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NANDANA PRIVATE RESORT

Modeled after a private home, this Thai-inspired resort in the Bahamas thinks globally but acts locally. Designed in an Asian beach-house style, Nandana (Sanskrit for “paradise”) accommodates 10 adults in five villa suites surrounding a central main hall. All of the buildings are built from natural materials with limestone- covered exteriors, copper roofs and massive amounts of yacht-quality Burmese teak used on the interior floors, walls and ceilings, as well as much of the exterior. The decks surrounding each villa, the main hall and the heated infinity pool are also built in teak, much of which was reclaimed from decommissioned sailing vessels. Two docks provide protected mooring for three yachts up to 110′. For those arriving without their own boat, the resort offers up its deep-sea fishing yacht, Lioness. Thinking globally, the main resort doors are also recycled; they are salvaged 250-year-old teak doors from a temple in Java. Nandana’s freestanding suites allow for constant natural ventilation and lighting via heavy glass doors. Walls can be kept open to capture the breeze, Caribbean-style, keeping air conditioning and electricity use low. The resort’s Tent Suite delivers luxury while minimally impacting the surrounding fauna and flora. Acting locally, the resort keeps its menu fresh, sourcing as much local produce, fish and supplies as possible. Nandana bills itself as a green resort, having implemented extensive energy-saving, water-conservation and recycling programs, designed to limit its impact on the pristine environment in which it is located. www.nandanaresort.com