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
This stunning place is the place to be for people who appreciate luxury, quietness, views, good food, cocktails and the whole package.
Facilities are impeccable, private access only, your being looked after from a to z by staff who are so friendly etc etc. Great gym area, bathrooms are fantastic (I was particularly blown away by the centrifuge to dry wet clothes in an instant).
The pools are stunningly beautiful, life guards, beds, towels, service etc etc. Same for their beach. It all comes at a prize of course. For me, being a guest, it was a little over the top, my top to be precise.
For our 10th Anniversay, the Ocean Club provided the absolute best atmosphere for us to reconnect and relax away from the tourism of Atlantis and cruise ships. Wished I had time to play the beautiful golf course on property. Spa and dining was top notch. We had our own butler for the stay, Wow!
Amazing staff! Larry, Oprah, Marvin, Monique were all very accommodating and made sure we were happy and had all the things we needed. The bar service is amazing and speedy costumer service is amazing. The beach is extremely clean. Food is five star!
Having never stayed at the Ocean Club, we were anxious to see how the Four Seasons culture would fit for this location. From our point of view, seems to be just fine..with a few comments.
*Staff: With few exceptions, the staff was great. From those attending to our rooms, offering champagne and strawberries at night, the lifeguards (great for conversation), we found most folks would return a quick hello with a smile. They were quick to find out our evening plans, making reservations for a taxi if needed. Overall, very attentive.
*Grounds: Beautiful. The grounds are fantastic, well maintained and make it pleasant as you move through your day. We enjoyed going through the Versailles Garden early in the morning as we went to the main road to run/walk. Hammocks in various locations made for a good place to take calls without disturbing those that are able to shun ALL work.
*Facilities: The workout center had everything you need to keep stay in your routine. Located next to the adult pool, it includes locker rooms and showers. We used these as a changing station (early arrival) until our room was prepared later in the day. A spa was close by. Getting to all these locations was enhanced by the beauty of the grounds (did I mention how nice they are?). The bar/sitting area in the main building seems to serve as a hub. Coffee and juice in the morning. Cocktails in the evening. A place to do some work if needed at mid-day.
*Room: Our room was in the recently rehabbed Hartford wing. Great ocean view from our balcony. Easy location to anything on the campus. Decorated very nicely. The bed was comfortable but did not especially like the pillows. Personal preference there. Shower and bath area clean and contemporary.
-One of the lights shades in the room had significant water stains. This in addition to the fact that the metal guide that attacked it to the ceiling was loose. Came across as cheap.
-The thermostat that controlled out AC unit had a mind of its own. We tolerated waking up to sub-60 degree temps as well as warm and sweaty in the afternoons. The setting seemed to make no difference. The final insult arrived as we were prepping to leave. it appears the unit froze, then melted all over my wife's clothes in the closet.
-The mini-bar fridge was not attached properly in the cabinet. Opening the unit involved catching the fridge before it fell out. Ultimately, this made it easier to skip those snacks.
-TV interface: Granted, we are not there to watch television. But it would be nice to have access to a smart TV that enables you to pull up Netflix, etc. Perhaps provide a USB cord that pulls these from a laptop. The satellite service moves at a snail's pace, but we found it consistent with other FS locations.
-The door tag that indicates "please clean VS privacy". This is a nice wood carving that tends to bounce around AFTER you close the door. Kind of like a throw of the dice as to where it lands. It hangs by a leather strap. Next time, we will lay the sign on the ground in front of the door with our choice up. That should solve it.
-The beachside pool was warmer than most hot tubs at mid-day. Not sure if that is normal for this location, but the adult pool was much more refreshing.
None of the above comments did anything to ruin our stay. But I think they do represent things that you do NOT generally expect with this group. We will return again to see if they tighten up the offering.
We have been visiting The Ocean Club for over 15 years. It feels the same each time we step on to the property: peaceful, pampered, and posh. We loved this time as a couple, yet have brought our children here with us over the years and it is a great place for families as well.