Picture Perfect is what would describe the Ritz Carlton resorts that are scattered in different holiday destinations around the world. Managed by the Ritz Carlton Group, these hotels and resorts are known for their prime beach front locations, impeccably furnished rooms, state of the art facilities and hotel amenities; and of course the best service that can be offered to guests and visitors.
Situated on Winding Bay, the Abaco Club beach resort in the Bahamas can also be called the pride of Ritz Carlton. A members only resort, the 5 star rated condominium is sprawled over 534 acres of lush gardens and enjoys a wonderful position right by the beach in the Abacos.
As is the trade mark of any Ritz Carlton resorts, the Abaco Club offers complete seclusion to the holiday hungry traveler, but not without providing a horde of activities within the resort grounds that more than compensate for what guests feel they have left behind.
Getting there and around: The Abacos islands are served by two international airports, Treasure Cay and Marsh Harbour. Traveling between islands does not pose a problem as there are various local ferries which transport locals and visitors to nearby islands while sea planes and chartered aircrafts provide transportation for the further reaches of the region.
Accommodation: All the rooms of the Abaco Club are either cabanas or cottages which have been designed and furnished with utmost care and elegance. Guests can choose between the 3 bedroom cottages, 4 bedroom cottages or the 2 bedroom cottages, all of which come with en suite bathrooms and kitchens. All the rooms have high ceilings and private veranda that overlook the gardens.
The rooms are quite spacious and come with the modern day amenities like outdoor showers with garden tubs, private decks that provide stunning views of the fairway, state of the art shower fittings in the bathrooms, washers and driers, built in safes, espresso machines, internet access and a complete entertainment system that includes a 42 inch Plasma LCD flat panel Television and a Bose surround system with DVD/CD players.
In addition to this, guests also have the additional options of choosing a personal chef for in room meals and refreshments along with the provision for grocery shopping. Rooms get cleaned twice a day in the mornings and evenings.
Cuisine: Dine in exquisite Caribbean surroundings! This is the motto of the Abaco Club and the resort strives to maintain it by providing wonderful dining settings with a cuisine to match. The resort offers two restaurants, the Clubhouse which is located above a slight hill and Buster’s, which is located right by the beach.
The Club House provides a slightly livelier atmosphere with sweeping views of the coast down below as guests get to savor the most delicious of Bahamian meals and tidbits that are prepared with fresh local and imported ingredients. The Club House also offers cocktails and guests can enjoy a casual drink as they take in the wonderful scenery around them.
If you choose to dine by the beach, you can do so at Busters. The restaurant sits right on the shallow waters of the beach and has thatched roofs that give you the feeling of being a primitive on an island. For a change, you can also dine under the open sky. Sea food is the prime ingredient in Buster’s and you can enjoy a mouth smacking meal cooked within minutes of getting the catch out of the water.
Drinks are also served at Buster’s and you can make a quick romantic getaway, enjoying the setting sun as you sit, sipping cocktails by the beach bar. Nothing like a meal with the skies above while the water caresses your feet below.
General Amenities: The Abaco Club boasts of a never ending list of general services and recreational activities or its guests. Get a perfect workout at the resorts private fitness center and later on get a soothing massage at the European style spa.
The resort has an infinity edge swimming pool that seems to end in the ocean. In addition to this, the sandy white beaches nearby stretches for nearly two miles which gives you the perfect opportunity to find your own secluded spots.
There is a 36 foot catamaran provided by the resort for regular cruises. Called the Abaco One, the luxurious boat can be chartered for private affairs and offers sunset cruises as well.
Another high point of the Abaco Club is its own private airport terminal complete with private customs and immigration booths that enable you to check in without any hassles. Transfers to and from the airport are also taken care of by the resort which enables you to relax and think of the holiday ahead instead of worrying about finding the resort once you land.
The resort also offers concierge service in addition to babysitting facilities where your tots get taken care of by professionally trained sitters so that you can get some time off for each other.
Business travelers will find the resorts business center a delight. The center comes complete with audio visual equipment in addition to features like Wi -fi connections, internet access, entertainment, concierge services, conference facilities and provision for shipping and receiving.
Recreational Activities: One of the highlights of the Abaco Club is its large European spa. Providing stunning views of the surroundings, the spa incorporates trained therapists who work with aromatic oils and remedial plant abstracts to provide wonderful body and facial treatments.
Some of the more popular treatments meted out by the spa include the Swedish Massage, the Balinese Massage, the Deep Tissue Sports Massage and the Beach Massage in addition to various therapies which include reflexology and aromatic stone therapy. Guests can also enjoy soothing beauty treatments, skin facials and enhancement treatments.
The beach is an idyllic place for numerous water sports and the club offers various non motorized activities in the water, including canoeing, kayaking, sailing, diving, snorkeling, scuba diving, fishing and wind surfing.
Golf lovers will definitely love the 18 hole golf course that resides just by the beach and spans over 7183 yards of Greenland. The par 72 championship course has been designed by Donald Steel and Tom Mackenzie, both well known in their architectural positions.
Providing the settings for a wonderful game of golf, the course comes complete with a golf shop and operates from 8 in the morning till sunset. A small amount needs to be paid as fees for either practicing or playing golf here and it is advised to check with the management regarding the specific terms and conditions that need to be adhered to.
Golf lessons are also available for the novice at an hourly payment along with the provision to use the course’s Long Range, Short Range and Putting Green free of service. Clinics are also hosted with groups of members joining together to form a team. Short Game and Full Game Clinics are available which focus on different areas of the game and range from one hour to a couple of hours.
So here’s your chance to get away from the grind of daily life and spend some quality time with family and friends. And where better than the Abaco Club? Enjoy your stay here and have a smashing holiday!