A former remote fishing outpost, Over Yonder Cay (OYC) caught Dr. Bosarge’s eye in 2008, while he was sailing in the Exumas, a 120-mile-long chain of remote islands in the Bahamas. Dr. Bosarge immediately recognized OYC’s potential as both an exclusive luxury hideaway and an environmental showcase. Since then he has been dedicated to creating the first fully green island in the Bahamas, and to that end has transformed Over Yonder Cay into a unique eco-friendly haven for travelers seeking authentic and sustainable barefoot luxury.
Tucked away on 72 acres, Over Yonder Cay offers four unique villas, each of which sleeps six-to-eight guests and features stunning architectural design. In October 2017, Over Yonder Cay won the World Travel Award as the Caribbean's Leading Private Island Resort for 2017, a prestigious accolade among many top competitors throughout the Caribbean. In November 2017, OYC was named World's Best Private Villa (joint winner) for 2017 at the Boutique Hotel Awards in London. The award recognizes trailblazing, independent hotels across the planet. Visitors are pampered by a dedicated staff and enjoy a variety of luxury amenities, including a chef who prepares meals that are locally sourced, such as fresh fish that is caught on the reefs surrounding the cay. OYC offers yoga, tennis, volleyball, various watersports, a gym, a nine-hole par-three golf course, and a 12-seat theater. Guests can also charter the Tenacious, a 115-foot sloop, which is berthed in the marina.
Renewable energy from three wind turbines and a solar field of 1,400 photovoltaic panels provides 96 percent of the island’s power needs. During the winter months, strong winds produce more energy than is needed for the resort, so the excess is used to power a reverse osmosis desalination system that purifies sea water, which is stored in large underground cisterns and used for drinking, irrigation, and other needs. Dr. Bosarge hopes that Over Yonder Cay will serve as a model for similarly off-grid locales in areas like the Caribbean looking to reduce their reliance on fossil fuels.
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