Bianca’s Little Black Book: The Bahamas Edition
Where to Stay:
The Atlantis – The One and Only Ocean Club, The Reef, The Cove, Coral Towers, Royal Towers: 1-888-877-7525 or 954-809-2100
Between the Atlantis' wealth of property offerings, there's something for every different price point and vacation style. Set aside from the main resort, the One and Only Ocean Club provides an exclusive and premiere destination vacation, dripping with decadence and pure white sands, opulence at every turn, and the ultimate in relaxation. The main property at The Atlantis, the Royal Towers, hosts everyone's favorite attraction, the water slides and water park. While at first glance, the resort seemingly caters towards the younger set, older families and friends alike will be soon zipping down the Power Tower, walking up the steps of the Mayan Temple, and languidly floating through the Lazy River. Over at The Cove and The Reef, an elevated sense of luxury awaits – complete with a 21 and older pool called Cain at the Cove, set for Sunday Funday, beach huts for daily rentals, and immediate access to everything the Royal Towers have to offer.
Whether you're looking to take your first vacation as a pair, or you're keeping the romance alive as a married couple, Sandals Royal Bahamian provides a remote, all inclusive destination. With 10 restaurants on the property, a private island, and spa treatments, the resort will help you rest and relax with your loved one. Formerly the famed Balmoral Club of the 1940s, the Sandals Royal Bahamian has a distinct (and colorful) history, complete with bragging rights about the fact that the Beatles shot a scene for their movie, Help, there!
Where to Eat:
Graycliff Hotel: 8-12 West Hill Street Nassau Bahamas W Hill St, Nassau N 10246, Bahamas
Hop in a cab and head to downtown Nassau to visit the Graycliff Hotel. While the icing on the cake at the Graycliff will be your 5 star meal, make sure to schedule plenty of time prior to tour all of the hotel's many facets. Through a legendary history, the Graycliff began as a mansion turned into Navy headquarters in the 1770s, followed by Nassau’s first Inn in the 1840s, currently boasting elegant rooms that bring guests back to decades past. In addition to the hotel and dining aspect, the Graycliff hosts a massive wine cellar hosting over 200,000 bottles, including a German wine from 1727 worth $200,000, a chocolate factory, and a cigar company where you can schedule rolling lessons. If you're a high roller ready to drop $1,000, you can reserve a private room in the wine cellar for dinner for you and 15 of your closet friends!
You can't go wrong with dining options in Marina Village, no matter what your party is searching for that evening. If fine dining is on the menu, head directly to Café Martinique for a delicious dinner cultivated by famed chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten. After dinner, take the languid walk back to your hotel, checking out the boat slips filled with massive yachts while popping into the shops along the way. Don't forget to grab rum cake for dessert as you make your way back to your room.
What To Do:
Whether you're 5 or 45, make time for an opportunity to get into the water with a few of the ocean's most beautiful creatures. The Atlantis offers multiple different interactions throughout the day, inviting guests to kiss dolphins in a shallow water experience, meet sea lions with their trainers, and enjoy a hands on experience with stingrays. Individuals of all ages will have the opportunity to learn about these amazing animals directly from trainers who take care of them and teach them on a regular basis, while making memories and snapping photos!
It may look like an aquarium, but don't you dare give it that title. Open 24/7, the exhibit hosts 100 Indo-Pacific Ocean Lionfish, 500 piranhas, iridescent jellyfish and six-foot Moray Eels. Walking through the underground (lost) city, guests have the chance to interact with an array of tropical creatures, while listening to trained historians weave the tale of the sunken, magical Atlantis. For guests, the experience is free, and tickets are for purchase depending on availability for tourists staying elsewhere.
Every weekend, the Atlantis puts on a parade for guests, simulating their yearly festival to celebrate freedom with over the top costumes, dancing, and merriment. Though the official Junkanoo festivities are reserved for Boxing Day, Bahamians start thinking about their costumes far in advance, plotting out themes and decorations to make the most of the day and take home the satisfaction of knowing their look was tops.
For more information, please visit Nassau Paradise Island