The Ocean Club, a Four Seasons Resort
What We Love
- Attentive, friendly service, including 24-hour butlers
- Beautiful adults-only pool with a view of the Versailles Gardens
- Fresh, seafood-heavy menu at Dune by Jean-Georges Vongerichten
What To Know
- Free WiFi
- Pets are not permitted
- Valet and self-parking are free
- Free WiFi
- Golf Course
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
If you’ve seen the James Bond flick Casino Royale, you’ve caught a glimpse of this breezy Bahamian resort on Paradise Island’s northern shore. From the whitewashed front porch and views of the Caribbean Sea, to the fresh lemonade welcome drinks and check-in performed in the cozy library, this colonial-style resort makes an excellent first impression, and continues to impress with features like an adults-only pool and attentive service in the form of a private butler. Rooms and Suites have a colonial, island-preppy look, with dark wood floors, white linens and jaunty striped rugs and cushions. Flat-screen TVs, iPod docks and WiFi help keep you connected no matter which room you pick, though spacious suites are worth the splurge for the private terraces overlooking the gardens, beach and Caribbean Sea. Afternoons see chilled champagne and chocolate-dipped strawberries delivered to all guests. While Four Seasons offers a kids program and a family pool, the resort is also suited to romantic getaways or grown-up gangs of vacationers who will enjoy the championship golf course and the award-winning spa. Each of the Balinese-style treatment suites has its own waterfall shower, daybed, and hot tub in a private garden. Just above Cabbage Beach is a large wooden deck—ideal for yoga. On the food front, Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s Dune restaurant serves elegant French-Asian dishes like roasted Nassau grouper in a Christian Liaigre-designed dining room, while the historic Courtyard Terrace offers a romantic, candlelit setting for Mediterranean-influenced dinner fare. For more casual dining, snag a seat at the Clubhouse overlooking the 9th and 18th holes of the golf course or hit the poolside café.
In the Area
Four Seasons provides complimentary transportation to sister property Atlantis, a mega-resort with a casino that offers blackjack, roulette, Caribbean stud poker, baccarat, craps and hundreds of slot machines 24 hours a day. There’s also an extensive list of dining options here, including famous chains such as Nobu, Mesa Grill, Carmine’s, Virgil’s BBQ and Ben & Jerry’s. Families can brush up on marine science with the Atlantis Aquarist for the Day program—hand-feed stingrays and go behind the scenes of the resort’s huge marine habitats. Golf fans will want to take a turn on the championship golf course, where players get jaw-dropping Paradise Island views from every hole.
How to Get There
Four nights with a glorious view of the ocean, perfect accommodation room 2044, gracious staff and service. This is our seventh or eight time, but first under the Four Seasons ownership.
We had excellent weather despite the forecast and hurricane Michael. We went to relax and that is what we did.
Though there was a downside. After four nights we were tired of the same menu options. Dune, the main restaurant as I mentioned in a previous review, is very expensive but that is expected on islands but the food is not on a par with the cost. Main courses range about $45.00. Dune was out of several items and twice we had the incorrect order. For me the food was over salted (but not for my husband).
The other negative was a group of 16/20 guests celebrating someones birthday, they were very loud, so much so we found it hard to hear each other speak in the restaurant or pub. They took over one of the pools one day so we removed ourselves. Another guest was throwing a tennis ball from one side of the pool to another asking guests to catch, before he went onto throwing a stone to dive after. Maybe we are used to it being quieter and people more self controlled, I am sure they were all having such a good time but perhaps a thought to other guests would be nice, especially in the pub where we went for a pre dinner drink, people were smoking.
Stunning hotel on the shore of one of most beautiful seascapes ever. Our motto is to get the least expensive room in the nicest hotel where we go -- and the least expensive room was still extremely luxurious and wonderfully comfortable.
The grounds are impeccably kept; spotless. The buildings are all generously air conditioned, a MUST in the Bahamas. The people who work there, from the gentleman who makes coffee in the morning and delicious Bahamian lemonade in the afternoon, to the people you pass on the sidewalks, to the housekeeping staff, to the folks who work in the Dune restaurant or the poolside cabana, to the front desk and front door -- they're all extremely nice, willing to help and extremely friendly.
A few tips for anyone who chooses to stay here:
1. There is a free private car that will take you from the hotel to Atlantis and pick you up again. Bring lots of singles with you to tip.
2. The Dune restaurant on site is excellent. There are also very good restaurants inside Atlantis, but if you're a hotel homebody, the Dune is a great choice.
3. Back to tipping -- most restaurants add the tip in automatically, so be sure to check your bill before you over-tip. This includes, at the Ocean Club, the housekeeping service for your room -- a daily tip is added into your final bill, so up to you whether you choose to leave an additional tip for the staff.
Finally, no one's perfect -- if you end up missing toiletries, or you don't have a towel at the beach, just ask. They are more than happy to help or to make right anything with which you aren't satisfied.
With so many places to visit, we try not to go to the same place more than once. This property, however, is a place I'd definitely like to return to.
I had stopped in to the small bar and asked Keith for a recommendation food wise at Dune. He recommended the grouper since it is caught locally.
I was very pleased with the dinner, the service was excellent and the staff was very welcoming and polite. I recommend highly and if/when I return to Paradise island I hope to stay as a guest at the Oceans club resort.
One and Only was just as I had seen, envisioned and hoped for! What a fun afternoon to catch the view with a cocktail!
I am pleased I took the time to stop in. Impressive entry, wonderful service, impeccably kept landscape!!
I will see you again~
The experience of the resort was nothing more than average. No personalized service or care. It’s the little things that make a hotel, and this one just doesn’t have it. From a blocked toilet, a booking not found on the system, wait for a room, concierge not replying to emails or only once reminded, average food, asked for taxis and then wait and wait with no-one helping.
Although the staff are mostly friendly, greater care had to go into training to get this on a four seasons level.