Located in the heart of the Bahamas’ Exuma chain about 200 miles from Florida, Over Yonder Cay is the perfect vacation destination if you are looking for privacy and ultimate luxury. The 72-acre island used to be a quaint fishing outpost in the past. Today, it features four stunningly beautiful island villas spread out around the island, yet within a golf cart ride away from each other. Each one of the villas offers an amazing level of comfort and features stunning architectural design and state-of-the-art green energy technology.
The main villa, Meridian House, offers guests plenty of space, with four en-suite bedrooms that sleep eight guests. It is situated on the highest point of the island with panoramic sweeping views of the Exumas on all sides. Situated close to the main beach is West Sands, which accommodates eight guests as well. This villa also has four bedrooms, two of which share a bathroom. Overlooking the eastern beach is East Cove, which also sleeps eight guests. The remaining villa, South Point, is surrounded on two sides by the sea as it is located on a peninsula. The villa has room for six guests, with three bedrooms, two of which share a bathroom. All villas have satellite TV, Wi-Fi Internet and iPads, as well as a Kaleidescape entertainment library and Crestron control system. Meridian House also features a 12-seat movie theater; the three other villas each have a 70-inch TV. Suites are also equipped with a 40-inch TV and en-suite bathroom.
Another unique feature of Over Yonder Cay is the island’s cutting-edge hybrid energy system. It is almost entirely powered by wind and solar energy harnessed by three wind turbines and a 1.5-acre solar field. Several back-up generators provide power to the island if necessary.
Over Yonder Cay offers guests a variety of activities – both on land and in the water. Guests have full access to the island’s boats and water sports toys, including crewed motorboats for snorkeling, scuba diving, fishing and excursions to the neighbor islands. The 120-foot sailing yacht is perfect for a great adventure at sea, while the 50-foot Merritt is available for a fishing tour. A pair of 30-foot sailboats and catamarans are available as well.
The West Beach Club features a pool, hot tub and a great sound system, so it is the perfect place to relax during the day and party by night. Over Yonder Cay also features a nine-hole par three golf course, a floodlit tennis court, a beach volleyball court and two fitness centers. The island also features three spectacular pools and hot tubs throughout the property.
With its 320 days of sunshine per year and average temperatures that rarely fall below 77°F (25°C), Over Yonder Cay is a year-round travel destination. There are several ways to reach the island. Guests can arrive directly from Miami or Fort Lauderdale on one of the island’s two eight-passenger Cessna Grand Caravan seaplanes. Nearby commercial airports include Staniel Cay (a 10-minute boat ride away from Over Yonder Cay), or Georgetown (30 minutes away from Over Yonder Cay by seaplane). Georgetown has an 8,000-foot runway that can accommodate large private jets. Over Yonder Cay can also accommodate larger vessels for those arriving by yacht. The island’s deep-water marina can handle multiple yachts of up to 13 feet of draft at mean low tide.