Welcome to the hotel of your island-luxe fantasies: set on a palm-studded private estate overlooking a marina, The Island House in Nassau is the Bahamas’ coolest hotspot. Lounge in the super spa, hit the in-house cinema, dine on first-rate fresh fish… or just laze by the pool and let the laid-back staff (clad in hipster check and double denim) hand you endless cocktails.
Accessible island locale
Cinema and spa
A $25 resort credit for each guest; GoldSmith members are also treated to free airport transfers
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On the fitness front, there’s more than the standard hotel gym here: sporty locals flock to the island’s only squash court, the anti-gravity yoga studio and the ballet barre classes. (The actual hotel gym itself is pretty impressive itself, too.)The hotel has a 48-seat cinema: it shows recent releases daily, and – as all good cinemas should – has its own bar. Book a sofa for the plushest viewing experience.
Other local restaurants with food this good are generally on the stuffy side – dining at any of the Island House’s eateries is a far more relaxed affair. Come as you are (well, within reason… your robe and slippers would be pushing it, obviously).
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Mahogany Hill, Western Road, Nassau
11.4 mi / 18.4 km from city centre
- Valet parking
- Aerobics instruction
- Exercise gym
- Internet services
- On-Site parking
- Complimentary in-room coffee or tea
- Room service
- Onsite laundry
For Mediterranean fare, there’s the hotel’s Mahogany House restaurant; laid-back Thai dining is on offer at Shima, where you’ll dine among unique works by local artists. Both offer a 500-item wine list, too. The Coffee Bar bakery and deli is set for breakfast and lunch daily.
Breakfast 7am–11am at the Coffee Bar, or lunch at your leisure from 11.30am to 3pm. Mahogany House serves lunch from 11am to 3pm and dinner 6pm–11pm, and Shima’s open for dinner each night 5.30pm–10pm.
Order snacks and small meals to your room during restaurant hours.
Each of the three restaurants also has a bar, as does the cinema. In the Coffee Bar, drinks are poured 7am–10pm (and there’s a happy hour each Thursday). Mahogany House serves drinks from 11am to 11pm, including the hotel’s own Bonnie’s Revenge wine. And in Shima, sip cocktails 6pm–11pm; we recommend the lychee martini or a cucumber cooler.
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