Founder and creator of The 700 Experience, Vanessa Pritchard-Ansell is a destined-to-be authority of resort travel, style and connoisseurship across the islands of The Bahamas.

A direct descendant of United Empire Loyalists, a family that dates back 6 generations to landfall in the Bahamas in 1789, she travels through time with all of the strength and determination of those who came before her heralding the islands’ beauty, sanctity and progress.

Following her studies abroad she sought the quintessential New York experience – living and working in the fashion capital of the world. It’s there she accepted an internship turned career at Full Picture, a full-fledged multimedia company at the crossroads of the fashion and lifestyle industries. And it’s there her career first took shape as a publicist to high-profile clients Victoria’s Secret, Hilary Rhoda and fashion week title sponsor Mercedes-Benz (USA).

Eventually however, she’d find her road to self-discovery was not to take place in a metropolitan city rich with sidewalk culture, rather on a more familiar island shore.

The niece to a Bond girl, the great-great-great granddaughter to a pineapple farmer, the great-granddaughter to a bootlegger, and the great-granddaughter to a Speaker of the House of Assembly, she was inspired by those before her to leave the corporate world in her wake and live an extraordinary life. Off the beaten path and more often than not, outside her comfort zone, in time she found that this is where life begins and adventure awaits.

Since the launch of The 700 Experience she has swam with pigs, dove cinematic caves, learnt to scuba dive, and snorkeled the silhouette of the world’s largest underwater sculpture. She has also written for Condé Nast Traveller and Air Canada’s EnRoute Magazine.

Today she is most recognized for selling the landscape and lifestyle through The 700 Experience and her affiliation with Damianos Sotheby’s International Realty, a brand that artfully unites extraordinary properties with extraordinary lives. She resides in Nassau, the capital outpost of The Bahamas with her husband and is hard at work on her next chapter, one which flirts with the world of design.

lead photo captured by Lyndah Wells Photography

  1. Eugenie Nuttall says:

    As one Island Gal to another: there really is nowhere like home! I know that you’re going to go far and wide with this, but the sand will always be in your shoes. You make us all proud!

    • Vanessa says:

      Genie, from one Island Gal to another – you are such an inspiration! Thank you for the constant support and encouraging words. xxVP

  2. Frances Aberle says:

    I think you have created a wonderful site and insite to the Bahamas for many people. Good luck and I know you will succeed.

  3. shawn m. sawyer says:

    Finally – Vanessa opens the pandora box of style – class – inspiration and authenticity all of which I she will master in and throughout this site!!!! Sheer Brilliance Vanessa – you have my vote and keep that island buzz alive for us!!!

    • Vanessa says:

      Shawn, the highest of compliments coming from the man of style + class. The creator of buzz worthy inspiration + authentic experiences! Thank you. x

    • Vanessa says:

      Bharat, so excited to hear you are following + find the blog inspiring! Experiencing a serious case of envy over here, loving your photographs and your ability to capture food + objects so beautifully, great Flickr page as well! That Jade Martini is sinful, glad you enjoy it! xxVP

  4. Kayla says:

    loving this site!! My husband Jake and I enjoy everything about the bahamas and after our first trip to Eleuthera it was clear that we had to make it our home. Our friends think we are nutty for taking such a big step but the “Lil Red House” has given us heaven on earth. Cant wait to hear more from you.
    facebook.com/lilredhouse

    • Vanessa says:

      Thank you Kayla! Love that you and your husband took such a big leap and you couldn’t have chosen a better island! Will be sure to let you know when I’m next headed your way! xxVP

  5. jason kalen says:

    After having dinner with you at mohagany and hearing you were going to planning this blog and here it is! Well done I love reading it xx

    • Vanessa says:

      Jason – that seems forever ago as so much has changed now that the blog is a reality! So glad to hear you love reading it, I love writing it! Please let me know when you are next on the island as I would love to see you! xxVP

  6. Austin says:

    Next time you’re in Abaco stop by and check us out at Lubbers’ Landing… Abaco’s Eco-Resort with a very cool bar/restaurant on the water. Your first fresh squeezed margarita’s on the house:)

    • Vanessa says:

      Austin – when I was last at the Hope Town Harbour Lodge Mike Hartman was raving about your resort – will be sure to get there on my next visit! I taste a WindDown Wednesday cocktail in the works! xxVP

  7. Susan Kelly says:

    Vanessa – Amazing is all I can think of right now!!!!! I am so proud of you and so thankful Jill let me know all about the 700 Experience. I will be keeping an eye on you…LOL Peace & Love, Susan

  8. Brud/Lori Hodgkins says:

    Finally checked out 700 X. Will become the one stop Bahamas source for ” Taste”. If it’s good Vanessa will know it, and let us know about it. ‘brud’& Lori

  9. megan Wallin says:

    Hello my name is Megan. I am getting married in Harbour Island May 25th, 2014 @ Coral Sands.

    I am having a very difficult time finding bands to play at the reception.

    I appreciate any guidance you can give me.

    Thanks, Megan

    • Vanessa says:

      Hello Megan – congratulations on our upcoming nuptials, such a beautiful location. I have sent an email to you with the contact information for Rocky + Ersley and Daddy D.

      Please let me know if I can help with anything else.
      xxVP

  10. Natalie says:

    Great blog Vanessa!
    My husband and I are leaving soon for our very-delayed honeymoon to the Bahamas; I stumbled across your blog and promptly spent the entire day reading every post and jotting down notes of what to do, where to go and what to eat! Thank you so much for this informative and gorgeous blog and the feature on island weddings makes me wish I had considered a destination wedding! I look forward to reporting back back to you with all of our adventures during our stay- thank you so much for all of your help and your prompt replies have been greatly appreciated by my husband and me!!

  11. Davide Orlando says:

    Hello Vanessa, today we carefully browse your blog…wow! Bellissimo! we are the Italians of Frangipani Restaurant in Exuma and we hope to know you soon. Your way of Sharing a great experience of life is amazing, congrats!!
    Thank you
    Davide and Francesca

  12. Sandra says:

    Vanessa i finally sat my bungy down to read this blog!! It is incredible many congrats!! I love that you love the islands the way I do you are just much more eloquent than me!! Keep up the amazing writing! congrats again

  13. Laura says:

    Hello,
    Was hoping you could help us out. My friend is getting married in a few months and has been on the hunt for a champagne she tasted at our company meeting about 15 years ago. The only thing she can recall about it, other than being the best she had ever had, was that the bottle had a big letter J on the label or the J was the logo on the glass.
    Any ideas?

  14. John Hockin says:

    Vanessa what a wonderful site you have- keep up the good work. From juniper island in muskoka. Your cousin John

  15. Denise Hobbs says:

    Hello I am trying to find an article that you wrote in 2012, I think, on Great entrances and I can’t find it. There was a house, formerly known as Arawaka in Eleuthera, that was in it. Would it be possible for you to send me the article via e-mail? Thank you and Congratulations for your blog!

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