Five Top Resorts to Takeover for Special Occasions

Enjoy the wedding, special occasion or multi-generational gathering of your dreams at one of these five properties. They are pros at creating special memories, where all you have to do is sit back and enjoy quality time with friends and family.

Musha Cay, Exuma Islands, Bahamas

To be included among a small club of notables that have gone before you, a buyout of magical Musha Cay will put your group among such names at Oprah Winfrey, Bill Gates, Sergey Brin and even Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz. They have all taken over Musha Cay for their weddings and special celebrations.

The private island resort in the Bahamas’ out island chain of the Exumas brings 150 acres, plus some eleven other deserted isles to explore. Guests reside among five exquisitely decorated private beach guesthouses and meander amid stunning effects and spectacular illusions found throughout the resort.

Groups can be as small as desired or as large as 24 to enjoy this rare event. And while every detail will be wowing – from banquets on the beach to movies by the waves, to treasure hunts and treasure dives and explorations in sea and sand, there is much more.

Guests enjoy a the three-mile sandbar that Copperfield calls Heaven on Earth – which makes for a perfect wedding venue. For resort takeovers, any number of creative twists and turns can be customized to fit the passions the guests: including private fireworks shows, contests, fitness programs, ocean explorations and dining experiences.

Musha Cay can be reached by flying into Exuma International Airport. From there guests are transported to the resort island by private air or boat charter.


Musha Cay and the Islands of Copperfield Bay
Exumas, Bahamas


Sweet Bocas, Bocas del Toro, Panama

This Panamanian luxury experience offers a little glamping and a lot of pampering within an exquisitely designed overwater manse located in the Bocas del Toro natural reserve in Panama.

Sweet Bocas is 20,000-square-foot, seven-bedroom villa makes a perfect venue for parties, family get-togethers, celebrations, and vacations with friends in takeovers that bring plenty of extras.

The villa on the water wraps guests in Panamanian teak, all connected to a 15-acre island compound accessed by a 430-foot dock. Each room is a suite with a king bed covered in handcrafted linens, and offers a private lounging space over the water with a day bed or hammock. Two luxury tents provide a special glamping-under-the-stars experience and a decked-out pontoon floats along the waters for sublime yoga sessions and candlelight cocktails at night.

Days are spent lounging in the sweet remoteness, where guests can swim and snorkel right off the villa’s expansive deck. While guests can swim, snorkel and float on oversized water mattresses just off the deck of the villa, a world of water and land adventures await off-site.  These include boating, fishing, scuba diving and outstanding surfing.  Sweet Bocas has partnered with famous surfing pro Terry Simms to offer special surfing packages to the villa.

Sweet Bocas is the only luxury property in the beautiful, 97-square mile Bocas del Toro Archipelago in the Caribbean waters of northwest Panama.  Reached exclusively by boat, just ten minutes from a local airport that feeds flights to and from Panama City. All prices include an award-winning Panamanian chef to prepare three meals a day from the area’s freshest, locally sourced ingredients plus snacks and non-alcoholic beverages, complimentary activities and transfers from different airports to the property.


Sweet Bocas
Bocas del Toro, Panama
(516) 554-1415


Villa Manzu, Costa Rica

Guests who want to live like an A-List celebrity can have their moment in the sun at Villa Manzu, an eight-bedroom mansion on the edge of the Papagayo peninsula of Costa Rica near its northern Pacific border.

The villa combines the intimacy of a private estate with the hospitality of a five-star hotel that can be shared with up to 22 BFFs and relatives. That’s because Costa Rica’s Peninsula Papagayo is home to the Four Seasons Resort, the Papagayo Marina, a Golf & Tennis Clubhouse, an 18-hole Arnold Palmer-designed golf course and the Andaz Hotel by Hyatt. Adding to the convenience, the Peninsula Papagayo is only 40 minutes from the Liberia, Costa Rica International Airport (LIR).

Villa Manzu can only be booked as a buyout, given the layout of the accommodations. The all-inclusive stay means a dedicated chef and staff to look after guests – even at full capacity the staff-to-guest ration remains nearly one to one. The palatial bedroom suites sprawl amid the private lounge decks, game and entertainment rooms, onsite spa, living, dining and public spaces of this 30,000 square foot manse. Find a heated infinity swimming pool and splash pool, gym, yoga platform and then a private beach just steps away from the living quarters.

Everything is customized for each group of guests, usually as part of the nightly all-inclusive arrangement. That means luxury vehicles with private drivers are at the ready to take guests into nearby national parks or to legendary nearby zip line attractions, or great surfing beaches. Golf at the Arnold Palmer-designed course gets close to perfection with 14 holes against ocean backdrops.

There is something for everyone inside of a Villa Manzu buyout and dedicated staff and resources to make whatever anyone wants happen.


Villa Manzu
Peninsula Papagayo
Costa Rica
(+011 949) 200 8086


Magee Homestead, Saratoga, Wyoming

The Lodge at Brush Creek offers acres of run of the range fun, especially for those who enjoy the outdoors and the smell of gourmet vittles over an open fire. As a luxury-focused working ranch, guests get the adventures of riding, hiking and fishing along with the soft touches of pampering, yoga, plush accommodations and fine wining and dining.

So, what does that mean for resort buyouts? As a lodge within a ranch resort, the Magee Homestead offers all the benefits of being on the ranch with the privacy required for a celebration or meeting of the minds. Lodge Rooms, Cabin Suites, Cabin Residences and the Magee Homestead can accommodate a maximum of 150 guests. All facilities come furnished with western artwork and furnishings, premium 400 thread count linens, Egyptian cotton towels, plush robes, Brush Creek Ranch Signature Toiletries, and coffee stations. As a separate complex, the Homestead is a part of the Lodge at Brush Creek, but is located five miles from the lodge with dedicated service staff, activities and amenities.

That means never having to wait for a horse or a scheduled horse-focused activity. There is a separate stable and corral is onsite. That convenience also goes for the private swimming pool and spa available just for Homestead guests. Magee Homestead guests can arrange custom-crafted classes, such as yoga, meditation, fitness and art geared for solos and small groups. A dedicated cowboy concierge is on hand to arrange all activities, no matter how spontaneous or planned, and a staff manages all the extras, including packing and unpacking for guests.


The Lodge & Spa at Brush Creek Ranch
Saratoga, WY
(307) 327-5284


Mukan Resort, Quintana Roo, Mexico

Mukan Resort, a precious beachfront getaway located in a remote jungle preserve some 45 minutes from Tulum by boat in on Mexico’s southern Caribbean coast is just the thing for small intimate groups. The resort boasts casual luxury amid nine spacious accommodations: the main house, beach view and jungle view cottages, exclusive beachfront bungalows, and the premium garden villa.

Located on the Sian Ka’an biosphere coastline, a UNESCO World Heritage site on the eastern coast of Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula, the resort values sustainability but without forsaking luxury and adventure. Powered by solar and wind and supplied by subterranean freshwater cisterns and local fruits of the earth and sea, Mukan offers the best of all worlds, especially for groups that value privacy and want to play where only the trees, vines and sea life can hear them.

Fine dining with wine pairing, plus an array of watersports and innovative cocktail combos happen at the group’s pleasure, complemented by imported cigars and spa treatments that incorporate local herbs and traditions.

Two pools are at the ready for quick dips (guests of the Nojol premier bungalow have their own pool). Staff is available for forays into the biosphere, and can point out the best cenotes for magical soaks and dives. Ground and boat transportation from Cancun Airport can be arranged and is approximately 2.5 hours.
Sian Ka’an Biosphere
Quintana Roo, Mexico
(+011-5) 2-998-800-914


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