In the heart of old Nassau, groups are getting a taste of the good life at Graycliff Hotel & Restaurant, a former colonial mansion set in lush tropical gardens.
As one of the Caribbean’s first five-star hotels and restaurants, Graycliff exudes luxury with the added dimension of a storied past. Built by a Caribbean pirate, site of the island’s first Anglican church, former headquarters of the American Navy, home to royalty and bygone gathering spot for the rich and famous, the property easily sets the stage for authentic and immersive events. Nowhere is this more enticing than in its F&B group programming.
Graycliff’s Wine Cellar has more than 250,000 bottles from 20 countries, ranging from the most popular vintages of today to some of the rarest and most expensive, including an 1865 Chateau Lafite and 1727 Rudesheimer Apostelwein. Groups of up to 18 can experience wine and cheese pairings in the cellar or a wine blending class at the on-site Bahama Barrels, a former church built by the Sisters of Charity and the first winery in The Bahamas.
The Graycliff Cognateque, meanwhile, contains a 9,000-bottle collection of cognacs, Armagnacs and port, 1,500 of which are collectors’ specials. An interactive class at the Graycliff Culinary Academy for up to 10 attendees explores the secrets of the hotel’s five-star cuisine. Groups can also partake in traditional British Afternoon Tea with a Bahamian twist or learn how to make chocolate with a master chocolatier at the on-site chocolate factory, followed by a chocolate and spirits pairing.