Were you one of the unlucky ones who got fried by the Fyre Festival? The Internet has been buzzing since the dream-turned-debacle quickly unraveled into one of the biggest music festival meltdowns in history. Instead of pointing fingers at what went wrong (there is plenty of that happening already, including a $100 million class-action lawsuit), consider a luxurious Bahamas getaway that is the stuff that bucket lists are made of. If you’ve got the bankroll, here are five recommendations for the ultimate Caribbean getaway.
- Fly in Style
Forget commercial. Business Class doesn’t compare to your own private jet. Ultimate Jet Vacations (UJV) is the vision of entrepreneur David Mendal. UJV whisks guests from a number of domestic gateways, including Miami, Atlanta, New York, and Washington, D.C. on a brand new Phenom 300 by Embraer. Slick seating for seven is super comfortable (don’t forget to pack champagne) and before you know it, wheels will be touching down on Paradise Island.
- Bigger IS Better
UJV’s Jet2Villa package includes accommodations at One&Only Ocean Club, Bahamas, where you and several of your closest friends and family (or lovers!) can bunker down for an oceanfront retreat unlike anything you’ve ever experienced before. At 4,400 square feet, the three-bedroom villa is designed in a British-Colonial style with plenty of room to spread out, including a private infinity pool for a cool dip. The package also includes a stocked welcome bar, in-villa catered dinner for eight, and four Swedish massages for your favorite attendees.
- Fresh Catch
Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten puts his culinary stamp on One&Only’s signature restaurant, Dune. Infusing his French-Asian style with a kiss of island flair, chef Vongerichten has longstanding partnerships with fisherman Allan Brown and Maria-Theresa Kemp’s Holey Farm for a bounty local produce. Expect conch, lobster, snapper, and a seasonal harvest direct from the farm.
- Shaken, Not Stirred
Paradise Island has long been a Bahamian playground. Huntington Hartford II, heir to the Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Company, purchased the estate from Swedish industrialist Axel Wenner-Gren in 1962 and hosted the hotel’s grand opening with a guest that included Zsa Zsa Gabor, Burl Ives, William Randolph Hearst, and more. The Martini Bar & Lounge has been the site of several James Bond appearances, so be sure to order a classic Vesper or shake it up with more than a dozen martini variations.
- Play a While
If you have a low barometer for rest and relaxation, there are plenty of adrenaline-inducing activities to be had. Dive at Tongue of the Ocean or hover at the water’s surface with spectacular snorkeling in Great Bahama Bank. Book a private yacht or fishing charter for even more time on the crystal blue waters, or if staying land-locked is more your style, there’s an 18-hole Tom Weiskopf-designed golf course, clay tennis courts, and yoga on the beach deck.
If you’ve got extra room in your entourage, consider extending an invite to Ja Rule. He could use a legit luxury escape right about now.
Matthew Wexler is a regular contributor to Passport Magazine. Follow him on social media at @roodeloo.