With powder-white beaches lining sun-drenched shores or shopping streets emanating sophisticated cosmopolitan chic, the gloriously laid-back islands of the Bahamas offer a holiday cocktail that’s best enjoyed ever-so-slowly stirred. You’ll be beguiled by the blend of colonial, traditional and high-tech architecture which ranges from pastel-coloured clapboard cottages to masterpiece hotel modernity for a marvellous mix. There’s modern day glamour and lively nightlife in the elegant capital, Nassau, with its world class hotels and restaurants attracting travellers from across the globe. Dive with dolphins during a stop at Freeport, Grand Bahama, and swim with sharks or just wonder at the tropical beauty of the islands’ exotic marine life on a fun snorkelling session. Or take an exciting day excursion which starts with a water-ferry ride through Nassau harbour to Paradise Island where you’ll find Atlantis – home of the world’s largest open air marine aquarium, teeming with more than 200 species.