Press Release: The Island House– The Stylish Getaway on Nassau

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The Island House– The Stylish Getaway on Nassau

Nassau, Bahamas (January 2020) — The Island House, located on New Providence, only five minutes from the Nassau airport, is an award-winning boutique hotel in Lyford Cay. The Island House experience marries contemporary luxury with the understated elegance of island life. With exquisite design by Champalimaud and highlighting Bahamian artists throughout, The Island House stands out among Bahamian resorts, having been designed with both visitors and the local community in mind. Located on ten landscaped acres, the resort features 30 spacious rooms and poolside suites, exclusive private beach access, and six rental apartments.

The brainchild of Island House is director Lauren Holowesko, a fifth-generation Bahamian, and her father Mark Holowesko. The goal of the hotel is to be a destination for locals as well as to offer travelers a personalized Bahamas experience with exclusive programming, unique to an independent and locally owned resort. The hotel embodies the spirit of the island and offers celebrated food, esteemed local art, and a focus on well-being.

“In all things, we want The Island House to remain true to its Bahamian roots,” said Director Lauren Holowesko. “We were born and raised here, and we want to use our local knowledge to showcase another side of paradise, especially to guests who may associate The Bahamas with large mainstream resorts.”

Each space within The Island House is designed by New York-based luxury design firm Champalimaud. With an emphasis on creating warm spaces indicative of the region, the firm fashioned a relaxed interior with bespoke furnishings complemented by contemporary Bahamian art to evoke a chic and tranquil sanctuary. The design focuses on quality of the guests’ experience, reflecting The Island House’s ethos: offering a welcoming space that captures the local spirit.

Culinary Offerings

The Island House offers a range of dining choices for locals and guests, including Shima, located on the top floor of The Island house and featuring both indoor and al fresco dining on the rooftop decks with views of the Lyford Cay Marina. Shima features fresh, vibrant flavors of Southeast Asia under the direction of Executive Chef, David Rodgers.

Mahogany House, celebrating its 10th anniversary, is renowned as one of the finest Italian restaurants in the Caribbean, under the direction of Executive Chef Dan Quirk. To complement Mahogany House, The Island House opened Mahogany Pizza in December 2019, for dining in and takeaway gourmet pizza.

The wine program at Shima, Mahogany House, and Mahogany Cellar is directed by sommelier Chris Farnum, who has created the finest wine list around the world, sourcesd direct from the winemakers around the world.

Health and Wellness

The Island House’s wellness offerings feature a 25-meter lap pool as well as a poolside fully equipped gym and two regulation squash courts. A separate spacious and light-filled yoga studio offers a complete schedule of yoga and Pilates classes.


The Island House boasts the first Bamford Spa in the Western Hemisphere, a full-service spa designed around the renowned British brand of organic spa product and offers a range of services from therapeutic massages to body scrubs as well as Island House signature treatments.

Arts and Culture

One of the standout amenities of The Island House is the 48-seat cinema, which has been designed to captivate guests and local culture enthusiasts. The cinema offers first run films and independent Caribbean productions, as well as live art, music, seminars, and speaking events.

The Island House focus on local culture is reflected in the island’s art collection which highlights young and emerging Bahamian talent as well as recognized masters. Lauren Holowesko curated the art collection which features commissioned pieces throughout the common areas as well as original art in every room.

Guestrooms and Suites  

The 30 beautifully appointed guestrooms at the The Island House are 385-square-feet with spacious baths featuring rain showers and private terraces. The expansive poolside cottages have 580-square-foot porches, hanging day beds, and al fresco showers. All accommodations feature the Bamford Body Collection, Apple TVs, and complimentary Wi-Fi.

Meetings and Weddings

The Island House has become known as a meetings and weddings destination. From the expansive Events Lawn to the 80-seat meeting room with modern audio-visual system, The Island House is an ideal easy-to-access getaway for corporate and incentive gatherings or elegant destination weddings.

Local Culture and Adventure

Whether guests are looking for a relaxing spa and pool getaway or a full itinerary, The Island House concierge can arrange an array of adventure and cultural activities including the following:

  • Private Beach Access – New for winter 2019/2020, The Island House has private beach access for guests. The hotel’s custom Land Rover beach shuttle will take guests to the beach.
  • Visit the National Gallery of Art of the Bahamas.
  • Stuart Coves – a pristine snorkeling and diving preserve on the southwest cost of New Providence, located 10 minutes from the hotel.
  • Pappa Surf SUP and Sea kayaking – SUP or sea kayak at any location on the island.
  • Swimming Pigs on Big Major Cay in the Exumas – this is a longer an excursion, but well worth the trip.
  • Ardastra Gardens – visit the nearby Ardastra Gardens, also known as the unofficial zoo of the Bahamas.
  • Primeval National Forest –a nearby old growth forest that is one of the Bahamian Trust National Preserves.


The Island House was named to the Fodor’s Finest Hotels 2020, a collection of 100 of the best hotels in the world, as well as 2019 Caribbean Boutique Hotel of the Year by the Caribbean Journal.


The Island House is located at Mahogany Hill, Western Road PO Box N-7776-78, Nassau, Bahamas. The Island House rates start at US$345/night for double occupancy. For more information on The Island House, or to request a reservation, or call 1-242-698-6300.


Media Contact:

Maureen Poschman

+1 970 948 3176

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