GREAT GUANA CAY, Bahamas -- Want to bid on a resort on an island
with a population of 150, one village, a one-room schoolhouse, no
cars and a spectacular, miles-long beach?
The resort that is up for auction has eight suites, a restaurant
and a nearby marina.
It also comes with a high profile from having been featured over
the years in national television commercials, fashion spreads and
magazine articles, which its owner said "helped us position the
island and resort as a great spot for weddings and honeymoons."
The property in question is the Guana Beach Resort on Great
Guana Cay in the Sea of Abaco, a 30-minute ferry ride from Conch
Inn Marina in Marsh Harbour, Abaco.
The highest bidder in a May 13 auction will get the resort or
one of 14 other properties and facilities on the island, which
include a 24-slip marina, two smaller hotels and some private
Although the seven-mile-long, skinny island now holds three
hotels, several restaurants, 125 rental homes and Orchid Bay, a
450-acre private estate development, its clapboard houses resemble
New England seaside cottages and its residents are still
boatbuilders and fishermen.
The Guana Beach Resort's owner, Gordon Sadler, and his wife
opened the property 10 years ago.
At that time, "it was the only business on Great Guana Cay,"
"It was a just a rundown fishing camp on a deserted island with
no phone and no transportation except one boat a week."
The Sadlers renovated, expanded and upgraded the resort during
their years on the island, adding beachfront, air-conditioned
suites that were refurbished frequently.
Each suite includes a refrigerator and freezer, microwave and
coffeemaker, patio or terrace.
The Sadlers are packing up and relocating to North Carolina,
where they plan to open a resort in the Smoky Mountains.
"We enjoyed the islands for 10 years, but now we are ready for a
change in altitude," Sadler said.
Guana Beach Resort will remain open for business through May.
Nightly rates through May 31 for a beach-level suite are $195 per
unit, double. Upper-level suites are $295. Commission is 10%.
According to John Goldman, a spokesman for J. P. King Auction
Co. in Gadsden, Ala. -- the company handling the sale -- "The
resort has been busy this winter; has a lot of devoted, repeat
guests; and the expectation is that the new owners will continue to
operate it as a resort."
Guana Beach Marina is connected to the resort but is being sold
as a separate operation.
Goldman noted that development plans already are approved to
expand the facility to 48 slips -- capable of berthing yachts up to
110 feet long -- and to add 10,000 square feet of retail and
Although the auction will keep with the tradition of selling the
resort to the highest bidder, Goldman said, "there is no minimum
For auction information, call (800) 558-5464. For resort
information, visit www.guanabeach.com.