The Island House
What We Love
- A state-of-the-art fitness program, including an 82-foot lap pool and two squash courts
- The hotel houses the Bahamas’ only Bamford Spa
- A 48-seater theater, showcasing both blockbusters and indie Caribbean flicks
- The hotel’s own wine label
What To Know
- The hotel can arrange for a day trip to a private island in the Exumas
- For the best sunset views, book an Oceanview Room on the second floor
- All 30 rooms here are equipped with Apple TVs
- The artwork on display at Shima, the hotel’s Thai restaurant, is by local talents
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
When Bahamian entrepreneur Lauren Holowesko decided to channel the success of her family’s exclusive Lyford Cay restaurant, Mahogany House, into an intimate 30-room hotel, the mood she went for was “casual luxury.” That’s why guests here can wander the Champalimaud–designed property in flip-flops, the staff is clad in checked shirts and denims, and one of the cottages is tailor-made for those who prefer to shuttle directly from their bed to the pool. But this hideaway isn’t exactly for the sedentary. With a dynamic fitness program that offers everything from an anti-gravity yoga studio to ballet barre classes and a fully-stocked gym, its evident Holowesko and company want to get your endorphins going. Rest assured, there are enticing rewards. The Bamford Spa offers island-inspired treatments (like an aloe and rose quartz remedy that cools overheated skin) , a wholesome coffee bar that churns out tropical breakfasts, and a terrace restaurant, Shima, that showcases fiery Southeast Asian delicacies.
In the Area
The excursions here range from the bold, like shark diving and stingray feeding, to the beautiful: a cultural expedition with Islandz Tours will take you on a tour across several local galleries in historic downtown Nassau, in addition to stops at a few public art murals. For a bit of both, snorkel through an underwater coral reef sculpture garden, also home to “wrecks” that featured in movies like Jaws and Thunderball, in Clifton Heritage National Park, a coastal site that pays tribute to all the communities that make up the Bahamas’ diverse heritage, just a five-minute drive from the hotel.
How to Get There
Island House is a refuge of tranquility and beauty in Nassau. I enjoyed a brief "stay-cation" and was blown away by the exemplary customer service found on property. Staff make this hotel and community shine because of the focus on little details, being personable and targeting sustainable living when possible. Island House is truly a Bahama Beauty!!
The Island House is a small place (about 30 rooms?), but it is gorgeously appointed. During our weeklong stay during June 2019, the rooms and facilities seemed brand new. Everything is comfortable, with high-quality everything (from the bedding, the fixtures, the grounds, and the onsite amenities).
The service is impeccable - because this seems like a higher-end place on the island, it seems they've been able to draw from the best available folks to staff the place. The food is fresh and delicious, there is a movie theater onsite that plays first-run films, and the pool is immaculate and the perfect temperature.
There is a nice-sized gym and beautiful spa, both right off of the pool. This was a wonderful location to spend a relaxed week.
So many great things to say about this place. Small and quaint but all the details are perfect. From the onsite theater to the outstanding restaurants......all is perfect. Chef Dan is the best talent in the area. Lap pool and gym are nice but the hotel staff are the true highlight.