For Ann Bakhaus, creating a beautiful retreat on this small island was a lifelong dream.
She visited Eleuthera many times as a young girl. She fondly remembers her father tipping Dr. Seabreeze, a local musician, $20 and saying, “Please play ‘Yellow Bird’ for me, friend.” Now, three generations of her family listen to the strains of that Caribbean song. And the family is inviting guests to come experience this stunning getaway in the Bahamas.
The home in Double Bay was completed on April 20, 2020. It sits on 2.3 acres nestled between a 20-acre pond and the pristine private pink sand beach. j. stuart hurt of House flew all the way to Eluthera to serve as the interior designer, and the team was thrilled with his work.
The main house has four en suite bedrooms with a separate main suite with private entrance. At 8,400 sq. ft., the spacious house has everything guests could need. That includes a chef-inspired kitchen with a custom rock wall with lots of amenities. The spacious living room boasts soaring 28-foot ceilings and a bar. It’s a multi-use space that’s perfect for families or entertaining. The many windows offer glimpses of the sunset cocktail space, large pergola, attached infinity pool and more.
The detached guest casita overlooks the pool. With a large living space, eat-in kitchen, three en suite bedrooms and an additional bunk room, it’s perfect for hosting family or bridesmaids. The large covered cabana – affectionately known as “The Office” – faces the private beach and can be used for yoga, cocktails, coffee breaks, massages or a quiet sunset dinner.
One thing the family is most proud of is the fact that all of the YellowBird facilities are environmentally sustainable with solar power and a rain harvesting system. The staff is comprised of locals, including a yoga instructor, a chef, tour guides, comfort specialists and more.
What makes Eleuthera so special compared to other islands?
Eleuthera – which means freedom – is where I would start. No other island in the Bahamas means that. But more than that, Eleuthera brings a balance to the concept of tourist destination. The island attracts a lot of tourists, but it’s not a touristy place! I think that is very special.
What does YellowBird offer visitors that no other property does?
Amazing views, the most knowledgeable staff, and access to the best that Eleuthera has to offer in a brand new home on a private beach. No other property offers all of those things at the same time. Also YellowBird is the definition of sustainable and local. The home has multiple environmental features and the people who built it and work there can all be traced back to Eleuthera. YellowBird invests in the island and in the people of the island to ensure that this paradise will be here to stay.
In three words, how would you describe the spirit of Eleuthera?
Free, natural, and magical.
-Horatio Smith, Personal Chef and owner of Da Perk