A landmark mansion listed in the National Register of Historic Places, Graycliff is a hotel with a storied past. When I recall a visit to Graycliff Hotel (I came for dinner, not a honeymoon), I remember it as an elegant, romantic place with timeless appeal.
Located in downtown Nassau, close to the wharf and shopping district, Graycliff's history stretches back to the 18th century. The main house was built by Captain John Graysmith, a true pirate of the Caribbean whose plunder brought him great wealth and fame.
The property overlooks the official residence of the Governor General of the Bahamas and is a short cab ride to the beaches and casinos of Paradise Island.
With just 20 rooms and two swimming pools, Graycliff is an intimate place where honeymoon couples and other romantics come to relax, eat fine food and savor rare wines, and perhaps even puff on one of the hand-rolled cigars produced by the on-site factory.
The classic, graceful entrance signifies that you are about to enter a special place that retains the true flavor of the Caribbean.
Graycliff Hotel Bedroom Suite
Each of the 20 rooms and suites in Graycliff has a different decór.
Elegant guest chambers and spacious pool cottage suites are all individually decorated and feature names that evoke the charm and romance of the tropics.
As it gets hot in the tropics mid-day, rooms are all air conditioned. Most have jacuzzi tubs. A mini bar, safe deposit box, direct-dial phone, alarm clock, data port, and cable TV add to guests' comfort and security.
Graycliff Dining Room
Graycliff's dining room is the place to enjoy a long and leisurely dinner with fine wines.
For more than a decade, Graycliff has been rated an AAA Four-Diamond restaurant and consistently won The Wine Spectator’s Grand Award.
The cuisine combines continental and Bahamian fare to yield dishes of delightful taste and subtlety.
Graycliff also has a second restaurant, Churrascaria Humidor. A very different experience modeled after Brazilian Rodizio barbecues, it features a sequence of grilled meats such as chicken, pork, beef, and lamb and delivered to the table. A buffet ranging from salads and bean dishes to vegetables, fresh fish and other specialties sates less-avid carnivores.
Graycliff Hotel Wine Cellar
Graycliff Hotel has an extensive wine cellar that features a number of very old and very rare bottles.
The wine cellar contains more than 275,000 bottles, and guests may choose from some 4000 selections imported from 15 countries.
Bahamas Wedding at Graycliff
Imagine starting your own life history together in the historic mansion that is Graycliff in the Bahamas.
Graycliff offers wedding couples the option of choosing one of their pre-set packages or designing a custom wedding celebration.
The basic wedding package starts at an affordable rate. Music lovers can upgrade to have a classical violinist serenade at the ceremony and a Bahamian calypso or jazz band and a fire/limbo dancer for the reception.
Bahamas Wedding Requirements
Honeymoon at Graycliff
Graycliff is a romantic place for a honeymoon that offers extra perks to couples celebrating their love.
When you reserve a honeymoon stay at Graycliff, you can expect to receive a welcome bottle of champagne, a couples gift, and a room upgrade if space is available — all at no extra charge.
If you'd like even more perks, the hotel will arrange that for a fee. Honeymoon couples can be met at the airport and transported to the hotel. The three-night package includes a bottle of champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries, a full daily breakfast, a four-course chef’s tasting dinner at Graycliff Restaurant with wine, one dinner at the Rodizio barbecue restaurant, and a private “Lovers Culinary Lesson” with the executive chef who will teach the couple how to make some Bahamian dishes.
Graycliff Swimming Pool
One of the two swimming pools at Graycliff.
No water slides, no flowing river, no sand, no beach -- just a pretty pool surrounded by comfortable loungers, tables, and chairs.
Graycliff Culinary Academy
Learn how to cook Bahamanian dishes at the Graycliff Culinary Academy.
Graycliff Cigar Company
In 1997, the Graycliff Cigar Company began rolling tobacco into cigars valued the world over.
Couples have a private lounge in which they can enjoy a fresh cigar made on the premises. (Non-smokers are accommodated elsewhere.)
Learn to Roll Cigars
Those who'd like to learn more about the art of cigar-making can visit the Graycliff Cigar Company factory on the premises to watch the torcedores at work.
Graycliff Hotel Lounge
The hotel's rich history adds to the romantic ambience at Graycliff.
The Graycliff's lounge evokes yesteryear, which is certainly appropriate.
The 260-year-old main house played a part in United States history, serving as an American base during the Revolutionary War and an American Navy port during the Civil War.
Lovers as well as warriors (both military and mob) took refuge here. During the Roaring 20s, Graycliff was owned by Mrs. Polly Leach, a paramour of Al Capone, who ran it as a hotel.
In 1966, a royal couple, Lord and Lady Dudley, Third Earl of Staffordshire, held the deed. Among their guests were the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, Lord Mountbatten, and Sir Winston Churchill.
Graycliff reopened as a hotel in 1974, and since then it has been seducing Bahamas visitors who want to stay some place out of the ordinary.
Tropical Drinks at Graycliff
The bartender at Graycliff is adept at mixing colorful and potent drinks for guests.
To please tee-totalers, dozens of brands of sparkling and natural bottled water are available.
But where's the ocean, you may ask. This is, after all, the Bahamas, surrounded by the glorious turquoise Caribbean Sea. Graycliff is a city hotel. For couples inclined to leave its swimming pools to play in the sand, Blue Lagoon island is a taxi ride away. A shuttle bus, the less expensive option, is also available.
With a voucher from the hotel, a complimentary catamaran will take you out to the island. Guests can get a picnic lunch prepared by Graycliff or a gourmet lunch on the island.
Activities at Blue Lagoon, which guests can participate in for a fee, include a dolphin close encounter, a swim with a dolphin, and a sea lion encounter.
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