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Eleuthera is not exactly top of bucket lists for many global travellers – but wait until June. In the 1960s and 1970s the Bahamas island had a famous private-home party place, The Potlatch Club, especially popular with New York socialites plus such silver-screen legends as Raymond Burr  (Perry Mason)and Greta Garbo.  In 1969, Paul McCartney honeymooned at The Potlatch Club with his first wife, Linda, and when he was there he wrote several Beatles songs – ‘Bathroom Window’ was penned on Potlatch Club notepaper.

The name? Potlatch comes from a North-West American Indian ceremonial feast at which possessions are destroyed or given away to display wealth or enhance prestige – this appears to have been the original modus operandi of The Potlatch Club. 

Now the property, with seven miles of deserted pink-sand beach, re-opens as an 11-key hotel set in 12 acres of landscaped gardens. It’s been owned since 2016 by Hans Febles and Bruce Loshusan. Febles has been overall designer and landscaper, alongside Nassau-based interior designer Amanda Lindroth.

The property’s original clubhouse remains, with such historic details as chequerboard tiled floors and classic whitewashed arches. Striped pastel awnings and decor add glamorous seaside flare.  White walls, pink coral stone floors, coral stone finished bathrooms, designer furniture and original art complete the relaxed yet classic look. There are also new-build additions – three whitewashed suites, three garden cottages, three ocean-facing cottages, a one-bedroom villa and a four-bedroom villa (with butler service and a pool).  As well as a restaurant and bar, as might be expected in today’s world there’s wellness, in the form of gym and spa.

The GM, interestingly, is Bhutanese, Kezang Dorji, who’s actually been in the Caribbean for some time.