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8 Top-Rated Resorts in The Bahamas

Written by Carri Wilbanks
Feb 28, 2019

Encompassing hundreds of islands spread across just as many miles, The Bahamas offers resorts that cater to all types of travelers, whether you're on a romantic getaway or a family vacation. Resorts here also come in all price brackets, and many include all your food and beverages in the rate.

Where you choose to stay will depend on what you are looking for in a holiday. There are more developed core islands like New Providence, which is home to Nassau, and its next door neighbor Paradise Island, home to the Atlantis Resort, that are main tourist hubs. And then there are the Out Islands like Great Exuma, Andros, and Cat Island, where the pace of life is much slower, and the water is about as clear and beautiful as this planet offers. Plan your next island getaway with our list of the best resorts in The Bahamas.

1. Grand Isle Resort & Spa, Great Exuma

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This resort on stunning Great Exuma is an all-villa affair that works well for couples and families alike. The Exuma Cays are some of the most beautiful real estate in the Bahamas, known for their pink and white sand beaches set against brilliant turquoise water. Grand Isle Resort & Spa has just 78 villas, all of which are spacious and modern, done up in bright colors, and feature separate living and dining rooms, as well as full kitchens.

The location on the beach at Emerald Bay is one of the prettiest around, and there is plenty to keep you occupied away from the room. Non-motorized water sports are included in the rate, and you can also play the championship Greg Norman designed golf course close by. On-site amenities include a yummy restaurant, a 24-hour gym, fantastic infinity swimming pool, and a luxe spa.

Accommodation: Grand Isle Resort & Spa

2. Grand Hyatt Baha Mar, Nassau, New Providence

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On beautiful Cable Beach in Nassau, one of the most popular resort areas in The Bahamas, Grand Hyatt Baha Mar is a new development. The resort is wonderfully contemporary with a mostly white color scheme but pops of color in the form of bold-hued bed frames or accent walls. Many of the rooms and suites also come with balconies fronting the white-sand beach and turquoise sea beyond. Amenities at this trendy property include a restaurant, swimming pool, gym, and spa. It is also part of the larger Baha Mar Resort Complex, which includes an impressive Jack Nicklaus golf-course.

Accommodation: Grand Hyatt Baha Mar

3. Atlantis - Harborside Resort, Paradise Island

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Part of the Atlantis Resort family, Harborside Resort is just across the marina from the Atlantis complex on Paradise Island, but feels worlds apart. This villa-style property offers one- to multi-bedroom accommodations, with kitchenettes and balconies that feel quite private but are not far from the action and amenities at Atlantis. This property is very family-friendly and offers kids activities and babysitting services. It also has a children's swimming pool with fountains, and a relaxed restaurant facing the harbor.

Accommodation: Atlantis- Harborside Resort

4. Melia Nassau Beach - All Inclusive, Nassau, New Providence

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Located directly on a beautiful stretch of gorgeous Cable Beach in Nassau on New Providence Island, the Melia Nassau Beach - All Inclusive is also part of the Baha Mar Resort Complex, and guests here can set tee times to play at the Jack Nicklaus designed 18-hole golf course nearby.

The Melia is an all-inclusive resort, so there is no need to worry about the cost of food, but the resort boasts a number of excellent restaurants with food that is much better than one would expect at an all-inclusive - and quite diverse. The rooms and suites are spacious, contemporary in style, and offer views of the resort's lush grounds or the ocean from furnished balconies. For families, the property is kid-friendly, and children have their own club and swimming pool.

Accommodation: Melia Nassau Beach

5. Rollezz Villas Beach Resort, Cat Island

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On quiet Cat Island, this property is a great choice if you're looking for a laid-back and secluded beachfront sleep. The property is made up of colorful Bahamian-style villas that offer amazing sunrise and sunset views from their front porches.

The resort sits on 12 acres of white sand that meets turquoise ocean waters, and guests can use their stand up paddleboards, sea kayaks, and pedal boats for free. There are also lounge chairs and shade huts set up on the beach. There is a restaurant on-site serving American and Bahamian fare, but the villas also come with kitchenettes should you wish to cook. Families are welcome, but the resort is also popular with honeymooners.

Accommodation: Rollezz Villas Beach Resort

6. Andros Beach Club, Andros

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If you are heading to The Bahamas to experience the amazing scuba diving in the offshore reefs, then Andros Beach Club on Andros Island, one of the Out Islands, is where to book. Set on four miles of secluded beachfront, this all-inclusive boutique resort property offers activities such as diving and snorkeling, as well as kayaking tours, fishing trips, and private island excursions. All your meals and beverages are included in the rate. The resort is also family-friendly.

Accommodation: Andros Beach Club

7. Tiamo Resort, Andros

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Also on Andros, Tiamo Resort is a super remote property that can only be accessed via boat or seaplane. It has a romantic, eco-luxe vibe and a mix of rooms and villas on the beach in varying sizes and styles - the villas are more luxe, while the small Sunset Rooms are a great choice if you just want something simple and more affordable to sleep in that still fronts the ocean.

Since the resort is so remote, meals are included in the rate, and you can expect European fusion cuisine and Caribbean-style seafood barbecues. The resort offers a range of activities, from world class bonefishing to diving and snorkeling, or just stand up paddleboarding through the calm, clear waters.

Accommodation: Tiamo Resort

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

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At Galliot Cay, Long Island, another of the Bahamas Out Islands, Cape Santa Maria Beach Resort & Villas still has a very undiscovered vibe. Here, the crowds are few and far between, and you'll have miles of absolutely gorgeous silky smooth white sand and brilliant blue water to yourself. There are just 20 basic elegant bungalows and 20 super luxe (and newly constructed) villas on-site. The villas can sleep up to eight people and come with full kitchens, while the bungalows come in one- or two-bedroom formats and have screened-in porches for long, lazy nights.

There is an on-site restaurant, and guests can use non-motorized water sports equipment, as well as bikes to explore the island. Diving and snorkeling excursions can be arranged as can car rentals.

Accommodation: Cape Santa Maria Beach Resort & Villas

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