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Shangri-La on Cat Island

9 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


Minimum Stay
7 nights


Photos and Description of this 2 bedroom holiday home in Cat Island - Shangri-la

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
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Member since: 1998
Speaks English
Response time:
Within 2 days
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Calendar last updated:
9 July, 2016
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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.


based on 9 holidaymaker reviews

Shangri-La on Cat Island
average rating of 5.0 based on 9 reviews

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.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 29, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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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.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 21, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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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!

  • Review Submitted: Apr 22, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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San Diego, CA

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.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 5, 2012
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
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The Perfect Getaway Beach House!

  • 5 of 5

We love this beach house and keep returning -- our 16th time just this past June. The white sandy beach is at least 1/3 mile long and we spent most of the time in the water. We were the only ones on the beach the whole week long.

The house is immaculate and the whole property is well-taken care of.

You will find everything you need to use in the kitchen.

We bought conch and grouper from a local fisherman. The people are so friendly and helpful! If you want casinos, fancy restaurants, loud music, Facebook, and other forms of virtual happiness, you need to go to a different island. Otherwise, this rental is truly paradise!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 14, 2011
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
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Cutler, IN

Just this side of paradise!

  • 5 of 5

My husband, two adult sons and I spent the second week of Feb. at ShangriLa. From the time I first contacted Ginny and Rich about the possibility of renting, they have been wonderful to deal with. Ginny told me alot about the Island so I had a good idea of what to expect. We flew into Nassau on Friday and then took Sky Bahamas to Cat on Saturday. Trevor picked us up at the airport and drove us to the house. Quite honestly I wasn't sure what to expect because so many houses on the island are in really bad shape. But after the trip back the long lane we were so impressed with how lovely the house really is. We've stayed in several tropical vacation spots, but I've got to say that the first view from the patio is absolutely breathtaking! Although the pictures on this website are beautiful, they don't really do the property justice. The beach is pristine and pretty much private. My husband spent most of his week under the cabana reading, and I spent most of my week in a lounge chair by the water. The sons had never been to the Caribbean and were honestly speechless at it's beauty. Eric, Trevor's son, brought them snorkeling equipment and they used the neighbor's kayaks every day.The house is lovely and homey. There are no ceilings in the rooms, so be warned if you're traveling with a snorer(like our son). Luckily I took ear plugs. You'll need things like laundry soap, dish soap, coffee and filters,paper towels and toilet paper. It's really high on the island so you might want to bring with you.Several people told us they checked a cooler w/frozen food, which was a good idea. We did a few days of sightseeing but mostly just enjoyed our own beach. We bought steaks at King's Meats and grilled out one night. We ate at Yardy's several times.Rev. Johnson stopped 1st day selling fruit and veggies off his truck. Good but expensive. We got to watch the Super Bowl at the house on their satellite TV - way to go, Packers!! - but I think that was just about the only time the TV was on all week. Loved the CD collection, tho. Weather was mid 80's and sunny all week, which we were told was unusual for Feb. Sand fleas were viscious, but I heard they were bad all over the island, so it wasn't just at our place. Please be aware - Cat Island is very, very rustic and undeveloped, which appealed to us. We hope to be able to return very soon. Thanks so much to Ginny, Rich, Trevor, Eric and everyone else who contributed to making our vacation wonderful.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 26, 2011
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
5 Miles
Arthur's Town Airport
Car: recommended

Beautiful House on Secluded Beach...


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Cat Island, Bahamas

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
High Season 2017
31 Dec 2016 - 29 Apr 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Standard Rate 2017
30 Apr 2017 - 2 Dec 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

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

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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house on the Cat Island on the Caribbean

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1400 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • beach
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront
  • waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Telephone
  • Thermos Flask
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
  • Both Bedrooms have king size beds with sliding doors to the patio. Overhead ceiling fans make the room cool and comfortable.
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Player
  • Video Library
  • Barbecue
  • Deck Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles
  • Inflatable Boat
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Barbecue
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Small Cooler
  • Terrace
  • veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • 1 bicycles
  • 17 deck chairs
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Car Available
  • 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
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
Internet access is available at certain locations on the island, approximately a 10 minute drive from the house.

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