Concierge.com's insider take:
Nandana, a five-bedroom mansion on Grand Bahama's laid-back West End, is emblematic of an accommodation style that has become trendy in the Bahamas recently: private villas that function like tiny high-end resorts. Nandana is run by former Amanresorts staffers and is built in the style of an Asian beach house—the main pavilion is essentially an open-air cathedral of teak, with massive stone fireplaces and exquisite statues from Cambodia. The house chef, flown in from Miami, serves elegant meals on a large Indonesian dining table by the infinity pool. Two master bedrooms (both with outdoor showers, one with a plunge pool) have sea views; two other bedrooms overlook the gardens. The real showstopper, however, is the 2,000-square-foot canvas tent done up like an Out of Africa fantasy suite, with a claw-foot tub and telescope. The don't-misses here? A sunset cruise on the villa's 45-foot yacht, and bicycling to the tiny conch shacks down the road for fritters of freshly caught seafood. Rates start at $800 per person per night and include access to the golf course, pool, and marina of a neighboring resort.—Leigh Newman
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