We are frequent cruisers who recently decided that when we visit ports we have seen before , we will try to try to seek out something different to experience. I pored over websites and came up with a short list of things that could be reached on foot within the limited time we had available during our upcoming cruise to Nassau. One was Greycliff. We disembarked, strolled up and down Bay Street to buy some gifts for those at home and then, we we reached the British Colonial Hotel, turned up the hill and walked through what appeared to be a quite disressed section of town. We were not sure if we should keep going, but we had been advised that Greycliff wat at the "top of the hill".
Sure enough, when we got to the top we saw some well-dressed ladies coming out of an opening in a stone wall right along the street. They were carrying what appeared to be bags with food containers. We poked through the wall and saw magnificen thand-carved mahogany doors that opened to a lobby of exquisite craftsmanship. Several dining rooms were serving what appeared to be delectable lunches to the guests. The hostess greeted us kindly and allowed us to explore the other rooms that were not then in use including the incredible antique cognac museum. We had heard that there was a cigar factory and wine cellar on site and asked where they might be. Our hostess directed us to walk through the garden grounds until we reached another large building on the opposite side of the property. We had no idea what we were in for!
Stepping out the back door of the restaurant, we entered a tropical paradise with two large swimming pools made from hand-painted tile, a modern and state of the art fitness center, a wonderful pergola with a mahogany dining table underneath set for a party, a Brazilian-style steak house restaurant, hotel rooms that were nearly invisible from the garden and lo and behold, the "cigar factory" in which workers spoke, joked and laughed happily while they fabricated cigars by hand.
We had to leave Graycliff all too soon. If when we visit Nassau again we have only a few hours, we will be sure to reserve a spot for their special wine lunch. If we have a few days, I can think of nowhere more exotic and luxurious to spend that time.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated next door to Government House and only a few minutes away from white sand beaches, Graycliff Hotel offers an enticing world tucked away from the casinos and glitter Nassau is known for. This AAA Four-Diamond hotel boasts twenty elegant guest chambers and spacious pool cottage suites. The ambiance at Graycliff is to make each guest feel as if they’ve returned home. Upon arrival, guests are invited to sit and relax in comfort of the lounge while checking in.The rooms are all individually decorated in various styles with names that evoke all the charm and romance of the tropics. Graycliff’s decor features an alluring blend of the old and the new. To experience the old there is the Pool Cottage where Winston Churchill used to stay or the Baillou, the original master bedroom in the main house. To experience the new, there is the Mandarino Cottage with its extra large bathroom with whirlpool. All rooms are air-conditioned with private bath. Breakfast is served to hotel guests only. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Graycliff Hotel Nassau
- Graycliff Hotel Bahamas/Nassau