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Best Boutique: Small Hope Bay Lodge – See Rates at TripAdvisor
"Cabins built from coral rock and Andros pine have fresh, modern beach décor."
Best Adults-Only: Warwick Paradise Island – See Rates at warwickhotels.com
"Spacious, modern rooms feature breathtaking views of Nassau Harbour."
Best for Couples: Fowl Cay Resort – See Rates at TripAdvisor
"The villas have French balconies or sliding glass doors to soak in the view, and kitchens come fully stocked."
Best Golf Resort: Sandals Emerald Bay – See Rates at TripAdvisor
"Its award-winning, 18-hole golf course is often recognized as one of the most scenic in the world."
Best Location: Breezes Bahamas – See Rates at TripAdvisor
"Adventurous guests can participate in unique activities like rock climbing or trapeze, or a roster of water activities."
Best Nightlife: Riu Palace – See Rates at TripAdvisor
"There are two pools – one with a swim-up bar – and plenty of dining and drink options."
Best Value: Melia Nassau Beach – See Rates at TripAdvisor
"The 694-room hotel has premium accommodations and fantastic service, plus seven dining venues and four bars."
Best Authentic Island Resort: Stella Maris Resort Club – See Rates at TripAdvisor
"There’s plenty of relaxation time awaiting in the private lagoon or beach cabanas."
"Choose from massages using items like papaya-pineapple extracts or Himalayan salts, or body wraps with green coffee beans."
Best Boutique: Small Hope Bay Lodge
Small Hope Bay Lodge is a charming, family run hotel that’s been popular with divers and fishermen since the 1960s. Set on Andros Island, the largest, yet most sparsely developed, the 17 beachfront cottages are perfect for families, friends, and couples alike. Scuba or snorkeling lessons are included, as well as kayaking or fly fishing. The resort has an open bar, and homemade lunches and dinner buffets are also covered, as well as picnic lunches and snacks are on request. Cabins built from coral rock and Andros pine have fresh, modern beach décor but no televisions or Wi-Fi – it’s all about unplugging.
Best Adults-Only: Warwick Paradise Island
If you’re seeking a kid-free retreat, the sprawling 250-room Warwick Paradise Island is a top choice for adults seeking rest and relaxation. Unwind by the lagoon-style pool, full-service spa, or private beach. There’s also a free resort shuttle to the soft white sands of Cabbage Beach that runs every 30 minutes, or, hop on a complimentary Panama Jack bike rental. Spacious, modern rooms feature breathtaking views of Nassau Harbour. During the evenings, head over to Junkanoo Beat, a '70s disco-inspired nightly entertainment or the Atlantis casino is within walking distance. All meals and drinks at five different restaurants and two lively bars are included in the price.
Best for Couples: Fowl Cay Resort
Couples seeking a romantic setting away from the hustle and bustle of Nassau should consider booking a stay at the Fowl Cay Resort in the Exumas, a secluded island chain consisting of 365 picturesque islands. The resort is made up of one, two, and three-bedroom villas set on a private, 50-acre retreat overlooking mesmerizing ocean water. The villas have French balconies or sliding glass doors to soak in the view, and kitchens come fully stocked with breakfast, lunch and snack items (included in the price). In the evenings, gather at the Hill House restaurant and pub for spectacular seafood dinners and cocktails. Each villa comes with your own private powerboat, and other water activities like kayaking, paddleboards, and Hobie cats are available as well.
Best Golf Resort: Sandals Emerald Bay
Golf enthusiasts seeking a sun-soaked vacation can head to the Sandals Emerald Bay, known for its award-winning, 18-hole golf course that’s often recognized as one of the most scenic in the world (green fees are included in the stay). The sprawling 500-acre resort is located in the Out Islands of the Exumas, and also features a 29,000-square-foot spa, marina, and eleven restaurants ranging from an elegant evening out to casual tiki bars – all included in the price.
Rooms have mahogany furnishings and British-colonial style décor with private balconies. Plus added amenities like scuba diving, windsurfing, paddle boarding, beach volleyball, sailboats, and more are covered. In the evening, head to the piano bar, nightly cabaret, or theme parties for a vacation to remember.
Best Location: Breezes Bahamas
If you’re looking for an all-inclusive in the heart of one of Nassau’s most popular stretches of soft sand, consider the 391-room Breezes Bahamas, perched right on Cable Beach. The hotel is a short drive away from Nassau’s bars and shops – yet on its own slice of paradise with beachfront rooms (in addition to other room styles).
The hotel has five dining options including an Italian restaurant, Asian-fusion eatery, and island-style café, plus free-flowing tropical drinks. During the day, relax in three pools or indulge at the spa.
Adventurous guests can participate in unique activities like rock climbing or trapeze, or a roster of water activities. There’s also a nightclub, piano bar, and live entertainment ranging from comedy shows and game shows, cabaret, and karaoke.
Best Nightlife: Riu Palace
If you’re looking for an all-inclusive resort but also want to enjoy the nightlife in Nassau, consider the Riu Palace. The hotel is located beachfront next to the famous Atlantis casino, making it ideal for those who enjoy the nightlife, and there are live evening shows and music that guests rave about.
Or, for a more low-key experience, the Renova Spa has a sauna and an array of treatment options. There are also two pools – one with a swim-up bar – and plenty of dining and drink options ranging from breakfast buffets with show cooking to Japanese fusion.
Rooms come with minibars, king-sized poster beds, and balconies (or terraces) with stunning views.
Best Value: Melia Nassau Beach
Travelers looking for a care-free, all-inclusive getaway without the hefty price tag should consider the Melia Nassau Beach. Although not as luxurious resort as some of the others, the 694-room hotel has premium accommodations and fantastic service, plus seven dining venues and four bars to choose from.
Guests can also take advantage of the free shuttle to Baha Mar, which is home to a 100,000 square-foot-casino, night club, golf course (with discounted rates) and more.
If you’re traveling with little ones, a kid’s club is available and included in the rates. Classic Rooms have private balconies with views of the pool or the resort, 333 square feet of space, and dark wood furnishings.
Best Authentic Island Resort: Stella Maris Resort Club
If name-brand resorts aren’t your style, the Stella Maris Resort Club on Long Island is a charming, locally-operated resort with all-inclusive packages for stays of five days or more. Long Island is a lesser-visited island south of Nassau with dramatic cliffs, blue holes, stunning beaches, and coral reefs.
Hotel rooms and cottages have bright, ocean and island-inspired décor and private balconies for views of the sparkling waters. All-inclusive packages cover three meals a day, three alcoholic drinks per day, use of sailboats, kayaks and paddle-boards, snorkeling and beach excursions, and bicycles.
Events range from beach volleyball to evening rum punch parties. There’s also plenty of relaxation time in the private lagoon or beach cabanas.
Best Spa: Sandals Royal Bahamian
If you’re seeking some serious rejuvenation in Nassau, the Sandals Royal Bahamian has a fabulous, award-winning spa with 17 treatment rooms. Choose from massages using items like papaya-pineapple extracts or Himalayan salts, or body wraps with green coffee beans.
Garden Rooms have marble vanities, four-poster beds, Robert Mondavi wines, and lovely garden views. Scuba diving, meals in any of the 10 restaurants, alcoholic beverages, a fitness center, and watersports are part of the pricing (but note that the spa treatments are additional).
The resort also includes a shuttle service to an offshore island to relax by the swim-up bar, in a private cabana, or Zen garden.