very own private shoreline.
Star-gazing with family or friends doesn’t get any better than from the terrace of this stunning and spacious three-bedroom en-suite villa. Located on the small ridge overlooking the western end of the North Beach, Sweetwater boasts striking views from your open-plan kitchen and living area.
Surrounded by flowering Bouganvilla, a covered and furnished veranda with a northerly breeze is a favorite dining spot for meal times and cocktails.
A separate family room den with comfortable seating is the perfect chill-out zone after a busy day exploring the surrounding islands. Two of the king-sized bedrooms have ocean views and apart from distinguishing furnishings, Sweetwater is identical in design to Bluemoon Villa
Birdcage Villa boasts some of the island’s most magnificent panoramic views of neighboring cays and the beautiful Big Major Harbor.
Spread your wings in this spacious, open-plan two-bedroom abode featuring an impressive kitchen, breakfast bar, comfortable living room with fireplace, and dining area; Birdcage’s inviting covered porch is popular for afternoon lounging and is cooled by passing breezes.
In addition to the main hillside swimming pool, this two-story house has its own private fresh-water pool. French doors lead to furnished terraces, sun beds, and a barbeque area; while at the back, steps lead down to your villa’s beach and small dock – the perfect hideaway villa for family or friends.
Please note that Birdcage is a split-level unit with the guest bedroom on the ground floor below the master bedroom on the main floor. The staircase and access to the guest bedroom is outside the kitchen on the porch and should be considered when traveling with small children
This unique, tree house-style villa is located on a higher ridge to its neighboring twin villa, Seabreeze.
Consisting of three separate buildings or pods linked by wooden decks, with two detached bedroom suites on either side of the central living and kitchen area, Starlight is elegantly furnished and provides phenomenal bird’s-eye views of the surrounding Big Major harbor.
A Taste of The
Fowl Cay offers the best of both worlds when it comes to dining. Every day can be a different combination that suits you best.
Prepare a late breakfast on your villa patio, take one of our picnic lunches to a secluded beach or feast on a four-course dinner at the Hill House restaurant. Whatever way you choose, dining will be easy and delicious!
And don’t forget, all food and beverages (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) both in your villa and at the Hill House restaurant are included.
Serving local seafood dishes and chef’s specials, Hill House restaurant and pub is a relaxing lunch and evening dining spot. It has the highest elevation on the island and boasts 360° views of the central Exumas and spectacular nightly sunsets.
With cozy, rustic décor, decorative fireplaces and outdoor seating, it’s the perfect gathering place for evening cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, a late game of pool and the local seafood and cuisine for miles around.
Dining at the
Each villa has a fully equipped large kitchen, stocked refrigerator and pantry for you to prepare your breakfast in the comfort of your own private villa – we will ensure fresh pastries and fruit plates are delivered daily to your villa between 8:00 a.m. and 8:30 a.m.
For lunch, either make your own or have our chef pack you a gourmet picnic to take on your boat to a deserted island.
At Fowl Cay, everything is included in the price of your villa, and then some. From your fully stocked fridge and cupboards at your villa, to all the meals, premium alcoholic beverages and soft drinks at the Hill House.
Plus, explore the cay on your own personal powerboat with unlimited gas, and enjoy full access to all water sports, game equipment and amenities on the cay, too. Below is a list of what is included when you rent a house on Fowl Cay.
Perhaps the biggest and best amenity at Fowl Cay is the 17 or 18 ft. powerboat with unlimited gas, which is included with your villa. Our staff will give you a thorough boat orientation to ensure you are comfortable driving the boat and we also provide you with charts and compasses.
Food and Drinks
Everything you eat and drink while on the Cay is included in the price. All the food and beverages stocked in your villa in addition to dinner at the Hill House restaurant is included.* Your cupboards and fridge will be restocked at no extra charge.
*House wines are included and premium wines are available at an additional cost.
You will be provided with your own golf cart to navigate on land. Feel Free to walk when you would like but let’s face it you are on vacation! Feel free to walk when you would like, but let’s face it – you are on vacation!
The Hill House not only provides the backdrop to our delicious nightly meals, but also provides a number of different amenities during the day. After a day on the boat, rinse off in our freshwater pool with double teak chaise lounges and umbrellas on the sun deck.
Or, wake up early for a morning workout in our exercise room. At cocktail hour, enjoy the various games in the pub – throw some darts, shoot some pool, play backgammon or challenge someone to the Bimini ring game as the sun sets on the back patio.
Our fresh water pool at the Hill House provides the perfect end to a day on the boat. Catch the last rays of the day after you rinse off in the pool.
Head into the bar and mix up a drink behind the bar or grab a beer out of the fridge and enjoy your drink while sitting by the pool. The bar is always open and it’s always our round! If you want your own private pool, consider renting the Birdcage villa which has its own private splash pool on its patio.
Bring your tennis game, but leave your big racquets at home. Fowl Cay has the only tennis court in this part of the Exumas. Located in the middle of the island, it’s a perfect activity for when you need a break from the beach.
When you are finished with your tennis game, head down to South Beach for a popular happy hour activity – a game of bocce ball on our waterside court. And if you are in the mood, throw a few horseshoes in our sand horseshoe pit.
Tennis, Bocce Courts
Bring your tennis game but leave your big racquets at home. In the middle of the island it’s a perfect activity for when you need a break from the beach. When you are finished with your tennis game, head down to South Beach for a game of bocce ball on our waterside court. A great sport for all ages and skill levels.
Kayaks and other Beach Toys
The list of equipment on the island that you will have access to is endless and all of it is included. From kayaks to sailboats and paddle boards, we have it all for you here so you can pack less and enjoy more. Equipment on the Cay:
- 4 x two-person Kayaks
- Hawaiian paddle boards
- 2 x Hobie Cat Sail Boats
Snorkel and Watersports Gear
We have an entire double closet full of masks, snorkels and fins with a full range of all sizes from the smallest kids feet (3 yrs old) to the biggest grow–up feet (size 13) all cleaned and maintained by our staff.
At the beginning of your stay we will provide you with individual mesh bags to keep your personal items you choose from the closet. We also have life jackets for water sports and floats for kids or for those who are not strong swimmers. We also have another closet full of water sports gear including:
- Knee boards
- Wake boards
- Water skis (Slalom and two skis)
- Giant Tube
Whether you want to trawl in your boat through the many ocean cuts looking for grouper, or whether you want to hire a guide* to go out into deeper water for Tuna and Mahi-Mahi, we have plenty of rods, reels, line, weights, lures, etc., to help you catch your dinner, which our chef can then cook up for you however you like!
We provide daily housekeeping at each villa so leave the dishes and beds to us and enjoy your day.
This is last for a reason – if you must work then do not fear, you will have wireless internet at each house. But don’t let your colleagues in on the secret (just tell them you are incommunicado for the week – that usually works wonders for relaxing and recharging).
The World is your Oyster at
One of the biggest misconceptions about Fowl Cay is that island life may be too quiet for some. A remote piece of paradise surrounded by nothing but miles of clear water and sandy beaches – sounds idyllic, but what is there to do apart from soaking up the rays? Plenty!
Each villa at Fowl Cay comes complete with its own powerboat giving you the freedom to explore paradise at your own pace. Fowl Cay is the perfect hub for daily mini adventures.
Make the most of your own personal powerboat to picnic on secluded island beaches; explore coral reefs bursting with marine life, or feed wild nurse sharks and sting rays.
Whether you choose to do everything, or nothing at all – you’ll be in awe of the entertaining nature of the Exumas and the unpretentious charm of Fowl Cay.
Things to Do on Your Boat
Whether it’s Bone Fishing or trawling through the cuts for Snapper and Grouper, fishing in the Exumas is world-renowned.
There are 365 cays and islands in the Exumas – a different one for each day of the week. While staying with us, you could picnic on a different deserted beach every day.
Take your boat to Compass Cay Marina and feed the sharks; enjoy a burger on the dock and play checkers with the locals; or head down to Guana Cay to feed the iguanas.
Nearby Thunderball Cave and Exuma Land and Sea Park are teaming with Sergeant Major, Parrot and Angel Fish. We will direct you to the top spots and supply your snorkeling equipment.
- Visit neighboring populated cays, Staniel or Black Point and stroll around meeting the locals. Enjoy an authentic meal at one of the local restaurants or pass by one of the island art galleries and pick up some paintings or woven items from local artists.
- There are also some great lunch spots at the local marinas: Sampson Cay, Compass Cay or Staniel Cay Yacht Club. Play a game of Bimini Ring under the giant Sea Grape tree at Sampson Cay while you wait for your Lobster Wrap to be prepared.
- Discover one of the two old sunken planes in the vicinity and snorkel for the treasure that went down with the plane, too!
- Waterski, Tube, Knee Board or Wake Board right off our dock on the flat waters in Big Major Harbor.
- Save your kitchen scraps from your villa (or ask the chef for some) and head over to Pig beach on Big Major Spot and feed the friendly swimming pigs that live there year–round.
- Head north to the Exuma Land and Sea Park headquarters where you can hike around the island and check out the whale skeleton on the beach.
- Head to Farmers Cay, a local community about 45 minutes to the south. On the way, try to find the cave by Oven Rock and leave time to find the spectacular and famous sand bar off Musha Cay – heaven on earth.
Things to Do on The Cay
Three Private Beaches
Fowl Cay has three spectacular beaches, each with its own personality – for simply enjoying a day on the island.
On South Beach we have single and double kayaks, paddle boards and Hobie cats for you to use at your leisure. Paddle over the shallows looking for starfish and sting rays or for a workout circumnavigate the Cay.
Fowl Cay boasts the only tennis court in the Central Exumas – the perfect early morning or late afternoon activity. We have rackets and balls, so leave yours at home.
Head up to Hill House for a pool day and pull up one of the double chaise lounge day beds. The Bar is always open, so if you need any refreshments just help yourself and enjoy the views over Big Major Harbor.