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
- 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
From delicious food at Shima, Mahogany House and Cafe to the wonderful treatments at the Bamford Spa, The Island House is an exceptional destination in Nassau, Bahamas. The space is beautiful and definitely has a Zen feel, all the staff are helpful, professional and brilliant and what they have to offer is amazing!
I booked this hotel by chance. We were to spend a night in Nassau and it was so nice and peaceful that we ended asking to stay for a day more.
At our arrival we had the pleasant surprise of an upgrade and we did appreciate the same rate was kept also for the extra night we remained.
During the short stay we had the chance to try all the services (pool, gym, spa services, cinema, restaurant, etc..)
The room was amazing, large, fresh and great care for details.
Room service good, still not perfect, but can't penalise the review for few minor details.
The exclusivity and peace of the place is its strong point!
Location is good if you don't care about the mess of Paradise Island like... the Atlantis... and it's next to the airport. Still each trip to Nassau is a long journey.
It was great to relax in the patio and to have all at your doorstep.
Cinema was super cool, but the armchair ... need to be a bit more comfy!
Overall surely one of the best boutique hotels visited in the area, more like a family affair!
Price was ok... not overpriced, but I had a very good deal on booking.com
Next to the headquarter office of famous Templeton Capital Advisors and Lyford Cay private club (with Bacardi family and Sean Connery) this hotel is truly remarkable. It is a very well designed property, with very green garden, private ambience, utmost attention to details, smooth limestone swimming pool, quality water with no effect on eyes, and good Asian restaurant and the Italian-International cuisine of Mahagony House restaurant. Quite a remarkable contract with the low-level road and building culture of the island. Guests are lucky that Mark Holowesko is passionate about details, quality and bikes. This is the first hotel, which has a real gym with real weights, and proper spinning bikes. We all loved every minute we had spent there.
We will definitely come back sometime, however, from Europe, the travel is minimum 24 hrs (altogether, not only the flight time).
I travelled with a couple of friends around the Caribbean for about two and a half weeks in November and we stayed at The Island House - three time during that period.
We just kept coming back - it was that good.
The rooms are spacious, well appointed and the bathrooms are great. I'd recommend one of their condos - just gorgeous!
The front of house did their utmost to accommodate our needs - many thanks to Kera and the team for putting up with all our requests.
The food and beverage outlets - from the coffee shop to Shima and Mahagony House were excellent. Service was personalised and professional.
I certainly hope to be back.
Living in Florida, we decided to jump over to the Bahamas for just one night to celebrate my wife´s birthday. As we both are fond of nice boutique hotels (and have stayed at quite a few), the Island House was an obvious choice.
Let´s start with the positives: The images certainly do justice to the place. The hotel is beautiful, newly renovated and with a gorgeous pool area as well as great sea views. The rooms are spatious, tasteful and clean. Also, the booking load was quite light at our visit, offering a sense of privacy and plenty of poolside space.
The service which some posters have complained about did not stand out as very negative to us. It was also not particularly memorable but overall not much to complain about. We got a two hour late checkout upon asking for it, which was a nice gesture.
The negative part, which certainly left a bad taste in our mouths was the completely ridiculous pricing of the additionals. Granted, when you pay many hundreds of dollars per night for a hotel room you are not going to be penny pinching but the unmotivated and multiple add-ons were very frustrating. A $40 resort charge per night for what? Usage of the pool without any amenities? (Towels were placed on each lounger and there was some water and tea in a corner but I can do without those for such a ridiculous charge). $23 for a continental breakfast "buffet", consisting of a very basic selection with just water or black coffee to go with it (not even orange juice was included). And the piece de resistance was a $32 charge which was not even included on the final invoice for a very basic baseball hat with the hotel's logo, positioned in a cupboard next to the mosquito spray (very much indicating that it was a free gift to be used and discarded - I certainly would not want to use someone else´s used baseball hat) and a bath sponge which again, looked like it was single use and meant to be thrown away. Seeing from another poster that the hotel even charges for watching a movie in the common area complements the picture that the hotel has the air and basic charge of a first class hotel but is trying to push add-ons and unbundling like a low cost hostel. An unfortunate disappointment to an otherwise great place, we are unlikely to go back.