Spectacular coral and ocean trenches define the Bahamas, a collection of over 700 tiny islands. Few places in the world match the beauty of this Lucayan Archipelago that boasts the clearest waters on the entire planet. Its resorts, scattered in the 30 inhabited islands, are some of the most luxurious – and they should be, given the backdrop. These five top the list.
The Ocean Club
Visitors at The Ocean Club feel right at home from the moment they set foot in the resort for a couple of reasons; a warm welcome – hugs are not uncommon here – from the staff and an 8-kilometer stretch of sand that truly feels like paradise. Each of the 3-bedroom villa residences features polished marble floors, vaulted ceilings, and a private infinity pool that combines seamlessly with the ocean. The resort’s Versailles Garden, with pathways leading to a multi-tiered landscape, offers the ultimate private dining experience and an ideal venue for weddings. Need a little pampering after a long walk on the beach or a round of golf at the immaculately manicured Ocean Club Golf Course? Then head to the resort’s Balinese-style spa villa for an unforgettable restorative treatment before hitting Martini Bar and Lounge for 6 o’clock cocktails.
Bahama House Harbour Island
Bahama House has its beginnings as a humble bed-and-breakfast that opened its doors to travelers in the 1800s. It has since undergone several changes to become a luxurious celebrity haven exquisitely designed with sun loungers, comfy cushioned corners, and swaying palms. Located a few meters from the jetty at Government Dock, this 5-star establishment gives guests access to the dreamy Pink Sands Beach that is every vacationer’s idea of paradise. Each of the 11 rooms in this resort is decorated to within an inch of its life in colonial style with wooden ceiling fans, coral-print cushions, and canopied beds. The view from one half of the rooms is a palm-filled garden and the glittering harbor, while the other half overlooks picturesque rooftops of Harbour Island. A local ‘Brilander’ is at your service should you need a relaxing massage, while a Crestron sound system fills your room with relaxing melodies as you savor Chef Niki’s delectable cooking.
Kamalame Cay combines the laid back simplicity of the Caribbean culture with high-end amenities to bring you an unforgettable holiday experience. The 96-acre private island is the true definition of Caribbean immersion, thanks to the fact that every nook is surrounded by the sandy beach. The island’s smooth roads weave through shaded coconut groves to lead to the inland creek for dreamy views of the ocean. The only part of Kamalame Cay where you can access Wi-Fi is Pineapple House, and so you get to enjoy nature undistracted. The island gives off an air of remoteness with most of its facilities tucked deeper into its forested areas. The only visible amenity in Cay is an overwater spa that stands at the end of an ocean pier. Lay back, relax, and enjoy Asian-inspired gourmet meals every evening by the ocean from Great House restaurant and a freshly baked basket of goodies each morning.
In the Island of Eleuthera is a boutique resort set up in a secluded setting that instantly gives guests a feeling of home-away-from-home. The French Leave’s infinity pool, Yacht Club-inspired restaurant, hot tub, and water sports make the resort stand out as Eleuthera’s one of a kind. Each of the 14 Bahamian villas is air-conditioned and furnished with a king-size bed and a pull-out sofa. A large door opens up to a veranda that instantly draws your attention to the ocean. A 24-hour fitness center takes care of all your self-care needs while lounge chairs by the infinity pool offer the perfect view of the sunset. When not walking barefoot on the unspoiled white beach, enjoy solo kayaking, Stand-up Paddling, scuba-diving, and snorkeling in the azure blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean.
Rosewood Baha Mar
Rosewood Baha Mar’s hand-painted murals and ornate light fixtures offer a relaxing atmosphere that truly helps kick in the holiday spirit. An extensive local art collection in all public areas of the resort reminds you every second that you are in the Bahamas. The staff, eager to show hospitality without being intrusive, will offer a chilled towel here and a complimentary snack there, making you feel welcome and spoilt. The resort boasts 233 rooms, 96 of which are suites and four villas – all facing the sea. Sophisticated teak flooring and wood-clad walls give each of the rooms a beach-house feel while the marble bathrooms are adequately indulgent. Enjoy a scrumptious lunch at your poolside chaise or the restaurant and then head over to the Manor Bar in the evening for cocktails made from Rosewood’s custom-blended rum. It wouldn’t be a full experience at the Rosewood Baha Mar without dinner at The Commonwealth.