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Bien Choisi Sea To Sea Home On Man O Cay

Bedrooms 5
Half Baths2
Space 3,000 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 - 10 nights


About the property

5 Bedroom 4 1/2 Bath, House with Attached Guest House That Sleeps 10

Man O War is a small island in the Abaco region of the Bahamas. For those who wish to spend their holiday in complete relaxation, the quiet nature of Man-O-War Cay will be a delightful reprieve from the bustle of of the sister islands of Abaco. The island is about 2.5 miles long(4 km), relatively narrow, often less than 350 ft. between the harbor and beach side of the Island. The Narrows is a viewing and gathering place to enjoy the Atlantic and the Sea of Abaco, separated by only 30ft. Bien Choisi is located just south of "The Narrows".

The island is famous for its boat-building history. William H. Albury was famous in the country for his tremendous boat building skills. He built his first schooner at the age of 14. Albury died in 1972, but the boat building on the Cay still lives on. The last big boat built by the William H. Albury Ship Yard and "Uncle Will", as he had come to be known, was the Esperanto. The Esperanto was later renamed The William H. Albury in his honor, and is currently being restored on the island.

At the northern end of the harbour road is Albury's Sail Shop, it occupies a building overlooking the water. The floor space is devoted to the manufacture and display of brightly colored canvas garments and accessories. They're made using 8-ounce cotton duck fabric, which once served as sailcloth for the community's boats. When synthetic sails came into vogue, four generations of Albury women put the cloth and their talents to use.

Man-O-War has it's own resident master of wood carving, Hartley Albury, his studio is located on the waterfront. Across the way is his brother Joe Albury, owner of Joe's Studio who has been selling his handcrafted items for years all carved out of local hardwood or an occasional piece of driftwood.

Joe's Studio is one of three shops where you can admire Bahamian Artistry, Sally's Seaside Boutique with clothes, accessories, and tableware all made from the handmade fabrics of the Bahamas and the Painted Fish located at the marina.

There are two restaurants the Dock and Dine and Hibiscus Cafe, there are no liquor stores on the island. It is best recommended that you buy your liquor in Marsh Harbor before you arrive in Man O War. The Hibiscus Cafe does welcome BYO but there may be a small corking fee. There is a nice selection of Ice Cream outside the building, open late afternoon until 9pm. The Dock n' Dine has just acquired a beer and wine license to be served to dine in customers, their corking fee is excessive, so I recommend you do not bring your own. Several residents prepare take out meals during the week. That schedule is available on request. The island's coffee shop is located in the Museum, all sales support the Museum.

Golf-carts are available for rent upon request, drivers must be a minimum of 25 years old. The diving, snorkeling and water sports around the island are truly exceptional. In 1862 the USS Adirondack, wrecked on the reef just northeast of Man-O-War. One of their cannons from the wreck was salvaged and is mounted in front of Joe's Studio. Check in with Michael, owner of Dive Time, which has recently moved to it's new facility at Abaco Beach Resort, visit his website to make arrangements for dive trips. For the fisherman in you, Abaco is recognized as some of the best fishing with tournaments taking place throughout the year. If fishing is your thing or you want to give it a try arrangements can be made to hire a local guide, let us know.

Man O War is a 15 minute boat ride from Marsh Harbour, you can access the island by daily ferry service, or often arrangements can be made with the boat rental companies to pick you up in Marsh Harbour.

There is a supermarket in Marsh Harbor, Maxwells, where you can grocery shop before you travel to Man O War. Arrangements can be made to have you picked up at Marsh Harbor Airport, stop for groceries and then stop at the liquor before you make your way over to the island. Any groceries that you might need during your stay can be adequately supplemented by Man O War grocery store on the island.

More Details

Property Manager
Jane Switzer
Member since: 2015
Speaks english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 18, 2018

What makes this house unique

The property was completely renovated in 2014. Bien Choisi was designed for entertaining. The owners are reflected in the tasteful, casual, comfortable and functional design. Enjoy the sunrise on the Atlantic and the sunset sitting on the porch or at the end of the dock overlooking the Sea of Abaco. There is a fully equipped gourmet kitchen and outdoor grill to prepare your meals to be enjoyed inside or outside. The Sea of Abaco is great for kayaking, paddle boarding, and swimming. There are some nice snorkeling spots not a far swim from the beach. By boat, close to Man O War there are two good options for snorkeling; Mermaid Reef a great place for families. Fowl Cay Preserve, part of the third largest barrier reef system in the world is good for both snorkeling and diving. The reef is alive with an incredible array of marine life. You can't have a bad day on Man O War, if the wind is blowing hard on the Atlantic, you can spend you're day enjoying the Sea of Abaco.


Accommodation and Amenities for this vacation house rental in Hope Town

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3000 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 8:30 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Min. age of primary renter: 30
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • No refund for guests that have misrepresented number of people or age of primary renter stated in reservation, caretakers have right to deny access.
  • 100 % refund only if hurricane is eminent to hit Bahamas.
  • Persons must be 25 to operate a Golf Cart. Golf Cart will be removed from the property, rental contract will be void, no refund issued if violated.
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 2 Half Baths
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , outdoor shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , outdoor shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower , outdoor shower
    Bathroom 5 - toilet , shower , outdoor shower
    Bathroom 6 - toilet , outdoor shower , outdoor, accessible from the dock and Sea of Abaco
  • Main House 2 Ensuite bathrooms with access to outdoor shower 1 Half Bath Guest House Ensuite in Queen with access to outdoor shower One full bath for 2 twin rooms, outdoor shower Outdoor shower for rinsing off after water activities
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 5 - 1 queen , room can fit a baby bed
  • Main House 2 Bedrooms with Queen Beds Guest House 1 Bedroom with a Queen Bed 2 Bedrooms; each with 2 twin/single beds
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
  • churches
  • festivals
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming
Arrangements upon request can be made for: Golf Cart Rentals, Boat Rentals, Scuba/Dive Trips, Fishing Trips, Pre-arrival Groceries, Fish filets Crawfish (Bahamian Lobster) Conch Fritter Batter Conch Chowder Stone Crabs Homemade Bahamian Bread Pack in Play, High Chair, Transportation to and from Man O War, Catering, Additional Houskeeping


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Bien Choisi Sea To Sea Home On Man O Cay
average rating of 4.7777777 based on 18 reviews
Laughlintown, PA

Wonderful 2 weeks spent with family at Bien Choisi

  • 5 of 5

We love this property. It’s in a perfect location on the Sea of Abaco. The Managers of the property are very nice and helpful, arranging transportation to and from the island and the boat and golf cart rental etc. This is our second time here.

  • Submitted: 3-Jan-2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I so glad you enjoyed your stay. Thank you for recognizing the hard work of the managers. Enjoyed the pictures. Happy New Year
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Summaries? Ok. How bout: Beautiful, Clean, Enchanting, Roomy, Smart & Fun.

  • 5 of 5

This was our third stay at Bien Choisi with friends. That should say it all. As always, the staff coordinated all our transportation, including Taxi to grocery store and Ferry. They helped in renting golf carts/ boat and made the week care free. We will be back.

  • Submitted: 29-May-2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautifully updated home with perfect access to the water.

  • 5 of 5

Spacious, private, beautiful. With a private calm-water beach and and dock, this home is perfect for either lounging in the sun, or accessing the many easy open water activities. I’ve been to Man-O-War for many many years, and this has to be the best rental option, hands down.

  • Submitted: 2-Apr-2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm so happy you enjoyed your stay, we look forward to your return to Man O War
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We are homesick for Bien Choisi!

  • 5 of 5

Bien Choisi is finding the best place you could live and then staying for as many days as you can. The Sea of Abaco is before you and the Atlantic Ocean is behind you. The views are breathtaking and peaceful.

The gracious and practical people to help you with the house and island are Neil, Sasha, and Jessica. We started our vacation with friends and as they departed our family arrived. The caretakers helped arrange transportation to and from the island, they set up boat and golf cart rentals, offered help on where to get special food, and with mechanical needs, (there was a power issue and a generator was available) and some unexpected damage we had. They are a life line and key to understanding the island.

The kitchen is second to none. Every recipe idea you have is matched by the equipment to make it. We had several people cooking dinners each night and there is ample room to spread out. The coffee pot is my favorite. It has a built-in water line, so all you have to do is add coffee and push a button. What a luxury!

The house is built with your needs in mind. The layout is conducive for family gathering and play time, but also there are plenty of nooks to be by yourself and enjoy a book and your surroundings. The beds promise a good night sleep and the outdoor showers complete the treat. (There are indoor showers too.) The water is collected and purify rain water, so you need to be mindful of how much you are using. It doesn't take long to be refreshed though and I didn't blow dry my hair once while I was there. Sea breezes at their best!

The beach with the house is perfect for swimming and exploring. It's shallow, even at high time, and young children can stand in the waves and not be pulled down.

A Bahamian tradition is blowing a couch shell at sundown and the Switzer's have provided one for you. Our neighbor faithfully blew hers, so we got into it too. What a fun and beautiful way to stop and reflect on the day with gratitude filling your heart. When can we go back!

  • Submitted: 1-Apr-2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for the wonderful review. We as well can't wait for your return. There is nothing we like more than visitors who appreciate the beauty of the island and the people.
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Just great!!!

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful home, attention to detail is unsurpassed. Very comfortable and great views

  • Submitted: 5-Mar-2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Mr. Cherry, I am so glad you and your guests enjoyed you stay.
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The most beautiful home, on the most amazing island....

  • 5 of 5

From the moment we made our plans to visit the Bahamas over New Years, we were excited and anticipated a relaxing vacation.. We could never even imagine the beauty and serenity that awaited us at Bien Choisi..

We arrived by boat to Man O War Cay, and Neil, the caretaker, met us at the marina. He helped us to navigate the hidden rocks that the locals know well.. Neil and his wife Sacha, are the kindest, most caring couple, who manage many houses on the island as well as Bien Choisi.. We had to force them to take money for helping us out over the five days we were there. That is why I am shocked by the one bad review listed. It is totally untrue, and should be removed..

An example of how wonderful Neil is.. The winds picked up on our third day, and I called Neil to help us move the boat to a safe area. Neil and his helper drove our boat to the marina, and procured a slip for us. The boat stayed in the marina for two days, and the marina did not charge us for the slip, all because Neil spoke to them for us.

Bien Choisi is the most beautiful home, with a picturesque view, that you can only dream of.. The home is so well equipped that you won't miss anything!

We loved our time so much, that we are looking at property on the island..

  • Submitted: 7-Jan-2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
7 Miles
Marsh Harbour
Nearest Ferry
1 Miles
Man O War
Nearest Restaurant
0.75 Miles
Hibiscus Cafe
Nearest Beach
Car: not necessary

Bien Choisi, French for well chosen, is a beautiful home on charming Man-O-War Cay. The house is sea-to-sea, it overlooks the Sea of Abaco on one side and the Atlantic on the other, with a lush tropical landscape in between. The main house and guesthouse are newly renovated, equipped with all modern conveniences. There are numerous porches and decks for relaxing.

The Sea of Abaco beach on the southwest side of the property is a perfect swimming beach for young children, with several outdoor showers to rinse off. There is a dock and a mooring to secure your boat. The guesthouse sits atop a small hill overlooking the Atlantic and the coral reef in the distance. The beach running along the Atlantic side of the property is Man-O-War's very best, a long beach for swimming and walks. Bien Choisi is a uniquely located very private, beautifully furnished and accessorized property on the most desired cay in all of Abaco.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this vacation house rental in Hope Town

Rental Basis:
per property
Manager accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Mar 20 2018 - Sep 16 2019
4 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
10 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable Damage Deposit C$659.2

If renting for more than 10 days, rate decreases to 771.43 a night.
A supplemental house cleaning is included with multiple week rentals.
If renting less than 7 days, there is an accessed cleaning charge of $200.00

Deposits will be returned after the caretakers have determined the following:
1. There is no physical damage to the exterior property, interior or exterior furnishings
2. Household and Kitchen contents are assessed for damage or missing items
3. Additional time was not needed to clean house

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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