The Ocean Club has recently added the adjective “One and Only” to its name. We never doubted that in the first place. in 1939, Swedish industrialist Axel Wenner-Gren first anchored his yacht off the pristine shores of what today is called Paradise Island (not many know that he is largeley – in a way – responsible that Ian Flemming settled on Jamaica and wrote each single James Bond Novel there, but that is an other story).
At that time locals called this sliver of land five miles long and only a mile wide Hog Island. Wenner-Gren christened it Shangri-La.
In 1962 Huntington Hartford II, heir to the Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Company fortune, bought the island and petitioned the Bahamaian government to rename the island Paradise. He built the original Ocean Club, a luxurious 52-room hotel with an 18-hole golf course.