Brings Sustainability to the Exumas
(Editor’s Note: In the 2.5 years we’ve been running GGT, we’ve never profiled a hotel. We’re featuring Exuma’s Embrace Resort because its founder, Nicole Ferguson, is working to build an ecotourism industry to serve small islands that have never had one. Aside from hosting our stay, we received no compensation for our services. But we do hope to ensure that eco-friendly independent entrepreneurs like Ferguson will be rewarded for their efforts, as we believe that they are the future of responsible ecotourism.)
To say that the 2-square mile island of Staniel Cay is tiny would be an understatement. With a population of just 110, Staniel Cay has had just one resort, one main restaurant/bar, and one marina for over 50 years now. But with the ongoing construction of the new Embrace Resort, that’s all about to change.
Located in the Exumas, this sleepy island is best known as a filming location for the 1965 James Bond film Thunderball. A mainstream tourist mecca this is not: Aside from picturesque Thunderball Grotto and the famous swimming pigs of Major Cay, there’s not much here to draw the cruise ship crowd. There’s no duty free shopping. No chain restaurants. No golf courses or spas. Nothing but the exquisite natural beauty for which the Bahamas are known. In short, it’s a potentially perfect ecotourism haven.