Lots of hotels (particularly those of the large, sprawling, and common variety) invest an inordinate amount of time, effort, and capital into making your first impression of their property a most positive and memorable one.

Dancing fountains, immaculately manicured hedges, marble statues, billowing drapes – the “Grand Entrance” is aptly named.

Our favorite properties, on the other hand, need take any such pains. Special enclaves like Deep Water Cay in The Bahamas are lucky (and smart) enough to step aside and let nature herald the amazing experience that awaits just beyond check-in, as I experienced upon first arriving here several months ago…

What better way could there be to start a relaxing few days tucked away on a private island in The Bahamas than with a peaceful boat ride like this? Truly, I was at ease the minute I stepped aboard the Deep Water Cay shuttle, an experience I just had to share as our latest Moment of Zen.

More on the fantastic escape that is Deep Water Cay here.

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