The Great Escape
The Delphi Club on Abaco is a small luxury hotel and fishing lodge in an idyllic wilderness location. Its guests enjoy the best of Bahamas bonefishing, brilliant birding and a wide range other activities in one of the Bahamas’ hidden beauty spots.
Its top quality accommodation and food and its beautiful, unspoiled location attract nature lovers from all over the world and others in search of the perfect tropical hideaway.
Many guests come to fly fish for bonefish – bonefishing in the Bahamas is well known as the best in the world and on Abaco it is exceptionally good. But others are drawn by the wildlife and the unspoilt beauty of the location. The excellent birding is now also attracting greater recognition. To be able to enjoy these pursuits from a beautiful base overlooking a deserted sandy beach on Abaco’s stunning Atlantic coastline is a rare treat.
Surrounded on three sides by dense and pristine woodlands and coppice, the Delphi Club is a haven for wildlife. In the nearby mangrove wetlands may be found a huge expanse of unspoiled bonefishing flats and superb habitat for a wide array of wading birds and other wild life.
Designed in the style of an 18th century colonial plantation house, with large wrap-around verandahs, the 8-bedroom hotel stands on a small hill to catch the sea breezes and panoramic ocean views. With beautiful gardens and a tranquil setting, it’s a romantic getaway, a luxury bonefish resort and a birder’s paradise all rolled into one. It is also available as a fully-staffed, luxury rental property for those seeking a private retreat away from the limelight and it has hosted private house parties of every kind, from small weddings to corporate retreats to special family celebrations.
The Delphi Club has attracted consistently favourable reviews from guests and from the press since it opened in 2009. Those in search of a great bonefish experience, a luxury birding trip or just a peaceful break in beautiful surroundings have all sung its praises. As one guest commented: “It’s payback time for the fishing widow; she’ll love it just as much as him.” So bonefishers with non-fishing wives or partners to pacify need look no further.
This elegant beachfront retreat is half an hour south of Marsh Harbour, which has an international airport with many direct flights to and from the US and Nassau each day.
Most guests come for a week, but shorter stays are possible. There is already a very high level of repeat visits.
For bone fishing, the Club is close to the world-class bonefishing flats of the Abaco Marls, where large numbers of uneducated bonefish provide fantastic sport for fly-fishermen in uncrowded waters. There are also superb white-sand wading flats at nearby Cherokee Sound where larger and more seasoned bone fish present a special challenge.
For birding, Abaco offers a wide range of avian habitats – an extensive coastline that attracts many migrants, then miles of mangrove wetlands, ancient pine forests and dense hardwood coppice. Over 280 species of birds have been recorded on the island.
Quite apart from its beautiful sandy beach and turquoise seas, the Club has a lovely pool, an eclectic library, a great wine cellar and a fabulous atmosphere.
There are many options for non-fishers and non-birders, both active and inactive. Private scuba lessons in the pool; guided dives to spectacular coral reefs; golf at Treasure Cay; guided snorkelling; big game fishing and miles of beachcombing along Abaco’s amazing sandy coastline.
For the less active, boat trips to the charming outer islands, with their picture-postcard colonial villages; massage and beauty treatments by the pool; shopping for local crafts in Marsh Harbour; or guided trips on sea or land to explore the amazing wild life and scenery of the Abacos.
Or guests can just completely chill out in the pool garden, on the beach or on one of the Club’s large verandahs, perhaps with a cool glass of Meursault, enjoying one of the world’s most pleasant climates and most beautiful seascapes.
Note that the Club is not a hotel in any conventional sense. Its atmosphere and the way in which it is run are more akin to a private country house party, elegant yet informal – and very relaxed. It’s the initiative of Peter Mantle, who created the multi-award-winning Delphi Lodge in Ireland – a glorious country house and fishing lodge that is listed in “A Thousand Places To See Before You Die”. The Delphi Club at Rolling Harbour is designed to bring the same standards of comfort, atmosphere, dazzling location and culinary excellence as its Irish counterpart, albeit with a tropical twist.