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14 Top-Rated Family Resorts in The Bahamas

Written by Carri Wilbanks
Jun 13, 2019

With some of the most beautiful-hued water in the Caribbean and lots of diversity when it comes to style and size of resorts, the Bahamas are a top family trip destination, whether you are traveling on a budget or looking for a luxury hotel. The location off the east coast, and south of Florida, is another draw, as it is easy to access The Bahamas.

The Bahamas consist of hundreds of islands spread across as many miles, but not all are developed for tourism. The most developed island where many vacation packages and deals are offered is New Providence, which is home to Nassau and Paradise Island. Here, you'll find major resort complexes like Atlantis and Baha Mar, which are made up of numerous hotels. A number of resorts here are either all-inclusive or offer packages. Another popular main island is Grand Bahama, which is home to more resorts and a major cruise ship port.

There are also kid-friendly hotels and resorts scattered across the Out Islands like Great Exuma, Long Island, and South Andros, where the pace of life moves slow, and the water is as brilliant as you'll see anywhere. Plan your next vacation with our list of the best family-friendly resorts in the Bahamas.

1. The Ocean Club, A Four Seasons Resort, Paradise Island

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The ultra luxe Ocean Club, A Four Seasons Resort is on a gorgeous white-sand beach on Paradise Island and is easily its most exclusive property. The grounds are gorgeous, and there is a garden terrace inspired by Versailles. Despite the glitz, this resort is very family friendly. Guests have access to all the amenities at nearby Atlantis, including the water parks, which go over great with kids.

Accommodation is in 105 rooms and suites that are elegantly decorated and come with huge marble bathrooms with steam showers and separate soaking tubs. On-site amenities include three swimming pools, an 18-hole golf course, celebrity chef Georges Vongerichten's Dune Restaurant, a large gym, and a Balinese-style spa.

Address: One Ocean Drive, New Providence Island

Accommodation: The Ocean Club, A Four Seasons Resort

2. Grand Hyatt Baha Mar, Nassau, New Providence

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In the new Baha Mar resort development on Nassau's Cable Beach, the Grand Hyatt Baha Mar is a trendy, family-friendly resort. The Explorers Club here is open to kids ages 3 to 12 and features daily age-focused activities and movie nights.

The rooms and suites are modern, with pops of color in a mostly white color scheme. Beds are comfortable, and many feature ocean views from the balconies. On-site amenities include a swimming pool, gym, spa, and restaurant. Guests also have access to amenities within the larger Baha Mar resort complex, including access to a Jack Nicklaus golf course.

Address: 1 Baha Mar Blvd, Nassau, New Providence Island

Accommodation: Grand Hyatt Baha Mar

3. Atlantis Harborside Resort, Paradise Island

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If you want access to the Atlantis Resort amenities but don't want to stay in the middle of the action, check out the Atlantis Harborside Resort. It is located across the marina from the main resort area and feels like a different world.

Families will like the multi-bedroom villas, which feature kitchenettes and balconies. They are spacious, with comfy beds and contemporary decor. There are also a number of kid-focused amenities like children's activities in the day, babysitting services, and a kids' swimming pool complete with fountains. Of course, you can also access some of Atlantis' most popular family-friendly attractions like the water park by staying here.

Address: Paradise Island, New Providence Island

Accommodation: Atlantis- Harborside Resort

4. Melia Nassau Beach - All Inclusive, Nassau

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For an all-inclusive experience in Nassau that is family friendly, try the Melia Nassau Beach. The hotel is on a gorgeous stretch of Cable Beach and is also a part of the aforementioned Baha Mar Resort complex, which hosts an 18-hole, Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course.

Families love the kids' club and children's swimming pool, as well as the pre-paid food and beverages. Rooms and suites here are spacious and modern and have views of either the ocean from furnished balconies or the well-maintained property's lush green grounds.

Address: 1 Baha Mar Blvd, Nassau, New Providence Island

Accommodation: Melia Nassau Beach

5. Andros Beach Club, Andros

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Beautiful South Andros is one of The Bahamas' Out Islands and a top dive spot. Here, you'll find the Andros Beach Club, which is a very family-friendly destination. The all-inclusive resort is on a secluded beachfront and offers a range of activities for kids and adults that include snorkeling, kayaking, fishing, and even scuba lessons.

Set on a long, secluded beach, Andros Beach Club offers a range of room and suite configurations, but all are island casual in decor and homey in vibe. The oceanfront two-bedroom suite is a perfect choice for families - it has a king bed in the master, a second bedroom with twin beds, and a third twin bed on the screened-in porch. The restaurant serves farm- and sea-to-table fare, and the menu changes seasonally. All meals are included.

Address: Private Beach, Kemp's Bay, South Andros Island

Accommodation: Andros Beach Club

6. Grand Isle Resort & Spa, Great Exuma

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The color of the water around Great Exuma is unlike anywhere else in the Bahamas, and Grand Isle Resort and Spa is set on one of this Out Island's most beautiful beaches, Emerald Bay. This all-villa property is family-friendly, and while it doesn't have any kid-specific amenities, there are plenty of family activities to keep older kids entertained-make sure to do a half- or full-day island-hopping trip that takes you to swim with Exuma's famous pigs, as well as sharks and stingrays. Grand Isle also offers non-motorized water sports equipment free to guests, so you can paddle out in a kayak on the calm, clear sea.

The 78 villas range in size from one to four bedrooms and are very spacious and set on multiple levels with full kitchens and separate living and dining spaces plus furnished balconies. Some also have Jacuzzi tubs. On-site amenities include two swimming pools, two restaurants, a 24-hour gym, luxe spa, and access to a Greg Norman-designed golf course.

Address: Emerald Bay, Great Exuma

Accommodation: Grand Isle Resort & Spa

7. The Reef at Atlantis, Paradise Island

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The Reef at Atlantis is at the famed Paradise Island resort and a popular choice with families for its all condo-style units. These range in size from studios to one- and two-bedroom suites, perfect for families as they have sleeper sofas and full kitchens.

Away from the rooms, guests have access to a lovely section of beach, a large family swimming pool, major Atlantis amenities like the Aquaventure water park within walking distance, and some 21 different restaurant choices. The property also offers an all-inclusive plan that is recommended for families, as restaurants here are over-priced.

Address: Paradise Island, New Providence Island

Accommodation: The Reef at Atlantis

8. Viva Wyndham Fortuna Beach - An All-Inclusive Resort, Grand Bahama

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Easily accessible from Fort Lauderdale by both air and ferry (as well as Miami), Grand Bahama tends to be a more affordable family-friendly Bahamas island. The Viva Wyndham sits on sprawling manicured grounds with a beautiful white-sand beach backed by bright blue water.

The all-inclusive resort has colorful rooms with tile floors and balconies. The best have sea views. Children under 17 also stay and eat free with an adult, making this a good-value selection for budget-conscious families. Amenities include a kids' club, games room, gym, swimming and wading pool, hot tub, and three restaurants.

Address: Churchill Drive and Doubloon Road, Freeport, Grand Bahama Island

Accommodation: Viva Wyndham Fortuna Beach - An All-Inclusive Resort

9. Cape Santa Maria Beach Resort & Villas, Long Island

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For an ultra relaxed family vacation on an Out Island, check out Cape Santa Maria Beach Resort & Villas at Gaillot Cay on Long Island. The beach here is beyond gorgeous, with silky sand backed by bright blue water, and you'll have it mostly to yourself.

There are just 20 basic, elegant bungalows, which have side rooms perfect for kids, as well as 20 newer, super luxe villas. The villas are also a good choice for families, as they have full kitchens and can sleep up to eight people. Amenities include an on-site restaurant. Guests can also borrow bikes and non-motorized water sports equipment free of charge. Snorkeling and island-hopping adventures can also be arranged.

Accommodation: Cape Santa Maria Beach Resort & Villas

10. SLS Baha Mar, Nassau

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Another resort in the swanky new Baha Mar complex in Nassau, the SLS Baha Mar offers access to the beautiful white-sand Cable Beach, as well as all the amenities in the resort complex. These include a championship golf course.

Accommodation is in a range of rooms and apartments, the latter of which is best for families, as they have two bedrooms and high-end kitchens that let you cook for the kids. There are also two outdoor swimming pools, a hot tub, three restaurants, and a spa on-site.

Address: 1 Baha Mar Blvd, Nassau, New Providence Island

Accommodation: SLS Baha Mar

11. Rosewood Baha Mar, Nassau

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Also in the Baha Mar complex on beautiful Cable Beach in Nassau, the Rosewood is another high-end sleeping option that appeals to families. The property features gorgeously appointed rooms and suites, up to three bedrooms in size, with full kitchens and separate living and dining spaces. There is also an option to rent three- to six-bedroom beachfront villas with private pools and butler service. If budget is not an object, and you are traveling with the kids and grandparents, these are perfect.

On-site amenities include two outdoor pools, multiple tennis courts, two restaurants, a tea lounge, and a swanky spa. You'll also have access to the 18-hole Jack Niklaus golf course at Baha Mar.

Address: 1 Baha Mar Blvd, Nassau, New Providence Island

Accommodation: Rosewood Baha Mar

12. Pelican Bay at Lucaya, Grand Bahama

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On Grand Bahama, Pelican Bay at Lucaya is a popular mid-range choice for families that is about a 10-minute walk to the Port Lucaya Marketplace, where you'll find shops and low-key restaurants.

Families will like the suites, which come with kitchenettes and Nespresso machines. They are spacious and generally comfortable. Other amenities include three swimming pools and a restaurant. Guests have access to a gym and beach with water sports via a free hourly ferry to Taino Beach.

Address: Sea Horse Road at Port Lucaya, Freeport, Grand Bahama Island

Accommodation: Pelican Bay at Lucaya

13. Sunrise Beach Clubs and Villas, Paradise Island

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This beachfront hotel is within walking distance of the Atlantis Resort complex and its 20-plus restaurants and shops. Sunrise Beach Clubs and Villas is a good-value, mid-range property offering one- to five-bedroom units with kitchens and pullout sofas for kids. On-site amenities include a low-key restaurant and an outdoor swimming pool complete with a kids' area and waterfall.

Address: Paradise Island, New Providence Island

Accommodation: Sunrise Beach Clubs and Villas

14. British Colonial Hilton Nassau

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The British Colonial Hilton Nassau offers colonial-style rooms and suites overlooking the harbor. The suites work well with families as they have plenty of space to move around. There are also three restaurants on-site, access to a private beach, and options for activities like sailing and snorkeling. You'll also find a gym and outdoor swimming pool. It is a solid mid-range choice in Nassau.

Address: 1 Bay Street, Nassau, New Providence Island

Accommodation: British Colonial Hilton Nassau

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