Self-made multimillionaire Peter de
Savary keeps his eye on the details - even when that means
crawling on his resort's dining-room carpet to retrieve
crumbs gone astray.
British businessman Peter de Savary is a perfect illustration of F.
Scott Fitzgerald's maxim "The rich are different from you and me."
While it's not unusual for travelers visiting the Bahamas to stop
impulsively on the way to their hotel to pick up roadside
souvenirs, for instance, last year de Savary stopped on the way to
his Abaco Club to pick up a nursery.
He made his first few millions in the oil and shipyard industries,
but de Savary is best known these days for the exclusive resort
clubs he's developed over the past couple of decades. Among the
first was the Carnegie Club at Skibo Castle, named for steel
magnate Andrew Carnegie, one of the Scottish manor's former owners
and a personal role model of de Savary. "The man who dies rich dies
disgraced," Carnegie once said, and de Savary's lavish restoration
of the castle, which he bought in 1990 and developed into a private
sporting retreat for the well known and well heeled, certainly
reflects this adage. One of the enormous bathrooms houses a
Since then, PdS - his preferred moniker - has opened four other
elegantly elite sporting estates and hotels, all but one
members-only: Carnegie Abbey in Newport, Rhode Island, America's
premier Gilded Age playground; Cherokee Plantation, a 4,000-acre
colonial-era estate outside Charleston, South Carolina; the public
Bovey Castle (actually a massive manor house, but a very
royal-feeling retreat indeed), in Devon, England; and most
recently, the tropically paradisiacal Abaco Club at Winding Bay in