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7 Reasons Why THIS is Our Favorite Hotel in the Bahamas Right Now

With its turquoise waters and five miles of private white-sand beach, Nassau’s Paradise Island plays out like a screensaver brought to life. That the island is just a quick hop from the east coast makes it all the more inviting. Check into The Cove at Atlantis, the resort's most luxurious all-suite hotel, and you'll immediately swap out your winter blues for Bahamian ones at Nassau’s most sophisticated, fun-loving address. Here are just a few reasons why it's our favorite hotel in the Bahamas right now.

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The Cove Sapphire Suite Livingroom
The Cove Sapphire Suite Bathroom
The Cove Sapphire Suite

1. The exquisite Sapphire Suites

The whole point of being in the Caribbean is to bask in its beauty, and a stay at The Cove’s recently renovated Sapphire Suites brings those sparkling ocean views front and center thanks to floor-to-ceiling windows that bathe the space with light. There’s something yacht-like about the suites, from their spacious balconies overlooking the water and Cove and Paradise beaches to the streamlined furniture, sleek marble floors in the bathrooms, and subtle color scheme designed to mirror the palette of the ocean.

Main Dining Room - Fish by Jose Andres

2. Two words: José Andrés 

It’s impossible not to be a fan of celebrity chef José Andrés, who’s done so much good in the Caribbean (including providing nearly 100,000 meals to Bahamians affected by Hurricane Dorian). His restaurant at The Cove, Fish by José Andrés, tops Nassau’s list of most sought-after tables. Some diners arrive by yacht to the Atlantis marina, but guests of The Cove simply take an elevator ride to the island’s most elevated seafood experience.

The Cove Private Cabanas

3. New beachfront cabanas with a sense of place

Is there anything better than emerging from the ocean and walking straight into your own art-filled hideaway, complete with butler service? That’s exactly what you’ll get when you splurge on one of The Cove’s 20 new oceanfront cabanas imagined by Lulu DK. Drawing inspiration from the island, the jewelry and textile designer mixed rich woods with invigorating ocean tones and original artwork like bespoke Nusa Indah surfboards for each unique private haven just steps from the surf.

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Sip Sip Beachfront Dining

4. Oceanfront dining that raises the bar

Bahamian chef Julie Lightbourne is the brilliant culinary mind at the helm of Sip Sip, the beloved Harbour Island restaurant that now has a home at The Cove at Atlantis, where Caribbean meets fusion flavors in dishes like spicy conch chili and lobster quesadillas. On Saturdays, when Boil Fish is on the menu, there’s no more coveted place to dig into it and a rum punch than at one of Sip Sip’s tables overlooking Cove Beach.

The Cove Pool Aerial

5. The adults-only poolscape 

Daybeds striped in maritime colors beckon at the The Cove’s adult-only pool, a multi-level oasis open solely to Cove guests 18 and older. Settle in poolside, then order up something frosty to sip between dips. Weekends in particular take on a party vibe, but there’s always a relaxing corner to be found in the shade of palm tree when it’s time for a siesta.

6. Full access to the world of Atlantis

You’ll have your own piece of paradise at The Cove, but it’s one that comes with a huge benefit: being able to duck in and out of neighboring Atlantis. Consider perusing the largest open-air marine habitat in the world to spot manta rays, sawfish, and Caribbean reef sharks. For something even more low-key, pay a visit to the family-friendly pool at the Reef called Cascades (open to Cove and Reef guests only), which comes with fabulous ocean views and sits mere steps away from the powdery sand of Paradise Beach. Of course, lots of fun for kids—and kids at heart—awaits at Atlantis’ Aquaventure, a 141-acre aquatic playground featuring exhilarating slides, a mile-long river with rapids and waves, and much more.

The Cove Atlantis Walkway - Day

7. Art everywhere

Art is absolutely everywhere at Atlantis. Throughout the resort, you’ll find hundreds of pieces to be admired (and Instagrammed), from large-format paintings to outdoor sculptures by local and international artists. The Cove has a particularly moving permanent installation by Bahamian artist Antonius Roberts called Sacred Space. Sitting at the tip of Cove Peninsula, it depicts seven dancing women sculpted from local Madeira trees still rooted to the ground—a symbol of hope and cultural heritage.

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