By the Caribbean Journal team
Four Seasons is expanding its Caribbean portfolio with one of the region’s largest luxury resorts.
The former One & Only Ocean Club on Paradise Island in the Bahamas will become The Ocean Club, A Four Seasons Resort, Bahamas following the company’s appointment by Access Industries.
The hotel will officially change its name on November 30.
“Four Seasons shares our vision of a truly personalized luxury experience, with a particular sensitivity to the unique aspects of historic properties,” says Jonah Sonnenborn, Head of Real Estate, Access Industries, which also owns the Grand-Hôtel du Cap- Ferrat, A Four Seasons Hotel and other premier hotel properties. “The Ocean Club, like other iconic Access hotels, offers guests an unparalleled location and limitless possibilities for their resort experience.”
Access acquired Ocean Club in 2014.
“Four Seasons was the natural choice to help elevate the Ocean Club to even greater fame,” Sonnenborn said.
Current director Kernzer International issued a statement opposing this decision.
“We can confirm that Kerzner International has received a communication from Access Industries alleging termination of our resort management agreement for One&Only Ocean Club,” Kerzner International said. “We oppose the grounds for termination and intend to vigorously oppose it through the standard process and protocols.
The property, which opened in 1962, recently underwent a multimillion-dollar improvement project that included room renovations and a new beachfront pool. It has long been the leader undisputed of Paradise Island hotels.
“The Ocean Club has long been one of the largest resorts in the world and will be an extraordinary addition to our global portfolio as we expand our presence in the Caribbean,” said J. Allen Smith, President and Chief management of Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts. “We are proud to partner with Access to provide luxury travelers with a Four Seasons experience in the Bahamas. The genuine warmth of the Bahamian people pairs perfectly with the personalized service that only Four Seasons can provide, creating a truly authentic Caribbean experience unlike anywhere else on Paradise Island.