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By Chris Boyle


Perched on a private white-sand beach, this exclusive, tranquil villa—a secret well kept by Hollywood A-listers—offers the perfect luxury hideaway for families, groups of friends, intimate wedding parties and corporate retreats.

Selling at $7.5 million (in tax- free Bahamas), the villa sleeps ten to 18 and is also available for weekly rental. A one- hour jet hop from Florida, and just two hours from New York, Boston, Chicago, Houston and Toronto; Exuma is perfectly placed for a quick getaway. Nearby the villa a 200-foot lot features a deep water shoreline, so docking a large yacht is a breeze.

Bougainvillea House itself comprises two separate beachfront homes that come to- gether to accommodate larger parties. A separate garden cottage provides additional capacity. You may find it hard to leave Bougainvillea’s 160 feet of pristine waterfront; favored by a prevailing, light breeze; but when you do, the Emerald Bay Resort, with golf club, marina and spa, is just ten minutes away. For those interested in buying, Bougainvillea House is a registered Bahamian corporation with income and tax advantages.


  • Square footage: 4,000
  • Weekly rate: From $21,000

Number of rooms in suite: Nine

Number of entrances to suite: 12

Number of baths: Seven full baths and one Honeymoon Spa bath

Suite style: Cool Caribbean, with Tommy Bahama furniture and linens throughout

Key selling points: Six bedrooms, eight bathrooms and two kitchens make this stunning house an ideal beach side retreat for families and small groups. The outside decks, including the fabulous rooftop Sky Deck, offer an additional 8,000 square feet of outdoor living space. Villa amenities include premium groceries, a premium bar, Cuban cigar collection, 60-inch HD TVs and private chefs upon request.

Number of suites in hotel: One


• You will be met at the airport upon arrival and greeted by your hosts, who have over ten years of experience in Exuma.

• The villa owners will act as your daily concierges to ensure that your vacation meets or exceeds your expectations.

• The house will be stocked with enough premium groceries for three meals a day for seven days, for eight to ten adults.


Red Lane Spa: Nearby Red Lane Spa at Sandals Emerald Bay is a 29,000-square-foot sanctuary for mind, body and soul that re- interprets classic European spa rituals with a distinctive Caribbean flair.

Choose to have your treatment indoors, or in a pri- vate beachside gazebo, and make use of the wet steam room, relaxation areas and yoga/Pilates studios. Expertly adminis- tered Dermalogica products are sure to leave you glowing.


Il Cielo: “The sky” is certainly the limit when it comes to the genuine Tuscan experience evident in every delicious dish at this charming Sandals restaurant.


Emerald Reef Golf Club: This award-winning course designed by golf legend Greg Norman is regarded as one of the most scenic in the Caribbean.

Challenging fairways and prevailing trade winds make each game newly exciting.

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