Grand Lucayan Bahamas Resort

••• China Beach restaurant and pool. © Starwood Resorts

The Bottom Line

This big Grand Bahama Island resort offers a range of accommodations and prices in a beautiful island beachfront locale that's just 55 miles from Florida and can be reached by boat as well as air.

Pros

  • Lots to do at resort, day or night
  • Grand Slam tennis facility is unique and cool
  • Cheap eats and shops right across the street for the budget-minded
  • Nice selection of excursions
  • Prop Club nightclub draws locals as well as tourists

Cons

  • Freeport air service a bit lacking
  • Casino action sometimes slack
  • Lots of kids under foot; not necessarily a romantic setting
  • Large resort fills most of 7.5 acre property, so privacy is at a premium

Description

  • Grand Bahama Island, Bahamas
  • Phone: 800-395-7046 or 242-373-1333
  • Rates: Room-only, $110 to $450 nightly. All-inclusive rates also available
  • Dining: Steakhouse, Asian, Latin, international buffet; about a dozen eateries total
  • Spa: 2,000-square-foot spa on site
  • Other Amenities: Golf, tennis, nightclub, casino, pools, beach, water sports, Kid's Club
  • Rooms: 1200-plus

Guide Review - Grand Lucayan Bahamas Resort

The Radisson Grand Lucayan Resort (formerly a Westin and Sheraton property) on Grand Bahama Island falls a bit short on appreciation among Caribbean travelers. Not only is this one of the most complete resorts in the region, it’s also close to the U.S., reasonably priced, and offers a degree of familiarity and reliability thanks to its participation in the Radisson family of resorts.

The resort buildings stand side-by-side on a stretch of sandy beach on the north coast of Grand Bahama Island, close enough to the main town of Freeport for an easy daytrip but far enough away to ensure a sense of isolation. Guests have access to such amenities as a casino, golf, spa, three pools, a unique tennis center featuring the surfaces of all four Grand Slam events, a kids club, multiple restaurants, and the Prop Club disco.

You could stay on the resort property and never get bored, but one nice feature of the Grand Lucayan is that there’s a marina and entertainment complex (the Port Lucaya Marketplace) right across the street. Guests can take a quick walk to dine at fine restaurants or fast-food joints, drink at an open-air bar next to a stage where junkanoo dancers and bands perform, or shop at a scaled-down version of Nassau’s famous straw market.

Grand Bahama Island also is far less developed than Nassau’s New Providence Island, so you won’t be battling traffic when you want to do some touring. Among the excursions available from the hotel are exploration of a unique cave filled with crystal-clear water in Lucayan National Park, a kayak paddle through a mangrove preserve, and a lunch outing to a vast deserted beach that’s ideal for a romantic afternoon for two.