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EXCEPTIONAL EXPERIENCE VILLA ALLAMANDA ELEUTHERA

The boutique hotel property industry is one that continues to grow throughout The Eleutheras, and while many are foreign owned, there are a number of local Bahamians who’ve taken on the opportunity to make their mark on the island, developing high quality, standout properties.

in creating the oasis. “We decided to make every space different with the colors. I love experimenting with colors, and we found that to be a very unique feature that our guests write about and talk about - how they felt in each space.” Mahogany countertops finished with Tung oil, and Saltillo Mexican tiles with mosaic inserts are some

Villa Allamanda Eleuthera, is one such jewel, perched on the top of a hill in Cigatoo Estates, Governor’s Harbour, surrounded by lush gardens, with three floors of beautifully appointed King suites and Queen studios - ten rooms in all, offering 360-degree views of the island from its full wraparound deck on the top floor, showcasing the Atlantic Ocean on one side, and the Bight of Eleuthera, or as some call it, the Lucayan Sea, on the other. The world class, Twin Coves beach on the Atlantic coast is also a short 2-minute drive, or 15-minute walk from the Villa. Architect and builder, Mr. John W. McCardy and his wife Mrs. Marsha McCardy are the passionate owners of the hotel, and since beginning operations in March of 2014, have seen a positive trend in the growth of the business. “We are very pleased with the direction we are headed in. Since we opened our doors, to now being three years out, we’ve seen growth that has more than doubled since the first year! We are extremely excited, and we want to sustain what we’ve been seeing,” John expressed. His background as a designer and builder has proven to be advantageous

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istic of the owners is being very open to what guests need, and wanting them to communicate that, so they continuously improve on the product they are offering. “We found that opening up ourselves to good criticism when we speak with our guests have been critical to helping us to continuously improve the space. “We always ask our guests - ‘If there is anything you need us to do, please let us know, and we mean anything…’ We found that to be a major difference as to how they would be more open to letting us know what they figure they would need for just a little more ease and comfort during their stay… So, we’ve done quite a bit during the three years that we’ve been open little things to make the space more comfortable or convenient… I look at it as a work in progress, and we treat people how we would want to be treated,” shared John. The McCardy’s have also aimed to make Villa Allamanda as green as possible, with rain water cisterns - ensuring a consistent water supply, solar water heating, energy efficient appliances and air conditioners, and there are future plans of adding wind power.

of the many beautiful touches with the interior design of the spaces throughout the property. There are many reasons why Villa Allamanda has earned the ‘Certificate of Excellence’ on TripAdvisor, and as one guest put it, “The ownership ensures the guest experience is exceptional. We will be back!!!” A signature character-

Expansion, said John, is a must going forward. “As an architect and a builder doing this project, I love thinking about what we are going to do next. We are looking forward to expanding, which is critical for our growth - to be able to offer more than what we offer now. So, with the acquisition of additional property, we will add more rooms and according to the size of the additional property, we would also like to, in response to listening to our guests, add possibly a pool and some other amenities we think will be worthwhile.”

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