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
This hotel is really well designed with lovely rooms, great restaurants, a good gym and spa and fantastic staff. Provided you are not looking for a beach, it’s a really stylish, luxurious site. Strongly recommend it
Still lovely in many ways, but breakfast now is semi self service with the fruit salad served in a plastic cup. Help yourself to coffee etc. More airline than luxury hotel. Prices still the same about $90 for 4.
As a regular it’s disappointing but I guess the tourists will keep coming.
Have just ended a wonderful 5 day visit to the Island House - the perfect and secluded hideaway when visiting family and friends in the area.
Room: Beautifully appointed and spacious. Marina view with a King Size bed is worth the price. Bed is comfortable, lighting is serene and the desk and plug locations are perfect (this coming from a business traveller who hates when things don’t make sense in terms of design).
Bathroom: Wow! Spa like. Amazing walk in shower and standing tub. Bamford spa products make you feel like you’re away pampering yourself. Great his and hers sinks.
Pool: Instagram worthy! Photos say it all.
Food: Well prices and delicious. I’d recommend the ravioli at Mahogany and the morning lattes at the Coffee Bar after a workout.
Excited already about my next visit!
Only issue that could be improved: room service takes a while, but the friendly staff make up for it.
This hotel is perfect for someone who wants to feel like they are hanging out at home with other friendly guests and visitors. A whole different kind of vibe.
The property looked stunning online and the reviews were pretty great. We arrived - no one greeted us. We had to ask for help with our bags. The staff were charmless, verging on rude. The only exceptions were Garvin and Rodney in the cafe who were brilliant. The rooms are super comfy and spacious and the pool is great but the staff were SO unfriendly and we didn't feel properly welcome at all.
Fabulous luxury hotel. Excellent gym facilities and swimming pool. Helpful staff and nice bars and places to eat. Location is on north west corner on New Providence Island so a little isolated. However if you like resort type stays there is probably no need to leave the hotel grounds.