Best Beach Resorts in the Bahamas

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Count the steps from your suite to the ocean at these beachfront hotels and resorts in the Bahamas. Made up of more than 700 islands, there’s plenty of sandy shores to go around. Choose from a quiet oasis geared more towards romantic couples and adults, or opt for a more social stretch of sand for a beach party or family water sports. Here’s our list of the best beach hotels and resorts in the Bahamas.

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The Royal at Atlantis, Autograph Collection

Paradise Island, Bahamas

The legendary Atlantis Paradise Island has earned its place as a favorite for families and adult travelers alike. Maybe it’s the epic amenities, luxury dining experiences, or the non-stop activities all available in one compound on the aptly named Paradise Island that make this a repeat vacation spot.

Two towers, connected by a luxe over-the-top bridge penthouse, accommodate guest rooms overlooking the harbor, terrace and water. A daily resort fee covers access to 18 water slides at a 141-acre water park, Aquaventure; 11 onsite swimming pools; the world’s largest open-air marine habitat with 14 lagoons and more than 20,000 tropical fish and aquatic animals; three white-sand beaches; two lazy rivers, not to mention resort-wide WiFi, a fitness center, movie theater and world-class casino. Sea Squirts, a kids’ club beyond children’s wildest dreams will have little ones exploring marine life hands-on, while the adults make par at the Tom Weiskopf-designed 18-hole oceanfront course.

From the stunning floor to ceiling aquariums in the lobby to the luxury shopping within the resort’s walls, there’s no need to ever leave the Atlantis, and you can be certain, the Bahamian hospitality and five-star service will have you wondering why you’d ever want to.

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The Cove at Atlantis, Autograph Collection

Nassau, Bahamas

Courtesy of Atlantis Paradise Island

The Cove at Atlantis is the height of splendor on Paradise Island. Experience luxury design specifically tailored to complement the surrounding turquoise sea and white sand beaches. At this luxe property, you’ll be whisked into an upscale haven with modern Bahamian culture at every turn, from The Cove Pool, designed in partnership with renowned designer Lulu DK, breathtaking beach cabanas, a range of suites, and a private beach set between Cove and Paradise Beaches. The vibe here is sophisticated, fun and low key. Enjoy everything from meals crafted by Master Chef Jose Andres, sculptural art installations, and even a premier concierge-style air taxi for arrivals and departures from South Florida.

Whether the highlight of your trip is dining on the beach at a recreation of the famous Harbour Island restaurant Sip Sip, lounging in a beachfront cabana or gazing at the Sacred Space sculptural installation on the Cove Peninsula, you’ll be glad you came.

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The Ocean Club, A Four Seasons Resort

Paradise Island, Bahamas

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Quiet elegance makes The Ocean Club, A Four Seasons Resort a staple for high-caliber guests including celebrities, statesmen and business leaders. Upon entrance to the property, you’ll find sweeping manicured lawns, a low-key and understated grand manor sitting on a beautiful white sand beach, 107 guest rooms, all with contemporary Bahamian style, the picturesque garden of Versailles, The Ocean Club Golf Course–ranked among the top courses in the Caribbean by Golf Digest Magazine, an exclusive Balinese-style spa, wellness amenities and umpteen activities for young guests, ages four to 12.

This resort is a token to the Four Seasons brand, and guests receive the above-and-beyond service synonymous with excellence. Dining is a specialty here also, with Michelin-starred chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten leading the kitchen at DUNE and specialty mixologists raising spirits at the Martini Bar and Lounge.

Choose from luxury beachfront rooms and suites, or a multi-bedroom villa residences equipped with a private infinity pool and a 24-hour service team. Either way, you are bound to indulge in the serene setting that once doubled as a backdrop for the James Bond film, “Casino Royale.”

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Grand Hyatt Baha Mar

Nassau, Bahamas

Baha Mar resort is a luxury playground for guests, adults and children alike, with multi-billion-dollar amenities including the more than 100,000-square-foot Baha Mar Casino, Jack Nicklaus’ Signature Royal Blue Golf Course, The Baha Mar Convention, Art and Entertainment Center, Baha Mar Racquet Club, numerous restaurants, bars and lounges, the luxury ESPA spa, multiple pool and beach areas, and fountain shows.

The Grand Hyatt Baha Mar is made up of two distinct East and West Towers, complete with 1,800 contemporary rooms, including 230 multi-bedroom suites, all with balconies overlooking the resort’s expansive ocean views, golf course or resort pools.

A stay here is marked by impeccable service, entry to all of Baha Mar’s exclusive new amenities, more than 40 bars and restaurants, and six resort pools for guests, including the otherworldly Blue Hole, inspired by the natural saltwater blue holes of the Bahamas. What are you waiting for? There’s a spot for you at a swim-up bar.

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Rosewood Baha Mar

Nassau, Bahamas

The most recent property to join the Baha Mar compound, this five-star resort houses 237 guest rooms, suites and private beachfront villas. Guests fall in love with the charming and authentic British Colonial influences throughout the property, and with each detail exceeding standards, you’ll find deep soaking bathtubs, rainfall shower heads, complimentary WiFi throughout and private balconies overlooking the grounds and ocean. Exceptional in every facet, the Rosewood Baha Mar’s true crowning glory is the service.

There’s no shortage of luxe activities to fill your days here, from Sense, A Rosewood Spa® to two swimming pools, a Jack Nicklaus golf course and world-renowned Cable Beach. Once you’ve maxed out your R&R quota for the day, feast on local and international cuisine at one of the resort’s two restaurants. Stop by Manor Bar for an early aperitif before heading to The Commonwealth, for farm-to-table gourmet meals from six distinct regions of the world. Afternoon tea more your speed? The elegant Library Lounge is a cozy and quiet hangout serving up specialty tea and coffees, custom cocktails and desserts.

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Coral Sands Hotel

Harbour Island, Bahamas

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Coral Sands Hotel welcomes you with champagne, warm hospitality and a personal escort to your recently-renovated room. Only 38 rooms with options of suites, bungalows and cottages and a variety of styles from comfy to glam, give this property an air of exclusivity you won’t find at large-scale operations. Enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner between Latitude 25 and Beach Bar—both with stunning ocean backdrops and world-famous chefs curating delectable meals. Between the hotel’s fresh-water infinity pool and personal slice of Pink Sand Beach, it’s unlikely you’ll spend much time indoors. The contrast of peach-colored sand with topaz water sparkling beyond is enough to make anyone double take—no wonder it’s rated as one of the most beautiful pink-sand beaches on Earth.

The beach is all you need but this luxury resort goes one step further offering activities galore. The fully-lit tennis court, fitness center and yoga studio with a view offer options for active-minded guests 24/7. Enjoy the sand and sea with complimentary kayaks, paddleboards, snorkeling gear and beach volleyball. Let Coral Sands concierge book an in-room massage for sore muscles after a long day of fun.

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The Cove, Eleuthera

Eleuthera, Bahamas

The Cove Eleuthera’s 57 cottages, suites and villas are nestled on a quiet and serene inlet where you can experience total relaxation. Upon arrival you’ll gasp at the contrast of colors and stunning landscape—40 acres of perfectly manicured, vibrant green hills roll out to meet white sand followed by endless turquoise water. The swaying palms and white buildings seamlessly blend into this isolated slice of Eleuthera, perfect for a romantic holiday. Clean lines and minimalist decor in the rooms amplify the effortless beauty of The Cove’s surroundings, along with luxurious bedding and in-room entertainment for a break from the sun.

While The Cove is outside of town, you’ll have everything you need right on the grounds. The Freedom Restaurant and Sushi Bar serves up an ever changing menu of gourmet meals and the open-air sunset bar will melt your heart with fiery views of Eleuthera’s horizon at dusk. Relaxation days here are spent lazing in the infinity pool and on the two private beaches or at the on-site spa. Active days are easily spent using the resort’s complimentary gear including paddleboards, kayaks, snorkel gear and bicycles.

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Hotel Riu Palace Paradise Island

Paradise Island, Bahamas

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Opulence meets tranquility at Hotel Riu Palace Paradise Island. Its prime location on beautiful Cabbage Beach, eclectic dining options, dreamy oceanfront pool with a swim-up bar and adults-only policy make this beachfront resort ideal for couples looking for a romantic all-inclusive option. Enjoy 24-hour room service in the classically-designed rooms with features like balconies, flat-screen TVs, ocean views and minibars. Buffets and a la carte options for dining have Japanese, Indian, Fusion and much more to choose from.

Relax with massages and facials at Renova Spa or ask the concierge for transportation to a nearby golf course before ending the day in style with a private, al-fresco dinner. Rest assured your peace and quiet won’t be disturbed here—Hotel Riu Palace goes one step further than adults-only and keeps the premises spring-breaker free.

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Meliá Nassau Beach – All Inclusive

Nassau, Bahamas

Start by choosing your view—pool or ocean—and trading your clothes for a swimsuit. In addition to all-inclusive givens like meals and WiFi, a complimentary tour of Balmoral Island is included with every stay. There’s no shortage of activities to keep your blood pumping—the 24-hour gym and daily exercise classes keep your routine uninterrupted and glass-bottom kayaks, beach volleyball and paddle boards offer a fun way to stay active while enjoying the island’s beauty. Feast on a different flavor each night—seven restaurants serve every cuisine from classic Caribbean to Italian.

Parents rest assured, you won’t have to sacrifice alone time to keep the kids entertained—the on-site Kids’ Club and in-room babysitting services create ample time for enjoying the swim-up pool bar and private dinners on the beach. If you’re planning a honeymoon, wedding or romantic getaway, Meliá delivers unrivaled experiences for couples, as well. Dreamy tailored wedding packages and detailed touches like in-room aromatherapy menus and adult-only pools ensure privacy and serenity. If you’re looking for VIP service, greater privacy and access to exclusive resort areas, be sure to upgrade to ‘The Level’ experience.

There’s nothing “business as usual” about a beachfront conference in the Bahamas, but Meliá Nassau Beach – All Inclusive supplies a state-of-the-art business center with five meeting rooms and 1,200 person capacity. Feast on tropical treats during the coffee break before lazing by one of three pools or on Cable Beach!

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