If sparkling turquoise waters and a powder-white sand beach on the beguiling shores of Nassau, Bahamas — not to mention a complete renovation and conversion to “adults only” hotel — aren’t enough to entice you to book a winter getaway to the Riu Palace Paradise Island, then perhaps some highlights from my recent four-day getaway just might.
Walking into the newly revamped lobby, I am immersed in a world of contemporary design and colonial accents enhanced by splashes of vibrant blue and purple hues, a theme that is carried into the resort’s 379 rooms and suites, which include two-bedroom and two-bathroom options, all with full or partial ocean views.
At one end of the lobby is a sign that says ‘Capuchino’ and I walk over to order myself a specialty coffee that the barista suggests I enjoy with a piece of red velvet cake. I savour the moment, happily noting my holiday is off to a sweet start.
The five-star property is located on Cabbage Beach, home to some of the island’s most renowned mega-resorts, and boasts two pools, five restaurants, three bars and the Renova Spa. The latter is my first stop. I’m intent on mastering the art of relaxation — something I discover comes rather naturally under the skilled hands of a resident masseuse.
By day, I laze on a pristine beach overlooked by the hotel’s infinity pool bar — my spot of choice to sip on a switcha, a local drink made from fresh lemons and limes. (Though admittedly, I have also become a fan of their strawberry mojitos. After all, isn’t sipping the perfect cocktail what island dreams are made of?)