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Our Summer Grand Vacation: Living Large in the Bahamas (Part 1)

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The British Colonial Hilton Hotel

When my husband and I started planning for our summer getaway in the Bahamas, we jointly decided that we wanted to explore the Bahamian culture primarily. Having said that, after making researches we finally decided that the best place for us to stay was in downtown Nassau, where most locals congregate and cultural activities take place. And, what could be the best hotel in the heart of downtown, Nassau? You got it! It’s the British Colonial Hilton Hotel located at the edge of the harbor.

Before the hotel was built, it is said that the site was occupied in the 19th century by the Old Fort of Nassau. The fort had the purpose of protecting the western entrance to the Nassau Harbor until it was demolished in 1873. Originally built in 1901 and rebuilt in 1922, British Colonial is considered a five star hotel in downtown Nassau. It is currently described as the “Grand Dame of all hotels downtown.” It is also said to be the “most elegant and expensive hotel in town” and the “most distinctive and pleasant of all hotels in the island.” All true!

The British Colonial has quite an interesting past that included not only a fire gutting its splendor, and that led to its restoration, but also for its Hollywood ambiance. The hotel was used as a location for the filming of the James Bond’s movies “Thunderball” and “Never Say Never” which both starred Sean Connery. The James Bond attraction, I must admit, was what indeed convinced my own James Bond at home to immediately book our hotel reservations. Wasn’t that fascinating? *laughter 🙂

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The British Colonial Hilton Hotel

In front of the hotel is the statue of British Governor Woodes Rogers who was known to have decimated piracy in 1718.

In front of the hotel is the statue of British Governor Woodes Rogers who was known to have decimated piracy in 1718.

The moment we entered the hotel, we immediately noticed the majestic lobby with marble tile and grand mural. Very opulent!

The moment we entered the hotel, we immediately noticed the majestic lobby with marble tile and grand mural. Very opulent!

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On the other side of the hotel is the tropical garden and swimming pool overlooking the harbor.

The exact location of the “skiing” scene in James Bond’s movie. It was said that the pier was intentionally built for the film.

The exact location of the “skiing” scene in James Bond’s movie. It was said that the pier was intentionally built for the film.

My Gastronomic Adventure

Although I don’t consider myself a food adventurer or “foodie” in short, I took the risk and immediately indulged my taste buds in an eclectic Bahamian culinary experience.

Surrounded by water, naturally fish and sea food in general take center stage in Bahamas local fare. Conch, a big ocean mollusk firm flesh, is the island’s all-time favorite. Locals prepare/cook conch in different ways: salads, chowder, fritters, and even burgers.

My choices:

1) Bahamian Conch Sampler from Aqua Restaurant, British Colonial Hilton Hotel

1) Bahamian Conch Sampler from Aqua Restaurant, British Colonial Hilton Hotel

2) Banana Plantain chips served with Bahamian Conch

2) Banana Plantain chips served with Bahamian Conch

These recipes definitely sizzled and zinged in my palate. Yum!

Aqua Restaurant, British Colonial Hilton Hotel

Aqua Restaurant, British Colonial Hilton Hotel

With my husband as my date, it is always a superb dining experience.

Part 2 is coming shortly. Thanks for reading!

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One thought on “Our Summer Grand Vacation: Living Large in the Bahamas (Part 1)

  1. Looks like you and the hubby had a lot of fun! Good for you!

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