Just offshore of Nassau lies a French-inspired oasis of colorful flowers, palm trees, marble statues, and cobblestone pathways. Journey across the harbor to Paradise Island and explore the Versailles Gardens for a serene and romantic getaway.
Once the private resort of millionaire heir Huntington Hartford, these gardens now welcome visitors, free of charge, 24 hours a day. Hand in hand with your sweetheart, approach the Versailles Gardens before sunset for a lovely walk in the golden-hued late afternoon. A balmy breeze off the Caribbean Sea welcomes you as you stroll along verdant paths and smell the sweet hibiscus and bougainvillea plants in the garden. Pause and snap a photo together beside a tranquil pond filled with lotus flowers and lilies that will soothe your soul.
Pack food, a blanket, and some candles for a romantic dinner on the lush green lawn by the waning light of the sun. The well-manicured gardens are adorned with various marble and bronze statues of historical and mythical figures. There’s nothing like spending an evening among the likes of Hercules, Napoleon, and Franklin D. Roosevelt.
As the sun begins to set, continue upward until you reach the French Cloister, the remains of a monastery built by Augustinian monks in the 12th century. At the center stands an elegant white marble statue entitled “Silence,” which is surrounded by lush greenery and encircled by grand stone archways. It’s easy to see why so many couples choose to say “I do” in this very spot. Keep walking to the water’s edge to catch the spectacular sunset over Nassau Harbor. Once nighttime has fallen and the stars are twinkling above, walk back through the gardens for a whole different view of the statues and plants, now illuminated by lights.
Escape the hustle and bustle of Nassau for a romantic getaway hidden from the crowds. At Versailles Gardens, you and your sweetheart can unwind among the fragrant blossoms of flowers, relax by the calming waters of a lily pond, bask in the grandeur of 12th-century marble artwork, and fall in love all over again as you watch the sun set over the water.
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