The Cloisters on Paradise Island, Bahamas


Island Travel is amazing… white powder-sand beaches, clear turquoise water, peach-colored sunsets, blue skies with wispy white clouds, and, of course, yummy drinks. Paradise Island has all of these things… and more.

Having a father who used to teach history, I have become accustom to travel that involves some sort of history lesson. This schooling, however, has the benefit of taking place in paradise.

The French Cloisters is located in the One and Only Ocean Club’s Versailles Gardens. It overlooks Nassau Harbour. The Cloisters is what remains from a 14th century French Monastery and is made of stone.


William Randolf Hearst, a US newspaper businessman, originally purchased the Cloisters. It was later bought from his estate by Huntington Hartford and shipped to the Bahamas. The stones were not labeled properly; as such, it took artist/sculptor, Jean Castre-Manne, two years to make it look similar to the original.

All history lessons aside, The Cloisters is also a perfect wedding site.. you can certainly see why. My husband and I are are already plotting our points to convince at least one of our children to get married there.

The Cloisters is an easy supplement to your hopefully nonexistent schedule in order to add some history to your beach vacation on Paradise Island.  It is definitely worth the short walk to check it out.

What about you? Do you try to add a little history or learning even when you are on a sun-and-sand trip?

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20 thoughts on “The Cloisters on Paradise Island, Bahamas”

  1. oh wow, this island looks totally awesome, otherwise beautiful. I never even heard of this place but now want to visit it. You convinced me to go now!

    1. The Caribbean is one of my loves too, although I always find myself comparing other islands to the Bahamas 🙂

  2. You painted such a beautiful and different picture of Bahamas. In my mind, Bahamas was all about babes and beaches. This history angle is really very interesting.

    1. Thank you! Having a history teacher in the family, we find history in even the most unlikely of places 😉

  3. Hands on or visiting a site in real life is definitely the best way to learn. We do end up going to historical sites when we travel but we don’t go out of our way to do this every time. It does feel good to take away some knowledge from a holiday.

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