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Destination Wedding & Honeymoon Inspiration: Paradise Island, Bahamas

  |  By Alison McGill

Last week, I experienced a delicious taste of the tropics with a four-day jaunt to Bahamas, specifically Paradise Island where I stayed at two very different, but equally amazing properties: One&Only Ocean Club and Atlantis. The former is quiet and boutique; the latter, a sprawling 500-acre Caribbean wonderland. Because there I have so much to share about each property, I’m going to need two posts to do it. Today, it’s all about Ocean Club.

With just 105 plush rooms, Ocean Club is extremely intimate and all about luxury. Anything your heart desires is yours at Ocean Club and your personal butler will make sure you are completely taken care of (mine was Allison and she often found me around about the property to check in make sure all was well). The grounds of Ocean Club are stunning, with all rooms boasting an ocean view and the beach here is spectacular and private…all yours, just for Ocean Club guests only. One of the most spectacular sights on property is the amazing Versailles Gardens built in 1962.

Versailles Gardens—incredible!

The Gardens are one of the most popular spots for weddings at One&Only and from this photo you can see why. The surroundings are magnificent.

Other standouts at Ocean Club include Dune by Jean Georges, the amazing resto where you can dine morning noon and night with a dreamy ocean view.

Jean Georges at Ocean Club.

The Mandara Spa, which boasts, packed treatment menu including ocean-side outdoor massages! Other body treatments are done in spa villas and I must say my 90+ minute lime and ginger body scrub/facial/massage was one of the best services I’ve ever had. There’s beach yoga in the mornings, two pools and a shuttle over to sister property Atlantis in case you want a little more energy in your day. Ocean Club truly is paradise found. I would go back in a heartbeat and apparently many of their guests do. Year after year. Especially those who’ve wed or honeymooned there.

Coming Monday: the world of Atlantis.

This article was originally published on Jul 07, 2011

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