You’ve dug Dubai and made memories at music-week in Miami, but if you’re curious about the Caribbean there’s never been a better time to bust a move to The Bahamas. British Airways have got the fastest routes covered, and with four direct flights to Nassau each week you’ll soon be escaping Blighty’s rain-slicked streets for sun-kissed beaches and totally tropical good times.
With a fleet of upgraded 777s ready to take to the skies from July, BA can get you there in style. And with double the premium capacity now available on-board you could add some luxury to your holiday before you reach your destination.
When Christopher Columbus made landfall in the New World back in 1492 on the island of San Salvador, he was inspired by the surrounding shallow sea to describe what he saw as the islands of the ‘baja mar’ (shallow sea). Surrounded by ocean on three sides, and steeped in history, sixteen main islands and hundreds of islets and cays make up The Bahamas, and with average daily temperatures nudging the needle around 30C throughout the summer months and beyond, it’s the perfect destination for adventure and guaranteed rays. But not just of the sunshine variety…
Experience an underwater paradise at Atlantis Paradise Island where you can snorkel up close and personal with the rays at Stingray Experience, swim with Atlantic Bottlenose dolphins at Dolphin Cay and, if you’re looking for a jaw-dropping thrill, ride a slide through the shark lagoon on the Serpent Slide.
But you're gonna need a boat to get to your own private island. Take a fast boat ride to The Exumas chain, feed the iguanas, meet the famous swimming pigs then make like those tearaways in Lord Of The Flies and kick back with a Conch Salad (conch is a local delicacy) when you reach land at Staniel Cay.
If you’re taking little people with you, wow them with a walk in the footsteps of the real life pirates of the Caribbean – Blackbeard and Calico Jack. Go back to the 18th century and hear their stories when you visit the Pirates of Nassau museum. Explore the labyrinthine tunnels and sunken street exhibits of the mythical ruins of the lost continent of Atlantis before taking your tastebuds for a journey via the Nobu menu at the Atlantis resort.
When night falls unwind with a dinner cruise aboard a luxurious catamaran travelling along the Nassau or Grand Bahama Island waterfronts.
With prices starting from just £929 per person (including flights and seven nights hotel) choose from a range of stunning spa hotels and golf resorts. If you’re planning a winter trip, time your stay to coincide with the Junkanoo Festival. Party hard at the immense street parade taking over towns across The Bahamas every Boxing Day and New Year’s Day, joining thousands of dancers lost in the rhythm of drums, cowbells and horns. Whistle posse blow!
* Availability might be extremely limited, particularly during peak periods. All prices include return flights from London Heathrow to The Bahamas. British Colonial Hilton Nassau, The Bahamas price is in GBP per person based on two adults sharing 4* accommodation for 7 nights on an accommodation only board basis for selected travel between 05/09/16 – 21/09/16. Prices correct as of 08/12/15. Bookings must be made by midnight 02/06/16. Some payment methods might attract a handling fee. Holidays are ATOL protected (number ATOL5985). For full terms and conditions, visit ba.com.