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  • Hands-down the most luxurious hotel on Paradise Island
  • A stunning white sandy beach with jaw-dropping ocean views
  • Elegant rooms, suites, garden cottages, and residences, including spectacular three-bedroom villas
  • Beautiful grounds and the romantic garden terrace inspired by Versailles
  • Celebrity chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten's Dune restaurant overlooks the ocean
  • Three outdoor pools, including a beach-facing infinity pool
  • A Balinese-style spa with private outdoor gardens
  • Six tennis courts and a 18-hole championship golf course
  • Indoor/outdoor fitness center and free yoga on a deck with ocean views
  • Free Champagne and strawberries delivered to rooms daily
  • Free (though shared) 24-hour butler service
  • Free shuttle to Atlantis for Aquaventure and more choice in restaurants and bars
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout


  • Service at the restaurants and bars (and beach) can be lethargic
  • Those looking for true peace and quiet should expect to hear jet skis, and often

Bottom Line

This is called One&Only for good reason -- there’s nothing quite like it on Paradise Island, or anywhere in the Bahamas for that matter. The 105 rooms and suites are incredibly luxurious, with features like flat-screen satellite TVs, iHomes, free beach accessories, private balconies or patios, and massive modern bathrooms with separate walk-in steam showers and soaking tubs. Expansive manicured grounds have three outdoor pools (including a beachfront infinity pool), a romantic garden and statuary modeled after Versailles, and the pristine white-sand beach. Health and wellness nuts are spoilt for choice with free yoga classes led on an oceanfront deck, an 18-hole golf course, tennis courts, an indoor/outdoor fitness center, a Balinese-style spa with private villas, a running trail, and free bike rentals. After a day in the sun, guests return to free Champagne and strawberries, and many begin their evening with sunset drinks at Jean-Georges Vongerichten's Dune restaurant (the celebrity chef's first Caribbean venue). Guests have access to the amenities at the Atlantis, but the advantage of being removed from the crowds.

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A best-in-class Bahamian luxury resort

This luxury Bahamian resort, which sits on garden grounds inspired by Versaille, is in a class of its own

This sophisticated resort became One&Only Ocean Club in 2002, but its history goes further back. Huntington Hartford II (the late A&P heir, and the man responsible for changing the island's name from Hog Island to Paradise Island) bought the property in 1962 to create a 52-room hotel and golf course -- Ocean Club. The swanky property attracted members of royalty, and notable names like Zsa Zsa Gabor and William Randolph Hearst. Mr. Huntington is also the man behind the extraordinary Versailles-inspired garden; he even imported marble statues from Europe, including a 12th-century cloister, which had to be taken apart and shipped from France.

One&Only has evolved into modern-day luxury oasis. The One&Only brand is known by elite travelers, and has nine (and counting -- more are in the works) posh properties around the world. Still, certain areas of the property retain a traditional style -- a quiet reminder of days past and the old money that came with it. The hotel successfully blends these classic influences with modern, sophisticated decor; it's not surprising that the opening scenes of Casino Royale where shot here (James Bond, played by Daniel Craig, stayed here for a romantic interlude). This fun movie fact is a point of pride for Paradise Island.

Upon arrival, guests will pass through a well-guarded security gate before reaching a circular driveway for valet parking. Porters welcome guests and lead them towards the doors of the plantation-style home that serves as the lobby. Check-in takes place while sitting down with one of the receptionists. Modern art adds to a cheerful ambiance, and a seating area with books and a grand piano overlooks the ocean. The Library Lounge serves free coffee and tea in the mornings, and in the afternoons, guests stop in for wine, cocktails, and snacks.

From here, guests will walk to their room in either direction -- the Crescent and Hartford wings sit on either side of this hub (the Crescent Wing in five two-story buildings, and the Hartford Wing in a single building with an interior courtyard). With only 105 rooms, the property never feels crowded, and guests will find plenty of space at the beach, the three pools, and the golf course. There's definitely an elegant, moneyed air, but it's not a super-exclusive environment -- partly because the ocean-facing Dune restaurant and bar is open to the public and Atlantis guests.


Close to, but hidden away from, the Atlantis on Paradise Island

Map of One&Only Ocean Club

Paradise Island's One&Only Ocean Club is accessed via gated driveway. To get here, guests arrive from the airport either by private car hire, rental car, or taxi. It takes about 30 to 40 minutes depending on time of day (traffic can get bad through downtown Nassau) and it costs a $1 to cross the bridge to this side. The Atlantis is in clear view while crossing this bridge, but One&Only is hidden away on the less crowded area of beach, though jet skis can still be heard in the distance. Cabbage Beach is open to the public, but rarely does anyone not staying at the resort make it down this far, which means it is easy to find seclusion on the white sand.

Golfers have quick access to the 18-hole golf course next to the property. There's also a free and regular shuttle service that delivers guests to the main areas of Atlantis for the casino, Aquaventure, and dining options. It's also not that far of a walk to get to Marina Village.

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Super-luxe, colonial-inspired rooms in a range of sizes with modern amenities

The luxe, colonial-inspired Ocean View Room incorporates contemporary decor elements, and marble bathrooms are spacious and elegant

The resort's current inventory of 105 rooms and suites are spread out over expansive grounds. The Crescent Wing Rooms are housed in five two-story buildings, and each has a balcony that faces the ocean. They have contemporary decor and spacious marble bathrooms with big jetted tubs and walk-in steam showers. Beachfront Suites have a separate living/dining room.

The Hartford Wing is a single two-story, plantation-style building with an interior courtyard, located right next to the lobby. This is the original Ocean Club from 1962, but after a 2015 renovation, Hartford Wing Rooms are even more modern than their Crescent Wing counterparts, even though the Crescent Wing buildings are newer. Hartford Wing offers Ocean and Garden View Rooms, as well as two- and three-bedroom ocean-facing suites. 

All rooms have flat-screen TVs with satellite channels, iHomes, and gourmet minibars. Upon arrival, guests receive a welcome drink and fruit selection, and every afternoon, there's a daily turndown service with Champagne and strawberries. Other amenities included in the price are hotel-branded beach bags, caps, and golf shirts; newspaper delivery; and transportation to Atlantis and the golf course.

For those with serious cash to spend, One&Only also offers two-bedroom garden cottages with private courtyards and plunge pools, as well as spectacular three- and four-bedroom villas, freestanding homes overlooking the ocean.

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Many included activities help balance the pricey dining options

On-site features include three outdoor pools, such as the infinity pool, which overlooks the water

There are three outdoor pools: one within the beautiful Versailles-inspired gardens (ages 14 and older), a family-friendly pool with a small snack bar, and an infinity pool, built in 2015, overlooking the ocean. The seemingly endless stretch of Cabbage Beach is easy to access from the resort. It is open to the public, but only guests are allowed to use the cushioned lounge chairs. Drinks and lunch service is available, though there are reports of long wait times. One&Only's Balinese-style spa has eight treatment villas with teak massage tables. Each villa has a private garden area with outdoor jetted tubs and day beds where guests can sip Japanese tea and relax.

Active people will find plenty to do here. There are six Har-Tru tennis courts available for day and night use (with floodlights). The courts are free to use, and the hotel provides racquets for no charge. Private tennis lessons are available for a fee. The fitness center is next to the main pool, and has and indoor and outdoor sections and rooms for stretching and Pilates, cardio, and circuit training. Free yoga classes are held on a yoga deck that overlooks the ocean; private sessions are available for a fee. Free bicycle rentals are available, as well.

Golfers do not have to travel far to get to the adjacent 18-hole championship golf course (the hotel provides free SUV rides to and from the course). Designed by Tom Weiskopf, the course is located on a peninsula with great views of the ocean. There's a pro shop on-site. A free and regular shuttle to Atlantis delivers guests to key areas of the resort for use of the casino, shops, restaurants, and bars. Families with kids can take advantage of Aquaventure highlights and the marine habitats, as well.


Dune, from celebrity chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten, serves a French-Asian menu in a space with an open kitchen

Dune, the hotel’s restaurant and bar run by celebrity chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten, overlooks the water

Free bottled water, coffee, arrival fruit, and Champagne and strawberries delivered to the rooms daily may help assuage the high prices of One&Only's quality food and beverage options. The most notable restaurant is Dune by celebrity chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten (his first restaurant venture in the Caribbean) which has an open kitchen, an exquisite French-Asian menu that incorporates Caribbean ingredients and herbs from the resort's organic garden, and sensational views of the ocean. There is a bright and spacious sunset-facing bar, and indoor and outdoor dining areas for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Ocean Grill opened alongside the oceanfront infinity pool in 2015. Ocean Grill offers light bites, like guacamole and conch ceviche, as well as tacos, grilled mains, and sweet treats. The Pool Terrace Cafe is next to the main pool. It opens for drinks during the day (expect a large rum selection) into the early evening, and there are tables for lunch service. The Library Lounge is in the lobby and offers afternoon tea, cocktails and views of the sea. The Clubhouse is a part of the golf course and serves breakfast, lunch and drinks both indoors and outdoors.


Key Features
Fitness Center
Hotel Services
Transport to / from Hotel
Dry Cleaning
Room Service
Family Services
Babysitting Services
Kids Allowed
Supervised Kids Activities
Things to Do
Beauty Salon
Business Center
Fitness Center
Gameroom / Arcade
Golf Course
Located on the Beach
Tennis Court
Room Features
Air Conditioner
Mini Bar (with liquor)
Separate Bedroom / Living Room Space
One Casino Drive, Caribbean
Phone (242) 363-2501
Also Known As
  • Ocean Club
  • Ocean Club Bahamas
  • Ocean Club Paradise Island
  • One Only Bahamas
  • One Only Ocean Club
  • One Only Ocean Club Bahamas
  • One Only Ocean Hotel
  • One Only Ocean Resort
Room Types
  • Four Bedroom Villa
  • Garden Cottage
  • Garden Room
  • Garden Suite
  • Luxury Beachfront Room
  • Luxury Beachfront Suite
  • Ocean Room
  • Ocean Suite
  • Three Bedroom Villa

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