If you’re dreaming of a desert-island getaway, the Bahamas offers over 700 paradisiacal islands scattered across the Atlantic. Come to sip on a rum cocktail, see the famous swimming pigs and bask on powdery, palm-fringed sands. Be sure to stay at one of these top hotels in the Bahamas for beachfront locations and five-star facilities, be it water sports, spas, infinity pools or gourmet seafood dining.
Suites at the Atlantis resort’s family-friendly hotel sleep up to six and come with chic white decor, balconies and tiled flooring. There’s a teen nightclub, as well as an ice-cream parlor and, of course, access to the supreme Atlantis facilities, which include 11 pools and a huge waterpark. Dine out at 21 restaurants, head to the white-sand beach and enjoy a kids’ clubs, tennis courts and the world’s largest open-air marine park.
If you want some peace and quiet, check into Warwick Paradise Island, which is exclusively for guests over 16. The award-winning resort lies on a private beach on the south shore of Paradise Island and has five restaurants and two bars. Cool off in the large pool, and take advantage of all-inclusive sports like beach volleyball and tennis, as well as nightly entertainment at Junkanoo Beat. The best rooms have balconies overlooking the harbor.
Riu Palace is set on a mile-long (1.6km) stretch of Cabbage Beach, which lies on Paradise Island. The sophisticated adult-only resort has five restaurants and two bars, plus a gym, sports facilities and a spa. Rooms boast high ceilings, and there’s an ultra-modern theme, with hints of Art Deco and colonial-style design. Guests spend plenty of time in the two pools, one of which lies oceanfront and has a swim-up bar.
This remote oasis lies on a tranquil bay near Gregory Town and has two pristine private beaches. Minimalist bright rooms, some with cabana-style patios, lie in a two-story white building, while each oceanfront cottage has up to three bedrooms and comes with its own butler. Make use of the sparkling pool, spa, free bikes and water sports. When it comes to dining, the Freedom Restaurant has a sushi bar, while Gregory Town Grill serves a fusion menu of local, American and Asian dishes.
Come to Chub Cay for harbor-side living with luxurious amenities. Set at the southern tip of the Berry Islands, which is known for its fishing and diving, the property provides marina spots for yachts, hotel rooms and villa rentals right by the sea. Guests have access to indoor and outdoor pools overlooking Sunset Beach, as well as the Clubhouse Restaurant and Bar and miles of sugary sand along the protected harbor.
Set in tropical landscaped grounds, this stylish property lies near Emerald Bay, close to Exuma’s famous swimming pigs. The property offers glamorous villas set on the beachfront with private terraces, kitchens and up to four bedrooms. Expect a Bahamian vibe with luxury marble bathrooms and wooden decor. The Grand Penthouse has four bedrooms and overlooks one of the top golf courses in the Caribbean. Relax in the opulent spa and infinity pool.
This peaceful resort on Harbour Island is named for the pink sand beach it sits on, where you can enjoy complimentary water sports. Set in over 20 acres (8ha) of exotic gardens with koi ponds, Pink Sands has an enticing pool, as well as tennis courts, bar and beachfront Bahamian restaurant. Chalk-white cottages sit by the ocean and have king beds and clean, neutral palettes, some with their own mini wet bars.
Coral Sands Hotel lies on a quiet eastern beach also on Harbour Island, with its striking pink sands. Rooms are spread over eight acres (3.2ha) of gardens and include one- and two-bed cottages, as well as a three-bed villa. Decor features dark-wood floors and handmade furniture, complemented by ocean views. The hotel also has two pools, several tennis courts, a gym and a terrace restaurant with a beach bar.