One & Only Ocean Club Review

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One Casino Drive, Paradise Island, Bahamas
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Editor’s Review of One & Only Ocean Club

One & Only Ocean Club is quite simply the most luxurious resort in the Bahamas -- and one of the most exclusive in all of the Caribbean. From the moment you arrive and walk through the airy French plantation house to catch a glimpse of the azure Caribbean past manicured green lawns, it's clear you've happened on a little snatch of Paradise. And that's before you stroll the grounds, which require a staff of 200 gardeners to maintain, and are capped by a luxurious terraced flower garden inspired by the gardens at Versailles and topped by the ruins of a 12 century cloister, imported piece-by-piece from France in the 1920s and assembled here in the 1960s.

That's when supermarket heir Huntington Hartford first purchased the small,
... more uninhabited island off of Nassau, dubbed it Paradise, and set about building his manor house and estate that eventually became the resort. Over the years, the island has changed hands several times, once owned by TV personality Merv Griffin, as well as by hotel magnate Sol Kerzner, who is also responsible for constructing the theme park style Atlantis resort next door. Today, the property stands alone and is no longer a part of the Atlantis collection of resorts. However, guests at Ocean Club enjoy access and signing privileges to all of the attractions at Atlantis -- a plus when traveling with kids. In 2015, the resort completed a $25-million renovation, which included the addition of the new Hartford wing and a new full-service restaurant.

The overriding atmosphere at the resort is one of pampered relaxation, with coconut palms swaying in the breeze and adults lounging on daybed by the garden pool while uniformed staff bring them champagne and cocktails. Despite the element of peace and quiet, however, Ocean Club is actually an excellent choice for families, with a stellar kids club that is full of activities for young ones, and daily field trips to Atlantis or other parts of the island for water sport activities to keep kids of all ages happy. At Ocean Club, each guest is made to feel like the experience is created specifically for him or her, with a dedicated butler assigned to every room, champagne and strawberries delivered at dusk (milk and cookies of kids), and sumptuous accommodations that put the luxe in luxury. The only downside, of course, is that with exclusivity comes price -- if you are the type to balk at a $25 hamburger by the pool (to say nothing of the room rates!) this spot may not be for you. Additionally, despite the promise of individual service, there is a range of attentiveness among staff, who are all friendly, but vary in punctuality and helpfulness -- not something that might be noticed at a regular resort, but something that becomes glaring at a resort that touts an air of exceptional service, with prices to match. That's a minor criticism, however, for an experience to stay at one of the most lavish properties in the Caribbean. If you can afford it, the experience is not one you are liable to soon forget. less
Our Editor Loves
  • Fun kids pool
  • Excellent kids program
  • Artful blend of high-class luxury and family friendliness
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  • Beach
  • Bicycling
  • Golf
  • Museum/Cultural
  • Theme Parks
  • Water Sports
  • Sailing
Family Amenities
  • Babysitting
  • Children's Program
  • Cribs
  • DVD Player
  • Family Room 5+
  • Game Room
  • Kids' Pool
  • Kids'/Theme Meals
  • Kitchenettes
  • Onsite Dining
  • Refrigerator
  • Pool
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The rooms at Ocean Club employ every luxury you'd imagine, as well as some touches you might not expect. In all, the property has 107 accommodations, spread out in two wings of the main house, as well as several more exclusive cottages and oceanview villas. Upon arrival, guests are assigned a private "butler," who will offer to unpack luggage, handle laundry, customize the mini-bar and arrange activities for your stay. That sets the tone for the level of comfort, which continues with amenities including satellite TV, DVD players, iPod docks, down comforters, oversized bathrooms with marble vanities.

The two wings of the main house have slightly a slightly different feel: those in the Hartford Wing are more classic colonial in their decor, with dark hardwood furniture, armchairs, and elegant headboards on the beds. Rooms in the Crescent Wing are slightly larger and exude a more contemporary modern style, with an airy feel accented with deep reds, blues, and mustard yellows. Both wings feature king beds in the guest rooms, and for suites, a separate living area with a pullout sofa; rooms can be combined to add another bedroom. Deluxe rooms feature a sunken bath with tiled Roman mosaics.

The more elegant oceanview villas create a home-away-from-home with vaulted ceilings towering over 4,000 square feet of living space that includes a full kitchen (private chefs are available for hire if you don't feel like cooking yourself), spacious bathrooms with steam shower, Jacuzzi soaker tub and indoor/outdoor shower that opens out onto a private deck. Another deck features 25-foot French doors opening up onto drop-dead views of the ocean below, and your own private infinity pool for secluded bathing. It truly doesn't get any better than this.

In all accommodations, children 11 and under stay free with two adults; children 12 to 17 are charged at $100/night. Cribs are available free of charge; as are cots for kids 17 and under.

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