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The Bahamas are the quintessential Caribbean getaway destination that truly has it all. With 16 major islands and hundreds of smaller ones spread out over 500 miles in the Atlantic Ocean, the Bahamas have something to offer every type of traveler. Visitors flock here for the dreamy, sun-kissed beaches and crystal-clear turquoise waters (and maybe to see the swimming piglets) that relax body and mind. So, whether you're traveling solo or are bringing your family along, one thing is certain—with plenty of high-end resorts in the Bahamas that offer a myriad of activities, the fun times here are guaranteed.
Here, we rounded up the best vacation resorts in the Bahamas for the perfect Caribbean getaway.
Grand Hyatt Baha Mar, Nassau
This sprawling oceanfront oasis beckons travelers with 1,000 acres of ample outdoor space and rooms with stunning waterfront views. Guests looking for extra privacy can book a multi-bedroom luxury suite in The Reserve–the resort's hotel-within-a-hotel concept with a private entrance and 24/7 butler service. Enjoy treatments at the 30,000-square-foot ESPA Spa, partake in a round of golf on the Jack Nicklaus Signature Design golf course, snorkel with marine life at the Beach Sanctuary, and stretch with one-of-a-kind flamingo yoga classes in Flamingo Cay.
For more information, visit: hyatt.com
Fowl Cay Resort, Exumas
This private island resort really takes the all-inclusive option to a whole new level. Not only is your gorgeous villa (of which there are only six on the entire island!) fully stocked with food and snacks on arrival, but you also have at your disposal your private powerboat and a golf cart so you can explore the island and the waters around it. Dinner—delicious local seafood and chef's specials— is served at the cozy Hill House restaurant boasting 360 views of the Exumas.
For more information, visit: fowlcay.com
Tiamo Resort, South Andros Island
This Relais & Châteaux property was created with sustainability in mind. Accessible only by boat or seaplane, Tiamo Resort is a luxury 11-villa hideaway with a private white sand beach and a lush tropical forest as a backdrop. Property highlights include a natural infinity pool, beachside restaurant, library, and shoreside spa. Guests can also try out sailing, fishing, snorkeling, or scuba diving around the third largest coral reef in the world.
For more information, visit: tiamoresorts.com
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The Ocean Club, a Four Seasons Resort, Paradise Island
Known as the backdrop to James Bond's Casino Royale, The Ocean Club, an American Express Fine Hotels & Resorts property, is located on the exclusive Paradise Island. Accommodations include three and four-bedroom villas and elegantly furnished rooms and suites. Guests can enjoy immaculate Versailles-inspired gardens and lawns, jaw-dropping ocean views, and Jean-Georges dining.
For the privacy seeker, the Jet-to-Villa package transports travelers straight to their private villa. And those looking for an extended home-away-from-home experience can take advantage of the special monthly rates.
For more information, visit: fourseasons.com
The Other Side, Eleuthera
If privacy is at the top of your list, you will fall in love with Eleuthera's The Other Side. It is an eco-friendly glamping retreat that features just six luxury tents located on a palm-lined private beach. The property offers an off-the-beaten-path experience without sacrificing comfort, of course. Explore the island's lush landscapes and many deserted beaches, or simply relax by The Other Side's Instagram-worthy seawater-filled pool.
For more information, visit: ontheos.com
The Cove at Atlantis, Nassau
If location is everything, then The Cove at Atlantis, an American Express Fine Hotels & Resorts property, has scored the jackpot. Nestled between two private beaches, this luxury hotel is the perfect getaway option for couples looking for privacy, high-end amenities, and romantic Bahamian moments. Spend the day in one of the 20 private poolside cabanas before indulging in cocktails and freshly prepared seafood at one of the many dining spots here.
For more information, visit: atlantisbahamas.com
Sandals Emerald Bay, Great Exuma
This all-inclusive beachfront resort in gorgeous Great Exuma will exceed your every expectation. The adults-only property treats its guests to 5-star gourmet experiences, impeccable butler service, a relaxing spa, a dive center, an 18-hole golf course, a 150-slip marina, three picture-perfect pools with several more spread throughout the property.
For more information, visit: sandals.com
Rosewood Baha Mar, Nassau
The list of luxury services and amenities at Rosewood Baha Mar, an American Express Fine Hotels & Resorts property, is endless: private dining, butler and concierge services, valet parking, exclusive beach access, and a state-of-the-art fitness club. The resort's 230 rooms, suites, and villas with private balconies offer casual sophistication inspired by the island and make for the perfect backdrop for your tropical getaway. The wellness offerings at Sense, a Rosewood Spa, are also without equal. From traditional healing treatments using indigenous plants to anti-age facials that will have you glowing in no time, a visit to the spa is a must.
For more information, visit: rosewoodhotels.com
The Island House, Nassau
The Island House is so much more than just another dreamy boutique hotel in Nassau. The private estate also serves as a gathering spot for the island's cool crowd. The on-site art house cinema, movement studio, squash courts, and wine market make this luxury property one of the capital's trendiest hotspots. Of course, this being the Bahamas, you still have access to a stunning private beach, a spa with a holistic-inspired menu, and a list of fun activities, both on and off the water.
For more information, visit: the-island-house.com
Grand Isle Resort and Residences, Great Exuma
Everything about Grand Isle Resort and Residences will make you feel at home—well, that is if the stunning nature of Great Exuma also surrounds your home. The 78 one-to-four-bedroom villas, tastefully decorated in an island-inspired style, all feature gourmet kitchens, whirlpool spa baths, and private balconies and patios. Kids can play at the Hummingbird Hut (treasure hunts, horseshoes, and fun water activities are on the schedule), while parents can indulge in a seawater-induced wellness treatment at the spa or play a game of golf at one of the best golf courses in the Caribbean. Don't want to leave? That's okay. The resort now has an extended stay program with special rates for stays of 14 days or longer.
For more information, visit: grandisleresort.com
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Royal Island Resort
If your idea of the perfect Bahamian vacation includes waking up in your private beachfront villa to the sound of swaying coconut trees and rumbling waves, then Royal Island Resort will make your dreams come true. Located off the island of Eleuthera, this dreamy property spans 430 acres, yet it feels incredibly secluded. There are only five villas and three additional suites on the entire island. Your 5-star experience will be complemented by a private chef, miles of private beaches, curated island activities, butler and concierge services, spa treatments, and every water activity you can think of.
For more information, visit: cuvee.com
Kamalame Cay, Andros
Seclusion and tranquility reign on this 97-acre private island resort just off of Andros Great Barrier Reef. Twenty one-to-four beachfront villas with large outdoor spaces are scattered across the lush island, ensuring guests' privacy and comfort. Dining experiences focus on fresh local seafood delicacies, and menus change daily according to availability. Produce, herbs, and eggs are flown in from neighboring Andros island, where the resort owns a farm.
For more information, visit: kamalame.com
SLS Baha Mar, Nassau
Soak up the sunshine and enjoy the best of what the Caribbean has to offer at SLS Baha Mar, the first lifestyle resort in the region. The property is set along 3,000 feet of picture-perfect white sand beach and offers its guests a variety of ocean- and pool-side dining and entertainment options.
Escape for an afternoon at the nearby Rose Island and enjoy a few hours of beachtime at this lush and secluded paradise. Get to know Nassau’s artistic community at the resort’s The Current Gallery & Art Center or take a private cooking class inspired by the unique cuisine of the Bahamas. The resort’s Worth Your While package is a great way to take advantage of the best cultural activities the property has to offer.
For more information, visit: sbe.com