As the helicopter twirled above a long peninsular of pink sand, you can see that the only form of civilization in sight is what looked like a small mansion surrounded by miles and miles of beach. “That’s it!” announced the pilot as we circle this exclusive destination. “This is the Lighthouse Bay Resort and we are about to land on their private helipad.”
Once we disembarked, we were escorted to the lavish lobby of this memorable place – another of slice of paradise discovered. Large glasses of delicious natural fruit punch is offered and the pampering begins…The ultra-elegant Lighthouse Bay Resort is set on 17 miles of pink sand beach. There are only 9 exquisite suites, all well appointed with all of the necessities and done in modern decor with huge bedrooms adjoined to equally spacious bathrooms – perched at the tip of the blue waters of the Atlantic. All you hear are the sounds of the waves as they clash with the pristine beach, between the twinkling of tropical birds. Lighthouse Bay Resort truly embraces the concept of `Inspired Seclusion.’
General Manager Mo Sallah flashed a big warm smile as he extends his arms: “You can be as busy as you want to or lethargic as you please. We like to think that the biggest decision guests have to make, is that every morning whether you are walking to the left or to the right. You wake up and your food and drinks are all taken care of. The menu is tailored made for our guests and there is no set time for breakfast, lunch or dinner, you can eat whenever you want to.” Chef Lennox Cadogan sits with guests and plan out a menu mostly from the freshly caught Lobster or Snapper from the nearby waters and fresh herbs from a small herb garden that he has cultivated, In essence everything is tailored made for guests to be catered to, feel special and enjoy the exceptional cuisine, impeccable service and total privacy.
Mo, who was born in The Gambia, is helped by an international staff; Assistant General Manager Terrence Linton from Jamaica and the Chef Lennox Cadogan is from Guyana. Mo revealed that he was raised around the hospitality business, his mother ran hotels in The Gambia, his father moved to the British Virgin Islands and he was shipped off to private schools. He attended University in West Virginia, moved to the British Virgin Islands the day after graduation and worked in the local resort business. Mo went back to the US to complete his MBA then came to Barbuda. He is reputed for coming to the Beach House Resort in Barbuda as a guest and leaving as their General Manager. “I am living what everyone planning to do in retirement. I accomplished my dream job at 22 at the Beach House, which was a five star resort on Barbuda before coming here to Lighthouse Bay.”
HEAVEN ON EARTH
Lighthouse Bay Resort caters to mostly business executives and celebrities who crave for some down time in their hectic lives. They come for the beach, the privacy, relaxation and the uniqueness of the building. There is no one ever on the beach – the only footsteps in the sand are yours and you do absolutely nothing. There is a certain comfort level that overcomes you once you hit the property and it really feels like a home away from home, an ideal spot to be away from the bustling crowds of life. Everywhere you turn is an extraordinary view and the small staff pays much attention to every detail to make your stay a memorable experience. It’s truly heaven on earth.
Coming later this year at Lighthouse will be a luxurious spa and tennis court. Looking into the future, Mo showed me renderings of an extension of the Lighthouse; 38 homes going up, north of the resort which will break ground next year. “We are in the resort renting business and this is one step getting it to the next level, an ultra- exclusive property.” And you can own your piece of this slice of paradise for a cool $2million. The secluded location is only accessible by helicopter directly from sister-island Antigua or a flight on Winair Airlines from Antigua to the airport in Barbuda then by boat across the bordering lagoon. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
By Walter Greene | Published in Profiles98 Spring Issue 6 2011