Ocean Home

February/March 2016

Ocean Home magazine is for people who love the luxury oceanfront lifestyle, from home design and decor to world-class beach resorts, villas, hotels, and destinations.

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50 O C E A N H O M E M A G . C O M | F e b r u a r y + M a r c h 2 0 1 6 ocean-view cottages and grand beachfront estate homes. In addition to owning and building opportunities, many of e Abaco Club's private estates and cottage homes are available for vacation rentals. I opt for a cozy one-bedroom cabana home, nestled amid lush tropical foliage. e freestanding octagonal cabana has an airy living space, king-size four-poster bed, beautifully tiled bathroom and a large screened-in porch. Beachfront dining, golf and watersports are all within strolling distance, although a handy golf cart for my personal use stands idle outside my front door. For more spacious accommodations, the three- and four-bedroom island cottages are magnificent. ese turnkey homes, inspired by traditional Bahamian architecture, offer floor plans ranging from 2,000 to 3,000 square feet and expansive outdoor spaces. If your dream is to build, there are a limited number of beachfront, coastal and golf course lots available for sale, some with up to 200 feet of beach or ocean frontage. Most of these spectacular private lots are over an acre in size, providing ample room for your architectural design vision to be realized. e Abaco Club's charming beach village vibe is decidedly laidback, encouraging all of its residents and guests to relax and unwind in the alluring beauty of Winding Bay, but there's no shortage of luxurious pampering or active pursuits in and out of the water. e club's excellent spa offers body-soothing treatments like the Royal Hibiscus Signature Facial, Bahamian Rhythmic Touch erapy and popular sugar and salt scrubs using Eminence products and other locally sourced natural elements. e challenging Scottish-style links golf course is ranked as one of the finest in the Bahamas and a new world-class golf practice facility was added recently. Watersports run the gamut from kayaking, sailing and snorkeling to bonefishing and deep-sea fishing; tennis courts and a fitness center are also on hand for when you're done with chilling on the two-mile white sand beach. Dining is an essential element of e Abaco Club experience, especially at e Cliff House, with its Neo- British Colonial d├ęcor and artworks by more than a dozen talented Bahamian artists. Sundowner cocktails roll seamlessly to dinner and gourmet dishes featuring fresh lobster, blackened grouper and the ever-popular conch chowder, among other local delicacies. e Southworth Development owners continue to devote time and financial resources to e Abaco Club because it's more than just an investment for its residents; it's home. "e Abaco Club might be the most unpretentious place on the planet," says founder David Southworth. "You'd never know the guy in flip-flops and a T-shirt next to you is the CEO of a major international company. Like everyone else, he's just here to relax and enjoy the incredible beauty of the place." Long-time friend and business partner Joe Deitch refers to e Abaco Club as a literal safe haven. "It's a secluded paradise where you have the best of everything, and everyone is genuinely lovely and friendly," he says. "People, both guests and staff, welcome you like family." Bahamian bliss The club's custom homes are inspired by classic Bahamian architecture, offering stylish contemporary interiors, views and easy access to golf and water sports. THE DETAILS For more information, visit theabacoclub.com. PHOTOGRAPHS COURTESY OF THE ABACO CLUB (BOTTOM), BY RON ROSENZWEIG (TOP) Design 2016 I S L A N D L I F E

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