The tranquil lifestyle, clarity of the turquoise water and the brilliance of the white sand beaches, all characterize the islands of the Bahamas. Whether visitors want to relax on the beach, stroll through evocative historic sites or hone their skills on the golf course, there’s a little something for everyone. The five-star Albany The Bahamas offers its guests a range of luxury delights that will ensure a memorable vacation in this tropical paradise.
Accommodation type: 5-star
No. of Rooms & Suites: 100 marina residences
Pricing: starts at $2,500 per night for villas, at $3,500 per night for marina residences, at $30,000 per night for custom homes
High season: November through April
Nearest airport: Lynden Pindling International Airport (NAS)
Suitable for: couples, honeymooners, families
• World Golf Awards Nominee “The Bahamas’ Best Golf Hotel,” 2017
• World Travel Awards Nominee “Bahamas’ Leading Marina,” 2015
Located on 600 exclusive acres to the southwest of the Bahama’s capital of Nassau, Albany The Bahamas is a luxury retreat offering its guests the ultimate in relaxation and sumptuous living. Athletic pursuits abound, from the equestrian center providing lessons to any level of rider to the stunning complexity of the 18-hole course designed by golfing great Ernie Els. Moreover, it’s centered around Albany House, a historic building that made its film debut in the 2005 James Bond movie “Casino Royale”. Furthermore, the resort offers facilities for adults and children alike. A waterpark-themed swimming pool and kids’ club keeps little ones entertained. Adults can enjoy a grownups-only pool of their own and several lounges and bars.
Accommodations include multi-room villas with balconies and sea views. The breathtaking custom homes have their own swimming pools and marina residences may include their own movie theaters. Villas are located right in the center of resort activities. The marina residences front the ocean and the custom homes enjoy their own exclusive privacy.
• Spa — the beautiful surrounding gardens highlight the natural treatments found in the spa. Choose from healthy body wraps, facials, deep tissue massages and other signature wellness treatments. The Fitness Center offers a range of classes in pilates, yoga and other disciplines, as well as maintaining a lap pool, boxing ring and a full complement of exercise equipment.
• Golf Course — co-owner Ernie Els designed the 18-hole course himself, incorporating challenging aspects of the natural terrain into each facet of the greens and fairways. Guests can golf the par-72 or practice their skills at the driving range. There’s also a clubhouse, putting green and movie theater.
• Aviva — while there are seven eateries inside the resort, Aviva is the primary area for fine dining. Enjoy dining on gourmet fare directly on the beach, with pristine sand underfoot and the crashing of the waves in the distance. Guests can also dine at the restaurant, which is located in Albany House.
Use of stand-up paddleboards, kayaks and peddle boats is available to guests. Concierge services covering all aspects of a guest’s stay are also complimentary.
At just seven miles from the airport, the Albany The Bahamas offers a convenient location for guests. The concierge can arrange all airport transfers when booking. Visitors can also rent a car at the airport for the 20-minute journey to the resort. Exiting the airport, visitors will turn left onto Windsor Field Road. At the third roundabout, take the exit for Western Road. Stay on Western Road for two miles before taking a left onto South Ocean Road. After two miles, make a left onto Lewis Road. The resort is located at the end of the road.
There are 71 slips available for yachts for those who plan to arrive by sea. The Concierge can assist with all arrangements.
Main Attractions Around Albany The Bahamas
Nassau’s Old Town
Nassau’s historic district is compact enough to easily traverse on foot. Walking tours of the area are a fun way to learn the history and culture of the island. The pink parliament building features a statue of Queen Victoria and when parliament is in session, visitors can watch the proceedings from the gallery. Nearby, the Straw Market is a fun place to haggle for handmade goods and pick up some fresh fruit. Fort Fincastle is a 200-year-old defensive structure that housed cannons and is located near the carved limestone Queen’s Staircase, a 102-foot-long alternative entrance into the fort.
One of the most popular beach areas on the island, Cable Beach provides an excellent balance of perfect stretches of white sand, blue water, and fun activities. The balmy water is deep enough to snorkel just offshore, and you can also find companies offering jet ski rental or boat tours of the area. There are also plenty of shops nearby for those who want to pick up a little souvenir of their trip. Food vendors abound, there are cafes nearby and the charming recent fad of pop-up bars, an impromptu pub set up quickly on the beach, is another highlight.
Pirates of Nassau Museum
Infamous pirate Captain Blackbeard frequented the waters around the island of New Providence, and the combined museum and quirky recreated full-sized dioramas record the history of pirate exploits in the region. Especially fun for families, there are costumed figures, detailed settings and recreations of a quayside, a jail, a ship and other realistic sights. Furthermore, among the reproduction items, there are displays of authentic pirate weapons, gold coins, and other artifacts. There’s even a depiction of female pirates Mary Read and Anne Bonny.
Overall, the Bahamas offer the perfect setting for the most relaxing of vacations. The beautiful weather is ideal for enjoying a range of fun activities, from snorkeling to golfing to horseback riding. Have you spent some time in the Bahamas? If you’ve taken a dream vacation in this island paradise or have even stayed at the Albany The Bahamas, let us know all about your experience in the comments below. Another getaway in the beautiful Bahamas you might want to consider is The Cove Atlantis resort.