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Hotels of Paradise Island

A hotel on Paradise Island is an establishment that provides lodging paid on a short-term basis. Facilities provided may range from a basic bed and storage for clothing, to luxury features like en-suite bathrooms. Larger on Paradise Island hotels may provide additional guest facilities such as a swimming pool, business centre, childcare, conference facilities and social function services. Hotel rooms on Paradise Island are usually numbered (or named in some smaller hotels and B&Bs) to allow guests to identify their room. Some Paradise Island hotels offer meals as part of a room and board arrangement. Hotel operations vary in size, function, and cost. Most Paradise Island hotels and major hospitality companies that operate hotels on Paradise Island have set widely accepted industry standards to classify hotel types. General categories include the following:

Upscale luxury hotels on Paradise Island
An upscale full service hotel facility on Paradise Island that offers luxury amenities, full service accommodations, on-site full service restaurant(s), and the highest level of personalized and professional service. Luxury Paradise Island hotels are normally classified with at least a Four Diamond or Five Diamond status or a Four or Five Star rating depending on classification standards.

Full service hotels on Paradise Island
Full service Paradise Island hotels often contain upscale full-service facilities with a large volume of full service accommodations, on-site full service restaurant(s), and a variety of on-site amenities such as swimming pools, a health club, children's activities, ballrooms, on-site conference facilities, etc.

Historic inns and boutique hotels on Paradise Island
Boutique hotels of Paradise Island are smaller independent non-branded hotels that often contain upscale facilities of varying size in unique or intimate settings with full service accommodations. Paradise Island boutique hotels are generally 100 rooms or less. Some historic inns and boutique hotels on Paradise Island may be classified as luxury hotels.

Focused or select service hotels on Paradise Island
Small to medium-sized hotel establishments that offer a limited amount of on-site amenities that only cater and market to a specific demographic of Paradise Island travelers, such as the single business traveler. Most Paradise Island focused or select service hotels may still offer full service accommodations but may lack leisure amenities such as an on-site restaurant or a swimming pool.

Economy and limited service hotels on Paradise Island
Small to medium-sized Paradise Island hotel establishments that offer a very limited amount of on-site amenities and often only offer basic accommodations with little to no services, these facilities normally only cater and market to a specific demographic of travelers, such as the budget-minded Paradise Island traveler seeking a "no frills" accommodation. Limited service Paradise Island hotels often lack an on-site restaurant but in return may offer a limited complimentary food and beverage amenity such as on-site continental breakfast service.

Guest houses and B&Bs on Paradise Island
A bed and breakfast on Paradise Island is a small lodging establishment that offers overnight accommodation and inclusive breakfast. Usually, Paradise Island bed and breakfasts are private homes or family homes offering accommodations. The typical Paradise Island B&B has between 4 and 11 rooms, with 6 being the average. Generally, guests are accommodated in private bedrooms with private bathrooms, or in a suite of rooms including an en suite bathroom. Some homes have private bedrooms with a bathroom which is shared with other guests. Breakfast is served in the bedroom, a dining room, or the host's kitchen. Often the owners of guest house themselves prepare the breakfast and clean the rooms.

Hostels on Paradise Island
Paradise Island hostels provide budget-oriented, sociable accommodation where guests can rent a bed, usually a bunk bed, in a dormitory and share a bathroom, lounge, and sometimes a kitchen. Rooms can be mixed or single-sex, although private rooms may also be available. Hostels are often cheaper for both the operator and occupants; many Paradise Island hostels have long-term residents whom they employ as desk agents or housekeeping staff in exchange for experience or discounted accommodation.

Apartment hotels, extended stay hotels on Paradise Island
Extended stay hotels are small to medium-sized Paradise Island hotels that offer longer term full service accommodations compared to a traditional hotel. Extended stay hotels may offer non-traditional pricing methods such as a weekly rate that cater towards travelers in need of short-term accommodations for an extended period of time. Similar to limited and select service hotels, on-site amenities are normally limited and most extended stay hotels on Paradise Island lack an on-site restaurant.

Timeshare and destination clubs on Paradise Island
Paradise Island timeshare and destination clubs are a form of property ownership also referred to as a vacation ownership involving the purchase and ownership of an individual unit of accommodation for seasonal usage during a specified period of time. Timeshare resorts on Paradise Island often offer amenities similar that of a Full service hotel with on-site restaurant(s), swimming pools, recreation grounds, and other leisure-oriented amenities. Destination clubs of Paradise Island on the other hand may offer more exclusive private accommodations such as private houses in a neighborhood-style setting.

Motels on Paradise Island
A Paradise Island motel is a small-sized low-rise lodging establishment similar to that of a limited service hotel, but with direct access to individual rooms from the car park. Common during the 1950s and 1960s, motels were often located adjacent to a major road, where they were built on inexpensive land at the edge of towns or along stretches of highways. They are still useful in less populated areas of Paradise Island for driving travelers, but the more populated an area becomes the more hotels fill the need. Many of Paradise Island motels which remain in operation have joined national franchise chains, rebranding themselves as hotels, inns or lodges.

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For other uses, see Paradise Island (disambiguation).
A view of Paradise Island from above. This image shows the new development of Atlantis which is in the center of the island.
Map depicting New Providence Island which is connected to Paradise Island via two bridges. Both smaller islands are within capital city Nassau's harbour.

Paradise Island is an island in the Bahamas formerly known as Hog Island. The island, with an area of 277 hectares (685 acres) (2.8 km/1.1 sq mi), is located just off the shore of the city of Nassau, which is itself located on the northern edge of the island of New Providence. It is best known for the sprawling resort Atlantis with its extensive water park rides, pools, beach, restaurants, walk-in aquarium and casinos.

Paradise Island is connected to the island of New Providence by two bridges that cross Nassau Harbour. The first was built in 1966 by Resorts International, and the second in the late 1990s.

Paradise Island: Recent history

Paradise Island: Pre–World War II

Before World War II, the island was known as Hog Island, and was the private estate of the Swedish entrepreneur Axel Wenner-Gren.

Paradise Island: Paradise Island Airport

A small airstrip existed on the island before 1999 to serve the resort. Prior to 1989 the airport was a seaplane base with a ramp for aircraft to leave the water. In 1989 a 910-metre (3,000 ft) runway was added to the airport. Both Paradise Island Airlines and Chalk's International Airlines were the main tenants of the airport.

The STOL capable de Havilland Canada DHC-7 Dash 7 turboprop operated by Paradise Island Airlines as well the Grumman G-73 Mallard amphibian aircraft flown by Chalk's International Airlines both served the airstrip which closed in 1999. The airfield and runway have since been removed and replaced with an 18-hole luxury golf course surrounded by one of the wealthiest neighborhoods on the island. The area goes by the name "Ocean Club" with property prices as high as 40+ million dollars.

Paradise Island: Purchase by Huntington Hartford and development as a resort

Huntington Hartford, the A&P supermarket heir, arrived on Hog Island in 1959. Hartford bought Hog Island from Axel Wenner-Gren and changed the name to Paradise Island. He hired the Palm Beach architect John Volk and built the Ocean Club, Cafe Martinique, Hurricane Hole, the Golf Course, among other island landmarks. He also acquired and installed the Cloisters, a 14th-century French Augustinian monastery originally purchased in Montréjeau and dismantled by William Randolph Hearst in the 1920s. He hired Gary Player to be the golf pro and Pancho Gonzales to be the tennis pro. His opening of Paradise Island in 1962 was covered in Newsweek and Time magazines. He hired the staff from Eden Roc at Hotel Du Cap to work off season at the Ocean Club. He had the fireworks for the opening party flown in from the South of France. He had a flag and Paradise Beach was featured on a Bahamian three-dollar notes in 1966 (introduced as a close equivalent to the Bahamian Pound, which was replaced at the rate of $1 = £7, so $3 = £21).

Paradise Island: Development as a gambling resort

Huntington Hartford met James M. Crosby (1927–1986) through Huntington's bodyguard Sy Alter. Sy Alter met Jim Crosby at the Colony Club in Palm Beach. Huntington Hartford got the gambling license for Paradise Island and included Jim Crosby as an extra investor. Jim Crosby and Jack Davis then formed a company, Resorts International, to continue developing Paradise Island. Recognizing the business potential of the Bahamas, they were the first to establish major resort development, and often offered above-average salaries to Bahamanian employees. The two continued to develop Paradise Island. They built the bridge to Nassau and the first large-scale resorts. He subsequently created and funded a successful statewide campaign to pass a referendum legalizing gambling in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Resorts built the first casino, and with no competition for the first year, made over $300 million profit.

Paradise Island was purchased in the 1980s for $79 million, then sold to Merv Griffin for $400 million. It was last sold for $125 million to the current owner, Sol Kerzner. The current estimated value of the island is about US$2 billion.

Paradise Island: Climate

Climate data for Paradise Island
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 25
Average low °C (°F) 17
Average rainfall mm (inches) 39
Mean monthly sunshine hours 217 232 248 270 279 248 278 279 210 217 210 217 2,905

Paradise Island: In film

  • The Beatles' film Help! was partially filmed on Paradise Island.
  • The James Bond films Thunderball and Casino Royale were partially shot on Paradise Island.
  • Survivor: All-Stars contestants Rob Mariano and Amber Brkich were married on Paradise Island in a two-hour TV special.
  • A larger part of the island is shown in the movie After the Sunset.
  • The Atlantis is prominent in the Mary-Kate and Ashley film Holiday in the Sun.
  • The TV show My Wife and Kids filmed one of their episodes on Paradise Island.
  • The Movie The Other Woman featured a section of Paradise Island's beach in the early morning

Paradise Island: Footnotes

  1. "About Nassau/Paradise Island". Bahamas Ministry of Tourism. Archived from the original on 5 February 2013. Retrieved 29 April 2015.
  2. "Discover Atlantis Resorts and Residences in Dubai and Atlantis Sanya".
  3. "Atlantis, Paradise Island, Bahamas". @KuoniTravelUK.
  4. "36 Hours in Nassau, the Bahamas". The New York Times. 28 October 2007.
  5. "New Planes Help Deliver Visitors To Paradise Island". tribunedigital-sunsentinel.
  6. See point 16
  7. Adam Bernstein, "Huntington Hartford Lost Millions on Investments", The Washington Post, May 20, 2008.
  8. Block, Alan A. (1998). Masters of Paradise. Transaction Publishers. p. 68. ISBN 1-56000-971-3.
  9. "The Cloister at Versailles Gardens".

Paradise Island: Bibliography

  • - Paradise Island Travel Guide
  • Official Nassau Paradise Island Travel Guide

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