Already home to a glittering array of sports and leisure facilities, the luxury resort community plans to build on its heritage of attracting sporting celebrities (Golf icons Tiger Woods and Ernie Els are two of its main investors) by creating a sports medicine centre, enabling top-level athletes to spend time at the resort during their off-season without neglecting their health and fitness regimes.
Until that time, we mere mortals will have to make do with such humble facilities as a full-service spa and salon, a high-tech fitness centre with lap pool and Boxing ring, and a gymnasium containing so much equipment it resembles the inside of the International Space Station.
That is not to say that Albany has only been sprinkled with sporting stardust. Indeed, Albany House, the historic beachside mansion situated in the heart of the resort, was originally owned by French filmmaker and Inspector Gadget creator Jean Chalopin. Perhaps more famously, the pink colonial house also appeared in the 2006 James Bond film Casino Royale, serving as arch villain Dimitrios' beachfront home.
Beachfront homes are also key to Albany’s success, and whilst the resort welcomes its transient visitors with open arms, the resort’s real estate opportunities are of paramount importance.
A variety of homes have been built here, reflecting the fact that “people like different flavours of ice cream”, as Managing Partner Chris Anand aptly put it. They range from 3,000 square foot beachfront villas with uninterrupted ocean views to courtyard-style homes with private pools and gardens, all inspired by traditional Bahamian architecture.
Together with its world class sport, state-of-the-art marina, and pristine surroundings, it all amounts to a truly sublime place to live, work, rest or play.