Your favorite TV shows are great for providing that bit of escapism you need when you need it, but the truth is, nothing compares to the real thing. Whether it’s feeling the warmth of the sun on your skin, the tickle of warm ocean water on your feet, or the sweet cocktail of your choice by the pool, you can’t beat real vacation – Nassau promises all this and more.
For James Bond fans in particular, Nassau will look like an actual movie set, as it was used to film not one, but four films in the much-loved franchise. Never Say Never Again and Thunderball, starring Sean Connery, were filmed at the iconic British Colonial Hotel, while Daniel Craig’s Casino Royale was filmed at the lavish The Ocean Club, a Four Seasons hotel. Roger Moore’s The Spy Who Loved Me was also filmed here (but only underwater scenes!).
Indeed, the Bahamas has long been considered the playground of the rich and famous, but thanks to its breathtaking natural beauty and warm hospitality, its appeal is universal. During your stay, you will not only be able to experience the incredible local cuisine and vibrant culture, but you can also take your pick from the most incredible water parks and golf courses and even the vibrant nightlife of the island.
Read on to find out why this island metropolis has everything you could want from a vacation destination.
Top Tier Accommodation
When you think of the Bahamas, it’s easy to imagine only luxury resorts, but Nassau Paradise Island offers a wide range of accommodations to suit all budgets and tastes. In the heart of Nassau, you’ll find the newly opened Margaritaville Beach Resort, where every room comes with stunning ocean views. Then there’s Atlantis Paradise Island, where you can experience Bahamian culture and marine activities along its five-mile coastline. Or indulge in a world of grandeur and elegance at Baha Mar, which offers three hotel experiences – Grand Hyatt Baha Mar, Rosewood Baha Mar and SLS Baha Mar – on 3,000 square feet of pristine beaches. At Comfort Suites Paradise Island, you’ll find modern amenities combined with affordable comfort, and it’s the same story at the island’s charming Bay View Suites.
Make a splash
If your idea of family fun includes going to a water park, then you’ve come to the right place. Nassau has three impressive parks to its name, including Aquaventure, which spans 141 acres, and if you stay at Comfort Suites or Atlantis Paradise Island, you’ll have completely free access. Baha Bay in luxurious Baha Mar is another highlight – inspired by the natural beauty of the Bahamas, this water park is designed to fuse the relaxing chill of the island with exhilarating fun for the whole family. At Margaritaville Beach Resort, you’ll find the Fins Up Water Park where thrilling slides meet peaceful lazy rivers.
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Treat your taste buds
From traditional French cuisine to the freshest local seafood, Nassau’s vast and varied food scene offers something for every palate. For sushi in a wonderfully glamorous setting, head to Nobu inside the Atlantis Paradise Island Casino, or for a steak, head to Carna Baha Mar. The contemporary steakhouse serves the finest select cuts from the finest farms. from around the world, with legendary butcher Dario Cecchini at the helm.
Drink lovers, meanwhile, will enjoy a rum tour at the John Watling Distillery. Located on a charming 18and century-old estate, this distillery has been proudly supplying high-quality spirits to the Nassau area since 2003. If wine is more your thing, how about becoming a winemaker for the day and creating your own unique bottle with a course of wine blending at Bahama Barrels by Graycliff? To help you whip up the perfect drink, an experienced California winemaker will provide all the information you need to help you formulate your wine, explaining everything from tannins and acidity to balance and finish. You can even taste wines from around the world to stimulate your inspiration.
How are you going to relax?
Relaxation, of course, certainly does not look the same to everyone. While some will enjoy relaxing with a book on the beach or a day at the spa, others will prefer an afternoon on the golf course or an evening at the casino. Luckily, Nassau caters to everyone.
If Nassau’s awe-inspiring ocean views have prompted you to seek further rejuvenation, then the island’s many spas will certainly do the trick. You can experience the serenity of centuries-old Asian traditions and Bahamian hospitality at The Ocean Club spa, for example, or enjoy luxurious European spa techniques with a distinctive Caribbean flair at Red Lane Spa at the newly renovated Sandals Royal Bahamian resort.
Feel lucky? Then a night at the Atlantis Paradise Island Casino will be ideal for you. Along with 85 gaming tables and 700 slot machines, you’ll find world-class DJs performing at Aura Nightclub and top comedians taking the stage at Joker’s Wild.
For drinks with a view, it doesn’t get any better than Skybar. New Providence’s only rooftop lounge, its ivy-covered open-air pavilion is perched above SLS Baha Mar and provides an idyllic oasis to soak up the sun and sip impeccably chilled cocktails.
Getting to paradise
Tempted to start planning your getaway to Nassau? You’ll be happy to know that getting there has become even easier. Virgin Atlantic has added a direct service from London Heathrow twice a week, departing on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Additionally, British Airways flies direct from Heathrow to Nassau six times a week*. So what are you waiting for?
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*These are the winter timetables valid until March 31. For the summer, Virgin Atlantic is switching to Mondays and Fridays, while British Airways is reducing to four flights a week.