MIAMI LIVING MAGAZINE | Escape to the Bahamas

Thursday, November 30, 2017

About an hour from South Florida lies a tranquil, tropical oasis: The Abaco Club on Winding Bay in the Bahamas. The Southworth Development is a vacation destination where beauty is seen around every bend turned –and there is much ground to cover. Given the grand size of this private club, guests are appointed a personal luxe golf cart to traverse the sprawling property once they check in. A winding golf cart ride takes us passed a manicured golf course, tennis courts, the beach, Flippers Beach Bar to a row of freestanding cabanas (their 1-bedroom residences painted in soft pastel hues: purple, yellow, pink, and aqua) connected by wooded walkways.

The spacious cabana’s interior décor includes dark wood furniture, such as a king-sized four-poster bed, coral and turquoise accents, and charming white shutters. Fully equipped, there’s a small kitchen with a sink, microwave, coffeemaker, mini fridge, dishes, utensils; an intimate seating area with a flatscreen television; desk; and in-room safe. The bathroom boasts a single sink, two showerheads: rainfall and handheld, and L’Occitane En Provence bath products. Beyond the double doors is a screened in patio appointed with a dining set, and stunning views of the verdant first fairway – -enabling guests to relish the fresh air and view while nibbling on room service. After we’re all settled, we head over to Flippers Beach Bar for a bite to eat. The open-air beach bar/restaurant is the perfect spot to grab breakfast, lunch, or a cocktail like, The Bob Marley. We mingle with guests and chat up the staff as the tide gently caresses the white sand beach and soft music lulls us into vacation mode. The menu features a nice variety of entrees, including coconut shrimp, fish tacos, chicken flatbread, and French toast – all of which I ordered during my stay and enjoyed. On Wednesday nights, Flippers hosts a lively beach barbeque with a bonfire, s’mores, live band, and dancing. A few steps from the bar is their white sand beach lined with thatched umbrellas, loungers, picnic tables, and a hammock fastened to a palm tree. Off to the side is a stand occupied by beach attendees with towels and several adult toys for guests to use at their leisure – from sailboats, catamarans, and kayaks to paddle boards, and snorkel gear. We take the catamaran over to the nearby island where we find a few sea turtles and stingray swimming in their natural habitat.

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