QUIET ON SET
The unparalleled beauty of Paradise Island has made it a magnet for Hollywood
backdrops. The stunning scenery has been featured in two James Bond films:
Thunderball, and more recently, Casino Royale. The Beatles film “Help” had the
Fab Four on location as well. And two of the Pirates of the Caribbean movies filmed
throughout the Bahamas, nodding to the island nation’s storied pirate past.
Marina Village is Paradise Island’s luxury shopping destination and perfect for an
afternoon of browsing and buying. High-end shops alternate with one-of-a-kind
boutiques selling artisan Bahamian goods from jewelry to textiles to locally-sourced
For the last 20 years, Atlantis Resort has been the primary draw for visitors to
Paradise Island. This resort features the world’s largest man-made aquarium,
a massive casino, and the 14-acre Dolphin Cay and marine habitat. Guests of
One&Only Ocean Club receive complimentary shuttle service to Atlantis as well as
signing privileges at the restaurants and shops there.
Things to know
You’ll fly into Lynden Pindling International Airport (NAS). Many airlines offer
service here, and there are daily direct flights from Miami, Atlanta, New York (LGA),
Orlando, Philadelphia, and Charlotte. Paradise Island is a 35-minute drive from the
airport. There are taxis waiting at the airport, or you can rent a car. If you opt to rent
a car, note that cars drive on the left-hand side of the road.
It’s easy to navigate Paradise Island’s 1.1 square miles by foot, taxi, or shuttle. If you
want greater flexibility to explore New Providence Island across the channel, you
may want to rent a car.
The Bahamas stay within the mid-70s and mid-80s year round, with more humidity
in the summer, and a greater chance of rain in the fall. Winter on Paradise Island
is warm with low humidity and clear skies. Hurricane season runs from June to
November, but they are fairly rare and there is plenty of warning beforehand.
Things to do
The Ocean Club Golf Course is a broadly challenging 18-hole golf course designed by Tom Weiskopf, stretching across the island’s peninsula with sweeping views of Nassau Harbor and the Atlantic Ocean. This championship course makes the most of its locale, using ocean breezes to extend play on this 7,100-yard course.
Cabbage Beach stretches along 3 miles of Paradise Island’s northern shore, past resorts, restaurants, shops, and water sports outfitters. The vibrant blue water lapping up onto warm white sand makes this one of the finest beaches in the world. A little further up you’ll find the more secluded Paradise Beach. These pristine and beautiful landscapes are ideal whether you’re lying on the sand with a book, walking along the water’s edge, or heading out with your snorkel gear.
The award-winning One&Only Spa at the One&Only Ocean Club has 8 Balinese-style treatment suites, each with a waterfall shower, daybed, and hot tub in its own private garden. The innovative spa menu combines ancient traditions with modern techniques and draws from indigenous ingredients like coconut, frangipani, and spices. Each massage begins with a Balinese-inspired foot bath to wash away the stress of the outside world.
Atlantis Resort is the center of much of the island’s entertainment including its extensive water park, Aquaventure. With 11 pools, nine water slides, whitewater rapids, and a mile-long lazy river, there is something to thrill every member of your family. Daredevils will want to line up for the 50-foot vertical drop on The Abyss. Go kids against parents on the parallel Challenger Slides, part of the Mayan Temple. A variety of dining options and lounge areas make this a comfortable place to spend the day.
One of the highlights of staying on Paradise Island is its easy water access to the rest of the Bahamas, including the nearby secluded Out Islands. Charter a boat and pretend you’re the only two people in the world on one of the uninhabited beaches. Then settle in for a romantic dinner on the beach with a bonfire beside the crashing waves.
The warm, shallow waters surrounding Paradise Island are the perfect place to try kiteboarding, an increasingly popular water sport sure to get your heart racing. Experience the thrill of flying over smooth turquoise water with the breeze blowing past you. The perfect Bahamian weather means you won’t need a wetsuit. Feel the salty spray as you whip across the sea.
Cross the bridge to Nassau on New Providence Island for a visit to Ardastra Gardens, Zoo & Conservation Centre. The four acres of verdant tropical gardens are home to myriad exotic animals, like flamingos, monkeys, jaguars, lemurs, and the rare Bahama Parrot. Wander the tranquil grounds past coconut palms, bougainvillea, and mango trees.
The Versailles-inspired gardens on the One&Only Ocean Club’s grounds offer a romantic and dreamy escape. The island’s
second owner, Huntington Hartford II, added to the gardens with fountains and bronze and marble statues imported from
Europe. He later shipped a complete 12th century Augustinian cloister in pieces from France. The cloister is perched at the
top of the gardens, offering some of the most captivating views on all of Paradise Island.
For as long as there have been people in the Bahamas, there has been rum. John Watling’s Distillery on the Buena Vista
Estate is one of the only remaining places where you can taste genuine Bahamian rum, made the traditional English way in
white oak barrels. Six generations of technique have gone into perfecting their Pale, Amber and Buena Vista varietals in an
elegant storehouse dotted with 300-year-old antiques.
OTHER ACTIVITY SUGGESTIONS
+ Queen’s Staircase landmark in Nassau + Horseback riding + Tennis
+ Visit Grand Bahama + Shopping + Cave exploring
+ Swim with dolphins + Snorkeling & scuba diving