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A Stylish, Well-Kept Secret in the Bahamas: Abaco Club on Winding Bay

By Cathy Whitlock

Audrey Hepburn once said, “Paris is always a good idea.” The same can be said of the beach – there is nothing like a spot on the beach with an endless horizon of the sea.

The Bahamas are synonymous with an array of beaches, historical towns, coral reefs, and adventure-filled seas — and one of the best kept secrets is the Abaco Islands. Located in Northern Bahamas, the Abaco Club on Winding Bay is the perfect vacation spot to unwind, unplug, and move at your own pace. There is something for everyone – world-class Scottish style links (boasting the #1 golf course in the Bahamas), sailing, snorkeling, diving, bone fishing, tennis, and spa treatments await — or simply sun on the beach with the local favorite rum drink, the Abaco Smile. Nearby towns such as Marsh Harbour and Hope town on Elbow Cay offer a chance to visit museums and historical sites along with quaint shops, beachside restaurants, and a view of their signature pastel homes. And charming red-and-green Abaco parrots are a mainstay on the island, filling the mahogany and black mangrove trees outside your door.

While everyone dreams of a home on the beach, The Abaco Club offers a chance to own a personal residence and become a member on this idyllic island or chose from one of the homesites available and see for yourself. Here is an insider’s look at one of the spectacular residences that where cosmopolitan style meets the seashore:

 Designer Naomi Makow and architect/husband Stan of Toronto’s Makow Architects worked with homeowner Warren Newfield to create a vacation home that is both sophisticated and family-friendly. “The house was designed to encourage the family and guests to spend time relaxing and interacting with each other, hence the open-plan flow and the incorporation of the kitchen into the great room,” details the owner. “However, it was still important to create intimate private areas for people to relax, the best example of this is the private patio areas off a number of the rooms.”


 To enhance the natural beauty of the location, extra-large distinctive dark wood windows and sliding glass doors were used throughout the house. Complementing both the sea and the sky, the designers used a classic nautical blue for the furnishings.


The designers and homeowner selected a variety of unique contemporary ceiling fixtures, which serve as a focal point throughout the house. “The idea with the lighting was to keep it warm and at the same time natural and fun. Therefore, a lot of accent lighting was used, and the colors and materials of the light fixtures were selected with this goal in mind,” says the homeowner.  Tomato red and khaki covered dining chairs coordinate with the tile, ceiling, walls and sideboard.

 Dining alfresco is one of the main requisites for a beach house, and this casual outdoor living room is a popular gathering spot. Newfield explains, “To expand the enjoyment of the open air/outdoor feel, Nano walls were used on both sides of the great room. Once opened it creates the feeling of an outdoor patio, with a natural cross breeze.”

 A cheery canary yellow provides a backdrop for the natural materials of the open canopy bed and sisal carpet and accompanied with a blue-and-gold-medallion-covered chaise.


 A deep freestanding spa-worthy tub provides the ultimate in luxury.


Photos courtesy of the Abaco Club on Winding Bay