Paradise Island Bahamas Romantic Getaways
The island of New Providence is divided into three main tourist areas -- Nassau, Paradise Island Bahamas and Cable Beach.
Bahamas romantic getaways: Nassau
New Providence is home to Nassau--the nation's capital exudes a special charm lent by a blend of Old World architecture and contemporary vitality.
Romantic things to do for couples on their romantic island vacation
Ardastra Gardens - The main attraction on these 5 acres is the parading flock of pink flamingos, the national bird of The Bahamas, which marches in formation to a drillmaster's commands. Other exotic wildlife at the gardens include boa constrictors, kinkajous (honey bears) from Central and South America, green-winged macaws, peacocks, and peahens. Paths provide an easy, soothing walk through beautiful tropical foliage.
Crystal Cay - Starfish, sea urchins, and sharks are your playmates on this interactive voyage of discovery. Pluck a genuine pearl from an oyster. When you walk into the world's largest man-made reef, you'll be mesmerized by a kaleidoscope of brilliant living corals, an astounding diversity of fish, mighty predators, and strange life forms you've likely never before seen.
An excellent selection of lingerie, sexy underwear and love potions can make fantasies come true at Michelle la Nuit in the Palmdale shopping district.
Pirates of Nassau - Experience the true story of pirates in an amazing, historically accurate, interactive environment, which will entertain, excite and educate visitors of all ages.
1000 Bacardi Drive (Bacardi and Carmichael Rds.)
Tours at 11AM, 2PM on Mon-Fri.
Established in 1962, this distillery produces most of the rum sold on the island. Touring Bacardi in the Bahamas is a great activity for anyone with an interest in tasting rum, or even just seeing how it is made. The Bacardi distillery Bahamas offers free tours, samples of a wide array of rums, and provides a unique way to spend the afternoon.
Bahamas romantic getaways: Discovery Tours
Take a horse and buggy ride through the historic streets of downtown Nassau. The savvy guide will take you on a twenty-minute trot around town while reciting historical trivia. Or, tell the guide you'd like a little privacy and you won't even know he's there.
Drive through romantic Old Nassau and its surroundings to see ancient Forts Fincastle and Charlotte, complete with moat and dungeon. The Queen's Staircase - the #1 sightseeing spot in Nassau - is a lush grotto of 66 steps carved by slaves in 1793 into the side of a solid limestone cliff leading up to Fort Fincastle.
Visit Government House - still the official seat of the British Governor-General to the Islands; picturesque Gregory's Arch- the 19th-century flamingo pink Legislative Buildings and Law Courts; the native market; and scores of other historic sites in the centuries-old capital of the Bahamas.
Blackbeard's Tower: This ruin stands 5 miles east of Fort Montagu and can be reached by jitney bus. Legend has it that this watchtower was used by the infamous pirate, Edward Teach (Blackbeard), in the 17th century.
Visit other islands on Bahamas romantic getaways. Take a round-trip ferry ride to beautiful Harbour Island - Eleuthera on a Bahamas Fast Ferry Catamaran. The all-day excursion leaves the dock in Nassau at 8:00am and returns by sunset. The package includes a historical walking tour of the island famous for its pink sand beach, access to changing rooms, beach towels, lounge chairs and an authentic Bahamian lunch. You can choose to stay overnight at one of the many ocean front hotels and catch the ferry back to Nassau in the morning.
Bahamas romantic getaways: Romantic Restaurants.
Dinner Cruises A romantic way to spend an evening, cruising along Nassau's picturesque historic waterfront.
Crews prepare an all-you-can-eat Bahamian buffet and there is often music or a show aboard.
Enjoy a delicious dinner as you watch the sun set from the deck of the Flying Cloud catamaran. Bring your own champagne and let the Captain and his experienced crew sail you through Nassau Harbour while you nibble on the free hors d'oeurves.
PO Box N849
Telephone: 242 356 7012
Nassau - Bahamas - (242) 302-9150 -
Toll Free: 1(800) 688-0076
Graycliff is the only restaurant in The Bahamas with a 5-star rating. Situated inside an antique-filled colonial mansion, this restaurant creates hardy, exotic Bahamian and international dishes. The wine list is the finest in the country, and their collection of Cuban cigars - almost 90 types - is said to be the most varied in the world. Before dinner, the ideal spot for a drink is the balcony bar.
Buena Vista is set in an 18th-century home appointed with silver and fine china. Waiters in tuxedos serve fine Bahamian cuisine while you admire the view of the harbor. Delancy Street, Nassau.
Bahamas romantic getaways - romantic places to stay
Graycliff Hotel And Restaurant
maintains a quiet, relaxing and romantic ambiance right next door to Government House and only minutes away from Nassau's white sand beaches. Lace curtains, mature trees, shadows and light add to the mystique and allure of this historic and traditional property. The intimate Graycliff Hotel blends refined, old-world flavor with distinctly modern conveniences. This former private home, now with 20 guest rooms and suites, preserves the glamor of 18th-century British Colonial style. Rooms are decorated in rich woods and luxurious fabrics and are set among lush courtyards with ponds and fountains. A pioneer of luxury in this section of the world, the Graycliff has the distinction of having the first swimming pool in The Bahamas and the first five-star restaurant in the Caribbean.
Wyndham Nassau Resort, Nassau, & Crystal Palace Casino
If you find the glitter and action of a big casino hotel romantic, the full-service Wyndham contains close to a thousand rooms in five towers. It also boasts one of the Bahamas' most beautiful beaches.
Bahamas romantic getaways: Paradise Island
Paradise Island is located just off the shore of the city of Nassau, which is itself located on the northern edge of the island of New Providence. Paradise Island is connected to the island of New Providence by two bridges that cross Nassau Harbour.
Cross the bridge to Paradise Island where beaches are first-class and the resort selection is excellent -- from upscale chic on stately estate grounds, to a yoga retreat and large luxury properties (one with a glass tunnel for viewing marine life and a low-key water park).
Bahamas romantic getaways: Romantic things to do on Paradise Island
Treat yourselves to his and her massages at one of the day spas located on New Providence and Paradise Island. The Azure Spa at the British Colonial Hilton and the Mandara Spa at the Atlantis Resort will pamper you with a full body massage that will relax the body and the mind.
The Atlantis Submarine takes you to an abyss and is a great opportunity to see sea life without getting wet. You'll pass breathtaking coral reefs, skirt the Bahamian Wall (or "Tongue of the Ocean"), where the drop-off is 6,000 feet, and observe two shipwrecks, all surrounded by thriving sea life. Take the day or night tour for a different experience. Good fun to see the marine life, but to be you will get a better view if you dive or even snorkel.
The Cloister is located in the Versailles Gardens of the Ocean Club, is a 12th-century cloister originally built by Augustinian monks in France. It was reassembled here, stone by stone. The gardens, overlooking Nassau Harbour, are filled with tropical flowers and classic statues.
Experience true bliss at the Sivananda Yoga Retreat. Meditation sessions are held throughout the day for both beginners and those more experienced in Yoga. Take a Yoga class, enjoy vegetarian meals, shop in the book store. A free boat-ride to the serene getaway is available from the Mermaid Dock in downtown Nassau, or the Paradise Island Ferry Terminal.
Bahamas romantic getaways - romantic places to stay Paradise Island
Cove Atlantis part of The Bahamas' best-known mega-resort - Atlantis Resort.
A resort-within-a resort, The Cove Atlantis, Paradise Island,
is the upscale tower hotel in the Bahamas that is part of Atlantis mega resort. Sleek, romantic and contemporary, it is geared more toward adults than families so its perfect for Bahamas romantic getaways. Its guests have full access to the spectacular water features spread throughout the rest of Atlantis. These include Aquaventure, a mile-long circular river ride on inner tubes that features rapids and a 120-foot water slide complex with three slides as well as a dolphin preserve.
One&Only Ocean Club
Paradise Island; tel. 888/528-7157 in the U.S. only, or 242/363-2501
Elegant, low-key, low-rise, and exclusive. Beautifully designed contemporary rooms, elegant meals, a classic swimming pool. Guests include many older honeymoon couples. With waterfalls, fountains, reflecting pools, and a stone gazebo, its formal terraced gardens were inspired by the club's founder (an heir to the A&P fortune) and are The Bahamas' most impressive.
Bahamas romantic getaways: Cable Beach
Cable Beach is a popular tourist resort on the northern coast of New Providence, about halfway between Nassau and the airport. Luxurious accommodations are offered in resorts of all sizes and types with gourmet food, world-class entertainment, sports facilities (including a golf course) and some large casinos never more than a few steps away.
Bahamas romantic getaways - romantic places to stay
Sandals Royal Bahamian Hotel & Spa
Cable Beach, New Providence Island;
Save up to 60% plus 1 Night Free and a $250 Red Lane Spa credit at Sandals Royal Bahamian Spa Resort & Offshore Island.
One branch of a Jamaica-based chain of couples-only, all-inclusive hotels that are favorites among honeymooners and for Bahamas romantic getaways. This one is more upscale than many of its Jamaican counterparts and offers 27 secluded honeymoon suites with semiprivate plunge pools. Staff members lend their experience and talent to on-site wedding celebrations; Sandals will provide everything from a preacher to flowers, as well as champagne and a cake.
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