Four Seasons has three exclusive hotels in the Caribbean, Four Seasons Resort Nevis vs Four Seasons Resort and Residences Anguilla vs the newly opened The Ocean Club, Bahamas, A Four Seasons Resort, but which is best?
These breathtaking Caribbean destinations are giving travellers more ways to embrace turquoise waters, tropical gardens and unforgettable island life. We book many of our luxury travel concierge clients into these three resorts and have had brilliant feedback from all three.
Four Seasons has had a presence in the Caribbean for more than 25 years, having operated Four Seasons Resort Nevis since 1990. Four Seasons Resort and Private Residences Anguilla was be the second resort in the company’s Caribbean collection. The Ocean Club, Bahamas, A Four Seasons Resort is the third.
I am always excited about Four Seasons hotels because they offer a consistently excellent product, particularly in their bathrooms, and service which is second to none and makes even the most remote destination feel like home. But which is the best Four Seasons Resort in the Caribbean for you?
Best For Couples: The Ocean Club, Bahamas, A Four Seasons Resort & Four Seasons Anguilla.
Best For Families With Kids: Four Seasons Resort Nevis followed by The Ocean Club, Bahamas. The Anguilla Four Seasons is on a cliff edge with steps down to the beach so is less suitable for families.
Best For Instagram Sunsets: Four Seasons Anguilla with amazing views. You can have a sunset cocktail in their infinity pool.
Best For Barefoot, Sand Between The Toes Meals & Cocktails: Four Seasons Resort Nevis
Best For Relaxed Ambiance: Four Seasons Resort Nevis.
Best For Historic Glamour: The Ocean Club, Bahamas, A Four Seasons Resort.
Best For Peace & Quiet: The Ocean Club, Bahamas, A Four Seasons Resort.
Best For Private Plunge Pools: Four Seasons Anguilla.
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1. The Ocean Club, Bahamas, A Four Seasons Resort
The Ocean Club, Bahamas, A Four Seasons Resort welcomes the discerning jet set to its beachside garden-like ambiance. Beyond the five-mile stretch of ivory-white sand, a legendary Bahamian enclave awaits filled with iconic experiences and delights.
Situated just off the Bahamian capital of Nassau, the property began as the private estate of a Swedish industrialist, later acquired by an American businessman and philanthropist who built the original 52 room hotel and golf course in 1962. In 2014, upon acquisition by Access Industries (who also owns Grand Hotel Du Cap Ferrat one of our favorite Four Seasons hotels), millions of dollars were invested in room renovations, a new oceanfront pool and world-class restaurants.
The historic and glamourous Ocean Club on Paradise Island in the Bahamas became a Four Seasons hotel and resort on November 30, 2017. It had long been one of the world’s great resorts and it now brings a Four Seasons experience in the Bahamas for luxury travellers.
Since opening in 1962, The Ocean Club has hosted the world’s most discerning guests at its picture-perfect location on a five-mile (eight-kilometre) white-sand beach along azure waters. Highlights include Versailles-inspired lawns and gardens and rooms are housed surround in low-level buildings set around these gardens. The largest rooms include cottages and villas.
The Resort offers five restaurants and bars, including DUNE by Michelin-starred Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten; plus there are three pools and six tennis courts, access to the adjacent Tom Weiskopf-designed Ocean Club golf course, all edged by a tranquil spa. There are several indoor and outdoor event spaces for up to 250 guests if you want to hold your wedding here or a corporate event.
The genuine warmth of the Bahamian people matches the personalised service that only Four Seasons can deliver, creating a truly authentic Caribbean experience unlike anything else on Paradise Island.
The Ocean Club, A Four Seasons Resort, Bahamas did not find itself in the path of Hurricane Dorian not have been in its path. but the hotel and its guests have offered support in the wake of the Hurricane’s destructive path over parts of The Bahamas.
The best things about The Ocean Club:
The grounds stretch down the picture-perfect shores and a beautiful beach.
The hotel offers a deeply historic ambience and glamour, something that the other Four Seasons in the Caribbean don’t. This resort oozes sophistication.
Comfy seating is dotted around in cute courtyards between the hotel’s historic buildings offering unique spaces to relax.
Villa Residences have private pools.
The resort has a number of pools including an infinity pool overlooking the ocean.
The beach has golden-white sands and loungers are strategically placed with plenty of distance between them ensuring relative privacy on the sands. Beaches don’t get better than this!
2. Four Seasons Resort Nevis
Four Seasons Nevis is located along the stunning Pinney’s beach, the most beautiful beach on Nevis. A vast array of facilities including golf, spa, watersports and a fantastic children’s club make this one of the hotels for families with children in the Caribbean.
Four Seasons Resort Nevis seamlessly weaves the genuine warmth and charm of the Nevisian people and culture into a vacation experience that celebrates the Caribbean as it was meant to be – unspoiled, undisturbed, and unforgettable.
From the moment you catch a glimpse of the iconic Nevis Peak upon arrival, you will become enveloped by the lush surroundings, with the sound of palm trees swaying in the wind and the feel of sugar-soft sand between your toes
Four Seasons Resort Nevis has been busy re-envisioned guest rooms and suites, and updating look for the Great House lobby. It has also recently opened new food and beverage outlets EsQuilina and crowned monkey RUM BAR. The main signature pool has been redesigned and their new restaurant – On the Dune – extends out on to the sand, so you can dine right on the seashore.
The Resort’s signature pool was reconstructed and raised to create one long sightline from the Great House lobby straight out to the Caribbean Sea horizon. Surrounded by lush new landscaping, the 3,300 square foot (300 square metre) infinity edge pool is the new centrepiece of the Resort, featuring 86 new loungers and four luxury pool cabanas fully-equipped with comfortable seating and furnishings, Wi-Fi connectivity and power. The hardwood deck is be made from fully-sustainable US-grown resources, and features a new fire pit to the west of the pool, towards the beach.
On the Dune outdoor restaurant is a wonderful place to dine and enjoy a drink or cocktail at the bar. The Caribbean-style structure offers casual food by the pool and beach. Views lead out to the Caribbean Sea, the Narrows Channel and the neighbouring island of St. Kitts.
In the evening, the restaurant has a vibrant beachfront party atmosphere providing indoor and outdoor elements, accented by an extended, shaded covered seating area with the option of retracting the awning for views of the stars at dusk.
The menu at Dune is an eclectic farm-to-table blend of Caribbean and American cuisines, using the freshest in regional seafood and produce.
Mango is another dining option offers unobstructed Caribbean views and is the perfect location for a sunset cocktail, while Kastawey Beach Bar is a beachside hot spot with beach games during the day and live music and entertainment in the evenings.
Kids For All Seasons is another highlight located next to the Ocean Pool offering an outdoor program and activities for younger guests.
The best things about The Four Seasons Resort Nevis:
The grounds stretch down to a sugary white beach lined with palm trees.
The new infinity pool is incredible.
The dormant volcano makes a dramatic backdrop behind the hotel.
The new Dune restaurant sits right on the beach.
Kastawey Beach Bar has live entertainment in the evenings.
The relaxed ambience makes this the best Four Seasons hotel in the Caribbean for families.
Four Seasons Resort Nevis neighbours the pristine Robert Trent Jones Jnr Golf Course.
You can spend days exploring stunning national parks before returning to the resort to relax.
You can Spa Under The Stars – at night the Spa at Four Seasons Resort Nevis becomes a sanctuary of serenity and romance as the Spa is open to just one lucky couple, who will enjoy a signature Nevisian Massage under the stars.
You can enjoy a special candlelit dinner for two on the sand, at your personal beach cabana. A romantic beachside dinner will be served by personal waitstaff, along with a special menu created by our Executive Chef according to your taste.
3. Four Seasons Resort And Residences Anguilla
Four Seasons Resort and Residences Anguilla is a tropical oasis with stunning silky white-sand beaches and gentle blue water in the British West Indies. Arrive in a place that has reinvented Caribbean luxury.
The 35 square-mile (91 square-kilometre) island of Anguilla is one of the only islands in the British West Indies to maintain an embargo on cruise ships, casinos and high rise hotels, preserving the natural beauty, culture and tranquillity of the island. Framed by endless white-sand beaches, serene bays and rugged coral coastline, Four Seasons Resort and Private Residences Anguilla is located along the island’s northwestern shore, offering 3,200 feet (975 metres) of pristine beachfront and unobstructed views of the Caribbean Sea’s breaking surf.
This Four Seasons, set on a cliff overlooking Meads and Barnes Bay. This differs from the other two Four Seasons hotels in the Caribbean as much of the hotel is on a rocky headland which offers brilliant views. It also has angled modern architecture so has a different feel to the other two resorts.
While the Ocean Club offers historic glamour in beautiful original buildings, and The Four Seasons Resort Nevis offers soft edges and a relaxed resort feel, Four Seasons Resort And Residences Anguilla offers modern architecture, with sharp right angles and walls that completely open up to the outside. In one word the resorts could be described as historic vs resorty vs dramatic, respectively.
The resort has three swimming pools, including the adults-only infinity pool, two tranquil private beaches, four food and dining venues and a spa, the whole hotel has the feels of sitting on the edge of a cliff, with matching dramatic views. There’s a spiral staircase that leads down to the rocky cove and pathways leading to villas and Half Shell Beach Bar.
Even standard resort-view rooms are spacious and luxurious with a large sundeck. The best rooms are those with private plunge pools.
The Four Seasons Resort And Residences Anguilla is the least family-friendly resort of the Caribbean, and while ALL Four Seasons hotels embrace families, I would tend to pick the Nevis and Ocean Club properties over the Anguilla hotel if I was bringing my boy.
The best things about The Four Seasons Resort Nevis:
The clifftop views and infinity pool.
The dramatic architecture.
Many rooms have private plunge pools.
Probably the best sunset bar in the Caribbean, where you can sip a cocktail without leaving the soothing waters of our infinity pool.
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