By Satchel Jester
If you’re planning to embark on a season-inspired jaunt in the next few months, then you’ve probably clicked through search engines tirelessly, scrolled social media incisively and taken recommendations to no avail, all to still feel clueless as to what suits you, your style, squad and savings account best. But, be not dismayed because here’s where a little UPTOWN advice will take you a long way.
They say when you know better you do better, and one thing I know for sure is that it’s better in the Bahamas, not only because that’s the country’s tourism motto, but because the lush and lively island has something for everyone – from a a getaway with your guys or girls, making memories with your better half or self-centering in a solo sabbatical. So whether it’s the island less traveled or the one most followed, options for a carefully curated jaunt through the Bahamas sing with possibility and where your escape charts is totally up to you.
WHAT ABOUT YOUR FRIENDS
Grand Lucayan Bahamas
Grand Bahama Island
An old adage says, “Travel light, travel far,” but sometimes a bit of extra baggage, often affectionately called “friend”, makes for great memories. After coordinating your looks for beach, brunch and dance floor beat battle breakdowns, hop a direct flight to Grand Bahama Island and check into one of the impressive Lanai Suites at the Grand Lucayan, an energetic resort offering all-inclusive options, sans the off-putting family reunion resort feel. Essentially, crew love will ensue upon experiencing this property and its combination of three levels of lodging ranging from deluxe suites to penthouses, eight restaurants, casino and all that jazz, ultimately fostering a cosmopolitan feel for discerning travelers without the touristy stigma of some others in its class. grandlucayan.com
EAT: China Beach
The chic China Beach restaurant offers a culinary tour of the Pacific Rim with an appetizing menu inspired by the exotic flavors of Vietnam, Thailand, Korea, Indonesia and Malaysia. Experience options range from hibachi style to private dining rooms, with standout indulgences including the curry dishes, Otis Roll and Green Tea Cheesecake. Warning: The sake selection could lead you to desire a dip in the restaurant’s centerpiece, a fabulous serpentine shaped swimming pool boasting exotic aquatic specimens from around the world.
DRINK: All over! Enjoy a Sands beer at the plunge pool or a signature rum punch while watching a movie on the yard. The beauty in all-inclusive means there are no limits to your consumption if you promise to gauge your control. Or, on second thought, throw caution to the wind and fall asleep on the 7.5-acre beach and wake up to the turquoise regalia of the Caribbean Sea.
DARE: Jeep Safari Tours
Buckle up and put the pedal to the metal in jewel-colored, open-top 4 x 4 Jeeps. There’ll be nothing but a seatbelt and a few pesky stop signs between you and the crisp air of the island. Led by an experienced navigation guide that also possesses the need for speed, you’ll travel the exciting roads through the pine forest and along scenic coastal roads, ultimately ending up at the Lucayan National Park for a tryst through the history Garden of Graves.