One of the Caribbean’s most iconic resorts will soon join the Four Seasons portfolio. The Ocean Club—formerly the One&Only Ocean Club on Paradise Island in the Bahamas—will be rebranded as The Ocean Club, A Four Seasons Resort, Bahamas on November 30. Access Industries—which also owns the Grand-Hôtel du Cap-Ferrat, A Four Seasons Hotel on the French Riviera—recently made the management appointment. Access Industries acquired the resort in 2014 and injected millions in renovating the guestrooms, creating a new oceanfront pool and establishing destination dining venues.
The Ocean Club has a storied history. Originally developed as the private estate of a Swedish industrialist, the property was later converted by an American businessman into a 52-room hotel and golf course in 1962. It then enticed generations of A-listers to its prime five-mile stretch of beach on Paradise Island. As described on the official website, it “comprises a series of low-rise buildings surrounded by extensive Versailles-inspired lawns and gardens, giving it the feel of a private estate.”
For the sporty, there are swimming pools, six tennis courts and access to the adjacent Tom Weiskopf-designed Ocean Club golf course. Of the five restaurants and bars, a highlight is DUNE, by Michelin-starred chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten. Additional enhancements are in the pipeline for The Ocean Club.
As quoted in the official press release, J. Allen Smith, president and CEO of Four Seasons, said, "The Ocean Club has long been one of the world's great resorts and will be an extraordinary addition to our global portfolio as we extend our presence in the Caribbean. We are proud to work in partnership with Access [Industries] to bring luxury travelers a Four Seasons experience in the Bahamas."