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A view of Paradise Island from above. This image does not show the new development of Atlantis which is in the centre of the island.
The Royal Towers joined by the Bridge. The Bridge Suite, located in the span, is among the most expensive accommodations in the world at $25,000 a night.
For the DC Comics fictional island formerly known as Paradise Island, see Themyscira
For the islet in the US Minor Islands, see Palmyra Atoll

Paradise Island is an island in the Bahamas, 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 'Vegas-by-the-sea resort' Atlantis.

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.

Hog Island Lighthouse, constructed 1817 at the western tip of the island

Paradise Island was formerly known as Hog Island. Huntington Hartford, the A&P supermarket heir, arrived on Hog Island in 1959 because his sister Josephine Hartford Bryce lived in Xanadu near Lyford Cay. Josephine was married to Ivar Bryce, Ian Fleming's best friend from Eton and Janet Milford Haven's uncle. Ivar Bryce's niece Janet Bryce married Prince Charles's Uncle David Milford Haven and Janet is the mother of Ivar Mountbatten and George Milford Haven. 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 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 bill in 1966 (introduced as a close equivalent to the Bahamian Pound, which was replaced at the rate of $1=7/-, so $3=21/-).

Map depicting New Providence Island which is connected to Paradise Island via two bridges. Both smaller islands are within capital city Nassau's harbour.

Huntington Hartford met Jim Crosby 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 a Extra Investor. Jim Crosby and Jack Davis then formed a company, Resorts International,to continue developing Paradise Island. [1][2]. Recognizing the business potential of the Bahamas, they were the first to establish major resort development, and introduce fair salaries to the Bahamas. Jack Davis, educated in Harvard's class of 1949, continued to develop Paradise Island. They built the bridge to Nassau, and the first large-scale resorts. He subsequently parlayed these profits to secure and pass a referendum on legalizing gambling in Atlantic City, funding and creating the successful statewide advertising campaign to singlehandedly achieve this city's rebirth from its ashes. Resorts built the first casino, and with no competition for the first year, due to their incredible gamble, made over $300 million profit. Resorts stock went from between $1–3 to over $200, and was the only stock to ever make the front page of the LA Times.


In film

  • The Beatles' film Help! was partially filmed on Paradise Island
  • The James Bond film Thunderball was partially filmed on Paradise Island
  • On the TV series Friends Monica and Chandler's honeymoon is spent at the Atlantis.
  • Casino Royale was filmed at the Ocean Club on Paradise Island and Diane Hartford had a small speaking part.
  • The Mary-Kate and Ashley movie Holiday in the Sun was filmed on the island. The group stayed in the Atlantis Hotel.
  • Woody Harrelson's character stayed in the Bridge Suite at the Atlantis hotel throughout the film After the Sunset
  • In the TV show My Wife and Kids, Michael and his family went to Paradise Island for a family vacation.
  • The movie Into The Blue, starring Paul Walker and Jessica Alba, takes place on Paradise Island and in the surrounding ocean. The Atlantis Hotel is seen in the beginning when Jessica Alba's character is doing her job of showing the visitors the many sea animals in the aquarium by the hotel's pool.

Paradise Island's early resort development

View towards Nassau from the 14th French monastery cloisters on Paradise Island

Hartford also acquired and installed the Cloisters, a French 14th-century Augustinian monastery, originally purchased and dismantled in the 1920s by William Randolph Hearst.

Paradise Island was purchased in the 1980s by Donald Trump 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 $2 billion USD.

Coordinates: 25°05′N 77°20′W / 25.083°N 77.333°W / 25.083; -77.333


Alan A. Block, Masters of Paradise, New Brunswick and London, Transaction Publishers, 1998, ISBN 1-56000-971-3


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Travel guide

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikitravel

North America : Caribbean : Bahamas : Paradise Island
Artificial lagoon at Atlantis
Artificial lagoon at Atlantis

Paradise Island is a small island just off of Nassau, Bahamas. It is dominated by the Las Vegas-style Atlantis resort, which is responsible for an amazing 11% of the Bahamas' GNP.

Get in

Paradise Island is connected to New Providence Island (Nassau) by two bridges (one incoming, one outgoing). There's an entrance fee of $1 per vehicle.

There is also a ferry from Paradise Island to the main land. The schedule for the ferry is somewhat regular, but they try to wait until it is filled before departure.

If you're sailing your own yacht, you can dock at Hurricane Hole Marina [1], which has 90 slips for yachts that can be over 200 ft in length.

Get around

Most people get around the island by taxi, plenty of which can always be found hanging around outside the resort entrances. Since this island is small, many choose to walk. There are car companies available for those who have ether large parties, have trouble getting around, or like to make a grand entrance. There's Bahamas Experience and Majestic Tours Unlimited Hillside Manor.

Atlantean invasion at The Dig
Atlantean invasion at The Dig

Sights within Paradise Island are concentrated almost exclusively in the Atlantis resort, and are accessible only to resort guests or to those who rent a day room for $220 and up (usable by a maximum of 4 people). While it's not too hard to sneak in even without a pass, the guards keep an eye out for visitors without pass bracelets and the odds of getting busted are high.

  • The Dig, Atlantis. As you may know, Atlantis was rumored to be a lavish island that existed many, many years ago that happened to submerge underwater. While no one can actually prove that it ever existed or where, people like to beleive that maybe it was located in The Bahamas where this resort now resides. The dig is an underwater tour of the supposed ruins. There are several logoons that house sharks and manta rays incuding The Predator Lagoon as well as The Mayan Temple Shark Lagoon.
  • Joker's Wild Comedy Club, Between Beach & Coral Towers. Comedians perform.  edit
  • Atlantis LIVE. A concert series that The Atlantis Resort puts together. They feature popular performers from all different genres.  edit
  • Watch a Junkanoo Rush on Friday and Saturday evenings at Marina Village.
  • Take a walk To the Versailles Gardens and French Cloister. About a 15 minute walk from the Atlantis resort. The beautifully manicured gardens are part of the One and Only Ocean Club of "Casino Royale" fame but they don't mind visitors. Its the perfect place to have a picnic or a photo shoot. If you have a few extra minutes walk north through the Ocean Club and find the beach access. Walking back to your hotel along the beach is a great way to spend an evening.
  • Dolphin Cay. Home to a group of dolphins, sea lions, and manta rays. There are seveal different activities that you can partake in that will allow you to interact with the animals. From meeting the dolphins on the shallow end of the Cay to deep sea diving with them. You can see what it's like to train the sea lions or see what it's like to be an aquarist for a day. There is also a beach attached to te cay for those who would rather just sit back and spectate.  edit
  • Aura Night Club. 9,000 square foot club with a glass dance floor. Located above the casino, adults may go to mingle with other guest on the island. The dance floor is surrounded by banqette seating and VIP areas.  edit
  • Golf Course. Enjoy rounds of golf no matter what your skill level. There is the traditional 18 hole course with that poses a challenge to the experienced player. They also offer lessons at the Ocean Club Golf Academy for those who would like to sharpen their skill level.  edit
  • Spa. Offers Massages, Facials, Body Treatments, a Salon, and Teeth Whitening.  edit
  • Family Fun. There is plenty to do with everone in the family no matter what the age range. There is a state of the art artificial rock for climbing, a library, a pottery house, and Gamers' Reef an underwater arcade.  edit
  • Casino. Atlantis offers a gaming casino with lots of different ays to play including card tables, slots, tournaments, and horse racing.  edit
Marina Village
Marina Village
  • Marina Village, next to Atlantis. A shopping street built according to plans originally made for rebuilding Bay Street, the main shopping street in Nassau. A confection of pretty pastel houses, it's very pretty indeed and well worth a stroll, but the shops within are exceedingly pricey — you can find most of what they sell in Nassau at much lower prices.
  • Crystal Court Shops. These shops offer some of the island's finet men and women's fashions.  edit
  • Atlantis Logo Stores. For those who like the more traditional souvenirs plus somthing extra.  edit
  • Pro Shop. Sports equipment and apparel available for rental and purchasing along with Tennis lessons.  edit
  • Dune, Ocean Club. Good food, good service, great views and an incredible price tag: a fruit platter costs $22 and a bottle of water $10. But if you want to eat where James Bond did... Open to non-guests, just tell the gate attendant that you're eating there.
  • Asian Cuisine. NOBU. Chef Nobu Matsuhisa’s famed restaurant. The restaurant's theme is a tribute to the Chef putting his own spin on traditional Japanese fare. A large bar and entryway provide seating for dinner guests as well as those simply looking to relax with a glass of wine or cocktail. CHOP STIX. The cuisine is a mix of Chinese and Pacific taste. Fine Dining.  edit
  • French Cuisine. CAFE MARTINIQUE. Famed chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten brings his culinary expertise to the re-invention of the historic Cafe Martinique. Fine Dining.  edit
  • Grill. BAHAMIAN GRILL. Traditional caribbean cuisine. MESA. Another option for traditional foods mixed with Southwestern taste. Celebrity Chef, Bobby Flay. Fine Dining.  edit
  • Italian Cuisine. CASA D'ANGELO. Enjoy a mix of Italian Tuscanny flavors with the original cuisine of the island. Fine Dining.  edit
  • Mediterranean. COUTYARD. Contemporary cuisine under the stars. Fine Dining.  edit
  • Buffet. There are several buffets for those who would rather enjoy a more casual setting. Mosaic, The Market Place, and Water's Edge. Casual Dining..  edit
  • Dune Bar, Ocean Club. If you want to check out the Ocean Club without paying through the nose for a room or dinner, this is your cheapest option. Open through the day and great sea views onto the beach. Drinks from $10, or go for the Royale Martini at $15.
  • Hurricane Hole, just east of the bridge (in the marina). Officially the Waterfront Bar and Grill, this is an un-touristy outdoor drinking joint frequented by a motley mix of locals and yachties from the marina. Very generously poured rum-based drinks from $3.50.
Courtyard at the Ocean Club
Courtyard at the Ocean Club
  • Atlantis Paradise Island Resort and Casino, 1-800-ATLANTIS in the U.S, +1 (242) 363-3000, [2]. The largest, most tourist-oriented hotel in Nassau. Located on Paradise Island, just across the causeway from downtown Nassau. A tourist attraction in itself, with a giant aquarium, a casino, shopping center, marina, water park, not to mention the beach. $300 and up.  edit
  • Comfort Suites, +1 242-363-3680 (, fax: 242-363-2588), [3]. checkin: 3PM; checkout: 11AM. Located on Paradise Island, this hotel is the only other hotel that gives free access to Atlantis's facilities which includes a water park and largest open water marine life. Comfort Suites also offers a free continental breakfast. This motel is best for those looking for a great time in the Bahamas on a budget.  edit
  • One & Only Ocean Club, +1 242 363 2501, [4]. Running since 1963, this is where Casino Royale was filmed and Hollywood stars hang out when they need a little peace and quiet. Gorgeous private beach and private golf course, and rooms have numerous perks like butler service and complimentary champagne, but the price tag is correspondingly steep. From $750.  edit
  • Sunrise Beach Club and Villas, (242) 363-2234, [5]. These privately-owned villas are less than three blocks from the Atlantis Casino, and usually much cheaper. Units vary in size, but each has its own kitchen. Indeed, the biggest difference in staying here is that there is no room service; you'll have to run to the market for food. Viola's Jungle Bar is on site, however, and serves meals and drinks.  edit
  • Riu Paradise Island, Bahamas* [6], Standing on a spectacular 3-mile stretch of white sandy beach, the Hotel Riu Paradise Island has a prime location next to Atlantis. Riu Paradise Island offers the ultimate all inclusive Bahamas vacation coupled with Riu’s outstanding services and features. At the Riu we’re all about you—anything you need, at any time.
Beware the golf balls
Beware the golf balls

Signs around the Ocean Club warn of the danger of getting bonked on the head by an errant golf ball, which is indeed probably the main security risk on this heavily policed patch of prime property. By Bahamian law, all beaches are public property, but you can expect to get hassled if you go as much as one step on to private manicured lawns.

  • Nassau, just across the bridge
  • Exuma, accessible on day trips from the ferry terminal

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Paradise Island is an island in the Bahamas. The island is located just north of the island of New Providence, Bahamas. There are two bridges connecting the two islands. One was built in 1999 and the other one was built in the late 1990s.



Paradise Island (and all of the Bahamas) is known for its sandy white beaches and all year round warm climate. The island is also is known for Atlantis, a hotel and casino.


Paradise Island is a hot spot for filming movies. The Beatles film Help! and James Bond movie Casino Royale are only some of the movies filmed on Paradise Island. Coordinates: 25°05′N 77°20′W / 25.083°N 77.333°W / 25.083; -77.333

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