The Best Spa Hotels in the Bahamas

Take a wellness time out at one of the best spa hotels in the Bahamas
Take a wellness time out at one of the best spa hotels in the Bahamas | Courtesy of the Ocean Club, A Four Seasons Resort / Expedia.com
Claire Dodd

Unwind with azure ocean views and decadent treatments at these spa hotels in the Bahamas.

There’s something about being under the sun that motivates a little self-care. If you’re the kind of traveler that needs to take time out of your regular surroundings to relax or, conversely, motivate yourself, there are few better places to do it than in the Bahamas. From yoga retreats to spas right on the sand, these are the best spa and wellness hotels in the Bahamas.

1. The Cove at Atlantis – Paradise Island

Luxury, Chain Hotel

The Cove at Atlantis – Paradise Island
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Though part of the Atlantis mega-resort, the Cove manages to feel like a boutique escape. The all-suite resort has become a favored haunt of celebrities in recent years, drawn to the highly stylized, spacious rooms, beachside location and adults-only Cove Pool area, which includes a main pool, two infinity pools, a plunge pool and plush cabanas. As a guest, you’ll have access to the award-winning Mandara Spa at Atlantis, which combines ancient Balinese healing techniques, traditional European therapies and natural elements indigenous to the Bahamas. Opt for a couples’ treatment in one of the spa suites, which have their own private pools.

2. Grand Hyatt Baha Mar – Nassau

Luxury, Chain Hotel

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Chill by the ocean, ahead of a massage with seashells. What could be more apt? The ESPA Spa may lie within the vast Baha Mar resort and leisure complex, of which the Grand Hyatt is part. But its ocean view relaxation zone and cocoon-like interiors feel a world away from the vast casino and malls. Signature treatments include indigenous and sustainable ingredients, including the shell massage whereby gently heated shells are used to smooth and pummel the muscles.

3. The Ocean Club, A Four Seasons Resort

Luxury, Chain Hotel

The Ocean Club, A Four Seasons Resort
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When you hear the name Four Seasons, you expect the best in luxury accommodation. Opened in 1962, the Ocean Club has seen its fair share of celebrity guests flocking to this 5mi (8km) white-sand beach on Paradise Island. Choose one of their refined villas for oceanfront views and your own private infinity pool. The spa here is known for being one of the best in the Bahamas. Book a treatment in their Balinese-style spa villa – we recommend the coconut poultice massage, combined with frangipani oil, to release muscular tension.

4. The Island House – Nassau

Hotel

The Island House – Nassau
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Opt for intimate, boutique luxury at the Island House, where millennial travelers will feel right at home among the art-house cinema, sushi bar and daily yoga classes on site. Wine aficionados should check out the extensive collection at the Mahogany House market, where tastings take place. But, of course, the Bamford Spa takes center stage with individually crafted treatments, using luxury organic products from English brand, the Bamford Body Collection. Try the crystal healing face therapy, which uses the healing vibrations of crystals to release tension, alongside meridian tapping.

5. Grand Isle Resort and Spa

Apartment

Grand Isle Resort and Spa
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Head to the intimate SeaStar Spa, renowned for its indulgent body treatments, at this five-star resort. Couples should book the Ultimate Island Bliss package, which includes a full body coconut rub, serenity massage, manicure, pedicure and facial, with a glass of champagne on the side. A highlight here is the children’s spa – scoops of ice cream are dished out with mini manicures and pedicures, alongside colorful hair braiding.

6. Marley Resort and Spa

Hotel

Marley Resort & Spa
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The Marley Resort, as the name suggests, was once home to iconic reggae artist Bob Marley. Today, it’s still owned by the family. While the spa is a little smaller than some of the others on our list, it is no less luxurious. Unwind in the freeform pool before exploring the Natural Mystic Spa, with its sunbathing deck chairs, outdoor hydrotherapy pool and mani/pedi lounge overlooking the azure water below.

7. Rosewood Baha Mar – Nassau

Luxury, Chain Hotel

Rosewood Baha Mar – Nassau
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Feel the warm ocean breeze whip around the colonial-style gardens and generous balconies of this extensive, 230-room resort on Nassau’s Cable Beach. Again part of the Baha Mar development, you’ll have access to the airy ESPA Spa, which keeping to this brand’s location-inspired philosophy, aims to bring Bahamian touches to its treatments. There are 24 private treatment rooms, while throughout the spa, there are views out across the tranquil ocean. Try the steam rooms, experience showers and, if you’re feeling brave, the ice fountain. Switching from hot to cold is said to aid circulation.

8. Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat

Independent Hotel

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Nourish your body, soothe your mind and uplift your spirit. This yoga education ashram was set up with a mission to spread peace, health and joy through yoga. Guests travel from across the world to learn, right next to the white sands and blue waters. While there is no spa here, you will definitely come away feeling revived. If a full training course that delves deep into yoga philosophy as well as meditation techniques isn’t for you, try the vacation program, which includes yoga classes, meditation, healthy meals, daily workshops and talks and performances to inspire. Don’t worry, there’s still plenty of time for the beach.

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