Villa-Studded Resort Minutes from Bahamas' Casinos and Beaches
The Bahamas' Paradise Island is somewhat remote, but it might look 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, made up of comfortable villas shaded by tropical foliage along the Atlantis marina. The resort lies within walking distance of 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 Seafood Restaurant, where chefs serve Bahamian cracked conch, stone-crab claws, and other locally caught seafood. At Oasis Lounge, bartender Marvin mixes specialty cocktails amid occasional live entertainment. If you want to get out, the resort hosts several activities—everything from historical island tours 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 you’re not interested in testing your luck, it’s easy to get away from the Vegas-style areas and relax in tropical splendor. Find three miles of powdery sand at Cabbage Beach, where you can sunbathe amid sea grapes and palm trees on the island's uncrowded eastern stretches. For other thrills, 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.
Located just across from the island, Nassau has an abundance of historical attractions that make for an exciting day trip. Built in 1815, the Bahamas’ Parliament building is impossible to miss—it’s painted pale pink, reflecting the color of the flamingo on the country’s coat of arms. One of Nassau’s most popular attractions is the 18th-century Queen’s Staircase, a 100-foot limestone staircase leading up Bennett’s Hill, the island’s highest point. At the top of the hill, you’ll find beautiful panoramic views and what remains of Fort Fincastle, built in 1793.
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