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From the moment you step into the lobby of the Ocean Club, you feel like you’ve been transported to a secluded tropical oasis – there are palm trees swaying in the breeze, waves crashing in the away and the smell of freshly cut grass wafts through the air.
But despite what your surroundings might indicate, you are not actually “remote” at all – the flight from New York to Nassau, where the property first opened in the 60s, is only two and a half hours long, meaning you can leave in the morning and have your toes in the sand in the afternoon. (Direct flights from Miami, Atlanta, Charlotte, Dallas, Tampa and West Palm Beach are equally convenient.)
Of course, the resort’s accessibility is just one of the many reasons why well-heeled travelers have been faithfully visiting it for years. Located on a picturesque stretch of the waterfront, the hotel has everything you could ask for: chic villas and suites, a restaurant run by a celebrity chef (La Dune de Jean-Georges serves mouth-watering French Asian cuisine), postcard-perfect sunsets and…best of all – butlers who deliver strawberries and champagne to the rooms each evening.
It’s the kind of place that makes you want to spend an entire long weekend without ever leaving the property, and truth be told, you don’t have to. Spend a day at the beach, another by the pool and the third picnicking in the Jardin de Versailles, surrounded by 15 hectares of lush greenery. You’d also be remiss if you didn’t book a Balinese massage at the spa and spend time perusing the incredible art in the lobby. The rooms were created especially for the hotel by renowned artist Jane Waterous.
And while every room in the property has something unique to offer, there’s one in particular that stands out as the best. Below, the hotel’s general manager, John Conway, tells us a bit about the luxury hotel and his favorite room.
Describe the hotel in one sentence.
The Ocean Club is a mythical resort which combineswith that feeling of bare feet on the beach; it’s like welcoming someone into a beautiful Bahamian home that happens to be 36 acres of green lawns and gardens on one of the most beautiful beaches in the world.
Which room is the best?
Our villas are the perfect way to discover the Ocean Club. This is the summer house dreams are made of.
Secluded on our beach and with endless ocean views, our villas offer everything you could want in a home away from home. The private infinity pool, outdoor lounge areas, and direct beach access mean you can soak up the Bahamian sunshine just steps away. The design is that of an island home with three or four bedrooms, a full kitchen with dining room and living room. Able to accommodate 8 to 10 people, your slightest desires are answered 24 hours a day by dedicated butlers.
What is the average rate per night?
The average rate per night for three- and four-bedroom villas ranges from $10,400 to $19,500.
Who is your typical guest?
Although we welcome everyone from couples to families, our typical guest is looking for an escape from the daily hustle and bustle; a place where they can truly disconnect from work and obligations and reconnect with friends and loved ones in a tropical environment.
Are you able to mention any celebrities the hotel has hosted?
Although we frequently receive visits from celebrities, respecting their privacy is very important to us and one of the reasons why they keep coming back.
What is the local recommendation you always give to new visitors?
You must try the boiled fish. It’s a traditional Bahamian dish and it’s available right here at DUNE. Once you’re here it’s hard to believe there is another place this beautiful, but for a local excursion I would recommend a day trip to the Exumas or a boat experience with diving and snorkeling and lunch on a nearby private island.
Can you share an interesting information about the history of the hotel?
The Ocean Club opened in 1962 and has always been a playground for celebrities and travelers. One of the most memorable moments in our history that many can relate to is featured in the 2006 remake of the James Bond film Casino Royale. Bond swims on the beach, plays poker in the bar to win his Aston Martin and spends a romantic night in one of the villas I mentioned earlier. You can still find bartender Keith Cash who made the Vesper Martinis for the movie shaking and stirring behind the bar. The living room is truly legendary.
You will also want to admire the beauty of our Versailles gardens which include European statuary and a 12th century Augustinian cloister shipped piece by piece from France.
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