So I discovered my first reality of 2017: it truly is better in The Bahamas.
These fab friends don’t f*ck around when it comes to creating a welcoming, relaxing and fun atmosphere for guests fortunate enough to visit one of their 700 island, spanning over 2,400 cays. *pronounced keys*
I’ve rounded up some of what I did, what’s left to do and why I will 100% return to explore and escape to this magical paradise that is literally only a few hours away from Toronto and my east coast friends from the south.
Make sure to explore the links below and should you find yourself itching for adventure please do not hesitate to reach out, comment and ask for more detail. I am thrilled to share my experience with you and cannot wait to visit again and add to the list, xx!
This is where I stayed on Paradise Island with my family. I should explain that while most of us are familiar with saying we’re visiting Nassau, Paradise Island is actually where the major hotels are and this is across the bridge from Nassau. The cutest little villa steps away from Atlantis, One&Only and Paradise Island Beach Club. It was nice to have a home where we could easily head out to explore but also stay in and make our own food & drinks and chat with residents to learn about local life on the island.
Newly renovated and reopened after being damaged from Hurricane Matthew this hotel on Paradise Island is coming back better than ever. We could only explore the gardens as it was closed while we were there but I will definitely be returning to stay with it’s infiniti pool, new martini bar and five-star dining opportunities. If you’re planning a romantic getaway and looking to splurge, this is the place to do it.
This place needs no introduction, you’ve probably seen it’s sand castle shape in dozens of TVs or movies. It’s a magical resort, full of things to do especially if you have kids. The adult-only Cove residences and pool are also an amazing place to escape to a private, guests-only section of the hotel. The casino is always bumping and it’s perfect for a bachelor/bachelorette party with your favorite pals to splash around during the day and then get wild at night without ever having to leave the resort. Also, the gym facilities are amazing. Non-guests can purchase day- and week-passes which my sissy and I did so if even if you don’t stay here definitely check it out.
This gorgeous and historic hotel is in Nassau proper. Close to the main touristy shops and restaurants, so you can pretty much walk out of your hotel and be in the action of the island. The decor is very colonial and classic and this would be a great spot for older families and people not looking to be in the frenzy of Atlantis but with a tighter budget than One&Only. We popped in to eat one day at their restaurant and the staff and food service was pristine so if you’re not looking to stay in Paradise Island then this is the spot for you.
We were so upset this restaurant was closed with the renos while we were visiting. We walked over with the intent to visit as the gorgeous ocean views and promise of French-Asian inspired cuisine left us majorly intrigued.
Don’t let the name spook you. This was one of my favorite meals on the island and a local favorite in downtown Nassau. They boasted some of the freshest seafood, relaxed and friendly service and did I mention they were the only spot on the island that I found Whispering Angel Rose? So yes, they are a frontrunner in my books. Even rainy weather didn’t stop us from sitting on the patio and watching the rough waves while we sipped down on vino and indulged in seafood galore.
Quality Italian fare in the most picturesque little courtyard. This was on our list of places to visit but a couple burns left us slightly sun sick. I will definitely visit to test out their ever-changing menu and relax on the veranda and enjoy a long and slow Italian meal.
We ate here during our trek to the Exuma Cays and I could’ve found myself lost in paradise for a day or two. This casual bar was host to a number of chic boaters on even bigger yachts and I could really see myself getting in to trouble with the fresh mix of locals, guests and staff alike. There were numerous celeb spottings with memorabilia all over the walls, only proving that this is a destination worth seeking for a casual meal (think burger and fries with a side of rose) and a time you certainly won’t forget.
This place needs no introduction. Located in Atlantis, it is an easy yes when planning where to eat for a guaranteed delicious experience that is familiar and fresh. Don’t forget the Himachi aka Yellowtail Jalapeno. It’s the best dish on the menu and one you must try.
Simple and delicious Mediterranean eats with opportunities to break bread and share in a comfortable setting with great service. The wine list is excellent and we enjoyed a quality meal with no muss or fuss. This was a great place to visit with my family, sit down and enjoy good wine, yummy shareable plates and excellent conversation around the table.
One trip that is on my list for next time. Harbour Island can be reached from Nassau by ferry but it was recommended to stay overnight since it’s quite far. You can head out for a day trip but know you’ll be spending >6 hours of the day on the fast ferry. But hey it is probably worth it for the infamous Insta spot here.
I wrote a whole post on this if you click the link. You MUST go if you have the opportunity to carve a day out.
We headed to Rose Island for the day on a Sunday afternoon but rain stopped us from enjoying this blend of tourists and locals beach party complete with cocktails, foods and good times. We will definitely be back for another attempt.
See above and see Staniel Cay Yacht Club.
These are a bit pricey but worth it if you’re looking for a day on the property. This gives you access to the beach, pools, restaurants and theme park but not the adults-only Cove pool. It’s a fun option if you have kids but have rented a villa as there’s oodles to do for all ages.
I had too much fun here. This is the spot on the island for bachelor and bachelorette parties. You won’t be disappointed and find Franklin the teddy bear-esque VIP host who will ensure that you have the night of your life.
You can have some fun here and spend some money and lose some money LOL. It is open to the public so venture over any time for some pre-dinner cocktails and slots or post-meal adventure. You get free drinks if you’re gambling or lounge in the Moon Club on the floor of the casino to watch other’s place their bets while you place a cocktail order.
I am intrigued by this new martini bar and will definitely be back for the views, chic scene and romantic vibes that only this exclusive destination on Paradise Island can offer.
While I will certainly stay on Paradise Island again, next time I am going to carve out a couple days in Harbour Island and Bimini to explore this home away from home in The Bahamas, xx!