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The Island House

The Island House

Nassau, The Bahamas

A luxe boutique hotel set on a palm-studded private estate in Nassau and overlooking the marina, The Island House features 30 bedrooms and suites with exclusive private beach access. The property has been carefully designed with laid back island life in mind and an emphasis on wellbeing, whilst ensuring an effortlessly understated style.

The communal areas are stylish and spacious, as is the sophisticated and contemporary range of rooms and suites, with many featuring ocean views or French doors opening onto a private terrace. Higher categories include poolside cottages with a variety of bedroom numbers. With wellness as a central theme of the hotel, there’s a variety of health, fitness and spa treatments available in their Bamford Spa, as well as a lap pool, 24-hour gym and daily yoga classes.

Evenings can be spent at the plush art-house cinema or dining in the two restaurants. Shima serves Southeast Asian cuisine while the Mahogany House offers Italian fare. Both offer an extensive, hand-picked wine list, all varieties of which are found at the daily wine market. Located only a five-minute drive from Nassau airport, The Island House is a secluded hideout merging contemporary luxury with authentic island life.


We chose The Island House for its ability to effortlessly exude sophisticated style within the lush, natural surroundings of a private estate, with a welcome focus on wellness and relaxation.

OUR RATING: First Class

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The Island House offer rooms and apartments, both of which are sophisticated and simplistic in decor, awash with neutral tones and contemporary natural furnishings. Balconies or private terraces provide a touch of the outdoors, while the bathrooms feature freestanding baths and Bamford Spa products. All accommodation comes with Wi-Fi, air-conditioning, a minibar and a TV as standard.


A mere five minutes from Nassau airport and overlooking the marina, The Island House is conveniently located for exploring both Nassau’s central hub and the quieter island life. The daily beach shuttle transports guests to private pure white sands in less than five minutes, while the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas, The Primeval National Park and Stuart Coves are within easy reach.

Food and drink

While in-room dining is available, The Coffee Bar bakery and deli is where you’ll find breakfast and lunch. At the property’s two main restaurants, evening dining includes rich, Italian cuisine using local organic ingredients at The Mahogany House, or Shima, where fresh Southeastern Asian fare is served on the top floor of The Island House. Each restaurant includes a bar, as does the cinema. The hotel boasts a vast selection of revered wines, hand-picked to pair with specific dishes, while the Mahogany House Market is open daily and provides wine tasting and purchasing.


While children are welcome at The Island House, there are no specific children’s facilities available.

Facilities and activities

A plethora of activities and facilities are available to guests, from squash courts to daily yoga classes, to private beach access and a 24-hour gym. The heated lap pool is open to all, complete with sun loungers and is found by the Bamford Spa, where treatments such as massages or facials are available. The art-cinema hosts 48 seats and features both blockbuster and art house films from the comfort of deep cushioned chairs, as well as live music, seminars and speaking events. Although not included in the hotel’s direct facilities, day trips and water sports are available and arranged direct through the hotel.

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    Where possible, we like to offer a range of accommodation for each stop of your trip, chosen by our specialists as some of their favourite places to stay. To help you make the right choice, we give each property a rating based on its facilities and service, but we also look for hotels with distinct character or a location that can't be bettered.

    Experiences while staying here

    The following activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences of the area where you're staying. We work with local guides, who use their knowledge and often a resident's eye to show you the main sights and more out-of-the-way attractions. Our specialists can also suggest outdoor pursuits and activities, such as cooking classes, that will introduce you to the traditions of the area's inhabitants.

    • Bahamian cuisine and culture walking tour
      Fresh conch salad

      Bahamian cuisine and culture walking tour

      Bahamian cuisine and culture walking tour

      Discover The Bahamas’ culinary delicacies on this guided walking tour of Nassau. You’ll visit local cafés, family-owned restaurants and artisanal producers, with a change to meet the chefs, sample dishes and take home a selection of recipes and cooking tips.

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    • Cultural tour of Nassau
      Government House Nassau

      Cultural tour of Nassau

      Cultural tour of Nassau

      Explore the highlights of Nassau city on this half day tour with a driver and guide. You’ll visit Fort Charlotte, explore the city’s Georgian architecture and have the opportunity to shop in a traditional straw market.

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    • Rose Island Sailing and Snorkelling
      Underwater on the reef

      Rose Island Sailing and Snorkelling

      Rose Island Sailing and Snorkelling

      Sail to Rose Island, just off Nassau’s shore, where you’ll enjoy a homemade buffet on the beach, can play volleyball, paddle a kayak or go snorkelling among a reef teeming with tropical fish.

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