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
Truly one of the top retreats we've experienced, with that perfect combination of professionalism, elegance and warmth. Feels like a true getaway even though it's a very short plane ride from south Florida. We've been staying at the Ocean Club since 1993, including during 3 hurricanes, and the staff has always been supportive & accommodating, never snobby. We were concerned about what would happen to staff and service with the transition to Four Seasons management, but I'm happy to say that it's the same, if not even better, with many of the same staff staying on as we had hoped. There's an adult vibe, NOT a party vibe, and on the few occasions when there have been children there, they are well behaved and don't ruin the peace and and quiet of the resort. Even though the Crescent Wing is more modern, we like the 2nd floor Hartford Wing rooms. The suites are especially roomy and comfortable and Hartford rooms recently were renovated. It's very quiet in this older part of the resort and the spa is right in the building. We were able to request a pair of dumbbells and a yoga mat for our room during our stay, and there's a special pillow menu upon request (warning: the orthopedic pillow is very hard). Minibar is expensive, with $10 for a small bottle of tonic or mineral water, but plenty of bottled drinking water is provided. We usually go over to the little grocery store about a mile down the road to stock up on La Croix and tonic, and there's an adjacent liquor store with a decent selection of mini bottles and wine. The only area I noted that could use some improvement was the quality of room service food, but the main restaurant, Dune, is top notch and quite accommodating when it comes to special requests. Also the car that shuttles you over to Atlantis was always available, and we enjoyed excellent Italian food at Olives over in the Royal Tower. A NY Times printed news summary is available every morning in the lobby, along with coffee and tea at the bar, with lemonade and fruit in the afternoons. Our butler was always available for anything we needed. The gym near the Versailles pool is nice and the women's bathroom there has steam, sauna, showers, and a spinner for drying out your swimsuit. Little touches like that keep this resort on the top of our list, along with The Cove in Eleuthera, Bucuti in Aruba, and Swept Away in Negril. When you arrive here they say "Welcome home," and they truly do everything to make you feel that way.
We visited the Ocean Club as a quick trip immediately following our wedding, and had an amazing time. Here’s what makes this hotel great - the service. Yes, you will enjoy a comfortable and clean room, and yes the views all over the property are amazing - but the team who works at Ocean Club are all great. Whether we were at the beach, at any of the restaurants, at the front desk, the spa, or even just walking from one place to another, someone was always smiling and able to help. Thank you for the amazing stay!!
First time in the Bahamas and LOVED the Ocean Club. Beautiful property, warm & attentive service. Especially enjoyed the beach, the spa and the bar and restaurant. It was so serene and relaxing. We hardly wanted to leave the resort.