Interview with The Ocean Club Four Seasons GM John Conway
An Engaging Look at The Ocean Club, A Four Seasons Resort
By Tim Cotroneo
Engaged. That’s how Four Seasons General Manager John Conway wants guests to feel when staying at his iconic resort perched on one of the Bahamas’ most idyllic beaches.
The Ocean Club and Four Seasons recently incurred a hospitality marriage made in heaven. When the Four Seasons brand embraced The Ocean Club as part of their 114-hotel portfolio, Conway felt his exceptional Caribbean resort destination got even better.
“We’re thrilled to align with a company and name that is synonymous with service, support, and cutting-edge hospitality technology,” Conway said. The long-time Caribbean based General Manager took a break from his duties overseeing The Four Seasons resort operation duties to discuss the past, present, and future.
Q: The Ocean Club has a 57-year history. Is there an element of the resort that speaks to the early days on Paradise Island?
Conway: Celebrations. The Ocean Club has long been known as a place to celebrate honeymoons, anniversaries, birthdays, and everything in between. Generations continue to find us to be a memorable place for enjoying a special occasion while admiring our spectacular ocean views.
Q: For someone looking to visit for the first time, how would you describe the resort’s personality and ambiance?
Guests experience a living, breathing art museum.
Then there is the simple pleasure of walking our amazing property. We’re talking 35 acres of gardens, walkways, special lighting, hammocks, our picturesque beach and signature ocean views. There is a total focus on the incredible water we wake up to each day. This is a place to get lost on purpose.
Q: Are there one or two experiences that really capture a stay at The Ocean Club?
Conway: Arrange to go on a boat tour and drop anchor near a secluded beach. My wife and I are boaters. We love to explore the Bahamas waters and simply appreciate all this beautiful island has to offer.
Here on our property, I recommend experiencing sunset at the DUNE Restaurant. Enjoying a cocktail while listening to our nightly music as the sun sets over the ocean is unforgettable.
Q: What excites you the most about your partnership with the Four Seasons brand?
Conway: The level of technology, and the best hotel practices that Four Seasons brings is amazing. Four Seasons has delivered a tremendous level of support, while still providing an authentic Bahamian experience. We’re very proud to be a part of the Four Seasons family.
Q: What sets the Ocean Club experience apart from other Caribbean luxury vacation options?
Conway: The accessibility. The Nassau International Airport is just two hours and 45 minutes from New York and 45 minutes from Miami. On your return flight, you go through U.S. Customs here in Nassau to speed up your re-entry process.
A vacation stay at The Ocean Club is pain free. We invite guests from all over the world to come and experience our turquoise water.