David Copperfield’s Magical Island


What if you could hire 150 acres of unspoiled tropical environment, white sandy beaches and turquoise crystal clear waters and magnificently seductive quarters for a weekend?

Well, you can, with Musha Cay, one of the world’s most expensive private islands available for rent, providing extreme relaxation and therapeutic rejuvenation in total isolation from the rest of the world.

Owned by illusionist David Copperfield, Musha Cay in the Bahamas, presents itself as a super regal, uber exclusive luxury private island that allows you to invite your guests to make the most of the island’s lush green surroundings, a state-of-the-art giant outdoor movie theatre and exquisitely designed customized accommodations in addition to the private beaches.

The price? $37,500 per day for upto 12 persons for a 4-night minimum. Steep? Maybe, but most definitely worth the “lap-up-the-luxury” experience we say!

The Stay at Musha Cay

With a staff of thirty-plus to attend to your every need, guests at Musha Cay have the option to stay in the commanding 10,000 square foot manor house on the cliff, the thatched roof beach house away from sight, or one of the two guest villas that hosts two bedroom suites in each, all of which have access to their own private beaches.

Musha Cay: Private luxury island in Bahamas
Musha Cay: Private luxury island in Bahamas

Designed to cater to their guests every need, Musha Cay offers a variety of dining and socializing venues such as the open-air oceanfront dining at the breathtaking Balinese Beach Pavillion, a cozy beachfront gazebo, bar and heated pool, the legendary 2-mile sandbar called “Heaven on Earth”, and 40 sugar-sand beaches for the ultimate in private picnics, always ensuring the highest levels of privacy and comfort.

Musha Cay offers every conceivable luxury – from award-winning European chefs, an elegant fine dining room, indoor and outdoor beachfront bars, massage therapy, championship lighted tennis court, beachfront fitness center, freeform lagoon-style pool, satellite TV, billiard room and a state-of-the-art business center.

With perfect weather – spring and summer temperatures here average a high of 82º and a low of 77º, while fall and winter temperatures average 81º and 70º – the estate hosts a variety of outdoor activities including touring one of the five boats, sail-boating, wind surfing, waterskiing, snorkeling and bone fishing.

From Melk to the World

With celebrities like John Travolta, Kelly Preston, Oprah Winfrey, and even some oil sheiks and royalty claiming their desire for Musha Cay, this luxurious isle deserves the reputation it has earned, of being “one-third Blue Lagoon, one-third James Bond and one-third Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous.”

The island was originally owned by Chicago entrepreneur and Miami real estate tycoon, John Melk, who was one of the original partners in Blockbuster Video until its sale to Viacom three years ago for a reported $8 billion dollars.

Melk stumbled upon Musha Cay while on a yachting holiday in the southern Bahamas, and while Musha Cay was initially bought as a family retreat, Melk, recognizing the “exclusive vacation” value offered by the island, soon decided to turn it into a luxurious private resort in order to share it with the world.

From a single, rustic residence into a world-class, private resort, Musha Cay’s transformation was an extremely arduous undertaking, lasting six years, with 175 full-time workers and a huge monetary investment. Architect, Howard Holtzman, incorporated the Bahamian colonial-style with traditional island materials to create a truly authentic Caribbean design.

Currently a major stockholder of Extended Stay America, the fastest growing hotel chain in the U.S., in its category, Melk who knows the luxury island market extremely well, is part owner of both the prestigious Fisher Island in South Florida, as well as the Florida Panthers, who purchased the Boca Raton Resort, the Registry, Edgewater Naples and the Biltmore Hotel in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Getting there

Located 85 miles southeast of Nassau, Musha Cay is a 40-minute flight from Miami or a three-hour flight from New York or Chicago by commercial or private jet to nearby Mosstown, Great Exuma. From Great Exuma, it is a 15 minute charter flight to Musha’s 2,200 ft private runway

This post credited entirely to: Most Expensive Private Island Rental, at The Most Expensive Journal

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