Bahamas – Style Guide to Nassau
Posing by the sea in a Mint Velvet Jumpsuit
Where? The Bahamas in The Caribbean
Why? I was very lucky to be invited out to The Bahamas by the Caribbean Tourism Board and The Sandals Royal Bahamian Spa Resort & Offshore Island, to sample some of the immaculate beaches, hotels, night life and to partake in this year’s Junkanoo Carnival. Here’s my style guide to Nassau.
Group selfie with Yasmina and Inna, on the private island at Sandals Royal Bahamian Spa Resort
What to do in Nassau? We spent a glorious 6 days in the Bahamas split between Nassau, the capital city and The Exumas Islands, famous for it’s swimming pigs. There’s lots to see and do in this stunning part of the world, but the main reason to come here is to experience some of the best beaches in the world. From rum tasting at The John Watling Distillery, rolling cigars and making chocolate at The Graycliff Hotel, to fishing for and preparing conch salad at Potter’s Cay. Or you can eat your way around Nassau at the True Bahamian Walking Food Tour, then work it off in a yoga class on the idyllic Paradise Island Ashram. We managed to fit it all into a jam packed itinerary. Keep scrolling to see what I got up to on my Caribbean adventure.
The view from the gym rooftop balcony at The Royal Bahamian Hotel. Great inspiration for a workout.
The perfect setting. Do yoga at the Paradise Island Sivananda Ashram.
Conch Salad making classes on the quaint and colourful, Potter’s Cay.
Partake in the True Bahamian Walking Food Tour, taking in the sites of down town Nassau, whilst indulging in authentic Caribbean cuisine.
After dark? Have dinner and drinks at Lukka Kairi Bahamian Tapas Restaurant (above), overlooking the huge cruise ships and yachts moored on the picturesque harbour. It’s situated just off the Bay Street Square area, so there’s plenty of bars and cafes nearby for post dinner drinks.
Bars and Clubs?
To hang out with the yacht set head to the swanky, Aura Club at The Atlantis Hotel.
Or for a real taste of the Caribbean, head to Fish Fry at Arawak Cay. For locals and tourists alike, try out the Bahamian fish fry delicacies and dance to the Soca, Rake and Scrape music on the streets, as you watch the sunset over Nassau.
Nassau – Where to stay?
I stayed at the fun and fabulous Sandals Royal Bahamian Spa Resort & Offshore Island, with it’s own private island, set in a beautiful, serene corner of Nassau. Formerly known as the Balmoral Club, it was home to many a party in the 1940’s hosted by Edward and Wallis Simpson, when they lived in The Bahamas, as governor and governess of the island. The Piano Bar is filled with old photo’s and memorabilia, from the height of it’s decadent past. The hotel was also home to the Beatle’s for a short time, in the 1960’s, when they recorded the ‘Help’ Album on the private island.
The Royal Bahamian’s newly refurbished suites and bedroom are set over 15 acres of land and have inclusive butler service and free wi-fi. With a choice of 11 on site restaurants, all inclusive water sports, diving and rolls royce airport transfers, its a fantastic place to stay if you want to lay back, relax and be pampered for a little while.
Day beds on the beach at The Sandals Royal Bahamian Spa Resort
There are 11 different on site restaurants to choose from. My favourite was the exclusive Gordon’s on the Pier Restaurant, for the surf and turf served with spectacular sea views.
Me chilling on the private island in a Cloe Cassandro beach dress
A seven night twin centre stay at Sandals Royal Bahamian Spa Resort & Offshore Island and Sandals Emerald Bay, Golf, Tennis & Spa Resort costs from £2,169 per person, based on travel dates in September 2015. Price includes Luxury Included® (all-inclusive) accommodation (three nights at Sandals Royal Bahamian and four nights at Sandals Emerald Bay), return flights from London, inter-island flights and resort transfers. For further information or to make a booking call Sandals Resorts on 0800 597 0002 or visit www.sandals.co.uk.
The boutique stay
If resort hotels aren’t really you’re thing and you prefer more of a boutique destination hotel, try out the newly opened Island House Hotel (Pictured above). With 30 luxury, designer bedrooms, a Bamford Spa, intimate art house cinema on site and a state of the art gym, it’s the perfect spot for style savvy travellers.
Good night from Nassau…next stop The Exumas Islands to swim with the pigs!
To see my Bahamas fashion post shot on location at The Sandals Hotel click here.
For my photo diary of the Junkanoo Carnival click here.