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Inside the Royal Family's Favorite Bahamas Retreat


Inside the Royal Family's Favorite Bahamas Retreat
Now That's a View! Christie's International Real Estate.
Ahhhhh. We can feel that gorgeous aquamarine water splashing against our skin. Imagine waking up and walking straight outdoors to be greeted by the Caribbean breeze. Perfection. This picture also offers a great look at the house itself. At over 4,492 square feet, it's pretty roomy, but it still feels intimate, and very private, thanks to the lush vegetation that surrounds it.
Inside the Royal Family's Favorite Bahamas Retreat
Front Entrance. Christie's International Real Estate.
The front of the house is pretty unassuming, which makes sense, given that this a beachfront home, and a chill place to hangout. This drone shot reveals the u-shape layout of the house, which is perfect for catching the breeze and swirling it around. Behind the entrance is the home's pool, and beyond that, a bird's-eye look at the mostly tree-covered island. Let's set down our luggage and go in.
Inside the Royal Family's Favorite Bahamas Retreat
Airy Living Room. Christie's International Real Estate.
Jesus, please bless us with the kind of cash required to live in a place like this, amen. The most eye-catching part of this low-key living room is that ceiling lined with sun-bleached wood. Pretty on brand, obviously, but so mesmerizing. Stone tile floors keep the room cool and the furniture gives the area a laid-back vibe. Check those shoes in at the door. Nothing formal here.
Inside the Royal Family's Favorite Bahamas Retreat
Dining In, Dining Out. Christie's International Real Estate.
One of the best features of the house is how effortless the transitions between the outdoors and indoors are. Case in point is this dining area, which has huge windows the offer views of the greenery, and an enormous rolling door that connects it to a patio with more seating. Peep the coral tile floors on the patio, great for absorbing water and sand brought up from the beach by hungry swimmers.
Inside the Royal Family's Favorite Bahamas Retreat
Chef's Dream Kitchen. Christie's International Real Estate.
But is there a microwave? Bwahahaha. Seriously, this is #kitchengoals. We totally doubt that this is what the kitchen looked like back when Princess Di and the boys visited, because the layout and amenities are very, very now. Double gas stove, double oven, warming drawer right below, yup, a microwave, double dishwashers, a roomy island, tons of drawers, cabinets big enough to hide an adult -- y'all get the picture. It's meant for serious cooks, serious caterers, and serious eaters. Hot Pockets need not apply.
Inside the Royal Family's Favorite Bahamas Retreat
Master Bedroom. Christie's International Real Estate.
We're guessing this is it, because though the other four bedrooms are lovely, this one is extra so, with is fireplace -- which in the balmy Bahamas, is strictly for aesthetics -- extra space, and access to the pool. This must be the quietest room in the house, the furthest away from the patio and beach. Although the ceiling is not covered in wood, like the living room, it still has that pretty beveled look. We would sleep here.
Inside the Royal Family's Favorite Bahamas Retreat
Uplifting Bedroom. Christie's International Real Estate.
Don't get us wrong. We could definitely sleep here, too, and we might even like it better. It's vibrantly decorated, closer to the kitchen (don't shame us for our constant snackage!), and closer to the beach via the patio. (That's why we're here, after all.) The amount of light that enters this room is also so pretty and cheery. We could recharge our batteries without even going outdoors, not that we'd do that, unless it's for a nap.
Inside the Royal Family's Favorite Bahamas Retreat
Cabana-LIke Bathroom. Christie's International Real Estate.
Not enough attention is paid to bathrooms these days. It's not just a place to park it and poo. This one would make us want to spend all day in there. What's not to love about a bathroom with a beach cabana feel? This one is covered in sand-colored stone tiles and features a walk-in shower and a bathub, plus a window that offers light with the added privacy of shielding plants. Very nice.
Inside the Royal Family's Favorite Bahamas Retreat
Patio From Heaven. Christie's International Real Estate.
Looking at this picture, we can just imagine William and Harry -- and even the famously fun-loving Diana -- using the length of the floor to get a running start and diving into the pool beyond. This patiois also a great area to host a party or even small wedding and reception. Picture it: A few beach torches and candles, some amazing cocktails and food, and we're ready for an unforgettable evening.
Inside the Royal Family's Favorite Bahamas Retreat
Heated Pool. Christie's International Real Estate.
Well, well, well, if it isn't the perfect afternoon drinking spot. Roll out of bed, slide the bedroom door open, and roll over to one of the lounge chairs, and suck away at a strawberry daiquiri. The pool is heated, which, even in a place as hot as the Bahamas, is so easy on the body. One thing we would do as owners, though: Replace those chairs. Can't really nap on those. Need more cushion.
Inside the Royal Family's Favorite Bahamas Retreat
Pool View. Christie's International Real Estate.
Pretty much nothing beats a view of the Caribbean Ocean, but surprisingly, this view of Casa Casuarina's pool area comes pretty close. If this was our house, this would be a favorite spot to sit in silence, observe, and be thankful for everything we have. The sky, the clouds, their reflection in the pool, the palm trees swaying -- it's all just begging to be enjoyed.
Inside the Royal Family's Favorite Bahamas Retreat
Party Prep Area. Christie's International Real Estate.
Yup, this is our kind of kitchen, alright. It's got an entire room just for preparing drinks en masse -- as evidenced by the stacks of glasses and the mini wine fridge -- and for holding trays upon trays of hors d'oeuvres. We love the idea of crates of food and drink arriving on a Saturday morning, followed by caterers who cook all day as we pick at the food as we come in and out of the beach. Then, all our friends arrive, and the party starts and spills into every room of the house and out to the grass -- and down to the beach. The music is bumping, and the drinks are flowing, and everyone has an awesome time. OK, back to our shelter in place reality. Someday. Keep the faith!
Inside the Royal Family's Favorite Bahamas Retreat
Masterful Bathroom. Christie's International Real Estate.
Y'all, this house has six full bathrooms, and five partial bathrooms. That's a total of 11, which is bananas, but frankly, we love it. It's safe to say that this isn't one of the partial ones. With a dressing room that could double as an extra bedroom, a porthole window, and a bathtub room with a door, this is one place where we'd never have to run into anyone else.
Inside the Royal Family's Favorite Bahamas Retreat
Sitting Area. Christie's International Real Estate.
There are so many pretty little corners in this house, aren't there? This one is no exception -- like a little hookah lounge right at home, especially with that generously proportioned coffee table. These couches look comfy in an updated Golden Girls kind of way, and that's a good thing, in our view. We think Betty White would accept an invite from us, for old times sake.
Inside the Royal Family's Favorite Bahamas Retreat
Lots of Green Space. Christie's International Real Estate.
The house isn't all cushy interiors and beachy exteriors. It turns out that there is plenty of green space as well. Look at that lawn, pretty nicely kept up, great for a morning yoga session or an afternoon picnic. This house really has it all, except a vegetable garden. Those are hard to grow near the salt sea air. Hey, is that an outhouse on the bottom left corner of the house? Handy!
Inside the Royal Family's Favorite Bahamas Retreat
Still Close to Some Action. Christie's International Real Estate.
This picture gives a really good idea of where the house is situated and what's around it. Clearly, the Lyford Cay gated community, as it's now called, is a lot less secluded than it was back in the day. There are plenty of houses around but the house retains its hideaway feel, thanks to its relatively modest size and the breakwaters on that border its private beach. Christie's website mentions that the house is within walking distance of Lyford Cay Club, which we're guessing is that enormous structure on the left, with the golf course. Either that, or Jeff Bezos just moved in.
Inside the Royal Family's Favorite Bahamas Retreat
Oceanfront View. Christie's International Real Estate.
Y'all know what? Scratch that statement. This is where we would be setting up shop every day. We'd do our daily affirmations here. We'd eat breakfast, second breakfast, lunch, dinner, second dinner, after dinner snack, and mightnight snack. We'd write entire novels here, and have life changing epiphanies here. How could we ever let go of this view?
Inside the Royal Family's Favorite Bahamas Retreat
Tete A Tete. Christie's International Real Estate.
Riiiiight?! Absolute paradise in one picture. This is another view of the oceanfront, life-giving, breeze-spreading patio. The tete-a-tete chairs are the perfect accessory here, almost like they've been there forever. We'd have to negotiate them into the price of the house, right after we also throw one of our kidneys into the deal to bring down the overall price, of course.
Inside the Royal Family's Favorite Bahamas Retreat
Living Room Extension. Christie's International Real Estate.
This looks like another side of the living room because it's got the same ceiling and general relaxed living feel. This one, however, is blessed with serious light capturing floor to celing sliding glass doors. Call us crazy, but that would be the perfect place to watch a big ole thunderstorm roll in off the sea. Sit back and enjoy it. Those are hurricane-proof impact doors, so we'd be fine.
Inside the Royal Family's Favorite Bahamas Retreat
Gratuitous Drone Shot. Christie's International Real Estate.
Oh, hey! Hi there! Here we have an overhead shot of the entire house, so we can envy the buyer all the more. But we have to say, we would be asking a question or two about that unevenly colored roof. Was it damaged in a hurricane? Was part of it it just replaced? Looks a little iffy. But we're sure it's totally fine. We'd still drop $12.5 million on this place, if we had it.


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