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What’s it like to live at a legendary property? For owners at The Ocean Club, Four Seasons Residences, Bahamas, that curiosity will soon become reality. Slated to open in 2027, this exclusive new residential community will be an integral part of an exciting new chapter for an already iconic destination. Share Share Share Share An […]

Luxury Living: Life at The Ocean Club, Bahamas

See what happens when your legacy intertwines with an icon.

What’s it like to live at a legendary property? For owners at The Ocean Club, Four Seasons Residences, Bahamas, that curiosity will soon become reality. Slated to open in 2027, this exclusive new residential community will be an integral part of an exciting new chapter for an already iconic destination.

An address with a glamorous past and brilliant future

In 1959, American businessman Huntington Hartford purchased an 8-kilometre (5-mile) stretch of picture-perfect island property located just across the harbour from Nassau. He then renamed it something that could not be more fitting: Paradise Island.

But it wasn’t just the natural beauty of the island that captured Hartford’s attention; he had a vision. Dubbed “the most fantastic man in the world” by none other than Andy Warhol, Hartford wanted to create an exclusive destination that was even more alluring than the French Riviera – and much closer to the States. Three years later, in 1962, The Ocean Club opened its doors with plenty of fanfare as guests including Frank Sinatra, Elvis and Zsa Zsa Gabor came to celebrate with an unforgettable night of dining, dancing and fireworks. Benny Goodman led the orchestra and the party lasted for days. And so, a legend was born.

The Ocean Club soon became a see-and-be-seen gathering place where socialites, celebrities and discerning travellers would come to unwind in secluded luxury. They’d lounge on the sugar-sand beach or by the tranquil pool or take strolls through the terraced Versailles-inspired gardens with tropical foliage, classical statues imported from Europe, elegant fountains and a 12th-century Augustinian cloister. The property even made a starring turn in the movies, most notably in the 1965 James Bond film Thunderball. (Bond would later return to The Ocean Club in 2006 for Casino Royale.)

When Four Seasons assumed management of The Ocean Club in 2017, Hartford’s vision found new life. The Ocean Club, A Four Seasons Resort, Bahamas, has seen many thoughtful updates that capture the glamour of the past while creating engaging opportunities for new generations of visitors to make their own memories at the Resort. And soon enough, some lucky few will be able to call it home.

Exclusive residences that offer your own piece of paradise

Imagine stepping out each morning to gaze out onto the turquoise waters of the Caribbean from your beachfront terrace, the sun highlighting the subtle pink blush of the building’s stonework, then taking a dip in the private infinity-edge plunge pool before enjoying your favourite breakfast pastry and coffee made just the way you like it, both delivered to your door. Breathe in the ocean breeze as you take it all in – this slice of paradise is all yours.

“There’s a true sense of belonging that comes with residing in a place where every sunset feels like a scene from a classic movie, where palm trees move with the rhythm of the ocean and where the whispers of past guests mingle with the laughter of present-day residents,” says Reid Boren, Managing Partner at Two Roads Development, the firm partnering with Four Seasons. “By honouring the heritage of the past while embracing the possibilities of the future, Four Seasons ensures that The Ocean Club continues to stand as a beacon of luxury living and timeless elegance for years to come.”

“There's a true sense of belonging that comes with residing in a place where every sunset feels like a scene from a classic movie, where palm trees move with the rhythm of the ocean and where the whispers of past guests mingle with the laughter of present-day residents.” – Reid Boren, Managing Partner at Two Roads Development

Designed by 10SB – previously SB Architects – with interiors by New York–based Champalimaud Design, The Ocean Club, Four Seasons Residences, Bahamas, will be comprised of four oceanfront buildings located just next door to the Resort. The Bahamian influence can be felt everywhere: stately columns, deep terraces and indoor-outdoor living spaces that make the most of the idyllic locale. The interiors deliver a timeless sense of elegance, showcasing a neutral palette with accents of colour infused throughout. Luxury finishings such as white Carrara marble countertops and backsplashes and a richly coloured Azul Macauba quartzite counter and backsplash bar are paired with vibrant artwork highlighting a Caribbean or Bahamian themes. Each of the 67 residences also feature panoramic views of the ocean through floor-to-ceiling windows, bright and airy open floor plans, and are available fully furnished. Owners can choose from two-, three- and four-bedroom residences, or opt for one of the exclusive penthouses or stand-alone Beach Villas.

The amenities of luxury living

Just as Hartford sought out Gary Player, the world’s No. 1 golfer at the time, to be The Ocean Club’s head golf pro and hall-of-fame tennis player Pancho Gonzales to be the head tennis pro, Four Seasons has similarly sought out the best of the best for the dedicated residential team. Led by a director of residences, the team will provide the kind of intuitive, anticipatory service that Four Seasons is known for, taking care of every detail while getting to know each owner in the process.

In addition to the seamless service owners get from the residential team, they’ll also have access to a variety of resident-only amenities located just outside their door. An oceanfront swimming pool with private cabanas and Residents’ Club Lounge with a spacious veranda. An owners’ library and a lounge, a co-working space, and a multi-use media room can serve a variety of needs, while families will love the children’s playroom featuring games and screening rooms. Located across the beachfront pool will be indoor and outdoor spa treatment rooms plus a state-of-the-art fitness centre outfitted with strength-training equipment. And in addition to protected underground parking and storage, a private cellar and rum room will feature bespoke wood cabinetry and custom lockers for wine, liquors and cigars. The residential community will also feature a beachfront restaurant and bar perfect for mingling with neighbours and friends.

The ownership perks also extend outside of the residences. Owners may also access the restaurants and amenities at The Ocean Club, A Four Seasons Resort, Bahamas, as well as the nearby Tom Weiskopf–designed championship Ocean Club Course and all the family-friendly recreation at Atlantis Paradise Island.

“Since 2017, Four Seasons has been proud to be part of the Paradise Island community and manage such a legendary property that is beloved by many,” says Bart Carnahan, President, Global Business Development, Portfolio Management and Residential, Four Seasons. “Our new private residences will be the perfect complement to The Ocean Club Resort while offering a more permanent address to those looking to make this special destination their home with the service and lifestyle excellence that only Four Seasons can offer.”

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Your legacy is in good hands

When not in residence, owners can have peace of mind knowing that a dedicated team will care for each home as if it were their own, tending to any necessary maintenance or managing the rental of a residence if owners choose that option. They’re also experts at preparing a residence for special occasions, restocking the refrigerator in anticipation of an owner’s return and remembering all those unique details that make each house a home. As an owner, the only things you’ll have to worry about are what matter most: friends, family, fun and making memories. However you envision your Bahamian lifestyle, Four Seasons can bring it to life for you here.

Huntington Hartford had a vision for Paradise Island that he made into reality – and his legacy of carefree, elevated excellence lives on today in the expert hands of Four Seasons. When you live at The Ocean Club, your legacy is just as important. “It’s not just about living amidst nostalgia; it’s about becoming part of the ongoing legacy of this property,” notes Boren. “It’s about adding your own chapter to the story of an iconic destination, where each homeowner contributes to the ever-evolving narrative of luxury, elegance and unparalleled beauty.”

Will you be a part of The Ocean Club’s next chapter?

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