Bahama Beach Club Makes Dreams of Luxury Island Life Come True (Air Currents Magazine)

Family Vacations

When I was a kid I fantasized about owning my own island. You know, the quintessential mansion overlooking a sun-drenched ocean and a large staff that would take care of my every whim. It wasn’t until I started growing older that I realized it would probably take me trading places with someone like Johnny Depp or Sir Richard Branson to make this dream a reality.

Let’s face it, super exclusive island getaways are for the super rich. But what if you could personally experience living on a quiet, exotic island in luxury fit for famous movie stars?

Enter Bahama Beach Club.

A little more than an hour’s flight from South Florida and less than a half hour from Nassau, the club is located in Treasure Cay, Abaco. Settled by a group of Loyalists from New York state in the 1800’s and never growing much beyond the original thousand who populated the settlement at its highest in the 1790s, Treasure Cay continues to be one of the most pristine, unspoiled tourist destinations in The Bahamas.

Like its Family Island neighbors, the cay has a warm climate, balmy ocean breezes, exotic delicacies, palm trees and lush vegetation, and an intriguing small town culture. But the cay’s crown jewel is its beach. Bahama Beach Club sits on one of the world’s most stunning beaches. It was rated “The Best Beach in the Caribbean” by Caribbean Travel and Life magazine and one of the world’s 10 best by National Geographic. Exploring the three-and-a-half mile windswept shore is like walking on fine sugar. At the far end of the beach is a tip known as Sandy Point where even at high tide the water near shore is barely more than ankle deep, making it a great place for toddlers. What I didn’t expect to find walking out further, a half-mile into a knee-deep, postcard-perfect sea, were delicate white sand dollars literally every other step of the way.

The warm winds of the Gulf Stream keep the water temperature above 72 degrees most of the year. Ideal for boating, the surf at Bahama Beach Club is constantly calm thanks to several nearby islands like No Name Cay and Green Turtle Cay which act as wave barriers. It was a serene boat ride through these very same waters that first lured the owner of the club to the cay in the first place, an enticement so strong that he immediately quit his news anchor career in Florida to open the resort.

By design, the commanding ocean view is shared by every villa on the property. What makes each luxury condominium unique is the signature décor of the various homeowners. From tropical chic to streamlined modern, guests are able to select from an assortment of fully-furnished styles of 2-bedroom, 3-bedroom, 4-bedroom and 4 bedroom + Loft villas ranging from $300-$700 per night, depending on the size and season. My family and friends stayed in a three-bedroom villa outfitted with wicker fixtures, palm trees and sage-toned walls. The home away from home had the look and feel of a tropical retreat but with all the comforts of the digital world — flat screen TVs in every room, a DVD player with surround sound, cable TV and an iPod deck to play music through the condo’s Bose stereo. Free Long Distance in-room telephone calls to almost anywhere in the world and Free Wi-fi is accessible throughout the resort.

Treasure Cay also offers a pleasant escape from one of city life’s biggest hassles — traffic jams. Golf carts are the main means of transportation, so much so that there’s a drive-in movie night just for cart drivers. The carts (most of them rented from Cash’s Carts) and bicycles make for a safe stroll to the marina or grocery store and the relative absence of cars, trucks and honking horns or even a traffic light adds to the peacefulness.

Golfers will be relieved to know there is a 72-par, 18-hole championship golf course designed by Dick Wilson in walking distance from the resort. Once ranked the “#1 Golf Course in the Bahamas” by Golf Digest, it features a front nine that runs parallel with the ocean and duck ponds on the tighter back nine.

There is certainly no shortage of tropical beverages to rehydrate yourself after a long swim at the club’s outdoor bar and grill and beachfront dining is world class. Fresh local ingredients, including pineapple and conch, paired with unparalleled ocean views make any traveler feel as though they’re living the lifestyle of the rich and famous. This is where we fell absolutely, adoringly in love with Treasure Cay. Try a different table every night, with a slightly different vantage point, and you can’t go wrong — especially when the live band is playing.

Private island homes are no longer the exclusive playground for dot com moguls and trophy wives. Today, a luxury island escape is just as easy a choice to make for a fulfilling vacation for them as for you. Powdered sandy beaches, a championship golf course, the conch fritter delicacy and, for the truly adventurous, a dive with dolphins — if it’s the unique family vacation you seek, look no further than “the club” for a very different island getaway. Whatever your reason it’s time to fulfill your dreams before you wake up and smell the office coffee.

For more information or to book your reservation at the Bahama Beach Club, call 1–242–365–8500 (Toll Free from the US/Canada 1.800.284.0382 )or visit