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The Delphi Club opened in 2009 as a luxury bonefishing lodge and hotel located in Rolling Harbour on Great Abaco Island, Bahamas. Peter Mantle initiated this lodge; he created and runs the award-winning Delphi Lodge in Ireland, a country house and fishing lodge listed in A Thousand Places to See before You Die. The Delphi Club at Rolling Harbour is designed to bring the same standards of comfort and atmosphere, in the dazzling azure tropical location. The lodge is aimed at those who simply want a beautiful place to stay with sun, sand and great food. There is a particular focus on fly fishers in search of somewhere very special to relax while taking a break from Abaco’s tailing bonefish; however it is equally adept at serving the non-fisher as well. Delphi Club is available for individual room reservations, typically Saturday to Saturday.
This luxury lodge partners great facilities with extraordinary culinary excellence as counterpart. Overlooking a gorgeous sandy beach on Abaco’s stunning Atlantic coastline and with few buildings in sight, it is the perfect tropical hideaway. Designed in the style of an 18th-century colonial plantation house complete with large wrap-around verandas, the 8-bedroom lodge stands on a small hill with amazing panoramic ocean views. Most of the lodge’s eight bedrooms are on the ground floor. All have enticing ocean views and you have a choice of super-king-size beds or queen-size twins. Outside, the landscaped gardens feature bougainvillea, frangipani, hibiscus, ficus and a variety of palms and other shrubs. There’s an attractive infinity pool and patio with comfortable sun loungers. The atmosphere and the way in which Delphi Lodge is run are more like a private country house party, elegant but informal and relaxed. The great room is in the center of the house and features an enormous dining table, discreet honesty bar, plenty of comfortable seating and, of course those amazing views through the many glass doors. Fine antiques plus the overhead gallery of fishing paraphernalia, creates a Great Room full of character and atmosphere. The adjacent library is well-stocked with a wide choice of books and features the lodge’s only TV. The head chef’s offerings are simple, fresh and delicious, making optimal use of local ingredients. An exceptional, fairly priced wine list is featured. Everyone generally eats together at one big table from a set menu. There are no bell hops or room service –just a relaxed gathering in the heart of the lodge.
Delphi Lodge is situated close to the expansive, world-class flats of The Marls where large numbers of fish provide fantastic sport. Trophy-sized bonefish are targeted on the ocean-side flats around Cherokee Sound and to the south. Here, casting to a double-digit sized bonefish is a distinct possibility. The famous Marls on the west side of Abaco Island offer over 200 square miles of some of the best bonefishing found anywhere. They are plentiful averaging 2-3 lbs and are relatively unwise to the angler. Typically you get a few dozen shots at fish throughout a full day of fishing. On the east side the gorgeous sand flats of Cherokee Sound provide trophy bonefishing options. There are fewer fish, but those encountered will likely be larger and more wary than any you may have cast to before. Seasonal opportunities at permit and tarpon are possible. Throwing poppers and streamers to cruising jacks and sharks or laid up barracuda are always an option. Bring your favorite 8-weight for the bones and a 10-weight for some of the other 'incidentals'. The Delphi Club’s native Bahamian guides know the east and west side waters extremely well. They will ensure your day on the water is fun, relaxing and successful. Dolphin skiffs provide a stable and quiet ride while moving from flat to flat. Weather and tide conditions change daily and by trailering the boats to various ramps and put-ins, the club offers many options to choose from for a productive day.
Take a flight to Nassau, and then, connect with a local airline to Great Abaco island.
If you are not fishing, the beautiful sandy beach and turquoise sea will be a magnet. But, the club also has a wonderful infinity pool. There is an eclectic library, a great wine cellar and a well-stocked bar. Among the many options for non-fishers are: Private scuba lessons in the pool; guided dives to spectacular coral reefs; golf at Treasure Cay; guided snorkeling tours, and miles of sand for beachcombing along Abaco's amazing sandy coastline. For the less active, boat trips to the charming outer islands, with their colonial villages are an option. There are massage and beauty treatments by the pool; shopping for local crafts in Marsh Harbor; or guided surf or turf nature trips to explore the amazing wildlife and flora of the Abacos. It’s also a great place to just completely relax. Whether dozing in a hammock or quietly reading with a cool drink on one of the club's large verandas, guests can enjoy one of the world's most pleasant climates and most beautiful seascapes.