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Jim & Melanie
We were definitely not your typical guests (here for shark research)! Thisplace was wonderful. We loved the welcome dinner (sorry we were so tired)! The little details really make this place special. You clearly love this little island and share that with your guests. You helped us in so many ways - Thank you!
We bet you've never had a cooler of giant barracuda outside a cottage before....
Loved the fresh basil, incredible view and really the atmosphere of the whole place.
We will definitely be back.
Thanks again for sharing your little rock with us.
Best Fishes [Sketch of tiger shark]
Jillian & Duncan, Bimini, Bahamas, BWI, 18 May 2023
Jim & Melanie,
Although my stay on North Caicoswas short on time, it was not short on fun and memories. Thank you for building this beutiful place, and for your advise and guidance. This was originally a business trip, but with your help it became so much more! Hope to see you again!!
Jason, Doylestown, PA, USA, 29 April 2023
Jim & Melanie,
Thank you for the lovely time. Paradise was wonderful but the company was better. You are excellent hosts, and will go far.
Phyllis, Judy and Cheryl, Venice, FL and Logansport, IN, USA, 27 April 2023
Dear Jim & Melanie,
Our time at Bottle Creek Lodge Seaside Cabana has been magical! We are so grateful for all of your knowledge, suggestions, and help before arriving, as well as while we were here. This has been super helpful, as even though we did our research, there was nothing that compares to your advice and hospitality. Our favorite activity was snorkeling the reef, walking the entire length of Bambara Beach as well as out to the small island, exploring the many beautiful beaches of N/Middle Caicos, snorkeling Three Mary Cays, lunch at Seaview Cafe, catching & preparing conch, kayaking in near-hurricane conditions (LOL!), and just relaxing.
And let's not forget the delicious dinner on the first night, the tasty treat and flowers upon arrival and the spectacular avocado-chocolate mousse. Morover, the sweetness of your hearts that made us feel welcomed and appreciated the entire time. We pray many others get to experience your marvelous place and company.
May God always bless you!
Stacey & Helmut, VA, USA, 20 April 2023
Melanie + Jim --
What a wonderful week we've had at your beautiful Bottle Creek Lodge. You are fantastic hosts and have been so helpful with every detail of our trip - from helping us arrange a pick up from the ferry to suggesting restaurants and snorkeling spots. We are grateful for the chance to trade the snow in Northern NY for a week's worth of sun and sand. I got most of a sweater knitted during my stay here - but I'm really hoping it's not still "sweater weather" at home when we return. 🙂
Thanks too to Loki for tolerating all the dog love & scratches I attempted to shower upon him, as he's a good substitute for Hazel & Zinnia at home. XO...
Denise, George & Witt, Chateaugay, NY, USA, 14 April 2023
P.S. This is the best place in the world to do six hours of A.P. Calculus. Absolutely beautiful, I love the lizards
Our second stay here at Bottle Creek Lodge and it just gets better and better! What a dreamy week full of new adventures - especially Wild Cow Run. And in spite of less wind and more knowledge than last year - the fishing proved to be challenging once again - ! The beauty and casualness and freindliness of this place will keep us coming back over and over again - Thanks for taking such good care of us, Melanie and Jim - XO
Brooke & David, South Reading, VT, USA, 6 April 2023
Jim & Melanie,
Fantastic relaxation & island life in the Seaside Cabana. The layout of the cabana is super efficient and convenient; we will definitely miss the daily and evening breezes through the screened porch, over the bed, and out the back windows. We want to thank you for your logistical suggestions & arrangements, your hospitality, nd for all the conveniences you offer at the lodge. North & Middle Caicos are special places - we are so happy you have introduced us to them, along with the tips on getting around.
Lastly, congratulations on developing a great retreat property where you, your family, & all your international guests can relax & enjoy the TCI island life. I hope we came back some ay soon!
We also enjoyed Loki on the beach!
Sherri & Eric, Raleigh, NC, USA, 6 April 2023
Melanie & Jim ,
We were drawn here originally by the turquoise waters, and they certainly did not disappoint! Much like our gracious, thoughtful hosts whose knowledge of the islands made each day the best experience possible! Elizabeth's Coral cabana was perfect, quaint, & cute allowing us to cook ourselves (or eat at one of the well-suggested restaurants).
Thank you so much for your hospitality - we will leave replenished & relaxed.
Ted & Jessica, Columbus, OH, USA, 29 March 2023
We were made to feel welcome the minute we booked! And when we got herewe felt we'd arrived in paradise. Absolutely gorgeous - and you have both been fantastic hosts - with Loki's assistance of course!
We can't thank you enough - and yes I will shed a tear as the ferry departs - back to the madness of Provo!
Your advise has been excellent - spot on every time - and thank you for introducing me to kayaking!
The blue is like no other!
Jim & Melanie - many, many thanks - you have created a beautiful & very special home.
And remember - if you're in Barcelona, we're only a few hours away!
P & R, Nimes, FRA, 22 March 2023
Jim and Melanie,
Thank you for everything! It is obvious that you have built, and are continuing to build, something special here at Bottle Creek! I think it's safe to assume we will be back! We loved visiting Hidden Beach! Although hapless mainlanders that we are, we almost lost eberything we carelessly left on the beach [Editors note : to the incoming tide], including your beach towels! This was also our first saltwater fly fishing experience and it was thrilling to connect with an elusive bonefish after a humbling afternoon on the water. The treehouse cabana is the perfect spot for a relaxing getaway and we can't wait to come back!
All the best!
-- Jake and Alex, Fort Collins, CO, USA, 13 March 2023
Melanie & Jim:
Thank you so much for an unforgettable stay. You hospitality and knowledge of the island has helped us tremendously in getting aorund. The lobster salad and cookies were a perfect way to end our final evening on the North Island. We will be back to visit and will come and see you both!
-- Nicole & Barry, Denver, CO, USA, 8 March 2023
Melanie & Jim:
My expectations for comfort and convenience at the Coral cabana were a perfect setup for being delighted once I moved in. My image of modest accommodations was based on previous island stays, lacking your attention to style, comfort, and detail.
Thank you both for creating (from ruins, I heard) a gem of a retreat. I am enjoying your thoughtful design.
-- Hank, Raleigh, NC, USA, 6 March 2023
Thank you Jim, Melanie (& Loki!) foran anzing stay. While it was short, it will not be short on memories. Everything was perfect from arrangements prior to our adorable eco treehouse cabana.
We loved all the little details and decorations. Felt truly safe and at home here for our 2 nights. Everything was thought of and we couldn't have asked for more.
Thanks for all the teas! And sharing your piece of paradise with us. You've done an incredible job with this place.
-- Jamie & Lauryn, "East Coast all over", USA, 4 March 2023
Jim & Melanie,
Thank you so much for an unforgetable stay in Seaside Cabana. We loved waking up to the sounds of the sea and the beautiful colors over the water. The porch was the perfect spot to enjoy a good book and morning coffee. Your knowledge and tips allowed us to experience North and Middle Caicosto their fullest. These islands are a hidden treasure, and we truly have enjoyed every moment taking them in. You have provided wonderful accommodations and timeless memories - we can't thank you enough!
-- Alissa and Zach, Detroit Lakes, MN, USA, 25 Feb 2023
Jim & Melanie.
Thank you for creating an experience we will never forget! Because of you two, we were able to fully embrace this amazing island we hope to return to with our children. From the first sweet gesture of the rum cake, to finding a homemade Key lime pie for a 40th birthday, all the little tips & pieces of advice in between, to final goodbye, you have fully surpassed every expectation.
Until next time.
-- Garrett & Bridget, Detroit Lakes, MN, USA, 25 Feb 2023
Jim, Melanie & Loki ~♡~
Back when we started planning this trip in October we had no knowledge & no plan but knew we wanted an adventure & a quiet place to relax. We found everything we were looking for here at Bottle Creek Lodge. (Well, we didn't find bonefish... we will have to come back for that) ☺ The Seaside cabana was perfect. The amenities were fantastic. We appreciated the tips & directions. The company & thoughtful extras were so amazing. (Including a late night save) The treat and note really set off the tone for the stay. Loved all the available water & the common space to mingle. Thank you for everything! For being available, for having such a lovely space & wanting to share all of it with us! Such fantastic hosts!
"It's not an experience if you can't take someone along" - Phish
-- Heather & Shane, Ogden, UT, USA, 18 Feb 2023
Jim, Melanie and Loki,
This is our third time staying on North Caicos and you've by far provided the most accommodating accommodations of the 3 places! Loki was especially attentive in supporting Kori during the Superbowl. Thank you for all the tasty treasures you've provided. My "eating for two" appreciated all the guac and banana bread! The Turks and Caicos Islands are an aggregation of beauty to behold and certainly your charisma and attentiveness enhanced our experience. Thank you very much for an enchanting time!
We hope to come back and make more memories!
-- Christin & Kori, Cadillac, MI, USA, 9 Feb 2023
P.S. The smoke detectors work very well!
Thanks Jim & Melanie for a perfect stay in the "Treehouse". It's so peaceful here and you have thought of so many little details to make our stay here as comfortable as possible! Loved the whimsical treehouse and the simple pleasures. A very special memory will also be finding the nesting egrets and herons in the mangroves. I wish we could have come back to see the chicks! Thanks for the happy hour social, it was great to meet everyone and exchange stories.
-- Janna & Peter, USA, 17 Feb 2023
We are so glad we finally got to experience Bottle Creek Lodge and N&M Caicos. After hearing about the process of getting things ready for guests from Melanie I am impressed with their energy & creativity and hard work. We had a great time - relaxing and interesting. Can't wait to return. Melanie & Jim are great hosts and helped us to enjoy everything so much.
-- Kathy & Dan, St. Louis, MO, USA, 12 Feb 2023
Kudos to Melanie and Jim!!
It has been a truly wonderful week, staying at Bottle Creek Lodge. Melanie and Jim are extraordinary hosts and have clearly put their hearts and souls into creating this wonderful and memorable place. Their warm hospitality and boundless information and advice have made this holiday a really special one!
Thank you so much for everything,
-- Ellen & Victor, Sparks, MD, USA, 12 Feb 2023
Melanie and Jim,
What a week! This trip was one of the most special for the two of us, made all the better by your warm hospitality, local tips, and fun conversation. The Seaside Cabana was the perfect retreat to come home to after a big day on the flats, beaches, or kayaks. We can't imagine a more comfortable stay in a more beautiful place! Thanks for everything and we hope to be back soon!
All the best,
-- Chris & Kelly, Idaho Falls, ID, USA, 4 Feb 2023
Melanie & Jim --
Thanks for a terrific week. Our lives are just a series of trips and this was another great one at BCL. Best of everything,
-- Greg & Billy, CT, USA, 2 Feb 2023
Dear Jim and Melanie,
Thank you for being such gracious and supportive hosts. It took 5 days but I was finally able to relax and chill. Thank you also for introducing me to Desmond who took mo on a tour of the sights and lunch at Frank's. I never enjoyed a pork chop as much. And also thanks for introducing me to Naqqui. We talked about so much more than simple botany, like bush medicine and his own stories were quite interesting. The lodge is definitely an escape and I'm glad that I was able to stay an entire week.
-- Henryk, Mississauga, Ontario, CA, 25 Jan 2023
Jim & Melanie:
You two are super hosts! Thank you so much for having us & sharing your peaceful corner of the world with us. Finding Bottle Creek Lodge was a rare find and one we will remember always. Our little yellow tree house was a perfect place to unwind and forget about the gring for a little while. We may be lousy kayakers but we are pretty decent beachgoers and the beaches on North & Middle Caicos are really worth the trip. It is clear how well everything is taken care of here and it was really apprecieated. Thank you again.
-- Jennifer & Almir, Toronto, CA, 23 Jan 2023
Dearest Melanie & Jim -
We are so happy to have discovered Bottle Creek Lodge, you are amazing hosts and have thought of so many little details that make staying here fantastic. We truly enjoyed everything from the moment we arrived. The company, the food, the helpful tips were all so welcoming. I loved talking with Melanie about the gardens here. Jim's tips on where to go and how to get there were most helpful. Ouyr kayak trips were amazing!! We will definitely tell everyone we know about this little slice of paradise!
Maybe one day we see you in NC!
Thanks for everything!
-- Lyn & Ike, Paoli, PA, USA, 13 Jan 2023
Jim & Melanie
Thasnk you so much for having us and sharing this magical place. It is a great place to relax and just chill out. The place is fantastic and thank you for everything. We found one more reason to love North Caicos!
All the best & Happy New Year!
-- Maggie & Bob, Point Pleasant Beach, NJ, USA, 9 Jan 2023
Jim & Melanie
You have a very nice place and we are happy to have a chance to experience it. Thank you for amazing hosting. We always had what we needed. Definitely would consider coming back and will tell others they need to come.
-- Erin & Adam, Oxford, IA, USA, 5 Jan 2023
Jim & Melanie,
Thank you for sharing your peice of paradise with us. We had a wonderful stay and appreciated all the thought and preparation for our stay. From the info before we traveled to getting fishing licenses, to kayaks and rum cake waiting for us. We had everything we needed to enjoy our stay and to be able to explore the beauty of North and Middle Caicos.
-- Hannah & Curt, North Liberty, IA, USA, 5 Jan 2023
What an amazing stay - the Treehouse is a dream! Thank you for going above and beyond to make our time here extraordinary. From the (unsuccessful but worthwhile!) fishing attempt to glorious kayak rides to a beautiful happy hour, you both truly made this an unforgetable experience. Wishing you all the best in your slice of parrot-ice. And happiest of New Year!
-- Henry & Dan, USA, 1 Jan 2023
Jim & Melanie provided a great place for a family vacation that was overdue by 7 years. Elizabeth's Coral cabana was great to wind down in after long fun days in the sun! Melanie ~ Thank you for all the solutions and answers to all the questions we had. Jim ~ Thank you for the snorkeling trip and the fun suggestions for each day! We all had a beautiful trip, full of moments we won't forget. :-)
-- Steve, Kathy, Maria, Lara, & Phillip, USA, 28 Dec 2022
Had a great trip! Paddled the whole creek (twice!) and weathered a hurricane (damn you Fiona!).Jim & Melanie were great hosts, and we really appreciate the hospitality. Good friends, good fishing, and good friends! Thanks!
-- Seth, Ray & Jeff, USA, 24 Sept 2022
We stayed in Elizabeth's Coral Cabana. The kitchen & dining area were perfect to wrap up the day with friends. The Lodge has so much to offer - kayaking, swimming, and most importantly relaxing! Jim & Melanie are excellent hosts and island guides - every day they had an awesome suggestion for an activity. Thanks again - we'll be back!
P..S. Noir is a great companion. Please pet him.
-- Lara & Phillip, Raleigh, NC, USA, 7 June 2022
[FYI, Noir is our barn cat.]
Thank you so much for having us! The Lodge is incredible and the island is the ultimate place to unwind! Thanks for the great hospitality and the awesome suggestions on where tomspend some time.
-- Tucker & Leighanne, USA, 6 June 2022
Thank you for a blissful week here. I leave your wonderful place feeling so...
relaxed - from all the floats in the amazing turquoise water
nourished - from all our anazing culinary adventures together
energized - from our stimulating conversations, snorkeling, & kayaking adventures
-- Sujata, Santa Monica, CA, USA, 28 May 2022
Thank you for the extraordinary hospitality and woderful stay at Bottle Creek Lodge. You've thought of every little detail and make this place true paradise. I can't wait to return for a longer stay.
-- Casey, USA, 25 May 2022
What an amazing special experience & made all the more wonderful by our time with ya'll! We sawall the sharks, flamingos, & Tobin's OH MY! We look forward to our annual retreat here! :) (wink, wink) Thank you, Thank you, Thank you for sharing your slice of paradise & all the fun nooks & crannies! Thank you both for taking the time to make this trip so special and memorable.
-- Ashley & Alex, USA, 21 May 2022
We had such a fabulous time on North, thank you! So many beautiful sights, people and experiences. Thank you for your gracious hospitality - and the delicious lasagna soup!
We loved our time at the Bottle Creek Lodge -
-- Addison, Jade & Sisyle, Takoma Park, MD, USA, 19 April 2022
Dear Melanie & Jim. Thank you for sharing your special retreat, and a lovely dinner. We'll be sure to tell others that Bottle Creek Lodge is a sweet spot!
-- Michael, IRL, 15 Apr 2022
Two weeks at the Bottle Creek Lodge = heaven! This place is the perfect getawayfor the weary. We feasted on conch fritters, quafted rum, paddled the creek, biked to Mudjin Harbor. snorkeled, swan, read, slept, so well - all thanks to Jim & Melamie who provided us with everything we needed and more. (Well, except for the bonefish, but we won't hold that against them.) We are already looking ahead to our return.
-- Brook & Dave, USA, 1 Apr 2022
We loved our stay in the perfect little yellow "Treehouse". It was a restful and beautiful week on this special island. Thank you for helping to make it possible w/ your great hospitality and attention to detail. Be well and see you next time.
-- Pete & Izzy, USA, 28 Mar 2022
Enjoyed a wonderful famiy vacation here at Bottle Creek Lodge that we will always remember! Lodging was excellent and had everything we needed - down to the detials. Will be back to catch those elusive bonefish soon! Thanks Jim & Melanie
-- Sam & Megan, USA, 26 Mar 2022
Dear Melanie & Jim -- Thank you very much for your great hospitality and good company. We have njoyed our stay so much and will be thinking back on our little yellow treehouse cabin, the cool beach bikes that took us on a long and hot ride to Middle Caicos and not leastkayaking on thw turquoise lagoon which was fantastic, Thank you for this time.
-- Charlotte & Tobias, DNK, 22 Mar 2022
Dear Melanie and Jim, discovering North Caicos, the beauty of its nature, cays, wilderness has been marvelous. Bottle Creek Lodge is a beautiful, quiet and cozy haven. Thanks for your kindness, hospitality, generosity, attention to all possible details, we had a wonderful stay. Thanks again!
--Marie-Josee and Luis, Joliette, QC, CAN, 27 Feb 2022
Will I ever get tired of looking at the blues of Bottle Creek...? Nope! Thanks for everything. From the other Heather of Major Hill.
-- Heather, Edmonton, ALB, CAN, 23 Feb 2022
Weekend getaway - perfect chill & peaceful spot to rest & recharge. The simplicity, wind & waves made it a great place to relax.
-- JC & Rayelle, Grand Turk, TCI, 12 Feb 2022
Stayed with Camille & Meg. Just what the doctor ordered! Only problem, we needed to stay another night!!! Many thanks!
-- Stephanie, Provo, TCI, 6 Feb 2022
I love the chill vibe you have created here. You are so accommodating and welcoming. I will spread the word!
-- Camille, Provo, TCI, 6 Feb 2022
Stayed here with my two close frineds. I decided to stay in, read, & we chilled by the Atlantic. In the middle of the night I went out to watch the stars. Saw shooting stars and satellites. I'm leaving so relaxed. Very nice stay.
-- Meg, Elmhurst, IL, USA, 6 Feb 2022
We were looking for a serious change to relax. A lot of work and a lot of anxiety led to deciding to come to a down-home place for a much-needed break. And it certainly was a great break! Loved having the bicycles and the kayaks, were fantastic. A lot of fun, and great for bird-watching. Added to our "life list". The snorkeling was equally superbe. This is a really big aquarium you have here. Even saw a stingray. Really appreciated the reef trip! Love the blue tangs. We also appreciated the "local knowledge" and help with all the logistics. Great attention to detail, and Elizabeth's Coral Cabana was so comfortable and had lots of kitchen stuff!! Fantastic and clean! The gardens are beautiful!
-- Shirley & Stephen, Vancouver, BC, CAN, 3 Feb 2022
Jim & Melanie - I can see why you love this place so much, and your love shows throughout the property, in the beautifully appointed cabanas, the lovely gardens, and most especially the love glows through in your gentle care for your guests. I feel as rejuvenated, refreshed and restored in these days here, not nearly enough, though! That means that I'll be looking for the opportunity to return.
-- David, Greensboro, NC, USA, 31, Dec 2021
Jim & Melanie - Wow - what an absolute paradise! With the craziness of the past couple of years we had to wait to honeymoon until after Charlotte was born, but boy, was it worth the wait! We can't thank you enough for your incredible hospitality, thoughtfulness, and help every step of the way. We can't wait to come back!!
-- Jacquie, Kevin & Charlotte, Severna Park, MD, USA, 31 Dec 2021
Jim & Melanie - Thank you for hospitality and the little extras that you did for us. It was a great trip and looking forward to being back soon. Thanks again for everything.
-- Billy, CT, USA 17 Feb 2021,
Melanie & Jim - Really went all out for us this year --> Fishing licenses, beers, shuttles, this place is da best. Can't wait for next year. Best secret I know of.
-- Greg, Avon, CT, USA, 17 Feb 2021
Jim and Melanie were excellent hosts with everything we could have imagined plus some great added features. You can truly tell how much effort they have put into the lodge and we are really happy that they are willing to share the experience with others. The views of the creek from the deck are the perfect way to enjoy your coffee in the morning and a beer in the evening after a day exploring north/middle caicos. Our only regret is not staying longer!
-- Nina & Colin, NJ, USA, 6 Mar 2020
Bottle Creek Lodge in north Caicos is beautiful! Jim and Melanie hosted us for a day and night in two separate cabins, the cabins were extremely clean and tastefully decorated! Extra details were supplied like hand towels for removing makeup, soaps and hair products! The kitchen is fully equipped to make your foods, micro exercise, mini fridge, stove all necessary utensils, euro coffee maker with coffee👍 The hot water was great and on an eco switch! The best was the comfy beds lined with beautiful white linens and so so comfy! Best sleep on entire trip! The Ambience tranquil combined with ocean waves and evening crickets ! The sandy beach was immaculate and set up with 3 ready to use kayaks beach towels supplied too👍 I would rate the lodge a 5 star and for sure return for more days to stay! Local ocean bar and grills, namely one Mudjun resort bar and grill and Dragons cove only 25 min away! Beautiful! The ferry dock is approx 30 min to drive to bottle creek! The wifi is offered inside at the guest porch and worked well! Thank you Jim and Melanie you have created a beautiful lodge! Road cyclists are welcome, I did see a few Road cyclists over on island touring! Until next time❤️❤️🏊♂️👩👩👦☀️🚣♀️🚴♀️🚴♂️🏖⛵️
-- Karen, Marilyn, Catherine & Chantel, CAN, 1 Mar 2020
We had 4 great days in Seaside Cabana at Bottle Creek Lodge - not long enough! The cabana was spotless, well-equipped, private & peacefully quiet for sleeping. We had a great morning on Bottle Creek with the double Kayak. Collin fished for the elusive bonefish & I enjoyed the warm water & scenery.. Melanie & Jim were helpful & knowledgeable hosts! They know & love North Caicos & were happy to share directions to great beaches, restaurants and events. They truly went ‘above & beyond’ in every way! This is a great place to stay!! Thanks for the wonderful hospitality! We hope to return!!
-- Teri & Collin, Sedgewich, ALB, CAN, 16 Feb 2020
Wonderful place to stay and enjoy this beautuful place on the "peaceful" islands. The hospitality and friendliness of Jim & Melanie made for a truly special experience. All their hard work has paid off to create a wonderful place to "live". Many blessing for the future!
-- Chad & Gwen, Kalispell, MT, USA, 12 Feb 2020
It was great!
-- Billy, CT, USA, 3 Feb 2020
Perfect accommodations for the DIY bone fishing experience. The cottage was neat with all the amenities for making a meal. The view of Bottle creek from the lodge is beautiful. The owners Jim and Melanie were both very nice and helpful with our needs.
-- Greg, Avon, CT, USA, 3 Feb 2020
We had the privilege to stay for 8 days. There is a Zen saying that the Journey is the Reward and arriving at The Lodge was rewarding. The beauty was more than we imagined, especially on the drive in as we looked out across Bottle Creek at such calm blue waters. Our first day we spent with the kayak paddling around the sound (and learning the wind can be friend and foe). It was worth the fight with the wind as we saw a sea turtle dart past us which was amazing. The sound provided other wonderful sights while snorkeling. We staying in Seaside and each morning were treated to a lovely sunrise as well as a breathtaking full moon during the week. Beauty and relaxation did not end there as we had two wonderful days at Mudjon and Whitby beaches. Eating never disappointed whether that was a creative home cooked meal or the local cuisine. Conch fritters at the Mudjin Bar and Grill were part of a great lunch and dinner at MyDee's were two memorable experiences. For us the week was about relaxation which was never a problem. The stay brought back memories of simple vacations from my youth when all you had to do was enjoy the beach, swim, read and listen to music.
-- Alan & Pam, Greensboro, NC, USA, 14 Jan 2020