The gauzy string of islands that make the Bahamas such a fabulous fly and flop destination are certainly a sight for sore eyes when the winter chill starts to creep in. While autumn colors can be resplendent -swapping the browns and reds for silky golds and satin blue is always a good idea. One of the most alluring aspects of the Bahamas is how well you can nurture personal style – whether you want to sail the islands, wander 18th century settlements, visit world famous golf courses or simply lap up luxury in the heavenly five-star resorts – you can have your pick of perfect treasures.
Nowhere captures the glimmer of glitz quite like Nassau and the nearby Paradise Island. The nation’s capital is a sophisticated smorgasbord of fun activities, frolicking in the sand, dining on conch and rolling the dice on star littered casino nights. Take a look at the finest places to stay and play in the plush pocket of the Bahamas known as Nassau…
Where to Stay
The rich resorts of Nassau are enough to make your head spin and all the major players in the luxury world have carved their name upon the sands here. For unbridled romance you cannot beat the One & Only Ocean Club. Bond lovers will be wooed by the fact that this lavish resort featured in Casino Royale, but celeb sighting aside – it’s a dreamy place to hide away in your own plantation style villa, play world class golf on the Tom Weiskopf green, and wander lush landscaped gardens.
Sip bejeweled colored cocktails next to celebrities in your own cabana at The Cove Atlantis. Butlers swish through the scene, a DJ can always be found spinning tracks at the adults only pool, and take your pick from the three dozen restaurants scattered around the mega resort. While the inhouse waterparks, mythical inspired design, and indoor aquarium of Atlantis may send your head into a spin, The Cove is another world – the Penthouse Suite is a vision of vaulted ceilings, full featured media rooms, contemporary parlors and floor to ceiling windows on all sides for that endless blue view.
For something a little calmer and quieter, the restored Georgian mansion – Graycliff House is brimming with character. Built by a wealthy pirate almost three centuries ago, this wonderful home is an homage to precious antiques, a well-stocked cellar, a Cuban cigar club and a Spanish tiled pool.
Where to Dine
If you haven’t already hit Nobu, then Nassau is the place to do it – making full use of the oceanic larder ensures the freshest Peruvian Japanese fusion you could wish for. The salmon nashi pear with truffle yuzu sauce is as playful and pretty as it sounds, and the conch ceviche captures the island spirit with every mouthful.
The Bond theme continues with dinner at the super sophisticated Café Martinique – offering the same amazing setting (high ceilings, mahogany colors, and etched windows) as the café from the film Thunderball. The dinner menu is an elegant French affair with lashings of fresh fish dressed in almondine or braised fennel with a light sprinkle of lemon.
The Dutch owned Van Breugels makes for a divine place to dine for those who adore their plates served with fresh mojitos, low lighting, the sound of jazz and impeccable art work on the walls. The historical home is a fabulous setting for lambics, guava cheesecake, and beautifully blackened shrimp.
Where to Play
You may think play in the Bahamas is all centered around the lull of the ocean and the story of a million grains of sand – but Nassau has another tale to tell. Fine art, fabulous shopping and a chic nightlife scene quench your thirst for culture.
The National Art Gallery is a treasure trove boasting world class artists like Amos Ferguson and Antonius Roberts in a cool and beautiful restored villa. Wandering the peaceful rooms and drinking in the local art stood side by side with the world greats is an afternoon well spent.
The best beach in town can be all yours, especially for those staying at the One & Only. Cabbage Beach is all trim white sands and baby blue waters, flanked by green and where the cocktails keep on coming.
Speaking of cocktails – if designer drinks are your style you will love Sea Glass. This beautiful bar knows how to serve something pretty in a tall glass to accompany those killer views of Caribbean bliss. The perfect preamble before heading to the lavish Atlantis Casino where lady luck is waiting to show you a night on the tiles.