By: DESIRÉE BLANCO
Surrounded by azure waters and white-sand beaches, this sensorial retreat is made for anyone looking to indulge in Bahamian splendor.
“Smell the sea and feel the sky, let your soul and spirit fly.” While Van Morrison’s vision of sailing “Into the Mystic” is poetically beautiful, he never could have imagined how truly captivating the sea can be when viewed from a luxurious island retreat.
Since 1998, when the mythical city of Atlantis came to life on the Bahamas’ Paradise Island, the expansive resort property — which boasts the largest casino in the region and the world’s largest open-air marine habitat — has paved the way for luxury, hospitality, and entertainment in the Caribbean.
That exclusive experience is elevated to a whole new level at The Cove, Atlantis Paradise Island’s luxury hotel. Nestled along a protected cove, The Cove offers 600 elegant suites with balconies, floor-to-ceiling ocean views, impeccable butler service, and a host of designer amenities. Whilst you can revel in the VIP treatment and indulge in sumptuous surroundings, it’s the property’s natural beauty that will truly take your breath away.
At the adults-only pool area, splurge on a beachside cabana for toes-in-the-sand splendor on the most shockingly beautiful strip of powder-white beach rising between two distinct bodies of crystal- blue water. Meanwhile, the deep cerulean blue of the resort’s four pools and accompanying mahogany daybeds and loungers are the perfect complement to Mother Nature’s bounty, not to mention the refreshing cocktails and beachside culinary experience at Sip Sip.
The crown jewels within the hotel are its Ocean, Azure, and Sapphire Suites. Guests staying in these suites enjoy exclusive access to the newly reimagined Lapis at The Cove, the concierge-level club complete with a dedicated concierge, gourmet breakfast, pre-dinner cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, and so much more. For more on-site dining options, you can’t beat the evocative cuisine of Michelin-starred celebrity chefs José Andrés, Nobu Matsuhisha, and Michael White, whose Pranza at The Cove opens later this year.
Great news is this mystic paradise is located less than 200 miles from Miami. We think Van Morrison would approve.
Enhancing the luxury experience and white-glove services offered by The Cove, the resort’s new Sapphire Services program provides bespoke concierge services and adventures, such as private dinners, collaborations with high-end brands, and private jet and yacht charters. Opt for the one-of- a-kind Kamalame Cay experience and you’ll be whisked away on a James Bond-esque adventure to a secluded island. The unequaled clarity and beauty of the Caribbean Sea is on full display as you island hop on a COCO Bahama Seaplane, complete with an exhilarating water landing, and deplane directly onto the sands of Kamalame Cay, named the “No. 1 Private Island Resort in The Bahamas” by both Condé Nast Traveller and Travel + Leisure. The family-owned island treats guests to world-class diving, boating, and fishing, plus the only overwater spa in the Bahamas. Afterwards, join the family and other resort guests for an unforgettable event: a grand luncheon featuring a long communal table under a shady palapa set directly on the beach. It’s a postcard-perfect experience reserved only for movie sets and daydreams, made reality thanks to Kamalame Cay. The menu celebrates the very best of what the ocean has to offer and the prime seasonal offerings from the on-island farm, all paired with specialty cocktails and a selection of spectacular international wines from Youngs Fine Wines in Nassau.
Atlantis Paradise Island is going bigger and bolder with an array of massive upgrades and striking enhancements that include the redevelopment of The Beach Tower and all Royal Tower guestrooms and suites. If you want to extend your Bahamian visit, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Bahamas Real Estate will help you find the perfect home. For more insights, visit www.bhhsb.com.