In between blue skies and bluer water, there is a place known as “Paradise Island”. It is here that in 1962, a private estate was transformed into what is now The Ocean Club: A Four Seasons Resort where 35 acres of Versailles-inspired lawns and gardens sprawl and a natural, white-sand beach stretches 5 miles; a little drop of blue and green in the middle of an ocean.
The Ocean Club is a legendary Caribbean hideaway, steeped in history, quiet reverie and the spotlight. It is where celebrities go to get away from it all and where movies go to rest upon a stunning backdrop. Sean Connery’s Thunderball, ABC’s Scandal and Casino Royal all borrowed The Ocean Club’s rich landscape. But away from the lights, cameras, and action, The Ocean Club is what it always was: an escape.
107 rooms spread across low-lying buildings, cottages and villas, your experience can be as varied as the ground on which you walk. With stone pathways that lead you through a lush, manicured, multi-tiered landscape of purple bougainvillea; pools that resemble lagoons, some bathed in sun and others hidden as sanctuaries; with eight Balinese-inspired treatment villas with their own private garden and outdoor baths that bring centuries-old Asian traditions to life; a Tom Weiskopf-designed 18-hole golf course, six Har-Tru tennis courts and an elite fitness center; an on-site boutique with exclusive designer collections hand-picked from the world’s most glamorous runways; with champagne, cocktails, wine and Michelin-starred chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s restaurant DUNE, The Ocean Club might be hidden away on an island in the Bahamas, but it still captures the world’s attention. A little drop of blue and green in the middle of an ocean has the world fascinated.
It’s truly an enchanting place. And as things go, sometimes it’s the little things that say the most. It’s the details that give The Ocean Club its character. Walk along the Versailles Gardens and stop in a 12th-century Augustinian cloister with views of Nassau Harbour. In the same gardens, statues of Cupid and Psyche stand and koi-fish ponds lay still. These subtleties extend to service. With 24-hour concierge services and a personal-attendant service for every room type, there’s genuine hospitality within the resort. People make a place what it is. That much is certain.
At Paradise Island, in The Ocean Club, life is in full colour. Blue, green and everything in between.