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Eco hotel in wooden cottages on the beach. Interiors are charming with antiques, Queen-size beds, kitchens and large balconies. Outdoor pool, outdoor living room and library. Laid back restaurant serving locally sourced produce. A perfect hideaway on this undeveloped island location.Hideaway - Alfresco living room where you can enjoy the library or a game of checkers, laid back restaurant and bird-filled gardensKayaking - With nearby StarfishSurfing - Exuma KitesurfingSailing - Can be booked nearby.Recommended by - Fodors
Orange Creek Inn 16 rooms from $90Cat Island, Bahamas
No frills beachfront apartments with stunning views. Interiors are simple but provide kitchens and dining areas plus laundry facilities & an ice machine. Direct beach access, games room and grocery store. Superb value and very quiet.Beach Life - Quiet beach on the doorstep, lush bird-filled gardens, relaxed atmosphere and friendly serviceFishing - Hotel can arrange salt-water fishing tripsLocal markets - Local traditional straw marketGreat walks - Blue Hole and Port Royal Beach
Bell Channel Inn 32 rooms from $99Grand Bahama Island, Bahamas
Charming hotel on the beach on Grand Bahama Island. Simple rooms have balconies, tiled floors and some with small kitchenettes. Outdoor pool, garden and dive shop. Good seafood menu and buzzing bar with live music. For location and amenities, ideal for those wanting to learn or improve diving.Active Holiday - Extensive scuba dive packages available from in-house dive shop, as well as fishing, kayaking and snorkellingFishing - Fishing trips from hotel; cook the catch in hotel afterwardsDiving - Full dive shop within hotelSeaside - Ideal for a seaside holiday.Recommended by - Fodors
Paradise Harbour Club 23 rooms from $107Paradise Island, Bahamas
Charming apartments with marina. Rooms are colourful and bright, with tiled floors, large dining areas and full kitchens. Outdoor pool, sun terraces and hot tub. No restaurant, but groceries can be arranged by hotel. Superb views and good value for money.Beach Life - With its own marina, taking to the seas is effortless, as are watersports from nearby beaches and superb viewsSights nearby - Shopping in Bay Street in downtown NassauGreat walks - Through Bahamas National Trust gardensSailing - Hotel has its own marina
Big Game Club 51 rooms from $119North Bimini, Bahamas
Family friendly 5* beach resort. Decor is Caribbean colourful with artworks on the walls, bamboo furniture and private balconies. Outdoor pool, massage treatments, games room and private marina. Relaxed seafood restaurant. For location and activities, an outstanding hotel.Families - Perfect suites for families, and plenty of child friendly activites such as glass bottom boat trip or fun in the hotel poolActive Holiday - Extraordinary location for scuba diving and snorkelling, and hotel can organise all types of tripsDiving - Daily dive operations center around two major geographical areas: Bimini and Cat Cay, which lies about 11 miles south of BiminiSights nearby - Dolphin House Museum
Greenwood Beach Resort 18 rooms from $130Bahamas
Pretty beachfront hotel. Rooms are spread across the gardens, and interiors are decorated with princess-net beds, bamboo furniture and patios. Outdoor pool, direct beach access and games room. Restaurant serving local cuisine and beach front bar. Secluded, idyllic and good value.Hideaway - 8 miles of almost empty beach on the doorstep, low key atmosphere, hammocks and pool to cool offDiving - More than twelve miles of unlimited wall diving sites along the southern coast aloneSights nearby - Port Howe and Bains Town, only 10 to 30 minutes away from the resortKayaking - Complimentary hotel kayaksRecommended by - Fodors
Orange Hill Beach Inn 33 rooms from $138Nassau, Bahamas
Beach front inn on former orange plantation. Rooms have pine furniture, tropical print fabrics and studios with small kitchens. Outdoor pool, sun terrace and lounge. Restaurant serves good Bahamian and continental food. Relaxed, secluded and family friendly.Families - Laid back atmosphere, large outdoor pool, beach access and small kitchens in studiosDiving - More than a dozen shipwrecks, underwater movie sites, beautiful coral reefsGreat walks - Through Nassau Botanical GardensSwimming Pool - Indoor/outdoorRecommended by - Fodors
Abaco inn 14 rooms from $150Bahamas
Lovely beachfront resort on Abaco. Rooms have tropical print fabrics, hammocks and large balconies. Outdoor pool and manicured gardens, beach access. Villas have kitchens. Outstanding seafood cuisine and sunset-facing ambient bar. Plethora of watersports on the doorstep; great choice for groups.Beach Life - The reefs and waters surrounding hotel are outstanding for surfing, snorkelling and fishingGroups - Suites with kitchens, enormous wrap-around balconies, lounges and lively barFishing - Abaco Inn offers our Fisherman’s Catch – a service allowing you to enjoy a dinner of your own catch prepared for you by the chefSurfing - Hotel beach waters offers one of the best breaks in all of Abaco; surf shops nearbyRecommended by - Fodors
Hope Town Inn & Marina 15 rooms from $155Hope Town, Bahamas
Colonial style hotel on its own marina. Charming rooms have exposed beams, creamy walls and modern nautical furnishings, most with kitchens. Outdoor pool, sun terrace, marina access. Fresh seafood menu and Bahamian cocktail bar with live music. A lovely choice for families.Families - Contemporary decor and full modern kitchens, makes life very easy for families to prepare picnics and light dinnersActive Holiday - With its own marina, sailing is on the doorstep, as well as snorkel trips, day trips to other islands and fishingDiving - Plenty of dive shops nearby to take you to underwater caves, ship wrecks, ever changing marine lifeGreat walks - Along hidden Tahiti Beach
Club Peace & Plenty 32 rooms from $155Great Exuma Island, Bahamas
Charming beach front hotel. Elegant rooms feature Caribbean furniture, four poster beds, large balconies and some with sitting rooms. Outdoor pool, gardens, library and massages available. Good Bahamian cuisine and lively bar with live music. Superb location to explore the islands from.Local exploring - Wide range of excursions from this prime location, such as Stocking Island, as well as all watersportsFishing - At the Bonefishing School, you can learn how to use a fly rod from a flat bottomed boatSights nearby - On Stocking Island, you can hike to the salt stoneDiving - Cave diving in ExumaRecommended by - Fodors
Chez Pierre 6 rooms from $155Long Island, Bahamas
Six rustic bungalows on the beach. Interiors are lovely with wooden floors, big wraparound balconies and tropical print furnishings. Superb restaurant serving fresh seafood and locally sourced produce. Great value; a total hideaway.Beach Life - Bungalows on stilts situated right on the beach, with superb low key restaurant, friendly tours and deserted beachFishing - With local guide Lockley CartwrightDiving - At Rum cay and San SalvadorGreat walks - Along near-deserted beachRecommended by - Fodors
Pelican Bay 186 rooms from $159Grand Bahama Island, Bahamas
Elegant hotel just metres from the beach on Grand Bahama Island. Rooms have an eco feel, with tiled floors, mahogany four posters, and characterful extras. Three outdoor pools, spa, gardens. Tropical fusion menus, and ambient outdoor bar. Romantic, laid-back and excellent location.Romantic Break - Waterfront suites with outdoor rain showers, dolphin excursions, white sand beach and spa treatmentsSights nearby - 25-minute car ride away, Gold Rock Creek Beach has been consistently rated as one of the top beaches in the worldLocal markets - Port Lucaya MarketplaceGreat walks - In Garden of the GrovesRecommended by - Fodors
Seascape Inn 5 rooms from $159South Andros, Bahamas
Rustic beach front cottages. Decor is charming with wooden floors and beamed ceilings, private verandahs and ocean views. Excellent international menu in the friendly restaurant and bar. Gardens with an abundance of wildlife surround this secluded and peaceful hideaway hotel.Hideaway - Very low key atmosphere and no frills area, with just the cabins, the beach and wildlife to enjoyFishing - Hotel can provide you with names of independent bonefishing guides who can take you out for the dayGreat walks - There is an in-land blue hole you can reach on your own or you can hire a guideBirdwatching - Mangrove Cay enjoys an abundance of both resident and migratory birdsRecommended by - Fodors
Sea Spray Resort from $165Abaco, Bahamas
Villa resort with marina on Elbow Cay. Rooms are contemporary with tiled floors, large balconies and kitchens. Outdoor pool and sun terrace. The Boat House restaurant serves good international and seafood cuisine, often with live music. Quiet with excellent location.Local exploring - With its own marina making island exploring effortless, as are diving and snorkelling in the nearby reefSailing - Rental sail or powerboats can be arranged through the Marina officeSights nearby - Hope Town Light HouseGreat walks - Good for walkers.Recommended by - Fodors
Hope Town Harbour Lodge 25 rooms from $165Abaco, Bahamas
Pretty hotel with spectacular Atlantic views on Elbow Cay, off Abaco. Rooms have terracotta floors, French doors with balconies and pine furniture. Outdoor pool, garden and library. Superb dining with views across the harbour. Idyllic, friendly and quiet.Families - Larger suites with kitchenettes and living rooms are ideal for families; excellent kids club and sailing tripsSights nearby - Hope Town LighthouseSailing - From Abaco MarinaKids Club - Fully staffed.Recommended by - Fodors
Pineapple Fields from $170Eleuthera Island, Bahamas
Homely villas near to the beach. Interiors are contemporary with tiled floors, white wooden furniture, full kitchens and artworks. Outdoor pool, tropical gardens. Excellent seafood in the laid back popular restaurant. Friendly, pretty and good value.Hideaway - Make yourself feel at home in your Caribbean villa with incredible views, welcoming decor and activities just on the doorstepFamilies - Full kitchen, dining and living areas in the villas, along with laundry facilities. Massages available for adultsFishing - The many flats up and down the Island are perfect hunting grounds for the elusive bone fishSailing - With two full-service marinas it’s easy to charter a boatRecommended by - Fodors
Staniel Cay Yacht Club 14 rooms from $185Bahamas
Pretty colourful cottages on the beach. Interiors are barefoot-boutique with rainfall showers, wooden floors, large verandahs and modern bathrooms. Outdoor pool, gardens and marina access. Tasty Bahamian cuisine and relaxed beach bar. Superb spot to explore the islands from, and family friendly.Local exploring - Staniel Cay has its own marina, and extensive boat tours and fishing trips, as well as local wildlifeKayaking - All guests with a lodging package receive complimentary access to a Stand-Up Paddle BoardFishing - Fishing trips as well as half-day or day-long excursions and conch expeditionsSights nearby - Visit nearby islands Exuma Cays Land and Sea ParkRecommended by - Frommers, Fodors
Green Turtle Club & Marina 30 rooms from $189Abaco, Bahamas
Secluded island resort on the beach. Rooms are full of character with opulent fabrics, nautical accents and Caribbean dark wood furniture. Outdoor pool, gardens and library. Excellent Bahamian cuisine in ocean front restaurant. Quiet, idyllic and friendly.Hideaway - Although only a 15 minute ferry ride, the island feels secluded, with bird filled mangroves and coral reefs to yourselfBirdwatching - Bahama Yellow-Throat, Cuban Emerald Hummingbird, Red-legged Thrush, Olive-capped WarblerFull of characterOn the beach - In front of the hotel.
Old Bahama Bay 73 rooms from $200Grand Bahama Island, Bahamas
Friendly resort on private beach. Elegant rooms have large verandahs, cream furnishings and lounge areas. Outdoor pool, spa, gym, complimentary watersports. Terrific seafood menu and BBQ beach bar. Ideal for families, with a very intimate feel.Families - Excellent kids club and beach activities, spa for adults, and island tours suitable for all agesDiving - On-site Stuart Cove Dive Center offers Tiger Shark Dives at world famous Tiger BeachLocal markets - The Port Lucaya MarketplaceViews - Great views from hotelRecommended by - Fodors
Ocean Frontier Hideaway from $200Abaco, Bahamas
Simple clapperboard cottages on a private beach. Interiors are cozy with pine tongue & groove walls, large private sundecks, kitchens and tiled floors. Outdoor pool, BBQ area and library. Light snacks available from friendly beach bar. Very secluded, lots of space and superb beach.Hideaway - Cottages are set within sprawling gardens and with a private beach, and nearby marina, you can enjoy ultimate peace and quietSailing - Rental nearby, cays are usually no more than 10 to 40 minutes apart making it ideal day trippingFishing - The guides offer full and half day excursions, for groups and private chartersDiving - The hotel can arrange equipment rental
Compass Point Hotel 18 rooms from $220Nassau, Bahamas
Colourful beach front apartments. Rooms are in colonial style with white shutters, large verandahs and small kitchens. Outdoor pool, hot tub and beach access with pier. Fantastic Bahamian and International cuisine, oceanfront bar. Low-key, superb location and good value.Beach Life - Colourful clapperboard suites, with an idllyic beach, activities within walking distanceFishing - Hotel can organise boat charter to trawl the deep seas for a prized marlinFull of characterOn the beach - In front of the hotel.
Cape Santa Maria from $235Long Island, Bahamas
Gorgeous hotel in prime beach location. Interiors have creamy furnishings, tiled floors, rattan and mahogany furniture; villas have modern kitchens and dining areas. Direct beach access, gym, spa treatments. Good Bahamian cuisine and beach bar. Romantic and pretty.Romantic Break - Enormous balconies with sofas to catch the perfect sunset, nature kayak tours, couples massage and in room hot tubsDiving - All scuba diving expeditions at Cape Santa Maria use leading edge equipment, and are led by an experienced dive crewFishing - For a deep sea adventure, fishing excursions are available with experienced, professional guidesSights nearby - Christopher Columbus monumentRecommended by - Fodors
Hut Pointe Inn from $245Eleuthera Island, Bahamas
Limestone inn near the beach. Contemporary suites feature large bedrooms, living areas with mahogany furniture, modern kitchens and verandahs. Lush gardens, friendly service. A few minutes walk from the beach and all its activities. A fine choice for a family.Families - Large suites are ideal for families, as are the near-empty surrounding beaches, live local music and sailing tripsSights nearby - The cavernous Preacher’s Cave provided shelter for the first European settlers of Eleuthera, and served as their first churchDiving - The Devil’s Backbone, a popular dive, is a large coral formation notorious for wrecking shipsLocal markets - Pam’s Island Made Gift Shop, featuring local handicrafts
Coral Sands 39 rooms from $250Harbour Island, Bahamas
Stunning beach front hotel in 9-acres. Elegant rooms have wooden furniture, modern tropical print furnishings and white shutters. Outdoor pool, gardens, library and billiard room. Superb French-Bahamian menus and laid-back bar. Charming, opulent and peaceful.Beach Life - Three miles of white sand, multitude of watersports from the doorstep, candle lit beach dining and chic decked sun terracesSailing - From Fisherman's Dock and Government DockSeaside - Ideal for a seaside holiday.Great walks - Good for walkers.Recommended by - Fodors, Kiwi Collection
Bahama Beach Club from $250Great Abaco Island, Bahamas
Beautiful apartment resort on the beach. Interiors have tiled floors, rattan furniture, modern artworks and kitchens. Outdoor pool, manicured gardens, beach access and gym. Great international and seafood cuisine in beach front restaurant. Stunning views, outstanding beach and friendly service.Romantic Break - Secluded apartments in manicured gardens, with dolphin boat trips, white sand picnics or scuba divingFamilies - Apartments come with full kitchens and plenty of living space for all; child appropriate watersportsFishing - Discover big-game monsters like tarpon, wahoo, sailfish, and blue marlinSwimming Pool - Two outdoor freshwater poolsRecommended by - Fodors
Fernandez Bay Village 18 rooms from $254Bahamas
Charming beach front cottages. Interiors are full of character with stone walls, tiled floors and bamboo furniture, large private patios. Beach access, garden, popular tiki bar and good international cuisine from the restaurant. Family friendly, pretty and quiet.Families - Villas are ideal for families, with big modern kitchens, spacious living rooms, plenty of bedrooms and garden spaceFishing - The waters surrounding Cat Island are home to a variety of blue water game fish, including, but not limited to, Wahoo, Mahi MahiSailing - Thirteen foot Boston Whalers can be rented without a captain for exploring nearby beachesSights nearby - The legends surrounding the Blue Holes of Cat Island make them a curious attractionRecommended by - Fodors
Sky Beach Club from $295Eleuthera Island, Bahamas
Stunning villas on private beach. Contemporary rooms feature enormous living rooms, mahogany furniture, large bathrooms and kitchens. Superb seafood cuisine in popular restaurant, ambient bar. Luxurious, glamorous and chic.Beach Life - Stunning beach front villas, with enormous windows and verandahs, plenty of sea activities and superb seafood diningDiving - The Devil’s Backbone is a large coral formation off North Eleuthera, notorious for wrecking shipsSights nearby - Spanish Wells fishing villageOn the beach - Private beachRecommended by - Fodors
The Cove Eleuthera 58 rooms from $299Eleuthera, Bahamas
Gorgeous beach front hotel. Contemporary rooms have light wooden floors, big verandahs, marble bathrooms and wonderful views. Outdoor infinity pool, gym, lush gardens and spa treatments. Excellent Bahamian cuisine. Luxurious, sumptuous and relaxing.Families - Enormous family suites, varied child friendly activites such as sea glass collecting, and massages for grown upsRomantic Break - In-room couples massages, snorkelling right from the doorstep, gorgeous romantic roomsSights nearby - From Three Island Dock, enjoy a quick boat ride on a Water Taxi to Harbour IslandKayaking - With Bahamas Out-Island AdventuresRecommended by - Fodors, Tablet
Rock House from $300Harbour Island, Bahamas
Luxurious beach hotel. Individually designed rooms have creamy walls, modern artworks and mahogany furniture. Heated outdoor pool, direct beach access, orchid gardens and gym. Outstanding modern cuisine and slick bar. Effortlessly chic and boutique stay.Beach Life - Orchid gardens surround the poolside daybeds, picnic baskets are filled for beach trips and Pink Sand beach is on the doorstepGreat walks - With the hotel's personalised packed picnic basketsDiving - Valentine’s Dive CenterDesigner - Wallace TuttRecommended by - Fodors
Runaway Hill Club 8 rooms from $325Harbour Island, Bahamas
Chic beach front hotel. Interiors are contemporary with dark wood furniture, seaside touches and enormous bathrooms. Outdoor pool and library, direct beach access. Excellent Bahamian cuisine in the ambient restaurant. Romantic, laid back and cool.Beach Life - Chic interiors, turquoise pool overlooking the ocean, fishing trips and dive from the beach itselfFishing - During your stay at Runaway Hill Inn, you can reserve a fishing adventure with Captain Rich HelmuthSeaside - Ideal for a seaside holiday.Great walks - Good for walkers.Recommended by - Fodors
Graycliff Hotel 20 rooms from $325Nassau, Bahamas
Characterful 5* hotel in town centre. Rooms have antiques, opulent fabrics, chandeliers and four poster beds. Two outdoor pools, gym, spa treatments, gardens and sun terrace. Excellent Bahamian cuisine, extensive wine cellars and cigar factory. Unusual, luxurious and unique.Quirky - In this 200 plus year old mansion, find antiques, a cellar filled with thousands of bottles of wine, and a working cigar factorySights nearby - Hotel overlooks the Government House in the centre of Nassau.Great walks - Around town from Rawson SquareFull of character
Kamalame Cay from $407Andros Island, Bahamas
Private island luxury beach resort in 100 acres. Elegant rooms feature private terraces, high beamed ceilings, nautical touches and huge bathrooms. Outdoor heated pool, tennis court and ocean front spa. Fantastic Caribbean cuisine, and two breezy beach bars. Luxurious, exclusive and laid back.Romantic Break - Very secluded villas, spa with glass bottom to view the fish, sunset cocktails and picnic excursionsSights nearby - Take a pre-booked picnic lunch (arranged the day before) on your own deserted islandKayaking - Explore the mangroves at the back of the Cay at high tide by KayakFishing - Go looking for local fish on the 32ft RegulatorRecommended by - Mr & Mrs Smith, Fodors
Turquoise Cay 8 rooms from $410Little Exuma, Bahamas
Gorgeous 5* beachfront hotel. Creamy rooms feature rattan furniture, large balconies, chic nautical furnishings and big bathrooms. Outdoor infinity pool, gardens, private beach. Outstanding menu from Peru, France and Asia; romantic bar. Boutique and luxurious.Romantic Break - Gorgeous creamy decor, ocean front infinity pool, sunset cocktail terrace and spa treatmentsGreat walks - Dozens of nearby trails to coves and cavesSeaside - Ideal for a seaside holiday.On the beach - In front of the hotel.Recommended by - Fodors
Pink Sands 25 rooms from $495Harbour Island, Bahamas
Sumptuous beach front resort. The cottage interiors have mahogany furniture, wooden floors and shutters and lovely private decks. Outdoor pool, gym, 26-acre garden, private beach and library. Superb locally sourced menu, slick bar with wow-factor chandelier. Romantic, luxurious and chic.Romantic Break - Fragrant jasmine grown throughout hotel gardens, opulent bedrooms, private terraces and romantic diningSailing - Plenty of day trips from Fisherman's Dock and Government DockBirdwatching - Surrounding gardens are a bird sanctuaryDesigner - Barbara HulanickiRecommended by - Fodors, Tablet, Kiwi Collection
Small Hope Bay 21 rooms from $520Andros Island, Bahamas
Ocean front cottages. Colourful rooms feature tropical print fabrics, Andros pine furniture and private patios. Lush gardens, private beach, games room and library. Great Bahamian and international menus, sociable bar lounge. For diving and fishing enthusiasts, this is the one for you.Families - Kayaking and fishing are popular with children, and for the adults there are plenty of hammocks and shady nooks to read fromActive Holiday - Renowned hotel for scuba diving - with guided trips, numerous spots nearby and plenty of challenges for experiend diversAll inclusiveDiving - Ask about specialty trips, including blue hole dives and wall dives to 185ftRecommended by - Fodors
The Cove Atlantis 600 rooms from $580Paradise Island, Bahamas
Expansive resort on the beach. Elegant rooms are in creamy shades with sea view balconies and big bathrooms. Outdoor pool, beach access, tennis courts, gym, spa, water park, cinema and casino. Excellent International cuisine, both gourmet and light. With so much to do, perfect for families.Active Holiday - Think of the activity, and here you can probably do it: cinema, casino, tennis, yoga and all watersportsFamilies - A wide variety of activities for children, including age-relevant kids club, water park and Dolpin CayKids Club - Fully staffed.Swimming Pool - Indoor/outdoorRecommended by - Kiwi Collection
One & Only Ocean Club 105 rooms from $725Paradise Island, Bahamas
Sublime family friendly beach resort. Decor is opulent with mahogany furniture, chic furnishings, private terraces and pools and big marble bathrooms. Outdoor pool, spa, gym, golf course and tennis courts. Gourmet cuisine in restaurant, friendly beach side eats. Luxury, chic and exclusive.Romantic Break - Private pool and terrace with secluded garden, couples spa treatments, sunset sailing trips and dolphin swimsFamilies - Superb kids club and child-appropriate watersports, larger family suites and private pools for adultsOpulentKids Club - Fully staffed.Recommended by - Fodors, Kiwi Collection
Tiamo 13 rooms from $800South Andros Island, Bahamas
Romantic beach resort. The cottages are decorated in contemporary eco style with wooden floors, large private terraces and slick stone bathrooms. Outdoor pool, gym, spa, library and beach access. Sublime Caribbean fusion menu, with emphasis on locally sourced. Secluded, quiet and picturesque.Exclusive offer - Stay 5 nights – pay 4 night onlyRomantic Break - Secluded cottages on the beach, some with private pools, with spa treatments, hammock dozing and snorkelling minutes awayFishing - Tiamo has its own fully equipped 28ft World Cat Boat which makes blue water fishing fun and easily accessible from the resortBirdwatching - See how many of the island’s 330 bird species you can identifySailing - Can be booked nearby.Recommended by - Tablet, Small Luxury Hotels
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The Bahamas are a tropically perfect cluster of 700 islands famous for their dramatic history of pirates, smugglers and explorers. With so many islands you can imagine the potential. And the variety of what visitors can get up to. And imagine how many perfect beaches that means! Along with the vast choice when it comes to choosing how to enjoy the Bahamas, these islands also offer an enormous variety accommodation options. The best places to stay in the Bahamas range from over-the-top themed resorts to peaceful private islands, to guesthouses on an isolated beach.
Technically the Bahamas are coral atolls and islands rising out of the Atlantic, but most of us think of them as Caribbean perfection. And while they have the bright white sand and bright turquoise waters of the Caribbean, they have a culture all of their own. English is technically the official language, but it might not be the English you're expecting. The Bahamas is really a very independent, but very friendly, kind of a place.
If you're here for a beach break, you'll find plenty of choices, and the same goes if you're here to have a fun holiday and enjoy some dancing and some sunshine.
The Bahamas also offer every watersport known to man. And the interior of the larger islands, especially Andros, offer exciting, and, you guessed it, varied terrain for explorers - from mangrove swamps to primeval forests to palm savannahs.
If you're interested in the cannonball-rich history of the Bahamas there are numerous forts scattered about, and several museums, including a Slavery Museum and the Pirate Museum.
The Bahamas also offer the perfect backdrop against which to swim with dolphins, to learn to sail or to go parasailing.
While not a possibility for every visitor, the Bahamas are best approached by sea, but mostly so that you can enjoy the idyllic island views.
The capital, Nassau, on New Providence Island, is one of the world's busiest cruise ship ports, but you'll find ports on all the inhabited islands. And of course Nassau has an airport and is home to several of the best places to stay in the Bahamas.
For a special occasion
- Higgins Landing is an eco-hotel on Exuma, one of the lesser developed islands. The accommodation is in wooden cottages, right on the beach, with kitchens and large balconies - though there's also a relaxed restaurant serving locally sourced produce. This is a special hideaway.
- Tiamo on Andros Island is a romantic beach retreat. Accommodation is in secluded cottages, some with private pools and hammocks perfect for dozing the afternoon away in.
- Turquoise Cay on Little Exuma is a tiny five star hotel - and, you guessed, it, it's right on the beach. As well as cool, creamily decorated rooms, there's a beautiful ocean-facing infinity pool, a sunset cocktail terrace and a small spa.
- Hope Town Inn & Marina is a colonial style hotel set behind its own marina - so there's a bit of a nautical theme. Most rooms have kitchens, but the restaurant has a pretty delicious looking seafood menu. As well as being ideal for sailors, this is also a great spot for divers and snorkellers.
- Pineapple Fields on Eleuthera Island are a collection of modern villas set around a pool and restaurant - through the villas have their own kitchens too. This is a particularly beautiful and peaceful spot.
- The Orange Hill Beach Inn in Nassau is a relaxed and friendly 33 room inn, converted, in a very Caribbean style, from an orange plantation. There are rooms with small kitchens, but there's also a restaurant.
- The Big Game Club is a family friendly five star resort on North Bimini, really just across the way from Miami. The decor is very traditional Caribbean - there's a lot of bamboo and palm trees. This is definitely one of the best places to stay in the Bahamas to relax and have fun with your family, and it's great value too.
For a beach break
- Chez Pierre has just six rustic style bungalows on stilts, right on a deserted beach. There are huge balconies for relaxing on, plus a superb restaurant. And prices start from only £96 per night.
- Coral Sands is a stunning beach front hotel set on nine beautiful acres of Harbour Island, including three miles of white sand just in front of the hotel. Rooms are elegant and modern, and there's a library, billiards room and a superb French-Bahamian restaurant for the evenings.
- The Paradise Harbour Club is a collection of apartments just behind their own marina. There are beautiful views, there's a pool, hot tub and sun terraces, and kitchens, but no restaurant.
- The Runaway Hill Club is a chic, beachfront hotel on Harbour Island, with modern, seaside-y, interiors. There are just eight rooms and you're right on the beach, so this is a romantic, and beautiful spot for a beach break.
For a taste of island life
- The Staniel Cay Yacht Club is a collection of pretty, colourful beach cottages with a barefoot-boutique feel and easy marina access. There are just 14 rooms and all guests have complimentary access to a stand-up paddle board.
- The Graycliff Hotel in Nassau is a characterful spot, right in the centre of town. Rooms are packed with antique opulence, there are two pools, beautiful gardens and sun terrace plus a gym, spa, Bahamian restaurant, wine cellar and a cigar factory.
- The Sea Spray Resort is on Elbow Cay on Abaco. Its collection of villas has got its own marina, along with a pool, sun terrace and excellent seafood restaurant. You're also well located for diving or snorkelling excursions, and you'll often find there's live music in the bar.
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