Consisting of over 365 islands, these secluded array of Cays offers the most luxurious, relaxing experience possible. The largest of these islands is Great Exuma which is just 37 mi in length and joined by a small bridge to another island, Little Exuma. Due to the exclusivity and its remoteness the ultra- wealthy vacation year- round to this paradise. Exuma is filled with luxury homes, world-class resorts and unique restaurants offering an authentic Bahamian experience.
WHAT TO SEE:
Moria Harbour Cay National Park– Covering 13,440 acres, it is a vital part of the ecosystem between Great and Little Exuma. It includes sand dunes, beaches, mangroves and sea grass beds, home to nesting seabirds and a nursery for marine life.
Tropic of Cancer Beach– Named for its geographic coordinate and also called Pelican Beach, this graceful crescent of white-powder sand borders the translucent blue-green water along the coast of Little Exuma. It is the longest beach on the island and prettiest in the Exuma chain.
WHERE TO EAT:
Haulover Bay Bar & Grill– The quintessential beachfront restaurant. Haulover Bay Bar & Grill is situated on the beach with all views pointing to the clear blue waters of the ocean. This restaurant is known to provide a relaxing atmosphere offering both in indoor and outdoor seating options plus hammocks and tree swings. Did I mention that you can get to it by paddle board? Haulover Bay Bar & Grill is family owned restaurant that incorporates their family recipes with the freshest fish and seafood caught on the island.
Catch a Fire Bar & Grill- Catch a Fire Bar and Grill is known for its amazing sunsets, live bands and great food. It’s located on sunset bluff, one of Great Exumas most beautiful locations. Sip a tropical cocktail and enjoy the sunset at this waterfront bar and grill. Tastefully decorated with teak benches, a handsome bar, and infinity pool, Catch a Fire is a fun place to go for dinner and for dancing on Wednesday and Saturday nights when the restaurant has live entertainment. It can be busy, so call ahead for reservations. Truly a place to see!
WHERE TO STAY:
Hideaways Palm Bay– Stretching from shoreline to shoreline on Great Exuma, Hideaways offers casual resort accommodations in one of the world’s most sought after destinations. Hideaways Beach Front offers cottages and villas nestled along the shoreline and around two freshwater pools. Each one-of-a-kind unit combines privacy with convenient access to all of our onsite amenities. Premium hotel-style services make for a relaxed, indulgent vacation.Whether you’re seeking full-service luxury or a more self-guided experience, let out friendly staff assist you in selecting the perfect vacation accommodations and assembling all the elements of your dream getaway.
Cape Santa Maria– “Named the #2 Most Romantic Resort in the Bahamas by Travel & Leisure”
Featuring spacious bungalows designed in the classic Bahamian style. Each bungalow boasts a private veranda with breathtaking views of picture-perfect sunsets. Step out onto the boardwalk for a romantic stroll while being caressed by gentle Caribbean trade winds. The resort is placed directly on Cape Santa Maria Beach, a four mile vista of bright white sand that has been recognized as one of the top 10 best beaches in the world.
Chicago, also known as the “Windy City” this beautiful metropolis is situated alongside Lake Michigan, and is one of the biggest cities in the United States. No wonder it is home to more than 2.7 million people- they just can’t get enough of this lakeside city! Who could blame them with all of the beautiful architecture, museums, parks and not to mention the historic Wrigley Field. The juxtaposition between land and water is a sight to see and reason why Chicago is one of the top destinations for Labor Day Weekend!
WHAT TO SEE:
Millennium Park– Home to the famous “Bean” sculpture, as well as eclectic art, landscape designs, gardens and architecture. This without a doubt should be your first stop whilst in Chicago! The park also offers free concerts, movies and cultural events nestled in between many lively bars and restaurants.
360 Chicago Observation Deck– Located in the historic John Hannock Observatory Center in central Chicago, this tower provides 360 degree views from 1,000 feet up. You will be able to see architecture, and Lake Michigan from the comfort t of the 94th floor. There is also a café and bar- a great place to watch the sunset over a cup of coffee or a glass of wine.
WHERE TO EAT:
RPM Steak- Founded by Giuliana & Bill Rancic, this modern, sleek chophouse is a new staple in the culinary world. Located on the famous “Illinois St,” RPM is highly rated and appreciated by all for their delicious pasta, seafood and steak options.
Nico Osteria- This 4.5 star rated restaurant offers a spin on Italian cuisine, offering “Italian Seafood” as the focal point of their menu. What is unique about Nico Osteria is that their menu changes daily depending on which catches Chef Erling Wu-Bower gets fresh.
WHERE TO STAY:
The Langham- ” Chicago’s Newest Forbes Five- Star Hotel” The Langham is rated #1 on TripAdvisor and conveniently located within walking distance from the business district, Magnificent Mile as well as a plethora of stores, bars and restaurants. The décor is of British style with floor to ceiling glass but still able to provide a warm, comfort vibe.
The Talbott Hotel- Rated #2 on TripAdvisor, located 2 miles from Magnificent Mile, this European- style hotel was built in 1927. The Talbott Hotel is the quintessential Chicago design with dark wood walls, fireplaces and lounges covered with oversized leather chairs.