Serenity Waterfront Cottage in Exumas Bahamas
Serenity Waterfront Cottage Staniel Cay Exumas Bahamas Vacation Rental Retreat Lodgings Accommodations
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Contact: Martha Wohlford

Guestrooms: 2 in the cottage + 3 in the retreat.

Address: Staniel Cay, Exumas, Bahamas

Mailing Address: Island Properties, 5780 SW 7th Street, Plantation, Florida 33317 

Telephone: 242-355-2036,
Cell: 242-357-0047

Activities/Attractions: The island of Staniel Cay is just over a mile square, with a native population of about 100. Everything is within walking distance. The island is a favorite vacation spot for cruising yachtsmen and private pilots, with good anchorages and a paved, 3,000 ft runway.

There is a little village with General Store, Grocery & Gift Shops, Church, Clinic, three Restaurants/clubs and Community Picnic Beach. Activities include:

  • snorkeling
  • shelling, beachcombing
  • star-gazing
  • exploring other islands
  • and in general, enjoying the Good Life

Because Staniel Cay is so small and not serviced by major airlines, not too many people hear about it. That's its charm and beauty ... and why you will return again and again.


"My son James and I had a wonderful 5 days at your home at Staniel. It was undoubtedly the most favorite vacation we have taken together. It was a perfect father and son retreat. Not only was the area so beautiful, but the people there were as well. I got to know Flo at the pink store well. She took a liking to my son. We had 5 perfect days of 85 degree weather without a drop of rain. The night skies were moonless which allowed for exquisite star gazing. We would head down to the air strip each night and gaze up at the sky. Thanks so much for owning that home and allowing me the opportunity to rent it. I can understand how you became so attached to that island. We used the boat daily and went as far south as Blackpoint and as far north as Compass Cay and all islands in between."

"We can't begin to describe how beautiful it was! Let me just say that in the year we spent researching and planning that week, we imagined it would be the best vacation ever, and it truly exceeded all of our expectations! The Grotto was amazing, we spent a lot of time there, swimming in and out and letting the current whip us back around to the entrance to repeat. Becky got a great picture of me jumping through the ceiling hole! We also enjoyed Staniel Cay's ocean beaches, where we caught lobsters and encountered a spotted eagle ray! AWESOME! Sunsets from the deck were as promised, some of the best ever. One evening we took the skiff out to the bay to watch the sun dip below the horizon. It is no surprise we went through 16 rolls of film. We bought fresh Grouper off the local fisherman several times and enjoyed wonderful meals every night overlooking the Grotto. The kitties were well-fed, indeed, we even saved some vegetables and such for Hogs Beach at the end of the week. All in all it was a great time that we will never forget, we agreed that it will be very difficult to surpass that vacation in quality! So it is not out of the question that a return trip will be in our future."

"Just wanted to report that we had a wonderful time. If I were you I would want to go down there all the time! It was so cool how by the middle of the week, we already felt at home, you know we would walk around (or boat around) and run into our new friends everywhere!"

"I just wanted to drop you a note to express our thanks for the use of your wonderful hideaway! We had a fantastic time ... Thunderball Grotto is one of the most amazing things I have ever seen in my life!! The leap through the hole at the top is highly recommended. What a rush! The water was beautiful as always in the Bahamas, and I think we pretty much killed the island's rum supply! Thanks for providing the wonderful setting for a lot of great memories! We will never forget it!"

"Just returned from your beautiful cottage and had a great time. Thank you very much. We truly enjoyed it."


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Serenity Cottage Staniel Cay Exumas Bahamas

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"Your return of the security deposit was amazingly prompt, thank you! We had an outstanding time, all of us. We appreciated being in a rental with working appliances and decent dishes and furniture instead of cast-offs! And the Caribbean atmosphere of "no worries" soaked into us right away. We loved the colors, the grotto, the ocean beach, the moonscape-like rocks, and the sun! The crescent moon lined up with Venus and Jupiter right after sunset one evening for an enchanting show. Sitting on the deck and just drinking in the shades of blue and green was something I don't think I would ever get tired of. Too bad you can't get an instant copy of the guestbook entries we enjoyed reading the history and writing our own. Berkie and Vivian are gems. You have a marvelous vacation home. I am very glad I had the opportunity to see it, and I will have a good idea of how to gauge which of my clients would enjoy it. I hope you have a chance to get back there soon!"

"We had a great time at your home! The island is very friendly. How far in advance do you normally get booked up?"

"We had a wonderful time at Serenity, got to know Berkie rather well and in general, got away from it all ... We loved Staniel Cay, ran a bunch of gas through the Whaler and revelled in the daily boat parade that ran past the deck ... We wish we were back."

"We had a great time at Serenity, and hope to return one of these days ... Overall a great trip, which we'll recommend to anyone."

"We just got home from Serenity and have to say we had a great time. We relaxed, toured the island, and visited about 12 others, snorkeled and fished. The weather was great every day."

General Information: Serenity is a private waterfront cottage and home (Retreat), that can include a golf cart and boat, on the tiny island of Staniel Cay, Exumas, Bahamas, overlooking "Thunderball Grotto" of James Bond fame ... snorkel inside the hollow island ... a fantastic, natural fishbowl! The village of Staniel Cay, with its true Family Island atmosphere, is a short walk from Serenity.

A private get-away in Staniel Cay, Exumas, Bahamas (85 miles southeast of Nassau in the middle of the Exuma chain of islands ... 100 miles with 365 islands!), Serenity Cottage is ideal for two couples or a family seeking island exploration. The new round-design Serenity Cottage is right on the water overlooking Thunderball Grotto where parts of Splash, Never Say Never and Thunderball movies were filmed. There is a separate boat house and dock for sunning, swimming, fishing, etc.

  • Satellite Internet (Wireless)
  • Sat TV, DVD, VHS
  • CD/tape/AM-FM Player
  • Telephone for local and incoming calls
  • Binoculars
  • Air conditioning
  • Huge deck around most of cottage
  • Deck furniture including table with umbrella and hammock
  • Barbecue grill
  • VHF Radio in cottage
  • Full kitchen with utensils, microwave, stove/oven, full size refrigerator/freezer
  • Toaster, blender, coffee maker, coffee grinder
  • Bath with tub and shower
  • Queen bed in master, double bunk bed with twin bed on top in second bedroom, queen sofa bed in living room
  • All linens, including beach towels
  • Snorkeling gear (adult and children)
  • 3 bicycles

Serenity Retreat, adjacent to the cottage, is available for family groups requiring more space. The house has 3 bedrooms, 3 baths, full kitchen with dishwasher, and washer/dryer. Serenity Retreat is now available as a separate rental. However, the Retreat will not be available if the cottage is already rented. If the retreat is rented, cottage will not be available to give privacy to guests. However, one downstairs bedroom, bath and laundry can be added to the cottage rental for an additional $1200/week.

Payment Accepted: Personal checks, wire transfer and cash.

Rates: (Prices quoted in US Dollars).

$400/night (up to 4 guests)
$550/night (up to 6 guests with additional bedroom/bath in retreat)

$1800-3400/week


"What a blast. we had the time of our lives. Spent a lot of time on Compass Cay spear fishing with Tucker. Had a great time talking and getting to know the natives, what fun. Wayde even took us out and showed us around on Friday night. Not much going on that time of year, we loved it. The sea food that we caught was fantastic and you were right, Vivian DOES make the best bread have ever had. Everyone was great. We will definitely be going back. This was the best anniversary trip that we have ever taken. Thanks for helping us out with the decision of food and who to see and where to go. It was truly a great time. I only wish we could have stayed. Thanks again Marty, hopefully we will see you next time."

"We had a great time and once again enjoyed your place. It's hard to believe that was our 4th trip to your place. Thanks again for renting it to us."

"We miss the kittens already. Had a wonderful stay. You never told me that Jimmy Buffet stayed there. Heck, that would have been reason enough to go and stay. "But there's booze in the blender, and soon it will render, that frozen concoction that helps me hang on. Wasting away again in Margaritaville." Eh, eh, am I a fan or what?! Anyways, Jill and I are already back to our busy schedules but finding time to dream about getting back to where we don't have to wear a watch. Club Thunderball was the best."

"Just thought I'd say how much we enjoyed Serenity. It was the best two weeks we can remember in a long time."