The One & Only brand is well versed when it comes to sugar dusting stunning resorts and plopping them in truly tropical resorts – the Ocean Club on Paradise Island is no exception. The patch of turquoise, the hints of old British heritage, and the hum of an easy breezy life outside of hurricane season call the pearly islands of the Bahamas into temptation. Throw in a stay at the One & Only Ocean club and you have the ingredients for a no holds barred winter break.
At first scenes from the majestic hotel may spark a memory – especially for film lovers. This is because the resort was a firm favorite for James Bond destination scouts who picked this place to appear in the film Casino Royale. At first sight you want to drop your bags and drink in the pale Nassau pink building with its steep roof and adornments of searing columns and carved arches. The pastel tones placed in lush landscaped gardens and flanked on the front by a white sand belt and unashamedly blue sea is a color scheme straight out of an expressionist painting.
It is a common known fact locally that Axel Wenner Green fell in love with this spot when he landed his yacht back in 1939. Inspired by the pristine beauty he nurtured this slice of paradise until it flourished before building his estate and modeling it after the Chateau of Versailles. There is an element of grandeur to the place and you wouldn’t be surprised to see ladies in waiting smoothing out their skirts for afternoon tea on the lawn. After being taken over by Hartford II and transformed into the Ocean Club it has continued to be a playground for dukes, earls and ambassadors.
A recent renovation brought the rooms of the Harvard Wing up to modern scratch, drawing on the landscape outside the window when it comes to bright blues, dark coconut woods, and warm creams. Enchanting views reach out over the gardens and splashes of cool to touch marble mimic the feel of the ocean on sun-kissed skin.
The Garden Cottage takes the prize for most romantic setting, if you didn’t guess so by the name. French doors, enclosed private courtyards, and idyllic splashes of green plant life against natural fabrics brings a breathable quality to every corner.
Further along the shore and you find those peeping private villas, a welcome space for families and friends who want the taste of a private island home without compromising on luscious resort facilities. Bougainvillea bursts to set the scene for British colonial style with sweet ivory, dark wood and edgeless infinity pools.
Michelin star owner Jean-Georges Vongerichten works his magic at the waterfront restaurant of Dune. Fusing French flavors with delicate Asian style makes for a menu that inspires with every sitting. Of course, the strands of fresh seafood and Bahamian spice is beautifully sewn in and the pale pink sunset views nearly as astounding as the food.
It’s rare to utter the word Bahamas and not start gushing about the bounty of glorious golf courses, and this is where the One & Only Ocean Resort also hits a hole in one. The 18-hole Tom Weiskopf designed course delivers challenge after challenge topped by dream-worthy views of Nassau Harbor and the swell of the Atlantic Ocean.
The in-house Carlo Milano Boutique is also a must for fashionistas seeking to bring that statement piece to their beach style. Exclusive collections are handpicked from catwalks around the world and sent here for shoppers to fall in love and splurge.
Biking, yoga, tennis and a full-service spa add those key features that make every day a myriad of choice. The One & Only Ocean Resort is the perfect remedy for those who want to lay out on the beach and forgot the long cold winters happening on the periphery. Rooms in the Hartford Wing start at $1044.