The beauty of the just-opened Island House ("Mahogany House" on the map) in Nassau is that it feels like a small community of creative local minds. The 48-seat cinema screens films made in the Caribbean. Bahamian musicians perform live sets. Even the pottery throughout the 30 rooms was made by ceramicists in town. There are plenty of ways to stay active, too: The hotel has a squash court and an anti-gravity yoga studio, and, of course, the beach is mere steps away.
Though it’s a half-hour drive from downtown Nassau, this restaurant—part of the exclusive Island House boutique hotel—lets you experience the luxe side of the island. Not only does it serve flatiron steaks and duck lyonnaise in a hushed poolside setting, it also abuts the island’s poshest gated communities, where celebrities like Sean Connery have homes.