The identity of New Providence Island — which contains Nassau (the capital of the Bahamas) and Paradise Island — is indelibly linked with Atlantis, the sprawling, Las Vegas-like mega-resort that houses nearly 4,000 rooms in all. The Atlantis complex encompasses six distinct resort sections spread out over a massive swath of beachfront real estate, but there are other New Providence hotel options! In fact, there are quaint and charming boutique hotels that are a complete 180° from Atlantis. These four are the best boutique hotels in New Providence in the Bahamas.
Located in the heart of Nassau, the Graycliff Hotel is a colonial mansion with a historic past. The upscale property has loads of character and charm -- a beautiful facade with a two-story veranda, frequent live jazz music in the lounge, and a chocolatier, cigar factory, and museum on-site. Two pools (one with stunning hand-painted tiles), three restaurants (including the five-star Graycliff Restaurant), and a world-class wine cellar round out the offerings. The 20 spacious rooms are stuffed with antiques but still include modern amenities like flat-screen TVs, minibars, and Wi-Fi. However, some rooms can be noisy at night, the Wi-Fi is spotty, and the hotel is not on the beach.
Ocean West Boutique Hotel is a three-and-a-half-pearl property located along Nassau’s main oceanfront road. Set in a former mansion, the hotel and its 10 rooms have a timeless decor that complements its stately setting. The hotel has an ocean-view pool, small bar, and small fitness center, but there’s no direct beach access and not much within walking distance.
A Stone's Throw Away is a three-and-a-half-pearl hotel located along the north coast of New Providence Island. The guest house’s 10 rooms and suites are beautiful and understated. They feature hardwood flooring and soft color palettes. The on-site restaurant offers striking ocean views and a free breakfast, but dinner is only served on request. The tiny pool set within the hotel’s tranquil gardens is quite enchanting. Love Beach can be reached in a two-minute walk, but otherwise, aside from a few restaurants, there’s little to do within walking distance.
Compass Point Beach Resort is a three-and-a-half-pearl hotel located on Love Beach. The 18 huts at this laid-back resort are big on charm -- rainbow-colored exteriors and homey interiors -- but small on space. Founded by music producer Chris Blackwell of Island Records fame, this resort has an interesting history, along with a hip restaurant (continental breakfast is free) and direct access to one of the island’s prettiest beaches, which it's named after. The secluded location is a great fit for guests with rental cars or those seeking a more intimate getaway, but it might feel too isolated for some. And paying for daily housekeeping is another downside.