The One & Only Ocean Club should be your only choice when visiting Paradise Island in the Bahamas. This luxury chic beach resort is only a five-minute walk to the action and glitz of its sister property, the Atlantis, but it’s truly world’s apart. While the Atlantis is famous for its casinos, energetic environment, adult-only pool with dancers in barely there bikinis and deejays pumping out the latest club mixes so loud you can’t hear yourself ordering a cocktail, the Ocean Club offers the complete opposite: a tranquil yet sophisticated private estate setting, a beautiful white sand beach, personalized service, an understated beachfront bar, foot massages poolside, morning yoga, in-room butlers attending to any need, complimentary evening champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries, a pampering spa (ask for the One & Only massage), and the divine cuisine of Jean-Georges Vongerichten.
This glorious piece of paradise got even better last fall with the addition of an oceanfront infinity-edge pool (just be sure to reserve your lounge chair early). Choose from a guest room, suite, cottage or oceanfront villa. While it’s a sizeable investment, the Ocean Club is the perfect choice for an unforgettable honeymoon or destination wedding. Not only will you feel like a celebrity here, you may even run into a few searching for their own bit of serenity. This has been Oprah’s go-to beach spot forever, and Brangelina and Beyoncé and Jay-Z reportedly love it here as well. We missed Flo Rida by a day—he was the musical guest for a weekend wedding. Rates start at $662 per night; oneandonlyresorts.com.