Retail Therapy: Bahamas Style

By Paul Joseph

Most people need a good excuse to retreat indoors when in The Bahamas, but one of the biggest incentives is the world class shopping on offer.

Both downtown Nassau and the Atlantis Resort on Paradise Island are home to an array of international luxury brands, enabling you to pick up stylish mementos for yourself and lavish presents for friends and family back home. And incase you needed any further persuasion, the shopping in The Bahamas is entirely tax and duty free.

Best known for its waterpark and casino, the Atlantis Resort is also something of a shopping mecca. Whether its window shopping or some serious purchasing you have in mind, the high-end boutiques that can be found dotted throughout Crystal Court in the resort’s Coral Towers offer a relaxing respite from the maelstrom of activity that envelopes the rest of the resort day and night. From watch and jewellery brands to fashion and design houses, there is something for everyone. Here is a run-down of some of the big luxury hitters represented at Atlantis.

Hearts on Fire
Comprising necklaces, rings, earrings and bracelets, the Hearts on Fire jewellery brand claims to have created the world’s most perfectly cut diamond. Solomon’s Mines, the oldest luxury goods retailer in The Bahamas, is the official retailer in The Bahamas for Hearts on Fire and houses several of the brand’s collections within its three Bahamas stores – two of which are located at Atlantis.

Ulysse Nardin
Also found at Solomon’s Mines in The Bahamas is the entire collection of world-renowned Swiss watchmaker Ulysse Nardin. Famous for their beauty and strength, the collection boasts some truly stunning creations, amongst which are enduring favourites such as the Maxi Marine Chronometer in Gold, the Jewel Time Executive in Gold, and the Maxi Diver in Gold.

A veritable cathedral of crystal, the Lalique store at Atlantis sells a stunning assortment of crystal design pieces, including jewellery, homeware and perfume bottles. The store at the aptly named Crystal Court is also the official retailer for one of Lalique’s stand-out designs – a crystal shark figurine.

After its foundation in the 1980s, Swiss company Hublot rapidly became known as one of the most technologically advanced watchmakers around. Today the company lays claim to being the number one best-selling watch brand in the world. The Hublot store at Atlantis can be found in a corridor of luxury boutiques within the Crystal Court shops, and boasts a glittering array of Hublot timepieces, including its highly popular women’s collection.

Need a statement handbag to go with that outfit? Then head to the Versace store at Crystal Court in Atlantis, which is home to a vast range of pieces by the iconic Italian design house, including Vanitas handbags made with sheepskin leather. Everything in the store is delivered direct from Milan, Italy.

The Chopard boutique at Crystal Court in Atlantis features an extensive selection of fine jewellery, men’s and ladies’ watches, handbags, fragrances, and accessories including sunglasses and writing instruments. Known for its complicated timepieces, Swiss brand Chopard’s collection of watches includes the island-inspired Happy Beach collection, the ladies’ Imperial collection and the men’s Mille Miglia collection.

Quality materials, flawless workmanship and avant-garde designs are the keystones behind Gucci’s success. From leather goods, shoes and accessories to timepieces, jewellery, eyewear, fragrances, scarves, ties and giftware, Gucci’s exclusive products are sought around the world. In The Bahamas, Gucci boast two excusive stores, one in downtown Nassau and another at Crystal Court in Atlantis.

By Paul Joseph