Hidden among the out islands of the Exumas, in the Bahamas, 11 private islands – not just one — are yours to explore, and the only other guests are selected by you.
Over 700 acres of lush natural beauty belong to you and 23 of your guests alone and ideal for a take-over in the Caribbean. Mushy Cay is the passion project of entertainer David Copperfield.
There are five guest houses – each with their own private beach. Musha Cay and the Islands of Copperfield Bay have hosted Oprah Winfrey, Bill Gates, Sergey Brin, and Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz who have taken over Musha Cay for their wedding and other special celebrations.
Luxury travel advisor Jack Ezon told Bloomberg about he booked the island for a surprise four-day birthday party: “There was a treasure hunt with clues informed by the birthday girl’s likes and dislikes, a game show riff on ‘This is Your Life,’ beach Olympics featuring her favorite sports, meals by her favorite chef (who flew in for the occasion), and a movie montage of well-wishes and memories from those in attendance. The resort sprinkles magic into experience in all sorts of ways. She was totally blown away.”
Conde Nast Traveler picked it as one of its three best private island experiences. Robb Report listed a vacation at Musha Cay as one of its “21 Ultimate Gifts.”
The island’s accommodations feature 12-bedrooms and 13.5 bathrooms spread throughout five luxury homes (Highview pictured above), each with its own private beach, and spacious living and dining areas. Not only is the island itself secluded, but each of these five residences also provide privacy from other guests.
Accommodations range from whimsical to romantic and exotic, all with unique colors in a tropical island style accented with art, odds, and ends collected by David Copperfield during his worldwide travels. All homes are fully air-conditioned and feature Wi-Fi, DVD and CD player, iPod docks, flat-screen satellite television, international phone service, and butler service.
On the crest of Musha’s highest hill sits High View, 10,000 square feet with a commanding 360-degree view of Musha Cay and its 10 uninhabited neighboring islands. There is a soaring living pavilion, and two grand master bedroom suites, plus a cozy, hidden loft. The grounds feature expansive gardens, a steam room, an outdoor fireplace for romantic evenings, and its own private beach.
Pier House is a 3,200 sq. ft. cottage featuring two master suites and a large living and dining room.
The front door opens onto its own private beach and a pier.
A 3,200 square-foot, two-bedroom beach house, Blue Point features two master suites and an expansive living and dining area. Intimate in feel and perched on a rocky outcrop, Blue Point is encircled by a wide, shaded wrap-around mahogany porch and located next to its own private beach.
Perhaps the most romantic of the accommodations, Beach House is an open-air one-bedroom, thatched roof cottage on a particularly secluded crescent-shaped beach. It is enclosed by a small gate, where a private beach unfolds, inviting night time swimming under the stars.
Palm Terrace is a 4,500 square-foot five-bedroom home perfect for families, with two master suites upstairs and three additional bedrooms downstairs. A mahogany porch wraps around the home, and its spacious living room overlooks a beautiful patio for entertaining, and its own private beach.
All food preparation is done according guests’ wishes and preferences. Prior to arrival, food preferences are requested and, if necessary, a special air charter is arranged to bring the necessary provisions.
A personal Chef customizes the menu daily and enhances it depending on the catch of the day of the freshest fish paired with fruit salsas from island-grown trees, and other gourmet dishes based on what you like.
The local catch includes lobster, tuna, wahoo, grouper and mahi mahi. For oenophiles, there is a 500-bottle wine cellar, and a sommelier available for wine tastings that can be arranged at an additional cost.
Balinese Dining Pavilion
The Beach Pavilion (above) is perfect for open-air lunch buffets, adjacent as it is to Musha’s freshwater swimming pool and one of the perfect beaches.
A favorite place to meet and dine overlooking Musha’s main dock and the amazing cerulean waters of Copperfield Bay. A stunning glass-topped table, with windows on four sides, is the perfect place to have early morning coffee or a celebratory dinner by candlelight.
For candlelit dinners over the sea, there is a very special table set right on our Main Dock where torches light the steps leading down from The Landings.
Depending on the mood, guests can enjoy an intimate candlelight dinner at the Balinese Beach Pavilion which is also a handy spot for daytime, open-air lunch buffets, as it is adjacent to Musha’s swimming pool and one of our many perfect beaches. For adventurous guests, the team can arrange dining escapes around Musha Cay or the surrounding islands or one of the 40 private beaches or romantic hidden cove.
A private sandbar (picture at the top of this newsletter) surrounded by the sea where guests arrive on a sleek flat bottom boat pulls up to a seemingly endless stretch of pure white sand.
4. Wellness and Fitness
Located on Coconut Beach, there is a state-of-the-art air-conditioned fitness center and steam room. A tennis professional, massage therapist, or fitness, yoga, or pilates instructor can be arranged for an additional cost.
The days are spent living out your desires and dreams – seriously – as Ezon mentioned – they’ll create your own beach Olympics or come up with your own wish list. Water sports include snorkeling, windsurfing, paddle boarding, sailing, runabouts or wave runners, waterskiing, and fishing (from deep-sea, bone, and flats fishing) or touring the island to discover an untouched cay.
Guests enjoy the three-mile sandbar that Copperfield calls Heaven on Earth. You can also explore by hiking, walking, or jogging on the tropical paths that surround the island. Or, enjoy a game of tennis on the championship lighted tennis court, volleyball or badminton court any time of day. For swimming and sunbathing, there is an oceanfront freeform pool and hot tub, plus a choice of seven white-sand beaches circling the island, collectively spanning three miles.
At Musha Cay, any activity guests’ desire can become a reality. Enjoy goldfish or hermit crab races, shell hunts, daily arts and crafts, face painting, cave exploring, pirate party, tiki parties on the beach, football, whiffle ball, frisbee, croquet, kite flying, flashlight tag, table tennis, scavenger hunts, sandcastle competition, musical instruments, fortune-telling and more. Musha Cay’s nautical fleet features the best in boats and equipment, and water toys include a water trampoline, banana boat, wakeboard, and tubes. There is also the 37-ft. Midnight Express, 32-ft. Eagle 10 BRIG, 23-ft. Jet Boat, and 22-ft. Boston Whalers, as well as Yamaha jet skis and two Hobie Cat sailboats.
At night, Coconut Beach transforms into an old-fashioned outdoor theatre that conjures a bygone era of drive-in movies, slow summer nights and toes in the sand. Complete with candy and popcorn, relax on lounge chairs and enjoy your selection of favorite movie.
5. Getting There
Copperfield Bay can accommodate yachts up to 200-feet long if you feel like sailing in, however, if you are coming by air Georgetown Airport in Exuma (GGT) has a 7,000 ft. runway with customs, fuel, and limited hours of operation. Guests then take a 20-minute charter flight to Copperfield Bay Private Strip or a 45-minute boat ride to Musha Cay. Copperfield Bay Private Strip is
2,100 feet long and can accommodate Cessna Grand Caravans and similar planes. The runway surface is tarred. There are no lights and if you are arriving from outside the Bahamas you will need to clear customs in Nassau.