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Located less than 25 minutes flight from Miami, the islands of the Bahamas are a paradise on earth, well it depends on where you stay!
Elegance, calm and voluptuousness, the Four Seasons in Nassau located on Paradise Island in New Providence, the capital island of the Bahamas archipelago has everything to seduce lovers of refinement. This prestigious establishment has installed its rooms and villas on Cabbage Beach, one of the most beautiful beaches in the world.
With its colonial architecture combined with a contemporary touch, this chic address on Paradise Island has welcomed the world’s greatest personalities, from Robert de Niro to Daniel Craig, and offers an enchanting setting where everything is comfort and privacy. I tell you more about what to expect when you stay at the Four Seasons Resort in Nassau.
Four Seasons Nassau in the Bahamas: 5 star standards
From the moment you enter, the tone is set! The Four Seasons is a palace worthy of the name, nestled in the heart of a French garden. A terraced pathway lined with shimmering bougainvillea leads to the park’s focal point, and I assure you it is real, a 14th century cloister from Montréjeau near Lourdes, reassembled stone by stone.
The building, called the Hartford wing, opens onto a patio where coconut and banana trees flourish thanks to the particularly pleasant climate of this part of the world. All around a fountain in the shape of a cross, armchairs and sofas welcome visitors to rest. Formerly owned by businessman, film producer and heir to the A&P supermarket fortune George Huntington Hartford II, the hotel was completely renovated in 2016 in the Bahamian colonial style.
The Caribbean, an idyllic setting
Lobby, restaurants, private villas, rooms, take place in several buildings of only two floors whose opaline facades are the same color as the sand of the nearby beach; an architecture that fits ideally into the hotel’s fourteen acres of lawns and gardens. The main building is inspired by the Georgian style in reference to the planters who were ruined by the abolition of slavery after the victory of the North in the Civil War and who came to settle in the Bahamas.
For the wings housing the rooms and suites, the modern Caribbean style dominates. The roof overhangs, supported by slender Abaco Island pine columns, are decorated with mantling and friezes, protecting a terrace where you can cool off. The beauty of the Bahamas is only a few meters away, at the end of a carefully manicured English lawn. The sublime Cabbage Beach is a cocoon, an enclave of softness and serenity far from the noise of the world.
From room to private villa
The Hartford Wing features 50 rooms ranging in size from 42 to 51 square meters overlooking the ocean or garden, plus a 91 square meter Luxury Ocean Suite. All were decorated by Jeffrey Beers, the star architect of singular hotel residences. Mahogany furniture, louvered doors opening onto a terrace or balcony with breathtaking views, soft king size beds, marble bathrooms with double sinks, rain showers and large oval bathtubs, I think everything here has been designed for the optimal well-being of guests.
The Crescent Wing is a series of buildings facing the sea. The bright and sober decoration of the rooms is directly inspired by the natural splendor of the place. All rooms have a balcony or terrace, air conditioning, bathroom with shower and bathtub, television and minibar.
The hotel offers a few private villas with swimming pools and patios for privacy. The interiors, designed by Adam D. Tihany, one of the world’s most famous contemporary architects, are vibrant and designer, with custom-made furniture inlaid with straw and Brazilian cherry wood covering the floors.
Finally, the 2 residential villas accommodate 8 to 10 people. 410 m2 of ultra luxury with private infinity pool, fully equipped kitchen and direct private access to the beach. You will enjoy Carrara marble floors, vaulted ceilings, and a team of housekeepers available 24 hours a day.
3 pools for 3 atmospheres
In this ocean of luxury, three pools invite you to relax. The first one is reserved only for adults who want to swim and enjoy the calm of the environment. Children can have fun in a lagoon-shaped pool specially designed for families.
Finally, the last one built in 2015 is overflowing, giving the perfect illusion that it is integrated into the landscape. Water line and horizon line merge to form a single space, a unique and privileged place in which it must be absolutely divine to bask.
Gastronomy and cocktail stars
At Le Dune, French chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten was given the mission to excite the palate of the guests. Trained by Paul Bocuse, he has concocted a French-Asian fusion cuisine that honors the specialties and diversity of Caribbean products. Between land and sea, the Bahamian cuisine is exotic, spicy and sophisticated: sweet potato, green okra, yam, chayote for vegetables, pineapple, coconut, citron, papaya, carambola, guava for fruits, swordfish, grouper, lobster and wahoo for fish.
Overlooking the infinity pool, the New Ocean Pool is open daily with continuous service from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., a great place to enjoy a famous local specialty of conch or lambi, a crustacean whose flesh is known to be tasty.
Finally, from 11am to 11pm, the Martini Bar and Lounge, run by barista Keith Cash, offers appetizers and star cocktails, including the famous Vesper Martini: three measures of gin, one measure of vodka and half a measure of Lillet Blanc, a wine-based aperitif produced near Bordeaux.
A beach just for you
With its 8 kilometers of white sand, I think Cabbage Beach is at the top of the top 10 most beautiful beaches in the world. Here, everything is possible: lounging on one of the many comfortable sofas provided by the hotel, snorkeling to admire the corals, starfish and tropical fish, enjoying a cocktail at sunset and in any case, enjoying this preserved coastline.