If money was no object and you didn’t have to worry about sticking to a budget, where would you want to go for a vacation? Some of the most popular choices include the Maldives, the Great Barrier Reef, and Machu Picchu, but perhaps the most popular choice would be the Bahamas.
It’s not difficult to come up with reasons why you should visit this little piece of heaven on Earth, with its crystal blue beaches, white sand, and gorgeous weather—especially since the weather is glorious all year round in the Bahamas. The festivals are enriching and the variety of marine life, reefs, and shipwrecks are simply breathtaking, too. If you’re planning to visit soon, you can book a stay in one of these top luxury hotels and resorts:
The Cove, Eleuthera
Direct: (242) 335-5141
Reservations: (866) 644-4452
Travel + Leisure calls it "The Best Secret Island on Earth" as it’s located in the unspoilt island enclave of Eleuthera. It’s tucked away amidst swaying palm trees, and surrounded by turquoise water and secluded white sand beaches. It has 57 intimate rooms complete with amenities like in-room entertainment, luxury bathroom features, and Wi-Fi access. The in-room amenities may be great, but who would want to stay in when you have onsite facilities like a heated outdoor pool with an infinity edge that overlooks the beach - perfect for watching the sunset. The resort also has a well-appointed boutique store with high-end clothing labels, accessories, and sundries. The resort's spa is also worth visiting after a long day of paddle boarding, kayaking, snorkeling, and cycling.
The Ocean Club, A Four Seasons Resort
If you want to hide away like the celebrities do, book a stay at The Ocean Club. If the luxury resort looks a little familiar to you, that is because it was famously used as a key filming location in the 2005 James Bond film Casino Royal. Many of the areas seen in the film are still there today. Forbes Travel Guide claims that one of the property’s highlights include the 1,100-square-foot suites with marvelous views of the ocean. The rooms even come with personal butlers who will cater to your every need.
If you love water activities, take your pick from the available ones onsite, which include snorkeling, deep-sea fishing excursions, and yacht rides. Ocean Club guests also have access to several Atlantis Paradise Island facilities nearby, too, which include the Aquaventure waterpark and up to 40 restaurants and bars. If you don’t feel like leaving the resort (which is most likely) for a meal, head to celebrity chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s open-air restaurant called Dune, and try their roasted lobster burger or their nut-crusted snapper. They also have a world-class spa that will get you refreshed and ready for more Caribbean adventures.
Rock House Harbor Island
Tel: 305-433-2024; 242-333-2053
For something more intimate and rustic, and for those who want luxury without breaking the bank, you can stay at the Rock House. This little quaint property used to be a private home in the 1940s, until it was transformed into a bed and breakfast. Now it’s known as a sophisticated boutique hotel, perfect for honeymooners, destination weddings, or even a brief escape from hectic city living. All the uniquely decorated guest rooms feature king size beds with luxury bedding, wireless internet access, and cable TV. There are suites with expansive living areas and some even have a whirlpool tub.
The property also has a pool if you feel like swimming at night and a fully equipped gym for your wellness needs. When it comes to your meals, the bar and restaurant at Rock House deserves a special mention. You can choose to have a relaxed meal grilled in front of you or enjoy a fine dining experience under the stars on the pool patio. The bar has a superb wine and cocktail list and a delectable choice of snacks that will go with any drink of your choice.
The Caribbean truly is the ultimate destination and spending a holiday at one of these exquisite properties is on most travelers' dream bucket list. For instance, when Robert Bailey won $348.3 million on the Powerball lottery last year, one of the first things he planned to do was travel to the Caribbean. Can you blame him?? As this list shows, the Caribbean is certainly one of the best places to take a luxury break -- whether you hit the jackpot or not. (In case you're curious: Lottoland details how the current Powerball jackpot is $149 million; anyone who pockets that amount would easily be able to stay for over a year in one of these sublime Bahamian hotels and resorts. Talk about living a life of absolute luxury!)
While there are other luxury resorts in the Bahamas, these three are definitely top of the heap. Each one has world-class amenities and offers a special experience you won't find anywhere else. Everyone deserves a luxury break in the sun, and at the Island Runaways blog, we consider the Bahamas one of the very best escapes.