Some of my favorite private islands in the world (not just the Bahamas) are in the Exumas. And though they can be a bit more difficult to get to, spending time at any (or better yet all) of these three very special islands will be well worth it.
Musha Cay and Copperfield Bay
Hidden among the out islands of the Exumas, Musha Cay is made up of 11 private islands that are yours to explore. The best part is that the only other guests are selected by you because you rent it for a week. Musha Cay is privacy redefined, with over 700 acres and five spectacular guest houses – each with its own private beach. The all-inclusive daily rate of $42,000 covers up to 12 guests. For groups of more than 12 guests, there is an additional per person charge of $1,500 per person per night. The resort’s capacity is 24 guests and all bookings have a five-night minimum.
The beach house at Musha CayMusha Cay and the Islands of Copperfield Bay have endless amenities and adventures that you can experience nowhere else on earth. The accomodations are spectacular and since you have the entire island to your self…You can sit on the beach and do nothing, or….
If you like to more active pursuits, there’s snorkeling, windsurfing, paddle boarding, skimming the translucent waters in sailboats, runabouts or wave runners, island touring, waterskiing and fishing – deep-sea, and flats. The staff also will plan incredible excursions for you – picnics on private sandbars, movie nights on the beach, karaoke, cave exploring, tiki parties on the beach, scavenger hunts, hermit crab races.
For traditional sports, there is a championship lighted tennis court, lighted volleyball/badminton court and state-of-the-art fitness center and steam room. The whole island was really designed and masterminded by David Copperfield so there is no detail missed.
Staniel Cay Yacht Club
The cottages are quaint at Staniel Cay Yacht Club and there’s a cute restaurant with a great bar. Each cottage also comes with a boat. I love to go see the black sharks on the docks.
Highbourne Cay is a three-mile long, 500-acre private island. You can stay in one of the six cottages or two cabanas. The cabanas have a fully equipped kitchen and come with a golf cart, housekeeping and laundry. There are 2-, 3- and 4-bedroom cottages, and you can get room service directly to the cottages. Rates range between $700 – $2,000. The resort offers island tour excursions, snorkeling and fishing, diving, hiking and paddle boarding. The marina has docks up to 180’ and 15 slips for boats up to 75’. There is a restaurant, grocery store with fresh groceries available weekly, bike and golf cart rentals, boat washing, fuel power and ice.