Say what you will about the Bahamas being a party spot for spring breakers, but it’s come a long way over the years and is currently poised to be one of the hottest destinations for newlyweds and couples seeking a romantic getaway this year. And that may have something to do with the growing number of high-end resorts offering luxury accommodations in Nassau, the island’s capital. Aside from numerous world-class properties to choose from, there’s also the ideal weather, pristine beaches and colonial charm to entice any twosome interested in a Bahamian honeymoon. Now all you need is the perfect itinerary, which we’ve outlined below.
1. Cheap Flights
According to skyscanner.com, the summer and fall months are a particularly good time to go with prices falling under $500 from most U.S. airports and depending on where you live, you could even be looking at roundtrip tickets around the $250-450 mark. Plus there are over 40 non-stop flights to Nassau from most major U.S. cities and it’s less than an hour from South Florida and two and a half hours from New York City. Compared to other costly international honeymoon hot spots, that’s a great deal (like a thousands off deal) especially since you’ll have more money to spend on couples massages and champagne dinners on the beach.
2. Luxe Hotels
If you’re seeking a more remote vacation away from downtown, check into the Ocean Club, A Four Seasons Resort located on Paradise Island. Aside from the glam vibes (it’s a grand colonial manor that dates back to 1962, set on 35 manicured acres), there’s complimentary yoga, a staff that goes above and beyond, Balinese spa villas, a private Versailles-style garden tucked away behind the adults-only pool and stunning suites so secluded and intimate, they make it hard to actually leave your room. No wonder they filmed part of the James Bond film Casino Royale here. Obviously it’s the perfect spot for those “we just got married” ‘grams, in addition to the sandy white stretch of beach and turquoise blue waters that serves as your tranquil view throughout your stay. Plus if bae’s a golfer, you’re set—the Ocean Club Golf Course is top notch and they offer packages such as stay three nights, get the fourth free and 10% off your room rate when you book in advance.
Should you want to be more in the heart of the action, there are plenty of options to choose from in the Baha Mar compound that’s finally complete after 10 years in the making. There’s There’s SLS Baha Mar, which boosts white-on-white palatial oceanfront suites, chic decor, and two pools (Bungalow and the adults-only Privilege) that were made for sipping rosé all day while canoodling in a cabana and listing to DJ spun beats. Grand Hyatt Baha Mar, with over 40 restaurant and bar outposts and the Caribbean’s largest casino—you know just in case you feel like testing your luck at the tables with some of your monetary wedding presents. And Rosewood Baha Mar, which just opened last month as the final piece of the puzzle and features everything you would expect from a Rosewood property: 237 rooms, suites and villas decked out to the max (imagine the poshest beach cottage ever and that’s what your quarters will resemble), an entire wellness facility and spa with Bahamian-inspired treatments and craft cocktails in a sexy setting at Manor Bar, clad in polished wood and cushy green velvet chairs.
3. Authentic Bahamian Cuisine
From Michelin-starred restaurants to locals-loved “The Fish Fry,” which features brightly colored shacks offering up jerk-style meats, seafood fritters and the regional delicacy (that’s also an aphrodisiac) conch, there’s no shortage places to eat in Nassau. If you want a corner table for two overlooking the ocean, sample Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s French-Asian cuisine (with herbs from their own organic garden) at Dune...must-order dishes include roasted grouper, crusted mani mahi, lobster in a light curry sauce, and the piece de resistance: black truffle pizza with fontina cheese. When you need a sushi fix, there’s Katsuya for Japanese classics like crispy rice with spicy tuna, baked crab hand rolls, creamy rock shrimp, miso-marinated black cod and their salmon lemon roll. Or, go the Mediterranean route at Cleo where Chef Danny Elmaleh will leave you 100% satisfied after shared plates of mezze, flatbreads, kababs, falafel, lamb sliders and shawarma. Still hungry? There’s also Tru Bahamian Food Tours that highlights multiple dining spots downtown, where you can nosh on international cuisines with a Caribbean twist.
4. Plenty to See and Do
Although most island honeymoons consist of beach, eat, sleep, repeat, there are several extracurricular activities worth mentioning (and taking advantage of) in Nassau. Cheers to your future together at Bahama Barrels, the first winery in the Bahamas, housed in a 1937 church built by the Sisters of Charity, roll up your sleeves and take a cigar rolling lesson paired with rum tastings at Graycliff, buy some new threads (tax free!) at one of the island’s hundreds of shops (don’t forget to swing by the world-famous Straw Market and Bahama Art & Handicraft), tour and sip your way around the John Watling's Distillery, quench your thirst with craft brews at Pirate Republic, plunge into the world's deepest known salt water sinkhole, Dean’s Blue Hole (663 feet down), make new friends at the sea-life beach sanctuary filled with adopted nurse sharks, stingrays and tropical fish, participate in daily turtle feedings, dance the night away at Bond and enjoy the Junkanoo parade Friday and Saturday at 9:30 p.m. in Marina Village.