I’ve recently returned from a few days in paradise on my annual ‘summer’ holiday. I love island living – having fun in the Bahamas, and generally relaxing and re-energising myself for the rest of the year. Nassau in the Bahamas is definitely my happy place, the place that I’m planning to one day call home, and in the meantime my favourite place to visit.
We love to stay the the Sandals Royal Bahamian, we’re always welcomed back by the staff and made to feel like we belong there.
The resort is small enough to feel intimate and get to know the staff, and large enough to never feel bored. And who could ever get bored with this beach view?!!?
As well as being in a great location to explore the island, it’s a fab place to explore underwater too. Sinclair and I try and dive as much as we can, and know the team. This little boat took us to some of the best spots for diving – plenty of sharks, sea life and a few wrecks to observe. The last time we came to the Bahamas was about 3.5 years ago (way too long) and it’s a little bit sad to see how the reefs have changed since then – the coral in particular is not as healthy as it was. This is mainly due to climate changes, over diving and other human influences. It makes me even more committed to doing my little part to help the environment – not using plastic straws, and other single use objects, recycling paper where possible and respecting natural resources and focusing on sustainability even in my small business. I used to collect a shell from every beach I visited – then I realised how important these shells are as homes to little sea creature. I now enjoy seeing these shells but leaving them were they belong.
One of the first things that we always do when we arrive at our hotel is walk down to the beach, to feel sand in our toes and the sea lapping around our ankles. I never get tired of this little tradition, and I think the sand felt even softer than I remember. This little spot became ‘ours’ for the week!
Sandals is my favourite hotel, but it’s also lovely to get out and explore the island a bit more. Last year we went to Jamaica on holiday and met an absolutely fantastic couple from Baltimore – Missy and Hans. We had such a great time together that we all agreed to meet up again for a week this year, and as Missy and Hans haven’t visited the island together, we decided to rent a car for the day and explore the island.
So on our wedding anniversary (17 years) Sinclair and I, along with Missy and Hans spent the day driving around and using it as an opportunity to go house hunting. We looked at a couple of homes that were for sale and met with a realtor. Unfortunately we didn’t find ‘the one’ this time, but it gave us lots of ideas of exactly what we want and where we want to be located.
After a slightly frustrating morning house hunting, we decided to visit Atlantis on Paradise Island, I love it there. The shopping is great and it’s a beautiful place to just hang out, people watch and dream of owning one of the super yachts that are moored in the marina.
When we were last visiting the island we saw a huge new casino and resort being built called Baha Mar. It finally opened last year and we popped on the shuttle to have a look and explore the resort.
We thought it looked lovely, but perhaps little too sterile for us. We’re definitely happier with the intimate and more ‘island living’ feel of Sandals, with the prettily decorated rooms nestled amongst lush gardens and tropical palm trees.
I love the history associated with this resort too, it was where Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson used to visit, and it’s proud of it’s roots, with traditional afternoon tea being served in the piano bar each afternoon.
But the beach is definitely my favourite part of this place, it’s where Sinclair and I have sat and talked about our future, made plans and and also enjoy the here and now.
I’m hoping that we won’t leave it so long to come back again next time!