Planning your next adventure? This exciting city in The Bahamas is full of hidden gems

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Whether you’re looking to dine out on speciality conch salads, shop island-style or even create your own wine, Nassau has something for everyone – including turquoise-trimmed beaches on Nassau Paradise Island.

Just off the coast of Florida is an archipelago of beautiful and unique islands – The Bahamas; a dream destination with beaches famous for their sugar-soft white sands and crystal-clear waters. But fly into Nassau, the capital, and you’ll find there’s a lot more to discover.

A vibrant city with a swashbuckling past, pink colonial buildings, cathedrals, craft shops and offshore coral reefs – you’ll be spoilt for choice. Cross the bridge from Nassau to Paradise Island and you’ll find delicious local cuisine, stunning spa destinations and some once-in-a-lifetime excursions and activities.

Here’s why we love Nassau Paradise Island…

You’ll get a real flavour for The Bahamas

From the indigenous conch to the traditional dessert, Guava Duff, and delicious rum cake, there’s plenty of gastronomic delights. Try the five star restaurant at Graycliff for creative Bahamian dishes alongside fine and rare wines. You can even create your own unique blend at Bahama Barrel. Take a stroll to downtown Nassau and you’ll find dining at family-owned restaurants and discovering speciality foods in the local stores just as exciting.

To shop is an experience

Whether you’re seeking out hand-painted pottery, high-end fashion or souvenirs, you’ll find them in Nassau. From independent fashion boutiques on Paradise Island to the infamous local straw markets and bustling Bay Street – the island’s oldest thoroughfare – it’s worth diverting your gaze from the turquoise seas for just a bit…

There are state-of-the-art spas

Let go of those tensions back home and book into a spa – there’s nothing a massage and a chat with friends can’t fix. On Nassau Paradise Island you’ll find exclusive hotels with luxury spas you can enjoy, such as the Ocean Club Four Seasons Resort, and Mandara at Atlantis or the Espa Spa at Baha Mar. You’re just as likely to find independent spas along Bay Street though. Full-body treatment, facials, wraps and manicures are all served up with Bahamian flair.

Lazy beach days don’t get much better than this

Though there’s plenty to do, no visit would be complete without spending time on those pristine Caribbean sands and Nassau has its fair share. Cable Beach is arguably one of the most popular with plenty of restaurants and beachside shops, and if you can get past the name, Cabbage Beach on Paradise Island is another hotspot with great water sports and extraordinary views. Yes, here, you really can have it all.

There’s so much to do

The adventure doesn’t end there. Head off to a rum distillery, get a glimpse of island life at the Junkanoo World museum or hop on a horse for a sunset ride along the beach. For a break with a difference, Nassau is a world away from your usual holiday and one that will stay with you long after you’ve returned home…

You can find out more about Nassau and The Bahamas at www.nassauparadiseisland.com. British Airways fly to Nassau from London Heathrow four days a week – book via www.britishairways.com

Happy holidays!