High-minded design arrives in Nassau.
Established on the Western coast of Nassau, The Island House exists a world apart from Spring Break clichés. Developed and run by Bahamian developer Lauren Holowesko, this 30-room boutique property feels more like a pristine private estate than a tourist’s all-inclusive. Credit is largely due to Holowesko herself. A graduate of Sotheby’s Institute of Art, her own Caribbean style and sensibility is matched by an elevated knowledge of art and design, which led to her collaboration with architect Hart Howerton and noted hospitality designer Alexandra Champalimaud. Together, the team created a natural, refined aesthetic that takes full advantage of Nassau’s natural beauty. Interiors are textured with coral stone and cypress wood furnishings, spotlighted by custom-made resin and brass lighting fixtures, courtesy firm Solomon and Wu. Abundant greenery borders the resort’s paved paths, enveloping cottages and guestrooms in verdant privacy. Beyond décor, on-site amenities cater to a sophisticated clientele. An upscale, 48-seat cinema screens both mainstream and arthouse films nightly, a full service spa offers massages and beauty treatments, and the fitness options on property are seemingly endless—squash, paddle tennis, and anti-gravity yoga among them.