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The Bahamas are more than a Caribbean cruise stop-off. For snorkelling in turquoise waters, strolling along white sand beaches and a visit to the famous swimming pigs at Exuma – book one of these top resorts in the Bahamas.
The Bahamas consists of more than 700 islands and 2400 cays peppering the map below Florida’s eastern coast, and cradled by the Caribbean to the south. While most islands are uninhabited, haloed by expansive coral reefs and white sand beaches, others like the busy cruise port destination of Nassau – the Bahamas’ only city – are a flurry of conch shacks, jerk joints, beach bars and designer shops. So, whether you’re looking for a true, remote tropical island escape, or a high-end break in the heart of the action, there’s a resort for you.
Fraternize with dolphins, spend the day at the waterpark, then hit one of the world’s swankiest nightclubs, all without leaving your hotel. Put simply, there are resorts, and then there are mega resorts. With over 2,500 rooms, the world’s largest open-air marine habitats, a 14-acre dolphin habitat and education centre, marina, golf course and water park, Atlantis definitely qualifies as a mega-resort. When it comes to rooms, there is a plethora of choice. Pick from all-suite luxury, to five- or four-star options in the property’s hotels-within-a-hotel.
Paddleboard your way back to your hammock, and reward yourself with a cold beverage. For the Cove, with its secluded location, calm turquoise bay, and all-white suites, is all about taking it easy. If you’re inclined to explore the exceptionally slender, 175km-long scribble on the map that is Eleuthera, you’ll be rewarded with pink-sand beaches, surf spots, and top restaurants. Hire a vehicle from the hotel, or book a charter to visit the infamous swimming pigs, just off the north tip of the island. On site, there are three restaurants, including a sushi bar and cocktail bar on the bluff to take in those sunset views. Opt for a butler-serviced villa to be closest to the ocean.