Bahamas Private Lodge – Abaco
This Bahamas private lodge – Abaco is a luxury boutique resort complete with lovely private beaches and a variety of activities in an idyllic wilderness location. Its guests enjoy the best of Bahamas bonefishing, brilliant birding, infinity pool, scuba diving and snorkeling and a wide range other activities in one of the Bahamas’ hidden beauty spots.
Surrounded on three sides by dense and pristine woodlands and coppice, the club is a haven for wildlife. In the nearby mangrove wetlands may be found a huge expanse of unspoiled bonefishing flats and superb habitat for a wide array of wading birds and other wild life.
Most guests come for a week, but shorter stays are possible. There is a very high level of repeat visits.
|Species:||Bonefish and Permit|
|Location:||Bahamas Abaco Islands|
|Season:||November through June|
|Method:||Fly fishing or spinning gear|
|Trip Length:||2-14 days|
|Transport:||Guide vehicle to launch point then 16 foot dolphin skiffs|
|Guided:||2x1 or 1x1 Guided|
Designed in the style of an 18th century colonial plantation house, with large wrap-around verandahs, the 8-bedroom resort stands on a small hill to catch the sea breezes and panoramic ocean views. With beautiful gardens and a tranquil setting, it’s a romantic getaway, a luxury bonefish resort and a birder’s paradise all rolled into one.
The club overlooks an idyllic beach on the east coast of Great Abaco. Quite apart from its beautiful sandy beach and turquoise seas, the club has a lovely pool, an eclectic library, a great wine cellar and a fabulous atmosphere.
Secluded, tranquil and surrounded by dense vegetation, the Lodge stands some fifty feet above sea level and offers panoramic views over the Atlantic.
The Great Room at the center of the house features an enormous dining table (which can seat over twenty people), a discreet honesty bar, abundant comfortable seating and, again, stunning views from its many glass doors. With fine antiques and an overhead gallery full of fishing paraphernalia, the Great Room is full of character and atmosphere.
The adjacent library is well-stocked with a wide choice of books and features (with some reluctance) the Lodge’s only TV in case of sporting emergencies or global financial melt-down.
Six of the Club’s eight bedrooms are on the ground floor. There are two more on the third floor. All have lovely ocean views and there is a choice of super-king size beds or queen size twins.
Outside, the landscaped gardens feature bougainvillea, frangipani, oleander, hibiscus, ficus and a wide variety of palms and other shrubs. There’s an attractive infinity pool and patio with comfortable sun loungers.
The Lodge is run in the style of a country house party, where the characters change from time to time. Everyone generally eats together at one big table from a set menu. There are no bell hops or room service – it’s just a relaxed gathering of kindred spirits in a spectacular location with the best of everything.
The Club is also popular with family or corporate groups wanting to take the whole lodge for a private but fully catered house party, perhaps to mark a special occasion. This can be a remarkably inexpensive option for a group of 12 to 16 people.
Due to its highly secluded location (it can only be accessed by a mile-long forest laneway and there is only one other house within a one mile radius), the club is also an ideal hideaway for those wishing to escape the glare of public life. The small staff is reliable and discreet.
The Club’s food is some of the best in the Bahamas. The head chef has worked in several top restaurants in Europe. His food is simple, fresh and delicious, making optimal use of local ingredients. And the Lodge has an exceptional wine list that is very fairly priced.
There are numerous options for non-anglers and non-birders, both active and inactive. Private scuba lessons in the pool; guided dives to spectacular coral reefs; golf at Treasure Cay; guided snorkeling; big game fishing and miles of beachcombing along Abaco’s amazing sandy coastline.
On the private beach in front of the lodge they have ocean kayaks, paddle boards, snorkeling gear, boules or bocce pit, beach umbrellas and chairs, yeti coolers and more.
For the less active, boat trips to the charming outer islands, with their picture-postcard colonial villages; massage and beauty treatments by the pool; shopping for local crafts in Marsh Harbour; or guided trips on sea or land to explore the amazing wild life and scenery of the Abacos.
Or guests can just completely chill out in the pool garden, on the beach or on one of the Club’s large verandahs, perhaps with a cool glass of Meursault, enjoying one of the world’s most pleasant climates and most beautiful seascapes.
The outer cays, with their charming colonial settlements such as Hope Town and Green Turtle Cay, are easily reached by ferries from Marsh Harbour and Treasure Cay and make for pleasant day trips.
Big game fishing charters are available in Marsh Harbour and golf is available at Treasure Cay and sometimes at Ritz Carlton’s superb Winding Bay course.
The Club has close links with excellent scuba diving instructors and snorkeling guides. Abaco has some wonderful reefs.
There is an excellent guide for nature tours who is a mine of information about Abaco’s bird life, flora and fauna. Eco-tours by cycle or kayak are also possible.
Marsh Harbour and Hope Town have some reasonable craft shops, although sophisticated shopping opportunities are generally a little limited.
Rates through July 2020
** Rates are per person – Max 2 per room
|PEAK SEASON||OFF-PEAK SEASON|
|1st Guest: Single Occupancy||2nd Guest:
One shared room
|1st Guest: Single Occupancy||2nd Guest:
One shared room
How do I get there?
This elegant beachfront retreat is half an hour south of Marsh Harbour, which has an international airport with many direct flights to and from the US and Nassau each day. The lodge will arrange for your transportation to and from the Marsh Harbour airport.
TRAVEL INSURANCE: REQUIRED!
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While we do everything in our power to protect our clients from travel problems, we cannot prevent illness, natural disasters, wars, deaths, lodge closings and more; we live in uncertain times! The only way to protect yourself and your investment is through travel insurance. Travel insurance can provide medical coverage, cancellation due to natural disaster, illness, death in the family, lodge closings and other unknowns; in this day and time, anything is possible. Lodges count on you to protect your investment as they cannot refund your payments due to the nature of the product they offer.
Finally, travel insurance is time-sensitive and must be purchased within a certain number of days of your deposit to cover preexisting conditions, lodge closings and other various issues. It is still available later but the benefits may be more limited.
Both companies offer evacuation insurance in addition to their travel insurance but Ripcord has more thorough coverage in this area.
The Ripcord membership and travel Insurance provides the highest levels of medical, security, evacuation and rescue services in the industry combined with travel insurance:
- Remote rescue services from point of injury or illness
- Medical evacuations to the member’s home hospital of choice
- The best evacuation and rescue triggers that include rescues for medical conditions that will result in permanent injury in addition to just requiring hospitalization
- Security extraction services for geopolitical events and natural disasters
- Involuntary detention resolution services for members who are held against their will
- Consulting services from special operations veterans, paramedics, nurses, and physicians
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