When we think of the Bahamas Islands, several things come to mind. Conch Fritters, Grilled lobster, great music, white sand and crystal blue water.
But what is there for the discerning traveller who appreciates upscale accommodations, expects peace & quiet or needs a little more privacy than the normal accommodations provide? Fortunately, one of the best resort lines in the world graces the shores of Paradise Island.
Named as one of the Leading Resorts and featured in countless luxury magazines is the One & Only Ocean Club and it sits on a fantastic stretch of beach on Paradise Island that boasts some of the finest, talcum soft white sand on the planet. The property is the former estate of A & P Grocery Store heir, Huntington Hartford who at one time was considered one of the richest men in the world.
Another nice feature is that the beach here seems to go on forever and looking down the beach from One & Only, at times you will be the only soul in sight.
The grounds are kept in immaculate condition around the property. From Hibiscus to Orchids, the landscaping team needs to be commended for their work on the property.
If you come down with nothing more than the clothes on your back, the on property Boutique Shop offers most everything you will need during your stay.
Pools at One&Only Ocean Club
There are two pools at the One&Only. The Family Pool is for young children and the Versailles Pool for adults aged 14 years and older. A nice feature about the pools and the beach, is their concierge service that provides complimentary water, magazines, chilled water misters and sunglass cleaning services as well as sorbet poolside and fruit on the beach.
There are 6 Har-Tru Tennis courts on property that offer day or night play and also have an on-site tennis pro for your use.
The complimentary “Kids Only” club is stocked with all the items that kids of all age groups will enjoy. From X-Box, Wii and Playstation gaming to the latest Apple Computers. The Kids Only club also has a great room for the 0-4 year olds as well. There is also a very nice craft room where the kids can try their hand at making their own Junkanoo mask.
All the premium alcohol you would expect is represented here. From Hennessey to Dewars and Disaronno and everything in between….the bar is ready to serve your favorite. If we could add, the bartenders here are some of the best on the island!
Weddings are very popular at One&Only Ocean Club Bahamas. The large wooden patio to the right side of the property as you face the ocean provides a fantastic backdrop for amazing wedding pictures and also serves as a great place for the reception.
In the case of inclement weather, The One&Only Ocean Club has a large, indoor setting that will accommodate a large group as well.
Events are also held by the Versailles Gardens as well. The exquisite gardens inspired by the romantic grandeur of Versailles are an ideal location for weddings or tented dinner receptions.
Maximum Capacities: Ceremony -120 guests / Dinner -120 guests (tent rental required)
The One&Only Ocean Club has 2 distinct wings, several cottages and the much sought after 3 and 4 bedroom Villas. Several different room accommodations are possible for singles, couples, or families of any size.
Private 3 and 4 Bedroom Villas
Because of our strong relationship with the staff at The One&Only Ocean Club, we were given exclusive access to the Hibiscus Villa #1.086. This 4 bedroom private villa has been the island home to countless celebrities, heads of state and their families, along with others who desire discrete privacy and can afford to be treated very well.
Walking into the villas, its clear that you have entered your own private world. The lush, but well manicured zen gardens provide a wonderful greeting and immediately help you realize this…is paradise found!
Walking through the front doors of the 4800 square foot villa, you are immediately greeted with wall to wall ocean facing sliding doors. Each of these villas are ocean front and come with their own infinity pool overlooking some of the clearest water in the caribbean.
Just picture yourself staring out into the wild blue yonder, not a care in the world, your favorite drink in hand and nothing but time to let your mind be still and at ease for a while. Many guests also appreciate that because of the villas elevated position and use of existing landscaping, that the pool area offers a added level of privacy from people who may be walking on the beach.
In the main living area, you have a large flat screen tv, 2 large couches, and 2 chairs. On the other side is a large dining table with seating for 8 comfortably with a fully stocked bar just steps away. A large vaulted ceiling also frames the room.
The bathrooms are well appointed with large, well lit mirrors, oversized walk in showers with rainhead fixtures, makeup mirrors and also provide plenty of space to move around. Another unique feature of the bathrooms on both sides of the villas, are their private patio areas. These private patio areas provide a secluded area within the villa to escape and read a book, sunbathe, or just relax.
This villa comes with your own Butler staff, private chef, and dedicated maid service.
Complimentary Amenities include:
• Fruit and Cheese Platter • Bottle of Dom Pérignon or Veuve Clicquot • Cold towels
• Kids – Lemonade / Greeted by KidsOnly Club and handed a Welcome Pack
• One&Only Ocean Club Bag • Flower arrangement
• Daily Continental Breakfast served In-Villa • Personal Villa Host and dedicated housekeeper, 24-hours a day • Canapés nightly • Crystal Geyser® Alpine Spring Water • Snacks – Chips and nuts
• Personal Golf Cart • Chocolate and bottle of water on turndown • Milk and Cookies – Kids
• Laptops • Fax, copy machine and scanner • Daily newspaper • Fresh fruit presentation- daily
• Kashwére robes and slippers • Pressing and shoe shine service
• Gift bags – candle soap, soap sponge, bath salts • Kids – stuffed animal
Its easy to see why the guests at Hibiscus Villas tend to never leave their Villa and even though the Hibiscus Villa is in the highest category price range, they sell out almost as soon as they become available so the strategy here, is to let the staff here at Island Breeze Travel know you are interested well in advance so they can keep in touch with the resort and reserve the villa as soon as it is offered.
Probably one of the most unique features of The One&Only Ocean Club, is their Spa Treatment Villas. These are not your standard treatment rooms, these are actual stand alone villas where Zen Gardens dream about living! I have been in quite a few spas during our travels but the Spa Villas at One&Only literally took my breath away. Speaking with the spa manager, several guests have a hard time leaving the spa because it is so peaceful. Your spa experience starts from the moment you walk through the front door as you are greeted by Sharie, one of the resorts long time employees and reasons why guests come back year after year. For some guests, it feels like their second home.
Sharie has personally witnessed countless guests arrive wound up so tight from all the stress they carry from their daily routines visit her at the spa and within one or two treatments, all that stress just melts away with the warm Bahamian sunshine.
As with many of the world class resorts, One&Only Ocean Club does not disappoint.
From the oceanfront Dune Restaurant, legendary Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s creative menu of French-Asian dishes—with a dash of Bahamian flavors to our favorite, the Courtyard Terrace.
It features a fountain, reflecting pool and overhanging palms which create an elegant garden setting that complements the Mediterranean-influenced, contemporary cuisine served on select evenings.
A big thanks to our friend Myra Brown with One&Only for taking such great care of us during our visit.
For more information and to book your trip to the One&Only Ocean Club on Paradise Island, Bahamas please contact Island Breeze Travel, your One&Only Ocean Club Specialists at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 517-917-0510.