Case Study:

The Ocean Club, a Four Seasons ResortA Tropical Playground Gets a Makeover

Paradise Island, Bahamas

The Challenge

The Ocean Club expansion and renovation focused on revitalizing the resorts’ historic Hartford Wing – a private estate until 1962 – while retaining its original classical architectural character.

The Design Solution

The resort’s extensive five-month renovation included transforming the Hartford Wing’s exterior courtyard, interior redesign and expansion of all 55 guest rooms, plus the expansion of bathrooms and balconies or terraces with lush garden and ocean-facing views. The project’s new amenities added a 125-foot infinity-edge pool with 180-degree Atlantic Ocean views. Other amenities include a poolside bar and grill, spa and fitness center, restaurant, retail and a refresh of existing hotel and public gathering spaces.

HKS collaborated with interior designer Jeffrey Beers of Jeffrey Beers International on the Hartford Wing restyled guest room renovation. The design team drew inspiration from the resort’s original Bahamian British Colonial architectural aesthetic, adding crisp and contemporary wood and stone materials layered with Caribbean-hued fabrics, textures and finishes to convey a refined yet comfortable and informal island spirit.

The resort’s modern guest room refresh lends a deep sense of relaxation and serenity, balanced by new amenities that beckons guests to explore.

The Design Impact

The transformation raised the bar for the luxury guest experience in the Caribbean while retaining The Ocean Club’s rich history, sense of privacy and coveted beachfront exclusivity.

Project Features

  • 26-acre resort
  • 55 guest rooms refresh and expansion
  • Spa and fitness center
  • Jean Georges Vogerichten Dune restaurant and retail building
  • Infinity-edge pool and pool bar and grill
  • Outdoor garden event space