"Gargoyles & Graffiti"chronicles architectural elements that I find interesting or unique in my travels. Gargoyles are my passion, but today graffiti (which I hate but am learning to love as it is everywhere) is as much a part of architecture as the gargoyles and decorative railings that thrill me.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Graycliff: Still One of My Favorites

Fish at Graycliff Hotel, Nassau, Bahamas
I am not sure why it took me so long to report on the Graycliff Hotel & Restaurant at Nassau, Bahamas. The Graycliff was a fond memory of a time long ago when I used to visit the Bahamas frequently, around 1988 to 1989. I was dating a guy at the time who worked on both the British Colonial Hotel renovation and also the original buildings of Atlantis at Paradise Island. Our highlight each year, either a birthday or significant holiday like Christmas, always included a visit to our favorite restaurant, Graycliff. The food is divine, the atmosphere gorgeous and it always required getting dressed up and taking a taxi up the hill from where we stayed. Who wouldn't love the only 5 star restaurant in the Caribbean?

TruBahamianFoodTour map

my husband Moises at Graycliff

So when I saw a locals tour that included a tasting at Graycliff, I couldn't resist. We had an awesome day off our cruise with Lexi, our guide, from Tru Bahamian Food Tours. When we got to Graycliff, it was raining and before the tour was over, at the Greek restaurant, it rained so hard that the streets were flooded to our knees. Some things about Nassau never change. But it was wonderful to visit my old friend Graycliff. They still had the wonderful fish pond and the elegant swimming pool. 

Graycliff swimming pool

They also had some new additions like the Graycliff Cigar Room and a chocolate tasting area, which is where we headed on our tour. 

Graycliff Cigar Room
No cigars were being smoked when we were in the cigar room, just a room to choose cigars and maybe buy a little jewelry. And the end of the day, before all the rain, we got to sample exquisite chocolates!

If you are ever interested in having a wonderful meal or staying at their luxury, boutique hotel, more info on Graycliff can be found here.

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