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New One&Only Ocean Club Resort Packs in Amenities

PARADISE ISLAND, BAHAMAS – When Hurricane Matthew ripped through the Bahamas last October, it ripped through rooftops and landscapes, left debris and severely damaged Dune, One&Only Ocean Club’s Jean-Georges Vongerichten restaurant, forcing the resort exclusive beachfront to close.

After undergoing repairs and renovations, the property is once again welcoming guests. Here is what struck me during my stay shortly after its reopening at the end of February:

Link connection: James Bond fans may remember 007’s parking lot scene at a luxury hotel in the 2006 remake of Casino Royale, his poker game against Alex Dimitrios, where he wins the henchman’s Aston Martin, or his villa by the ocean with the woman in the red dress. It was the Ocean Club. Renovations have transformed the library into a Martini Bar (with a menu specializing in olives), where you can enjoy a cocktail — shaken or stirred — prepared by head bartender Keith Cash.

Finesse without the fuss: Expect an infusion of Bahamian ingredients in everything from seared fish tacos and conch ceviche to coconut sorbet with gelled coconut water in a freshly cut coconut on the menu of the Mexican-influenced pool. Find tasty Franco-Asian seafood at Dune by Michelin-starred chef Vongerichten. Savor the Dune Cocktail (a martini inspired by the Bahamian Sky Juice) in its bar or its panoramic terrace, before enjoying a private dinner on the beach under a blanket of stars.

Inimitable landscapes: Take a stroll on the private beach to enjoy the warm breezes, cool aqua waters and finely manicured sand between your toes. Explore the property’s gardens, 14 lush acres that include a Versailles-inspired tiered garden with European statuary and a 12th-century Augustinian cloister. The latter, shipped piece by piece from France and reassembled in the garden of Versailles, also plays in the last scenes of the 1965 Beatles film. To help!

Adults versus children: Adults can head to the lavish daybeds of the adults-only Versailles Pool for sweeping views of the sculpted gardens and Versailles Terrace’s collection of fine rums. Ages 4 to 12 can access the impressive (and free) KidsOnly Club. Along with a dedicated family pool with its own waterfall and poolside games, there are off-property excursions, such as golf lessons or a tour of the nearby marine habitat of Atlantis.

Fitness and well-being retreat: For fitness fanatics, the outdoor pools, fitness center, outdoor weight room, loaner bikes, jogging track, and oceanfront morning yoga class may excite, but free access to six Har-Tru tennis courts (including one-on-one lessons) and the Ocean Club’s PGA Golf Professional Championship Golf Course driving range, featuring 18 holes and a par-72 championship course, is another higher level. Rejuvenate mind and body in private Balinese-inspired treatment villas at the One & Only Spa, which features an open-air garden, hydrotherapy tub, and waterfall shower.

Rooms and unparalleled service: The Ocean Club creates lasting impressions, from the free airport transfer and contemporary comforts of redesigned rooms in the Hartford Wing, to the care of an in-suite butler, such as Nelson Mackey, who is happy to help with everything from laundry service to a grocery store. run for sea grapes from the Bahamas (unfortunately not in season). Then there’s the sunset champagne and strawberry delivery, a habit-forming ritual enjoyed every evening while bathing in the sparkling Atlantic seascape seen from the terrace of the room facing the ocean.

Renée S. Suen was a guest of the One&Only Ocean Club, who did not review or approve this story.


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