At one time or another, most people have dreamed of the island life (in fact, we wrote about it last year). Pristine beaches, ocean views from every angle, and tropical flora and fauna—it sounds like the background of a Gauguin painting, or the lyrics to Madonna’s hit “La Isla Bonita.” Add to this experience the notion of being on that island alone, or with only your companions, and the mystique of such a setting increases.
Today’s featured listing is the answer to those dreams, a Private Island for sale in the Bahamas:
Turquoise water: check. Soft sand: check. Sun streaming through foliage and trees: check. People: nope. To make this all more enticing, you have the option of purchasing a set of three adjacent cays for a mere $3.9 million more, making your ownership of the area known as The Bahama Cays complete. The seller’s description on the listing gives the details of this unique auction:
“Totalling over 100 acres with elevations in excess of 30 feet the Cays are ideal for a wide range of development options. To date only a small peninsular on the largest Cay has been developed offering a luxury condominium building and a large community building. A discreet power house with water desalination plant and three 15kw generators supply essential services to this newly completed development. The 140’ commercial T-dock offers safe navigable Island access accommodating vessels with up to a 6’ draft. Secure 10’ moorings have also been installed for deeper drafted (sailing) vessels.”
Your bid of $5.9 million gets you the main island, which includes a 5,800-square-foot luxury condominium build in the traditional Key West style (think verandas, wraparound porches, double-decker terraces, and ample windows for ocean views). The package comes with a meeting house, a villa or restaurant building, and a beach in a protected cove.
If a private island conjures up visions of “LOST” or the professor trying to fix the coconut phone for Gilligan, rest easy—if you tossed a message in a bottle from the shores of Bahama Cay, it would reach Florida by sundown. The island is 120 nautical miles east of Florida.
This is a relief to us city slickers who worry about what to do when we run out of milk and coconut oil, or how we can see the latest action movie at the theater. Though a private island with a private movie theater would be something special, too. You could organize an island-themed film festival featuring James Bond and Jamaica in Dr. No, Drew Barrymore and Adam Sandler’s romcom 50 First Dates, and the classic Brooke Shields film Blue Lagoon. Being that your island is private, watching Tom Hanks character’s descent into loneliness in Castaway may not be the best choice, unless you arrive with extra Wilson volleyballs:
You could also start out more simply. The website “What’s Hot” reports that the Ritz-Carlton in Grand Cayman recently rolled out a coconut phone. It’s only a matter of time before one shows up on eBay.