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One&Only Ocean Club, Paradise Island

$400 or more
Editor's Pick
Bahamas, Caribbean
Paradise Island Drive
Paradise Island
Tel: 242 363 2501's insider take:

The original Ocean Club, with its terraced Versailles Gardens and 12th-century cloister, is what gave Paradise Island its classy reputation back in the Sixties. Then the plaything of A&P heir Huntington Hartford, the resort is once more owned by a megabucks mogul, Sol Kerzner of Atlantis fame, who has pumped millions into upgrading the estate. The lavish care shows the minute you enter the gates and drive past the impeccable gardens, the handiwork of the resort's 30 gardeners. The 20 original 350-square-foot garden rooms and two suites are twice as sumptuous as in the old days (Frette linens, toiletries in flagons rather than minibottles); the ten new oceanfront suites and 40 new rooms are among the most stylish on the islands, complete with circular soaking tubs with views of the sea. The three new oceanfront villas with private infinity pools give A-listers all the privacy they need. Choice is the name of the game here: There are lots of dining options, such as Vongerichten's Dune, dinner alfresco in the Versailles Garden or the original garden courtyard. There's also a family pool and a kids' club, spa treatments in wonderfully serene private "temples," 18 holes of championship golf, and six tennis courts. Guests have access to Atlantis's facilities, but note that it's not necessarily reciprocal: Atlantis guests must organize an invite to One&Only through the general manager.

From the readers of Condé Nast Traveler:
Overall Score: 90.0
  • Activities: 88.9
  • Design: 93.7
  • Food: 84.1
  • Location: 93.8
  • Rooms: 90.5
  • Service: 89.1
With a "location that's pretty perfect," this plantation-style property is "a haven of luxury." Accommodations are "designed for comfort," with wood-paneled doors leading to private patios. "The French-style gardens are beautiful." Dune, encased in blue glass, cooks local lobster. The service is "mostly spot-on, with just a hint of Caribbean languor."

(90 rooms)
—2011 Gold List

Amenities: Beach, Golf, Pool, Spa, Tennis

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