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About Bahamas

The Bahamas are a tropically perfect archipelago of 700 islands, or 2,000+ if you count the small coral cays as well. The Bahamian islands are mostly known for being a Caribbean paradise of white, sandy beaches and idyllic resorts, and for their dramatic history, packed with pirates, smugglers and explorers. But you’ll see from our list of the best places to stay in the Bahamas, that these gorgeous islands have a lot more accommodation-wise, than just resorts. Of course there are vast properties with all the trimmings, and small honeymoon-perfect, barefoot luxury hideaways, but there are also fantastic guesthouses, hotels perfectly set up for divers and fishermen, and some surprisingly accessible private islands to stay on.

As with all tropical island groups, our Gurus find one of the big challenges is choosing the right island. So if you’re still at this stage of your Bahamian dream start by reading our Where to Stay section. Otherwise you could scroll down and look at our recommendations for the best places to stay in the Bahamas by type of hotel, or experience, so you can find our top picks for families, for example. What our Gurus do agree with though, is that there’s no poor choice when it comes to the islands of the Bahamas. They’re all a magical backdrop for relaxing, trying something new, or just enjoying yourself!

Where to stay - Which Island?

  • Bahama’s capital, Nassau, on New Providence Island, is busy with movement, sounds, colours and smells. Nassau hosts the lion's share of the Bahamian population, restaurants and shops. And Nassau is where you'll find some of the oldest Caribbean beach hotels. Some of these grand old dames still number on the list of the best places to stay in the Bahamas, but there are also a number of smaller, more stylish properties and large, modern resorts just outside Nassau. Founded by the British in 1650, Nassau is probably better known, historically, for its connection with piracy, and especially Blackbeard, who challenged British rule here. So expect forts and cannons, and the cheesy, but fun, pirate museum, the Atlantis Waterscape, plus a vast open-air aquarium.
  • Grand Bahama is your classic Caribbean idyll, with near perfect white sandy beaches, fantastically clear, snorkelling friendly waters, a spectacularly beautiful National Park or two, and a small, but fairly varied collection of hotels and resorts. The majority of Grand Bahama’s resorts are large and purpose-built, with quite an American feel — Grand Bahama is only 55miles from Florida — and there are a number of American style malls and diner-style restaurants, but there are also plenty of local markets, botanical gardens and secluded coves. In fact, one of the best things about Grand Bahama's long, thin shape, is that it means that so much of the island is coastline. Grand Bahama’s smaller properties are some of our favourites, and we like it for families too.
  • The Exumas are perfect for some island hopping! This island group stretches about 200kms, across beautiful, bright turquoise waters — there are 365 islands and cays in the group — following along a neat line, until you get to the very largest islands, Great Exuma and Little Exuma at the southern end. The majority of them are uninhabited or privately owned, and it’s on some of these that you’ll find some of the best hotels in the Bahamas for shipwreck-style barefoot luxury. They range from wooden beachside cottages to super luxurious hideaways. Great Exuma and Little Exuma are pretty laid-back and gorgeous.
  • Eleuthera is our pick if you want total relaxation. Sure, there's plenty to do on this long, narrow stretch of white and green, but this is the kind of place where you're really not expected to do very much, and the best hotels on Eleuthera reflect this.
  • The Abaco Islands are a haven for divers and sailors, spreading east from Grand Bahama in a beautiful crescent of little cays and atolls linked by incredible reefs. Most of these islands and atolls are too small to stay on, so the majority of the hotels in the Abaco Islands will be on or around Great Abaco and Little Abaco. There are some on the other islands, though, and if you’re looking for a serious diving holiday, or one of those small, romantic private island resorts, then it’s worth looking here.
  • Andros is the largest of the Bahamian islands, by far, but conversely, it’s also the least explored island in the chain. Its interior is varied, with palm forests, wetlands, pine forests and a sort of primordial mangrove forest, and all of it sits atop vast underground, underwater cave system. The biodiversity of animal life is just as impressive as the biodiversity of plant life. Most visitors come here to dive, both under ground and underwater — Andros has a gorgeous reef system just off shore — in fact it has the world’s third largest barrier reef. And the best hotels on Andros are luxurious, private and dive-centric, perfect if you’re looking for barefoot luxury with some diving and snorkelling thrown in.
  • Long Island is more dramatic geographically than its neighbours — it even has cliffs, which tower over its eastern shores, and the Atlantic Ocean below. The western side, which is up against the Bahamas Banks, is flatter and sandier, more like the rest of the Bahamas group, and this is where you’ll find most of the accommodation on the island. Divers love Long Island because of its long, long coastline and proximity to Dean’s Blue Hole. Sailors have a love-hate relationship with the island for the same reasons, and the extremely varied nature of its coastline. Our hotel favourites here are all great for watersports-folk.
  • Cat Island is best known for its beaches, and history as a pirate hideout, but this is also where you’ll find the highest mountain in the Bahamas — it’s 63 meters high, and topped by a very beautiful monastery. Cat Island also has a complex underground cave system and miles of nature trails, so it’s a good choice if you want to do some interior explorations.

Don't forget that the best places to stay in the Bahamas are extremely busy during the peak Christmas and New Year period, so if you want to be sure of a room, get organised and book well ahead.

The Best Places to Stay in the Bahamas

Nassau

  • The Graycliff Hotel offers a real taste of, albeit luxurious, island life. It’s in the centre of town, which is unusual for the Bahamas, in a wonderfully charming colonial building, which has 20 rooms and suites, and offers five star luxury of the sort that involves antiques, opulent furnishings and four-poster beds. There are two outdoor pools, a gym and spa, lush gardens, an gorgeous sun terrace and an excellent Bahamian restaurant with extensive wine cellars and a cigar factory.
  • On Nassau we also like the Compass Point Hotel, a collection of brightly coloured beachfront apartments with 18 colonial style, self-catering rooms. There’s also a fantastic Bahamian/International restaurant and a super cool oceanfront bar, an outdoor pool and hot tub, and a pier with beach access. Aside from the white shutters, everything about the exteriors of these wood-clad giant cubby-houses is colourful and cheerful, which is perfect under the Nassau sunshine.

On Grand Bahama

  • Old Bahama Bay is a mid-sized resort when it comes to the number of rooms, with 73 rooms, suites and villas, but it’s large when it comes to the space it occupies. It’s also really friendly, with an excellent kids club and a range of great watersports facilities onsite. The accommodation is in a number of brightly coloured, two storey homestead-style properties, which are on lawns just back from the beach, with large verandas and creamy interiors. There’s a terrific seafood restaurant and a BBQ beach bar.

The Exumas

  • The Staniel Cay Yacht Club, on Staniel Cay, is a collection of pretty, brightly coloured beach cottages with a barefoot-boutique feel: expect wooden floors, rain showers in modern bathrooms and traditionally large verandas. There’s also an outdoor pool, gardens and easy marina access. There are just 14 rooms.

Eleuthera’s Best Hotels

  • Pink Sands certainly does have pinkish sand directly in front of the hotel, fringed by swaying palms and edged by bright aqua waters. The 25 cottages and villas that make up this resort have a colonial feel, with wooden floors, elegant shutters and lovely private decks. Around you is 26 acres of lush, private gardens, and there are great facilities for a resort this size, with a superb, locally sourced menu at the restaurant and a slick bar. It’s romantic too.

In the Abaco Islands

  • Green Turtle Club and Marina is a secluded waterfront resort. Well appointed rooms and suites are stylishly decorated and there are a range of waterfront one, two or three bedroom villas that are perfect for families or small groups. There's a fresh water pool, plus The Yacht Club Pub for cocktails and great food.

On Andros Island

  • As well as being one of our favourite places to stay on Andros Island, Tiamo is also one of our picks for the most romantic places to stay in the Bahamas. It’s a luxurious beach resort, right on the water on South Andros Island, comprising of just 13 cottages. As well as being extremely relaxed and barefoot-luxury-y, the vibe here is also eco-friendly. The cottages are all different, some of them in the treetops, some of them on the sand, but they all have wooden floors, a maritime colour scheme, large private terraces and slick, stone bathrooms. There’s a shared pool, but some of the cottages have their own, a Caribbean restaurant, gym, spa, library and direct access to the beach.
  • If you’re hunting for that classic Caribbean beach resort, with secluded villas set right on the beach consider, Kamalame Cay a luxurious property with 100 of its own beautiful private acres. These villas are thatched: tick, and surrounded by vast private terraces or balconies: tick, with huge French windows: tick, and huge luxury bathrooms: tick again. They also have a spa built on stilts over the ocean, with a glass bottom to relax with the fish. There’s plenty to do, if you want to, tennis, kayaking, sailing, diving, snorkelling etc., and there’s an excellent restaurant and two breezy beach bars.

On Long Island

  • Long Island’s Cape Santa Maria is a gorgeous hotel right beside an even more beautiful beach, with really excellent watersports facilities, and villa accommodation with huge sunset-loving balconies. As well as direct beach access there's a pool, gym and luxurious spa. There's also a fun Bahamian beach bar and good, local cuisine. Romantic, pretty and memorable. This is a great base for an active island break.

Perfect Hotels for a Classic Bahamian Beach Break

  • Coral Sands is a stunning beach front hotel set on nine beautiful acres, and three superb miles of white sand, just outside Dunmore Town on Eleuthera. The beach is right outside your door, and the 39 rooms and suites make the most of that, with huge windows and wooden shutters. The decor is elegant all round, with cool tiled floors and dark wood furniture, with modern tropical prints. There’s a pool, lush gardens, a library, billiards room and a superb French-Bahamian restaurant for the evenings.
  • Great Exuma’s Club Peace & Plenty is a beautifully converted historic house, in an unbeatable Caribbean setting, right on the water of George Town, beside its own private, palm-fringed beach club. We like this 32 room hotel for those fussy about decor, because the stylish, fairly minimally, but elegant decorated rooms here are difficult to fault, with their wooden floors and white beamed ceilings, pale blue colour schemes and huge terraces with sea views. This is a great base for excursions, day trips and sailing and fishing.

Some of the Most Romantic Hotels in the Bahamas

  • Small and stylish, Bahama House in Eleuthera’s Dunmore Town is a plantation house, converted into an intimate 11 room hotel. The individually decorated rooms and suites are spacious, with four-poster beds and interesting art and objects, and if you need more living space they have several separate cottages. There’s a freshwater pool and a classic rum bar, but no restaurant, but you’re in a great spot for restaurants.
  • Eleuthera’s The Other Side has got to be the most glamorous glamping site in the Caribbean, with its six immaculate tents, complete with hardwood floors, huge, contemporary four-poster beds, angular furnishings, Berber-style rugs and indulgent details. This is what you’d find if Robinson Crusoe was shipwrecked with Norman Foster. And on a private island. So there’s plenty of seclusion if you want it, but there’s also a games tent, an onsite yoga instructor and a hotel bar that welcomes you to mix your own cocktails if you see fit.

Family Friendly Bahamas

  • Nassau’s vast, high-rise The Cove Atlantis is the ultimate family resort with its own cinema, casino, beach, water park, an 18-hole golf course, art classes and just about every other kind of watersport or resort activity you can imagine. The Cove Atlantis is huge, and there’s a correspondingly huge range when it comes to restaurants and bars, with an excellent range of cuisines, from fast, to gourmet to light. There are also several kids clubs.
  • As a contrast to The Cove, we also like the Hope Town Harbour Lodge, a pretty Caribbean hotel in a great location on Elbow Cay, which is just off the coast of Great Abaco. The contrasts start with the scale, the Hope Town harbour Lodge has just 25 rooms and suites, and while it’s got great facilities, they’re on the scale of 25 rooms, so include a really beautiful outdoor pool which is right against the ocean, and has its own bar, plus a garden and a library. The price is very different too, this is a really great value choice for families: comfortable, friendly, with plenty of space and a restaurant with amazing views.
  • We also like Cat Island’s Fernandez Bay Village for families. It’s a collection of 18 charming, stone beachfront cottages with exposed stone walls, ceiling beams, tiled floors and bamboo furniture inside, and large private patios outside. Their location is superb, right on the sand, and there’s a garden too, plus a fun tiki bar and a restaurant serving great international cuisine.

For Great Value

  • Cat Island’s Orange Creek Inn is a collection of 16 no-frills beachfront apartments with stunning views and super simple interiors. There are kitchen and dining areas plus laundry facilities and an ice machine. It’s quiet, and you have direct beach access, which, along with the views, is what makes this such a steal. There’s also a games room and a grocery store.
  • For a proper, but affordable, escape from everything try Long Island’s Chez Pierre with its six rustic style bungalows on stilts, right on a deserted beach. There are huge balconies, which wrap right around the buildings, and a superb restaurant specialising in seafood and fresh, local produce. Inside they have some snappy retro tropical print furnishings.
  • Eleuthera’s Pineapple Fields is a collection of homely, modern villas right by the beach. The friendliness of this hotel, and the generous sized kitchens and living areas in the villas, makes it easy to feel at home here, albeit with a garden that's likely more tropically-beautiful than the one you have at home. It's easy to charter a boat from here, and there's great fishing. It's also great value.

Prefer a self-catering Apartment or Villa?

  • If you’d prefer to stay in an apartment or private villa we recommend you visit our online partner, booking.com.

Travel Information

  • Nassau's Lynden Pindling International Airport is the largest airport in the Bahamas, but your other choices when it comes to international airports are Grand Bahama International Airport and Exuma International Airport. It’s relatively easy to island hop via plane if you want to, though it’s quite something to travel on the water. It’s possible to fly direct to Nassau from the UK, and super easy from the US.
  • If you want to hire a car we recommend you visit our online partner, Rentalcars. And if you’re staying on one of the Out Islands we strongly recommend you do book a car, and book one in advance. Settlements on the Out Islands are quite spread out and taxis can be pretty expensive.
  • There are really only two seasons in the Bahamas, hot wet summers and warm, drier winters - which tend to be the better season to visit. November to mid-April is the high season. Hurricane season is July through October, so best avoided. The further south you go the more tropical the climate becomes and it tends to be warm all year round, so there are some islands which are idyllic all year round, as they spread right across the Tropic of Cancer.

Still not sure which to book?

Best Hotels in Bahamas

  • Tiamo South Andros Island, Bahamas 13 rooms from $945

    Romantic Break  -  Secluded cottages on the beach, some with private pools, with spa treatments, hammock dozing and snorkelling minutes away
    Fishing  -  Tiamo has its own fully equipped 28ft World Cat Boat which makes blue water fishing fun and easily accessible from the resort
    Birdwatching  -  See how many of the island’s 330 bird species you can identify
    Sailing  -  Can be booked nearby.
    Recommended by  -  Tablet, Small Luxury Hotels

    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. See More

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  • Orange Creek Inn Cat Island, Bahamas 16 rooms from $90

    Beach Life  -  Quiet beach on the doorstep, lush bird-filled gardens, relaxed atmosphere and friendly service
    Fishing  -  Hotel can arrange salt-water fishing trips
    Local markets  -  Local traditional straw market
    Great walks  -  Blue Hole and Port Royal Beach

    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. See More

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  • Bell Channel Inn Grand Bahama Island, Bahamas 32 rooms from $99

    Active Holiday  -  Extensive scuba dive packages available from in-house dive shop, as well as fishing, kayaking and snorkelling
    Fishing  -  Fishing trips from hotel; cook the catch in hotel afterwards
    Diving  -  Full dive shop within hotel
    Seaside  -  Ideal for a seaside holiday.
    Recommended by  -  Fodors

    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. See More

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  • Big Game Club North Bimini, Bahamas 51 rooms from $119

    Families  -  Perfect suites for families, and plenty of child friendly activites such as glass bottom boat trip or fun in the hotel pool
    Active Holiday  -  Extraordinary location for scuba diving and snorkelling, and hotel can organise all types of trips
    Diving  -  Daily dive operations center around two major geographical areas: Bimini and Cat Cay, which lies about 11 miles south of Bimini
    Sights nearby  -  Dolphin House Museum

    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. See More

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  • Greenwood Beach Resort Bahamas 18 rooms from $130

    Hideaway  -  8 miles of almost empty beach on the doorstep, low key atmosphere, hammocks and pool to cool off
    Diving  -  More than twelve miles of unlimited wall diving sites along the southern coast alone
    Sights nearby  -  Port Howe and Bains Town, only 10 to 30 minutes away from the resort
    Kayaking  -  Complimentary hotel kayaks
    Recommended by  -  Fodors

    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. See More

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  • Orange Hill Beach Inn Nassau, Bahamas 33 rooms from $138

    Families  -  Laid back atmosphere, large outdoor pool, beach access and small kitchens in studios
    Diving  -  More than a dozen shipwrecks, underwater movie sites, beautiful coral reefs
    Great walks  -  Through Nassau Botanical Gardens
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor/outdoor
    Recommended by  -  Fodors

    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. See More

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  • Abaco inn Bahamas 14 rooms from $150

    Beach Life  -  The reefs and waters surrounding hotel are outstanding for surfing, snorkelling and fishing
    Groups  -  Suites with kitchens, enormous wrap-around balconies, lounges and lively bar
    Fishing  -  Abaco Inn offers our Fisherman’s Catch – a service allowing you to enjoy a dinner of your own catch prepared for you by the chef
    Surfing  -  Hotel beach waters offers one of the best breaks in all of Abaco; surf shops nearby
    Recommended by  -  Fodors

    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. See More

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  • Chez Pierre Long Island, Bahamas 6 rooms from $155

    Beach Life  -  Bungalows on stilts situated right on the beach, with superb low key restaurant, friendly tours and deserted beach
    Fishing  -  With local guide Lockley Cartwright
    Diving  -  At Rum cay and San Salvador
    Great walks  -  Along near-deserted beach
    Recommended by  -  Fodors

    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. See More

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  • Pelican Bay Grand Bahama Island, Bahamas 186 rooms from $159

    Romantic Break  -  Waterfront suites with outdoor rain showers, dolphin excursions, white sand beach and spa treatments
    Sights nearby  -  25-minute car ride away, Gold Rock Creek Beach has been consistently rated as one of the top beaches in the world
    Local markets  -  Port Lucaya Marketplace
    Great walks  -  In Garden of the Groves
    Recommended by  -  Fodors

    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. See More

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  • Seascape Inn South Andros, Bahamas 5 rooms from $159

    Hideaway  -  Very low key atmosphere and no frills area, with just the cabins, the beach and wildlife to enjoy
    Fishing  -  Hotel can provide you with names of independent bonefishing guides who can take you out for the day
    Great walks  -  There is an in-land blue hole you can reach on your own or you can hire a guide
    Birdwatching  -  Mangrove Cay enjoys an abundance of both resident and migratory birds
    Recommended by  -  Fodors

    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. See More

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  • Pineapple Fields Eleuthera Island, Bahamas from $170

    Hideaway  -  Make yourself feel at home in your Caribbean villa with incredible views, welcoming decor and activities just on the doorstep
    Families  -  Full kitchen, dining and living areas in the villas, along with laundry facilities. Massages available for adults
    Fishing  -  The many flats up and down the Island are perfect hunting grounds for the elusive bone fish
    Sailing  -  With two full-service marinas it’s easy to charter a boat
    Recommended by  -  Fodors

    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. See More

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  • Staniel Cay Yacht Club Bahamas 14 rooms from $185

    Local exploring  -  Staniel Cay has its own marina, and extensive boat tours and fishing trips, as well as local wildlife
    Kayaking  -  All guests with a lodging package receive complimentary access to a Stand-Up Paddle Board
    Fishing  -  Fishing trips as well as half-day or day-long excursions and conch expeditions
    Sights nearby  -  Visit nearby islands Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park
    Recommended by  -  Frommers, Fodors

    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. See More

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  • Green Turtle Club & Marina Abaco, Bahamas 30 rooms from $189

    Hideaway  -  Although only a 15 minute ferry ride, the island feels secluded, with bird filled mangroves and coral reefs to yourself
    Birdwatching  -  Bahama Yellow-Throat, Cuban Emerald Hummingbird, Red-legged Thrush, Olive-capped Warbler
    Full of character
    On the beach  -  In front of the hotel.

    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. See More

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  • Old Bahama Bay Grand Bahama Island, Bahamas 73 rooms from $200

    Families  -  Excellent kids club and beach activities, spa for adults, and island tours suitable for all ages
    Diving  -  On-site Stuart Cove Dive Center offers Tiger Shark Dives at world famous Tiger Beach
    Local markets  -  The Port Lucaya Marketplace
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Recommended by  -  Fodors

    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. See More

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  • Compass Point Hotel Nassau, Bahamas 18 rooms from $220

    Beach Life  -  Colourful clapperboard suites, with an idllyic beach, activities within walking distance
    Fishing  -  Hotel can organise boat charter to trawl the deep seas for a prized marlin
    Full of character
    On the beach  -  In front of the hotel.

    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. See More

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  • Cape Santa Maria Long Island, Bahamas from $235

    Romantic Break  -  Enormous balconies with sofas to catch the perfect sunset, nature kayak tours, couples massage and in room hot tubs
    Diving  -  All scuba diving expeditions at Cape Santa Maria use leading edge equipment, and are led by an experienced dive crew
    Fishing  -  For a deep sea adventure, fishing excursions are available with experienced, professional guides
    Sights nearby  -  Christopher Columbus monument
    Recommended by  -  Fodors

    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. See More

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  • Hut Pointe Inn Eleuthera Island, Bahamas from $245

    Families  -  Large suites are ideal for families, as are the near-empty surrounding beaches, live local music and sailing trips
    Sights nearby  -  The cavernous Preacher’s Cave provided shelter for the first European settlers of Eleuthera, and served as their first church
    Diving  -  The Devil’s Backbone, a popular dive, is a large coral formation notorious for wrecking ships
    Local markets  -  Pam’s Island Made Gift Shop, featuring local handicrafts

    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. See More

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  • Coral Sands Harbour Island, Bahamas 39 rooms from $250

    Beach Life  -  Three miles of white sand, multitude of watersports from the doorstep, candle lit beach dining and chic decked sun terraces
    Sailing  -  From Fisherman's Dock and Government Dock
    Seaside  -  Ideal for a seaside holiday.
    Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
    Recommended by  -  Fodors, Kiwi Collection

    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. See More

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  • Fernandez Bay Village Bahamas 18 rooms from $254

    Families  -  Villas are ideal for families, with big modern kitchens, spacious living rooms, plenty of bedrooms and garden space
    Fishing  -  The waters surrounding Cat Island are home to a variety of blue water game fish, including, but not limited to, Wahoo, Mahi Mahi
    Sailing  -  Thirteen foot Boston Whalers can be rented without a captain for exploring nearby beaches
    Sights nearby  -  The legends surrounding the Blue Holes of Cat Island make them a curious attraction
    Recommended by  -  Fodors

    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. See More

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  • Club Peace & Plenty Great Exuma Island, Exumas 32 rooms from $272

    Local exploring  -  Expect a wide range of excursions from this prime location, such as Stocking Island
    Beach Life  -  Boasting an enviable beach location topped off by the property's Beach Club
    Fishing  -  At the Bonefishing School, you can learn how to use a fly rod from a flat bottomed boat
    Sailing  -  Boats can be hired through the property to explore the islands at your own pace

    An historic house, turned into a chic beachside resort, offering luxurious accommodation and an unbeatable Caribbean setting. Light rooms are simply styled with whitewashed walls, unpolished wooden furniture and large terraces with sea views. Just a stroll from the beach, this is an indulgent stay. See More

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  • Sky Beach Club Eleuthera Island, Bahamas from $295

    Beach Life  -  Stunning beach front villas, with enormous windows and verandahs, plenty of sea activities and superb seafood dining
    Diving  -  The Devil’s Backbone is a large coral formation off North Eleuthera, notorious for wrecking ships
    Sights nearby  -  Spanish Wells fishing village
    On the beach  -  Private beach
    Recommended by  -  Fodors

    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. See More

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  • The Landing Bahamas 13 rooms from $298

    Beach Life  -  Located just a short walk from the pristine beaches of Harbour Island
    Honeymoons  -  This elegant island getaway is the perfect destination for newlyweds
    Families  -  The Landing is welcoming to families with large family rooms
    Diving  -  Local dive shops across the island offer equipment and certification, find out why this is one of the world's best diving spots
    Recommended by  -  Tablet

    A stylish hotel set in a 19th-century house blending plantation style with contemporary Caribbean chic. Rooms are elegantly designed with mahogany furniture and linen sheets, and come with ocean views. Chef Madelene Pedican curated the restaurant's world-class menu and the wine list is extensive. See More

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  • The Cove Eleuthera Eleuthera, Bahamas 58 rooms from $299

    Families  -  Enormous family suites, varied child friendly activites such as sea glass collecting, and massages for grown ups
    Romantic Break  -  In-room couples massages, snorkelling right from the doorstep, gorgeous romantic rooms
    Sights nearby  -  From Three Island Dock, enjoy a quick boat ride on a Water Taxi to Harbour Island
    Kayaking  -  With Bahamas Out-Island Adventures
    Recommended by  -  Fodors, Tablet

    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. See More

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  • Rock House Harbour Island, Bahamas from $300

    Beach Life  -  Orchid gardens surround the poolside daybeds, picnic baskets are filled for beach trips and Pink Sand beach is on the doorstep
    Great walks  -  With the hotel's personalised packed picnic baskets
    Diving  -  Valentine’s Dive Center
    Designer  -  Wallace Tutt
    Recommended by  -  Fodors

    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. See More

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  • Runaway Hill Club Harbour Island, Bahamas 8 rooms from $325

    Beach Life  -  Chic interiors, turquoise pool overlooking the ocean, fishing trips and dive from the beach itself
    Fishing  -  During your stay at Runaway Hill Inn, you can reserve a fishing adventure with Captain Rich Helmuth
    Seaside  -  Ideal for a seaside holiday.
    Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
    Recommended by  -  Fodors

    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. See More

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  • Graycliff Hotel Nassau, Bahamas 20 rooms from $325

    Quirky  -  In this 200 plus year old mansion, find antiques, a cellar filled with thousands of bottles of wine, and a working cigar factory
    Sights nearby  -  Hotel overlooks the Government House in the centre of Nassau.
    Great walks  -  Around town from Rawson Square
    Full of character

    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. See More

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  • The Ocean View Club Bahamas 9 rooms from $375

    Beach Life  -  Perched on the iconic pink sands of the Bahamas, Ocean View Club is deserving of its name with gorgeous views of the Atlantic
    Weddings  -  Get married in paradise, The Ocean View Club can arrange the perfect ceremony on the beach
    Diving  -  The Bahamas is home to some of the world's best diving spots
    Great walks  -  Explore the surrounding Bahamas and Dunmore town on foot

    A charming family-run hotel nestled on the beach. Guests can choose from authentic private beach shacks under coconut trees, 'tent cottages' or rooms with an ocean view in the hotel itself. The restaurant serves authentic Bahamian cuisine including delicious seafood. See More

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  • Kamalame Cay Andros Island, Bahamas from $407

    Romantic Break  -  Very secluded villas, spa with glass bottom to view the fish, sunset cocktails and picnic excursions
    Sights nearby  -  Take a pre-booked picnic lunch (arranged the day before) on your own deserted island
    Kayaking  -  Explore the mangroves at the back of the Cay at high tide by Kayak
    Fishing  -  Go looking for local fish on the 32ft Regulator
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, Fodors

    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. See More

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  • Turquoise Cay Little Exuma, Bahamas 8 rooms from $410

    Romantic Break  -  Gorgeous creamy decor, ocean front infinity pool, sunset cocktail terrace and spa treatments
    Great walks  -  Dozens of nearby trails to coves and caves
    Seaside  -  Ideal for a seaside holiday.
    On the beach  -  In front of the hotel.
    Recommended by  -  Fodors

    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. See More

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  • The Island House Nassau 30 rooms from $432

    Total relaxation  -  Relax into a state of near-jelly- with extensive spa treatments, indulgent dinners, endless cocktails and tropical views
    Full of character
    Seaside  -  Ideal for a seaside holiday.
    Outstanding location
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith

    An elegant island retreat for the sophisticated traveller, far from the tourist crowds of Nassau. Simple chic Eastern style architecture is set off by earthy bamboos, custom-made wood furniture, neutral tones and stunning tropical gardens. The spa and fitness facilities are the best on the island. See More

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  • Pink Sands Harbour Island, Bahamas 25 rooms from $495

    Romantic Break  -  Fragrant jasmine grown throughout hotel gardens, opulent bedrooms, private terraces and romantic dining
    Sailing  -  Plenty of day trips from Fisherman's Dock and Government Dock
    Birdwatching  -  Surrounding gardens are a bird sanctuary
    Designer  -  Barbara Hulanicki
    Recommended by  -  Fodors, Tablet, Kiwi Collection

    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. See More

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  • Small Hope Bay Andros Island, Bahamas 21 rooms from $520

    Families  -  Kayaking and fishing are popular with children, and for the adults there are plenty of hammocks and shady nooks to read from
    Active Holiday  -  Renowned hotel for scuba diving - with guided trips, numerous spots nearby and plenty of challenges for experiend divers
    All inclusive
    Diving  -  Ask about specialty trips, including blue hole dives and wall dives to 185ft
    Recommended by  -  Fodors

    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. See More

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  • The Cove Atlantis Paradise Island, Bahamas 600 rooms from $580

    Active Holiday  -  Think of the activity, and here you can probably do it: cinema, casino, tennis, yoga and all watersports
    Families  -  A wide variety of activities for children, including age-relevant kids club, water park and Dolpin Cay
    Kids Club  -  Fully staffed.
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor/outdoor
    Recommended by  -  Kiwi Collection

    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. See More

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  • Bahama House Bahamas 11 rooms from $600

    Beach Life  -  Located a stone's throw from the sea on a coveted island in The Bahamas, this hotel makes a luxury beach getaway
    Local exploring  -  With easy access into the colourful Dunmore Town, this hotel is in a great location for local exploring
    Romantic Break  -  Couples love this cosy and refined beach lodge, with its grown-up rum bar and chic freshwater pool
    Seaside  -  Ideal for a seaside holiday.
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith

    This luxury beach lodge occupies a heritage property on Harbour Island in The Bahamas. Spacious rooms boast plantation-style interiors, four-poster beds and unique design pieces; book a cottage for separate living space. Unwind by the freshwater pool before drinks at the rum bar; a chic beach stay. See More

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  • The Other Side Eleuthera 6 rooms from $600

    Hideaway  -  The most luxurious and indulgent desert island hideaway, with hardwood floors, plush bedding and plenty of peaceful seclusion
    Sights nearby  -  Head to the nearby Blue Hole, a pool surrounded by jungle which one can jump in and out of with ropes
    Local markets  -  Take a boat to nearby Harbour Island to check out the bars, boutiques and lively atmosphere
    Opulent
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith

    The most glamorous glamping site in the Caribbean. These indulgent tents offer hardwood floors, Berber-style rugs, vintage record players and magnificent four-poster beds. The restaurant is phenomenal and the bar boasts an extraordinary array of drinks! Unwind in Robinson Crusoe style luxury. See More

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  • The Ocean Club Nassau (PARADISE ISLAND) 107 rooms from $1347

    Romantic Break  -  This hotel just nails romance, for a start at 6pm every evening glasses of champagne and starwberries are brought to each room
    Tennis coaching  -  Their in house pro Leo Rolle has been coaching there for 50 years- and there's a reason they have held onto him!
    Fishing  -  Go deep sea fishing on their yacht, cook your catch in the local style and then learn to mix a perfect cocktail
    Total relaxation  -  The Balinese-style spa is wonderful, so is the leafy adults only pool area and the plush rooms

    This Four Season luxury resort is the epitome of Bahamian style. The luxury suites and villas offer louvered hardwood doors and private balconies. The service is truly remarkable, and often friendships are created that draw guests back again and again. The gardens and restaurant are show stoppers. See More

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