They say its better in the Bahamas. The Bahamas crystal clear waters, silky sand beaches, laid back attitudes and some of World's Hottest Hotels attract more than four million visitors a year, making it the most popular vacation spot in the Caribbean.
One of the most outrageous is The Atlantis Resort on Paradise Island. It's a complex of three hotels, a water park, and massive aquarium all inspired by the mythical sunken city of Atlantis. The Cove is the adult only hotel in the middle of the complex. Water surrounds is the main theme here and they've even made the tubs large enough for two people. The Cain at the Cove club centers on a huge 9000 square-foot pool, and the action is hopping here 24 hours a day. The dolphin key is a 14-acre marine playground where you can swim with trained dolphins. If you're feeling more daring, shoot 60 feet down a water slide under a tank full of sharks. The Atlantis is also home to one of the largest aquariums in the world. Whether making friends with dolphins, flying down water slides or resting easy in your suite, the Cove at the Atlantis gives you all the fun of a huge resort and none of the hassle.
Just down the beach from the Atlantis on Paradise Island is another hot resort with a different vibe. The One and Only Ocean Club is 1940s colonial in style reflecting the year the resort was built. This resort is high class, upper-crust comfort and attracts A-list celebrities like Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. Hollywood shot the James Bond film Casino Royale here in the 4800 square-foot, four-bedroom villa. The Bond villa also has a private infinity pool with a priceless view of the ocean. The Ocean Club's Versailles inspired gardens rivals anything you'll see in France. Every fountain, marble slab and statue was imported from France. Now celebrities like Cindy Crawford have come here to get married at this outdoor seaside chapel.
Our next stop is Nassau, the capital and largest city in the Bahamas. Five minutes from the city center is a colorful beach retreat called Compass Point. The crazy colors are inspired by the Bahamian Christmas celebration Junkanoo. The atmosphere at the Compass is fun, quirky and super laid back. The 18 colorful bungalows have simple handmade furniture inside. A private path leads to Love Beach, the location of the hotel restaurant. The Compass Point bar is one of the only bars that sits right on the water giving you spectacular views of the ocean wherever you're sitting. Most people come here to relax but some musicians come here to work. The Compass Point once had an onsite recording studio started up by Chris Blackwell, where artists such as Bob Marley and The Rolling Stones have recorded albums.
Harbour Island is a tiny island 60 miles from Nassau with a beach that's been voted one of the best in the world. The secluded Pink Sands Resort sits on a famous 3-mile stretch of pink sand on the eastern shore of the island. The sand is made up of tiny bits of coral, shell and rocks. The resort sits on 20 acres of protected bird sanctuary. The 25 cottages all have a private wrap around patio and most have views of the ocean. You can also view the ocean from the Pink Sands' Blue bar. Take a long walk on the beach after enjoying a cold one.
Another option on Harbour island is The Landing. It's a boutique inn modeled after the quaint homes on Nantucket Island. The 12 guest rooms are in a colonial mansion with options of views of the garden or the harbor. The room interiors are all colonial styled with oversized bathrooms and soaking tubs. The downstairs bar has an intimate vibe. Toast your day of relaxation with local rum.
Andros Island is not the Bahamas you're used to. This island is the biggest and the least developed in the entire island chain. The Tiamo Hotel sits on a part of the island with no roads and it is totally unplugged. Tiamo has a strict no tech policy