Indulge Yourself in Paradise: The Super-Deluxe Private Nandana Resort, Bahamas

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The proprietors of Nandana Villa in the Bahamas say, “Find us and you find paradise.” Although this sounds like hyperbole, it’s not: the word Nandana actually means “paradise” in Sanskrit — and the moment you arrive at this five-star custom resort’s private dock, you’ll know that’s nothing more than the unvarnished truth. Through 200-year-old hand-carved teak doors, you’ll enter the Great Hall, the “hub” of the resort, where social amenities include a glass-enclosed wine room. From there, check into one of five separate villas — one-bedroom “bangalas” (bungalows), each with its own climate control and security — and savor the perfect combination of solitude and gorgeous island views. For the ultimate in a magical island night, try the Canopy Suite, a 2,000-square-foot safari-style tent, nestled among towering palms, that includes all the amenities of the other suites, including air conditioning and a fully-appointed bathroom.

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But you won’t want to spend much time sleeping, either; the resort’s facilities feature not only a 120-foot infinity pool that drops gracefully onto a private beach…but a championship golf course, Jet Skis and ATVs, beach volleyball, snorkeling, and fishing. If it’s your pleasure, arrange a trip to swim with dolphins, have a private picnic on an adjacent island, or explore the area on a bicycle. To keep in shape, work out in the resort’s private gym; and for relaxation afterward, treat yourself to an Asian massage or other spa services, or simply relax with a DVD and snacks. Whether it’s gourmet dining under the stars, gazing at priceless art and treasures from Asia on display throughout the resort, or using the convenience of high-speed Internet to gloat to all your friends who aren’t with you (!)…you’ll long remember your trip to “paradise” at Nandana.

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Written by Janet Butler

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Janet W. Butler is a freelance writer, editor, and editorial consultant by day and a “small soprano” by night. An RWA Golden Heart Winner, she is the author of the inspirational romance From the Ashes (“the best little book no one’s ever heard of”), published by SANDS Publishing in 2001; and a romantic suspense, Voice of Innocence, from Desert Breeze Publishing. She is a Chicago native transplanted to northeast Indiana, where she lives with her husband, daughter, and Cassandra “Trouble” Butler, S.R.C. (Spoiled Rotten Cat).