You disembark from your seaplane and are greeted warmly by the Over Yonder Cay island steward offering glasses of ice-cold strawberry lemonade. The remainder of your group has already arrived, a mix of family and friends, all laughing and chattering with excitement as you begin your exclusive vacation week on this 72-acre private island. This crowning jewel in the necklace of the Exumas provides the ultimate bespoke Bahamian experience.
You divide up with each group driven to one of four Minoan-inspired villas to settle in. You’re staying at Villa Fiamma. At the island’s highest point, it offers unrivaled 360-degree panoramas. Rare tapestries, sculptures, and marble create a rococo feel. And your breath catches when you spy the east-facing wraparound infinity pool directly off the immense master suite. You imagine what tomorrow’s sunrise will look like from there.
Everyone regroups for lunch. And while dining on freshly caught seafood, you hear one of the kids let out a whoop upon learning about the game room and 12-seat movie theater. Your spouse, on the other hand, is thrilled to hear there’s a yoga instructor and certified masseuse. After the meal, you’re escorted on a tour of your new island home. As the golf-cart caravan rolls along brick-paved paths, you learn that the island’s coral reefs and incredible water clarity make for some of the most spectacular diving and snorkeling posts in Exuma Sound. And this exclusive vacation retreat is eco-friendly as well. Over 95 percent of the island’s energy needs are met through its natural abundance of wind and sunshine.
You ride past footprint-free beaches lapped by a sun-kissed sea and envision the rollicking games of beach volleyball that will occur there, as well as golfing on the challenging nine-hole course. Your adrenalin-seeking teens eye the flotilla of water toys available, from wakeboards and kite surfboards to sea scooters and kayaks. And the anglers in your group are already arranging a spear fishing expedition for tomorrow. You ask about sailing, and discover the crewed 28-foot sloop docked in the island’s deep-draft marina is yours to command.
After the tour, you return to find towels laid out on beach chairs for everyone beside pitchers of specialty rum punch. The kids start playing in the sand, while you relax and close your eyes, soaking up warm Bahamian sunshine.