NASSAU, Bahamas -- The accommodations scene here runs the gamut from intimate inns to posh resorts.

My home base on a recent visit was the British Colonial Hilton, a property that caters to both business and leisure travelers.

Its proximity to banking institutions plus ample meetings space draws a large business crowd, according to general manager Michael Hooper.

"The mix is about evenly split between business travelers, couples and singles," Hooper said.

Occupancy prior to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks ran above 70%, Hooper said, with the U.S. market accounting for 47% of bookings, particularly from the Northeast.

The Hilton's location in the heart of Nassau and its facilities are big drawing cards.

A ballroom, banquet room, boardroom and five meeting rooms can handle groups of up to 650 people.

Rooms at British Colonial Hilton are designed to be friendly to business travelers, with oversize desks and Internet access. Accommodations geared specifically to business travelers include a business floor with six guest rooms and an executive level floor with 47 rooms and seven suites.

All guest rooms are equipped with oversize desks and two phone lines with modems and Internet access.

Facilities for leisure travelers include a private beach, a fitness center and the Azure Spa, which opened a year ago.

"The addition of the spa opened up a whole new market for us," said Hooper.

Azure Spa pampers guests with facials, massages and hydrotherapy treatments. Rates run from $40 to $90 per service.

A sampling of other properties in and around Nassau follows:

• Clients who prefer more intimate lodgings do well at Compass Point and Graycliff Hotel, both 20-unit properties.

Colorful Compass Point attracts a fair share of celebrities as well as regular folks.

Through Nov. 15, nightly rates for one-bedroom units start at $245 per room, double. Villas begin at $625 per night.

Graycliff is known for its wine cellar and inventory of more than 250,000 bottles, as well as a selection of seven signature cigars made on-property since 1998.

The hotel also has two restaurants, a full-service spa and three swimming pools.

Daily winter rates, valid from Nov. 16 through April 30, start at $170 for two.

• The Association of Nassau Resorts is a collection of five properties in the Cable Beach area of Nassau, representing a total of 2,775 rooms.

The properties are Breezes Bahamas, Nassau Beach Hotel, Nassau Marriott Resort, Radisson Cable Beach Resort and Sandals Royal Bahamian Resort & Spa.

Each property offers special deals or discounted rates this fall and winter.

Seven-night rates at Breezes Bahamas start at $2,693 per couple through November.

Through Dec. 22, Nassau Beach Hotel offers rates from $120 per night and a fourth night free.

Through Nov. 15, Nassau Marriott pays 15% commission on nightly rates, which start at $145 per room, double.

Radisson Cable Beach Resort pays 13% commission through Dec. 22 on daily Super Saver rates, which start at $139 per person, double.

Sandals reduced its published rates by 30% in all room categories through Dec. 15.

Prices for a standard room start at $325 per night, double, while suite accommodations begin at $385 for two.

• Also in Nassau is the 185-room Holiday Inn Junkanoo Beach Hotel, with three-night, air-inclusive plans from $299 per person, double, through Dec. 20.

Driftwood Vacations, which offers packages for the property, features a $50 discount off published rates for bookings made at least 60 days in advance.

To book, call (800) 422-7466.

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