Exquisite Exumas: Over Yonder Cay

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At the heart of the Bahamas lies the Exumas archipelago, 365 cays and islands that represent the country at its most naturally beautiful. It’s a special place where footprint-free beaches are the norm, palm trees far outnumber people, and celebrities frolic in ultra-exclusive hideaways. Within this tropical fantasyland sits Over Yonder Cay, a privately owned, full-service resort island 70 miles south of Nassau that has taken celebration of the Exumas’ secluded allure to new heights.

A onetime fishing outpost, over the last five years the 72-acre private island has been transformed into a showcase for nature and architecture co-existing in harmony. It is now available to rent exclusively to a single group at a time. Four highly stylized villas created from limestone, coral, and hardwoods accommodate up to 28 guests, cocooning them in a landscape of tropical greenery surrounded by cerulean sea.

Villa Fiamma, the “sun villa,” perches at the highest point of Over Yonder Cay, providing superb views from its four suites, each with a private courtyard and terrace. The expansive 2,300 sq ft master suite includes an enormous bathroom with steam-shower, a viewing tower, and salon. Rare tapestries, marble floors, and classical sculptures bring a touch of Rococo to the contemporary beach setting. The villa’s theater encourages group gatherings.

Hilltop Villa Cielo takes its décor cues from France, blending the modern and traditional. The master suite and guest suite each have wraparound balconies, while two secondary guest rooms have sleeping lofts with kid appeal. A two-tier infinity pool overlooks a private beach.

Villa Acqua, as its name implies, cozies right up to the water’s edge near the island’s longest white-sand beach. This relaxed four-bedroom residence has a covered outdoor dining area, sunset-facing hot tub, and sky murals to bring the outdoors inside.

Three-bedroom Villa Terra, on the island’s south side, sits on a sandy promontory and features a wraparound patio, infinity hot tub, and a recreation room with a pool table, ping-pong, and arcade games. The sounds of the sea flow through the open floor plan of the communal areas.

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