Managed by a development company that specializes in private residential communities, The Abaco Club on Winding Bay blends the comforts of home with the appeals of a tropical island getaway.
The allure of a “home away from home” may be universal in its appeal, but creating or finding that exceptional place, especially in a foreign country, is no easy task. The prospect of owning a tropical island vacation home is equally alluring, yet stand-alone private residences on most islands bring with them concerns of maintenance and security (especially when the homeowners are not there), and residences attached to larger island resorts are too often surrounded by an atmosphere that feels impersonal and contrived. Private residence clubs typically provide the best environment for finding an optimal second home, but all are not created equal. For prospective homeowners who wish to enjoy relaxed and honest Bahamian island culture, the various residential offerings at The Abaco Club on Winding Bay all represent an ideal home-away-from-home and embrace the club’s motto: “barefoot luxury.”
Simply put, The Abaco Club offers a variety of residences to meet all tastes. Single-family cottages draw their inspiration from traditional Bahamian architecture and offer between 1,200 and 3,000 square feet of living space complete with customizable features and turnkey finishes. Estate homes are strategically located on plots of land (many more than one acre in size) that offer direct access to the ocean or provide ocean views. And the club’s Coral House and Great House both feature two-, three-, and four-bedroom fully furnished residences designed with expansive kitchen and living areas and offer up to 3,215 square feet of living space. Best of all, when members leave the island they take with them peace of mind knowing that the club will look after and care for their home—no matter the type—while they are away.
Upon his first visit to the club, Southworth Development CEO David Southworth discovered the relaxed, easy-to-get-away-from-it-all appeal of Great Abaco Island and the significance of The Abaco Club’s location on the island; and he let those features serve as his guides once his firm took ownership of the club in 2014. Because of that, only a select number of estate homes and cottages will be built at the club, and all development projects are implemented in such a way that the island’s natural environment is preserved and protected.
The Abaco Club shines brighter than most other private residence clubs in part because it is owned and operated by a company that specializes in the development and management of such clubs. That ownership impacts and delivers key benefits for the clubs’ members. Through a reciprocity program, for example, Southworth club members have the ability to visit the development company’s other properties. Yet, the more striking and significant impact can be found in each club’s membership—particularly at The Abaco Club—and the sense of community that is fostered there.
What I really love about the club is the community,” Southworth says. “It’s filled with like-minded people and seeing how people interact here and the camaraderie that’s formed . . . it’s a beautiful thing to watch. This place does bring out the best in people.
Professional golfer Darren Clarke, who joined the club when it first opened more than a decade ago and maintains a residence there, experiences that every time he visits. “If you want to come and get away from everything but just have an amazing, understated luxurious holiday where everyone will be catered to, this is the best place for it,” he says. “The first day you leave is the first day that you can’t wait to get back.”
Although The Abaco Club offers members and guests a plethora of amenities to satisfy any lifestyle—all managed and delivered in world-class style—the club’s greatest attribute, according to Southworth, is its culture and all of the communal factors that make it feel like home. “What I love most about the club,” he says, “it has everything that money can’t buy.”