Former World No. 1 tennis star, Lleyton Hewitt and his wife Bec have set up their overseas base in the Bahamas.
The Aussie tennis ace bought the $3.8 million luxury waterfront villa in the Caribbean tax haven late last year and moved in early February.
The Caribbean villa is nestled in an exclusive enclave on the island of Nassau. It has four bedrooms, four bathrooms, a double carport, top-end kitchen appliances and a rustic private jetty reaching into an emerald green canal.
Located in the island's northwest, the airy family home is part of the elite Old Fort Bay estate, a gated community owned by the Tavistock group. The group, a rich global consortium founded by British billionaire Joe Lewis, is developing the next mega-development on the island – The Albany – with golf great Tiger Woods.
The Advertiser has seen the Old Fort Bay estate, where membership to its on-site country club costs $US25,000.
Hewitt, 28, was seen at the club last month.
"They were laughing and making a lot of noise," said one local.
He has been spotted getting around the estate in a golf buggy, wearing his trademark cap backwards
Major figures in business live in the Caribbean paradise, including directors of the Campbell's Soup brand and global hotel billionaires, who have settled in Lyford Cay.
Hewitt's slice of paradise measures 900sq m and sits amid lots that are yet to be developed. It appeared locked this week, with Hewitt contesting the Queen's Club tournament in London in preparation for Wimbledon.
Pop singer Shakira, who owns a private island in the Bahamas, also has a home in Old Fort Bay.
Hewitt and wife Bec Cartwright are said to have settled in the tax haven for its climate and its proximity to the U.S, where Hewitt plays a number of tournaments. Legal residents of the Bahamas do not have to pay income tax. Foreigners can obtain permanent residency by buying property worth at least $US 500,000 and applying through the government in a process that takes less than a year. The U.S. is trying to crack down on the trend, introducing a Bill that names the Bahamas as a secret tax haven.
FYI, Other celebrites who own islands or houses in The Bahamas include John Travolta, Nicolas Cage, Sean Connery, Johnny Depp, Michael Jordan, Lenny Kravitz, Rick Fox, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, Mariah Carey, Oprah, Eddie Murphy, Sidney Poitier, Bill Gates, David Copperfield, Sean 'P Diddy' Combs. Anna Nicole Smith was a quasi-resident of The Bahamas before her death.
There are 500 islands and cays in The Bahamas and 330,000 citizens/residents.