Private Travel: Private Landings: Flight Preparation
Like spas and residential units before them, private airstrips might one day become essential components to resort developers’ project plans, or at least to the plans for properties situated in the most remote locations. The following resorts, each under construction now, will require time and effort to reach if you are traveling by car, boat, or airliner. But if you are arriving by private jet, their aircraft facilities promise to make the trip much more pleasant.
Rum Cay Resort Marina
When Christopher Columbus came upon a 30-square-mile island just south of what is now known as San Salvador, he named it Santa María de la Concepción. But later, according to legend, Spanish explorers found a barrel of rum on the beach and christened the place Rum Cay. A true Bahamas Out Island (the population approached 5,000 in the 19th century, but it has since declined to less than 100), Rum Cay would seem an odd place for a 4,500-foot runway, unless you consider that the airstrip sits just 1.5 miles north of the $700 million, 900-acre Rum Cay Resort Marina. Portions of the resort, which ultimately will include residential real estate, a luxury hotel, and an 80-slip marina that will accommodate superyachts, are slated to open in November 2008.
Rum Cay Resort Marina, 888.786.2293, www.rumcay.com
Karma Margaret River
The western Australian town of Margaret River, located where a river of the same name empties into the Indian Ocean 240 miles south of Perth, is the center of a burgeoning wine region (Leeuwin Estate and Vasse Felix are two of the better-known local vintners) and the site of the Karma Margaret River, a resort that will open next year. The property features a vineyard that will contain 12 residential villas, which the owners are likely to rent to visitors. Each villa will have its own private hangar and access to the resort’s 3,600-foot airstrip. A drive to the resort from Perth would require about three and a half hours, but a plane will be able to cross that distance in 45 minutes.
Karma Margaret River, +61.8.9388.7533, www.karmadevelopments.com
Ginn sur Mer
The 5,500-foot airstrip at Ginn sur Mer, a $4.9 billion, 2,000-acre resort community on Grand Bahama Island, will be a scant 30 minutes by air from Palm Beach, Fla. The property, which will include 4,400 condo-hotel units and 1,800 single-family homes, will feature a system of canals, a marina, a spa, designer shops, and two multiacre water parks. Two of golf’s oldest rivals—Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer—will try to outdo one another once again when each designs a signature course. Initial work on the runway has been completed, allowing aircraft to land, and a temporary customs office soon will make way for a permanent building. The project began last summer and will take about 10 years to finish.
Ginn sur Mer, 305.944.3090, www.condohotelsbahamas.com