January 30, 2012

scenes from my weekend | a visit to the bahamas

Is it still winter? Today, I’m coming back to some decent weather and a bit of a glow thanks to a mild winter in Kansas City coupled with some great travel opportunities to St. Lucia and most recently, the Bahamas.

I jetted off to Nassau and Paradise Island, Bahamas, on Thursday for a long weekend in the sun where I explored a few great spots on the island and had my share of cigars, local conch, wine and what seemed like an infinite amount of water.

You can see more pictures on my Facebook page if you fancy yourself a little bit of sun and sand this winter. Happy Monday.

cigars at graycliff hotel nassau bahamas

{I’m not a smoker by any means, but you can’t visit the Graycliff Hotel in Nassau, which is known for its 300,000-bottle wine cellar and cigar factory, without getting a puff. The owner, Enrico Garzaroli, rolled this beautiful “ninfa” cigar for me after dinner on Thursday night. Truly a special experience.}

ocean view at the cove atlantis paradise island bahamas

{I stayed at The Cove Atlantis for two nights during the weekend, and this is the view I savored each morning from my 17th-floor hotel room. Even though Atlantis is a larger resort with tons of attractions, moments like this make you feel like you’re miles away from the hustle and bustle.}

kimberlyloc in the water at the cove atlantis nassau bahamas

{On Saturday, I had a great four-hour chunk of time to soak up the sun on the beach at The Cove Atlantis. Besides being in an area exclusively available to guests at The Cove, this area was extremely clean and calm for such a high-energy resort. I was able to literally “swim with the fishies” in this clear water.}

eat conch four ways in the bahamas

{The locals are crazy for conch, and now I understand why. I had, clockwise from top left, scorched conch, fried conch, conch salad and conch fritters. It’s a favorite that reminds me of shrimp in the South. Conch has a chewy texture that takes on different personas depending on how it’s prepared. My favorite style was conch salad, which was similar to ceviche.}

spa at the one & only ocean club bahamas

{I had to take a break during my tour of the One&Only Ocean Club Spa in Nassau, where supermodel Cindy Crawford got married more than a decade ago. This chair was the perfect break from my high heels.}

Have you ever been to the Bahamas? Where did you stay, and would you recommend it? I’d love to know your thoughts!

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  • http://beancakes.wordpress.com/ kristina

    hey kim! these are lovely pictures, i’ve never been to the bahamas before but i really want to go!! i love that last photo of you, so cute ;) ;)
    xoxo, kristina

  • http://kimberlyloc.com kimberlyloc

    @kristina thanks girl! you must get to the islands soon. it’s beautiful down there. catching up with my blogs and such…off to see what you’ve posted today!!! xo

  • http://www.bodiesinfocus.com Megan

    Incredible photos, Kim! Looks absolutely like paradise. And I agree with Kristina about the last photo. I need a chair like that. For some reason, it reminds me of an owl’s perch. Hoot, hoot!

    • http://kimberlyloc.com kimberlyloc

      @megan thank you! it was spectacular. do you think our apt. complexes will let us get chairs like that? :)

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