Four Seasons: Press Release, November 1, 2017
Access Industries Appoints Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts to Manage Legendary Ocean Club on Paradise Island in the Bahamas
Access Industries has appointed Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, the world’s leading luxury hospitality company, to manage the celebrated Ocean Club on Paradise Island in the Bahamas as of November 30, 2017. Upon this change in management, the property will be known as The Ocean Club, A Four Seasons Resort, Bahamas.
Since opening in 1962, The Ocean Club has hosted the world’s most discerning guests at its picture-perfect location on a five mile (eight kilometre) white sand beach along azure waters. In a uniquely secluded setting, extensive, Versailles-inspired lawns and gardens surround a series of low-level buildings housing more than 100 accommodations including several cottages and villas. The Resort offers five restaurants and bars, including DUNE by Michelin-starred Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten; and leisure facilities encompassing a tranquil spa, three pools and six tennis courts, with access to the adjacent Tom Weiskopf-designed Ocean Club golf course. Several indoor and outdoor event spaces for up to 250 guests are also on-site.
“Four Seasons shares our vision for a truly personalised luxury experience, with special sensitivity to the unique aspects of historic properties,” says Jonah Sonnenborn, Head of Real Estate, Access Industries, which also owns Grand-Hôtel du Cap-Ferrat, A Four Seasons Hotel and other premier hotel properties. “The Ocean Club, like Access’ other iconic hotels, offers its guests an unparalleled location and boundless possibility for their experience at the Resort. When we acquired it in 2014, we saw a wonderful opportunity to build on its rich legacy while looking ahead to its future. Following the success of our partnership in the south of France, Four Seasons was the natural choice to help elevate The Ocean Club to even greater renown.”
“The Ocean Club has long been one of the world’s great resorts and will be an extraordinary addition to our global portfolio as we extend our presence in the Caribbean,” says J. Allen Smith, President and CEO of Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts. “We are proud to work in partnership with Access to bring luxury travellers a Four Seasons experience in the Bahamas. The genuine warmth of the Bahamian people matches perfectly with the personalised service that only Four Seasons can deliver, creating a truly authentic Caribbean experience unlike anything else on Paradise Island.”
Situated just off the Bahamian capital of Nassau, the property began as the private estate of a Swedish industrialist, later acquired by an American businessman and philanthropist who built the original 52 room hotel and golf course in 1962. In 2014, upon acquisition by Access Industries, millions of dollars were invested in room renovations, a new oceanfront pool and world class restaurants.
Guests can look forward to a series of enhancements that will introduce a new level of modern luxury while retaining the historic glamour of The Ocean Club as it begins the next chapter in its celebrated history as a Four Seasons.
About Access Industries
Access Industries was founded in 1986 by its Chairman, Len Blavatnik, and is a privately held industrial group with long-term holdings worldwide. Access Real Estate’s portfolio includes a collection of iconic hotels, and commercial and residential properties in the United States, Europe and South America. In addition to The Ocean Club, Access’ hospitality holdings include the renowned Grand-Hôtel du Cap-Ferrat, A Four Seasons Hotel; Faena Miami and Faena Buenos Aires; and the Sunset Tower Hotel in West Hollywood.
About Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts
Founded in 1960, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts is dedicated to perfecting the travel experience through continual innovation and the highest standards of hospitality. Currently operating 106 hotels, resorts and residences in major city centres and resort destinations in 44 countries, and with more than 50 projects under planning or development, Four Seasons consistently ranks among the world’s best hotels and most prestigious brands in reader polls, traveller reviews and industry awards. For more information and reservations, visit fourseasons.com. For the latest news, visit press.fourseasons.com and follow @FourSeasonsPR on Twitter.