Over Yonder Cay, a privately owned island nestled in the Bahamas’ Exuma chain, is a great getaway offering peace, privacy and incomparable service. It took five years for the island’s owners, the Bosarge Family Office, to convert this former 74-acre Bahamian fishing outpost into a state-of-the-art ultra-high-end resort.
USD 350,000 per week all-inclusive, based on 20 guests (tailored quotes provided on request). Price includes exclusive access to all facilities and activities of the island, food and drinks, and air transfers plus two hours of Cessna Grand Caravan seaplane usage per week. To ensure the ultimate privacy and the complete attention of the island’s staff, the 72-acre island is only ever rented to a single group at a time.
Over Yonder Cay is the ideal place for friends and family to escape from the pressures of everyday life and relax in the comfort of your own luxury private island in the Exumas. The island lies with Sampson Cay to the south and Thomas Cay to the north, at coordinates 24.225, -76.478.
The four villas are distributed around the island to enhance the sense of privacy and space, while the seemingly countless activities will bring your group together, whether it is for snorkelling on the reef or a sunset dinner in the Beach Pavilion. The island accommodates up to 28 guests in the following configuration: Perched on the island’s central hilltop, Villa Fiamma sleeps eight in four rooms: the master suite and three guest suites. A few steps from the beach, Villa Acqua sleeps eight in four rooms: a master suite, a guest suite and two doubles. With dramatic ocean vistas, Villa Cielo sleeps six in four rooms: a master suite, a guest suite and two doubles. Taking in the views of both sunrise and sunset, Villa Terra sleeps six in three rooms: a master suite and two doubles. The villas are installed with satellite TV, a Kaleidescape entertainment library and Crestron control system, as well as wifi internet and iPads. A 12-seater movie theatre is located in Villa Fiamma, and all other villas have a 70-inch TV. Suites feature a 40-inch TV and ensuite bathroom; double rooms share a bathroom. The island has a unique, cutting-edge hybrid energy system and it is almost entirely powered but wind and solar energy harnessed by three wind turbines and a 1.5-acre solar field. In 2012, 96 per cent of the island’s energy came from renewable sources, and a suite of back-up generators provide power to the island if necessary.
Over Yonder Cay’s expert culinary team uses only the freshest ingredients of the highest quality and our wine cellar provides guests with an extensive choice of fine wines. All meals and beverages are included in the charter fee and menus are tailored to a group’s personal preferences in advance of arrival. Our highly experienced team is here to satisfy your every need and desire, whatever the time and whatever the request.
Take your private island holiday experience to another level and create memories that will last forever with Over Yonder Cay’s incredible array of activities both on land and in the water. For activities ashore, Over Yonder Cay has a floodlit tennis court, a beach volleyball court, a fully equipped fitness centre, a 12-seater movie theatre with tiered plush seating, and game room with a pool table, ping-pong, and other arcade games. The island’s yoga instructor and masseuse provides ultimate relaxation, and personal trainers and tennis couches are available at an additional cost. Golf enthusiasts can satisfy their needs on the island’s nine-hole, par-three golf course, which takes in the varied and dramatic landscape and is the only course in an 60km radius.
Your group has full access to the island’s boats, equipment and water sports toys. These include crewed motorboats for fishing, scuba diving, snorkelling and excursions to nearby islands; crewed sailing yachts including 28ft day sailor Windsong, a 19ft Rhodes day sailor, and Lasers. The island’s watersports outfit also includes four jet-skis, underwater Seabob sea scooters and a range of inflatable towables, kitesurfing, windsurfing, paddleboarding, kayaking, wakeboarding, waterskiing, scuba diving and snorkelling. The 115ft sloop S/Y Tenacious is also available for day or week charter (rates provided on request).
Best time to travel
The Bahamas is a year-round destination. Enjoying over 320 days of sunshine a year, average temperatures rarely fall below 25°C. Water temperatures are between 26°C and 28°C. During the hurricane season (end of July to mid-October), weather can be changeable.
Yacht | Tenacious
Guests can combine their visit to Over Yonder Cay with an extended trip around the Exumas or beyond aboard the gorgeous 114-foot mega-sailing yacht Tenacious, subject to the vessels’ sailing schedules and availability.
The yacht underwent a major refit in 2012, and sports a new rig and on-deck configuration. With Ted Hood Design’s revolutionary “whale bottom” hull, Tenacious is spacious, yet also able to cruise in very shallow waters thanks to her shoal draft. This allows her to anchor in secluded areas that are inaccessible to many larger vessels.
How to get there
Even though Over Yonder Cay feels like it’s located in one of the most remote corners of the world, it is actually just 200 miles from Florida—and even closer to some of the more populated parts of the Bahamas – which provides a variety of options for reaching the island. Guests may arrive directly from Miami or Fort Lauderdale on one of the island’s two 10-passenger Cessna Grand Caravan seaplanes. Commercial airports near Over Yonder Cay include Staniel Cay, which has a 3,000-foot paved airstrip and is only a 10-minute boat ride from the island, or Georgetown, which has an 8,000-foot runway capable of handling large private jets, and can be reached in just 30 minutes by seaplane. For guests arriving by yacht, Over Yonder Cay can accommodate larger vessels than any other private island in the Bahamas. The island’s ultra-modern deep-water marina is equipped to handle multiple yachts of up to 10 feet of draft.