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Have You Got Sabatude? – Albert & Michael – Saba Island Properties

Sabatude - Albert & Michael - Saba Island Properties


Sabatude — A healthy, positive state of mind and heart —
attitude, magnitude, fortitude, aptitude, gratitude for Saba, for people and for life.

Technology today is incredible and with it people are hooked into their smartphones and computers, living and working from any place in the world; connecting with other people and places; researching, learning, sharing, changing, building hope, security and happiness for their futures so life can be sweet.

We also see and experience injustice in the world and sometimes in our own personal lives. It’s easy to accent what’s hurtful, imperfect, lacking; feeling fear, shame, anger and pain. This is not Sabatude. Not amplifying goodness. 

It takes only a little bit of empathy and compassion to think about and help out someone else.

  • Isn’t that how we hope to live our lives?
  • How does simple kindness liberate you?
  • How does an open heart connect you to other people?


Legendary actress, singer, dancer Judy Garland described it this way:

“Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could all be a little more gentle with each other,
and a little more loving, have a little more empathy,
and maybe we’d like each other a little bit more.”

Care for other people is at the heart of Sabatude. It’s a life force in the culture of this incredible Caribbean island. It is strength – grace – traditions – history – legacy – heritage – community – magnificent nature.

Let’s get deeper about Sabatude 

Attitude – the mental and emotional way of thinking about someone or something. A view point. A frame of mind that can be positive or negative (depending on how you choose to see things). Saba has a friendly attitude. It assumes the best about people.
You feel the warm community
; that you belong… it’s welcoming, genuine, respectful. You matter. That’s Sabatude

Magnitude – the vast size of something. Its caliber, importance, quality, value. Saba is small but the lifestyle looms large because of its people, safety, and breathtaking beauty. When you experience Saba’s lifestyle assets you’re living in full Sabatude.

Fortitude – an admiring of peoples strength and courage. The early settlers of Saba had fortitude and dreams moving here and building a community that has lasted and continues to flourish. CharacterStrong will Standing fast Determined Self aware… Backbone… Guts… Fiber… Grit… all words standing for Sabatude.

Aptitude – A natural ability; innate potential in people or things (even places). Sabans adapt and promote themselves. Their wisdom, talents, imagination, creativity and hearts exemplify Sabatude

Gratitude – The choice to be thankful. Appreciative. To receive and also give kindness. One of the most powerful emotions in man.
Gratitude is a celebration of life and a feeling of profound and natural happiness as well as one of the largest elements of Sabatude.

Since moving here in 2011 (from New York City) and building our real estate company, we see how real Sabatude is as we help people
feel at home, be it for a week in a rental property or something more permanent in the purchase of a home or a piece of land. It’s always about how Saba makes you feel matched with our deep and natural obligation 
to share Saba entirely with the rest of the world.

Sabatude is our debt of thanks to this beautiful island paradise and its kind people.

Countless, moving instances of Sabatude

Every person who knows Saba and lives here has stories that amplify goodness. How people lend a helping hand to others and often without looking for pay back. We recall:

  • How people welcomed us with gifts from their homes — fresh avocados, mangoes, papayas, bananas; sharing plants and teaching us about tropical gardening. Homemade Christmas fruit cake and Saba Spice. One unforgettable gift was a dozen fresh eggs. 
  • People giving us water from their own cisterns during a drought. (The liquid gold of Saba.)
  • And with our first hurricane warning, people showed up to teach us how to batten down all the hatches.
  • When renovating our home people steered us clear from being financially ripped off and then continued to help us finish our home with honesty and quality work. Many of these people are still trusted friends today. 
  • One time, on a Sunday morning, we were low on gas. A good friend called around and connected us with someone we didn’t know and he had a can of gas ready for us. We offered to pay him and he said — “No. Just refill the can and drop it back whenever you can.
    You’re family. Happy to help.”


  • Crowd funding a family that lost their home to fire.
  • Saba Boxing Day.
  • Our annual Wahoo Fishing Tournament.
  • The Saba Triathlon.
  • The art and history of Saba Lace, which is still taught today.
  • The Artisans workshop presenting traditional local crafts.
  • And the steady 6:00 am wake up call – the blowing of the conch shell – ‘The herald of the morn.’


The people of Saba always come through with generous spirit and joy. We love and value their unlimited thoughtfulness.
It’s the power of 
Sabatude and truly why the island of Saba is exclusive.

Sabatude is the atmosphere of Saba… the hospitality, culture and especially the character of the friendly people.

It’s living in harmony and the flow of our everyday Saba lifestyle. Common decency, integrity, professionalism, honesty, truth, love.

We’re committed to a future together — Saba and us. Along with many other wise people.

What does Sabatude mean to you? Please tell us.
♦   ♦   ♦
Albert & Michael Saba Island Properties

Albert & Michael - Saba Island Properties

Expats Living and Sharing Sabatude
Saba (+599) 416 . 2777 / USA +1 . 631 .604 . 4435 / Skype:
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Michael Feeley

Michael Feeley, Life Coach:

Why Saba?

After living and working in New York City for 40+ years I leaped right out of the rat race of corporate America; leaving behind the relentless stress and competition that was wasting me; to rediscover what really matters to me in life.

We went looking for a new home all over the world - the Azores, the Maldives, France, Italy, Spain, Morocco, Malta, the Caribbean and by pure luck, found Saba.

Saba gives me peace, joy, freedom and a community where I feel I belong. People are respected here; living free and open, in the heart of deep nature and incredible beauty. It's a remarkable change.

The work we do enables us to care about other people. Helping them find a new home with practical empathy for their needs and dreams. It's an emotional investment. To listen. To understand. It's work that matters to us. Work we're proud of.

Maybe you have similar yearnings for change. Wanting a better way to live.
A place where you feel at home, with yourself and with the world.

You might just be looking for a new spot to vacation. Unique. Unknown. Crowd-less. Safe. Friendly.... Hello Saba.

Or... you're already hooked on Saba and keep coming back year after year because you love it! Booking your favorite hotel and room or renting a Saba cottage or villa.

Or... Saba's lifestyle makes you dream of a bigger change. A more personal connection to this exclusive, wonder of an island. Something lasting. Just yours and investing in a home is fixed in your mind and heart.

Feel free to email me and let's find out exactly what you want and see - Is the Caribbean island of Saba right for you? Let's make those thoughts and wishes a reality and then... they won't be thoughts and wishes anymore.

I look forward to saying to you one day --'Welcome home!
Be it for a week or... a lifetime.

*And yes, it's true. I was a professional actor, singer, model (actually working) in New York City and noted theatres throughout the United States: The Actors Playhouse, The Kennedy Center, Syracuse Stage, Elitch Gardens, Ogunquit Playhouse -- working with John Raitt, Howard Keel, Allan Jones, Howard Da Silva, Tovah Feldshuh, Bobby Van, Ford Models.
(I even sang for President Jimmy Carter).

I transitioned from acting (because I wanted to) into the travel industry and later, working as a headhunter for over 20 years in NYC with: The Marriott Corporation, Jones Dairy Farm, Cotton Incorporated, The New York Post, Spike Lee DDB, MetLife, Sullivan & Cromwell, Peter Marino Architect, Reliance National Insurance, Black Rock Financial, Parachute Publishing, Burberry, Asprey Jewelry, The Hunger Project, Macklowe Real Estate.

I'm an Akimbo Workshop Coach for Seth Godin and a certified Life + Career + Change Coach; working with all kinds of people around the globe: creatives - human resources professionals - executives - artists - musicians - gardeners - college deans and teachers - doctors - hotel owners - computer wizards - other coaches... helping them create the change they want in their work and lives; to do better, to be happier and even discover what they really want to do with their lives.

Please take a look at my Coaching website and see how I can be useful to you:

My favorite quote is by poet Mary Oliver because it truly says what I want to know about you in such an unforgettable way:

"Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?"

I'm also proud to have my writings about real estate and coaching published at: Thrive Global - The Huffington Post - Maria Shriver - Michael Port - The Fordyce Letter - LinkedIn - Medium and others.

You can email me:

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