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Five-star fever: 3 luxury Bahamas vacation destinations

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One & Only Ocean Club tempts with romantic Nassau Harbor views and luxe indoor/outdoor settings.

By Vince Font

Not all spring break vacations were created equal, and there’s plenty of evidence of that on Paradise Island. If you’re looking for a Bahamas vacation that will put to shame any previous experiences, pay a visit to one of these three prime examples of luxury.

One & Only Ocean Club
This is what you call a five-star resort with a bullet. The One & Only Ocean Club lives up to its name and leaves vacationers wishing they could add extra stars to their satisfaction rating – and for a place that offers dreamy beach vacations in the nightly range of about $900, that’s saying something. But rest assured, from the hotel’s elegant exterior to its stately rooms with marble Roman baths, you’ll know where the money went. If you’re scouring the globe for spring break destinations and plan on staying four nights or more, you can take advantage of the hotel’s “Spring Into Paradise” promotion which will get you $900 in extra amenities and round-trip airport transfers for two.

The Cove Atlantis
You can usually judge the quality of a resort on the number of restaurants it has on hand to tend to the culinary demands of its many vacationers – and with 40 restaurants and bars in the immediate area, The Cove is proof of that. And that’s not even taking into consideration the suites, which offer king-size beds, deep soaking bathtubs, marble floors and full balconies that offer the kind of ocean views you only see in movies. But be warned: Average summer vacations won’t be the same for you after this.

Riu Palace Paradise Island
Even if you’re no stranger to all-inclusive vacations, you’ll still experience a few jaw-dropping moments during your stay at the Riu when you realize that in this case, all-inclusive really does mean all-inclusive – meals, drinks, entertainment, even gratuities and tax are covered. From its 24/7 room service and buffets to its balconied suites with killer ocean views, there’s evidence at the Riu that you can still have a first class Bahamas vacation without having to mortgage your home to do so. After a few nights here, though, you might consider that a viable option.

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Posted on: May 11, 2011 | Tags: | Category: Beach VacationCategory: Caribbean VacationCategory: Hotels

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