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
We ate at Mahogany House which had exceptional service and such a wonderful atmosphere. We were greeted with a complimentary glass of Prosecco, which was so good that we went and bought a bottle! Our server was absolutely amazing and most helpful, very knowledgeable when it came to the menu. The food was delicious and was surprisingly a much bigger serving than we expected. However, we went over to the theater to catch a movie after dinner, which went okay up until we were forced to leave by Mr Duncan Bowe because we were on our phones. Not at all were we making a ruckus, making loud noises, or even talking on our phone, but we were so called “disturbing the guests”. Sounds a lot like discrimination to me. If there was such a big issue then there should have been a “no cellphone” policy, which there wasn’t. Never have I ever been in a movie theater and gotten kicked out for being on my own cellular device, without even talking on it! And also being escorted out of the theater by security all the way to our car like we were criminals. We felt that it was truly based on discrimination, and this is really disappointing for it being our first time visiting The Island House. I’ve always wanted to visit the theater but this was a terrible first experience. Because of this we do not feel comfortable ever visiting this theater again!
Booked a last minute trip to the Bahamas to escape the cold New England winter. Island house is a beautiful property with exceptional service. I suggest having dinner at Shima. Have the tuna and kingfish roll followed by the Hong Kong noodles. Ask for Henry the best in the business.
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).