Villa-Studded Resort Minutes from Bahamas' Casinos and Beaches
The Bahamas' Paradise Island is somewhat remote, but it still might seem familiar: all four Beatles splashed around the island's Cabbage Beach for the closing scene of the 1965 flick Help!, and Sean Connery filmed scenes of the James Bond film Thunderball in a café here. Connery was so struck by the island that he later made it his year-round residence.
In the heart of this silver-screen-worthy island is the Club Land'or resort. It's made up of comfortable villas shaded by tropical foliage along the Atlantis marina. It's just within walking distance of several attractions, including glitzy casinos, clubs, boutiques, and the island's cinematic shorelines.
Candlelit tables and music create an elegant atmosphere at the resort's lakeside Blue Lagoon Restaurant, where chefs serve Exuma cracked conch, stone-crab claws, and other creations with locally caught seafood. At Oasis Lounge, bartender Marvin concocts specialty cocktails amid the occasional live entertainment; there's also a nightly happy hour here. If you want to get out, the resort hosts a number of activities, everything from historical tours of the island to Bahamian fashion shows to poolside bingo.
Each of the 72 one-bedroom villas features a full kitchen furnished with a refrigerator, stove, and cookware. Since there's a shared dining and living area, you'll have plenty of space for a family of four or a touring barbershop quartet.
Paradise Island, Bahamas: Casinos and Jet Skiing near Bahamas' Capital
Located just across the harbor from the Bahamas' capital city, Nassau, Paradise Island is known for its glitzy casinos. But if that's not your bag, it's easy to get away from the Vegas-style scene and relax. Cabbage Beach features 3 miles of powdery sand, where you can sunbathe amid sea grapes and palm trees on the island's uncrowded eastern stretches.
For other thrills, you can rent waverunners and zip along the coastline. Or take to the air with a parasailing boat to get an aerial view of the island and any X-marked spots of buried pirate action figures.
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