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1. One&Only Ocean Club

As you stroll under the swaying palms, it’s easy to feel the dapper aura of Huntington Hartford II, the A&P grocery heir who acquired this private retreat in 1962, adding an elegant 52-room hotel. There’s something to suit every mood on the 35-acre British colonial-style estate: a sun-drenched pool set in a palm oasis; a terraced garden and koi ponds crowned by a 14th-century Augustinian cloister; and a pristine, white-sand beach for walking and swimming. Reserve an ocean-view room in the Hartford Wing, freshly renovated and restored to its mid-century glory, and enjoy a Bahamian fish breakfast on your personal terrace. No wonder Hartford had the island renamed Paradise.

242-363-2501, Casino Dr., Paradise Island, oneandonlyresorts.com (accepting bookings from February 14)

2. Golf at Ocean Club

Keep your eye on the ball, not the view, on this 18-hole golf course, exclusive to Ocean Club members and guests, that links beach to beach to beach between mammoth luxury homes on the eastern tip of Paradise Island. Take care on the 456-yard fourth hole, Lighthouse, which plays onto a beautiful but windy point surrounded by a bunker, a beach and crystal blue waters lapping at the green.

242-363-6680, Paradise Island Dr., oneandonlyresorts.com

Paradise Island

3. Stuart Cove’s Dive Bahamas

Goliath grouper, nurse shark, sea turtle – you never know what elusive creature might be swimming around the corner, but with five percent of the world’s coral reefs and water so clear you can see up to 60 metres, you might see all three in the Bahamas. Immerse yourself with the half-day excursion to three snorkelling sites around New Providence island, including an option to visit a group of Caribbean reef sharks swirling near the edge of the continental shelf.

242-362-4171, SW Bay St., New Providence, stuartcove.com

4. Goodfellow Farms

The country store, run by Bahamas-born, Montreal-raised Ian Goodfellow and wife Karin, complete with wallboards imported from Vermont, is where in-the-know locals come for preserves, fresh greens and oven-warm bread. Try the grilled sea bass or snapper topped with housemade pineapple salsa. The chatty macaws hanging around the garden tables are rescues, including one that spent 30 years in a bar on Eleuthera.

242-377-5000, Nelson Rd., Mount Pleasant, New Providence, goodfellowfarms.com

5. Graycliff Hotel

Established as a wealthy pirate’s refuge in 1740, this colonial-style mansion is now a five-star hotel and restaurant, with a chocolaterie and one of the largest wine cellars anywhere: The former dungeon holds over 250,000 bottles. To do it right, book the cellar dining room and pull a flagon directly from the shelves around you. The 1727 Rheingau Apostelwein may be the world’s oldest and, at $200,000, most expensive bottle.

242-302-9150, 12 W. Hill St., Nassau, graycliff.com

Nassau

3 Views on Nassau

Make like a Nassuvian, and go for cracked conch and beer in Potter’s Cay market, a row of fruit sellers, conch stands and rum bars tucked under the bridge linking Nassau to Paradise Island.

E. Bay St., Nassau

 

Climb the Queen’s Staircase for a view of Bahamian history and its capital city. Sixty-six steps, carved out of solid rock by slaves in 1793, climb 35 metres above Nassau to the oft-besieged Fort Fincastle.

Elizabeth Ave., Nassau

 

The fine white sand of Cable Beach is just far enough west of downtown to be crowd-free. Wade out into the 24ºC water and mingle with rays.

W. Bay St., New Providence

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BAHAMAS     BEACHES     FOOD & DRINK     GETAWAY     GOLF     PARADISE ISLAND     SNORKELLING     SUN DESTINATIONS    

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