Old Fort, it turns out, is part club, part community and part and parcel what everyone secretly dreams the “Old Bahamas” to be. Lush landscaping greets visitors at the resort’s majestic, arched gate that could easily be the entrance to an ancient quarter in a grand Spanish city.
The marvelously romantic history of the Old Fort is evident to members from the minute they turn the corner that leads to the club. Giant, flaming poinciana trees line the drive and a 19th-century cannon greets visitors on the front lawn. The building has the majesty of the fort it once was and the spirit of conviviality and informality of the home that the Cutting family created in the 1920s.
The Old Fort Bay Club sits mightily on the top of the ridge overlooking what most say is the prettiest beach in Nassau. The water’s dozen or so colors of blue and green can hardly be described.
Nowadays, children climb on the many cannons and play pirates amid the wonderful cliffs and caves. Members arrive early to walk the pristine beach and to read the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and the Financial Times, which are delivered daily at the crack of dawn. They enjoy espresso made the “right” way and the freshest, most modern lunch and dinner menus on the island.