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It helps, when throwing a party, to have a pool lit by floating fire urns, and evocative sounds from a white-clad local group, and plenty of chilled Champagne deftly poured by unobtrusive professionals.

That was the scene at THE OCEAN ClUB, A FOUR SEASONS RESORT in Nassau. And during ILTM North America they threw a splendid party poolside at three-bedroom villa #1085, designed by Joanne Kerr. It’s one of three 400sq m beauties in the 108-strong inventory. People come back again and again: repeat rate at festive season is well over 50%.

The club was considerably smaller when it was built in 1962 as a private house for A&P heir Huntington Hartford and his third wife Diane, who later ran off with Bobby Darin. In 1994 Sol Kerzner bought it and it ran for years in tandem with his Atlantis Paradise Island, a hop, skip and a jump away. In 2014, it passed, via Brookfield Asset Management, to Len Bravatnik, and since he already partners with Four Seasons in the South of France, The Ocean Club passed to its present management. Long-time GM John Conway, however, remains commodore, sorry, man in charge.

He was away the week of the party but when the captain is away a ship must sail on smoothly, and it sure did here. Resort Manager José Ortiz showed Girlahead some of the lush grounds (she had stayed here, in 2004, in #1042, which led out on to grass). This is a resort typified by greenery, and by unique Jane Waterous art.  This is the artist who composes pictures, sometimes just one word (‘LOVE’) of tiny 3-d blobs of oil – see her also at RITZ-CARLTON MONTREAL.  And The Ocean  Club, of course, has Four Seasons service. And it is great at throwing parties.