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Discover an exotic out island resort to unwind, relax and recharge; sophisticated yet casual, and where crime, pollution, traffic and casinos are nonexistent. Explore remote islands, beaches and secret coves of 17th century pirates or visit quaint 18th century villages first settled during the Revolutionary War by Loyalists. Fish, sail or dive in the turquoise gin clear waters or just lay back by the pool or beach.
Unrivaled deluxe accomodations can be found at Abaco's stunning 37 room Green Turtle Club located on a 3 mile long namesake Cay. The Green Turtle Club is as romantic after dark as during the day." Robin Leech, Runaway-Lifestyles of The Rich & Famous. The Green Turtle Club and Marina is located on the tiny island of Green Turtle Cay which only spans approximately three miles in length, and one mile in width.
Club History - The Green Turtle Club was founded by Allan Charlesworth of West Sussex, England in 1965. Mr. Charlesworth had been a boat designer and manufacturer and at one time was the second largest boat builder in the United Kingdom. It was while cruising on a Ranger in 1964 that Mr. Charlesworth "discovered" Green Turtle Cay. What he found was a perfect point of land on a picturesque protected natural harbor just a short stroll from a magnificent ocean beach. He returned to this island paradise the following year to settle and "retire" with his wife and infant daughter and built The Green Turtle Club and Marina. An old wooden boat house was converted into a yacht club style pub and became the cornerstone for "The Club". Even in it's infancy "The Club" gained an international reputation as an ideal escape from the daily rigors and trappings of civilization. Unfortunately, Mr. Charlesworth passed away in 1989, but his family has continued to maintain the timeless charm of the tradition-filled Green Turtle Club.
Rooms are decorated with Queen Anne mahogany furnishings, bold Wedgwood blue prints, or green and peach florals (an island plantation decor), accented with natural pine trim and tropical paddle fans and air conditioning. Each room has a private patio. Villas are on the harbor's edge with two-tiered pine decks for sunbathing. Your boat can be docked right outside the front door. Villas are individually decorated triplexes that consist of two bedrooms with baths and a separate living/dining area with kitchenette. Each room can be rented separately or combined to make a one or a two bedroom villa.
The Green Turtle Club is the Abaco's only member of the prestigious Chaine des Rotisseurs gourmet society. Dinners, by reservation only, are elegant yet informal. The seafood is fresh and the steaks are prime, with fare ranging from gourmet to traditional cuisine. A typical choice of entree may be broiled lobster, veal francese and prime rib. The four-course dinners of soup, salad, entree and desert are prepared with Bahamian flair and elegantly presented in ample servings. Breakfast and lunch are served on the covered patio overlooking the scenic harbor.
On Monday and Friday nights quests can enjoy live musical entertainment by dive master turned musician Brendal Stevens. A virtual one-man band on keyboards and guitar, Brendal combines a unique array of lively island music and standards. Wednesday night The Club plays host to "the number one band in the nation", The Gully Roosters Band. The "Roosters" perform under the stars and guarantee to have you dancing with original songs and the latest hits from the Caribbean and Bahamas. On weekends they perform at their own club, The Roosters Rest, in New Plymouth.
Few destination's offer the variety and calibre of diving as is found in the Bahamas Out Islands. Reefs, exquisite coral formations and wrecks of all descriptions lie just beyond the water's edge. Brendal's Dive Shop, located within the marina complex, offers a wide variety of diving options ranging from beginning snorkel to advanced open water instruction. Divers are transported out to the reefs and wrecks in a state of the art glass-bottom boat for those who prefer to view all the action without getting wet. A must is the Dive & Picnic Lunch with legendary dive Master Brendal Stevens who will not only spear your lunch, but also cook it for you on a deserted island beach.
Big Game fishing can be found just a few miles off shore. A 1035 lb. blue marlin was caught last year in one of the many tournaments held annually in spring. The Green Turtle Club Annual Invitational Fishing Tournament attracts many of the top anglers in North America and has become one of the Bahamas' most important angling events. Grouper and snapper are abundant for those wishing to fish the reefs while the flats are home to the elusive bone fish which will challenge even the best of fly fisherman. Local fishing guides, charter boats, and boat rentals are available to personalize all your fishing needs.
For golfing enthusiasts, the 18-hole Championship Treasure Cay Golf Course on mainland Abaco is a 20 minute water ferry followed by a 10 minute taxi ride away. The Dick Wilson designed course is considered to be one of the top golf courses in the Bahamas.
Although away-from-it-all, The Green Turtle Club is easily reached from the U.S. and Canada via Treasure Cay International Airport followed by a five minute taxi ride and a 20 minute ferry crossing of the Sea of Abaco. United Airlines has connecting flights from Miami and Ft. Lauderdale while USAir connections are from Palm Beach and Orlando. Bahamasair have connections from Nassau and Palm Beach. Gulfstream International and Island Express are commuter airlines with daily scheduled service from Miami and Ft. Lauderdale and Twin Air fly out of Ft. Lauderdale Jet Center on Mon. Wed. and Fri.